Thursday, November 29, 2012

Meet My November Sponsors

Hi! I'm so excited to share my lovely November sponsor team with you, I can't believe they've been here for almost a whole month already! Time flies when you're having fun :) I hope you enjoy learning a little more about the lovelies who have been gracing my sidebar, and please go ahead and visit their blogs, shop in their stores and stalk their facebook, they want you to!

blog // facebook // twitter  
shop Wonder Forest (15% off with the code KITTY) // shop Fawn & Flora

Favourite post: Animalistic (hello snow) - I don't see snow that often, it's beautiful!

Blog // Facebook // Pinterest
Shop (10% off with the code KITTYANDBUCK10)

My favourite post: Lovely Letters (is that biased? I love seeing the fruits of your letter writing!)

My favourite post: Birthday Wishlist part 2 Happy Birthday Mo!

blog // twitter // instagram: @princess_corner // pinterest

My favourite post: Yearning for the past (Europe) - oh and Happy Birthday Ruzu too!

( get an amazing 50% discount on blog ads with the code KITTYANDBUCK)

My favourite post: Post Secret Sundays because I love reading these, even though they are bittersweet

My favourite product: neon. green. black set of 3 stackable bracelets

blog // facebook // bloglovin' // pinterest
shop (Free restaurant journal with every order in November and December!)

My favourite post: Holiday Series: Crochet Ornaments - so adorable!

My favourite post: Christmas Market - there's something magical about a European Christmas!

blog // shop //  facebook // portfolio

My favourite post: Such Great Heights - beautiful pictures from an evening hike

My favourite post: A Trip to Lovely Devil's Gulch - I just love day trip photos!

My favourite product: "Wagtail" Mint - Mint oxfords! What more could you ask for?

My favourite product: Dolly Black - More beautiful clogs from Moheda Toffeln!

Blog // Twitter // Facebook // Bloglovin'

My favourite post: Christmas Tree Festivities - Natasha's beautiful tree is all decorated!

blog // Twitter // Facebook // Pinterest

My favourite post: What Mama Wore - Fritha always looks adorable, plus you can enter to win the camera in this shoot (A Lomography Diana F)

Thank you so much to my beautiful sponsor team! I love having you on my sidebar and getting to know you all better over the month :) If you're interested in sponsoring, just head over to my sponsor page now for affordable options to show off your blog or shop this holiday season. psst. There's one XL ad left... for the first time... ever! Anyone want to be up the top?


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

What I Wore - Mushroom Rainstorm

There's a method to my madness with that title. When I purchased this dress, I thought it had a cute abstract mushroom print all over, but when I got home I noticed the label said "Rainstorm Dress". I've made a compromise here folks. The reason for a lack of layers/accessories is that the temperature was through the roof when I took these and even the belt was too much warm on my body. It was one of those rare days where I would have gone for a swim just to cool down. Plus it was humid. I haven't felt that hot since I was in New Orleans!

This is one of my favourite necklace/bracelet combos. I try not to wear it too often, as the cherries and leaves are very fragile. They are bakelite and officially antique, not vintage! They are from the 1930's, and I've looked elsewhere for more of them, but they are pretty rare and super duper expensive! A Christmas gift from my mother in law after I lost my mind when I saw them at a vintage fair, she sneaked back to the stall and bought them for me as a surprise! 

This was a test shot, but I like it, so you get a bonus one of me holding all of my supplies I need to pick up pizza - car keys, wallet, phone and camera ;) I was actually looking at the house we were in front of, concerned that they were staring at me having my photo taken, haha!

You might have noticed I changed my hair (again) I went for a two tone, cupcake pink on the top layer and apple red (with a hint of violet) on the bottom layer. As I predicted, the red turned dark pink pretty quickly and the cupcake pink has gone quite pastel, which was the desired effect! The back is the same with some pastel purple, all in the pink family right now.

We have a few neighbourhood cats around, and I spotted this fellow as we were done shooting, I think it's a girl, nobody would name a boy Chrissy, right? Anyway, Chrissy is super sweet, she is my best neighbourhood cat friend, and she makes happy eyes at me when I walk by as she's basking in the sun. When I pet her she makes biscuits and purrs, she is super friendly. I noticed she has some fur missing, I hope she is ok, she is so beautiful. There's another cat who I call Enigma, and he is a short haired guy with a spiral on his side (hence the name). One day I called out "Hi Enigma" as I walked by, because he is super skittish and petrified of everything (he lives in the drain like IT all day long) so I never get close enough for a pet. 'Enigma's' mom stuck her head over the fence and I said "Oh, hi, I was just talking to your cat, what's his name?" She replied "Max." I said, 'Oh, I called him Enigma because of the spiral, now I know his real name!" and she rolled her eyes at me and pulled her head back. Some people are so rude. No wonder "Max" hides in the drain all the time.

Belt // Modcloth
Shoes // Thrifted (Portland, Maine)
Necklace and Bracelet // Antique Bakelite Cherries
Rings // Sea of Bees Fox Ring

A Quick Update

Hello there! Thanks for stopping by, and sorry I missed a post yesterday. I was just designing my first ever book cover, no big deal. Sometimes there's not enough time for everything! I planned to do some sewing over the weekend, update my Etsy shop, perhaps finalise my new design for this blog. Little things, you know? (ha!) Aside from the book designing, I've had the flu for almost 3 weeks now, I think my wisdom tooth operation left my immune system open to attack. So excuse my shambolic post today, things should be back to normal over the next few days.

I'd like to remind you to enter my November sponsor giveaway if you haven't already, with some store credit to beautiful handmade jewellery from The Glossy Queen and Ripples and Feathers, you're definitely going to find something you love if you're one of the lucky winners!

While we're on the giveaway theme, if you're in the market for a new blog design, my giveaway for a full blog design at Shrimp Salad Circus is open and waiting for you to enter! I'd love to design a new blog for you, and even better if it's free, right? Go, now.

One final apology, I never officially announced the winners of the ad space giveaway. THEY know who they are, but it's only polite for me to share the juicy details with you, right? The "Pride of ads" winner is Jennifer from Grits and Moxie, the "Clowder of ads" winner is Amanda from Little Lady Little City and the "Litter of ads" winner is Autumn from The Busy Bee. Congratulations ladies, and thank you SO MUCH to all of the lovely blogs who donated their ad space, you're all amazing!

Here's some non sequitur pictures of a blanket fort we built a couple of weeks ago. I was waiting for the right time to share them ;) I have no idea what happened in the last picture, but we were watching The Exorcist... spoooky...

Cat leggings by the lovely Penny at Uptights

I'm going to catch some 'blinks' before it's time to get up for another day in the salt mine ;) I hope you had a fabulous weekend, and Happy Thanksgiving to all of my American friends, I hope you have slept off your turkey/tofurkey hangovers by now!


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Wordless Weekend

All photographs are my original work :)

Found - Sale time!

Are you tired of shopping yet? I was creating a beautiful Found for you, but unfortunately I have the flu right now, and just didn't have the stamina to hunt down a bunch of beautiful images this week. I wasted all of my energy on the Modcloth sale. Oops! I thought I'd share some of my favourite items from their 50% off specials, just in case you need a little inspiration. Remember, if you're a first time customer, you can get $15 when you spend over $50 on your first purchase by using this link! (not sure if it applies to the sale items or not) I've added the sale prices in for you too, just to make life easy! You've got until Sunday to take advantage of these bargains.

1 // I have this dress in green, it's so comfortable and on sale in green, red and purple! $23.99
2 // I love how fancy this dress is, and the scalloped hem is really pretty $48.99
3 // This Dear Creatures dress reminds me a bit of my blue dress from Emerging Thoughts $63.99
4 // The colours! So pretty :) $29.99
5 // The colours and pattern on this dress are lovely and remind me of old cartoons $44.99
6 // An adorable fire hydrant print dress $39.99
7 // Kittens playing, need I say more? $24.99
8 // I love the neckline of this one, it's a little bit different and really pretty $28.99

You might want to accessorise...
1 // I have this belt in brown, worn here. Snag it in black for only $9.99
2 // This cherry necklace is really pretty, very vintage inspired $11.99
3 // Who loves tea? Even better, tea in a toadstool pot! $26.99
4 // These boots look nice and cozy for winter $59.99
5 // T-strap and a double buckle? How adorable! $34.99
6 // I won't lie. I did purchase these babies $28.99

There are so many amazing sales on right now, I'm sure you're all on top of it ;) Pretty much every store I visit is offering some great bargains, I hope you manage to save some money and snag some great gifts for people!


Thursday, November 22, 2012

November Sponsor Giveaway

Who wants some beautiful handmade jewellery for Christmas? Today I have two great prizes on offer, both from talented ladies making gorgeous jewellery, I know you will love these!

The Glossy Queen cannot be described by me better than Jennifer herself says it, so I'm handing over to the well-spoken lady now: The Glossy Queen is a shoppe full of modern thread wrapped jewellery with a tribal flair. TGQ caters to the bright + bold + bohemian women of the world. the statement-makers. the fearless. the color obsessed.

Ripples & Feathers is the store from the lovely Tricia, who also runs the blog The Bougie Bohemian. Working from her houseboat in the San Francisco Bay (yes, really) Tricia handcrafts gorgeous wearable art from nature, using materials such as sea glass, feathers, shell and abalone.

I am so excited for this giveaway today, there will be two very lucky winners. If you like what you see and perhaps need to purchase a gift for someone special (keep in mind, YOU are special too!) feel free to get in early with the discount codes about for 10% off in each of these pretty shops. Good Luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Photography 101 - Product Shoot on White

Today I'm sharing with you the next tutorial in my Photo 101 series, product photography on a white background. This setup is an excellent way to showcase products without any distraction. For me, I find it useful to avoid styling a shoot, which I find quite difficult at times when a product is removed from my person! A white background allows your product to shine without the distraction of other shapes, patterns and textures.

The only material I used was a roll of paper from the children's section of Ikea. Any large sheet of paper or thin card will work though.

I hope this easy tutorial helps you with your photography, even if it's not for a product! Remember, use natural indirect light where possible, it will give your shots the most flattering soft lighting. If you have any questions or requests for photo 101 topics, leave me a comment below, I'm happy to help out :)


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Will you join Kitty & Buck in December?

My goodness. I can't believe it's time to use the D-word. That's right folks, December is hot on our heels! This year I've been trying to do some Christmas shopping gradually, but I have to admit, I don't feel awesomely prepared. I suppose it all comes together on the day, right? With the things that matter most, time spent with your family, friends and loved ones. One of my favourite things about the holiday season is baking, it's tough to get me out of the kitchen, so I'm going to be sharing some great Christmas recipes here in December. There will be all of the usual features - beautiful photographs, outfit posts, and I might share a little about Christmas in Australia, it's certainly not snowy.

I'd love to have you on my sponsor team for December. Kitty & Buck has continued it's steady growth and now averages 15,000+ page views per month with over 1500 followers across feed subscriptions and social media. If you don't care about figures, here's what a few of my past/present sponsors have to say:

'You do a great job with the sponsor post on your blog. You are very organized and professional.'
-Jessie, My Mod Style

‘I have to say that working with you is by far my favourite sponsorship experience of all.
Your gratitude, communication, and excitement to get to know your sponsors (and to share them
with your readers!) is refreshing and keeps me coming back. Thank you so much for being such a
great hostess and blogger - I really appreciate all of the hard work you put into it!’
- Julia, Jeeze, Julia!

‘Being one of your sponsors was a great experience!’
- Julie, Can Soup Lover

I'm so lucky to have such lovely sponsors! If you're ready to join the team, you can just head to my sponsor page and purchase and ad for December, or purchase 3 months for a discounted rate (details on my sponsor page - plus, it's a good opportunity to lock in the low rates for 3 months 'hint-hint') Please send me an email if you'd like to have a chat or find out more information, kittyandbuck {at} gmail {dot} com

Thanks so much for your support :)

Monday, November 19, 2012

Kitty & Buck Design

I am so excited to share this big news with you today! For a long time, I have been playing with the idea of offering my design services through my blog. For the past 9 months, I've really enjoyed designing for my blog, it's the type of design that I can do from the heart, without the constraints of a corporate environment. So I'd like to start working on more personal projects such as blogs and handmade shops more often! I think it's really important to support and encourage personal creativity and the handmade industry, and I would love to put my skills to use in these areas.

I'm offering something special with my design services, which is the ability to create motion graphics. For anyone who is into vlogging, I can create a branded title sequence that you can use to introduce your vlogs, as well as graphics to overlay your footage, headings within sections of your vlogs and anything else you can imagine! I've worked on television promos and news, visual effects, stop motion animations, infographics and anything else motion graphics related you can imagine.

Here's the best part! I will be taking on a small number of the complete blog designs for my wonderful readers of Kitty & Buck at 50% off the regular price! This is a very limited offer, so if you're interested, send me an email so we can have a chat. I'll be scheduling work on these blogs from January 2013, but if you'd like to take advantage of the offer, get in touch now kittyandbuck {at} gmail {dot} com

You can check my design page for rates and more information about my history as a designer and the services I have on offer.

If you're feeling lucky, you can head over to Linsday's blog later this week where I am offering a full blog design for free to one lucky winner!

I'm really looking forward to working on some blog designs with you, and feel free to share this offer with anyone that you know who is looking for a fresh design in the new year.