Saturday, January 26, 2013

Confessions of a little spy

As you might already know, I,m finishing school this spring. Our class is working on the album that each of us will receive after the prom party and we were asked to bring our childhood photos. Being the world,s biggest procrastinator I put it off till the last minute, which was my mistake. I didn,t expect picking a couple of photos would take so much time.
When I started my search I came across the album where I used to store pictures that seemed to be inspiring and that,s where I got stuck.
Nowadays saving or pinning nice photos is a common thing for me but I completely forgot that I used to do the same when I was only 13. Well, not exactly the same. The pictures that I used to save differ a lot from what I save being now 4 years older. Only 4 years have passed and voila! My tastes have changed completely. Anyway, it was so nice to look back on my life and suddenly so many memories arose...
A 14 year old Vera couldn,t just live her own life and be herself. She would always find someone to admire and copy. Unable to find anyone cute enough among my classmates I switched to high school students and very quickly some of them became my... well, idols, there,s no better word. I literally worshipped them. Friendly, self-confident, wearing stylish clothes - that girls seemed so perfect! Can I say I was almost in love? Ok, not exactly but if I were a boy I would certainly fall in love.
I wanted to find out as much as possible about that charming girls and I became a little spy. I found them in social networks and saved all of their photos being afraid they could make albums private. I always tried to sit not far from them during the break because I wanted to hear their voices and sometimes I was quite successful. That girls became my fashion icons and I could trade everything to get their wardrobe. How very superficial, I know. I once bought uggs only because one of the girls, let,s call her N, had the same. I looked at her and dreamt of being at least half as beautiful as she when I grow up.
The day came when the girls that I admired so much finished school. Out of sight, out of mind but my heart still skips a beat when I see someone who reminds of them.

I,m now as old as they were and I sometimes wonder if there are any children who think my classmates and I are cute. I doubt we deserve it but who knows... 

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Hi there!
I,m sorry for the lack of posts lately but I,ve been really busy with my studies and I,m afraid it will get even worse because exams are approaching and... Well, I guess you all know what it means. It,s January and there are only 5 months left to prepare for exams. Ok, I should be more realistic: less than 5 months since the January is almost over and honestly I can,t say I,m ready for any of the subjects. I still have problems with making good arguments for English essays, still don,t understand a thing in math and the worst is that I haven,t revised Russian literature properly yet. Don,t know what I was thinking about when I decided to take a literature exam: it,s crazy, nearly impossible to pass because everyone interprets books differently. I try to be optimistic though and often dream about the wonderful time that will come after all the stupid exams and after the prom party.


Enough about studies. Let,s talk about the things that make life brighter.
The other day I received this cute scarf from Choies  . One of those that they were giving away last month. It,s always nice to get something for absolutely free, right? Especially if it is an adorable soft scarf. I was pleasantly surprised to know they ship so fast and now I can,t wait for my reindeer jumper to arrive. This jumper is my first online purchase and I,m very excited about it.

Do you, guys, ever buy clothes online?

Sunday, January 6, 2013

3 Reasons to Love Instagram

Ok, now I,d like to make a confession: I have become one of the Instagram addicts in this crazy world. I,ve been using this app for only a week but I,ve already figured out what are the greatest things about it. Today I looked through the lists of reasons to love Instagram that other bloggers have made and was happy to find none of mine among them and this made me think I should write a blog post dedicated to the Instagram app.

So, here are the reasons why I love Instagram:

1. Square image size. The square format is so fun to play with! Some people believe that Instagram is terrible for photographers but I would say that cropping a photo to this size is a pretty good way to improve the composition skills. You can arrange items symmetrically or place them randomly or think of some other ways to make the image look original.

2. Small things in life. You get to notice the amazing details of your everyday life that you normally pay no attention to: textures, patterns, colour combinations... The things that surround you tell a lot about your personality and sharing pictures with your followers is like telling the story of your life.

3. Aesthetics. Using Instagram makes you yearn for the beauty and you start surrounding yourself with beautiful things.
Just imagine: you get up in the morning and cook your breakfast. Normally you don,t really care how it looks, you only want it to be yummy. Then you take a phone and suddenly realize that your breakfast doesn,t deserve being photographed. You learn the lesson. Next day you,ll take a pretty cup that is used on special occasions only or will even add nice napkins and this will really make having breakfasts a lot more enjoyable. The same with everything else.

Do you see any other benefits of Instagram? Or you probably hate this app?

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Winter Forest

I,ve been having fun for the past several days (drinking tea, watching Chaplin movies and BBC documentaries, playing with my new phone and Instagram, reading books) but haven,t written anything interesting for you although I had put down some ideas long ago. I promise I.ll realize at least one of them and post the results very soon.

The weather has been fine today and I went for a walk to capture the winter beauty, needless to say that I got my nose and hands freezed off. The frosty weather makes taking pictures literally impossible and this makes me sad. I love winter, I really do, but it lasts way too long and prevents me from doing what I enjoy most.
The great thing about these cold months is that I get the chance to use my favorite white balance for the fluorescent lamp. It works quite well and makes everything look dreamy and magical.

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hello, 2013!

Hi there!
Did you enjoy the New Year,s Eve? I had a great evenng / night with my family laughing and joking and doing all that stuff that you can do only at home with the closest family members.
There was only one awkward moment. It was midnight and normally midnight is the time when you drink champagne and make a wish, right? I felt embarrassed when I realized I had no particular wish, just some pretty vague dreams. I don,t know what happened to me that I couldn,t think of a wish. In the end I just thought to myself that I didn,t care: I,m the only one who is responsible for how my life goes and all I really need is some determination and luck.

I hoped to take some new photos outside but the weather has been horrible: it,s been raining or snowing for the past two days and I spent most of the time at home reading, getting ready for exams or watching movies.
Anyway, I have great news. My daddy gave me a new phone as a gift and it means that you can now follow me on Instagram where you,ll see tons of my dog photos and other stuff.

Have a nice day!