Instagram Accounts To Follow – Anouskapb

Instagram - AnouskapbAnouska Proetta Brandon on Instagram

Why should I follow?    PHOTOGRAPHY * STYLE * SCENIC DUBLIN VIEWS

Next up on my Instagram accounts to follow, is one of my favourite Irish fashion bloggers, Anouska Proetta Brandon. Based in Dublin, Anouska’s Instagram feed gives me a little taste of home each day. Even if, sometimes home is unrecognisable, her amazing eye manages to transform inanimate objects into artwork. Just check out some of her shots of grey concrete buildings!

Lucky for us she shares photography duties with her boyfriend Ronan. So we get to see this lovely lady in front of the lens too. And when you do, you should definitely take note! Her outfit photos are styled to an editorial perfection. Anouska describes her style in Teen Vogue as “eclectic, with an edge”. If you love monochromatic outfits, then this is definitely the account for you. Take a browse through her timeline for some inspiration and styling tips.

Like any good blogger, she also has a fantastic collection of accessories – from feline inspired frames to pointed ankle boots. Regardless if it’s fashion, photography or stunning shots of Ireland you’re after, Anouska’s feed @Anouskapb won’t disappoint.

Enjoy, and feel free to share your favourite accounts in the comments section! I’m always on the look out for new accounts to follow. You can catch me @livingeasy

Back to School at BlogShop Toronto

Last weekend BlogShop came to Toronto and I popped along to learn the wonderful world of Photoshop. I never used the application before the class so I wasn’t so sure what to expect but thanks to Bri and Angela I learnt so many techniques, like my animated GIF above…how cool is that?!

The class is suited for all levels, Photoshop virgins like myself or people that use it in their day to day. What I loved about the class was that we were taught how to edit images the “fast way” using shortcut menu options etc… Perfect for me as my speed of posting is an area that badly needs improvement! The class was lot’s of fun and I met a bunch of lovely creative ladies. On Sunday we took our lunch outside and had a picnic in the park, then after we had our class photo taken. Can you spot me?…I’m the one hiding in the back.

I’m only getting started but I’m excited to keep practicing and hopefully you will see lot’s of improvement to the images I post. You can check out BlogShop for more details and you can even put in a request for them to visit your city which I did months ago and I’m so glad that they made the trip.

Images 2, 3 & 4 via Design Love Fest

Catch Up – Christmas In Canada

2011 marked my fourth Christmas in Canada but the first I didn’t make it home to Ireland to be with friends and family…Now I won’t lie I was disappointed and a little home sick to begin with, Christmas is huge in our household see (here) and (here). But thanks to great family and friends here in Toronto and at home in Ireland my first Canadian Christmas and New Years was a blast.

Here’s a little catch up I put together using my instagram pics…Enjoy!

  1. The CN Tower decked out for Christmas

  2. Irish Butler Chocolates sent to our TO office and devoured in one day #addictiontoirishchocisspreading

  3. Chestnuts for roasting on an open fire

  4. Pretty fairy lights at the Toronto Christmas Market

  5. Christmas Stockings hanging in anticipation for Santa’s arrival 

  6. Parcel’s and Christmas cards arrived in abundance from friends and family full of comforts from home like Barry’s Tea and an Irish Christmas childhood staple a Cadbury’s Chocolate selection box!

  7. Stephen’s Day celebrations Canadian style, drinking Caesar’s (a spicy Bloody Mary) and watching the Hockey

  8. Myself the girls & little wicket bumping into the Sasquatch on New Years Eve

  9. Snowboarding in Blue Mountain on New Years Eve now there’s a first!

  10. My boyfriend’s homemade Christmas pudding which he made using his Nan’s recipe. A tasty end to a lovely Christmas diner in our friends house

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Lavender Hot Chocolate…

Today is the last day of my Christmas break, so I am making the most of it by lazing around the house in my PJs and indulging in tasty treats. My homemade Lavender Hot Chocolate was by far the most indulgent! Rich dark chocolate and vanilla whipped cream added to lavender infused hot milk was the perfect accompaniment while snuggled up on the couch watching the snow fall outside.

I saved the recipe weeks ago and it was well worth the wait, also it gave me an excuse to use my new drinking jars I bought weeks ago in decor shop Hawk Eyes. I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing and peaceful few days, you can find the recipe below…

Recipe – 2 servings Lavender Hot Chocolate.

Whipped Cream:

1/2 cup cold heavy whipping cream
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or seeds from 1/4 of a whole vanilla bean pod
1/2 tablespoon granulated white sugar

Mix cream, vanilla and sugar in a bowl and beat until stiff peaks form. Keep refrigerated until it’s ready for use.

Hot Chocolate:

3 ounces (85g) dark chocolate (70% cacao)
1 ounce (28g) milk chocolate
2 cups milk
1/4 teaspoon lavender buds

Heat milk and lavender over a medium heat, whisk occasionally until it simmers. Remove it from heat & let lavender sit for 5 mins. Then strain off the lavender. Over medium heat, add the chocolate to the milk & mix until chocolate has melted. Whisk the mixture until frothy. Pour into mugs or bowls and serve with a dollop of whipped cream. Enjoy!

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Nollaig Shona….Happy Christmas

Christmas at home 2010 – Coco & Misty

Nollaig Shona gach duine…Happy Christmas to all my lovely blog readers I hope you all had a fantastic day. We couldn’t be at home in Ireland this year but thanks to my friends in Toronto we had a lovely day eating, drinking and being merry! So I just want to pass on special Christmas wishes to all my friends and family at home in Ireland and to my brother Rob in Melbourne I hope you all had a great day and I know even though it’s 1am back home you are enjoying the Stephen’s day celebrations! See you all soon x

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