June 15th, 2013
Selected for ASOS dress | Marni wedges | 5inch and up x Nelly knit c/o Push PR | Marc by Marc Jacobs Bag | Sunglasses from a stall in Milan
Chris and I have not had a weekend in our own home for weeks. Months in fact; we’ve been visiting parents, going to a brilliant wedding, and of course trekking around Hampshire looking for our own wedding venue. So we decided to take Friday off work and get caught up on our R&R. Chris fixed the garden gate, I added several inches to my crochet blanket, and we went for a walk around the neighbourhood. At this time of year the gardens in our area burst into a beautiful riot of colour, and on a sunny day there is nothing nicer than taking a little stroll to the high street for coffee and cake, stopping off to admire the roses.
This white muslin t-shirt dress is probably my most worn item of clothing at the moment. And I love having any excuse to get the Marni out; these sandals are so comfortable, but a little bit lethal. There is something about flatforms; because your can’t detect variations in the floor through the additional inches, it can be quite easy to get caught out by uneven paving slabs. Good thing then that I have flexible ankles. These lovelies are totally worth a mild sprain for anyway.
Right, I’m off to tidy the kitchen and add more stripes to my blanket. I might even watch a bit of telly; I’m alternating between the latest season of The Borgias and re-watching Sex and the City, a disorientating dramatic gear shift. If the mood took me I could bake something. Oh my, I had forgotten just how good lazy sunny days could be!
June 14th, 2013
Pinterest and I are a bit like really old friends; we don’t see each other, or even speak for long periods, but when we get back together again we pick up right from where we left off. I went for months devoid of the urge to pin, and yet within about a week of getting engaged, I knew that the best place to go for ideas would be the land of all things interesting and pinnable. Last weekend saw me wide awake at 5am, super excited about all the wedding stuff that we were going to be doing that day and madly adding things to Pinterest. But I have BioElle’s assurance that early-bird pinning is perfectly acceptable crazy bride behaviour.
My ‘Ideas for the big day’ board is enjoying a more active social life than I am at the moment. I have found some excellent ideas for mine and Chris’s wedding day for little things like bouquets, favours and table decorations that can be easily DIY-ed for very little money. And of course, the all important wedding dress. I have also found that an astonishing number of porn images have made their way into the ‘Weddings’ search on Pinterest. So I can enjoy kinky brides doing unspeakable things to each other while I browse conservative tulip-based centrepieces. Score. (Not score, I am being heavily ironic here).
Anyway, dodgy pinboard action aside, I thought I would share some of my favourite bits from my wedding board, including tulips (my favourite flower), jars, wild flowers in mugs, simple cake decorations, lace details and all things blue. I created this collage using a new web app that I discovered the other day called PinCo, which you can install here. I love the layout, which is randomly selected by PinCo, but I’m not so keen on the logo that appears in the top left corner by default. You can download your collage as a jpeg once it’s finished, so there is the option to crop off the logo if you want to.
So now over to you guys: what are the best/worst/kinkiest things that you have ever found on Pinterest? Are you always pinterested, or just a fair weather/5am pin-thusiast like me?
June 12th, 2013
As of July 1st 2013, Google’s RSS feed service Googlereader will be no more. Like many people I relied on this service to organise the many hundreds of blogs that I subscribe to, and over the last few months I have been making the transition to other services. RIP Googlereader, I have loved you long time. I know that many readers out there probably never actually visit ScientistChic; like me you opt for an RSS service that gathers everything in one neat, tidy place. Over the last couple of months I have tried lots of different ones, and have picked a final two that I think will be apt replacements for the mighty G-Reader.
Feedly is the new blog-reader of choice for me, and it seems a large number of Googlereader’s old users; 48 hours after Google announced the end of reader feedly’s number of users increased by 50,000. Two weeks later that number had increased to 3 million. Importing your blogs from Googlereader is extremely easy and through the web app and the mobile ap, available for both android and iPhone, I can always have access to my feeds. From a design perspective the phone app is lovely, really clean and easy to use. I like that you can swipe to mark as unread, and there is the option to use the volume button to move up and down your list of posts (which former users of Newsrob may remember with fondness). The web app is still a touch too cluttered for my liking, with endless sidebar options to group and arrange your feeds. But as I do most of my blog reading on the go this isn’t really an issue.
Bloglovin’ has been the fashion bloggers’ feed aggregator of choice for years, and following a few recent website revamps creating a slick, simple interface I love using this service to point me at new things to read. As with feedly, importing your Googlereader content is very easy, and the phone app is a thing of beauty. However, it doesn’t have the swipe to mark as unread feature that I like so much in feedly. Where Bloglovin’ has the edge over feedly is the simplicity of the website; no long lists of categories or additional sidebars. Plus it has an additional feature that I loved in Googlereader and is sadly lacking from feedly: the ability to see the number of followers for a feed. Additionally, you can ‘claim’ your own blog, and track how your numbers of followers change over time. Pretty handy for keeping an eye on how many people read your posts without ever visiting your site!
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