Friday, 2 February 2018

Japan on Video / December 2017

Happy February! January kinda seemed never ending didn't it?! This is shaping up to be a very busy month and I'm so excited to start it off with a lil' (pretty shaky) video from my trip to Japan last December. It's so nice to look back on these clips, sort of feels like I'm reliving the amazing trip. Although it's definitely giving me a major travel itch again...
All filmed on my Canon G7x, hope you like it & if possible please watch it in HD!

Music by Lakey Inspired

Sunday, 7 January 2018

Tokyo On Film

 Happy Sunday! Last month was a busy one between work, travelling to Japan and then all the Christmas madness but I'm finally back to it today with the first blogpost of 2018 - my film photos from Tokyo! I hadn't picked up my film camera in quite awhile so I was pretty out of practice and none of these photos have any major editing done to them. I spent the majority of the trip filming on my Canon G7X, so unfortunately I didn't really think to pick up the film camera until our last few days in Tokyo. However it was so enjoyable to just freely shoot (and hope for the best!) as we wandered around and I'm so happy that I brought the camera with me, these photos will be lovely to look back on.

One of the places I really wanted to visit again before we left was Yoyogi Park, located very close to the vibrant Harajuku district. This treetop covered path is such a tranquil & relaxing walk that makes you completely forget about the hectic pace of the city you're still in the middle of. We got so lucky with the weather on this day, the sun was shining and the December chill completely disappeared for the afternoon. Only a short walk through the park leads you to Meiji Shrine, the entrance marked by a massive torii gate in the photo below. Something I really love about Tokyo is how you can find shrines and nature strolls like this one right in the heart of the built-up city, merging the old and new together. This was such an amazing day!

Since the neon signs & bright flashing lights are iconic to the district, it's no surprise that Shibuya really comes to life at night. One of my favourite things to do was just wander around aimlessly at night through both the busy area's and the quieter side streets, you're bound to come across interesting sights & hidden gems! The atmosphere in Shibuya at night is so unique.

While Shibuya Crossing is famed as a must-see attraction, you can genuinely feel the energy of Tokyo when walking through the scramble - we must have have done it like 8 times in a row one day and it never got old! Day or night this area is buzzing with activity. It's both amazing and admirable how in such a bustling & densely populated city, there's still a really prominent sense of structure, order and cleanliness all around!


For our last few days of the trip we stayed in the same apartment that we booked during our first visit to Japan back in 2016. The apartment is located literally less than 5 minutes away from Shibuya Crossing so everything was so accessible to us. We may have been staying in one of the busiest area's of the city but our apartment was such a nice and surprisingly quiet place to come back to after a long day of wandering around - perfect to wind down and eat our way through the local FamilyMart snack selection!


As I said... I was very out of practice with the camera and as a result there's a fair few blurry photos but sure, I like them anyway! The three photos below were shot on the last night, the bottom one from one of my favourite places & viewpoints in the city, the Tokyu Plaza rooftop! 

 Looking back on these photos makes me want to relive the trip all over again. It really is a country like no other I've ever visited and obviously so different to Ireland. While the constant crowds of people, the neon lights, the sensory overload and the seemingly endless span of the city can be overwhelming, every day feels different there and I loved that. I'm already itching to get back ASAP and see a lot more of this amazing country!

I hope you enjoyed looking through the photos - I'll be posting a video from Osaka, Kyoto & Tokyo this month too so look out for that! :)


Sunday, 23 July 2017

pink mesh

Happy Sunday! I've been really quiet here lately - Obviously at times we all get periods of feeling demotivated & personally I often get anxious, but I've learned to listen to my body and go with it when it happens rather than get disappointed with myself. I'm so happy to finally feel motivated again, today I'm planning new content ideas to keep me busy this month and next.

 If there's one thing that really bothers me, it's feeling stuck in the same place for too long. A real passion of mine is traveling and getting the chance to see as many new places as possible, each experience always leaves me feeling so invigorated and inspired. I stupidly hadn't planned any trips away this summer and I was going pretty stir crazy, but last week I booked a trip to Barcelona in August with my best friends - it seriously can't come quick enough! This city has been on my list to visit for so long and I know it's going to be an amazing holiday.

Today I'm sharing another outfit post shot by the amazingly talented Brid O'Donovan. She has such a great eye for location scouting and knew exactly what I was going for, shooting with her is always so easy and enjoyable! There's quite a bit going on in this outfit for me, but since I'm really loving both mesh and pink right now, naturally I couldn't resist this super cute bodysuit. You may notice the belt looks very much like a copy of another popular designer belt... until I can afford the actual Gucci one this Penneys version will have to do haha!

I'm still finding the balance between my 98% black wardrobe and mixing in more bright, colourful pieces. I desperately do want to get out of my usual ways and wear more colour this summer, so I'm trying hard! In saying all of that, I may have also picked up this bodysuit in black.... just to be safe.

I'm not sure if I've said this in a blog post before but I'm a huge photography fan and absolutely love getting behind the lens too. One aspect I have always loved is film photography and I'm going to introduce a 35mm film photography series onto the blog in the next couple of weeks. While a lot of it will be fashion based, I'll also be sharing photos I take on the go, compiling my favourite shots of each month together. I'm starting this project mostly to get myself back into taking photographs and having a creative outlet to go to every day, even if they're quick snapshot photographs. The quality of a film photograph just can't be matched by my phone or digital in my opinion!

 Photos by Bríd O'Donovan

Hope you're having a great weekend!

Saturday, 1 July 2017

July //

Happy Saturday and happy July 1st! It's so nice to finally see the sun and feel its warmth after an unseasonably cold but very typically Irish rainy week. June was a bit of a mad month but I'm finally back with some new posts for the blog, starting off with this outfit post shot a couple of weeks ago by the amazing Bríd O Donovan! My June highlight has to be seeing one of my all time favourite bands Paramore in the Olympia, which also happens to be my favourite venue in Dublin too. While on the topic, if you haven't checked out their cover of Passionfruit yet, get on it!
Looking back at these photos I kinda can't believe how much colour I'm seeing for someone who's most comfortable wearing all black! In the middle of a serious wardrobe clear-out for summer (better late than never) so my floor is a pretty overwhelming sea of black clothing right now that I don't want to deal with...
 I always struggle with dressing for warmer weather as its such a (very welcomed) rarity in Ireland!

As all Irish summers tend to go, one minute you're roasting and the next you're running for cover from the rain! As someone who usually feels the cold, this is pretty much my idea of a typical day-to-day summer outfit - simple, comfortable and with a jacket just incase!

*similars linked
jacket missguided / shirt bershka / jeans asos / belt dkny / bag h&m / sandals boohoo / earrings primark

Have a great weekend!

Photos by Bríd O Donovan

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Video Shoot // Dublin

Happy extra sunny Sunday! Somewhere between lying out in my garden soaking up the sun and trying to get ready for the week ahead, I realised that I totally forgot to share this video I shot with Keith Driscoll weeks ago! I posted the video on my Instagram already but in case you missed that you can check it out above. We had a great time wandering around Dublin shooting this and I'm delighted with how it turned out!


Sunday, 30 April 2017

Test Shoot // Catch-up

Happy Sunday! I've been so quiet here over the last few months and have no valid excuse really except for a frustratingly bad creative block/post NYC blues that I feel is slowly but surely coming to an end now ( planning more trips). I have a few new idea's for how I want to go forward with the website that I'm really looking forward to sharing so please bare with me while I get that done over the next couple of months. May is my birthday month so I always find myself frantically trying to get as much ticked off my goals list before I age another year haha!

Since it's a bank holiday weekend, I had some extra time to go through recent work and edit some of my favourites. Today I'm sharing a very simple outfit from a test shoot with Kelsey a couple of weeks ago. It was a pretty spontaneous & quick, shot after work while location scouting in a carpark that has very quickly become one of our fave locations to shoot in and a place we always find ourselves coming back to for a lot of projects! The weather has been crazy in Ireland the last couple of weeks, going from warm to actual hailstones in a matter of minutes?! So it's pretty hard to dress weather appropriate. I recently picked up this coat in Bershka and so far it's been perfect for this guessing game weather!

I'm slowly but surely stepping out of my all-black outfit comfort zone and introducing more colour and pattern for summer, so that's all on the way to the blog very soon!

Jacket Bershka (still available in other colours) / Jeans Topshop / Belt ASOS / Backpack Primark (similar) / Boots Public Desire

Photos by Kelsey Lennon

Have a great bank holiday and week ahead!