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A week in Boston
Liz Mosley Boston

After our jam packed few days in New York we headed on a bus to Boston. Our week there was much more chilled than NY and we were staying with some lovely family friends. We were staying in the South End of Boston which is a seriously nice neighbourhood. 

We had a lot of fun wandering around exploring the cute little independent shops (like Olives and Grace who I had been following on Instagram for a while) along with deli's and cafes. We did have a little bit of a culture shock with some of our shopping experiences. I guess we must be 'reserved' Brits because we found some of the staff in various shops pretty full on - they certainly know how to do the hard sell!

Liz Mosley Boston

Because we didn't cram in quite as many things each day as we'd done in New York I've decided not to do a day by day account but rather share what we got up to under different headings. If you have a trip planned to Boston I would seriously suggest trying these places out!

PLACES WE ATE
Coppa - This little Italian restaurant had great reviews. We went there for drinks and nibbles one afternoon and sat out on the sidewalk (see how American I have got?). The arancini and boquerones were pretty spectacular. 

The Beehive - We went here on the first night we arrived and it was so much fun! Except I got ID'd at the bar and nearly wasn't allowed in as I didn't have it with me! They had a great band playing live jazz -  which was totally the sort of jazz I love and the delicious cocktails were a winner in my book!

South End Food Trucks (SOWA) - I think food trucks are one of my favourite ways to experience great food. I just love the relaxed vibe. We were lucky that while we were visiting one of the car parks in the South End was overtaken with loads of great food trucks! I know we do have some but I hope food trucks become more of a thing in the UK.

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DeLux Cafe - This was a great local place with a relaxed and friendly vibe and fun kitch decor. 

Legal Sea Foods - Great seafood is a given in Boston and this place did great clam chowder! Lots of other yummy seafood on offer too. 

Union Oyster House - We didn't go this time, but if you are into oysters you should go and sit at the oyster bar and eat them here! It's super popular but such a fun vibe.

Mikes City Diner - If you want a proper American breakfast full of eggs, pancakes, grits etc and frankly more than you could ever eat then Mikes is the place to go - it is a proper traditional American diner and such a fun experience. 

PLACES WE VISITED/WANDERED
Beacon Hill -
This is a historic neighbourhood in Boston, full of beautiful houses and is a lovely area to wander around, with lots of cobbled side streets and huge brownstones. Definitely worth wandering around and seeing if you can sneak a peek in some of the windows. 

Liz Mosley Boston
Liz Mosley Boston

Marshfield - We also spent a couple of days at the beach about an hour south of Boston reading, taking long walks on the beach, eating yummy food and generally just relaxing. We lucked out with the weather those two days and got a little bit of a sun tan. I decided to brave the water and went for a quick swim - and I mean REALLY quick...it was soooo freakin cold, I think I lasted about 3 minutes. 
 

Liz Mosley Marshfield
Liz Mosley Marshfield

Boston Common - one thing I love about Boston is how walkable it is. You can explore so much of the city by foot. On one of the days we walked all around the centre including Boston Common which is a beautiful park and also the fairly new Rose Kennedy walkway. The city, in my opinion seems to have a great mix of high rise buildings and interesting architecture interspersed with lots of green space. 

Liz Mosley Boston
Liz Mosley Boston
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Liz Mosley Boston

Harvard - Just a short train ride away we visited the beautiful grounds of Harvard. It has such a great atmosphere and is just like you have seen in all the films. Beautiful buildings and it was fun watching lots of students and their parents being taken around on tours. 

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Liz Mosley Harvard

Institute of Contemporary Art - I think this is one of my favourite galleries in the world. It is not huge but it's the perfect size for me based on the amount of time I like to spend in a gallery. It is an interesting building with incredible views over the waterfront and in the summer they have gigs and all kinds of interesting things going on in their outdoor space, over the years I have seen some great exhibitions here (One time I visited there was a Shepard Fairey exhibition that was amazing!) . This time sadly half the exhibition space was closed but I still really enjoyed looking around the exhibition that was there. 

PLACES WE SHOPPED
We didn't really do much shopping on this trip but we did visit a few cute places while we were wandering around. Olives and Grace is a cute little shop in the South End with super friendly staff. Newbury Street is a really nice place to go shopping, lots of high end shops and also lots of chains that we have in the UK. We also visited Davids Tea. We are not that big into tea but if you are then this is the place to go...you can get all sorts of loose tea here - more types than you can ever imagine - only go in if you are willing to sniff almost every type of tea they have though before buying anything. Also just wandering around the South End you will find lots of cute little boutiques and quirky shops. Definitely worth exploring. 

If you have any plans to visit Boston I hope these recommendations help and if you don't, totally add it to your travel wishlist! We had such an amazing time and now I am itching for more travel adventures. We will probably have to wait until next year and after quite a few city breaks since we have been married we are thinking somewhere more remote for our next trip and maybe somewhere in the UK

I hope you're all having a great Tuesday and have lots of summer adventures planned! 

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insta snippets from Boston
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We have had a lovely week in Boston, staying with family friends, chatting about life and exploring this beautiful city. It is nice to have been doing things in a slightly more chilled fashion after New York. We also spent a couple of days at the beach which was lovely. 

This city has got so much to offer and I would seriously love to live here at some point in my life if that was ever an option. There is so much creativity, music and culture, I think it would be a great place to live as an artist...and there is also a great foodie scene. Anyway, I will do a much longer post on what we got up to in the next few weeks. In the meantime we are heading back to London after a lovely refreshing holiday and will have the weekend to get ourselves together before going back to work on Monday! (ha, I am sure that will be a shock to the system!) 

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! 

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My insta faves (part 4)

I have done a few of these posts now and I really enjoy putting them together and going through my Instagram feed, falling in love again and getting inspired by some of the people I follow. These are new people who I have followed recently and who I think all do a great job at noticing and documenting little details in life. I decided to go for a bit of a plant theme when choosing which images to share. Seriously go follow these guys. I love using Instagram to get a glimpse into the lives of people all over the world. 

@me_and_orla  - I discovered Sara's feed not that long ago and I am in love. A lot of thought goes into her images and I love the dark moody vibe. She is based in the north of England. 

@me_and_orla - I discovered Sara's feed not that long ago and I am in love. A lot of thought goes into her images and I love the dark moody vibe. She is based in the north of England. 

@mattscorte  - Lots of beautiful architectural shots of Paris and other travel destinations. I am in awe of Matt's aesthetic and how cohesive his feed feels. That is my long term aim with Instagram. Definitely check out this feed!

@mattscorte - Lots of beautiful architectural shots of Paris and other travel destinations. I am in awe of Matt's aesthetic and how cohesive his feed feels. That is my long term aim with Instagram. Definitely check out this feed!


@yas_in_amsterdam  - I am OBSESSED with Amsterdam (even though I have only spent one day there) and so was really happy to find this beautiful feed full of corners of this beautiful city! I love seeing glimpses of other parts of the world in my feed. 

@yas_in_amsterdam - I am OBSESSED with Amsterdam (even though I have only spent one day there) and so was really happy to find this beautiful feed full of corners of this beautiful city! I love seeing glimpses of other parts of the world in my feed. 

@bonniemade  - This Instagram feed makes me feel calm and does such a great job of capturing the quiet little moments in life. Lots of little beautiful details. Bonnie, who is based in Adelaide, Australia has such a great eye.

@bonniemade - This Instagram feed makes me feel calm and does such a great job of capturing the quiet little moments in life. Lots of little beautiful details. Bonnie, who is based in Adelaide, Australia has such a great eye.


@smlalexander  - Lots of block colours and clean lines (this image doesn't really represent most of the feed). I really love the simple and artistic nature of the images.

@smlalexander - Lots of block colours and clean lines (this image doesn't really represent most of the feed). I really love the simple and artistic nature of the images.

@lenacorwin  - This feed feels really earthy and gives snippets of life and adventures with little kids. Beautiful creative shots and lots of inspiration

@lenacorwin - This feed feels really earthy and gives snippets of life and adventures with little kids. Beautiful creative shots and lots of inspiration


@josephowen  - Again I love the little details that Joseph shares. A lot of thought goes into colour and composition and the result is a stunning feed. I also love seeing bits of London through other people's eyes.

@josephowen - Again I love the little details that Joseph shares. A lot of thought goes into colour and composition and the result is a stunning feed. I also love seeing bits of London through other people's eyes.

@agirlnamedleney  - Leney has a knack for making the little moments in life look beautiful. Images are from where she lives and travels, this is another one that totally inspires me and makes me happy. 

@agirlnamedleney - Leney has a knack for making the little moments in life look beautiful. Images are from where she lives and travels, this is another one that totally inspires me and makes me happy. 


I hope you enjoy checking these guys out. If you are looking for more people to follow you can check out part one, two and three

Hope you all have a lovely inspired Wednesday!

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snippets from New York
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Guys we are in New York and it has been a total whirlwind! We have only had 3 days in the city and so we have really crammed in as much as possible. My legs and feet ache but I am a happy camper! We have visited the MET, Central Park, explored so many different areas, eaten A LOT of amazing food but also burnt it all off walking (I hope!). We went over the Brooklyn Bridge, ate the best pizza I have had in my whole life (for real!) in DUMBO, listened to jazz, walked the highline and eaten some more. Anyway I will do some more in-depth blog posts in a few weeks but just wanted to give a little taste of what we have been up to. You can follow along on Instagram too if you want. We are off to Boston today for what I think will be a much more chilled week! 

Hope you all have a lovely weekend! 

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This Month // April

This month has had a lot of fun things going on and some fun little trips. I have found it inspiring to explore new places and get out of London a couple of times and also we have eaten sooo well this month with lots of meals out due to NM's birthday and our wedding anniversary (we are living off baked beans on toast for now!). Anyway here are a few things that I have been up to:

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1.  I went to Brighton for the day to visit one of my all time fave friends. Was good to get out of London and have a little creative field trip. 

2. I worked on some prints for the ace new shop Calder & Byrne which will be launching very soon! So excited to be involved and I have had a sneak peak, they are going to be selling some lovely stuff (more about that next week!). 

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3. A birthday lunch with some total faves of ours. This Spanish dish was amazing! 

4. London has pretty much totally exploded into spring and is full of blossom! I have been walking A LOT this month and have been taking it all in and loving it!

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5. We went to Bristol to celebrate our second wedding anniversary! It was such a lovely weekend and we ate in some amazing places - all of which I will be sharing on the blog next week. 

6. Very excitingly I went to a workshop at Pinterest's offices in London. It was great to learn in a bit more depth how I can make the most of Pinterest and use it as a tool for my business - also a yummy breakfast was involved! Winner.

Hope you all have a lovely Wednesday! I can't believe that April is nearly over but May is going to be a fun month so I am looking forward to it!

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A day in Brighton
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When I met up with Siobhan last week she recommended checking out the Elise Gets Crafty podcast and what can I say, I am now addicted. They are so good and I am really enjoying the topics she tackles. One of her early episodes was about creative field trips - I really like this name and realised that this is actually something that has always been important for me. Just getting out of your normal everyday routine and getting inspired. This could be through travel further afield or could even be exploring a new city in your own country, or even just a new corner of your own city or town (or a new area of countryside if you live in the country). 

Last week I went on a creative field trip to Brighton which is always a fun place to visit. It is nice to be in a city with a totally different feel to what I am used to, to be by the sea and also to visit different shops and independent cafes. On Monday I was talking about how great it is to hang out with creative friends, well I got to hang out with an all time fave Kate. I don't get to see her nearly as much as I would like and still dream about us living in the same city again one day but whenever we meet up it is like no time has passed. 

Hope you enjoy these pics from my day. If you have an opportunity to take a creative field trip anytime soon I would totally recommend it. We are actually going to Bristol this weekend for our anniversary so I'm looking forward to a new place to explore and lots of inspiration! 

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Happy Wednesday folks! 

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New York, New York

New York has had a part of my heart now for quite a number of years. Pretty soon I after I graduated I headed over the pond for 3 months to do an internship with a guy who was a one man band design studio. I worked alongside him and learnt from him and worked on projects for some pretty awesome clients including the MTA and also the School of American Ballet. That trip was 6 years ago and I haven't been to NY since, but this year NM and I have a trip planned. He has never been before and I am dying to go back, so we are both pretty excited. We will be there for 5 days at the beginning of June (and then we head to Boston for some adventures there too) - so if you have any recommendations of things to do and places to see I would LOVE to hear them. I want to have a good list before we head off. 

Now enough about our holiday plans. I wanted to share with you some stunning New York related art work. When I started experimenting with linocut Luke pointed me in the direction of Hannah Cousins who creates these absolutely stunning linocuts of scenes in New York. They are getting me even more excited about our trip but I am also dreaming about having one of these on my wall. You can see (and buy) the whole series here. Also Hannah will be exhibiting her linocuts at the COB gallery in London from the 29th April until the 3rd May. Sounds like the perfect inspiring  outing to me. If you are in London you should check it out! 

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I really need to have another go playing around with linocutting!  Hope you are feeling inspired and enjoying your Wednesday! 

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Travelling Dreams

I think it is quite a common phenomenon for people to start planning their holidays in January. If you live in the UK the days are cold and wet and very short and so you start day dreaming about warmer climbs and travelling adventures. I certainly have been, and so I thought I would share some of my travel dreams with you. These are some of places that I am longing to go to. If I am lucky I might cross one or two off this year but most likely I will have to wait a while before visiting a lot of these places. Also some of them are places that I have been to and am longing to go back to. Anyway here we go:

1. Segovia

I lived in Segovia for a year when I was 7 and went to school and spent a lot of time doing Spanish dictations. Anyway that was over 20 years ago now and I have been wanting to go back for years. I think 2015 might be the year!

2. Bolivia

About 10 years ago I spent 4 months in Bolivia on a mission trip. I fell in love with the country and would love to go back to show NM this amazing place and also because I am sure it has changed a lot since I was there. The photo above is of the Salt Flats - all of that is salt! It is a truly incredible place.

3. Iceland

This has been on my wish list for a really long time. Lots of people seem to have been making the trip in recent years. I love the idea of renting a remote cottage, hiring a car and just exploring.

4. Faroe Islands

I found out about this place from following along with photographer Tim Coulson's travel adventures with his family. It just looked so beautiful it got added to my list. 

5. Amalfi Coast

NM loves all things Italy and so do I now too. He went to the Amalfi Coast years ago and ever since I found out about it I have wanted to visit. It looks like such a magical place (lots of stairs though!)

6. Amsterdam

I have been to Amsterdam once for a day on a family holiday and I don't know why but it got under my skin. I have been wanting to go back for a couple of years now and it is also on my list of places I would love to live. Not sure how I got that from just one day, but seriously I loved this place!

7. Salvation Mountain

Ok this is not a city or a country and I think it is in a desert in America somewhere but doesn't it look insane. Ever since I have seen pictures of this place by various bloggers I follow I have wanted to go there, especially since it is basically a massive work of art which is a tribute to God with its powerful message 'God is Love'. You can find out more about it here.

8. Marrakesh

I have wanted to go to Marrakesh for ages now. We nearly went last year but it didn't really work out. Maybe a long weekend sometime in the future though. Love the thought of exploring all those souks. I have heard good things! 

9. Croatia

All these pics (click image above) by Sally Mussel White has put Croatia firmly on my list. This looks like a great country to explore. 

10. New York

What can I say - I HEART New York. I spent 3 months living there doing an internship when I finished University and I FELL IN LOVE. It is an incredible city and I desperately want to take NM because I know he will love it too. 


All of the images above are linked to their original sources...just click on the photograph. I would love to hear if you have been to any of these places or if you have any other places that you I should add to my list. I am going to have to go back to saving the pennies! 

Happy Wednesday!

Bolivia - 10 years later
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About 10 years ago I spent 4 months in Bolivia and totally fell in love with the country. I have been dreaming recently about going back. I have been having a bit of  a sort out of old photos recently and stumbled upon these from my trip. 10 years on and I thought I would share them. They are making me even more desperate to get back to this beautiful place. I would love to be able to take NM to some of the places that I visited. I met some incredible people while I was there who I have sadly lost touch with. At the time when I was travelling I didn't have a digital camera (that is shocking to me now...I can't imagine life without a camera constantly in my pocket) - and so I used a good old pretty cheap film camera. (I wanted something that I wouldn't mind if I lost or broke and would be easy to replace) - and looking at these photos makes me think I miss shooting with film a bit. The excitement of getting the pictures developed, it was all a bit unknown...what would come back? I also really love the look of them. There is something so beautifully grainy and imperfect about these shots. I hope you enjoy a little glimpse into my world of ten years ago. (I might have to do another post as these are a small portion of the images)

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Josef Hoflehner
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After my raptures about all things black and white on Monday I stumbled across the work of photograher Josef Hoflehner. They are absolutely stunning and so striking. I really love his collection of photographs of India and South America, but there is so much incredible work on his website. Trust me take some time to have a look through and get inspired. It has made my feet very itchy for travel now. (The Taj Mahal image below has seriously increased my desire to go to India!)

What I notice from these photographs (and from hours spent in the dark room and photographing puddles for my Art A-level) is how important contrast is in black and white photography. You need to have dark rich blacks and then also bright whites. Will have to try and remember this when I am looking out for things to photograph for my daily instagram challenge.

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The Big Island
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In July we travelled to the Big Island, Hawaii for a friends wedding. It was such an adventure and we had such an incredible time. I don't know what it is but Hawaii really got under our skin. We can't stop thinking about it, wishing we were there, wondering how we can get back there, and just remembering the amazing experiences we had.

We trekked through volcanic craters, snorkled with the most beautiful fish I have ever seen, saw lava flowing into the sea, ate fish taco's for the first time, saw a sea turtle chilling out on the beach, saw two friends commit to spending their lives together, ate the most incredible food at the four seasons and stayed in two beautiful cottages. Seriously it was incredible. We packed all of this into less than a week too!

The Island was unlike anywhere I had ever been! most of the time I felt like I was on another planet as it was all so volcanic. Here are a few pics of our trip and if you want to see more you can check out my vsco page. Sadly my phone died early on the trip so I lost most of the lava photos. Am still hoping I might be able to find them stored up in some cloud somewhere! (crazy!)

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and a pic of NM and some details from the wedding. I don't think there are any of me! whoops. Maybe I need to raid NM's phone and see if he took any!

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Photography
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I have been thinking a lot recently about photography and about how I want to improve. I feel like I have got so used to just snapping pictures on my phone that I have not taken any time to actually work on improving my skills and using my SLR. I enjoy it and it would be so useful for so many things! especially this blog.  I don't really have time to do much at the moment, but I have decided that I am going to use the honeymoon - being in a new and interesting place - as an opportunity to start. I want to get better at documenting life with NM because we hardly have any photos of us together and I want to document all the adventures we go on.

These are some photos of butterflies (and a crazy caterpillar thing!) on a holiday in Colombia. We were staying on this stunning nature reserve, and Dad and I used to get up at 5 and climb up the hill on our doorstep and photograph butterflies, and then we would be rewarded by the absolutely stunning view from the top. I was pretty chuffed with how some of these came out. The top left one is particularly crisp. Not loving how the flash affected the top right one but you live and learn.

I have been going through lots of old work recently, so hoping to post up more stuff I have found soon!

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