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Technology: HTC One M8 Pink At Carphone Warehouse

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Way back when, one my first ever mobile phones was pink, it was of the flip variety, and I loved it, then came crazy phone covers, who could forget my love of Hello Kitty, and now it seems that smartphone companies are incorporating a little personality into the handsets themselves by offering them in various colours.

The latest to be added to my collection is the HTC One M8, which has been given a feminine makeover with a dusky pink matte shell that is exclusive to Carphone Warehouse. Everything else about the phone is the same as the original HTC One M8, a spruced update to the HTC One that I absolutely loved.

I have only been using this pretty pink phone for a few days but I am already impressed with its large screen, not quite as big as the Samsung Note 3 but still impressive, excellent resolution, as well as a super fast quad-core processor. But as always what always makes a great HTC device, other than the sharp, sleek, all-metal design, has to be the camera, which has a unique duo Camera that lets you create 3D-like photos, and the addition of its UltraPixel technology means you can capture your photos in nearly any light, which I love.

I have to be honest not much seems to have change, it just looks more glossy and put together, it still has HTC Zoe to create cool mini movies, still utilises the very best of the Android system, puts all your social media and news in one place thanks to the HTC BlinkFeed, and it has the best speakers of any mobile I have owned with its HTC BoomSound. But hey if it isn’t broken, don’t fix it!!!

I don’t have any negatives about the colour, I do love the matte finish, and I think no girl can have too much pink, my only downside about the HTC One M8 has to be the weight, its sleek all-metal design comes at a cost that you instantly feel it weighs more than your previous smartphone.

What do you think of the pink version of the HTC One M8 – would you buy it over the standard silver?

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**I was gifted the HTC One M8 Pink by Carphone Warehouse, but as always my opinion is my own**

HTC One: Gothic Couture Captured With HTC Zoe

HTC-One-Gothic-Couture-8I’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:

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[Pics: all pics/video taken on my HTC One]

In Pictures: My HTC Mini Break

HTC-mini-break-7HTC have brought out a tinier version of the HTC One, the HTC Mini, so to celebrate the launch of the new smartphone the technology giant took everyone on a mini break to the seaside, well not quite, more like a cool roof top in East London decorated out with stripes, beach huts, and deck chairs to play around with the handsets camera features.

The phone itself is very similar to my HTC One, the only real difference is the size of the handset, there are more differences obviously as it is a lower priced phone but nothing that is really  that noticeable. The HTC Mini still has all the great camera functionality of its big brother, you can still capture cool slow-motion videos, get Zoe to compile a highlight reel and it takes excellent pictures in low light, which was pretty much needed as the night of the event was less summery and more wintry, but thankfully it didn’t rain.

The event played with perspectives, with very over-sized deck chairs, giant sticks of rock, and ice cream cones set into the distance to capture as though you were picking it up, as well as tiny food served in mini deck chairs and beer served in tiny buckets. There were lots of photo ops around the rooftop, which were made even more entertaining with swing dancers, actors dressed as crazy American tourists and a giant bubble blowing artist, which was hilarious until I got soaked by a bubble exploding!!!

It was such a fun night, lounging in giant deck chairs, being mesmerised by the giant bubbles, launching hysterically at the so-called American tourists, and devouring the tiny food – I couldn’t get enough of the tiny jacket potatoes, and drinking gin from bone china tea cups.

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Want to see the bubble-blower in action? Check out this slow-motion video I captured on the HTC Mini:

[Pics/video: all taken on the HTC One Mini]

 

My Style: The Swans Travel To France

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So you might have noticed that my blog was a little quiet last week, I was in France visiting family and I forgot to put an out-of-blog on, to be honest I did plan to blog while I was away but I just decided to relax and take a mini break from my laptop.

Much like the weather here is was sunny and bright while we were away, well for the most of it, so I thought it was a great chance to wear my gorgeous Tory Burch swan printed wedges. These beauties have been in my shoe collection since last year when I got them in The Outnet sale and I have been praying for the sunshine so I could wear them, and it was worth nearly making my luggage over the allowed 10kg allowance on Ryan Air!!!my-style-swans-in-france-13

As we were just pottering around the garden, checking out neighbouring villages and getting very jealous over the gorgeous châteauxs **she below my dream house/castle**, I decided to team the swans with my Hudson crop jeans, which have become my new favourite and a slouchy tee from New Look, oh and lots of cute jewellery pieces.

As well as giving my new wedges a run out I also decided to try out how to work a tuck, well I have seen numerous celebs and some of my fav style bloggers so I though I would give it ago, also I was inspired by a piece in People Style that I read on the plane over.

I went for the loose front tuck, a kind of relaxed look where you loosely tuck in the front and let the sides and back hang out. I am not sure I fully mastered it – but hey I gave it a go – and I liked it.

**Coming soon – the side tuck, the full tuck and the smart front tuck – only joking, well sort of!!!**

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My Style: Swan-print wedges, Tory Burch via The Outnet // Hudson Jeans Bacara in Vancouver, Jeanography (c/o) // Red t-shirt, New Look // Panda watch, New Look // Evil eye friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke // Wisdom skinny bracelet, Astley Clarke (c/o) // Beaded bracelets, Accessorize // Silver wrap ring, New Look (c/o) // Heart ring, designed by me with Stephen Einhorn & HTC (c/o) // PDS ring, stole for the day off my boyfriend // Glasses, Retro54 //

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