My husband and I are off on our honeymoon in a couple of short weeks, and I can’t wait to hop on that plane and spend some amazing time together, creating ‘just married’ memories that we’ll treasure forever. We’re headed to Orlando to take in the theme parks, relax by a pool and enjoy some shopping, so I thought it’d be fun to make a little list of the things I’m looking to pick up while we’re there. So many products and brands are cheaper in the States than in the UK, so I’ll be taking advantage of that, as well as products that aren’t available to us at all. I’ll be sure to let you know what I buy when we return, but for now, here’s my wish list!
A Kate Spade New York bag
I’ve been wanting one for years, but they are quite a bit more expensive in the UK, so I’ve never been able to justify such a big purchase. But I’ve been saving for a while now and I’m excited to finally get my hands on one, at a cheaper price and because my honeymoon is a good enough time as any to make the big leap!
Sephora beauty products
I hear so much about how awesome Sephora is for beauty products from those visiting the US, so I’m really looking forward to stepping into one of their stores myself and hopefully stocking up on some old favourites, as well as some new items.
LC Lauren Conrad clothing
I’m looking forward to seeing this line, especially the Runway collection, in the flesh and picking up a few pieces, considering how big a fan of Lauren Conrad I am. I’ve managed to pick up one item from the line from eBay previously and felt it was great quality, so I’m excited about grabbing some more pieces.
This is primarily a Disney trip, so I’m be picking up a bunch of stuff while we’re there and I’m actually looking forward to seeing what’s on offer given that it’s been 12 years since I last visited. I’m hoping to stick to the more subtle items than anything overly garish or tacky, so hopefully I’ll come back with plenty of lovely things for our home.
Fresh Sugar products
I feel like this is a cult classic and so I’m excited to pick up a couple of products when I’m out in the US. I’m a total sucker for lip balms and the like, so I’m sure I’ll fall in love with a bunch of things and will be cramming them into my suitcase as best as I can.
It feels like months ago but it wasn’t that long since I returned from my trip to Tenerife and now that we’re going into Autumn it seems like the perfect time to do a bit of reminiscing. As well as taking lots of videos and time lapse photos, we also used our GoPro on the beach, by the pool and at the waterpark which provided us with some great photos to go with the ones we took on our phones when we went out in the evenings for food and drinks. It was a great way to get a few more candid shots that capture the fun we had. I’m sure we’ll be taking it on many more holidays to come, the next of which will probably be our honeymoon!
After our amazing holiday last summer when my husband-to-be popped the question, there was no doubt that this year’s getaway would have a lot to live up to, but it definitely didn’t disappoint. After the whirlwind of Mexico it was a nice change of pace this year to have a relaxing and chilled out time. We still managed to fit in a few excursions including a visit to the biggest waterpark in Europe, Siam Park and a trip to Mount Teide at sunset. My fiance had bought a GroPro just a few weeks before we went, so we used this holiday as an excuse to test it out. For our sunset trip he managed to create a makeshift tripod using some volcanic rocks and captured this amazing time lapse video. I’ll be sure to post the other photos and videos we took over the next week or two.
We’re so excited that we’ve just booked to attend our first bloggers conference in October – and it’s in Amsterdam of all places! Neither of us have been there before, so we can’t wait to explore the city and see what it has to offer, as well as attend this awesome event. We’ve made it into a long weekend trip, so we’re heading out on Friday, 2nd October and come back on Monday, 5th October, and we hope to learn so much from like-minded people whilst we’re there. The wonderful Elsie & Emma from A Beautiful Mess are keynote speakers, so we’re looking forward to hearing what pearls of wisdom they have for everybody and we also hope to meet as many fellow bloggers as we can. We’re really excited and will hopefully feed back to you on our first conference experience when the time comes.
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I like to vary taking photos on my DSLR and my smartphone to change up the kinds of images I capture. With advances in phone cameras, you can now get amazing quality images from both, but there’s something a little more crisp and satisfying about seeing holiday scenes taken on my digital camera. And don’t forget about instant cameras or photo booths you might come across too, all make for great photos that you’ll treasure in such different ways and will remind you of the amazing time you had. Hana even took a waterproof camera on holiday one year and they made for some great shots. And you can then use all these different images in different ways when it comes to displaying them, which is another fun project once you’ve come home from that dream location.
It’s all in the details
Some of my favourite holiday photos are those of food and drink, the books I was reading or the sunglasses I was wearing. All of these things remind you of that special time away and it’s easy to forget to capture them amongst the selfies or the landscape shots. My husband and I will often talk about the amazing meals we’ve had or the cocktails we loved and having images of those things helps keep those memories alive. I’m not saying you need to take photos of everything, you want to step back and enjoy the moment too, but I don’t mind seeing an Instagram shot of a Greek specialty or even those cute flip flops you wore to the beach that one day.
Mix people and places
Mix up the types of images you take, to make for a fun and interesting album of your trip. You may spend one day enjoying all the local sites and want to take a bunch of scenery shots, but don’t forget to add yourself to a few of your shots too, so they don’t look exactly like everyone else’s. You may not be entirely comfortable in front of the camera, but it’s so fun to look back at smiling vacation photos to remember just how happy you were on that time away and it adds more interest to the images if you vary the subject a little bit. And don’t forget to ask a kind stranger to take group photos too, so you can have couple or family photos together, and one person isn’t always missing behind the camera.
Various times of day
Take advantage of the different times of day to vary the types of photo you get. A beautiful sunset over the sea can make for a stunning image, but it’s also fun to get the sunny, midday beach shot when everything is bright, colourful and sparkling with sunshine. It also means you don’t have to have your camera out all the time, as you can spend one day capturing daytime shots and on other days bring your camera out at night. It’s funny how much a place’s personality and atmosphere can change in different lighting situations, so give all times of day a go – you never know what the result might be.
Capture the heart of the place
You want to be able to recognise your vacation location when you’re looking back at your photos, so make sure to capture as much of the essence of a place as you can. Locals chatting in a town square, flowers you’ve never seen growing naturally before, a traditional, freshly cooked dinner – all these things will help you to see the beauty of your chosen destination and why you ultimately chose to go there in the first place. Yes, it’s lovely to see photos of the hotel you stayed at or a selfie with some cocktails, but I also love images of the white hillside buildings of Santorini, which sums up its charm or the cafes of Paris, which everyone loves so much. Think about all the reasons you adore somewhere and chances are other people like it for all the same reasons.