Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you. I hope you got to spend the holidays with the people who mean the most to you and that this new year brings all the best for you.

I know I haven’t posted in…weeks. I promised myself that I would post more when I was off from school and, well, apparently the opposite has happened. However! I do bring something a little different with this post.

A multimedia video that I did for my final project last semester that, actually, I’m quite happy with. I like the way it turned out and I’m really starting to get into the whole multimedia thing.

I hope you enjoy it, let me know what you think in the comments, and, hopefully! I’ll be back with more posts more often this year.

 

 

Things I’m Loving:

+ Year Long Exposure of Toronto Skyline – It really is dreamy and fairy tale-esque. Something I’m actually thinking I’d like to try at some point.

+ Tergiversate – It was the word of the year for 2011 and means: “to change repeatedly one’s attitude or opinions with respect to a cause, subject, etc.; equivocate.” A mix made by one of my favourite bloggers, Avalonne Hall, I think it’s a perfect blend to make one stop and pause for a few moments. And also discover some new music.

+ Le Foot Féminin – A blog based around everything related to female football (soccer). My younger sister is a female goalie, and I’m really starting to appreciate (more) how much dedication and energy and passion goes into female sports. Especially, or more truthfully, because of all the focus on men’s sports, female athletes need to work so much more in order to get that recognition and praise. And this blog is a wonderful place to find that.

+ Gat Rimon Lookbook Fall 2011 – Outfit #12 is my favourite. I’d wear that every day if I could. Well, almost. And the colour pallet is basically perfection.

+ New Year = NEW SHERLOCK!! Feelings. Feelings everywhere. I actually paused the new episode to update here, so I’m going to just….go back to feeling all the feelings about this show.

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I’ve been more than a little MIA lately, and for once I can honestly pinpoint that on the fact that school swallowed me up and then spit me back out and left me on the floor for a bit. (And by ‘the floor’ I do mean ‘Toronto International Airport’ where I bummed around for four hours. Trust me, not attractive.)

However! Before that happened, I took some pictures. Well, I met someone and then I took pictures. Sandra Lynds is a deaf day care worker at a daycare centre in town. Not only does she care for five deaf children when they arrive after school, but she also teaches the other children Sign during the day as she works.

Not only is that more than a bit impressive, but in the last five years, she’s also taught all of the other care workers at the centre how to Sign. Something that required a lot of patience, a lot of work, and made it more understandable to people who, to begin with, were a little scared about the fact that they didn’t know how to communicate with her.

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I’ve been home for the last week. Well, flew in on Wednesday, got four teeth taken out on Thursday, home that evening, looking like the most adorable, high chipmunk that ever existed, and then found out Friday, after shooting my sister’s and brothers’ games, realized that I hadn’t packed my battery charger OR my card reader. Because I am the sharpest knife in the drawer, obviously.

But that’s okay! Because I’ll be getting new ones this week, and then back to shooting my family for my documentary project. Which I’ve been doing with a film camera. #likeaboss (I’ll let you know how it turns out.)

 

Things I’m Loving:

+ Being home with my family, and the snow, and the cold

+ TinTin Style – Who doesn’t love TinTin? I mean really. And now with the movie out, there’s a bit more hype over one of the best reporters, ever.

+ Sweet Paul Magazine – I haven’t looked through it completely, yet. But omg! the things look so fantastic and Christmas-y and I’ll be curled up with it in the next couple of days.

+ Christmas Gifts in a Jar – If you haven’t done all your Christmas shopping yet, here’s some quick DIY presents. And I know for a fact that, at least, I would love to have one of them. Perfect winter warmers.

+ Birdlips – If you’ve heard of them, you’re ahead of me. I just ‘discovered’ them yesterday and love their mellow sound. Check out their versions of Christmas music. So perfect, I’ve listened to them on repeat the last two days and love them. So does my mother, and that’s saying something.

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It’s that time of year again, when the pile of assignments and exams are only outweighed by the desire for the winter break. This next week is going to be one of bottomless cups of coffee and way too many hours sitting in front of my computer, editing photographs and video to hand in before I leave next week.

However, in order to get all that footage, I got to be a guest in one of Belleville’s newest bake shops. Katerina’s Cakes & Treats opened this September and she was kind enough to let me visit for a couple of days and do some shooting. This is just a sample of what I took, and once the video’s put together, I’ll have that up here as well.

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Things I’m Loving:

+ Why Christmas Music Doesn’t Have to Suck – Bruce Handy for Vanity Fair links you to youtube videos of Christmas music that doesn’t suck. Most of it is traditional and old school (and most of them I have on my iTunes already), but it’s definitely going to be my playlist for our Christmas party next week.

+ Black Spiced Rum Eggnog – Christmas and eggnog go hand in hand. And what’s better than making your own? This recipe is a lot more simple than I thought it would be, and adds a bit of a twist on traditional eggnog.

+ Scout’s Honor Co. – A fantastic blog with minimalistic posts on stationary, postage, illustration, etc. They’re shop is set to open up sometime in the next few months, and I’ll definitely be stopping by to pick up a few things.

+ Cape Town – I love capes. My love of capes can’t be properly described. And the last one on the list is one I’d wear on a consistent basis. Hopefully I’ll have one in my possession by the end of the winter season.

Cupcakes at Christmas

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Prop or Portrait?

You know what’s really difficult? Going into an assignment figuring you know what you need to shoot and coming out with something…different. Not necessarily bad different, just not exactly what you needed/wanted different. The thing that makes it the most difficult? When the lines between one thing and another are so close and thin that you can barely tell the difference between the two.

That perfectly describes what happened with this assignment. Prop assignment. Which sounds simple enough, right? In theory, at least. Up until you have to go out and make that prop the object of the picture and not turn said picture into a portrait. Which is, well, kind of what I did. Okay, not entirely true. It’s that borderline picture that’s almost a prop and almost a portrait but doesn’t quite decide what it’s going to be. Which is actually quite alright with me.

P.S. She’s not naturally an awkward colour, but welcome to rink lighting, where there is only so much one can do to another person’s flesh colour. Unfortunately.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Anthology Magazine’s Gift Guide – Filled with recipes and guides for homemade presents, this is definitely the place to start for the holidays, especially for those of you who are like me: broke! yet still with a desire to give.

+ The Kitchen Soundtrack – Because every cook needs music while they’re in the kitchen. And this? This is perfect.

+ The Perfect Cheese Plate – I miss cheese. Being lactose intolerant means I can’t eat cheese BUT! it doesn’t mean I can’t admire a pretty cheese plate. And this is a pretty cheese plate. Wow your friends at your next dinner part with one.

+ Great Gatsby Moment – As you know, I just finished reading The Great Gatsby last week sometime. Now there’s a movie, and of course, with a movie comes…clothing! (And who doesn’t like clothing?) This line of clothing is perfect for your own Gatsby moment. (Honestly: I’d wear basically all of it. Ugh so good.)

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It’s been steadily getting cooler around here (and dark by five o’clock is messing with me!), and how better to stay warm than with drinks and friends? I’ve shot and (for the most part) edited my One Day on Earth piece, but I’m waiting for an okay to post it here, since it dealt with school kids. Hopefully that will come through and you guys will get to see those! I did have so much have shooting that and the project did turn out really well, and I’d like for more people to see it.

Things I’m Loving:

+ Matchbook – An online magazine, Matchbook is a girl’s ‘field guide to a charmed life’ and an absolute joy to look through. The Editor’s Wish List constantly has me adding to my ‘must have’ list.

+ A Shot Off Target – Not your usual sports blog. Football (or, you know, soccer) orientated, Vimbai focuses on how the sport has changed through the years (women’s soccer especially), how people have used it in fashion, art, and her opinion on kits. And there’s some talk of great footballers, namely their fashion sense.

+ Ailera Stone – All her photographs have such a fairytale feel to them, whether it’s a warm feeling akin to happily ever after, or cold and not quite as friendly, they’ve all got something that’s just a bit not of this world to it.

+ Once Upon a Time – The fourth episode aired this week and I’m officially hooked. The switches between the fairy tale moments and Earth moments are done spectacularly, the costumes are fantastic, and the Wicked Stepmother just always seems to have one more trick up her sleeve….

Still Quite Snowless

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