Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

Spectra Close-Up Lens

 The Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens is a fun accessories to have as it lets your take some nice somewhat macro photos. It generally comes in a nice nylon bag with foam inside to help protect it. The lens itself simply clicks on to the front of the camera.  This version is black and says Polaroid F112 on the front.   I am happy to say that I have 2 in excellent condition that still have the original box and manual with them and I am happy to share my experience with them.

Spectra / Image Cloes-Up Lens

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

The Lens easily clips on to most Spectra / Image Polaroid Cameras.  The small tab at the top of the close-up lens fits into a grove above actual lens of the camera. You just simply slip it in and then bring it down into place.  The front of the Close-Up lens has a rubber grasp that acts as a measuring tape. You essentially extend it out as far as it goes and you place the object that you are taking a picture of at that distance. This should tell you that you are about 10 inches from the Lens and should be in focus.  Once you have extended the tape and know your distance you can let the rubber grasp go and it will automatically rewind back into the Lens.

I would suggest having the camera on a tripod or on a steady surface so that you don’t lose your place, otherwise your picture may come out blurry due to both placement and movement of the camera itself.

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

Spectra / Image Close-Up Lens

The close-up lens can then easily be taken off again by pulling on the bottom tab and lifting it away from the camera.  Below are some examples of the some of the Polaroids I was able to take using the lens.

Typewriter with overexposure

Typewriter with overexposure

Books!

Books!

Flowers from my Sweetie!

Flowers from my Sweetie!

 I personally love the lens and its ability to give the Spectra a chance to take more interesting shots that you otherwise wouldn’t have. If you need more information I have also uploaded the manual. Please feel free to take a review of it at the below link.

Image / Spectra Close-Up Lens

 

Treasury Time – In a Men’s World

Check out this treasury curated by fiona zakka on Etsy.  It features one of my vintage cameras called The Colorpack II which takes pack film and produces amazing pictures. You can find it for sale here.

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Julep – February Boho Glam Maven Box Review

Last week I received my Julep box, and I was very excited about all of it’s latest goodies. I actually love the colors as well as the “extras”. Julep Maven is a monthly subscription box that cost $20 per month. Each month you receive a goodie box of Julep products that consist of 2 nail polishes plus another item that can either be another nail polish or a beauty item such a a lotion or mascara.  The items are promised to be a value of $40 or more. The items that are sent to you are based on a quiz that you take that makes you out to be one of four categories.  You are sent an email the 20th of each month that gives you a preview of what is coming next month and  you have between the 24-27th to change what you would like to another of the categories, send it to a friend or simply cancel that month. On top of the subscription you receive 20% off all of their items and free shipping for being a member and every month you can have add on’s to your box for a low as $5.

This month they sent 2 nail colors, a nail treatment, a special top coat, an eye lash curler and some heart shaped chocolates!

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February Julep Boho Glam Box

The colors that were featured in the Boho Glam box were Julianne, which was a blue grey color, and Ingrid, a burnt orange color. Both are lovely, though I will likely used the Ingrid in the fall more than any other season.

Value: $14 each

Julianne and Ingrid Nail Colors

Julianne and Ingrid Nail Colors

There was also a Oxygen Nail Treatment bottle which is said to be complete nail care and make-up all in one bottle. Made with a patented Hexanal formulation, nails are restructured to a stronger, thicker, and smoother condition in just one stroke. I have yet to try it, so I am not sure how well it works. Also included as a bonus is Julep’s new Freedom Polymer Top Coat. It is suppose to leave a gel like look, but cures in natural light and in about 5 minutes. I recently used it with my latest manicure and it is actually lasting much longer!

Value: $18 each

Oxygen Nail Treatment and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Oxygen Nail Treatment and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

The last item is a bonus beauty item of a small cute eyelash curler with some tips on how to use it. Perfect to just throw into your purse or makeup bag on the go. It is made out of plastic and easy to use. I tried it and it works well similar to regular metal eyelash curlers.

Value: $5

Eyelash Curler from Julep

Eyelash Curler

Eyelash Curler

Overall I was very happy with this box. The colors were nice and the treatment and top coat were excellent. The eyelash curler was also a nice extra. The box was well worth more than the $20 spent.

Below is my first use of the Julianne nail color with the Freedom Polymer Top coat. The color is nice for the season and easily goes with many of my outfits. The top coat gives it a nice shine and I have lasted a full 3 days without having it chip.

Julep's Julianne Nail Varnish

Julep’s Julianne Nail Varnish

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The Polaroid Wall

Polaroid Wall

Since I first started working with Polaroids and their films I have been collecting a large amount of Polaroid pictures.  They consist of everyday items around my apartment if I am doing work late at night and have no other items to really take pictures of at 1 am, as well as some nice ones of friends, family and scenic views in different locations. They were starting to pile up in a small silver box that I especially bought for them, but they soon where over flowing and I couldn’t shut it properly. I finally decided that I had enough good ones to start a Polaroid Wall.

My first start was a trial and error in location and trying to find the right adhesive to use to keep the Polaroids in place. Below you can see one of my failed attempts taken with a Polaroid camera. So basically a Polaroid of Polaroids, pretty awesome, minus the fact that half of them had fallen off.

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Winter Storm Nemo in Boston

Just wanted to give a little insight into the Winter Blizzard that came through the North East this weekend. I got off of work early and hunkered down with my boyfriend to watch movies and possibly read books if our power went out.  We had plenty of water, crackers, cheese and alcohol. Perfect for long stays at home 🙂

It wasn’t until Saturday afternoon that we decided to venture outside the house and see the outcome of the storm. Needless to say, our street had been plowed, but my car was under about a foot of snow.

The front of my apartment building where you can see the outline of my car under the snow.

The front of my apartment building where you can see the outline of my car under the snow.

We then continued on into the streets with several cameras in tow, two of them being lomography cameras and another manual film camera. I am going to have the film developed soon and will post them up when they are available. Anyways I also took several photos with my trusty iPhone so that is what you see here.

Several Shots of Boston after Storm Nemo

Several Shots of Boston after Storm Nemo

We picked our way from the South End into Copley Sq., watching people having to walk through the streets since many of the sidewalks were still covered in snow. There had also been a driving ban on Friday night, so not many cars were out.  Some people had even resorted to traveling with cross country skis or snow shoes in areas that were still thick with snow.

An unplowed street in the South End

An unplowed street in the South End

 Well I hope that everyone faired as well as we did, and hope you are equally disappointed as I am to have to come back to work on Monday.

Polyvore : Lomography Wish List

I see tons of Polyvore collages all the time, and I just wanted to get into a little bit of the action. Instead of a super fashion spread, I just made a small collection of some of the items I most covet from Lomography. These are both out of pure want as some need. Maybe one day I can posses all of these wonderful items, but for now I can just make collages and lust…

 

 

Lomography Wish List