February Favourites: Creative to Lifestyle

Another month gone. Can anyone believe that it is March already? This month is going to be a busy one, but i'm looking forward to being busy to be honest. I like it. 

 

But I thought, since it has been a few months since the last one of these, that it would be the perfect time to have a chat about some of my favorite things right now. From creative bits and pieces, to all the lifestyle ones, this is basically anything and everything I have been enjoying throughout February.

 

 

Creative Favourites

 

Favourite Shot: Rushmare Street Style

I always enjoy the photos I get out my shoots with Anna of rushmare.com, as you probably well know (I've shared them before, and I share them a lot). This one, whilst not with my sharpest lens, is one I really loved out of this shoot around Newmarket this month. I've also been playing around with editing this month, and this is a little bit different for me.

Graphite Imaging x Rushmare-6.jpg
 

My Peak Designs Camera Strap

Seriously, if you are a photographer you need one of these straps. The design is so well thought out, and the quality is superb, so you don't have to worry about anything happening to your camera while running around on a shoot. It is seriously an incredibly well thought out piece of equipment and well worth the money. 

F6C0C7AB-C7E2-4BE2-A470-5238D4AAB0F0.JPG
 

Trello

Basically the only thing i'm using to keep myself organised for content creation and all website edits. It's easy, it's FREE and it works. 

The main thing i've been using it for this month is this blog right here! It's my editorial calendar, it's my briandump of ideas, it's where I transfer all my brainstorms, it's my project planner for broader things I want to do. 

Again, this is something I will probably do a blog post on sometime, basically how you can use the program in a broad sense (I don't utilise everything they offert well enough to talk about it more specofically than that) but it is an amazing piece of software. 

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 3.58.18 PM.png
 

My Bullet Journal

The place I put down all the shit that needs to get done day to day. 

And I've been loving it. 

I talked about how I use my bullet journal and how much I love it in a blog post a few weeks ago, so click HERE to check it out in more detail, but suffice it to say, I've been loving it and it's been life-changing for my organisational system.

Graphite Imaging x The Charlotte Alexander-16.jpg
 

Online Favourites

The RAPID FIRE section where I just give you my favourite places on the internet right now.

 

Instagram account: @thegreylayers

Whom everyone will know, but with her wedding in Bali happening recently, I have been living for the updates <3

Blogger: shotfromthestreet.com

You will have seen me talk about her a lot, but I have been re-obsessed with her this month.

Youtuber: Shane Dawson

I know, I know, literally one of the OG youtubers, but the most recewnt videos he has been doing have been amazing and after several years of not watching him, I am re-obsessed.

Podcast: The Goal Digger Podcast with Jenna Kutcher

I'm constantly impressed by Jenna, her work ethic and her openness about her business, and her podcast is just a huge reflection of that. Well worth a listen for creative hustlers.

 

 

lifestyle Favourites

 

Yoga By Adrienne - Specifically 'yoga for back pain'

So I have RSI, and I have been struggling with that chronically for almost 2 years. I will do another post on this in more detail sometime. What happens when my RSI is acting up is my back ends up tightening to compensate for my weak arm and shoulder. Yoga helps to keep it stretched out and strengthen it gently and with control. This video in particular really helps to massage and support your back if you're already in pain, and it so calming and theraputic. I do this one at least once a week and have done for months.

Screen Shot 2018-03-02 at 12.55.59 PM.png
 

My 'Swell' Water Bottle

For a very long time, I have been on the hunt for a drink bottle that doesn't leak, and with the rise of metal, insulated water bottles the perfect solution was being delivered to me on a platter. And I still took forever to get one. 

They are amazing though - your water stays cold for a very long time, which in this Auckland weather has been a blessing. It doesn't leak, which when you are carrying water around near camera gear and laptops all day is also a blessing. They aren't the most conservative in size, but do I care? Not that much haha. 

 

Flight Coffee - Bomber Blend

The classic Fight Coffee blend, and a forevere favourite, but I thought I should probably share this. 

I don't have coffee at home very often. I am always on the run, and Sam and I typically get coffee to kill time between shoots, but I have actually gone thorugh a bag of this in just over a month, which is actually impressive for me.

 

The netflix 'Queer Eye' Reboot

I think thew whole world is excited about this right now, and I really am one of them. I binge watched thew whole season in 24 hours and it made me so happy. 

If you've not seen it ever (I never saw the original, I was too young) 5 gay men go into the homes and lives of straight men to help revamp their lives. It's sweet and thoughful and heartwarming, and if you want a gorgeous feel good show, go binge it now.

 

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck - Mark Manson

Philosophy in it's finest form - approachable and accessable to the masses. This book is awesome for those people with anxiety who just want to get out of their own way and fucking kill it. 

I've not finished it yet, and I will do a full post on it when I have, but I think this is already well worth the purchase and even just reading the first chapter made me feel a bit more empowered, happy and in control. 

Graphite Imaging x The Charlotte Alexander-16-2.jpg

So that's been my month! Let me know if you've tried and loved any of the stuff mentioned here. Would love to hear especially if you have any recommendations for me!

 

Charlotte x