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Friday, 2 January 2015

Five Things & Five Blogs I Love Friday : 2015 Edition #1


One. 
Discovering a folder full of negatives in a box in the cupboard. I thought they were lost forever. There was also a bag of undeveloped film with them, which I'm looking forward to getting processed to see if any of their secrets will be revealed. I also just bought a new external hard drive (yes to all of the storage!) so I'll have to make a start on scanning the negatives very soon. I think it might be a sign from the universe, you know. A few years ago I had plans of setting up a print shop but I never quite got there. I had a jewellery shop for a little while but it wasn't my thing, it didn't make my heart as happy as shooting film does.

Two. 
Finding a receipt in my inbox yesterday morning that informed me that I had apparently bought some books at 2am on New Year's Day. I do not remember doing that but I'm pretty excited about them all. I think I have better taste when I'm a bit tipsy. They were on sale too, thank goodness!

Three. 
In contrast to that last one I've decided that I'm only going to purchase things if they're absolutely essential for as long as I can keep it up. Lately books have been my weakness and I'd be lying if I said I felt guilty about that, but I definitely have more than enough stories to immerse myself in for the time being. As for products and the like, I'm only going to let myself buy something if I don't already have an alternative in my cupboard.

Four. 
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel. I'm just over half way through and I'm so looking forward to finding an hour to finish it. The blurb makes it sound a little like a run-of-the-mill post-apocalyptic story, but it's so much more. So much character development!

Five.  
The New Year! I'm wishing you all the happiness for 2015!


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Lisette Loves
Daisybutter
Bethan Likes
The Velvet Black
Star Violet

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What are you especially loving this Friday?
Any favourite blogs? As always I'd love to hear your recommendations!

All my love,
Jennie
xoxo


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68 comments:

  1. There is nothing better than new books sometimes, but I know what you mean about having too many to read. I try and limit myself to having 3 unread, and once I've read those, then buy more! xxx

    Sam | Samantha Betteridge

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    1. That sounds like a very good system! xo

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  2. Tipsy book buying = my secret second life!

    That's so exciting that you've found some undeveloped film in your archives Jennie. I miss the magic of taking a roll of film to be developed and almost forgetting what you'd dedicated those 50 snapshots too. And I love the unexpectedness of how the photograph will develop, no matter how you adjusted settings, etc.! Modern day cameras make it too darn easy to manipulate a scene to precisely how you want things to be soon.

    And thank you for my little mention!! So, so lovely of you - it's certainly brightened up my day whilst I suffer with the sniffles. xx

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    1. Haha I'm so glad someone else has done this too! There's a magic with film that words can't quite explain, I totally agree. The anticipation is the best part. You're so welcome, you know daisybutter has been a favourite for forever! <3 xo

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  3. Discovering things you've lost at the back of the cupboard is such an amazing feeling! Love that you don't remember your 2am book purchases <3 I'm going to go check out your blog recommendations now xx

    Ioanna | Hearting.co.uk | Check out my 100 follower GIVEAWAY

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    1. It really is, I'm so looking forward if they will share their secrets! xo

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  4. Books are my weakness too! My parents never let me buy them, so naturally I just want to buy them more. When I was little, my parents would take my brothers and me to Barnes & Nobles on weekends and we'd spend the whole day there reading all the books we wanted but couldn't buy. However, whenever I pass by a secondhand bookstore, I always have to pop in and check it out. Usually I end up buying 5 books, but hey, they were for a good deal! Actually, I like secondhand books more than new ones. I love books that look like they've been lived in, if that makes sense. Anyways, I was wondering about the five blogs you share every week: are they blogs you've newly discovered and recommend or blogs you've followed for awhile and recommend? :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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    1. Secondhand bookstores are like little treasure troves. I totally get what you mean, it's like they've had a life before coming to you and now you're getting to share in part of their journey!

      It depends really - some are new discoveries and some are old favourites that I have been particularly enjoying recently <3 xo

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  5. I love the blog Parfasseux and Frockled. I hope your new year is sick. x

    yecrad.com

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    1. Thank you for the recommendations! xo

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  6. D'aaw, you order books when you are tipsy - that's so cute aha! It could have been much worse! That book is on my list too and you've made it seem really interesting so I'll have to read it after I finish The Bone Clocks!
    xxx

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    1. Haha it definitely could have been worse! I really must start The Bone Clocks soon! xo

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  7. Happy New Year :)

    I'm forever getting email notifications for things I have purchased when, shall we say, a touch inebriated. Books and music are the usual suspects and thankfully I never have any regrets.

    I'm so pleased you're enjoying Station Eleven. x

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    1. Certainly one of the better things that can be purchased when a little tipsy! Happy New Year <3 xo

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  8. Ah I do love buying new books. I hardly ever buy them new though - simply mooch around charity shops until some tickle my fancy. I feel less guilty then!
    Loving all the blogs you mentioned!
    Sophie
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    1. Bargains to be found in there for sure! <3 xo

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  9. Getting film developed is so exciting, especially the rolls where you have no idea of the photos that are on them! Love film haha! :) Hope you had a lovely Christmas :)
    Rachel x

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    1. Absolutely! Thank you lovely, I hope you did too! xo

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  10. I'd love to see more of your film photography Jennie! xx

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    1. I'll definitely happily share some! <3 xo

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  11. Ooh do you have any idea what's on the rolls of film or will it be a complete surprise? I love this sort of thing. What with instant digital everything nowadays I think we've kind of lost some of the magic that comes with some of these simple excitements... I'm writing a kind of nostalgic post on this very subject at the moment as it happens! xo
    www.lovedbylaura.com

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    1. I have absolutely no idea, they must be at least 4 years old! <3 xo

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  12. I have a Kindle and its awful for spontaneous "opps I just bought 5 books" moments! x

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    1. Totally worth it though, I bet! :D xo

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  13. Happy New Year Jennie and all the best for 2015! xxx

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  14. Thanks so much for mentioning me, it really means a lot!
    I am with you on the spending ban, the temptation to buy more products/books is great but I am trying to resist! I really want to read Station Eleven though :)

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  15. Ahhh so refreshing to find new blog posts :) Thanks for the recommendations!

    Zoe Newlove | Beauty Blogger & MUA

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    1. You're welcome, thank you for reading! xo

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  16. haha love that you ordered books tipsy! that's the way! ;)Happy new year xx

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  17. I miss having a film camera. I used to get so excited about developing a film that I had forgot about. I think I have a disposable camera at home that I need to develop. I think I used it on a trip to Belgium like 7 years ago!

    This Friday I am especially loving jumpers. It's so cold at the moment!

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  18. Aw, there is nothing better than finding something you thought you lost! The sound of a print shop is my idea of heaven! I hope you had a lovely New Years! xx

    www.roseandmuse.com
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    1. Thank you lovely, I hope you did too! xo

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  19. Happy new year Jennie! A new external hard drive is first on my list of things to purchase in the new year :) Hope you share some of your film photography here!

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    1. Happy New Year lovely! I definitely hope to :)

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  20. That's a very good decision to buy books on the new year's day, you could have bought something a lot worse, haha! x

    www.meetmeonthebalcony.com

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  21. Happy New Year Jennie! All the best to you and your family x

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    1. Happy New Year lovely! Thank you, you too <3 xo

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  22. I absolutely love that you buy books when you're drunk. That's amazing. Always a bookworm at heart! It's so good to hear that you are enjoying Station Eleven, it's on my list of books to read. I'm also hoping to buy less books this year, but I'm not sure how that will go - books are my weakness! xx

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  23. I'm with you on number three, so far I've only bought food and a 2015 diary, so two days in and I'm doing okay! I do fear books would be my downfall though! Happy new year! x

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    1. Sounds like you're off the the perfect start! Happy New Year! xo

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  24. Oo thanks so much for including me in your favourite blogs! I laughed at number two, always a nice surprise finding random drunken online purchases aha!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style, Beauty Blog

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    1. You're so welcome! Haha especially when they're things you're actually really excited about once sober too ;) xx

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  25. Ohh you have no idea how glad I am to of found someone who buys books under the influence! Always nice to get a little present in the post ;)

    Annabel ♥
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  26. love your blog! i missed new year's fireworks.i think that's the best fireworks of the year that i had witnessed this week.and nothing better than a new book for the year.i have plenty of unread new books..hopefully can finish reading them before end of the year.

    xo joselovincolors
    www.joselovincolors.com

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    1. Yayy! Have fun with your reading <3 xo

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  27. Haha tipsy book buying, looking forward to seeing what you picked up! Also, undeveloped films, how intriguing. Happy new year Jennie :)

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  28. haha #2 made me laugh! I've actually never gotten drunk before but I think if I did I would totally order random things online... all those Once Upon a Time DVDs that I have been wanting to buy but have avoided (I'm BROKE!!) anyways, I just found your blog and I love it! can't wait for your future posts! Hope you have a happy 2015 :)

    Jessica
    the.pyreflies.org

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    1. Aww, thank you! Happy New Year! xo

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  29. surprises like those undeveloped negatives is such a great pleasure - i hope they are lovely! as for 2am book purchases? best idea. and I'm definitely with you on number 3! x

    Miho @ Wander to Wonder

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  30. Forgotten drunken online purchases are the best kind of surprise! Hoping your books are wonderful :)

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  31. This sounds silly but you have just reminded me that I need to buy an external hard drive! I think the point about only buying essentials is really interesting and something I'm going to do this year too. Hope you have a wonderful 2015 :)

    Holly xx | http://abranchofholly.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Always a useful thing to have! Thank you, I hope you do too! xo

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  32. Happy New Year beautiful Jennie.
    This blog post was wonderful to read, I think this feature of yours is my favourite.
    I think the last time I used actual film was back in college haha. I cannot wait for you to share what they hold. What a nostalgic and fun adventure.
    Look forward to seeing more from you in 2015. xx :o)

    www.lizaboo.co.uk

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    1. Aww gosh, thank you lovely! Happy New Year <3 xo

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  33. Happy new year to you too. Hope you gonna have a great one!
    I was smiling while reading about those photographic films that you found, 'cause often happens to me the same when I'm back in Italy to my mum's. I used to love taking photos with an old school film camera (I miss those days).
    I always enjoy so much reading your blog... you are great! :)

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