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a bouquet of joy.

Hello Lovelies, 

Yesterday morning I set out on my bicycle to run some errands before work. On my way home I stopped by a small Saturday flower & food market in the city. The vendors were shouting that everything was reduced to half price and they certainly caught my attention. One kind man was offering the morning's flower leftovers at a reduced price. When I saw the darling blossoms, I could not help myself! I told him to bundle up pretty much every last flower that was left. And with joy in my heart, I loaded the flowers into my bicycle basket and headed off home. I don't think I have EVER treated myself to such an amazing bouquet of flowers...!
 



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Their scent is heavenly! The vendor told me that they can all be dried and kept.  I will be doing so, too!  But the loveliest effect the flowers are having on me is that every time I look at them, I feel re-vitalized. They are a constant reminder that flowery & colorful times lie ahead, quite literally.


xxx, 







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Wardrobe treasures: Alexandra Grecco FW11.

I am intrigued by some wonderful fashion at the moment! And as you must know by now, I have a girl  crush on Alexandra Grecco's work and also feel greatly inspired by her collection videos. 
The following FW11 video was just released on her blog along with some snippets of the up coming FW 11 collection lookbook. There is just something purely enchanting about her designs & fabrics. I can imagine that wearing a piece created & made by her would make any woman feel like a million dollars. She enhances feminine beauty in such a subtle and true way. 

Oh, what a dream the collection is!  

I don't think I need say much more... 
Please join me on a whimsical & gentle journey that will leave a sweet and warm feeling in your heart...






xxx,


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wardrobe treasures: Kelsey Genna.

My general mood lately has been dominated by a longing for a hint of spring. I can't complain about the weather. We have had a lot of re-vitalizing sunshine lately. But I'm sure you know the weighty feeling that gets you down when faced with the fact that it will be at least another two months before a true spring sun will rise. 

So, to keep my spirits up, I tend to fill every aspect of my life with things that will take my mind off the endless winter chill. 
For instance, the thought of wearing dresses & sheer fabrics again cheers me up significantly. 
And when I came across the following  spring / sumer collection by Kelsey Genna my heart skipped a beat or two and I felt my spirits lift at once. I fell in love with her exquisitely delicate & feminine designs instantly. How can you not?! 
And the setting of the lookbook could not be more perfect.






( All images via http://kelseygenna.com/ ) 

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Oh, I will just look at the lookbook every time I need to "feel" a bit of spring.



much love,




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Shop update: prints.

Hello Lovelies!
I've added new prints to the shop!



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Have a little peak if you find a minute!

xxx

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Photography: practising my patience.

Hello Lovelies, 

Here's another batch of bright winter photographs all taken by the lake of Zurich. The colours of the shallow water were ever so beautiful! I could have gazed at it for a long long time... 
The sunny weather has made me long for spring even more. The icy chill of winter is still in the air but I wish I could just throw my shoes off and wade around in the shallow water... Oh I must practise some patience (or else I will go mad!). 



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xxx,

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music box: sunday mixtape VI.

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Wishing you all the loveliest sunday!
much love,

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A new dimension.

Hello my dears,


Things are about to change a little here at home.town.treasure! I finally bought my first (proper) digital camera this week. A perfectly lovely Canon EOS 550D to be specific. Whoop whoop!



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I started this blog with two analogue cameras and a small compact digital camera that belonged to my boyfriend (mine had broken!). It didn't take long for me to realize that my rather ordinary digital camera would not live up to the expectations I had for the pictures that I wanted to post on this blog (perhaps you remember the very unflattering photobooth pictures I tried out, or even pictures taken with my mobile phone..! That would just NOT do!)

So the reason for buying a better digital camera was my original blog concept. When I started home.town.treasure,  I didn't have a 100% clear perception of what I wanted to blog about. I did know, however, that I wanted home.town.treasure to be a space for me where I could document my creative explorations & share my (analogue) photography. But as I didn't own a nice digital camera to do the job and as analogue photography is a rather "slow" process (and expensive one for regular every day snaps: buying the film, shooting it, getting it developed...) , home.town.treasure has been lacking those personal documentaries.

That shall change as of NOW. For I now have the means to implement a new (digital) dimension to my blog. I am very excited about it and can't wait to get started! I'll be carrying my Canon with me as often as I can, thanks to Anabela's gorgeous cotton tote bag! I think I could fit my whole universe in there!

So AHOI to new documentable adventures & a new member of the home.town.treasure (camera) family!



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xxx

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Photography: winter walks III.

Recently, on one of my days off I set out once more with my Zenit-B to see what I could see. I ended up catching the next train along the lake and getting out at a place called Zürich Au. It's a hilly spot and home to a vineyard,  a chateau, both sandy and pebbly lake shores and a fair amount of woods. I was very much intrigued with the lake scenery for it combined forest, sand, stone, water and ice so beautifully...




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If I review my photography over the past few months, it's not hard to see that I have been quite inspired by water and its natural surrounding. The lake in particular. There are so many wonderful and picturesque areas around a lake to discover & capture. 
And I guess I have been seeking these more tranquil areas for walking in and photographing as I have been having rather stressful times at work. Nature has given me a much needed balance during turbulent times and I don't think I will ever get bored of lakes, rivers or even oceans. There is something about water that calms me down & soothes anything that irritates or upsets me

xxx

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Photography: double exposure & slightly shifted.

Hellohello,
Two weeks ago, I decided to use my Minolta SD-7 again as it has been very much neglected by me. I have been experimenting a lot lately with different cameras that I have accumulated over the past year. So, it has been laying in it's case for quite some time.  Although I am very wrapped in all the cameras I currently own, my first true (analog) love was the Minolta! And so, a couple of weeks ago, I decided to give it some wintery action. I still had a black & white film inside from autumn and I wanted to finish that as well. I do enjoy "finishing up" a roll of film that way: not being able to remember what shots I took with it and anticipating the arrival of the developed film from the lab.

When I saw the results, I felt pleased. I remembered that it was the roll of film I had attempted to take some double exposures with back in September...





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I took these pictures last autumn & on a lovely winter walk three weeks ago. But they were all taken by or around the lake of Zurich.
Now, I'm not quite sure why some of the frames have been shifted! Perhaps my double exposure practice messed up the sequence of the film.  It was not intended that way but I like the effect very much.  I think I'll look into how I can create the split frames on purpose. 

I have more (colour) frames to be shared soon! 

xxx


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