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#BEDM | Edinburgh Napier Photography Degree Show

I know that for today’s Blog Every Day in May post we are supposed to be talking about our own talents and what makes us unique, well, I don’t know about you, but lifestyle blogging can get a bit ‘me, me, me’ sometimes, and frankly, I’m tired of talking about myself. So instead I’m going to encourage you to go out and appreciate other people’s talents.

On Saturday I had the pleasure of visiting my old learning haunt,  Edinburgh Napier University’s Merchiston Campus to check out the Photography Degree Show.

Lisa Boyd

Lisa Boyd, Mods: Olya Tyukova, Circus Kids.

Louise Anne Kennedy

Louise Anne Kennedy, Lolitas.

Donna Clarke

Olya Tyukova, Circus Kids: Donna Clarke, Over a Century.

James Parker

Thomas Hofer, This Must be the Place : Carmen Haigh, Simulacra (just seen).

My photos obviously do them no justice so you’ll have to go in to see some really great work from these promising photographers. After the whole community has been shaken by news of the GSA fire, we should really be making a conscious effort to show support to our creative students. The Napier Photography students are currently raising money to take their work to a gallery in London, here’s the link if you’d like to donate to them. The Degree Show is only on until 1st June so hurry.

At this time of year there are Degree Show exhibitions all over the UK and I really urge you to go to one. You may just meet the next Rankin.

#BEDM | A Day in the Life

I’m sorry that the photo an hour prompt has fallen on a Friday that I’ve been firstly busy at work working instead of takings photos, and secondly very tired so have no evening plans beyond stuffing my face. Maybe you’ll like this anyway. It’s certainly not going to give you life-envy so there’s always that!


7am: Urgh


8am: Yum, Coco Shreddies!


9am: Boo, work!


11am: Still here.


1pm: Red Bull and half a Krispy Kreme for lunch – well it is Friday!

3pm: I did take a picture (another exciting one of my desk!) but you can read a password so it’s not going up.


5.30pm: Walking home. What a nice day it seems to have been, shame I didn’t notice ’til now.


6pm: David preparing dinner.


7pm: Dinner of hotdogs and wedges – portion control needs work!


8pm: Chores. Tidying away clothes before I can get into bed.


9pm: Bedtime! I’m writing this post then having an early night with my book.

Don’t I have a thrilling life!? I guess what you missed from this is that my day at work was actually quite productive, I got a lot of stuff done, David scored himself a temporary job and I had that blissful experience of setting my out of office at 17:28 today. A four day weekend awaits me! Oh, and I watched the episode of Mythbusters where they try to herd cats – spoiler alert – you can’t.

Now to my book…


Blurb Instagram Book | #FMSPhotoADay 2013

Blurb Instagram Book coverToday I wanted to show off my Instagram book from Blurb. One of the things I wanted to do from my 30 Before 30 list was to complete the Fat Mum Slim 2013 Photo a Day Challenge and to have a book made of my pictures. Well, gold star for me, as i’ve just done it!

I used the Blurb Instagram book service. It signs you into your Instagram account and then opens a Bookify dashboard to allow you to compile your book. I found it a little tricky at first but once I had a play around with the settings I eventually got the hang of it. It took me around 3 hours in total, including the faffing about at the beginning.

Blurb Instagram book Blurb instagram book Blurb instagram bookKeeping my pictures in date order, I decided to go with a square, 4-a-page layout with the odd single page photos. I think that this looks really effective. There were lots of choices, including for the images to fill the whole page, but I liked the borders. It leaves the option on going in and adding details like date or prompt name later if I decide to. Just like an old-fashioned photo album.

Blurb Instagram Book Blurb Instagram BookI then laid out the front cover (is three photos of myself on the front a bit vain?), and added the book title to the spine. Lastly, I choose the format of the book, going for a hardback book with no dust cover and premium matte paper. The finished book has 101 pages and cost £35.77 including postage. Pretty good deal I felt! It arrived within 10 days which was a lot quicker than I expected.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOverall, I really happy with my little book. The photos look great, considering the fact that Instagram is fairly low-res, and the finish of the book is great. I would definitely order from Blurb again and would happily recommend them if you were thinking of having a photo book printed.

Photo A Day – Week 51

Or Week 52? Who knows, I may have miscounted along the way but what I can be sure of it that the Fat Mum Slim Photo A Day Challenge for 2013 is DONE! I did every single last prompt and I’m feeling really rather smug about that. I’ve decided to do something a bit different for 2014, but first, my last two pictures:

Day 30: You YouOh hello chocolate biscuit! Appropriate to have this as one of the last prompts of the year seeing as the word of 2013 was very much #selfie. Still haven’t mastered my dainty, non-claw like hand for the mirror selfie though. Damn.

Day 31: Celebrate CelebrateBeing the hermit crabs that we are, me and David celebrated Hogmanay with tonnes of fooooood! Inside. By ourselves. This will be our last takeaway for a good while, that’s for sure. The New Year Diets start now.

And that’s it. That’s the end! So as much as I enjoyed the challenge, I’ve decided not to do the FMS one this year. There were a few occasions where I felt too restricted by it, not often, but often enough to want a change. For example, I could be going to an exciting event, but I had to post a picture of ‘flower’. Gah!

Instead, I’ll be using the Collect app to keep me on track. I may still post them to Instagram, or I might post something else instead, or not at all. On this blog, Sundays will become a day for sharing the week in general instead of just set photos. I will post about this new 365 project and let you know how it’s going but in a less prescriptive way. It will definitely be interesting to see if I can keep it up without relying on a set list.

Now, to make my 2013 book. I’m thinking of using Blurb – anyone any other suggestions?

Photo A Day – Week 50

The most wonderful week of the year! Days off, Christmas, family, pyjama days, chocolate…

Day 23: Tradition TraditionIt’s become a bit of a Christmas tradition for me to always watch It’s a Wonderful Life with my friends, either at my house, or our favourite cinema, Filmhouse. This year me and Sadia caught an almost sold out screening after work. The audience applauded at the end. I love it when that happens. Attaboy Clarence.

Day 24: Wrapped WrappedAnd the prize for Best Wrapping 2013 goes to…Kerry! I love these sequin ribbons. Almost makes you not want to open it. Almost!

Day 25: The best bit of your day  The best bit of your dayThe best bit of my day was actually Christmas dinner with the family and seeing my niece and nephews on such good form. But I wasn’t on camera duty so all I have is their Dad looking ridic in his super tacky Christmas jumper, so that’ll have to do.

Day 26: Where you slept where you sleptAt David’s parents house.

Day 27: What you’re doing now What you're doing nowSkiving at work. It was very quiet.

Day 28: Something awesome something awesomePresent pile! Just some of the amazing things my totally brilliant friends and family got me.

Day 29: Reflect: Best bit of 2013 Reflect: Best bit of 2013My job here being made permanent was pretty awesome. Meant I could book a nice holiday, move in with David after almost 5 years and of course have the pleasure of working with some amazing people for an amazing company for a bit longer.

2013 has been a pretty good year. I’m going to post the remaining two days on Wednesday or Thursday so make sure you come back for that. In the meantime, I’m over on Instagram @AlleyHope, see you there!

Photo a Day – Week 49

Only 3 days ’til Christmas! And only 1 week and 2 days until the end of the FatMumSlim Photo a Day Challenge 2013. I’ve seen the January list for next year and I can’t decide if I should do it again… help! Here’s last week anyway:

Day 16: Makes you feel merry Makes you feel merryDonning the appropriate attire for ‘Secret Santa Day 2013′: Christmas jumper and Christmas nails!

Day 17: Tree TreeHard to get out tree in a square frame!

Day 18: Big BigJealous of people who work in big, spacious offices like this.

Day 19: ‘Tis the season to Tis the season to…celebrate! Went for cocktails with Louise who had just handed in her dissertation. Strawberry Woo Woos and Lynchburg Lemonade – maybe a bit summery for this time of year but went down well none the less.

Day 20: I’m listening to I'm listening toSome Ramones.

Day 21: On the door On the doorDeer coat hook on the bedroom door.

Day 22: Sparkly SparklyGlitter bauble. Sparkly enough?

9 days to go! Follow me on Instagram @AlleyHope to see how it goes :)

Photo a Day – Week 48

Week 48? But there’s only 2 and a half weeks left of the year. Have I counted wrong along the way? Oh well, let’s not worry about that.

Day 9: The weather today The weather todayIt was a fairly grey, normal day for this time of year.

Day 10: R is for… R is forRobin!

Day 11: Green GreenGreen cacti.

Day 12: Joy is …Joy isMy #BBSecretSanta parcel arrived! Didn’t stay wrapped for long, post up on Wednesday.

Day 13: Composition CompositionFor composition I tried to take a straight picture. My horizon lines are always usually off do this was a challenge but I went for the wrong subject because my floorboards are squint! Damn!

Day 14: Drink DrinkSlurping the Relentless.

Day 15: Lights LightsStar fairy lights.

Follow me on Instagram @AlleyHope. As well as the FatMumSlim photo a day challenge I’m also posting up daily videos of opening my Boots Beauty Advent Calendar as well as other snaps.

Photo a Day – Week 47

This had certianly been an eventful week. Some good, some bad. Next week is my last full working week of the year and I’m pretty excited about that. I do love a Monday off – hopefully I’ll have some time to do some pretty special Christmasy things. I’m thinking mulled wine and nail art. It’s the little things!

Day 2: Where I stood Where I stoodOn Princes St waiting for a bus home after a spot of after work shopping. I went for Secret Santa/stocking filler bits but ended up buying a whole heap of nail stuff for myself. Oh well.

Day 3: Silver SilverCurrently rocking a silver and multi-glitter mani. I heart China Glaze ‘Pizzazz’ so hard.

Day 4: Tiny TinyEr, yeah this was tiny, it’s just the perspective making it look huge. Honest. Met Laure for a catchup and wander round the Christmas Market.

Day 5: In the cupboard In the cupboardFully stocked up for my winter baths after dropping in on the Lush 1st Birthday Party (more on this event on Tuesday).

Day 6: Shadow ShadowUrban Decay’s Book of Shadows ‘UD Loves NYC’. This week I pre-ordered the Naked 3 palette and added the Black Market eyeliner set to my ever-growing wish list. Guys, seriously, just take all my money.

Day 7: 6 o’clock 6 oclockTrying out some of my new nail goodies. Post coming on these bad boys on Monday.

Day 8: I shop here I shop hereVow to buy at least a couple of things locally this Christmas and check out my post on it here.

That was the week that was. Follow me on Instagram for daily FMSPhotoADay pics, daily Boots Beauty Advent Calendar revelations, and plenty else besides @AlleyHope.

Photo A Day – Week 46

Happy December everyone! Things are about to get pretty festive around here, that’s for sure. But first, the last week in November:

Day 25: Quirky QuirkySomewhat unusual christmas decorations made with film reel.

Day 26: Message MessageAlways remember!

Day 27: No! NoWah hate waiting for the train at prime commuting time.

Day 28: I am grateful for… I am grateful forHaving a real fireplace in this freezing flat.

Day 29: Black BlackI love this scent.

Day 30: All done All doneLouise is almost all done with her dissertation so we cracked open the vodka.


Day 1: Red RedI had a wee visitor today in a rather fetching red christmas jumper.

Follow me on Instagram for more FMSPhotoADay pics @AlleyHope.

Photo A Day – Week 45

Brr it’s getting chilly now, isn’t it. This time next week we’ll be starting the final four weeks of the FMSPhotoADay Challenge, and, excitingly, opening the first doors of our advent calendar! I’ve got mine prepped and ready to go.

Day 18. Mirror MirrorMirrored cabinet which houses my jewellery.

Day 19. Where you ate breakfast Where you ate breakfastIn the kitchen. It has blue LEDs for some reason.

Day 20. Communication CommunicationOld school land line.

Day 21. I wish I had this  I wish I had thisMissing Murphy this week since David has been working every evening. Really want a feline companion but Murph is busy keeping my mum company while my dads in Korea. He’s an in demand cat.

Day 22. Behind BehindWho’s behind the peephole?

Day 23. Simplicity SimplicityWe went shopping for Christmas decorations and picked up some lovely, simple glass baubles from Sainsburys.

Day 24. A word A wordFire! Heading to the cinema now to see Hunger Games: Catching Fire – excited!

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