Wow, where has May gone!? It feels like I blinked and it was the end. I’m actually pretty thankful really. We’re still in lockdown here in the U.K. (If slightly relaxed) and if time was going slowly it would make the whole thing a million times worse. In this newsletter, we will discuss many things as well as June books to read.
I’m in a much better headspace this week mentally speaking. I’m inspired and motivated again which I haven’t been for quite some time. I’m actually a little bit excited because things are starting to move (haha) again in terms of moving house. So hopefully it won’t be too long until I have a little house to call my own. I’ve felt a little glimmer of hope and for the first time since March, it feels like things are getting better and are on the up. I have my optimism back
What I’ve Been up to This Week
It appears that my feed is going in a more colourful direction at the moment (not planned, just where my creative energy took me!) So this week has consisted of a lot of re-editing and taking new photos that fit with this new style that I’m inspired by right now. I’m being a lot harsher with myself in terms of what I post on Instagram, making sure that im 110% happy with it and I’m not just posting because I feel like I have to. I have to have that ‘wow’ feeling when I look at them.
I’m also getting more creative with colours in my photos now and experimenting with the temperature and tint to see if I can create something unusual.
And after months of saying I will never go on TikTok and saying it’s stupid and not for me… I caved and made one. You can find me on it as @frombeewithlove and I’ll be posting some BTS of photos, travel videos and photoshoots. I haven’t posted much on it yet but I’m pretty excited about experimenting with video.
This week I had the amazing opportunity to work with Sky to promote their new channel Sky Nature. I’m so so happy with how the photos turned out and I can’t wait to share them with you!
How was your week?
An Editing Tip from Bee
Following on from last week’s tip about changing backgrounds, this week I figured out to change the colour of actual objects in Lightroom without switching over to Photoshop.
It’s actually pretty simple, you use the Adjustment Brush tool in Lightroom to create a layer mask. I always have Auto-Mask selected as it makes it so much easier, if something gets coloured that wasn’t meant to, you can always use your ‘alt’ key to get up the eraser. Then you simply brush over the thing you want to change the colour of. Once you’re happy, you then turn down the saturation of the brush ALL THE WAY down. Then, above where you adjust the size of the brush, you will notice an option that says ‘Colour’ with a rectangular box with an ‘X’ through it next to it. Click on that box and you can pick out any colour you want! This works best for small objects or things that are far away as it isn’t a perfect science and may not always look real, but it worked great for my bubblegum post to make the bubble appear lighter than it actually was!
Bee Good: A Brand that is Doing Good Things
This week I’m introducing you to Maask, who creates sustainable, reusable face masks made from 100% recycled ocean plastic waste. They are U.K. based and for each mask sold they donate two medical grade masks to front line workers. Each mask comes with disposable protection filters which is PM 2.5 grade. They have an FAQ page where they tell you all about the masks and what they protect you from.
Since guidelines now suggest that you wear a face-covering in a crowded, indoor, public setting (I know this isn’t compulsory just yet, but it’s good for peace of mind!) I think these masks would be a great choice for you as they give back. Not only are they sustainable by helping to tackle the ocean waste problem, you will also be helping front line workers who are needing all of the PPE they can get!
The Hot List: What I’ve Been Loving This Week – June Books
Let’s also talk about June books.
I’m having a bit of a shoe moment right now as it turns out I don’t have any summer sandals! I adore these because they are just so adorable and will add a nice pop of colour to my casual jeans outfits.
I’m not usually a green sort of person, but for some reason I absolutely love these! For the same reason I love the pink velvet ones, these would add a nice pop of colour to an otherwise plain outfit. I can’t wait to style these with the shorts I’ve mentioned.
These are a good ‘everyday’ sandal which will go with pretty much everything!
I’ve outgrown my old pair on denim shorts, so it was about time for new pair!
Here are some June books to read.
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After watching the horror film ‘As Above, So Below’ which is loosely based on Dante’s Inferno, I decided that I should probably read the classic myself. With it being £1.99 on kindle, you can’t really go wrong! So excited to read this one of the June books.
I can’t wait for this to be released! After really enjoying her first novel, I’m really excited for this one to come out in September
I’m not sure which I love more, the book cover or the premise!
I’ve heard so many good reviews of this one that I’m super excited to read it. It’s been making it’s rounds on Instagram for a while, but I haven’t thought to pick it up until now.
The story of how a girl named Norma Jean Baker became Marilyn Monroe. I’ve had this on my list for ages, since my university days when a professor recommended it to me. I forgot I had it on my wishlist until I was sorting it out the other day.
Please let me know what June Books you are looking forward to.
I hope you’re all enjoying the sunshine safely and trying to make the best out of an awful situation.