Through My Lens : On Instagram

Flower Blossom, Sakura

These are still photos of life recently but I changed the title since they're now a selection that first appeared on my Instagram stream. Actually my Instagram feed is pretty much just an extended version of these posts as pointed out to me by a friend. I'm @rolalaloves and you can find me here. We're finally seeing some signs of spring in NYC as one of the trees in the garden downstairs started blooming this week and it's so pretty!

Snow in NYC
This was the tree next to the one that just bloomed, covered in snow a month ago. 
New York City Skyline
This view uptown of the the Empire State Building is one that I will never tire of.
New York City
Walking through midtown Manhattan is always interesting and on one morning, a mysterious fog was wafting through the air creating a really cool atmosphere.
Portable Charger
This Linkon power stick is a new addition and such a great way to charge my phone on the go.
Forever 21 Pouch
Yes I do actually purchase items from the wish lists I post. This pouch is as cute as I thought it would be and I've included one in my Spring beauty giveaway which you can enter here. I tried a sample of the Sunday Riley Good Genes and liked it enough that I purchased the full size. I will post a review of this product soon.
Dim sum delivery, Jing Fong Dim sum
We use online food delivery service Seamless whenever I don't feel like cooking and recently discovered that we could get dim sum delivered to us which is all kinds of awesome since it means that we don't have to wait on line with the crowds. It's not quite the same experience as ordering these dishes off carts that are pushed around but I could get used to this. Everything was still warm when we got it but we also don't live too far from Chinatown.
Japanese vegetable stir fried udon
We eat vegetarian a few nights every week and yasai yaki udon (Japanese vegetable stir fried udon) is a dish currently in rotation. I've been asked for a recipe for this and I'll try to put one together.
I've been in need of a hair cut and it's almost like my hair knows because it always seems to start behaving better. I took this pic a few days before the chop. This is probably the closest I'll get to posting a selfie on Instagram by the way. I also don't post blurry photos of food or food that looks like throw up. Seriously, I had to unfollow someone for posting pukey looking food pics. No one wants to see that.
Ranunculus Flower, Floral Beauty
A shot that didn't make it into my ranunculus study. I can be a very discriminating editor when it comes to my own photos but I think I do quite like this one. This was shot on my iPhone and minimally processed - the only thing I did to it was darken up the black background. I've been using my phone camera more lately as I do believe that good lighting and composition are more important in creating a striking image than the camera itself.


Unknown said...

I adore your flower shots so much detail!

Anonymous said...

Yay for eating vegetarian every once in a while! That dish looks great :-) I also loved the snap of the snow-covered tree. I just realized I wasn't following you on IG yet but I will now.

Stanislava E. said...

I've seen these photos on your IG profile and I must say I love when you post photos of the city, food and blooming trees! Recently I realized that the weather over there is the same as here. I am a little bit disappointed that it's snowing in April this year. I agree that sometimes you can take a really good photo with your phone, just like the last one in this post. Have a good week ahead, Rowena! xo

Melissa said...

Wow, your photos are really pretty! Loving the details. The food also looks really delicious, haha!


Elle Sees said...

lovely pictures and such a variety of subjects

Lena L said...

Love having you on Instagram, Rowena!
Hope you had a great Easter Sunday and wish you a beautiful week ahead. :)

Shireen L. Platt said...

Your pictures are stunning, Rowena, I love what you can do with an iPhone camera. LOL @ your selfie! I know how you feel, I hate posting one for myself too. Hope you had a great weekend! xx

Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

Jackie Harrison said...

Beautiful photos great job doll.

JeannLiew | Luminnej said...

Hi Rowena,

Gorgeous gorgeous pics! yaay, finally, spring is arriving over there, been trying to see when the flowers will bloom at where you are *_^

OOooooh I love that fog tinted NYC pic. Really nice!! Of course, the rest too. That charger of yours looks sleek. I have something like that myself but more plain looking, heehee.

Hmmm, your dim sum order looks quite delicious and convenient. I always have days that I don't feel like cooking, oppss!!

Hope you will enjoy your warmer weather there and yay! you are finally on IG. Welcome on board the fun ride. I am somewhat addicted to IG! Okay, not somewhat, I am addicted. So much talent and beautiful things to see there.

Have a great week ahead, my friend.

Big hugs,

Ivana Split said...

I do like the last photograph...too bad it didn't make the cut. I think we're often our own hardest editor. Such a wonderful selection of imahes, I really like all them all...the food looks yummy (and I don't understand why someone would post bad looking food either and I can understand how that can make you unfollow someone)...and speaking about food, today at the Chinese restaurant here in Split, I tried duck for the first time...I can't believe it took me that long to try it:)

The photo that especially got my attention is the one with the really does look mysterious...and the one with the snow is so beautiful!

Beauty Editer said...

Very lovely! Great post.


Tales of Whimsy said...

Fun shirt. Gorgeous flowers. I love your photo posts.

Emmylou said...

That last shot is just beautiful, Rowena. Even your "rejects" are awesome! :D And so jealous that your view is always amazing. I can't believe I've never been to NYC...sigh....

Unknown said...

Super cute!! Have a nice day, dear!!

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Csenge said...

Marvelous photographs! Love your blog, it's absolutely amazing <3

Kisses from Hungary xo

Unknown said...

Lovely post! :))

Leslie said...

Hi Rowena, such great photos! A little bit of everything:) happy Monday to you!

Margaret Dallospedale said...

Hi Rowena, your Instagram account is beautiful. Lovely pics. Kisses
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Paola Lauretano said...

Lovely pics, cool details Rowena!!!
Kisses, Paola.


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Stella said...

Didn't know you were on Instagram, just followed you!
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Sunstreetbymonica said...

You have an eye for photography Rowena! Your photos are always so impressive!:)

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

great images. you definitely have an eye! =)

senka said...

Beautiful photos....!
Would you like to follow each other? Let me know.
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Kelsey&Kenecha said...

So beautiful! I am loving all these shots xx Great job!


Madaline said...

I love that you have the branch snow covered and flowering. It always amazes me how quickly the weather can turn in NYC!

ALLIE NYC said...

Oh that is amazing you took all of these with your phone and thanks for the heads up on the power stick. I was just doing a bunch of research today on the iPhone 6 what carrier to go with as VM is no longer carrying the iphone.


Gabrielle said...

Your photo of Manhattan is really very special and I adore your simple grey tee! Have a wonderful week ahead, Rowena :)

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Rebeca Muñoz López said...

Great picture, follow you now in IG too!

Beauty said...

Very beautiful pictures; Happy Monday.
I'll be joining you on Instagram..

Unknown said...

Wow, beautiful photos! You captured NYC so beautifully! I really love the photo with the is amazing!

My Garden Diaries said...

You are incredible with the camera my friend! I so wish you lived closer....I would have you over to take pictures of my garden!!! And yes those city shots are raw and awesome!!! Nothing cooler than New York...though Chicago is up there too! Wishing you an inspiring week lady!! Nicole xoxo

Anonymous said...

The stir fry looks yum and I love seeing NY pics! Wish I could go back there again soon...

A Very Sweet Blog said...

i'm so glad you're on instagram Rowena! Online food delivery services are so addictive! it definitely spoils you. they go to your favorite restaurant and bring it back to you. i loved it! that tee is awesome on you.

The Dragonfruit said...

Waaaa, so many pretty photos! I'm definitely checking out your Instagram :)

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The Dainty Dolls House said...

These are wonderful pictures, love the flowers, so beautiful!! And I'm happy you got those from your wish list, they are so cute :))) Happy week to you doll xx

The Equinox Fashion by Paweerata said...

These photos are very beautiful!

Lenya said...

Gorgeous photos Rowena. So stunning beautiful.

BEAUTYEDITER.COM – Beauty Blog said...

Lovely! Thank you for sharing this to us. Hope you have an awesome Wednesday!

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Marcela Gmd said...

Beautiful photos and post, dear friend!!!
I still have problems with Bloglovin ... I can not see my heart ....I not know how to fix it :((
Have a good week!!! my g+ for you!!!
Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Stephanie Loudmouth said...

Beautiful nature shots... and I need to try that phone charger! Sounds so useful.


Love how aesthetic they're! Beautiful impressions! And I don't like some food instas as well! Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, Rowena!



Following you on facebook, twitter and bloglovin btw! ;)

Nnenna said...

I'm so glad we're finally seeing some signs of spring! That ranunculus is so pretty and I love the little oo la la pouch that you purchased.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Beautiful pictures! The skyline view is one I could get used to :)

buffalo journeys said...

Beautiful photos! I love the photos of the city, something that we don't get much of around here. My son loves tall buildings; he can't get enough of it :)
So cool that you can get dim sum delivered. I love dim sum, but the long lines have kept me away from time to time. I'd order it in a heartbeat if that's available around here.

Effortlesslady said...

Stunning photos!!

Sybil said...

always beautiful!! :D

Have a great day!
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oomph. said...

loved the tee when i saw it on IG! love your feed :)

Jane said...

that last photo is gorgeous! and who would post photos of pukey looking food? i don't get it! eep!

little luxury list said...

That yasai yak udon looks awesome! haha and I also hate blurry or unattractive pictures. Why?!!

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MaysaAndSunshine said...

The collection of photos on your blog and Instagram are stunning. I am just glad you joined it.

Maria at inredningsvis said...

Beautiful insta pics dear:) i hope you had a great week so far

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Have a FAB weekend dear

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Diva In Me said...

The last picture is a beautiful picture. I agree with you that with good lighting, object in the picture or the picture itself will turn out really beautiful.

Jenmarie said...

The photograph of the fog is an amazing capture! And I love the selfie photo you took ;)