Remember my post a while back, about my first visit to Thunder Mountain Monument? Occasionally Joey and I stop to visit when we’re driving through Nevada on our way to California. This time we were greeted by a black dog, who accompanied us for the duration of our time at the monument. We walked around what was left of the school house – which burned down in the early 80’s, took some photos, stretched, then took off for California to celebrate Joey’s sister’s wedding! Whenever I’m on a long road trip like this one, being comfortable is essential…comfort and junk food. I pile the car up with pillows and blankets to snuggle up with, stock up on munchies, and wear one of my favorite lazy-day outfits. There’s nothing comfier than kicking back in a tank, a pair of Birks, and my One Tribe Honey Hive harem pants!
Here’s the first tutorial I’ve ever made. It’s a quick one, showing how to create emulsion lifts using IMPOSSIBLE instant film. This can be quite a simple process which yields really beautiful results. Happy Lifting!
Back in 2008, when Polaroid quit producing film, a group called The Impossible Project bought the last factory producing analog film along with some of Polaroid’s production machinery and started re-creating their own version of analog instant film. They’ve even created a new Instant Lab, that lets you print instant photos from your iPhone! Believe me, It’s on my photog-wishlist for sure. With the goal in mind to revive and reinvent the future of instant film; if it wasn’t for The Impossible Project this format of photography could have very well disappeared forever! So, many thanks to their company!
I was introduced to my first Polaroid camera this past Christmas, when my boyfriend bought me a refurbished Polaroid 600 camera and 3 packs of film. I instantly (pun intended) fell in love with how authentic each photograph was. Very shortly after, I discovered the magic of Emulsion Lifts – a technique where one soaks their film in boiling water in order to release the layer of emulsion from the plastic, leaving a thin floating photo in the water that can be transferred onto paper, wood, glass, etc. It takes a very immediate form of photography, and turns it back into an intimate, hands-on process with results that are absolutely dreamy!
Below are some of my first Polaroids taken and some of the first Emulsion Lifts I’ve made. I’m looking forward to creating so much more, and already have some projects up my sleeve. ;)
In other news: Tomorrow, Joey and I are road trippin’ to Northern California so we can visit his family and celebrate his sister’s wedding!
Bloke Body is a %100 natural skin and hair care company. They’re relatively new and only have a few products so far – 3 different versions of their famous body scrub, sweet mint lip balm, and their new restore and rehydrate hair treatment. I came across Bloke Body on Instagram a while back. It’s been gaining a lot of popularity lately and I kept hearing about it from other bloggers, so I decided to buy a pack for myself to see what everyone was fussing about. I bought 2 packs of their Coffee + Sweet Orange Body Scrub, one for me and one for my mom to try. Made with Arabica Coffee Beans and Coconut Oil, this scrub is made to target cellulite while hydrating your skin at the same time. The caffeine in the coffee exfoliates the skin, stimulates blood flow, and has an overall tightening effect. The coconut oil leaves your skin nourished and smooth.
They arrived in the cutest little packages! I’ve been using it about 4 times a week, mostly on my legs and torso, for about a month now. Combined with a healthy diet and weekly exercise, I’ve noticed a significant decrease in the stubborn little cellulite on the back of my legs. After every use my skin feels delicately soft. And during use, the coffee gives your skin a tingly sensation that really wakes you up in the morning. I don’t think my mom used Bloke as “religiously” as I did because she’s the queen of skin care & beauty products and has a million other things to try…But the first week I bought it for her all she did was rave about how soft it made her skin feel! As for me, I am extremely happy with Bloke‘s body scrub. When I’m finished with this bag I’m anxious to try their Green Tea + Sea Salt Scrub on my face!
When I was approached by an associate from Modani, a modern furniture store, who asked me to design a living room using furniture from their site I was a little hesitant at first because I wouldn’t necessarily consider my decorating style as “Modern”. As a young college student living on a budget, I design my apartment using hand-me-downs from my parents and thrifted items so a Modern look has never crossed my mind before, mostly because I can’t afford it. I was pleasantly surprised with how easy it was to create a bohemian-esque living room using almost entirely Modani furniture. I guess that’s the great thing about boho – it’s eclectic, so the possibilities are infinte! You can mix and match different styles of furniture together to get your desired look. Everything in the photo I put together below is from Modani except for the plants, candles, and Amethyst geode which were all found on Google Images.
I don’t know about you people, but I really love how this living space turned out…It has a very zen-like feeling to it. I just want to light some candles & incense, sit down on the couch, and meditate…or watch Netflix. Either works for me.
The elegant Saut de L’ange sculpture, the white Serenity Statue, and both the wooden Candle Stand & Coffee Table are my favorite pieces from their store! The colorful pouf is pretty damn cute addition too; I’ve always wanted a similar pair to place around my coffee table. I enjoyed putting this room together, it challenged me to step outside my comfort zone and I really appreciate the results and inspiration I gained in the process.
What about all of you readers – is your home clean and modern like Modani or eclectic and rustic like mine?