August Break Day 11: Handwriting

August break 2014 |

August Break day 11 is all about handwriting, so I grabbed my nicest pen (this one) and wrote out a Diana Vreeland quote that’s been swirling around my head these past few days:

“There is only one very good life and that’s the life you know you want and you make it yourself.” 

If you haven’t already checked out the documentary on her and her incredibly colourful life, you totally should.

August Break Day 7

August  Break Day 7 |

I loved today’s August Break prompt. It was “an invitation to share exactly where you are right now, in your head and your heart, as well as in your day.” So today I got to dip back into shooting in black and white, which was lovely, and couldn’t have come at a better time – things are busy and hectic, and there’s something about the simple lines and light of black and white images that I find really soothing. Above is my desk, not picture perfect, but as it is – ancient worn mouse mat, USB cables, slightly dusty hard drive and all. I’ve been loving what I’ve been working on and yet have never felt more ready for a break, proving that too much of a good thing is possible. There’s so much going on and I want to soak it all in, but that has left me pretty exhausted. The lure of a day filled with nothing but sunshine, a good book, and good food is growing, so fingers crossed a mini getaway is around the corner.

Day 3: Window

Some snaps from Day 03: Window, which included a very playful Isabel (and her two brothers) and some very cool purple basil, a gift from Lesley.

August Break_Window



The August Break 2014


The August Break always arrives at exactly the right time. There’s just something about this time of year that’s insanely hectic, and Susannah‘s month-long photo project offers the perfect opportunity to step back, slow down and focus on one simple thing a day. And this time, it comes with daily email prompts, which, as a huge fan of her writing and her approach to photography, is a lovely bonus.

Head over to her blog for deets. I’ll be joining in here and on Instagram.

Live The Full Life of The Mind

Live the Life

Lovely quote, available as a free download here.

Stormy Weather

Stormy weather |

It might be stormy and rainy, but I’m feeling very fortunate that I still get to feel safe. There are some pretty heart-breaking, terrifying things going on in the world right now, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed.

I had a very different post planned for today – one that involved pics of cocktails, and exclamations about how glad I was that it was Friday after a hard week. Of course, I have no idea what hard really is; my friends, family and home are safe, and I’ll go into the weekend feeling very grateful for that.

I hope you have a restful, happy weekend.

Bash V4: When I Get Married shoot

Bash V4 | dress up shoot |

The fourth issue of beautiful bridal tome Bash has just come out, and features one of the cutest things I’ve ever worked on – a bridal accessories story that was all about playing dress up. Four-year-old Kasia was our model for the day, and I loved how much she loved it. Completely immersed in her own world, she was very happy to let me snap away while she played (and man, did she get to play with some serious bling). Lots more pics in the mag, out now, but I really wanted to share a little sneak peek!

Bash V4 | dress up shoot | Bash V4 | dress up shoot |

Styling: Ruth Anna Cross / Photgraphy: Nathalie Marquez Courtney

Learning on the Job


I  love this post from Jason Grant and never has it been more true than right now. I’m really learning how important – and exciting – it is to get out of your comfort zone and collaborate in ways that enable you to learn and grow, scary as that can be.

The Sweet Taste of Summer

Allotment BBQ |

One of the highlights of the summer so far: A BBQ at Lesley’s allotment, featuring steak and nectarine skewers (yes, really!) and delicious, freshly picked strawberries for dessert.

Allotment BBQ |

Allotment BBQ |

Allotment BBQ |

It’s here!

Image Interiors & Living | July/August 2014

Last Friday, my first issue as editor of Image Interiors & Living hit the newstands. It’s an exciting and nerve-wracking experience, not least of all because you’re usually elbow-deep in planning for the next issue when the first one drops!

Still, I’m immensely proud of it, and of our team, including the incredible bunch of creatives that contributed – from the gorgeous photography of MarkDoreen, Rincy and Julie to the stunning styling work of Jen, Ajda, and Ciara, to illustrations from Belinda, hand-lettering from Jette, and last, but definitely not least, great features from Tanya, Aideen, Lizzie, Lilly and Amanda. That’s a lot of talent! You can check out some highlights from the issue here.

It’s a huge privilege to have a job that enables me to be creative, to work on beautiful things with talented people, and I’m filled with gratitude this week, especially as I scroll through the lovely comments on Twitter, Instagam and Facebook.

As I type, Ben and I are sitting in Dublin airport, about to hop aboard a plane to London, where we’ll shoot and dance our asses off at a fun Fourth of July wedding, before spending the weekend exploring the city with friends (and eating all the things at Street Feast). Hope you have a fun weekend too!

On the cover: Photography by Doreen Kilfeather | Styling by Jennifer Stafford | Ceramic planters by Ail + El | Shot on location at Makers & Brothers

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