I can be a little bit of a geek sometimes. It's true - whilst I may be terribly confused by some aspects of the tech industry and still get headaches from HTML, I'm the go-to girl in our office for solving minor IT problems and I can natter about photography until the cows come home (quite literally - my hometown is a farming village and they used to walk the cows past our house every morning and evening... but I digress).
A quick sweep of our flat reveals an alarming number of gadgets and gizmos (aplenty, I got whosits and whatsits galore...) and I am often found waxing lyrical about my iPhone, so let's have a sit down and chat about our favourite tech bits!
This was such an impulse purchase - as in, we literally went to buy some chocolate and ended up coming home with a laptop. In all fairness, we were in need of one (my old laptop needs to be plugged in to the modem, a keyboard and the charger at all times, so it's essentially a desktop...) and as we were shopping in Luxembourg the exchange rate meant we'd be saving about £150. It's such a luxury to be able to blog and watch Netflix in bed again, you cannot believe...not to mention having a working keyboard, albeit a French one!
I saved for months to get my Canon 1100d and eventually splurged in duty free! I've since added two prime lenses to my collection and I've become one of those people who trawls photography blogs for more advice and new releases! I've still got so much to learn but my camera is one of my most precious possessions, for sure!
External hard drive
Following on from the above... I take a lot of photos these days, and with such a dodgy old laptop I'm forever backing them up! This external hard drive is a lifesaver - it holds so much, I've not even used a tiny percentage of it yet! A must have for anyone with heaps of data like me.
I can't be the only person who abandons Apple earphones as soon as I receive them, keeping them only as a camera remote. Right? I much prefer little earbuds so I don't have to share yet another rendition of Let It Go with everyone on my commute (er, I mean, I don't listen to Disney music on my commute). These owl and flower earphones from Hawkin's Bazaar are just adorable and the beautiful bright colours instantly put me in a good mood! The sound quality is great too, and best of all, no one else can hear my morning playlist (there is literally nothing more uplifting than I'll Make A Man Out Of You, is there?)
My first selfie stick experience resulted in my mum's brand new iPhone 6 taking a nosedive next to the Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge ... thankfully this is a much sturdier contraption! It arrived just in time for a trip to the Harry Potter Studio Tour and my friends and I found it such a lifesaver for getting our must-have group selfies! It's a long way off yet (4 months and counting) but this is also going to be perfect for our honeymoon selfies as we mooch around Disney. I also think it would make the perfect gift, I'll probably be buying my mum one to replace the one that died in Cambridge... you can find them in the gadgets for men/women section on Hawkin's Bazaar!
Yep, I have to be surgically separated from my phone these days... I use Whatsapp, Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram constantly - such a social media addict! It just does everything I need it to - YouTube, music, all sorts... I did a run through of my favourite apps last summer if you fancy taking a look!I also find it super handy for jotting down blog ideas and posts on the go, although I prefer to do all my final edits on the laptop.
Ours is the oldest iPad version, kindly passed on by Jon's mum when she upgraded. Although annoyingly a lot of apps have made it impossible to use them on old iOs systems, YouTube still works perfectly so I use the iPad to watch all my videos! It's great for lounging in bed and catching up on vlogs, or propping against the wall for my yoga workouts. I've also recently developed an obsession with Outlander (anyone with me??) so have been loving the fact I can sit and watch episodes using the Amazon Prime video service.
ghd Eclipse stylers
Could I complete a gadget post without mentioning my favourite electrical item of the moment? Of course not! These ghds have revolutionised my hair straightening routine - it stays straight for longer, meaning I use less heat, meaning my hair is in a much better condition. I've been using ghds for years but these knock the original styler out of the park! I'll do a full review soon!
What are the gadgets you can't live without? Let me know in the comments!
** this post was written in collaboration with Hawkin's Bazaar and contains gifted items, marked with an asterisk **