Saturdays Links

Saturdays Links

It’s Saturday. I’ve been in a bit of a bubble recently due to my imminent move to London. I’ve moved cities and even countries before, but it’s different this time for some reason. I’ve been so caught up in trying to find somewhere to live, sorting out freelancing work, upgrading my camera and it doesn’t seem like much but it has taken up all my time. I tweeted today about thinking it would take 10 minutes to sort out where I’m going to stay when I first go down and three hours later I was still arranging things. I’m a little exhausted if I’m being totally honest. I so want to find somewhere to live. Due to this bubble the minutes turned into hours and days and I am really surprised I made it to my hair appointment the other day. It’s safe to say I’m really relieved it’s Saturday today.

My links this week comprised of things I’ve been looking at just before I’ve drifted off to sleep at some unforsaken time in the morning.

1. I am vegetarian. I have been for years, I was vegan for a couple of years too, and the one thing I can barely find is a bloody good veggie burger. Luckily Ellie Goulding was on Jamie Oliver’s show yesterday and made what looks like a really tasty veggie burger and I think I’ll have a go at making it! Here is the recipe.

2. In my moving-to-London bubble I’ve been a bit of a stress bag. But reading Girl Lost in the City’s post 30 Things I Try And Remember bought me back to life a bit.

3. I still have a ridiculously strong desire to go to Paris as soon as I can. I’ve even been looking up train times and prices on Eurostar. This find on Pinterest, which marries great illustration and Paris (which I could draw like this), hasn’t helped. I love it.

4. This quote, when I’m finding it hard to believe in myself

Happy Weekend!

– Ellie x

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Pinspiration

Pinspiration

 

It’s no secret that I adore Pinterest. And I just want to confess my love again. I can spend hours scanning the site looking for inspiration for photoshoots, outfit inspiration, my future house….my future wedding. You get the picture.

I’m moving down to London next week and whilst it’ll probably be a bit before I have a place to live sorted out, I am really looking forward to decorating and having somewhere to call my own. It’ll be filled with photographs and music but hopefully some good decor too. You can have a look at my ever growing Home board if you fancy a look at what’s caught my eye. But I also have 24 other boards that may take your fancy too!

Are you on Pinterest? Leave me a link, I would love to see what you’ve been pinning!

Ellie x

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Saturday’s Links

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Happy Saturday afternoon, I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far. I’m really enjoying getting back into my Saturday links series after a couple of weeks off in December. I hope you are too! Here are a couple of this weeks links that I have particularly enjoyed.

1. My first link is James Bay. His name kept popping up on my twitter feed recently; you know when you see something once and then all of a sudden it’s everywhere? Well he did just win critics’ choice award. So I youtubed him and instantly fell in love with him and this song which is excellent. I really love new music and James is such easy listening. I think he looks like a young Johnny Depp (anyone else or is that just me?…). Also his album comes out three days before my birthday if you happen to enjoy him as much as I do!

2. I’ve mentioned before than Liv (What Olivia did) is one of my favourite bloggers. Her photos are absolutely gorgeous, and I’m a sucker for good photos. Anyway, recently she did a post about bloggers earning money which I think is spot on. If you want to take any passion further than just a hobby then you will spend more time and effort on that it, and why not earn money for all your hard work? We are at a time in life where people are designing their own lifestyles and earning money from them. So why not blogging too?

3. I read a lot. I save a lot of articles through twitter, facebook (I feel I have more articles than actual status updates on FB now, anyone else?) and then various blogs I follow and other websites and the like. Anyway, I have the pocket app which is ace as it means I save all my reading for a time when I actually have time to read it. A while ago I saved this article on falling in love and recently read it. The article suggests that you can fall in love with a stranger after answering just 36 questions and then staring into each others eyes for four minutes. You should read it. I’m a believer, but I also think there might have to be some underlying attraction for it to work fully. Thoughts?

4. Self love is a topic that I have discussed at length with a close friend. We seem to live in a culture that can’t stand getting older, hitting certain ages and growing up seem to be less desired. Remember when you were little and all you wanted to be was grown up? I really believe we need to learn to embrace who we are, the age we are and what is happening in our lives because we are going to grow older whether we like it or not. And instead of being hard on ourselves why not enjoy it? It’s incredibly liberating when you do.

– Ellie x

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Exercise because….

Work Out

I actually came across this photo on the right sometime last year, on pinterest of course. But it really stuck with me. I’ve never been a huge fan of exercise, although always given it a go. It’s just never been something I was excited about or really into. My family is in to exercise big time, so maybe it was a little rebellion on my part.

However, I did get in to running a couple of years ago. I was never brilliant at distance running though, and whilst I would go out here and there with friends or family I didn’t do it regularly enough to see or feel any changes. But then I started a programme to help me get to 5K. I started because I needed something positive to focus on. My first ‘run’ was basically “run for 1 minute, walk for 2″. It was excellently easy to build up over time. And it helped me become a good runner, slowly building my confidence and lung capacity. I did it regularly, at least 3-4 times a week.

But. I haven’t actually run in quite a while. Maybe a month and coming up to a half now? A mirage of reasons, of course. I was traveling; I was in New York, Atlanta, Edinburgh. It was Christmas. It was New Year. I haven’t seen my friends in months. I got the worst cold known to man. It may have even been 3 colds and man-flu. It would be easy to sit here and say I’ll do it next week. Or next next week. Or something. Because it’s hard to get back into it. But actually, I missed it. I missed running. The first run will be painful and not very long. But it’ll be something. All it needs to be is something. What I’m reminding myself now (on Sunday evening as I write this) is that I am working out because I love my body. Not because I have to, or feel I have to because everyone says I should. But because I want to. I want to be healthy and lead an active lifestyle. I also want to be toned, and feel good and look good in the clothes I wear and be confident in my own skin. I only have one body, it is my temple, so why not make it as incredible as I can? (And I want to eat whatever I want when I want. I love bread and cheese. And want to eat it all the time.)

So tomorrow I start. Again. And I hope, that if you have been fighting your conscious about exercise that remember it is for YOU. Your body. You can do it. And whether it is a brisk walk, jog, 5 mile run or 13 laps in the swimming pool…do it for you because you love your body enough to be healthy and happy.

– Ellie

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Saturday Links

Cosy PPTIt’s Saturday! And today I fully intend to relax with a cup of coffee in bed doing not very much at all. In case you were planning to do something similar I thought I’d share some lovely links I’ve stumbled across this week.

1. First of all, true to form, I have found another Taylor Swift favourite. An oldie but a goodie.  One of my dreams, dreams, would be to get to photograph her on tour – yep, dream job right there. Or at least see her live. She’s going on tour later this year, and if you have a ticket I am officially jealous. In the meantime enjoy this video from the Grammy’s. It’s beaut.

2. Last night I went on a bit of a Pinterest binge – let’s say 3 hours – and I was specifically looking through ‘cosy’ things. My original reason to search for cosy things came from a new blogger find in the form of Rae Tashman who runs the blog Love From Berlin. Her blog is simply stunning. I spent a good few hours this week reading her posts and some of my favourites include this one on being cosy and this one titled Why I’m Alive.

3. Did anyone watch The Fall with Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan? (The rather spooky, quite realistic feeling, serial killing show set in Belfast) I may have become a little interested (read: obsessed) with Jamie, thanks to his accent (which is beautiful), and he just happens to be in the new issue of ELLE. So if you don’t already have a copy in your hands here is a little teaser I stumbled across on the ELLE website of the gorgeous man himself!

4. There are few things that I love more than dancers. I adore their grace, elegance, poise, movement. I could go on. It’s one the many photography projects I’m hoping to undertake this year; to photograph dancers in some beautiful form. In the meantime I am spoilt with various photos from other photographers, articles, the wondering whether I should take up lessons again, and this video. Wow.

5. I know a lot of people have posted this recently, but in case you haven’t seen this mash-up video of Taylor Swift Songs (…I know more T.S…) it’s ruddy brilliant!

So I hope you like these links and enjoy the rest of your weekend, I know I will definitely be making the most of mine!

– Ellie

 

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New York is my dream city…

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New York is my dream city. It makes me feel alive just being back. Absorbed into the endless possibilities. That, and it’s almost impossible to get lost thanks to the grid system. I could live in that city again. I say again because a few Summers ago I lived and worked there and it was amazing. New York in Spring/Summer is…I need a better word than amazing/beautiful/wonderful/fantastic. I mean it’s also chaotic, as it’s never not tourist season. The thousands of people who live there perfectly meshed in with the millions of tourists who want to see the blinding lights. P.S Taylor Swift has given me my new New York anthem song, I keep listening as it transports me back to bagels and beauties and the Highline at 9 in the morning.

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In case it was a little unclear, this time last month I was in NYC, Manhattan Island and a downtown apartment. I like downtown. It loses the grid a little, but the cobble stones and Chelsea Markets more than make up for that. You should visit The Chelsea Markets if you’ve never been (15th Street and 9th Ave) it is right opposite the Starbucks, but please there is a gorgeous scrumptious indy coffee place literally opposite and up and road so if you need a fix go there (it’s called Blue Bottle Top). And then, for breakfast, which is my favourite meal, you should head to Amy’s Bread inside the Chelsea Markets because the food is gorgeous! And since you are so close I would go on The Highline, which used to be for freight trains in the 30s/40s but  closed down a couple years after opening. It is now a park, created by Friends of The Highline and you can walk along. It was bloody freezing at the beginning of December though, so we stopped half way.

I’m not quite sure what the allure of New York is. I don’t know if it’s something I’ve created in my head, or the fact that I basically woke up to coffee and bagels on my doorstep – check out Ess-a-Bagel! The buzz and hubbub of the city is another favourite, you can get addicted to the feeling of being alive. There is so much to see and to photograph. The parks are unbelievable; my favourite would be Bryant Park which is definitely worth a visit. On days off in the Summer I would take myself and a book along, but I would never end up reading. People watching became my favourite past time. There is grass and paving, an outdoor bar, and in the summer outdoor movies are shown, live music is heard and chess playing occurs for every bloke with a beard over 70. It’s beyond fascinating.

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If you like Chocolate, fancy a late night snack and are in Union Square head over to Max Brenner. There may be a wait, so book if you can or be prepared to wait. But chocolate heaven awaits you. Don’t worry about the calories, you just walked in awe around my favourite city all day – it’s rather large – so you deserve a treat!

There is so much I can tell you about New York we would be here for days, but mark my words I’ll live in that city one day! Also, if you are going any time soon and need a list of places to eat, drink, visit, be merry, then let’s talk.

– Ellie x

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Saturday Links

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Good morning you lot,  I have some lovely links to share with you this morning! So I hope you have your tea, coffee, hot-chocolate or orange juice and are comfortable; let’s get started.

– Christmas is basically around the corner, my sister’s Birthday has been and gone, I have packed for London & New York and I even think the weather has dropped a good 5 degrees. Christmas is imminent! But in case you aren’t quite feeling the Christmas spirit this video from one of my favourite Youtubers, Tanya Burr, should help!

– Sticking to the subject of Christmas, I have started to revive my Christmas Pinterest Board. It’s only right isn’t it? If you have Pinterest please share your link in the comments, I am unashamedly a Pinning addict.

– I just want to say a HUGE thanks to Urban Adventures on Twitter who sent me a list of indy coffee shops to visit when I’m in New York next week. You guys are awesome! And I wanted to share just in case any of you are heading to NYC soon and need a coffee pick-me-up and don’t know where to go. You’ll probably find me in one of these places for breakfast….

– Okay. So sometimes I need motivation and inspiration in huge quantities. I love being a photographer, but I’m about to enter a new chapter in my life and need a little more of these things than usual. So lately I’ve found myself constantly on the TED and 99U websites and I found this video which I love, but also this one. Both are wonderful and really made me think and do some self reflection. So I hope you have plenty of tea or coffee left, if not it’s time for a top up. Enjoy!

– And lastly don’t forget this piece of sage advice

I hope you have a great weekend!

Ellie

 

 

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It’s fate.

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Can we talk about fate for a moment? It’s been floating around in my head for the past couple of days and I just can’t shake it. I’ve always been a non-believer in fate, I don’t like to think I have a pre-set path. I like to think I am making all my own decisions and they could change at any moment. I believe in experiences and serendipity and last minute spontaneity.

But recently, rom-coms and grown up (read: serious) relationships have had me thinking. Do we all have a person who we are supposed to marry? Do we all meet and marry our soul-mates? Do soul-mates even exist? Now, my inner rom-com lover is shaking her head at my questioning all this. So I took so my questioning to one of my very good friends; Of course I believe fate exists she gushes at me over coffee. She then goes on to back up her relationship story very well, managing to make the whole thing sound like a rom-com. Hhhmm. She and her BF are incredibly cute though. Ridiculously, even. And I love the story of them. But I’m not sure if it’s fate or just serendipity, which I’m more inclined to lean towards, especially as that is how I feel about meeting my BF.

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Maybe, maybe, there is the tiniest littlest part of me (the rom-com loving part clearly) that believes in fate when it comes to relationships. A bigger part of me is more willing to believe that maybe some things do happen for a reason and perhaps the reason is just to teach you a lesson about yourself or love or being in a relationship or whatever. Perhaps I am just thinking way too much into this. But it has me curious; do you believe in fate? And if so why? And if you don’t why not? Please leave comments on the back of a postcard, or y’know down in the comments section as I’d love to hear what you think!

Ellie

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You Really Can Do Whatever You Want

Ambition

Sometimes we just need a little reminding. I know I do. I definitely get caught up in doing what I think I should be doing, or being hard on myself because of what I haven’t done and thought maybe I should. And actually, we can do whatever we want in terms of our careers, our lives. We can invent and design our own lifestyle. Whenever I think about that I get hugely inspired!

Ellie

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Saturday Morning Links

Saturday Morning Links

Happy Saturday! It’s Saturday. I can’t believe that it’s the last week of November next week. That means it’s then December (AND NEW YORK!) and then it’s basically Christmas. NEXT WEEK. Basically. I may be a little ahead of myself but it feels like December is zooming into my life and I haven’t even started Christmas Shopping yet. I totally, totally, meant to start on Thursday when I was in Edinburgh having a little wander around. I thought I would at least get some idea or be in the mind-set of thinking about Christmas. But I walked straight into Topshop and all thoughts of Christmas Shopping and looking for gift inspiration walked straight out my mind. I was swayed by the pretty clothes, many jumpers and immediate thoughts of what I am going to wear whilst in New York. Which, I don’t think anyone can blame me for really. At the back of my mind I have decided that since I’m going to be in one of the best cities to be in at Christmas time that I’ll just do my Christmas Shopping there. Yep. Definitely.

Saturday’s at the moment mean climbing back into bed with a cup of tea (but maybe coffee today) and indulging in the best of the internet! Here are some links that I have loved this week, and I hope you do too!

– My brother showed me this video yesterday, it’s bloody amazing! If only I had the skills to dance like this.

– What Olivia Did was one of the very first blogs that I started reading and following regularly. I really adore her photos, especially the jumper she is wearing in this post, and I thought these photos were particularly lovely and wanted to share.

– I am very excited for Pitch Perfect 2! I stumbled across the trailer the other day and I am really excited. I still can’t do the cup song. I can sing it, but never quite got the cup ‘dance’ down.

– Perhaps it’s just me, but I really love the Tiffany & Co Holiday Illustrations this year. I’ve always liked their Holiday advertising but this year just makes me want to own them all as prints. Gorgeous! (P.s Did you know you can send a complimentary postcard from their Soho & Wall Street stores in NYC?!)

– Also I’m going to give myself a little bit of PR here and just tell you quickly about my other blog, yes the photography one. I’m a photographer; full time, professional, fancy, I love it. Pictures And Penny Thoughts is my amazing personal online journal of thoughts, ramblings, and my life. My photography website: elliemorag.com is where I post all my work, photos and I have a blog on there too with updates of what I’m doing. If that is something you are interested in please do head over and take a look, but also I’ve been working very hard on the blogs lately and would love you to see!

Enjoy your weekend,

Ellie

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