11.25.2014

Trying to choose the best family camera

With a cute baby around I always seem to have a full i-phone. I take way too many photos.

As I look at my photos, I wish they were of better quality. My husband has an old SLR camera but it is so big and heavy I'm looking for something lighter to carry around to capture all those cute moments.

The things that are important to me are:

  • Quality
  • Size and weight
  • Price
  • Usability - I'm not exactly a pro


Here are the front runners, I'm totally open to any advice you may have!

Nikon D3300
$499

This is a budget friendly option, with a whopping 24 megapixels it may be small but it is mighty.



Pros: Only 14.6 ounces,
Cons: Does not have a touch screen, screen does not flip out or rotate (no selfies), limited touch noise control

Canon EOS Rebel
$600

I really like the look and feel of this camera, it is a beginner camera with a professional feel. 



Pros: Solid build, good battery life, high-def movie capture.
Cons: No sensor cleaning function, no spot metering, weak flash for an SLR


Pentax K-50
$592

I may have looked into this one because you can pick it in different colours. I wouldn't love to have a pink camera!  




Pros: Weather-sealed body that is unique to its price class, nice viewfinder, comes in different colours (this is a plus for me, ok?)
Cons: Image quality and performance doesn't match its competitors, shutter and lens makes a lot of noise

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1
$750

Who doesn't want a retro looking camera? The small size of this one appeals to me, I have so much in my purse at the moment, adding a camera could send it over the edge. 

Pros: Has Wi-Fi built into it, full HD recording, small size
Cons: On the pricier end, short battery life

Canon EOS 70D
$1050

This is a mid-level camera, but it is so fancy looking, I had to include it.



Pros: Auto focus, tilt-angle touch screen, great image quality
Cons: Expensive for a first camera, doesn't offer 100% field of view

So there are my top three! I am open to suggestions, if you have any, please leave below in the comments section.

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11.21.2014

Friday Love List

"Do what you have to do until you can do what you want to do," 
- Oprah

How are there only 33 days until Christmas? Seriously - scary right? I have purchased one gift, only one. Panic has indued and clearly I need to get moving but in the meantime let me show you all the pretty things I've been procrastinating over this week. Procrastinate along with me why don't you!
  • I love the "Discovered" page on the J.Crew website. It's how I came across the talented John Derian:
Photo by John Derian
  • If you are a fellow Edmontonian, be sure to check out "All is Bright on 124th" this Saturday! It's definitely going to be one for the books.  
Photo by Jennifer Flannigan
  • These match stacks are an interesting take on the memory game. I want them for Harrison! 
Photo by Tree Hopper Toys

Photo by Badkamer Inspiratie

11.18.2014

Designing Women - Lane from Pura Botanicals


Today on our Designing Women series we are spotlighting Lane Edwards, the founder of Pura Botanicals. 

I can honestly say this line is amazing. I start and end my day with Pura. There is something about the beautiful natural aromas that make me stop and take a moment. Really, I actually take a moment.

Our long cold winters play havoc with my sensitive skin, coupled with a stressful lifestyle my skin has not been thanking me. But when I started using Pura my skin breathed a sigh of relief. 

Without further ado, let's chat with the lady behind the wonder: 

Welcome, Lane! Thanks for chatting with us. Can you start us off by telling us a little bit about yourself?

Thank you! I'm the Founder of Pura Botanicals. Our aromatic potions and conscious beauty care is handcrafted right here in Edmonton. Its created to elevate your sense of well being and connection to all things earthly and beautiful. I'm also a mama-bird to three littles all under the age of five. The
juggle keeps me passionate and on my toes. I pour my whole heart into everything I do, so life is pretty intense at the moment. 

How did you come up with the idea to start Pura Botanicals?


I think the seed was planted many moons ago. As a child, I loved concocting potions, and instead of lemonade stands, I held space science centre stands and sold Saturn Juice and Venus Bars- of course made out of mud, rocks and grass. I travelled through Europe after high-school and spent time at Fragonard, a famous French perfumery on the coast of France. Years later, I lived in Australia and studied their native bush flower essences and aromatherapy. When I was expecting my first baby, I became ultra sensitive to my self-care and beauty products. I couldn't stomach anything synthetic or made with toxic chemical based ingredients. 
The desire grew to create Pura because I was interested in the therapeutic benefits of essential oils and all-natural ingredients. I wanted to create an eco-friendly brand urban naturalists could really trust and feel good about using. 

Was holistic living something you have always been interested in?

Absolutely. I grew up in a home where healthy food and self-care rituals were our medicine. In my early twenties, I became a yoga teacher because I deeply value the mind, body & spirit connection. I'm so grateful for the wisdom I've collected over the years, it keeps me grounded and creative. 



If you could tell our readers one thing they might not know about the industry, what would it be?

Even though a self-care product says its 'all-natural', make sure you are aware of all of the ingredients. Many all-natural companies still use parabens, sulphates and preservatives. Its definitely not black or white.

What were you doing before starting Pura Botanicals?

I met my husband while working in Grand Cayman in my very early 20's. We travelled for awhile before coming home and receiving a degree in professional writing and corporate branding. While going to university, I taught yoga, and worked for lululemon. After my degree, we moved to Sydney, Australia to help lululemon brand into Australia. I guess I'm kind of a travel nut. I have such a fascination and respect for different cultures and being a bit nomadic is just in my blood. Its so good for the soul. 

What is your favourite product from the line? Why?

That's a really hard question! I truly love them all and for different reasons. They all serve a purpose in my self-care rituals. But, if I had to choose just one... personally, I love Sweet Face. Our daily moisturizer with Vanilla, Clementine & Chamomile is so soothing and hydrating. Its delicate, fresh aroma reminds me of the clementine orchards I visited in Italy in the summer. My skin feels so soft and dewy every time I slather it on. I love our botanical perfume mists too- I use them several times a day. Department store perfumes nauseate me. Pura mists are like a reset button for me, especially because I know all of the aromatherapy benefits. My kids love them too. psssst. we'll be launching our Pura organic baby line in the New Year. Its going to be incredible. 



What are some tips you could give us so we can start living more eco-friendly lives?

I love that city dwellers are growing their own gardens in their backyards to eat fresh and organic. I also support companies like Spud, that'll deliver fresh produce and eco-friendly brands right to your door. The markets in Edmonton are incredible. We really try not to even shop at the grocery store in the spring, summer or fall. We love supporting local farmers and artisans. We've taught our kids to be kind of crazy about recycling, and my five-year-old daughter always comes home from a walk with a pile of littered garbage she's picked up. I'm really conscious about all of the products I use in my home, from toothpaste to window cleaner. I boil vinegar to clean the air, and Pura always makes everything smell so fresh and natural. Its the little things that add up. I'm always aspiring to do more. I don't like being wasteful, so the less packaging, the more pure, the better.

In your opinion, what makes Edmonton such a great place to be a business woman?

Edmonton is rich with forward-thinking women with vision and drive. I love being a part of the supportive network of female entrepreneurs that are building sustainable, inspiring businesses. There are plenty of opportunities to collaborate with one another to elevate and further our ventures. Its a fervent, innovative time in Edmonton. Our city stands behind people who work hard and create something that elevates the collective well-being of Edmontonians. 



If you could give business women one piece of advice, what would it be? 

Go with your gut. All of the decisions I make for Pura are driven by first, my intuition, and second, by my personal experience and knowledge. I don't cut corners, its too competitive and out of integrity to do anything mediocre. If I can't do something 100%, I make sure I source someone who can. Stay at it- don't loose momentum. You have to be disciplined and that's hard when life gets busy, but when you're in the flow, keep going. Your business needs you.



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