week seven in madison

This week in Madison was really lovely. Even though there was another snowstorm, there is a kiss of spring in the air that is so tantalizing.

As I've mentioned before, I've been working on my 30 Days of Filming project after finally learning how to use the video setting on my camera. Now that the month is drawing to a close, I'm trying to squeeze in as many snippets of a month in Madison as I can. For this reason, I've been filming more than photographing, and many of the images from today's post are actually film stills instead of photos.

Only seven weeks in, and we already have a handful of favourite places to drink and dine. Mickey's Tavern, is a cozy spot for a beer and a snack. At only a few minutes from our door, it's the perfect place to go when we just need to get away from our work.

A few packages arrived this week, and among them was this little selection of Scotch Naturals polish from SOOP SOOP. I love this polish, first and foremost, because it's non-toxic. I'm also charmed by the selection of colours (and cheeky names). When paired with the base and top coat, it has great staying power. I've had "Neat" on for five days so far and there's not a chip in sight.

When it's time to go out and film my clips each day, I find it hard not to walk a few steps to the lake and film the birds, especially at sunset. I've never lived beside a lake (and river) before, so it's still pretty novel to see all the wildlife at play right outside my window. Brian is now encouraging me to kick off a new youtube "duckumentary" series.

Over the weekend, we visited Madison's botanical gardens, and spent some time in the conservatory. Soaking up the heat and humidity did wonders for my spirits. It's was like a tiny tropical vacation, and only a five minute drive from our place. How did I not think of this before? If you need me on the weekend from now until April, just roll down to the Olbrich Gardens and you'll find me curled up by the orchid aerie.

 We went back to Sardine for another amazing dinner. I am so happy this place exists.

Two more things: remember last week when I told you about my photography wish list? Well, one of the items arrived via my fairy godfather (as I'm calling him), a friend of mine whose company received a few copies of the presets as promos. I am now the proud owner of a Lightroom 4 VSCO Film Pack

In an upcoming post, I'll show some examples of how these presets work, but for today, here's an example of the Fuji Superia 800 preset, and a sneak peek of a series of makeup tests that I am trying to get up the courage to share with you.