Monday, 9 April 2018


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When Photowall reached out to collaborate with me, offering to send me a canvas print in return for an honest review, I knew I had to opt for one of my shots of the New York skyline. I wanted a reminder of the city, something that I'd see that would prompt me to think of the city that meant so much to me and even changed me. So I thought I'd take some time to reminisce, before I get stuck into the review.

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Only in New York...

Any time, any day, you can always find something to do...
Including Christmas Day! I'll never forget the December 25th I spent in Queens eating a roast dinner at an Irish bar with my expat buddies. It was strange to be away from home for Christmas, but I was grateful to be in a city that didn't come to a complete halt for the day.

Opportunities are everywhere.
It just comes with the territory. Since New York is a huge city with millions of people, there are going to be a lot of opportunities, especially when it comes to your career. For me, New York offered me chances to work as a photographer's assistant, production assistant, and even land my own gigs as a blogger photographer.

50 shades of matcha.
This might be a niche point, but New York is matcha-mad. At the tail end of my time there, cafés dedicated to just matcha beverages were popping up all other the place, and I was living for it. The thing is, whatever your current craving, New York probably caters to it. My poison was matcha, for others it's fancy iced coffees, or poké bowls, or vegan fast food, or... You get the idea. There's every type of food, drink, and unicorn milkshake floats (because, let's be honest, that doesn't quite fit into the first two categories).

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My New York City Canvas Print

Now I've gushed about my old home, it's time to chat about how I'm keeping it close with my new print. As I stated in the introduction, I got this through Photowall. Photowall is an online store where you can choose wall prints or canvas prints to brighten up your space. On their site you'll find hundreds of designs to choose from, or you can upload your own image, which is what I opted to do!

I found the process of uploading my image and choosing my canvas super simple. Select the "canvas print using your own image" option and follow five steps to tweak the canvas style. I chose the 40cm x 40cm size and had my image running all the way over the edge (meaning that there would be no white or black border along the canvas edge). Easy.

Now, when my canvas arrived, I must admit that I was a little overwhelmed. It's a do-it-yourself job. The frame and material of the canvas is separate at first - was up to me to put it together! As you can see from the image above, I was provided with the screws that I needed to hold the frame and material together. After a few moments of head scratching and staring at the instructions, I got to work and built the canvas without so much as a hiccup.

My main concern with securing the canvas myself was that it would be wonky or unstable, but I am happy to report that it is neither! In fact, it is super sturdy, much more than other canvases I've had in the past. I've never had a canvas with such thick wooden frames, and it really makes a difference, it's great quality.

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All in all, I'm thrilled with it! It's a beautiful touch to what was quite a bare room. Since I'm living in a rented apartment, I couldn't make a hole in the wall for a nail, but luckily this didn't matter because it looks good simply resting on the wall on top of my bookshelf. Plus, it's opposite my bed, so every time I wake up I'm reminded of my favourite city.

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That's all for today, follow me on Instagram for more chats and pretty photography, and I'll be back here with a new post soon!

Disclaimer: I was gifted this product in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Thanks for reading!

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