Thursday, 15 January 2015

No coal for me this Christmas!

Christmas presents


Today I thought I’d share with you my favourite things I got for Christmas this year. Just a quick disclaimer first – I don’t want this to come across in any way like I’m bragging or showing off, I simply thought it would be a cool idea for a post and perhaps provide some inspiration for present-buying in the future!
In no particular order…

1. Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens

Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens
Canon 50mm f/1.8 lens

This lens is a dream come true! (Well, actually this one is, but I don’t think putting a £700 lens on my Christmas list would go down so well.. So the f/1.8 is a great alternative.) It’s incredibly versatile, makes my photos look all crisp and delicious and is compact enough to carry around as an extra without taking a big camera bag. Another thing I love is that it doesn’t have any sort of zoom function, making you, as the photographer, physically move (rather than just zooming in). I’ve found this puts a whole new perspective on my photography and challenges me in new ways. Love it!

Find out more here.

2. English Tea Shop Organic “Super Berries” tea

English Tea Company's "Super berries" organic tea
Delicious super berries tea
Cup of berry tea

Anyone who knows me knows I love my fruit tea. This particular fruit tea is potentially one of the best I’ve tried (it even rivals Piña Colada flavour!?). It’s super fruity but not too sweet and is followed by the most irresistible peppermint taste. Even the tea bags themselves are gorgeous “silk pyramids”. I could drink this all day long but unfortunately there are only 15 teabags in the tin so I’m saving them for special occasions. It's that good.

Find it here.

3. Infinity ring by Manola Art

Gold infinity ring
Manolita jewellery box
Gold infinity ring

Ahhhh, where do I begin with this one? I’m a big sucker for a simple ring and this one fits that category perfectly. It’s simple yet feminine, super cute and is even adjustable! I wear it every day and can always think of Katarina when I see it, which is so nice. I think a piece of jewellery is a lovely present to get someone, expensive or not, as whenever they wear it, they’ll think of you!

I can’t really link you to this one as the jeweller doesn’t have a website but you can see their phone number and email address on the box that the ring came in. All I know is that they’re Austria-based as my sister bought it at one of the Christmas markets in Vienna. Happy hunting!

4. “Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs” book by Henry Carroll

"Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs" by Henry Carroll
Inside the book "Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs" by Henry Carroll

This book had been on my “to buy” list for sooooo long. In fact, ever since I got to London. I spotted it in the gift shop at the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea and fell in love with it and it’s simplicity. I’ve since seen it in about four other shops and every time have said, “Oh it’s that book again! I need to get around to buying that!”, but never quite gotten around to it. I now finally own it and it’s fantastic. Henry Carroll takes things right back to basics with his easy explanations and diagrams. The blurb on the back reads, “No scary graphs. No techie diagrams. No camera-club jargon. (this book) walks you through the fundamentals of composition, exposure, light, lenses and the all-important art of seeing without drowning you in technobabble.”

Be inspired here.

5. Viktor & Rolf “Flowerbomb Extrême” Eau De Parfum

Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Extrême Eau De Parfum

Hah, so this was actually a Christmas present to myself (or maybe that was just an excuse to buy new perfume..) but IT’S JUST THE MOST INCREDIBLE SMELLING THING IN THE WORLD. I fell in love with the original scent back in October when Hanna made me smell it, and then they released the Extrême edition and I just had to buy it. Luckily I found it in duty free on the way to Austria so it had a nice discount. It’s actually the first expensive perfume I’ve ever bought – I just can’t justify spending so much money on a tiny (pretty, but tiny) bottle of liquid. But this is liquid gold. So: justified.

Fall in love like I did here.

So there you have it! I was a very lucky bunny this Christmas and I’m so grateful for everything I received. These presents aren’t necessarily my “favourites” (although I do love them a lot), just ones I thought would be good to write about and share with you guys.

See you soon for another week of Art Freak Fridays!

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