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.

Ellie Morag Photography

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.

Ellie Morag Photography

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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New York State Of Mind

Hi Friends, I’m going to New York! In two weeks! I am so excited! Three years ago I had the opportunity to work a summer in Manhattan and I absolutely adored it. My boss, at the time, had the genius idea to send us on a scavenger hunt around the entirety of Manhattan on our second day – she really wanted us to get to know the city that we were about to call home – and I can’t thank her enough for that. I got to see and live New York like a local; I had a coffee shop that I probably spent too many mornings popping into, a bar that I spent far too many evenings drinking amazing cocktails in and Bryant Park where I could sit and read (and people watch) for days. I also won the Wicked Lottery. I’m not sure if loved is a strong enough statement for that Summer.

Sadly I haven’t had the chance to visit New York since then, but I’ve been planning my trip back ever since. Back in July I decided just to see how much flights would cost, since I was in the country anyway it would be silly not to visit one of my favourite cities in the world. Right? Well I found incredibly cheap flights and decided to just go for it. And now, after months (felt like years) of waiting, it’s just around the corner. Initially, I was just going to go by myself and enjoy the city at Christmas, see a couple of friends and play-by-ear. But now I have a wonderful companion joining me and we are both a bit bloody excited!

We were going to make a list of what we wanted to do months ago, but due to us both being horrendously busy, that didn’t happen. So I find myself making my list now; searching the internet; blogs; watching vlogs; getting in touch with friends who have visited and of course pinning everything about New York that exists on Pinterest. I’m looking everywhere! So far my list is pretty fantastic and I am exceptionally excited about doing some Christmas Shopping! But, because it has been years (sob) since I’ve been to my favourite city I would love some recommendations of great things to do, where to go and where to eat etc. Please link your blogs and vlogs! Can’t wait to see your suggestions!

Ellie

 

 

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Saturday Morning Links

Saturday

Morning guys! It’s Saturday! After devoting the last six months to spending my weekends photographing weddings, I have recently really been relishing my Saturday mornings to myself. I love to make a cup of tea and then climb back into bed and lazily indulge on the internet; reading articles, listening to new music and spending too long scrolling through Pinterest! It really has been most lovely! So I thought if any of you did the same sort of thing that I’d give you a heads up and share some of my favourite links from this week with you.

– I’m a secret, not so secret, Swifty; I was a huge fan of Shake It Off when it came out, but for some reason hadn’t heard Blank Space until today when I came across the video. It’s amazing. I just downloaded it.

– I got back into blogging recently and some of the blogs that inspired me to make a come-back are: CiderwithRosie, FlatEleven, Wonderful You & ellamasters. My list could go on and on and on, but these ladies are beautiful writers with gorgeous pictures and I could spend days reading their articles. I especially like this recent post by Ella about knowing your worth as a creative – love it lady!

– I am a big Jennifer Lawrence fan, I adore how funny and real she is. So this interview I came across made me happy.

– I don’t know about you, but I LOVE mornings. I love waking up before everyone and having those moments of peace just to be when everything is totally quiet. My mind feels more curious in the mornings. My coffee seems to taste better. Ideas often stream out of my head and ultimately the earlier I wake up the more inspired I feel for the rest of the day. But I’m not going to lie here, I am terrible at waking up early by myself. Terrible. I really wish I wasn’t, because like I said I love mornings. But I naturally wake up early once in a blue moon. I usually have to set 7 different alarms and put my phone on the other side of the room so I have to physically get out of bed to switch it off. So I’ve been setting my alarm earlier than normal trying, to wake up earlier and enjoy the mornings more – which has been hard thanks to jetlag (I’m totally still allowed to blame jetlag…). But I stumbled across this article and I’m going to try and with the help of some of the tips, try and wake up early…

– Has anyone seen Begin Again? The film with Adam Levine and Kiera Knightly? I cannot get this song out of my head from the movie!

I hope you guys enjoyed these links, have a lovely weekend!

Ellie

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Knitwear and the Christmas Jumper

When I was little the prospect of having to wear a Christmas jumper was awful. I’d always imagine it as something my grandma would knit with three sleeves, two head holes and would be the itchiest thing in the world. I was never a fan. Remember Bridget Jones’ and her Christmas jumpers? Yeah, no. I wasn’t having any of it.

The past couple of years my sister has bought a Christmas jumper. She is mad for them, always trying to find the ‘best’ one. I still wasn’t sold. Thing is, I LOVE jumpers. Being in Atlanta the last six months with beautiful warm sunshine, and the crazy humidity, meant that I was sweating even just wearing vest tops. So my collection of jumpers was left in the UK. Coming home was a godsent for my jumper collection. Out they came and one by one I have been wearing them. It’s been wonderous. Maybe it’s just because I haven’t been able to wear them, because let’s be real here; you can wear jumpers during Summer in the UK, especially Scotland, but I have been dying to add to my knitwear collection. Big oversized jumpers, fluffy jumpers, fitted, patterned, graphic; I want them all. So yesterday I had a spare five minutes after some meetings so I just very quickly popped into a couple of shops. It’s safe to say that the Christmas jumpers are out in full force, perhaps more so than ever before. Seriously. But I did see some that I may contemplate getting because they are actually quite lovely for Christmas jumpers. Definitely not Bridget Jones-esk. I really just adore soft cuddly, snuggly cosy things I can wear at this time of year. Whilst I’m having hot chocolate. With Bailey’s. Gosh I cannot wait! So I guess you could say I’m a little excited for Christmas, and the potential of some gorgeous jumpers to add to my collection, Christmas style or not.

I’ve started a Pinterest board for some inspiration but as you can see there aren’t many typical Christmas jumpers on there yet.

Do you like Christmas jumpers? Have you seen any that are really gorgeous? Have you bought yours already? I think my sister has highlighted at least 7 she loves. Where is your favourite place to buy jumpers?

– Ellie

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An Introduction

An Introduction

Monday. I smile every time I read this gem.

Hi, I’m Ellie. Pictures and Penny Thoughts is my little online journal.

I’ve been sitting here writing and re-writing my ‘Why I stopped blogging for a while’ intro. I started Pictures and Penny Thoughts last year and whilst I enjoyed blogging, ultimately I couldn’t decide what I wanted my space to be. It’s was an outlet because I liked writing. But it was a mix of everything and nothing specifically. There wasn’t any real direction and I was struggling to come up with posts to write and what I thought people would like to read. So I took a break.

Back in May I moved to Atlanta where I was working as a photographer. I had planned to write about it all and even perhaps vlog. Now, neither of those happened because I got so insanely busy (I photographed 30 weddings! Gah!) I can’t even begin to describe it. I kept writing but just in my personal journal, and vlogging? Maybe one day. After 6 months, photographing 30 weddings, numerous events and studio sessions has changed me in so many ways. Also the whole living abroad thing. And I started dating someone out there too. Six months feels like no time at all and also a very long time. I changed quite a bit and well after a bit of reflection I decided that I would return to PPT again. I have some big plans and I do like writing. I hope you’ll follow my journey on here, I’m quite excited!

– Ellie

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