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Iguazú Falls featured on Fathom

I’m a bit of a waterfall junkie so last year I crossed something off the bucket list and visited Iguazú Falls in South America, on the border between Argentina and Brazil. It was one of the coolest experiences of my life. The travel site Fathom recently published an article about my visit, you can read it on Fathom’s site here, and you can also see my original Iguazú Falls travel post here.

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At home with designer Jill Bent

I love when someone has a truly unique style, and that’s exactly how I feel about designer Jill Bent. Jill started sewing as a child and has been sewing, designing, and knitting ever since. She loves to incorporate vintage fabrics into her work. She is also a master at curation, and in her online shop she sells vintage pieces that she sources from all over New England. Her house is a lovely blend of her handmade vintage work as well as her vintage finds. When you walk in, it feels simple and serene yet brimming with laid-back style. See photos of her house below, and on the Style Me Pretty Living feature today on Jill.

 

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Ireland

Today is one of those rainy, early summer days, so I thought I’d post some photos of another rainy, green place: Ireland. I was there almost exactly two years ago. Some stereotypes of places are true, because we had plenty of days where our eyes were filled with green vistas and mist. We were at stone forts and old castles that made me feel like I was on the Game of Thrones set (Winterfell, anyone?). The Irish are also some of the most friendly people I have ever encountered while traveling, and we often ended up in conversation with strangers that lasted an hour or more. Such a lovely and enchanting place.

 

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Around Town: At the table with Season To Taste

It’s always fascinating to me to see behind-in-the-scenes in a professional kitchen. Chef and owner Robert Harris welcomed me into his kitchen last week to photograph the prep of one of their private dinners. Robert’s company, Season To Taste, creates an intimate dining experience for their guests in their rustic, modern kitchen. They specialize in private dinners with locally sourced ingredients, hosted by wine makers, brewmasters, farmers, artists, musicians, etc. The open kitchen means that the guests can see every part of the preparation as it’s happening, and the Chef personally announces each course as it is ready. I photographed as Chef Elissa prepared a Spanish wine dinner with her Sous Chef Ashley. To see more about their special events, dinners, wine and beer tastings, or cooking classes, check out their upcoming events page.

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Crane Beach with my Diana Camera

On cloudy days like today, I like to break out my film cameras for fun. Lately the camera that I’ve been hacking around with is my Diana camera. Diana cameras were invented in the 1960s, and, since they have a plastic lens, the focus is always imperfect. Which makes for some really dreamy, surreal types of photos (perfect for a day with lots of clouds). I bought my Diana on Ebay a few years ago, and it came with the original box which was pretty cool. But if you wanted an easy way to pick one up, they sell new ones (that are made to act like the old ones) at places like Urban Outfitters.

The other great thing about the Diana besides the imperfect focus? There are only two settings. One is for the light (clouds, clouds + sun, or just sun), and the other is distance from your subject (4-6ft, 6-12ft, 12ft to infinity). It’s great to photograph with when you just want to turn your brain off and take some photos for fun!

A few photos that I took with the Diana at Crane Beach in Ipswich. I love their dunes trails!

Anyone else using any fun cameras with interesting effects?

 

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May 10, 2014 - 11:22 am

The Daydreamer - Oh, thank you for sharing this – although I had heard about these cameras I had no idea about the resulting pictures. As a daydreamer, I can only admire the sense of magic haze that surrounds them :-)

May 10, 2014 - 12:18 pm

Joyelle - Thank you! Yes, they definitely have that hazy feeling. :)