Friday, July 25, 2014

Instagram Friday: Boom! A video as well!

Instagram vendredi: Boom! Une vidéo aussi!

I like how the video plays selected frames from the video, but if you've watched it now you know how horrendous my hair looks. It's a love hate relationship, started with a thought and then it happened within 48hours. If you saw in my Hair Priceline Haul, you would have seen that I purchased quite a bit of peroxide. And since I was leaving next year and carrying peroxide to another country is considered illegal, I had to do it here in Aus at some point. And why not now?

I've bleached it three times in hour long sessions, it still feels like its black healthy oily self. But I don't want to take the risk of it going straw-like so I'm conditioning and putting oils every night. I haven't gotten proper toner yet so I smothered my hair in purple hair dye, and due to a terrible first bleaching session my hair is quite patchy. I hate it so much! Hopefully I can fix it up in a month period.

Anywho! Instagram post, I've eaten at Kingswood Cafe at World Square, Grill'd at World Square, Passionflower at Capitol Square and at Stitch Bar. I've celebrated two twenty-first birthdays and I've been trying a new limecrime lipstick, and wearing big red boots. 

I can't believe uni starts next week, I haven't gotten any emails and haven't bothered to check what rooms my first 9am class is. I am not ready for this! I've been crusing through the break, I was taking it for granted!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Peters 21st Birthday Gifs!

Gifs 21ème anniversaire de Peters

Screw real time gifs, speed them all up and make them look like reaction gifs you'd find on tumblr or 9gag! Anywho, I remember back when I first started spam reading blogs and I used to always skip the videos if they are featured in a post. However nowadays I am finding myself really loving both the Youtube and Blog platforms. And Gifs are like the in between sort of thing.

Recently I attended Peter's 21st Birthday. Twenty-One is a big thing so of course I took some footage of it all. I don't seem to be taking my DSLR out as much to take portraits anymore. If you notice I just haven't been doing that for almost half a year. Which is a little out of the ordinary, however I do have these gifs I made from the footage I took. Enjoy the sparkle!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Youtube Monday: Week's Highlight - Day out & Peter's 21st

Youtube Lundi: Semaine de Highlight - journée dans la ville et le 21e de Peter

Third week in a row! Huzzah, I know this video seems to be a cheap out but I think its important if I did do some sort of highlights reel of the week. This may seem like a better option so I don't run out of content or to help me practice to become a great cinematographer! I'll be in a beautiful countryside sometime next year and I might as well shoot it with steady hand. So practice makes perfect!

This video has mainly 2 features. My day out with my youngest brother, it was his last day before he started school again. So I took him out to sushi train at my favourite place: Takumi. We went bowling because my plans to go ice skating and IMAX had fallen through. And of course finished the day with desserts at Passionflower.

The next feature was Peter's 21st Birthday. It was a cold night but everyone kept warm in each other's company. I've included a few snippets of his Birthday Speech because of course he'll need those memories down the track. :)

Friday, July 18, 2014

Something New: Sleeping under Fairy Lights

Quelque chose de nouveau: Dormir sous les lumières de fées

I am quite amused at how hilarious this gif looks. It looks like one of those creepy reaction gifs you find on tumblr or 9gag. Anywho, I don't often use my staff discount to purchase something for myself. So this is probably one of those strange things I've bought. It's a 20 light fairy light that is powered on 3 AA batteries. They're really pretty but the best part is that it comes with 51 letters and a Ampersand.  I think there are 2 rather interesting things about this purchase. 

1. I'm moving out in 6months so I haven't had any desire to spend any money to decorate my room. 
2. That I bought fairy lights. I was never going to get into the whole fairylights above my bed things. Because I know the reason it came about was to create pretty bokeh in the background of filming. I can't sleep when theres lights on. So wasted purchase?

Hell no! I've been snapchatted mages of my lights. They've been saying friendly greetings to things I wouldn't show my grandma. They are rather beautiful. I'd thought I'd just share you a slice of my room, and I'm definitely bringing these along with me when I move out. (They'll also make special appearance in future videos! Trust me on that for sure!)

Typo Alphabet Lanterns $39.95

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

After Work food: Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar

Après le travail: Ragu Pasta & Wine Bar

So its been a long time since I've shared where I've been eating. But I want a quick mention of this little bar which I've been visiting lately. So I had to work at Sydney Westfields recently, and after work I went upstairs craving some sort of pasta. And well, this was the only place that was going to get me any. If you just want pasta they have a nice simple way of ordering it. You choose your pasta and you choose your sauce.

After ordering and paying you get your vibrating device. Which is handy since you are in Westfields, and seats may not always be as close as you'd like to your bar. So far I've only had the pleasure of trying the same dish because I love fettucine and I love carbonara sauce! So I ordered that and I said yes to having parmasen cheese on top.

Things to recommend. Don't get the parmasen cheese with carbonara. It is definitely too overwhelming! I wish there were mushrooms in these but there just wasn't any! The first time round I remember having perfectly cooked pasta and it was much creamier. The last time I had it the pasta had the texture of being a little undercooked, and the sauce was drier. I still enjoyed the meal but I didn't finish it due to the overwhelming cheese. Maybe I'll try it again some day... But I'm never at Westfields anyway!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Youtube Video Monday: My Travel History.... so far

Vidéo Youtube lundi: Mon histoire de Voyage .... jusqu'ici

Oh look! I've created a really nice and clean gif of the opening title of my youtube video. Isn't it glorious, goodness. You cannot image the amount of work I went through just to animate that banner. It wasn't too much, but there was work! Anyway as I have promised. Every Monday there will be a new Youtube video! I've kept my word! Horray! But then again. It is only the 2nd week! Who knows how 2 months down the road will be. 

I've actually been having difficulty with this video, it turned out longer than expected. And the editting (since I'm trying new things) is a little fidgety. I learnt no, do not try and make a 10minute long After Effects animation if my laptop can't handle that amount of work! And yeah well, sorry about the quality. I haven't worked out the best settings to import without creating a huge 53gb file!

So like I've mentioned, I've made a lengthy 8:40 video on where I've been. I can't believe its that long. But trust me I cut down the footage from 20minutes. I ramble a lot. And for some reason added small anecdotes in. I'm still not completely comfortable in front of the camera but I expect in due time. 

Check out other ways to get to me!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Instagram Friday & New Blogging Schedule!

Instagram Vendredi et New Blogging Horaire (?)

Hello again! Three weeks without instagram, well here it is. And sorry to disappoint. It looks like I haven't been flicking through the app or doing anything fascinating thats worth snapping! But heres what I managed to capture in the last few weeks!

1. I made mochi, and skewered them on a toothpick to make it look like dango. They are so delicious, and I know they're tasteless. I had them boiled up and covered in condensed milk. 2. This was before my lipstick ban, wearing #RedVelvet Limecrime Velvetines. Right now my lips are currently ina  terrible condition. Damn you winter and your drying skin ways! 3. The ink lineart for the Emma Woodhouse Illustration I had recently shared on the previous Wednesday. 4. A homemade dinner with some friends: Beef Lasagne, Steamed Veggies, Mashed Potatoes & Sauteed Mushrooms! 5. An introduction I'll make very soon, but my new regular shooting buddy: the Canon EOS 70D. 6. Spinach Ravioli at Nosh Up (Used to be Cr8 Pasta Bar) at the World Square Centre. 7. New Lanterns from the Typo Store, and has been my most favourite purchase yet!

So like the heading says. There will be a new blogging schedule for the rest of the year! I don't think I have many consistent readers but for those who would like to know when they are getting certain fixes now you'll know!

Every Monday at 12pm:
ONE Youtube Vlog post from Avec Rosa
Every Wednesday & Second Friday at 12pm:
A Miscellaneous post: Food, Event, Drawing, Art, Visits etc
Every Other Friday at 12pm:
Instagram Catch Ups!

Yes! I know what this means, there will be a vlog from my new youtube channel every week! What an aim that'll be. I think obviously the quality will waver every now and then when Uni kinda kicks in and kills me but I think it'll be a great achievement to finally get comfortable in front of the camera!

Remember! You can connect with me here too!

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

My name is Emma Woodhouse

Je m'appelle Emma Woodhouse

If you've known me for long enough you would know I have above average knowledge about the Austen Realms. I kinda blame the compulsory reading of "Emma" back in year eleven. It's actually really funny because I remember disliking the book, cringing about the Box Hill scene but. It changed. I fell in love with Mr. George Knightley. The romance that wasn't overly romantic. Thats what I kinda love most of all, a love that came from friendship. Out of all the Austen books: Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, Pride & Prejudice... The romance in Emma is by far my favourite. (This may just be because thats my ideal way of finding someone. Being best friends with them first).

Anyway, so I'm a huge Austen Fan. A huge Emma fan. And lately it all seems to be on trend right now. Iggy Azalea made her Fancy music video around Clueless, Clueless is an adaptation of Emma. Emma Approved is ending in a matter of weeks. (NOT READY NOT READY. IT CAN'T BE THE END ALL OVER AGAIN! NO!) So I decided to draw Romola Garai, who was the actress who played dear Ms Emma Woodhouse in the BBC 2009 miniseries. It doesn't look like her. I think I should stop doing A4 sized portraits because I am foreshortening and my proportions go off when I look down at a table.

Done with my copic markers. And just after getting 3 colour refills, 3 of my other skin colours have run out. So it appears I won't be sharing any portraits done with copics for a long while.

Monday, July 07, 2014

New Changes and a NEW Youtube Account?

Nouvelles modifications et une nouvelle chaîne youtube

Sorry about the unannounced hiatus. I had a moment last week, where my laziness and my lack of motivation to do anything took over. It's been that way during the holidays. I was bored, but also too lazy to call out to hang out with anyone so I was wallowing in bed. (I don't know if this a common habit of anyones but it's mine). Despite what some may think, that I work too much or whatever. I have a lot of free time, but no one else seems to be on my schedule. So in this free time I spent a few days recoding the website, giving myself a semi-rebranding and made a new youtube account. (Actually, in many ways I've been saving money by staying at home).

Well, this blog has had many face lifts, it went from 'all-bout-rosa' (2008), to 'r05a' (2009), to 'rdyn' (2011) and finally to a name I quite like and hopefully I'll be satisfied for longer 'Avec Rosa' (2014). I knew this blog needed a name, but I couldn't be creative enough to think of something. But it felt appropriate, and if you are unfamiliar to french it translates to 'With Rosa'. And thats what I kinda wanted from my blog. I wanted it to be a place to share things that happened 'with me'. It still sounds quite vain, but every other preceding title was also!

The second part of this announcement was about my trip that was to occur at the start of 2015. I've mentioned it every now and then, and I've almost made it the thing I'm living for. Though I know there is 2016 and everything else, but I've put a lot of time and effort to prepare myself for this trip. It is soon, and I imagined myself to vlog my trip in France when I'm there. However, I also knew my social anxiety and awkwardness would be problematics. You see, I'm okay with taking photos, but its not very often I'm in front of a camera. And especially never for a video. (Friends on snapchat would beg to differ!) So I'll try and post youtube videos more often. And from my new channel 'Avec Rosa'.

I'll be back to my regular postings now! Hope you like the new changes, and hope you subscribe for the videos!

Keep updated here too!

Friday, June 27, 2014

Watermelon, Tomatoes and Strawberries

Pastèque, les tomates et les fraises

I've been bored, and I've been on a binge "watch all Jane Austen Adaptations". I'm currently watching the 1980s Mini-series of Pride and Prejudice. And then I'll go watch modern adaptations or adaptations that stray further away to the 18th Century Setting. These doodles have nothing to do with Jane Austen. But they do come from thoughts of juicy watermelon, fresh strawberries and tomato sauce. 

I hope you're all eating rather healthy or something. I did these with gouache... I only own 5 shades: red, titanium white, bright purple, and two other shades I can't remember. So I had to really think hard about what I was actually able to paint.