Category Archive: Technology

Feb 17 2014

My Style: LFW Day 4 – Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag

LFW Day 4 Outfit 7 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag

This fashion week I have had a new toy, the Samsung Note 3, a smartphone and a tablet all rolled into one, or as the geeks call it a phablet. On paper you think it is going to be too big, as the screen has a 5.7” display – but it is this screen that really makes it perfect for taking pictures, answering emails, as well as doing a bit of blogging on the go. Plus it did feel good to have all my apps back after using a Windows 8.1 mobile for the past few months.

When Carphone Warehouse gifted me the gorgeous red version I was chuffed, not because I didn’t really like the white and rose gold, black or plain white versions, but because this red beauty really makes a statement, especially with its leather-effect back, which really helps with grip. Plus it really does look perfect alongside the gorgeous Russell & Bromley Gilt Edge handbag that I am finding hard to let go of.

I always love having a bright coloured mobile or case, as well as accessories as my wardrobe is generally black, navy blue or dark denim, and these red accessories really work well against this black leather skirt and silky black and grey top that I wore on day four of London Fashion Week.

Am I the only crazy one that accessories my phone to my outfit and my handbag??? Probably – but this Samsung Note 3 really did look at home with the Russell & Bromley beauty.

Also big shout out to Alex for these snaps in Hyde Park in between shows and chilling out at The Apartment, it was fun being photobombed by pigeons and squirrels!!!

LFW Day 4 Outfit 6 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag LFW Day 4 Outfit 8 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag LFW Day 4 Outfit 3 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag LFW Day 4 Outfit 2 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag LFW Day 4 Outfit 4 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag LFW Day 4 Outfit 1 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag

My Style: Black leather skirt, Next (c/o) // Black and grey top, New Look // Black ankle boots, Topshop // Gilt Edge bag, Russell & Bromley (borrowed from The Apartment) // Glasses,Karen Millen (c/o) // Coat, Dorothy Perkins // Orange bracelets, Fossil (borrowed from The Apartment) // Heart ring, River Island // Necklace, Primark // Samsung Note 3 (c/o Carphone Warehouse) // LFW Day 4 Outfit 10 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag

**Carphone Warehouse gifted me the Samsung Note 3, but as always my opinion are my own**

Feb 12 2014

Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore

Toshiba encore 2 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag

A couple of weeks ago, when the weather was actually pleasant, no I am not lying I actually remember sunshine and everything, I went pattern hunting around East London with the guys over at Toshiba to test out their fab new Windows 8.1 tablet, Toshiba Encore.

It was a fun day, not only did I get to wander the streets snapping my patterns with my tablet, enjoy the company of my friends and discover the fab Maison Trois Garcons, I also got to learn all about pattern design from the gorgeous girlies of Patternity, Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham, who have just done an amazing collaboration with Clark’s. If you love patterns, prints, and design you should check out their website and Instagram – filled with lots of inspiration.

East London is home to so much inspiration, but it was a little daunting finding my very own pattern that could be made into a T-shirt produced by YrStore, but what surprised me the most was how the simplest of things could make the greatest pattern when it was transformed into black and white, flipped, rotated and generally manipulated.

Toshiba encore patternity 5 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag

It was hard choosing which photo to go for, I was torn between the dotty railings, as polka dots are always chic, and the crumbling paintwork that I spotted on a window frame. In the end, the Patternity girlies convinced me that the paint chips would look amazing, so my one-off tee went from this photo above, snapped on my Toshiba Encore,  to this striking T-shirt that I can’t wait to wear. Now it has been flipped and rotated it kind of reminds me of a tree bark rather than a painted window frame.Toshiba encore 1 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tagToshibaencore patternity 10 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag

The Toshiba Encore did impress me for such a little thing, it is a similar size to the iPad mini, and it did shine taking pictures up close on the Patternity tour with its 8-megapixel camera. It is also a perfect handbag size, which I found handy using while shopping, it is great for doing to-do lists and keeping my recipes on for baking.

However, its size also makes it a little hard to use, for instance it comes installed with Windows Office, which is great, but I found the device a little too small to type Word documents or work on spreadsheets. I think this device is more about the social elements – it is great for Twitter, Facebook, browsing the Internet and playing games – I am addicted to the Microsoft Solitaire collection.

Overall, I found this tablet easy to use, the Windows platform is better bigger than when you use on a mobile, but I think to get the most out of this device you need to use alongside something like the Windows Surface 2 or a desktop computer and use the SkyDrive to store documents and pictures so you can easily switch between the two.

The Toshiba Encore costs £249.

Toshiba encore patternity 3 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 7 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 1 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 8 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 4 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 2 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 9 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag Toshiba encore patternity 6 Visual Diary: Pattern Hunting With Toshiba Encore %tag

**All pics taking with the Toshiba Encore, which I have been testing for the past month, except the pics featuring the tablet of course!!!**

Dec 29 2013

Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes

festive cupcakes 2 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag

The festive period is one of my favourite times to bake, mainly because I have a little more time, but mostly because you can have a little bit more fun when it comes to decorating. I bake cupcakes and muffins all the time, sometimes chocolate, occasionally carrot cake, and lots of blueberry ones, but no matter what I love to have a recipe to follow, it is kind of like a safety net that reassures me along the way.

I have tried the cookbook stand, it never really stays put, I have tried using the iPad on a stand, but getting cake mix on the screen is annoying, so when I heard that the Microsoft Surface had a Bing Food & Drink app that you could literally use with a swipe of a hand I had to give it ago.

Armed with my cupcake recipe ingredients, I turned on the hands-free mode on the app, so I could literally swipe my hand in front of the web-camera to get the page to turn, so it was easy to see what was next on my recipe. Plus you can search through lots of different recipes, so I decided to try out a new cupcake mix, which turned out really well.

festive cupcakes microsoft  Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag festive cupcakes 4 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag

Ingredients:

Cupcakes

200g unsalted butter, at room temperature – I like to leave out for at least an hour before

200g caster sugar

4 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

200g self-raising flour

2 tsp baking powder

Pinch of salt

Buttercream

300g unsalted butter, at room temperature

750g icing sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

Green food colouring

Decorations

Festive toppers, sprinkles, stars, glitter – anything goes

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas mark 2-3, and line the muffin tine with 12 paper cases.

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and light. I use a free-standing mixer – the Kenwood K-Mix on a medium speed for about 3-4 minutes.

Add the vanilla, then the eggs, one at a time, mixing well between each addition, don’t forget to scrap down the sides of the bowl from time to time to make sure everything is mixed. Then add the flour, salt and baking powder, and mix together until combined. I use the fold setting on my free-standing mixer but you can easily use a large metal spoon or rubber spatula to do by hand.

Then using an ice-cream scoop or a table-spoon add the mixture into the paper cases and bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, or until the cakes spring back slightly when pressed, and when a skewer inserted into the middle comes out clean.

While the cakes are cooling, make the buttercream. Add the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extra to a large bowl and beat until the mixture becomes light and fluffy. When mixed well, add a couple of drops of food colouring, remember if you are planning to use two colours divide the mixture first, then remix until all the buttercream is the chosen colour.

You can either then decorate with a palette knife or by using a piping bag, I prefer a piping bag as it is more fun. Try using different nozzles to create different effects on your cupcakes.

Once you have added the buttercream decorate as you wish – I added Christmas tree, snowmen, penguins and polar bear toppers, as well as pink glitter dust, candy stars and silver balls – I basically was going for mini Christmas trees.

As well as these cupcakes I also made a cherry and raisin loaf, mince pies and honeycomb brownies – what are you favourite festive recipes?

festive cupcakes 1 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag festive cupcakes 6 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag festive cupcakes 5 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag festive cupcakes 7 Fashionista Barbie Bakes: Festive Cupcakes  %tag

**Microsoft Surface was gifted to me as part of my participation in the Microsoft Loop**

Dec 17 2013

Technology: Acer Iconia A1

Acer iconia a1 bag Copy Technology: Acer Iconia A1 %tag
I have always been a lover of technology and gadgets and it seems over the years I have been collecting tablets and laptops in all different sizes. I have the iPad that seems to be a great size for watching movies, I then have the Microsoft Surface which is perfect for working wherever you are with the handy keyboard, and now it seems I have found a tablet that is perfect to place in any handbag including my new Rebecca Minkoff beauty that has been my weekend bag.

I find that I blog in all sorts of places, whether in my office, on the sofa while watching a film, or out-and-about at a cafe, but my larger tablets sometimes don’t fit into my go-to handbag and that is where this Acer Iconia A1 has been perfect.

It is easy to use as it runs on the Android system, the same as my HTC One, which means that all the apps I use on my smartphone are easier to use on the 7.9″ screen – especially the WordPress and photo-editing apps such as Snapseed and VSCO Cam that I use. Plus it is great to use with Skype as it is hand-sized so easy to hold and it is lightweight. It also comes with 16GB memory, which is generally plenty, but it also has a microSD slot if you want to add more or in my case want access to large photos to add to the blog.

Like with my Android smartphone the Acer tablet is easy to organise all my apps, I am kind of a little OCD on keeping everything clean, so it is great you can create groups of apps – so I have all my social media favourites together and my photograph app, as well as information apps and my reading material. Going through all my favourite blogs on Feebly is so much nicer than on my mobile.

I have only been using the device for less than a week but this budget tablet really is great value for money. Granted it doesn’t feel as good as the iPad, the plastic casing feels a little breakable but I always think a cover is the best way to go, and it might not be as fast, but this little beauty did really well putting this blog post together!!!

Have you try out the Acer Iconia A1? Would love to hear your thoughts on this budget tablet.

Acer iconia a1 screen Copy Technology: Acer Iconia A1 %tag

Acer iconia a1 xmas Copy1 Technology: Acer Iconia A1 %tag

Also as it is Christmas, I thought it would be fun to dress up my Acer tablet with a live wallpaper that I picked up for free in the Google Play store – come on who doesn’t want a Christmas countdown as their background? Plus that 3D Christmas tree is so pretty!!!

Acer iconia a1 xmas Copy Technology: Acer Iconia A1 %tag

Want to find out more about this tablet? Then check out Acer Tablet Reviews to find out the pros and cons of this handy sized budget tablet.

**I was gifted this Acer tablet – but all opinions are my own**

Nov 28 2013

Technology: Staying Connected With EE MiFi

EE MIFI 2 Technology: Staying Connected With EE MiFi %tagBeing connected is super important for bloggers, it’s more than just having great contacts, of course that is needed, but keeping connected on-the-go is probably more important. I wrote a blog before London Fashion Week on my top tips for a blogger on the move and EE got in touch for me to try out their Huawei MIFi device, which can connect up to 10 devices from smartphones to iPads, laptops and even your WiFi enabled cameras all at 4GEE speeds. I have a 4GEE smartphone and I couldn’t go back to a normal phone contract, and now it seems I can’t live without my MiFi.

I used this little device throughout fashion week – I connected my iPad, my camera and even my mobile to Instagram pictures and videos, pin images to pinterest, write blogs, edit images, and catch-up with my e-mails, the news, and my social media feed while I was out of the office. To say it was a godsend is an understatement.

In the past I have tried mobile dongles but the connectivity has always been sketchy at best – this little beauty even worked in the middle of the Norfolk Broads – I was super impressed and it meant that I could be confident about doing my work without having to rush back to the office.

To utilise my new found internet freedom I decided to pimp my iPad out with a cute little keyboard, I know everyone is about embracing the touch screen but I just find everything easier and quicker when I can type it. I picked this Logitech keyboard up from John Lewis for £69.95, it was actually cheaper than buying it in the Apple store. As well as providing me with keys to type it also has a handy stand to make my iPad into a makeshift laptop.

Another great thing about connecting on the go – lots of teas, hot chocolates, and iced buns!!!

Have you tried out EE MIFi?

EE MIFI 1 Technology: Staying Connected With EE MiFi %tag

**Thanks to EE for the loan**

Nov 15 2013

Technology: Sky+HD Fashion Icons Collection

Sky designer box hamper Technology: Sky+HD Fashion Icons Collection %tag

When you think of your Sky TV box, you probably think grey, black, boring, and a little drab, well Sky have teamed up with a four fashion names, Giles Deacon, Roland Mouret, Sophie Dahl and Kit Neale to reinvent their Sky+HD boxes and I have to be honest I want them all.

We have the gorgeous moody floral design inspired by drama from Roland Mouret, the cute and girlie Minnie Mouse adorning Giles Deacon’s design, a fabulous lobster print from hot new menswear designer Kit Neale, and model Sophie Dahl was inspired by the twenties and thirties for her floral illustrations. I love that each one comes with a matching remote!!!

Sky designer box Technology: Sky+HD Fashion Icons Collection %tag Sky designer box RM mug Technology: Sky+HD Fashion Icons Collection %tag

To celebrate the limited-edition collection, the guys at Sky sent me over the most darling hamper to show off the moody floral print designed by Roland Mouret, shown off on my gorgeous bone china mug and cool iPad case – oh and I can’t forget the delicious Biscuiteers treats – I have to be honest it was hard eating Minnie!!!

Sky designer box biscuiteer Technology: Sky+HD Fashion Icons Collection %tag

Which Sky+HD box is your favourite?

Sep 11 2013

HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe

HTC One Gothic Couture 8 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tagI’ve had my HTC One since it came out, I adore it, and I love that I’m always mastering something new on it. The latest skill I’ve been learning about is the incredible HTC Zoe function, which brings pictures snapped on my mobile to life in a cool 30-second video.

Basically, instead of just taking a still image, HTC Zoe records 3 seconds of HD video while at the same time capturing 20 photos, plus like magic the video also starts recording before you actually press the shutter – so you will never miss that perfect shot.

Granted each ‘Zoe’ is only 3 seconds compared to 15 in an Instagram video – but you can group a whole host of ‘Zoe’ content to make a highlight reel. Plus once you are happy with the content there are 12 filters with accompanying music to apply to make your video complete.

To test out my new ‘Zoe’ skills the guys over at HTC put on an amazing fashion shoot, styled by Minna Attala and directed by photographer Miss Aniela in the incredible setting at MC Motors studios. So with only my HTC One handset I played photographer on an editorial-style shoot to capture the best shot – working with the light, taking in the setting, playing with angles and getting some detailed shots of that incredible Bibian Blue gown and Topshop jewellery.

Miss Aniela, who runs fashion shoot experience days, gave me some tips for capturing moving images during the shoot to help me get the best shots possible, which I will certainly be using this fashion week.

Photography Tips:

  • Light – Look for the light, but be creative with it – it’s not just about the sun, explore the effects of street-lamps or different colour lights too – also move your handset around to seek the best auto-exposure.
  • Detail - Look for detail and focus in on it – ruffles on fabric, the lines of buttons on a jacket, the incredible print. Capturing the movement of fashion accessories down the runway will make great contextual shots for your highlight reel.
  • Angles - Play with a variety of angles over the course of your video in order to show all the interesting views of the outfits, but also add a sense of drama – shooting from a low angle is great for adding the illusion of height.
  • Context – Think carefully about your backdrop and how it works with the looks you’re shooting – treat your environment as a feature of your shoot. For fashion week – why not capture the atmosphere inside the tent before the show, snap the fashion crowds queuing to get in, and the sight of the photographer’s pit.

Here is my Gothic Couture highlight reel using the Islandia filter and a few of my favourite snaps:

HTC One Gothic Couture 4 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 3 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 10 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 13 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 14 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 6 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 1 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 5 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 17 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag HTC One Gothic Couture 2 HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag

[Pics: all pics/video taken on my HTC One]
pixel HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe %tag

Older posts «