Clear space for… #1

I receive lots of messages on Instagram asking me which Apps I´m using to take my photos, specially the ones with that vintage look (ever wanted a 35 mm? Well, I still do…). Ever since I bought my beloved Pen Camera photographing gained a new life and that vintage style was a result of programming the camera with the right settings and VSCO edition. I also own an Instax Mini, which I absolutely adore (specially because no one ever looks bad) but because it prints automatically it´s a rather expensive option that I keep for special moments.

Back when I had the Huawei G-Play Mini, photographing with my phone wasn´t much of a option (the camera is terrible, even though it was supposed to be a good one). I remember I was always freeing up space for my dear VSCO and the few shots I took, I used that App directly. Now with the iPhone (btw, it´s true what they say about the camera) things changed a lot in terms of taking photos and my camera finally got some rest.

I guess reading two paragraphs on a Sunday is enough for you so, without further notice, here are my favorite vintage photography apps of the moment 🙂

P.S. I only chose easy apps to take quick photos and maybe do some editing, but nothing too deep into manual edition.

Moly Cam – it allows you to take those Polaroid or instax kind of photos. It has a basic editor and you can choose from several vintage filters. PROS – you can choose which vintage filter you’re going to use before taking the photo and it’s a pretty cool editor if you want to upload photos directly from your phone. CONS – the instant photos don’t look so real because of the frame.

HUJI – remember those disposable cameras? HUJI is supposed to be one. It gives that 35 mm kind of look to your photos. You can’t edit them but I think they turn out to look so cool with that retro vibe and the date on the side that there’s no need to. PROS – it really gives you that disposable camera feeling and it’s kind of a surprise when you see the final version. No need to edit. CONS – Annoying advertising after taking the photo. It’s tolerable, though. Doesn’t let you upload a photo previously taken.

Retro Cam – I’m still testing it but so far, I really like it. It’s an editor which comes in handy if you already have the photos and want to magically send them back in time. You can add over light, textures (to give that old scratchy look), vintage filters and edit the basic settings such as contrast, vignette, temperature, etc. PROS – the most important features are part of the free version and you have a lot of options to edit your photos. CONS – to have access to the glitch feature and to add the date you have to buy the full version.

Dazz – Here you can choose the accessories (lenses) and the camera type you’d like to use. The instant photos here look more realistic. It’s not an editor though. PROS – it really looks like you’re using in real life those lenses and cameras. CONS – you can’t have access to all the cameras and lenses unless you buy the full version.

Each morning, after waking up, the routine begins. Ideally, you have a slow morning with fresh brewed coffee while reading the news. The smell of your coffee impregnates the kitchen as you begin to move towards the bedroom to choose your clothes (again, ideally, you’d run to your walk in closet). You dress for success, as it should be.

You lean to your phone to check the e-mails, just before leaving the house. Gosh, what a boring boring case your phone has. If only it matched with your mood or – even better – with your outfit. You know exactly what you’d like that case to be, what would look absolutely darling. What would make a statement, a personal statement.

That’s where CaseApp comes in. Allowing you to create your own case, it’s the perfect way to express your individuality and make your own statement. Don’t feel like designing your own case or laptop skin? You can always choose from a wide range of cool designs carefully crafted by some pretty cool designers.

You know me – always creating new content. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise when I tell you that I had a lot of fun designing this artsy phone case to match with my artsy mood 🙂 As for the iPad case, I went for one of the pre-made designs and I must say that I’m pretty amazed with both choices. They’re super resistant, very easy to clean and – of course – super stylish. The iPhone case came in a cute little dust bag with an adorable Christmas themed design.

If you’re looking to create a super personalized case look no further. You can use the code DISSECTINGTHELOOK20 on your order.

I´m sticking with you

DISCLAIMER: This post is a collaboration with Printworks. All opinions are my own.

I hate seeing everyone wearing and using the same clothes, accessories and even stationary. Anyway, I apologize for the outburst – it was probably because my Instagram search page is only showing people by the pool and having a wonderful time on the Italian Riviera. My point being – I love personalized accessories and frankly, who doesn’t? That wonderful feeling of exclusivity and expression of one´s self… Ah…

I found Printworks through Instagram and I knew I had just found the most perfect accessories for my precious gadgets (and myself, of course).

printworks3

Printworks is a Swedish design company focused on personalized gifts, accessories, lifestyle products that make everyday life much more fun (that´s why you can catch me staring at my laptop case or iPhone case when I really should be getting work done). So how does this personalization thing work, you smartly ask. Easy – you can choose from a wide range of cool stickers your favorites and show the world your creative side! Combine them the way you like and voilá! I was amazed by the quality of the materials and their resistance (my cat caught me distracted and had a very long nap in my laptop case…). Once you put the stickers on they stick perfectly on the leather.

printworks2.png

I chose to personalize my laptop case with my blog initials (my brother smartly noted that the stickers have the Gryffindor´s House colors *geek moment* and I got even happier because I´m obviously a lion) and my iPhone case with a F sticker (hello, I´m Filipa, a Fashion-addict and Food lover who´ll always be waiting for Friday). Good stationary and accessories always motivate me to work and since I´m on vacations from college I decided it was about time to post here more frequently – one thing led to the other and here we are!

printworks4

But I gotta be honest here – it would be a shame to use this laptop case for laptop purposes only… So I´ve been using it A LOT as a clutch everywhere I go (from the poolside to the casual night drinks).

printworks5

So on a scale of 1 – 10 how much do you love personalized accessories? Let me know in the comments section! A little bird told me Printworks is having a summer sale so make sure you stop by 😉

 

The One

The One. A million things pop into your head when you read these two words. The love of life, probably. But when it comes to fashion, we all have THE one. THE cozy stylish sweater you wear on and on, THE silk scarf that makes any outfit better, THE pair of shoes that make your day brighter. As most you know, THE accessory for me is a bag. Bags are my weakness and my bags are probably THE accessory that I keep impeccable storage. Each of them brings me such joy and reminds me of all the times I snapped at someone who dared to put my bag on the floor. You see, I take that “table for 3: you, me and my bag” very seriously.

When Farfetch contacted me and told me about their newest magazine, The Style Guide, I immediately started going through the amazing editorial content and, inspired by this article, I bring you my favorite bags of the season and will reveal to you my #THEONE. The choice wasn´t hard, it was love at first sight. Can you guess it? Hint: She hides between the beautiful European architecture 🙂

Stella McCartney

img_1950

J.W.Anderson

Simon Miller 

Chloé

Gucci

How about you? Did you pick your The One for this summer? Make sure you check Farfetch’s digital magazine. It’s a must see either you’re looking for the latest trends or just deciding what to wear. As always, I’m looking forward to knowing your opinion so meet me in the comment section! 🙂

Quit Phubbing

For those of you struggling to put your phone down for more than a few miserable minutes, meet Phubbing, a XXI century modern disease. ‘But Filipa, what is that Phubbing thing?’ Well, I’m glad you asked!

Phubbing (=phone + snubbing). At some point, we’ve all been guilty of this practice. Who never neglected a friend during a coffee to be checking social media? Who never disconnected from the real world once in a while just because nothing exciting was happening around? The problem is when this becomes a habit. When taking photos of what you’re eating is more important than who’s sitting in front of you. How sad is it to see a couple eating their fancy meal yet not enjoying each other’s company because they’re both holding their phones?

standfor1

Let me get one thing straight: I love technology. Besides I’m blogger, which makes me a result of this wonderful technological advance. When it comes to checking my phone, I’m not so bad… most of the times I ignore it completely. It stays either inside my bag or next to me with the screen turned down. But there comes a time when I want to photograph things around me. Could I survive without taking a photo of that pretty sushi before eating it? Of course. But life is short, you gotta collect those beautiful yummy moments to look at them days, months after that meal is gone and think ‘oh boy, that was one hell of a sushi’. Once I’m done photographing, no more phone for me. I like to think that me and my phone have a healthy relationship and I still believe that the best moments are the ones you forget to photograph because you’re too busy having fun.

‘Oh, I see now… but I thought this post was about fashion…’ – and it is, dearest reader. Allow me to introduce Standfor.

Standfor was one of my first collaborations when I created my blog. I was thrilled when I found out that they were a Portuguese shoe brand and I instantly loved their concept. Behind every shoe collection there is a different statement, a reason for people to walk for. We all stand for something and we can all make a difference. That’s what makes them so special. Their newest collection’s theme is Quit Phubbing.

standfor2

They were kind enough to let me choose a pair of shoes and these gray boots smiled at me. I especially love the modern design and the sole – I’m literally walking in the clouds! If you ever heard of Portuguese shoes, you know they’re known for their quality and good materials. My Standfor boots are the perfect example of that. They’re leather free, super comfortable and light, which makes them ideal to wear all year long.

I styled them with a suede mini skirt, an oversized t-shirt, fishnets and of course, a scarf (you all know that my life would be incomplete without a good scarf!).

Make sure to check out their website to learn more about phubbing and enjoy your gift card ( kUy7uG8C ) 😉

As always, I’d love to know your thoughts. Were you aware of this concept? Meet me in the comment section! 🙂

Olympus Pen 7

These days every smartphone can take amazing photos. Every day for the past year my photos were taken with my phone or iPad. I always thought “Nah, why should I buy my own camera when these two are perfectly capable of taking amazing photos?”. Wrong. As my blog started to grow I understood the problems of not owning a good camera (photo quality, not being able to give them the look I wanted, … ).

When I started looking for cameras I knew I wanted a compact camera. I knew exactly what specific details I wanted (when looking for a camera always ask yourself “what for will I use it?”). I knew I would be the one taking 95% of the photos so I looked for something that I could easily connect with other devices and with flip screen.

The Olympus Pen 7 was completely out of my options, at first. Known as “the blogger camera” it was just too expensive. The day I was going to buy a Panasonic Lumix, I found one of those Christmas packs with the Pen 7. I told “her” we were meant to be.

KIT

This may vary, though there are some things that are always sold with the camera like the charger and the flash. The kit comes with a lens, though you can buy them separately (I’d suggest not to because you´ll end up paying a lot more). Mine came with a case and an SD card (careful when choosing your SD card. This camera is very very fast at shooting photos and processing videos, so anything less than 16GB won´t work properly) and two different manual instructions, one with the basics and the other on a CD with full detailed information that is really helpful and definitely makes you take the most out of your camera.

o6o7

  • The high quality of the photos. Everything from the colors to the contrast looks amazing.
  • There´s an Olympus app (Olympus Image share) for ios and android that allows you to use your smartphone as a remote control. Set your tripod, control the timer through your phone once you´ve connected it with your camera and you´re ready to go. I do this ALL the time! This app also allows you to edit photos and import them to your devices. This saves you a lot of time, especially when you´re in a hurry and need to post something on social media;
  • The screen flips. Which means your selfies or non-selfies will look better than ever. Everything from those “from where I’m standing” photos that you usually don’t see is now controllable. It means that the perfect angle is now officially possible. I take a lot of flat lays and before this camera, I often needed to climb to a chair to get the perfect photo. Now I just flip the screen until it looks the way I want.
  • It´s easily transported on your smallest bags (and you all know how most of my bags are… J ) Unless you´re using a huge lens, you´ll see you can take the camera everywhere in your purse.
  • The design of the camera. That retro design that makes Olympus Pen different from any other camera. A true heartbreaker.
  • I don´t use it much for video but I’ve searched vloggers reviews and apparently, the micro is pretty good (so you don´t need to buy one separately).

o3

o4o8

  • The price. Unless you get lucky like I did, this is a pricey camera. Is it worth it? Every single (insert here your currency), if you´re planning to use it a lot. Most of them come with a lens (and not just the camera body). Sometimes Olympus sells kits with more than one lens which is a great opportunity that I, unfortunately, missed. Lens are pretty expensive as you may know.
  • When you´re using a tripod you can´t flip the screen all the way down. When you´re photographing this is not a problem because of the remote control option but when you´re filming a video this may be a problem.

o9

  • If you´re taking pics just for social media adjust the size. I do this a lot with Instagram because I hate cropping my pictures. I adjust the screen to 1:1 before taking the photo and then import it to my phone when I’m done.
  • Don´t use the auto mode. I understand that in the beginning, it´s easier, but it´s outside the auto mode that the magic happens. Now before the magic happens don´t freak out with the menus. They´re pretty complex because the camera has a lot of different settings that you can personalize. Sure it takes time to understand how the camera works, but once you do, you´ll have highly personalized photos capable of reflecting your own style. Activate all the menus on the camera and just start trying everything. There´s a Fn button that opens a little side menu where you can change settings like saturation, light, movement, … I started with that. But for more detailed settings you´ll need to activate menus.
  • Pen 7 has touch screen which is very useful when you want to focus a certain object only. It´s not the only way to focus, of course, but it´s more intuitive. If you´re using the kit lens (14-42mm, my case) in order to create that blurry background that a 45mm lens easily captures I’d suggest playing with focus points and adjust the lens until you have reached the perfect blur.
  • Because you won´t see the full screen flipped down when using a tripod, use your phone as a remote control and set the timer (you can change the timer on your phone once connected).
  • There are plenty of artistic modes to explore (without needing a specific lens) that probably will save you edition time (like that one where the background is black&white and the only pops of color you see are for example red ones).
  • You can automatically add your signature or a stamp to your photo using the Olympus Photo Share app editor (another time savior).

o5

VERDICT

It´s been 2 months since I bought it and I use it on a daily basis. 80% of my instagram photos are taken with this camera. I would recommend it to anyone who´d take the most out of it (because of the price).

This post was written mainly for people who don´t own the camera but are thinking about buying it. It´s my personal experience in general with this camera and why I recommend it. If you have any specific/technical questions, feel free to ask them in the comments 🙂

 

 

 

 

Fashion X Tech / Moda X Tecnologia 

The Fashion Industry evolves very quickly. Trendsetters started to appear from all around the globe using social media and their voice became more powerful than anyone would ever thought. Creative directors had to adjust to the digital era and evolve as well. Big fashion magazines too, when digital magazines and blogs began to take over. Today, Fashion cannot live without technology and I must say that they’re definitely one of the best combinations ever. As a blogger, technology is what allows me to share my opinions and keep up with the latest trends so it’s of course a big issue for me. That’s why I decided to creat the Fashion sub-category – Tech. As you can already guess (and because it’s a sub-category) it will be fashion related only. I will share with you the latest and the best Apps, digital magazines, fashionable accessories for your technology and everything fashion related.
For the first post, I’ll give you what I believe to be the best apps to do your online shopping, when searching for designer clothing, accessories or jewelry. I choose them based on my personal experience, prices and diversity of items. I don’t do most of my shopping online – yet (ASOS is slowly becoming one of my favorite places to shop). When it comes to great sales and vintage hunting, I prefer online shopping, for sure. Why? Well, I don’t know many places that sell designer clothes and accessories at such affordable prices like I do online. I find online shopping specially useful for vintage hunting because you can easily select categories, prices and the most important – quality. That brings me to one of my favorite fashion apps – Vestiaire. Vestiaire it’s an app recommended by magazines like Vogue and Elle, that allows you to sell your colthes, accessories, jewels and buy what other people are selling. It’s one of my favorites because it has the most amazing vintage pieces. I must confess… I can spend hours going through those bags and accessories. One great aspect about this app is that you can easily find the latest collections at a lower price and when you buy something the item doesn’t come to you right away because of quality control and the authenticity of your buy – both checked by Vestiaire. Probably one not-so-good thing about it is that, because people are selling their own pieces, you’ll have to make sure you know the value of what you’re buying. My suggestion would be to search for the specific item you want, filter by quality and price range and then see what suits you the most between the several items that will appear to you. 

Portuguese version 

A indústria da moda desenvolve-se a uma velocidade incrível. ‘Trendsetters’ começaram a surgir um pouco por todo o mundo, usando as redes sociais em massa e a sua voz passou a ter uma importância sem precedentes. Os directores criativos das marcas tiveram, sem grande tempo para tal, que se adaptarem a esta nova realidade digital. O mesmo sucedeu com as grandes revistas, confrontadas com o aparecimento dos blogs e de revistas digitais. Hoje, a moda não pode – nem quer – viver sem a tecnologia e devo dizer que considero esta combinação uma das melhores de sempre. Enquanto ‘blogger’ é fácil perceber o porquê de considerar esta combinação tão especial: é o que me permite acompanhar tendências, exprimir a minha opinião e conhecer a de outras pessoas. Foram, no essencial, estas as razões que me levaram a criar a sub-categoria ‘tecnologia’. Sendo uma sub-categoria da Moda, podem esperar temas que relacionam as duas áreas designadamente aplicações, revistas digitais, acessórios, … Tudo o que resulte desta combinação entre o mundo da moda e a tecnologia. Para o primeiro post desta sub-categoria escolhi o que considero ser as melhores aplicações de compras on-line, no que diz respeito a marcas de designers conhecidos. Escolhi-as com base na minha experiência pessoal, preços praticados e variedade de produtos. Apesar de (ainda) não fazer a maior parte das minhas compras on-line, no que diz respeito a peças ‘vintage’ acho preferível, desde logo devido à possibilidade de selecção por categorias, preços e, sobretudo, qualidade. A primeira aplicação chama-se Vestiarie, é recomendada po revistas como a Vogue e a Elle, e é um óptimo lugar quer para vender peças quer para fazer óptimos achados. Um óptimo aspecto em relação a esta aplicação é o facto de ter peças das mais recentes colecções bem como peças vintage, e os produtos são sujeitos a um controlo de qualidade e verificação de autenticidade antes de chegarem ao novo dono. Um aspecto menos positivo – ou antes, uma questão a ter em consideração – é a diversidade dos preços praticados por cada pessoa. A minha sugestão para evitar comprar um mesmo produto por um preço superior é a pesquisa do produto, selecção da qualidade pretendida e definição de um preço máximo. 

Another great app is The Outnet. If you’re familiar with Net-A- Porter, you might have heard of The Outnet. It’s basically Net- a-porter’s outlet so you can always search for designer clothes at lower prices during anytime of the Year. I recommend the accessories and bags selection, definitely worth your time. After all, outlets are the perfect places to find the coolest bargains.

Outra óptima aplicação é The Outnet. Para quem conhece o Net-a-Porter, o The Outnet é o Outlet. Recomendo a parte dos acessórios e malas. Afinal, um Outlet é sempre um Outlet 😉 


Last but definitely not least, the Farfetch app. You have heard here before of Farfetch since I teamed up with them to show you some of the best Spring/Summer 16 trends. Farfetch reunites 400 boutiques in one place, bringing you the latest fashion to your devices. What you don’t know yet, is that I recently discovered Farfetch’s sales (worth taking a look if you’re searching for designer pieces at reasonable prices). Personally I got my eyes on a beautiful Kenzo bag 😉 

Por último mas sem dúvida não menos importante, a aplicação do site Farfetch. Já falei aqui antes do site, no post das tendências de primavera/verão 2016, feito em colaboração com a Farfetch. Também na aplicado se encontram disponíveis as peças de 400 boutiques de todo o mundo. Recentemente descobri os saldos da Farfetch (vale a pena, tem grandes marcas a preços óptimos) e tenho debaixo de olho uma mala linda da Kenzo 🙂