My morning routine

I am slightly obsessed with morning time and specifically  my morning routine. I have become quite structured and deliberate about how I want to set up my day and have reached the point where having a good morning routine is key to setting me up for a great day. It hasn’t always been like this and it doesn’t always follow a similar pattern but taking time to focus on myself in the mornings has of late become my self-care mantra  and I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to my morning ritual. Continue reading “My morning routine”

Sunrise yoga at Carmel Valley Ranch, California

Sunrise Yoga-Carmel Valley RanchWhen I think back on my stay at the Carmel Valley Ranch, it was the sunrise yoga class that made my heart sing. It had rained overnight and this was considered unusual for the dry valley climate. The air felt damp and mossy but cleaner and less dusty after the smoke from the recent bush fires further up the coast. Continue reading “Sunrise yoga at Carmel Valley Ranch, California”

Sun, Sea and Spa at Shutters on the Beach LA

ShuttersThe Spa at Shutters on the Beach is all about the backdrop. The hotel opens out onto the world famous Santa Monica beach with its quintessential Californian blue ocean rollers, along with lifeguard towers and quirky boardwalk activity.  The Spa incorporates the relaxed LA vibe perfectly and inside its cosy interior, there is a fusion of shells and beach style furnishings making you feel like the spa and beach are one. Continue reading “Sun, Sea and Spa at Shutters on the Beach LA”

Photographing New York – images and impressions

Photographing New YorkI found myself in Manhattan one Sunday morning in September and decided to join a Photographing New York Tour with NYC Photosafari. I had my trusty Canon EOS 1300D with me and had packed my regular 24 X 70mm lens suitable for pretty much any shot – or so I figured. The meeting point was at Pershing Square and our party of three soon set off to start shooting the iconic New York land marks. Zim our tour lead and tutor was an expert professional photographer, a straight talking alley cat if ever there was one, adept at crouching, craning and angling to take full advantage of how to take excellent abstract shots of the urban metropolis. Zim wisecracked with steely intent that her only tour rule for photographing New York was that we weren’t allowed to shoot pigeons or squirrels. The way she said it, you kind of knew that she meant it. Continue reading “Photographing New York – images and impressions”