Saturday, August 1, 2015

August's Favorites


This months favorites highlights products I cannot live without for the month of August. A lip balm is always in my bag , while I am actively trying to drink as much water as possible (preferably above 1.5lt a day). My leather pouch will fit so many things, including an extra charger and my new Sony portable camera. Not everyday is sunny in Norway during summer, however I cannot walk out of the house without my sunglasses (my selection of Rayban is ever growing). Last but not least, an external hard drive is always useful, and I have been using my WD non stop since I got my new mac. It helps me stay organized while it stores not only what I don't use everyday but also backing up all my important files. What can't you live without this month?



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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Nikon D40x VS Sony DSC-WX500 : Side by Side Comparison






Yesterday I posted about my new Sony DSC-WX500 camera. It is a little miracle of a light duty camera as it can actually achieve quite a lot, mostly because you can adjust aperture, shutter speed ,exposure and many more. While I really like the quality of its photos and I will be definitely be carrying it around everywhere with me, I wanted to put it to the test, and see how it would fair in the same conditions as my trusty DSLR. Today the day started cloudy and dark, perfect conditions to stress the limits of any camera. All the photos above are taken with my old DSLR and all the photos below are taken with the new compact Sony. Shall we?



I used exactly the same editing methods for both sets of photos and I tried to achieve the same angles. You can click here, here and here for a direct comparison of the most similar shots. Overall I am very happy with the results. When it comes to handing the camera, the Sony took well to the conditions and if I had a tripod I could have achieved much better results in even worse lighting. That's great if you think you can't always achieve the best conditions especially when travelling. The biggest difference between these two cameras is really the POV and the fact you cannot perfectly control Sony's zoom and depth of field in such a confined space. As you can see from the photos above, all the DSLR photos are smooth and have a decent background blurring(my lens is not the best for macro shots) whereas it is almost non existent in the Sony's resulting photos. The POV is another issue I located, as in it was very difficult to achieve the same angles with both cameras no matter how much I moved around. I much prefer the flexibility of the DSLR manual zoom and the perspective it creates. Having said that, if I don't want to bring my heavy duty camera with me, I will be perfectly happy with the Sony and its resulting photos. You can check the side by side comparisons and decide for yourselves! From now on I will be putting a small disclaimer underneath the blogpost that will contain exclusively photos shot with the Sony so you can have an even better idea of how the photos look! Let me know in the comments below which set of photos were your favorite and whether you would also sometimes carry a smaller camera with you instead of your DSLR!


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Friday, July 24, 2015

My new Sony DSC-WX500 camera and a review



I have wanted to get a small camera for a long time. It needed to be easy to carry around in my small bag, capable enough for my everyday needs when I don't want to lag my big and heavy DSLR around and last but not least to look if possible stylish but I was willing to compromise for just nice enough if the price was worth it. I was lucky to receive yesterday the DSC-WX500 camera from Sony and it immediately ticked all my boxes when it came to my needs and then some. There are many reviews on the internet about this camera, very detailed and very technical so I feel I can bypass the technical details and instead cover only cover the basics and what I feel is important when it comes to my needs.


The camera comes in 3 colors (black white and red) and my choice was white. Sony really focused on design when it comes to these series and the result is great. The camera looks absolutely beautiful, it is easy to hold and light, while it still small enough to fit into the smallest of bags. The resolution of the photos is 18.2MP and the lens is capable for 30x zoom, which is quite impressive. While the lowest -f- it can reach is 3.5 (the lowest the f the more nicely blurry the objects behind your focus are) the camera still handles depth of field beautifully due to its many programs and automatic enhancements. I was very pleasantly surprised to see that other than its many automatic programs, it also comes with manual and semi manual programs, which give you almost as much flexibility as a DSLR camera. Of course the capabilities of the sensor are limited however there is a lot you can do to manually alter aperture or shutter speed to fill almost any of your needs. In addition in almost any program you can alter exposure (very useful as in my DSLR this is almost permanately on +7 when I shoot inside in a cloudy day),color,saturation, warmth, vividness,metering,flash ,focus area,ISO and white balance.





There are also many digital enhancements that are a welcome addition such as , auto object framing, multi face recognition,smile recognition,picture effects that include many preset filters and finally a smooth skin enhancement that is perfect for portraits or close macros.Speaking of enhancements I have been loving the new setting called Superior Auto Mode, which takes a multiple series of shots and merges them for a final result.You have to try it out and see how beautiful the results really are, crisp and smooth lines that is almost impossible to replicate in rough natural settings such as night shots or dark rooms.
 The video that you can shoot is full HD and here is a nice trick that I will be using a lot. The display on the back flips completely up so you can see yourself while you are shooting. It is perfect for taking photos from weird angles and also for shooting vlogs!


My Conclusion 
This camera is perfect for a second budget light duty camera for serious bloggers that already own a DSLR (entry level or above) and want an alternative for when they are out and about. If you are wondering if you should buy an entry level DSLR or this camera I would suggest you get the DSLR instead or Sony RX100 mark II and above. If the RX was out when I got my entry level DSLR 10 years ago I would have preferred the RX which is an amazing camera that can completely replace an entry level pro camera. The DSC-WX500 is also perfect for any amateur photographer that wants to capture moments and also have a level of control on the settings. You don't need any knowledge to handle this camera however so even if you have only used your phones camera so far don't worry, you will do just fine! The camera is very intuitive and really easy to learn! 

This petite but wondrous camera will go everywhere with me when in vacation or anywhere else. I don't see why not always carry this with me, even when I just go for shopping.The quality of the photos and level of control of the settings is quite remarkable for such a small light duty camera,it will be the perfect replacement for my DSLR when I don't want to carry it around. I have already been trying it at home and I am so pleased with the results! Stay tuned as my next post will be with photos exclusively taken with my new little gem. 



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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Only Deco Loves : Triwa Watches




Swedish Triwa doesn't need a lot of introduction. Their watch selection and sunglasses are known all over the world in very little time due to their quality and their design. True to Scandinavian style, they invest on minimalistic schemes with focus on superb quality for their components. I chose a Niben Azure for a sportier look, although it will match almost any other outfit as well. Its delicate stainless steel mesh band feels soft while it drapes your wrist but it is very sturdy and resilient. A true delight to wear, it always raises questions everywhere I go about where I got it!It was very hard to chose a design but when I do get a next one I will definitely go for either one of their Rose gold Lansen or Ivory Lansen for a classic Triwa look. Do check them out and see for yourselves how beautiful their design really is!

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Summer Cold Days with Urbanara


It has been a very cold summer in Norway so far. I got quite a lot of sun and a tan when I visited Greece a couple of weeks ago so I don't  mind as much and on the bright side,I get to enjoy all my new blankets that I got on a discount during spring!  Urbanara send me just a couple of days ago a beautiful 100% wool blanket  that fits the occasion just perfectly. I have been using it everyday to keep myself warm, along with tea, hot chocolate and warm socks while browsing their online store. Urbanara, besides their beautiful blankets and throws, has also a great selection of other homeware. I love their kitchen linen dishclothes, their natural cutting boards, their porcelain tableware (how amazing is this porcelain cup?). I could see so many pieces of their online online collection in my own home or as gifts for loved ones!  

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Macbook Pro Hard drive Storage and Dropbox

I am forever grateful about my decision to paint my office desk white, especially when the day is gloomy and cold. It really elevates my mood and I become so much more productive when my space feels fresh. Essentials on my desk when I am working, headphones to listen to music, a carafe for water or tea (my favorites at the moment are the Eva Solo carafe and tumblers), a notebook for quick notes. I have also moved my new macbook pro on my desk to get more accustomed to it and finally transferred all the files from my old pc to it (they are now divided between an external hard drive and my Mac). Apple does have a cloud storage but I have become obsessed with Dropbox and its incredible versatility. You can install it on all your devices and everything you drop into it will be synced along all your phones,tablets or pcs. If you want to join dropbox as well you can click here and register with your mail. If you use the link above you also get an extra 500mb space as well! While I would love to rest a little I have more editing to do and a photoshoot to plan, so I will see you later or on my instagram :)


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Friday, July 17, 2015

Skandinavisk : Automn Winter 2015





Skandinavisk released their AW 2015 catalog and I am happy to finally be able to announce I am part of it! One of my photos of the SKOG candle (as seen in this blogpost although I styled and re shot the photos so they could fit better in the catalog) can be seen at the end of the booklet along with other beautifuly styled photos of Skandinavisk candles (all the photos on this blogpost can also be found in high resolution at the Skandinavisk online image bank). While the candles are a dream to style on their own, it is the reason why you can see them in almost every scandinavian home, their scent is what puts them apart from any other in my opinion. Few of my favorites as seen above are the HAV (translated OCEAN) smells exactly like vacations by the sea, the morning freshness just before you dive in for your first swim. The SKOG(translated FOREST) smells like a hike in Norwegian fjords, under the misty trees where the sun barely peaks through the leaves. The KOTO (translated HOME) mixes delicate amber with exotic jasmine, mandarin and vanilla, an unforgettable scent so distinguishable from any other vanilla candle, it just smells like home. If you are like me and you love every room to smell fresh and have a special aromatic tone, then I also suggest a diffuser (the scent is stronger the more sticks you submerge in it, I always use one or two at most). My choice this time NAT (translated night) has a delicate sense of a romantic aroma, to me it smells like a seductive perfume, it is perfect to just leave in your bedroom, and it lasts for months. I love having candles around, especially in the bathroom when I step in the morning the first thing I do is light HYGGE(translated COZINESS). It fills the air with a subtle scent immediately and lets me easily find my way into my morning routine (you can read about it here). 
And before I forget, if you like the beechwood lids as seen above, for a limited time you can also get one for free with any order of a 190gr candle(1 per candle). I reuse the glass from my candles when they are burned out and a the lid is perfect for making them into containers as well.

Whether you are a candle lover or not, you simply will not be able to resist the beautiful aromas the Skandinavisk candles mete out. I fell in love on the spot.



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Good Hood Store : Love for Scandinavian Design in London








Images via : Good Hood Store

Recently a London based store came to my attention. Good Hood Store is an award winning multi brand retailer stocking all the brands that I personally love when it comes to interior. While you can find many brands for menswear and womenswear that will satisfy even the toughest hip instagramer(brands such as Moschino, DKNY,Comme Des Garçons ring any bells?) what caught my attention was the great selection of goods that they offer. Their curational buying ensures that their selection provides with enough versatility with great aesthetic appeal. The design of the online store mirrors the cool relaxed feel that one is trying to achieve when deciding to follow the scandinavian design in their own home. Good Hood Store covers brands such as Ferm Living, Hay, Muuto, Menu, Serax, Normann Copenhagen, Nud, Broste and many more. 
If you live in UK and you love minimal design, it is well worth bookmarking. If you live in London, even better, drop in! It is one of the few stores that provide with such a great selection of what is current in Scandinavian design scene. If you don't live in UK the shop offers worldwide shipping as well so feel free to peruse through their great selection!


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Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A cold summer day and latest news


Summer in Norway is really beautiful but some days might get a little cold.There is no better time to make yourself a hot winter decadent chocolate with cream and marshmallows and just wait for the inevitable warmer days. So pour yourself one while you read some of my exciting news :)

:: A few days ago I found out that Only Deco Love is nominated as Best Interior Blog of the year for the Amara Blog Awards.Voting is not open yet but I will let you know when you can vote for Only Deco Love or any other blog you feel is worth winning
:: Also yesterday I was send a mail by Instagram notifying me that my Instagram account has made it to the featured Instagram list! Such a surprise and really an honor to be noticed and featured. I will try to make my best as a temporary ambassador for this creative outlet that I have come to love so much. 
:: Skandinavisk kindly commissioned me to use one of my photos (as seen in the link) for their winter 2015 catalog. As soon as it is out I will be making a post about it so keep an eye out for that!
:: Couch Magazine is out this month and is featuring one of my Eva Solo commissioned photos for their tea set.  It is so exciting to see my photos in print!

Hope you have had a great week! So far mine has been more than amazing although I cannot wait for the weekend to come :)



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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Christian Paul Watches


There is something with me and pink lately. I have always been a fan of it but last few years it seems to invade in my wardrobe and my house quite often. When it comes to interior design I have a soft spot for clean surfaces and marble tops or accessories are on the top of my list. How can I not love something that mixes both? The new Christian Paul watch combines both , with it's beautiful pale pink leather strap,rose gold stainless steel body and ceramic marble face. It makes for a welcomed addition to my accessories and I cannot wait to wear it during this summer although I think it will look equally lovely during winter as well. Christian Paul offers worldwide free express delivery and between two options for the colors of the watch, pale pink as seen above and black. While a little bit on the big side, if you are a fan of big watches you are surely going to love this one.

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Broste Copenhagen AW-15 Catalog


Broste Copenhagen released their Autumn Winter 2015 Catalog and all their products look great. The colors and materials bring a wintery feel that I love even though we are in the middle of summer. I love all seasons and this makes me anticipate the next one even more.

//All photos used with permission by Broste


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