Sunday, 19 July 2015

CenterParcs Whinfell Forest Photo Diary

A few weeks ago me, Craig and my closet friends packed up the car and set off on the 3 hour drive to the Lake District. We decided to book a 5 day stay at CenterParcs Whinfell Forest to hit the refresh button spending some time together and being at one with nature. 


As soon as we arrived I was blown away by the beautiful surroundings. The gravity of the place was awe inspiring and the lodge was gorgeous and really spacious.






After dropping off our luggage and unpacking our food shopping for the week we headed out to collect our bikes (tip: prebook your bikes to save time).


We spent the rest of our week exploring our surroundings and trying out a few of the different activities on offer. There is an endless list of things to do and I really do think that CentreParcs is best suited for families with children. Although I had a fantastic time I'm not sure I would go back again until I had a family. I think I personally would be more inclined to book an independent log cabin somewhere. That being said it is very handy having everything you need on site and as mentioned there are tonnes of things on offer to keep you entertained. Some of the things we did included badminton, swimming, rock climbing and adventure golf. Add to that lots of walking and cycling by the time we returned home I felt like I needed another holiday to recover! 
One of the things I loved the most was just being so immersed in nature in the beautiful forest. At times I felt like I was in The Animals of Farthing Wood. We saw so many red squirrels which I was thrilled about to say the least. CentreParcs is a red squirrel conservation area so you've got a very good chance of spotting one of these gorgeous little things. 
After an action packed week we set off on the drive home talking about our next adventure - but until then I'll leave you with a few snaps of our gorgeous surroundings at Whinfell Forest. 




























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Monday, 13 July 2015

Five Things

 

1. To say I've had a fun filled few weeks is a complete understatement. Starting off with a trip to CenterParcs, camping in the Yorkshire Dales, a day trip to Ripley and a weekend in London to see Ed Sheeran at Wembley has made for an incredible few weeks. I have lots of blog posts lined up for you so look out for those over the coming weeks. 

2. Snapchat. Ok I'm just going to say it. I'm obsessed. It really reminds me of the early youtube vlogging days and I use it pretty much for that purpose - to vlog. Now I'm going to level with you its nothing groundbreaking - my life will just never be that exciting but if you fancy saying hi over there my username is kellycpeel I know I know I committed the ultimate faux pas of not aligning my username to my online moniker but I created the account yonks ago and didn't use it for ages. I may change my account over eventually (I've already secured the kelanjo19 username) but that means I'll lose all of my friends on my current account and thats crap! For now I'll stick with the kellycpeel account if you fancy popping over and saying hello.

3. This week I started the FightMaster Yoga 90 Day Fix a free 90 day yoga playlist on Youtube. Lets just say there were moments when I was clinging on to child's pose for dear life dripping in sweat. Now theres a mental image for you. Whilst still suitable for beginners with some basic yoga experience I would say that this was much more challenging that the Yoga with Adriene videos I'm used to. I'm definitely up for the challenge though and will keep you updated with how I get on.


4. A few bits I've been loving lately in the photo. Craig surprised me with the new nail polishes after he saw me lusting after them after seeing Anna wearing the blue one in her last video. Revlon Colour Stay Gel Envy in Wild Card and Checkmate . The Superdrug Vitamin E Face mist has been an absolute god send in the heat we've been having in the UK in the last 2 weeks. Pop it in the fridge for even more of a cooling effect. Who remembers Mac Ladyblush? This cream blush was big news back in the day and was loved by many. I brought it back out from my collection and let me tell you I've worn nothing else for weeks. More on the make up front the Wake me up mascara from Rimmel smells like cucumbers and I'm not going to lie I really rather like it. The primer came free with a £10 spend and although I didn't have high hopes with this its turned out to be a really nice product. I can definitely see a difference in the longevity and smoothness of my make after using this. Finally I'm loving my new white leather camera strap. My camera came with a black strap which was a bit odd considering the camera is white. I posted on Twitter about this and the guys at Olympus very kindly sent me a white strap. I think it finishes the camera off perfectly and looks much nicer than the black one the camera originally came with.


5. How did I only just discover Julia's gorgeous blog Stylonylon? Julia is definitely this week's one to follow. She uses an Olympus Pen exclusively for her photos which gives me some serious inspiration to get to grips with my EPL7 and to purchase a couple more lenses. 45mm 1.8 I'm coming for you.


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Sunday, 7 June 2015

Olympus Pen EPL7 & Rose and Brown Vintage Fair


Every few months Rose and Brown Vintage hold a vintage fair at Victoria Hall in Saltaire. Even before I moved here I'd been a few times and now its practically on my doorstep I hot footed it along yesterday with one of my besties. 
It was also the perfect opportunity to test out my new camera. This week I bought myself the Olympus Pen EPL 7. The chances are you've already heard of this camera as its really popular with bloggers at the moment. I originally heard about the Olympus Pen camera's back in 2010 when Rumi Neely of Fashion Toast fame had one. 
Although I love my DSLR its not always convenient for toting around, so a couple of years ago I bought a Panasonic GF5 which I also love. When paired with the 20mm f1.8 lens it's an absolutely dream combo. The thing is I've been itching for a camera with wifi for a while now and the Olympus seemed like a sensible choice as I can use my Panasonic lens with the Olympus body. 

So this week I took the plunge and bought myself one. I absolutely agonised over the decision because I was stuck between a few different cameras. Also side note is it just me but as I get older I find it harder and harder to part with money on expensive purchases? I need to really weigh it up and decide if its really REALLY worth it. Back in the day I'd spend my money on indulgent purchases without thinking twice! Lets just say those days are long gone. 
Anyway I digress here are some of the photos from the day. I walked up through the village and met my friend at one of my favourite spots for lunch - The Olive Lounge, a lovely little greek place that serves really delicious food at incredible prices. After a gorgeous meze platter we wandered down to Victoria Hall and feasted our eyes and all of the vintage delights.
When we'd finished looking at the treasures on show we strolled down to Rad Studio - a gorgeous little independent shop on Victoria Road and finished off a lovely afternoon with a cuppa at Salts Mill.




















I'm really happy with how these photos turned out. Most were taken using the 14-42mm pancake kit lens that came with the camera and a couple were taken with my 20mm panasonic lens. 

What do you think of the quality?

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