Life through a filter

This morning I enjoyed a particularly satisfying smoothie. But you see, not only did I drink my smoothie this morning, I proceeded to photograph it, spend a good few minutes picking an appropriate filter and then post it to Instagram. I made sure that the filter I had picked brought out the colours perfectly, and that the arrangement of the photo was up to scratch.

I love instagram. In fact I might even love it enough to say that it might possibly be my favourite form of social media. Sorry twitter, but there's just something so satisfying about mindlessly scrolling through pretty pictures of flowers and copious amounts of food porn. Yet sometimes I'll find myself looking at someone's pictures, and wishing my life was a little more like theirs.

There's nothing particularly wrong with photographing your breakfast, or your cat or all the things you just 'accidentally' bought in Boots. There's nothing wrong with mulling over the perfect filter, cropping and adding in various effects. There's nothing wrong with taking the time to lay out your cup of tea so that you can also get a glimpse of those fresh flowers you just happen to have lying around.

What I think people need to remember is that, in general, people are only going to post what they want you to see. So many lives can come across as perfect, and this is because their life has been 'filtered' - excuse the bad pun - to be Instagram worthy. It's so easy to see a shot of someone's perfectly manicured hands, their trip to New York and their colour coordinated wardrobe and think they have it all. Many a time have I scrolled through someone's photos and thought 'Wow, their life must be amazing.' Maybe it is but, then again, it's probably not.

The next time you find the Instagram jealousy kicking in or you think someone has it all, bear in mind that you're just viewing their life through a filter. You're only seeing what someone wants you to see, so enjoy it, but don't read too much into it.

And at last I see the light

 Maybe two posts on my trip to Disneyland is a little excessive but, after spending the week longing to go back and dreaming of being a princess, I think it had to be done. Here's a round up of some of my instagram snaps (trust me, there could have been a lot more).

We stayed in the New York Hotel for 4 nights, and it was a pretty good hotel. Comfy beds, nice breakfast and, despite googling it beforehand and being told there wasn't, free wifi! It was about a 10 minute walk through the Disney village to the park, and staying in a Disney hotel means early entry to the park in the mornings.

Luckily, our stay coincided with the (never ending) 20th Anniversary celebrations. The Disney Dreams light show that was shown at the castle in the evenings was absolutely magical. I definitely recommend watching it on youtube. The first night we were there, we watched it a little late from right at the back, so on the Friday we sat down at the front 90 minutes early to get a good view. I'm not usually one for being super keen and early, but it was definitely worth it.

Meeting Winnie the Pooh was definitely a highlight for me. He was my favourite as a child yet I'd managed to visit 4 times before without getting a hug. I also came home with a little more merchandise than planned. I picked up a few Tangled items, including a plastic straw cup with a spinning top (definitely a 5 year old at heart) because I just can't get enough of Rapunzel. Then I accidentally came home with a Dumbo and a Hamish Brave bear, whoops.

I feel as though I'm rambling a little now, but I rarely post in detail about the things that I do and it's nice to have a little reminder of my time there.

I suppose maybe it's time to get back to reality and face the fact that I'm not a princess after all.

I'm still here

My attempt at latte art, Cocktails, Best Chilli
Me in cartoon form, No one understands my pygmy puff! Easter Treats
He who must not be named, Chilling in Diagon Alley, Finally time to sit down

I feel like I've been pretty absent from blogging lately. I blame it on a combination of this silly weather, me being busy at work, and my general laziness.

I spent most of my easter weekend working, and as a result, I've been so tired the past few days. I finally had a chance to sit down this afternoon with a cup of tea, and whilst my intentions were to blog, I soon ended up napping instead.

I had one day off over Easter, and I used this to visit family and the Harry Potter studio tour. A post on this will be coming shortly, as soon as I get my camera back.

I've really missed blogging, but I've also been in a weird mood lately that has led to me not really doing anything interesting and not being too fussed about my outfits. I hope this changes because I miss wearing pretty clothes.

So just a small post to say I'm still around! More posts to come soon.

Instagramming in NYC

New car (pre nyc), Packing, Outside the hotel
Cheesecake place, Times Square, Mirror Pic
Yummiest mini cupcakes, Best Breakfast, Soho
Brooklyn Bridge, Central Park, Washington Square
View of The Chrysler, Friends Apartments, Post NY blues

You're probably all very bored of hearing about my trip now, and for that I apologise. It's been a week since I got home and I'm missing it so much, so I thought now would be a nice time for a round up of my instagram snaps.

I'm feeling so restless at home at the moment, I really feel like I need to get away to somewhere else. Problem is I don't know where and I have the small issue of work. It's nice to dream though.