A wishlist of sorts

It’s November and Christmas is only a few weeks away. Is everyone as excited as I am? I have loads of photos to show you, but I’ve been swamped with shoots upon shoots and I can’t share anything just yet. So instead, I’m making a random list that could possibly pass as a gift guide. Or not, like I said- random.

1. Short hair.

Not really a gift I know, but I’ve been obsessing about cutting my hair for ages now. Every now and then I get itching to cut off all my hair. I just can’t help it. I’ve never been the type to be patient enough with Rapunzel-long-locks. Unfortunately, I have biology going against me. With cheeks like mind the short hair I crave just makes me look like a pudgy little boy. But then at least, I’d have the body to match! Help me decide, strangers on the internet, what do you think? Keep it or cut it off?

2. Fuji xpro1.

Despite the mixed reviews (and price tag) on this cam, it still haunts my every waking moment. Well, ok, maybe not. But I definitely think about it a lot. Just read this review from Zach Arias and tell me you don’t feel the same! I know, I know, that’s Zach (first name basis, we’re tight that way) who is to say your pictures will turnout as amazing? Valid argument, it’s the photographer not the camera, but just look at it!

Photo from fujifilm.com

Ok, maybe I just have gas (gear acquisition syndrome).

 

3. Wacom tablet

I got mine 2 years ago and it’s my favorite thing ever. Sure you can get the job done with your mouse but think of your wrists! I have the Intous4 but they’ve rolled out the Intuos5 and it looks good (there I go again with the gas), I definitely recommend this.

Photo from Wacom.com

 

4. ONA bag insert

If you travel a lot this is a fantastic option to have. When I went on my China and Eurotrip I lugged around a huge backpack and spent my days wondering around like a sweaty turtle (eww).

Photo from photojojo.com

5. Ceramic alarm clock

So chic, so want it.

Photo from westelm.com

6. Muijo iPad sleeve

I’m starting to see a pattern in my choice of accessories….

Photo from mujjo.com

7. Awesome typeface bookends

Photo from designsponge.com

Ok, that’s all I got. For now. What have you been obsessing about? Hit me up in the comments, I’m desperate for gift ideas!

 

Jack x

 

Geeking Out: I’m a New Woman… sort of.

If you know me, then you know I am (looks left to right… whispers) cheap. That’s right, I admit it, I’m kuripot.

I don’t mind spending for certain things (read: food). But when it comes to buying myself new things, I’m not as considerate. Even if it is something I may really need. My sister has this story she loves to tell that’s really an excellent example.

She often recalls one of our few shopping trips together – she has already blown through her budget and I’m bemoaning the P300** pair of jogging pants I’ve just bought. Refusing to spend anymore money, I sullenly tag along while she keeps shopping. Mumbling to myself that I’ll never wear my new purchase and I’ve just wasted my money*.

Since then, little has changed. For the longest time, I’ve been wanting (practically salivating at the sight of) a Wacom tablet. Specifically, the Wacom Intuos 4. But I always manage to talk myself out of actually buying one.

Well, my parents must have finally gotten sick of me talking about buying it, then changing my mind again because as an early birthday present they got me (drum roll please) this:

insert squeals of delight here

I’ve been using my new toy for a few days now and I really could not be happier. I’m so in love with how fast I’m able to edit my photos. And since I’m more efficient, I have more time to play and experiment and do things I would have never bothered to do before because: my wrist was hurting and my eyes burning from staring a the monitor too long.

I’ll be able to give a more detailed review after I’ve used it for awhile but for now I can say – it’s improved my workflow so much and I can’t stop grinning whenever I hold that pen in my hand. Seriously, I can’t think of a single reason for depriving myself of this for all these years. Why was I worried about spending my money of something that has brought me sooo much joy? I vow to change my kuripot ways! (erm… well lets see how that goes).

Thank you mom and dad. Mmmmwah!

x,
Jack

*p.s. By the way, I was right, I’ve used those jogging pants a total of 2 times. Waste of money.

**p.p.s. P300 is about $6.7 fyi (hangs head in shame).