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Onyi Moss

If you’ve been following our blog for a while now you’ll know that one of the many ways that we learnt photography is by taking self portraits. In the past, Craig hasn’t always been available to shoot me but I never let it stop me from getting a shot as I was very keen on getting a lot of practice. Taking a self portrait is easier than most people would imagine. All you need is a camera with an inbuilt self time or a remote, a tripod, and an object to focus on in your stead which you’ll eventually replace when ready to take the shot. Being couple bloggers means we have to shoot ourselves a lot of the time and honing the self portrait skill is definitely a must as we can’t afford to have a photographer follow us everywhere we go, plus we feel very comfortable working together which means we can pose with a lot more ease.

While doing our usual walk about the city centre, in search of a place to shoot, we found a really chilled spot which happened to have a rooftop space. It’s called Terrace NQ. We ordered a bottle of strawberry and lime Rekordelig to share. We took shots of each other first (something we tend to do) before setting up the tripod for the couple shots. As we were in a public setting, this did not deter us when folks kept coming to have their drinks in the space (something we’ve learnt to get use to). We tested the light, picked a corner and began to shoot. We were using the inbuilt camera self timer so there was quite a few back and forth with the camera. We had to come up with poses like me whispering sweet nothing into Craig’s ear, lol.  And finally, looking through the images to make sure we’re in focus and that we’ve got “the shot”. And we did! So now when you see an image of us, you have a pretty good idea of what we did in order to capture it.

ONYI / JUMPER – ISAWITFIRST / JEANS – & OTHER SORIES / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI / HAT – MISSGUIDED

CRAIG / JUMPER – NEW LOOK / JEANS – PRIMARK / SHOES ALDO ***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

September 24, 2017
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Today’s blog post is one inspired by a beautiful story full of passion. On Wednesday, I got a chance to attend a press briefing for Carven Fragrance over a really nice English breakfast. I listened to how Madame Carven (the founder) created the brand after finding a need for herself she wanted to fulfil. She was a very stylish lady who struggled to find pieces she often liked in her size due to her petite nature. She was determined to create pieces for women of all sizes and so the brand Carven was born. She knew how to fly a plane and would travel the world to draw inspiration, bringing back fabrics and scents that would form part of her brand. She once showed off her collection over an actual airport runway, having the models walk out of the aircraft. The bit that got me super charged was hearing how she would sometimes fly over Paris and drop off her fragrance in little parachutes. Now, that’s my kind of woman! Madame Carven was certainly full of life and lived to be 105 years old until her passing a couple of years ago.

You can imagine walking away from that lovely press briefing, I couldn’t help but feel really inspired about life and accomplishing some of my goals which have certainly come about out of my own need too. As soon as I got home, I created a short film which you can watch here. I guess you could call this a coffee diary. One inspired by Madame Carven.  As Craig is now a part of the blog, we spent some time together enjoying a brew and talking over future plans for the blog. We came up with the idea of going to Nigeria to run a 5 day course for “The Blogger Photographer”. Something we plan to execute in the next coming months. We hope to engage bloggers and photographers alike to help them better improve their skills. A journey we’re very much looking forward to. Les Brown always says “live your life with passion”, a mantra that will be a reminder for both of us to do the things we truly dream of doing.

ONYI / JUMPER – ISAWITFIRST / JEANS – LEVI’S / SHOES – MARCO TOZZI

CRAIG / JUMPER – PRIMARK / JEANS – PRIMARK / SHOES – ALDO / JACKET – ZARA

September 22, 2017
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Hey friends! I hope this blog posts finds you in good spirit. As per usual, I’m here with another week in black and white post. I’m actually typing this up while watching the move “Inside Out” which came highly recommended by a good friend. I feel like a lot has happened in the past week. Mostly having to meet campaign deadlines while still trying to keep up with the blog and social media. I didn’t even have time to vlog as much as I was buried into my work. But you know what life is like, you have to learn to priorities and get on with it. And soon enough you’ll catch a break. Well, the truth is I think I might have scored one amidst my struggles. Something major happened which will help push the blog forward even more so. Craig has decided to join the blog full time. So what does this mean? This means that we can do more shoots, travel on a whim and sleep and eat whenever we want to, lol. This is really exciting news especially for me because Craig has over the years mastered his shooting techniques even in the little time we did shoot. Imagine the potential of creating quality content while spending more time doing it. Plus we get to spend extra time together and bring our ideas to life.

Now I do feel like the pressure is on. The pressure to make sure we get it right for the most part cause we’re human and allowed some errors, lol. But seriously speaking, it is something we’ll need to think about carefully and strategise on and hopefully we’ll get the results we set out to achieve. There’s so much to still discover about life and I want to find a way to share our discoveries with you. Perhaps it’ll inspire you to go after the things you’ve always wanted to do. But in the meantime, my new mantra is “let’s live life in the moment, freely!”.

September 17, 2017
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I’ll be sharing more of our home on the blog which will be a very warm space as you can tell by the image colour grading. Starting of is our living room which happens to have an open plan design that also connects the kitchen. Over the next coming months we hope to add new items and will showcase these pieces on the blog. I’m a strong believer in a home having a very personal feel to it. I love how almost every item has a story. We bought torn pages from a book that contained initials of our last name from the flee market in Manchester and put it in a frame.Craig seems to have a weird obsession for skulls. We have three scattered around this space.Some trinkets from our wedding and gifts from Craig’s mum sent from the Netherlands I remember when I ordered the house plants to surprise Craig but checked out with his Amazon account which ruined the surprise, lol. I love anything that has to do with the sea like anchors. I’ve always dreamt of living in a white house by the beach. Craig is into reading, me, not so much. I do use Audible though. We picked up this vintage camera from an antique store in Nottingham when we attended my brother’s graduation. This is the kitchen space where a lot of cooking in the oven takes place. I love a good breakfast tea with a slice of lemon. We tend to make our guests feels welcomed by having their names on the chalkboard after the word “welcome”. This door leads to our balcony which is one of the first space we decorated. It holds our remaining confetti from the wedding. I’ve always had a thing for pink and peonies. The balcony does take a life of its own.This is my very first bike which I bought one winter evening in 2016 not knowing how to ride it. Craig managed to teach me to ride and I have a video to prove it.

September 15, 2017
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This series has become quite the creative one for me if I’m being honest. I came up with another brilliant idea. One that allows me give back to you lovely folks for following me along this journey. But first, lets get into the coffee and outfit. Summer was a blast! I had the best time ever travelling and doing more of the things I love. But like every season comes and goes, summer has said goodbye for now to pave way for autumn. You folks know I love to keep it comfy. So the outfit at play was a simple tee and ripped denim from Pull & Bear. In my blogger mail this week came this beautiful pink Boucle Textured Coat from Topshop which I’ve nicknamed “pink fuzz”. I’ve always loved dusty pink as a colour. I mean, it was part of my wedding colour scheme, yep! Pink fuzz become my most treasured AW piece even though I’ve only had it for a couple of days, lol, talk about getting attached too quickly. To finish the outfit, I wore my metallic shoes from Topshop which are perfect for scouting for coffee spots in town.

I’ve recently become a fan of The Northern Quarter so it wasn’t a surprise that I decided to head there for my usual outdoor coffee session. This time I found myself in a restaurant named after the area. TNQ Restaurant it was called with the TNQ standing for The Northern Quarter. I kept it pretty simple and went for the latte. Feeling really inspired from the night before after watching a few youtube videos on photography, I thought it was time I returned the favour and share my knowledge of what I’ve learnt so far with you wonderful people. I came up with the idea of creating a Facebook group to support bloggers like myself to better improve their visuals. A space where you can ask your questions and hopefully I and other members can answer them. You can request to join the group here. I look forward to seeing you there. Until next time, keep enjoying the smell of coffee or tea cause winter is coming!***If you want to edit like me, you can! Grab a copy of my eBook here.***

September 9, 2017
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I’m a strong believer in using your mind to create the things you want. Recently, I’ve been craving a beach holiday almost every passing day. Let’s just say scrolling through the feed of other travel bloggers ins’t helping as well, lol. I’ve had this swimsuit for a couple of months now and haven’t had to chance to wear it cause all I could think of was wearing it on the beach, at least not until yesterday. While doing one of my weekly tasks which happens to be watering my plants, I decided to turn it into a summer vacation. I’m currently working on transforming my bedroom into a jungle. I managed to keep most of the plants alive but ideally I need more to achieve the look I’m going for. Since my bedroom is where I spend most of my time working and getting creative, I thought it best to let nature in.

To create the mood, I ripped out pages from an old book titled “Make Life Beautiful” (which I thought fit with the message of creating beautiful memories) and spread them on the floor. I got some of my plants together to get the feeling of being outdoors. I pulled together some summer appropriate items. The first was a postcard of a beach and palm tree which I got over the weekend from Paperchase. Since my set up was by the window, the sunnies came out too and so did my straw hat. I always take my camera everywhere I go so it had to make an appearance too. Thanks to my recent campaign with Bacardi, I was able to spring up a homemade mojito to get this holiday going. It really felt like I was somewhere exotic and all it took was my mind. Sometimes we have to reach within for the things we want without. Life could be the dreams we have and that is something worth holding on to. Imagine if you could dream of a beautiful life and live that beautiful life. That’s why I choose to be a dreamer. Welcome to “Onyi Island” is what I say. Hopefully my next travel posts comes from a very sunny island just like I’ve dreamed it.

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August 29, 2017
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