Leather Jacket – ASOS, Pants – ZARA (Gift from Ellen!), Shoes – Emma Cook for Topshop, Bag – Etsy | Thank you Maciek for taking pictures of me!

So it looks like I need to pin a spare Compact Flash also to my panties (alongside phone and oyster card) for situations like today when I ran around town from morning till evening with a camera that weighs as much as a bag of flour and then find the memory card slot empty. I carry my camera everywhere, this should not happen, it’s like putting on your makeup but not having washed your face, WHAT IS THE POINT.
So I bought myself two single use cameras (2-for-1 deal, schweet) from Boots which reminded me of what taking pictures in 1998 was like: 27 precious frames of irreversible light engravements (sometimes 36!), the persistent baffle whether this light setting needs the flash or not…* I do love film photography, but single-use cameras are a whole other species that are like cockroaches that will never go extinct, they’re always there somewhere, lurking with confusing viewfinders and mediocre flash.

*answer: always needs flash unless you’re on the sun, cheap ISO 400 film is an obese fail

Mr. Lamp indeed banished to stairs after unforgivable crime of being too obnoxiously big for my tiny studio flat. Sorry, had to choose between you or stack of shoe boxes. Boxes illuminate too…

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  1. I just bought a bunch of disposable cameras this weekend! I love the grainy feel, it’s such a nice contrast to the slrs we use thse days.
    Your grey bag is just fantastic! xo

  2. Lugging your camera around all day when you’ve forgotten your memory card is the most annoying thing ever! That happened to me before while also taking pictures the whole day and not realizing that there was no point at all. I’m not sure how it took the whole day to notice that there was no memory card but I felt like a huge idiot.

  3. I completely fail at getting disposable camera film developed. I definitely still have undeveloped film from 5 years ago. That’s why I sometimes make the choice of dragging a polaroid camera with me. Instant gratification so you’ll never not have anything to show for lugging something heavy around for a day. There should always be a reward for lugging heavy stuff around.

  4. ahahaha* they still look great though! imperfections are what make those photos beautiful.

  5. I used to develop all my photos by hand at school in B&W, but now they’ve stopped producing the chemicals for it. Resorting to my shit point-and-shoot, definitely considering investing in a polaroid for instanteous photos :) You take such lovely photographs, and the detailing put into your outfits is amazing. <3

  6. Beautiful photography, and I love your pants!!

  7. I have had that happen to me countless times, forgetting my memory card in my card reader and bringing my camera with me to school or something. still, these are great pictures. :)

  8. The best shots on your blog ever!

    :)

  9. Love the one of stairs :)

  10. ooooh i hate when that happens… forgetting the memory card. i keep a couple in my wallet just incase.

    your photos are still gorgeous. loving the second one. and how the colors all seem to flow through each picture.

    aww, poor mr. lamp :( haha

  11. AMAZING bag!
    I love it!
    and I also like the pictures!!:)
    xxx from barcelona!

  12. Your bag is the most beautiful sight!!!

  13. i love how the photos appear grainy-ish and faded. nice touch.

  14. totally agreed with you… iso400 needs a flash.
    thou u can yield blurry light pic indoor…. ;)
    like how u tie your hair. still not dare to do that outside the house. LOL

  15. I’ve had that happen a few times…with your camera, finding what seems to be the perfect shot, having your camera already…and then wondering why the shutter just won’t go off.
    But film cameras always produce these mysterious & nostalgic images, I especially love the 2nd one from the top!

  16. That’s sort of why I like the occasional disposable camera in my life. People take a shot, and they move on, and no one gets to check how it turned out, do a retake, etc. Much more spontaneity and chance to it. And even the chore of getting it developed- there’s nothing like revisiting a day a few months (or a year) later when you finally get around to finishing the process.

  17. love ur blog…

  18. Maybe I just have a dirty mind…. but Mr Lamp does look an awful lot like a phallic symbol!!!

    Love film cams ;)

    x

  19. Oh I love these shots, sometimes it’s good to break out the old disposables. It’s kind of strange when you realise that not too long ago, film was the norm and now this type of picture quality is a kind of nostalgic and a bit of a novelty!!

  20. love the grey bag!

    -Erica
    http://allaboutitt.blogspot.com/

  21. love the photos, they have a charming quality and i think you managed very well within the limitations! me, i’m hopeless at photography so it might not sound like much of a compliment to you.

    also, i love your shoes.

  22. I love the grey bag! Beautiful pictures

  23. Cool blog.

    Feel free to visit mine as well

    http://www.passionsforfashion.blogspot.com/

  24. ah, yes, single use cameras – they joy of summer, the fail of winter… but yours turned out so good! your grey bag is amazing.

  25. Fabulous.

    - http://www.theclothingproject.com

  26. the bag is amazing

    http://www.amusedbyfashion.com

  27. noooo not mr. lamp!! D:

  28. nice pics!!!! and i like the tights that you’re beading in the post below, when do we get to see the final product? :P

  29. Ooh the final product and DIY guidelines are linked in the post!
    It’s just on twentythirtyforty.net because it was done for their ‘Friends in Fashion’ column!

  30. Shoe boxes do glow! I love it.

    Love Grace.

  31. lovely pants and shoes

    :)
    Watching the waves

  32. love this shots

    http://factorystyle.blogspot.com/

  33. Love these shots, sooooo retro looking. Now I think I need me some disposables- damn you woman! How is Miss Shini? Hope you had a great Xmas/NY.

    PP x

    P.s I have my own blog now… oooweee!!

  34. You have a very good eye for photo’s the vintage feel alwys looks more precious and the blue leather bag has character

  35. fab bag…very interesting shots.

    Fashion X K8.blogspot

  36. Oh, you have a nice bag. And pants.

    P.s. i like mr. lamp

    Lisa // http://sippli.blogspot.com/

  37. Love the pop of colour with the red gloves. You are always so chic! Hahaaa, I’d go with the shoe boxes as well.

  38. i LOVE the lack of flash. it beautifully narrows your point of view.

  39. I’ve been getting more and more into photography lately, a friend of mine even ordered us some polaroid film on ebay to play with! I love your wit, that poor lamp seems so lonely, but at least he looks classy while doing it!

    ~Faith

  40. What a lovely blog you have. This is a great outfit – adore your purse! :)

    Fashion giveaway @ http://www.friendinfashion.blogspot.com
    xx

  41. am in LOVE the with bag.

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  42. Dandy

    Just wanted to say I love your blog and I LOVE your multicoloured nails.
    Oh, and Mr. Lamp is awesome too.

  43. yeah you cant beat 35mm film. these turned out great. i hate bringing my camera out and forgetting something, memory card is okay cos maybe you can just buy a new one if yu’re desperate but one time i forgot the camera battery, left it charging. sooo annoying.

  44. I’ve been wanting to shoot real film for months now but don’t have my old camera currently/am lazy to carry the big heavy thing around. Disposables. What an idea. I’m inspired now. Thank you.

  45. That bag plooks amazing , i want something similar

  46. I LOVE that bag. I’ve been looking for something like it on Etsy but haven’t been that lucky yet!

  47. Hey, I love everything on your site! I just started a new fashion/home/makeup blog and I would REALLY appriciate it if you could help me out in any way that you can on your site and follow me if you want :]. Thanks so much,
    Marylyn

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  48. tom tuttle from tacoma

    i think the lamp’s in the right place. thank them illuminating boxes.

  49. I actually hated those emma cook boots but you make them work! I actually didn’t think that would be possible, haha

  50. I want your satchel sooooo bad! Its perfect!

  51. that is a good rule of thumb about the flash
    and that bag is er, unnervingly close to perfection. x

  52. rebecca

    i did a double take on the last photo, thought it was a person

    http://etherealbeaute.blogspot.com/

  53. love the pics and the shoes xxx

  54. person

    DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR HAIR ONCE AND A WHILE! ITS SO BLAND! AND WOULD IT KILL YOU TO PUT A LITTLE MAKEUP ON? AND ALL YOUR OUTFITS SUCK!