Wednesday, February 22, 2012


Remember just a month ago when I resolved to be happy with what I have? That didn't last long. Shortly after writing that post I went ahead and bought myself an Olympus XA! I've been wanting a Lomo LCA for years, I even made getting one one of the 30 things to do before I turn 30 last year. A few friends online told me that this little cutie has the same feel as the LCA but can be found for significantly less. I scored mine for $35 with the flash and am so happy it's actually working! I hope to run a roll through it on my way to and from work this week. Also, note the super cute little wrist holder thingie I got at the San Francisco Lomography store on my trip last month! I want one for each of my cameras!

My wants do not stop at cameras. Here are a few things that have captured my heart lately:

- These cute shoes. And these. And these too!
- I am obsessed with these Impossible Project storage boxes.
- I love the concept behind this Gap style website/magazine thing. I also want a pair of red pants so badly!
- Cheerwine!!!! 

Well, Cheerwine always has my heart but, ya know.


Tuesday, February 21, 2012


Don't you love that Bobby D record? I do! Lots of changes in our lives! 

Firstly, I got a job at A&A Studios / The Vintage Camera Shop. A very cute entirely analog camera store in the Arts District of Oak Park! I am so happy to be geeking out over cameras and films on the clock. Christopher and I have been working for a music festival from home for the past few years so it's been an adjustment commuting to and from work, which is why I haven't been blogging much lately. It's been so nice to stop by Dunkin Donuts (do not judge me) every morning for a cup of coffee and listen to music on my way to work. Speaking of which, I need new tunes, any recommendations?!

Secondly, Christopher and I are moving soon! We are staying in Chicago but moving a little West. Right now we live right by Lake Michigan which is really cozy but we are pretty sure we've found a place, with space for a music studio for him and plenty of room for my photo stuff and there is the possibility of a DARK ROOM too! We are both so excited. We're sad to be moving a little West and not living within such close proximity to family and friends but we are very excited about the prospect of living in a two bedroom apartment as opposed to the studio we've been living in for the past four years. I can't wait to move in and start "nesting"! 

Thirdly, can you believe February is almost over? Good grief?! Where has the month gone?! Chicago is experiencing a mild Winter which makes me feel nervous. I can hardly enjoy the sunshine and warmer days because I keep waiting to be knocked down by an avalanche of snow any day now. 

I feel like I'm finally adjusting to my new schedule so hopefully I'll be in this little box, in this little corner of the internet more! PS. How do you working people come home at night and have the energy to cook dinner?! I already loathe cooking but the idea of doing it when I'm starving and tired seems even more wretched than cooking under better circumstances! 


Friday, February 3, 2012


The Impossible Project's amazing new PX70 Test film!

And the winner of The Impossible Project's Polaroid Paper Camera Kit is....Nicole! Nicole shoot me an email at me [at] azureewiitala [dot] com to claim your prize! 

I took a picture of the SX70 paper camera with The Impossible Projects new PX70 test film! It's the only shot I've taken so far but from what I've seen on Flickr this is the stuff of dreams! Take a look for yourself! I can't wait to have time this weekend to shoot more!

I can't believe Valentines Day is just around the corner! I don't like buying into commercial holidays but I do LOVE hearts so of course I fall for Valentines day every year! If you have a sweet heart you want to send a little card to, take a peek at my Polaroid Heart Cards! Each heart started off as a real deal Polaroid, scanned in and lovingly reproduced into a card! I think they're so cute they're worth framing. You can buy them individually or you can get a four pack of your choice of cards (feel free to mix and match, just message me which cards you'd like when you check out). Each card comes with a kraft envelope and with a pack of pretty heart confetti to throw in the envelope! Use the code "xohearts" for 20% off your entire order. I ship out orders daily but the 14th is creeping up on us so get your order in!

I'm going to spend my weekend scanning in film from San Francisco! What are your weekend plans?


Thursday, February 2, 2012


Blog! I've missed you! As you may already know I went on a small jaunt to San Francisco to hang out with one of my best friends and partner in crime over at Ours Et Lapin, Mel! We drank delicious coffees, walked streets that Instagram filters are named after, went inside a camera obscura, saw the Pacific Ocean, rode trolleys...oh man it was so fun. Pictures and tales to come.

For now my first contribution to Words To Shoot By for 2012! The word was Vacant. Go on over to the WTSB and see the other awesome contributions by some of my favorite photographers!

My last pack of TZ Artistic
Tomorrow I'll announce a winner for The Impossible Project's Polaroid Paper Camera Kit so if you haven't had a chance to leave a comment do it. These little paper cameras are so neat!