Go Wildly & Slow: August Giveaway

Ok, so July disappeared without me having even the slightest chance to sort out my giveaway. That mixed with the fact this special product came from France and took some time to land on my doorstep so I could faff around taking pretty pictures!

But I'm happy to let you all know that the wonderful Danielle from The Nomad Society has given me this brilliant Last Light candle for one lucky Instagrammer this month.

This candle smells subtly sweet and entirely delicious. The perfect scent for an evening bath to relax after a day of walking in the wild. 

The Nomad Society

All of The Nomad Society's soy wax candles are hand poured in small batched is France. And the soy wax comes from 100% sustainable sources! Gota Love a good sustainable producer. Danielle also makes home fragrances.

I love The Nomad Society's story, it's simple but enticing it says that they are "The destination for those who roam" and describes their candles as "talismans from days spent in the water and nights under the stars." 

Doesn't that just make you want to surround yourself with their candles?

I feel like The Nomad Society fits perfectly with the theme of Go Wildly & Slow, the scents and spirit of Danielle's candles are all about the desire to get out and travel but with full knowledge that sometimes the best adventures happen slowly.

It's about embracing a nomadic lifestyle.

These are candles for the roamers and wanderers.

The people who find home in their surroundings wherever that might be.

The Nomad Society

I hope you'll get involved in this month's giveaway.

To get involved all you have to do is tag your adventures on Instagram with #gowildlyandslow and make sure you're following me and @the_nomad_society.

If you need some inspiration check out the Go Wildly & Slow page here or on Instagram

I can't wait to see the wonderful adventures you'll be going out and capturing throughout August.

Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate Photo Story

I recently spent the afternoon at The Alexandra & Ainsworth Estate in north London helping out and taking behind the scenes photos for a music video Nikolai has been working on for my dear friend Tawiah (I'll share it when it's ready, it's pretty amazing). 

I took the opportunity to have a little walk around the estate. Have you heard of it before? It's a pretty iconic piece of architecture and you probably know it from music videos and iconic photographs. 

Like the Barbican Conservatory I had always seen pictures of it but never really known where it was or how to get there.

alexandra & ainsworth estate

The Architecture lives up to the hype. It is the perfect representation of the ugly beautiful modernist architecture that was so popular in the 60s & 70s.

The structures are a little crazy and you wouldn't expect them to feel so beautiful but somehow they are whilst also being really imposing. I can't imagine how it feels to live there. Wouldn't you love to see inside some of the flats?

I feel like the community must be really interesting too. Most of the flats are still council housing but the privately owned ones are highly sought after by people who want to live in these iconic buildings.  I'm sure it makes for a mix typical of London's diverse population. 

All the way along the Rowley Way blocks there are these planters featuring brilliantly curated flowers. Slightly wild, and fantastically juxtaposed against the harsh reinforced concrete. The evening I was there the light was great, the overcast sky created a soft box of dappled even lighting. A photographer's dream lighting basically.

A lot of the time I find living in London pretty difficult. The fast pace, the pressure, the financial strain but finding spots like this and taking the time to walk around and appreciate some of London's unique beauty makes it a little easier to handle.

I'm also really grateful that I now work part-time so I can afford to use my free days to focus on some of my creative pursuits, like my photography, without feeling pressured to be "productive". That is a privilege I don't take for granted. 

Do you know any other hidden spots in London that are perfect for this kind of exploring? I know of a few spots out of London I'd like to visit, one that I've been meaning to go to for a while is Dungeness beach in Kent. Have you been?

Any suggestions? Leave them in the comments or share them on Instagram with me.

Go Wildly & Slow: June Winner

I had the loveliest time looking through the Go Wildly & Slow feed all through June and seeing all the lovely posts people have been sharing (take a scroll through yourself). There have been so many days out in the sun and trips to the seaside. So many seaside trips! I've been watching mostly from my flat in South East London both delighted and a little jealous.

It was super hard to pick someone to send the Refined Bohemia necklace to but I'm really happy to announce the lucky Instagrammer is Rachael from @ourbeautiful_adventure with this incredible shot of her daughter jumping in the sea. She takes such wonderful photos and she is all around lovely. I'm so glad I found her through #gowildlyandslow and happy that she is part of my widening Instagram community. Go check her out and give her some love, it's well deserved. 


 A Few Favourites 

To be honest, I was a bit overwhelmed and out of my depth hosting my first ever giveaway but it was so lovely to get such a positive response and so many beautiful posts submitted. It also felt like a lovely way to battle the Instagram blues I've been feeling lately (damn you stupid algorithm), it has helped to inspire me and give me a reason to engage with new wonderful creative accounts out there.

I hope it has done the same for you. The whole point of Go Wildly & Slow is to motivate and inspire. 

Here are a few of my favourite posts from the month. Go check them out, all their feeds are full of gold dust. 

July's Go wildly & Slow

I have an exciting giveaway planned for July but its a little delayed as its coming from France but as soon as it arrives safely in my hands I'll pop it on instagram and let you all know what it is. 

Thank you so much to Jessi from Refined Bohemia for collaborating with me on this first giveaway!

And Rachael I hope you enjoy your necklace.

N x


Slow Sunday at The Barbican Conservatory

Did you know that hidden on the third floor of The Barbican there is the most magical conservatory?

I've seen photos from this magical place over the years but I never really knew where it was in the maze-like structure that is The Barbican. At some point I actually just thought it was a myth. When I finally figured it out, I also found out it was only open to the public on Sundays and Bank Holidays. 

My usual Sunday routine includes doing housework and spending most of the day at church so I've never really taken the time to go to the conservatory, so very foolish of me. But, one of my besties is soon leaving the country to go study in Australia and we had been talking about visiting for months. So, two weeks back, we finally took a Sunday off and spent a bittersweet afternoon at the conservatory catching up and taking the time to be together for one of the last times before she leaps into her new adventure on the other side of the world.

Turns out the Barbican conservatory is the perfect setting for an afternoon of strolling around, chatting and making memories with your dearest.

With more that 2,000 species of tropical plants and trees, the conservatory is a visual delight. There is an inspirational collection of cacti and succulents, beautiful bamboo 20 feet tall and, plants and trees I've never seen before.

We spent time sitting amongst the trees marvelling at the strange contrast between the wonderful plants and the harsh brutalist architecture they are set in. It's a contrast that shouldn't work in theory but in practice is perfect.

I have a soft spot for brutalist architecture and The Barbican is one of my favourite iconic London buildings. I also spent a fair bit of my childhood there at music concerts with my parents, it holds a special place in my heart. Little did I know it housed this beautiful conservatory, the second largest in London.

Do you know where the largest one is? (Note to self: google that when I'm done here)

This has quickly become my new favourite spot in London and I will not stop talking abut it with everyone I meet.

Which has made it clear to me that I wasn't the only one who didn't know about it. So many people I've spoken to had no idea it existed. 

If you've never been I suggest you make plans to check it out one Sunday soon. 

(Before you do, check the website because sometimes they have funny closing times)


Let me know if you make a trip and tag your Instagram posts #gowildlyandslow so I can see all your photos! 

Happy adventuring!

N x

Go Wildly & Slow: June Giveaway

go wildly and slow giveaway
refined bohemia giveaway
refined bohemia giveaway

I started the #GoWildlyAndSlow tag a few months ago as a way to document my adventures, travels and walks in the outdoors. I've loved having this theme to help give me a focus for my photography and make space for documenting the time I spend outdoors. It started as a small personal project that came from a desire to explore the idea of slower, thoughtful adventures.

Then much to my excitement the # got picked up by Sara Tasker and she featured it in her monthly hashtag newsletter. It has since become a really beautiful and inspiring pocket of the Instagram community. It's so wonderful to see people pick up the idea of capturing their slow adventures. Its so lovely to see that other people got joy from capturing and exploring the slower side of wild adventures.

If you spend time looking through Instagram # feeds you'll see that most outdoor photography on Instagram is all about the extreme and magnificent. It's always beautiful but also pretty unachievable in your everyday life. I felt like there wasn't much space for the slower paced, smaller more achievable outdoor adventures. The everyday walks in the park, the slow wanders in the forest. I wanted to capture those moments and I feel like #gowildlyandslow has become a place for people to showcase their slow wilderness adventures. Now I spend time scrolling through the #gowildlyandslow feed looking at the beautiful things people have encountered along their walks and in their everyday and I love it. All the beautiful moments people share with their little ones, amazing scenery from all over the world, and of course so many flowers. It's such a joy to see people exploring and adventuring in a very mindful, simple, everyday way. 

(Details on how to get involved at the end of the post)
go wildly and slow giveaway

As the tag has been growing I've been thinking it would be lovely to create a way to celebrate this little corner of community that has emerged. So, I thought it would be really lovely to collaborate with people making products and brands that fit together with the story behind Go Wildly & Slow. 

A few weeks ago over on Instagram, I announced the first of what will hopefully be a fairly regular giveaway project. Together with Jessi from Refined Bohemia I am giving away a beautiful Afternoon Light necklace to my favourite Go Wildly & Slow photographer from June.

I'm sure it will be super hard to find a winner but I'll definitely enjoy going through all the photos and getting a peek into people's slow adventures 

go wildly and slow giveaway
go wildly and slow giveaway

Refined Bohemia

Based in Germany, Jessi hand makes a delightful range of jewellery for Refined Bohemia. Her pieces are all inspired by her love of the outdoors and the world around her. Past collections have been inspired by the seaside, the journey of the lone wanderer or the places we call home. She takes her lead from nature and the wilderness to make beautiful delicate pieces of jewellery.

It is such a joy to scroll through her website. It is also so very perfect for Go Wildly & Slow. 

Each piece comes thoughtfully packaged with hand stamped tags and postcards of Jessi's own photography. Each item, made with love, feels like a gift to receive and makes wearing it even more special. 

Personally, I don't wear loads of jewellery so I appreciate how simple and understated a lot of her work is. I've been wearing my Afternoon Light necklace pretty much nonstop since I got it and I'm now seriously considering getting some for my wedding jewellery as she has a great bridal range too.

Collaborating with Jessi for the first #gowildlandslow giveaway felt like a lovely match and I'm so exciting to share her work with you and send the lovely Afternoon Light necklace to my favourite post from June.

refined bohemia giveaway

Giveaway Details

If you'd like to get involved in the giveaway you still have 2 weeks. All you need to do is tag your slow outdoor adventure posts on Instagram with #gowildlyandslow and make sure you're following me and @refinedbohemia.

If you need some inspiration check out the Go Wildly & Slow page here or on Instagram

I'm really looking forward to seeing all your posts, Good luck!