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Meet… Girl in the Lens

Our next instalment of Meet the Blogger comes from Natasha at Girl in the Lens, which she runs with her boyfriend alongside her full time job and being an author… phew! We caught up with the girl behind the blog, and found out how she manages to fit it all in!

Ok, first up who is ‘Girl in The Lens’ for those that don’t already know? 
 I’m a 23 year-old, half-Chinese half-English girl from a town near London who studied Geography at uni but somehow ended up working in fashion and social media! 
How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I run Girl in the Lens with my boyfriend, Callum (I guess you could call him the Boy Behind the Lens!). We started it just over two years ago as a creative project between the two of us – me writing and styling, Callum doing all the photography and design – and it’s since grown into something much larger and more wonderful than we ever anticipated! We still have the same ethos behind it though as we did when we first started – the blog is a space to explore our creativity and have fun with photography. That will never change. 

What inspires your blog posts? 
 We tend to shoot outside, as we love natural light and the changing colours of the season. Sometimes we keep to our local areas, and sometimes we find somewhere special to take a more creative shoot. We’re actually in the process of redesigning the blog and will be focusing more on lifestyle posts in the future. Not that I’m bored of fashion! But Callum has so much more to offer as a photographer, and it’ll push us to have more adventures and try new things to share with our readers. 
How would you describe your style? 
 Casual but polished, preppy, non-committed. It’s still evolving day by day. 
You’re also a YA author. How did that come about… and how do you fit it all in!
I never stop! I actually juggle three jobs (alongside blogging and being an author, I am a freelance social media consultant and writer), and it is always a little crazy trying to keep on top of everything. But you only live once, so I’d rather always be busy and make the most of the time I have! Being an author is what I’ve always wanted to do though. Ever since young, it was a dream of mine to have a novel published, and I was always writing. I got my publishing deal the traditional way – I wrote a novel, submitted it to agents, who then submitted it to publishers … and then we were lucky enough to get a wonderful two-book deal! It’s a dream, being able to see my words out there in the world. 
What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
 Most of the time I’m writing (or thinking about writing), but I also love reading, having long baths, watching marathon runs of old shows I love like The OC, going for walks, nights in Callum, doing yoga, exercising, playing video games, travelling, seeing friends and family … oh, and eating. Lots of eating. 
 What three items can you not live without? 
 A ring Callum gave me for my 23rd birthday with a line from my novel engraved on the inside, my Kindle (and all the books on it), and my new MacBook Air. 

Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
 The crazy stuff that goes in my brain. Stories are writing themselves in there all day, every day. I can’t keep up! 
And lastly, as we’re releasing our travel issue, we want to know your favourite holiday destination?
 Pangkor Laut in Malaysia. I grew up in Malaysia – it’s one of my favourite places on earth. While it has a lot of gorgeous coastal resorts and islands, Pangkor Laut is special. My mum took me, my dad and Callum there a few years ago as a treat. We were only there a few days, but I could have stayed for weeks.

I do like to be beside the seaside

There’s nothing more than us Cellardoor girls like, and that’a nice little stroll along the beach… complete with a Mr Whippy in hand of course. So when we spotted these amazing photographs from Leo Caillard, we were instantly transported to straight the seaside – now where’s our 99!

When I Grow Up…

Following on with our When I grow up series, we caught up with textile designer Naomi Tuffery founder of Tuff Love, who specialise in creating stunning digitally printed silk scarves. Read on to find out how she managed to bag her dream job… 

You graduated with a degree in Textiles and Surface Design, was this is always your dream career?
Definitely not! When I finished my A-levels I thought ‘Oh gosh! What am I going to do with my life now?!’ I knew I wanted to do something arty but was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in so decided to do a foundation degree but was told they had no more places at my interview. I immediately thought it had all been a waste of time and that I was back at square one but the interviewer carried on talking with me and looked through my work and thought I was ready to go straight to degree and between us we hand-picked the Textiles and Surface Design on the spot. All of a sudden I was doing a degree! It was very surreal. Luckily when I started the course I fell in love with print design and that was when I knew what I wanted to do with my life. 

Where does your inspiration for your designs come from?
A huge combination of things! I find that it’s pretty random, for example I may stumble across an old photograph and it will inspire a whole collection. All it takes is one initial thought to expand and lead onto other things…

Who would you most love to see wearing one of your designs?
I think I would say Kate Middleton. She has become such a fashion icon and she dresses very smart, classy and sleek – A look that I think my scarves go with perfectly.

Do you have a favourite piece?
I have a couple in the collection that I like the most but if I had to pick I would say my Winter scarf print, partly because of how it came about. Last year I went out to my car and it was completely covered in the most beautiful intricate patterns that had been formed by the ice overnight. I photographed them and used them to design this piece. That then inspired the whole of the Seasons Collection.

 Who or what is your biggest inspiration?
My mum. She is so supportive of me and my career. Having her motivate me and keep me positive keeps me going and not let me give up on my dream of being a successful textile designer. I’m getting there one day at a time and I wouldn’t be able to do it without her.
Describe your average day…
Well I work freelance and am building my business up at the moment so I have other part time work around it. This means most days I will work a shift at one of my part time jobs and then I will go home and try to do as much designing as I can in the evenings, or visa versa. I love to design in my room with a big mug of tea and background music or telly. My favourite days are when I have no other work on and I get to work from home all day creating beautiful things! I’m hoping one day I can quit the other jobs and that can be my full working week.

Any advice for our readers wanting to take the plunge for themselves?
Make sure you have a clear idea of what you want to do with your business. You don’t want to waste time and money investing in something that is not going to work. You need to look at every aspect of your idea and decide whether it is a good one. When it came to picking my label name it took me ages and before I finally settled with ‘Tuff Love’ I asked most of my friends and family what they thought. They all loved it and I’m so happy I stuck with that one.

Tell us something no one else knows about you…
I spend a lot of my time designing from my bed, drinking tea and eating chocolate! It is work, I promise!

What does the future hold for Tuff Love?
I will definitely be widening my range of products. At the moment I am just selling digitally printed silk scarves but soon I will have hand printed T-shirts available too. Then even further in the future I hope to have even more products!
Oh and as we’ve just released our music issue, we want to know what’s on your ipod at the moment?
 I am in love with ‘Waiting All Night’ by Rudimental! I cannot stop listening to it. It is definitely my favourite song at the moment. 

See more of Naomi’s designs on Etsy and Folksy, and at Nisbett and George

Something for the Weekend…

The National Theatre is celebrating a century of Norman Parkinson’s beautiful and highly influential work with a collection of his most famous photographs. 
Cellardoor recently paid the exhibition a visit and was impressed and inspired by the late photographer’s iconic work. It showcases images spanning from his early career in the 1930’s up until his death in the 1990’s, including portraits of movie stars, musicians and royals, as well as his pioneering images for Vogue. Parkinson’s use of unusual props and far flung locations revolutionised modern fashion photography, making him one of the most important British photographers of the twentieth century. 
The exhibition runs until the 12th May 2013 and pays a must see tribute to this seminal fashion photographer’s remarkable career.
By Cheryl Maguire

Meet… Milk Bubble Tea

Our next instalment of our Meet the Blogger series comes from Becky over at Milk Bubble Tea. Read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog…

Ok, first up who is ‘Milk Bubble Tea’?    
My name is Becky, I’m 22 (almost 23)  and I am a dog person – if you have a dog, we will be friends! I don’t like tea or coffee  – I’m the adult who still orders a hot chocolate (with extra cream and marshmallows of course).  My camera is never far from my side and I hate mushrooms.  

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place? 
  I’ve been blogging for just over a year and a half now. My blog started out as a online diary and somewhere to share my photographs along with daily snippets of my life. I’m constantly surprised at the comments I receive and the amount of followers who read my blog. I like to put effort and time into my blog posts but it’s my readers who make blogging really enjoyable for me! 

What inspires your blog posts?    

 I love capturing moments in my photographs. Wether it be something big or something small. When I receive lovely compliments from readers of my blog telling me they love my photography, it really inspires me to keep it up. 

How would you describe your style?  

My style can vary from time to time but at the moment I’m currently living in my trusty pair of american apparel easy jeans and cosy jumpers. I’m a cream jumper (and general knitwear) hoarder! 

What three items can you not live without?    

This probably sounds really bad but my iPhone! Im always snapping photos on it, emailing, tweeting etc I always get plenty of eye rolls when instagram-ing my lunch before eating it, oops. 2. Concealer (is a girls best friend.) 3. My DSLR – I take my camera everywhere with me, every trip, even just on little walks with the dogs and adventures at the weekend!

What do you get up to when you’re not blogging?  

When I’m not studying and my macbook isn’t glued to me. I like to take my dogs for long walks, go to the cinema often (and always buy a huge carton of salted popcorn, never sweet!) or spend time with my lovely boyfriend.

 Tell us something no one else knows about you…    
I have a little scar on my forehead from when I fell over when I was two, it’s exactly like Harry Potters.. Jealous?

And lastly, what’s your favourite thing about Winter? 

Frosty mornings and fresh snow, I love walking on fresh snow and hearing that crunch underneath my feet! 

Meet… Dearest Deer

Despite being fairly new on the blogging scene, Dunya over at Dearest Deer has fast become one of our favourites. We had a chat with the girl herself, so read on to find out more about the girl behind the blog… 

Ok, first up who is ‘Dearest Deer’? 
My name is Dunya, I’m 21, and a third year student studying International Relations at Sussex University, living in Brighton and occasionally popping back home to Surrey in between! 
How long have you been blogging, and what made you want to start it in the first place?
Blogging has been relatively new for me, I started around June/July of 2012, feeling very inspired since the start of 2012 by my friend Carrie and her blog WishWishWish! Seeing the way she told stories through beautiful photography and words got me into looking at other blogs and, before I knew it, I’d bought myself a camera and was plotting my own blog design! 
What inspires your blog posts?
I’ve always liked the idea of capturing something in a photo, and I try to make my posts as much about where I am as what I’m wearing. At the start I did some straight up outfit posts but I think the inspiration has to be drawn from where I am at the time too, so I like to look for new places that can compliment my look and vice versa! 
How would you describe your style?
It’s a bit of two things, on one side probably very typically girly; I like bows, velvet, polka dotted anything, but I also like my fair share of  masculine things, tailored trousers, brogues. The fun is mixing it all up! And it’s safe to say anything Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel/Jess wear are all inspirational! 
What three items can you not live without? 
I have a life-saving (by life I mean hair) hooded camel coat from Zara I received for my 20th birthday which, in our weather, I am so grateful for! My black denim American Apparel circle skirt saves the day when I feel like nothing else will match, and a very long-lasting pair of black suede topshop ankle boots from two years ago is my go-to when I want a low heel that will look nice but still be comfortable. 
What do you get up to when you’re not blogging? 
A lot of my time is spent in front of my laptop, studying for my seminars! But when I’m away from my laptop I try to make the most of visiting charity shops nearby, spending time with fellow bloggers in London, and popping back home to Surrey.
Tell us something no one else knows about you… 
I have a little dent on my top left cheek from an almost-fatal accident when I was 6. Look out for it in my next post!
And lastly, what’s your favourite thing about Winter? 
Coming home from the cold, chucking all things wet or damp to the side, and putting the kettle on!

Story Teller

Looking at a photograph by Tim Walker is like gazing into another world. One where anything is creatively possible. Tim Walker: Story Teller at Somerset House allows a sneak peek into the magic behind his photographic genius.

Props such as a giant bumble bee playing the violin and an almost life size Spitfire crashing through the wall are on display, alongside some of his most beautiful and enthralling photography from the pages of Vogue, Vanity Fair and W.  Story Teller is a fascinating and inspiring look into Walker’s brilliance, showcasing his unrivalled talent for imagination, humour and whimsy.  

The exhibition is free to visit and coincides with the release of his new book, also titled Story Teller.
  By Cheryl Maguire

Vintage Halloween

Are you struggling for ideas for your halloween fancy dress party? We felt inspired (if not a little creeped out!) by these spooky vintage snaps of some great costumes. Just check out that egg outfit… not sure it’s convenient for sipping our witches brew though!
Let us know what you’re going as – we’d love to see your own snaps!

Rookie Road Trip

Tavi Gevinson is one cool girl. Not content with being a blogger and founder of Rookie Magazine, This Summer she took to the open road with her pals, and completed a 16 city tour of America in search of readers and kindred spirits. Ingenuously dubbed ‘The Rookie Road Trip’ and sponsored by Urban Outfitters, Tavi and co. started in the Big Apple on June 25th and ended in LA on July 21st stopping off at various locations along the way to meet and greet fans.

Using #rookieroadtrip, social media played a vital role in updating followers of their going on’s. Everyone’s favourite camera, Instagram, gave a vintage feel to Tavi’s photos and allowed this excellent marketing venture to reach out to the uber cool crew.

Whether you’re off to Scarborough or Southend, you too can create your own photo diary with a retro quality. Urban Outfitters and sell a selection of super stylish and quirky cameras including Fish-Eye, Diana F+, Polaroid, Pinhole, La Sardina and Disposable – there’s one for everyone!

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Some of the best apps for smartphones can make you feel like the next top photographer for less than £2. Word of warning: Prepare to be addicted!

So what you waiting for?! Get snapping! 

By Rebekah Holroyd

Let it rain

It’s hard to feel cheerful at the moment when it’s all grey and rainy out there – where is that summer we’re all hoping for, eh? One good thing about all this wet weather though is this beautiful photography from Gavin Hammond.
The photographer has been snapping some of London’s famous landmarks in the drizzle… but from a very unusual angle. These aren’t your ordinary landscapes, oh no! If you look a little deeper you can see the reflections from the likes of Big Ben and The London Eye staring back at you from puddles. It’s not looking so gloomy now…

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