Chasing Rainbows.

The lovely Miss Liz, over at Memoirs of a Young Adventuress nominated me to partake in Travel Supermarket's Capture the Colour Photo Contest! First off, merci ma belle, and second, how fun will this be?! I know how fierce the competition will be (hello, look at Liz's amazing photos!), but a chance to discover other bloggers, celebrate the ones I already admire, and an opportunity to dig through old photos was more than enough to get me on board! Oh, and the prize consists of a 3rd generation iPad and £2000. Not too shabby, eh?

So here's how it works:
  • Publish a Capture the Colour post on your blog with images for all 5 colors if possible. Bloggers who don't have photos for all 5 colors will still be in with a chance of winning the iPad category prize but to be eligible to win the £2000 overall prize your blog post should feature photo's for all 5 categories. 
  • Nominate 5 fellow bloggers to take part in Capture the Colour at the end of your post and notify them via Twitter or Facebook 
  • You have until the 29th August 2012, to let them know you've entered by either:
           - Linking to your blog post on your Facebook wall mentioning Capture the Colour.
           - Linking to your post via Twitter including @travelsupermkt and #capturethecolour in your tweet.
           - Emailing your entry. Send your link, name, email address and phone number to
Now that those details are out of the way (and by all means, head over to Travel Supermarket's site for further details, as well as the Terms and Conditions), let me explain the concept. The concept is capturing travel shots using Travel Supermarket's chosen color themes; red, yellow, white, green and blue. Simple enough.

Here's what I've cooked up:

Having called several cities home over the past ten years of my life, where I was chasing a dream or an idea of what I thought my life would be, I have kept my selections focused less on exotic travel but more on where my heart has lived. Here are some places where I will always hear the pulse of my past lives.

Red - New York, New York
My home. I grew up on these streets and this city never ceases to inspire me. Although it's constantly changing, and everytime I go back there's some new hotspot that I've never heard of, or some "new" chic neighborhood that used to be the home of hookers and homeless. What is constant is my thriving memories as a little girl, walking these downtown streets with my mother.

Here's a shot I took on a gloomy spring day after a funeral. That's a Morrissey lyric waiting to happen.

Yellow - Kanazawa, Japan
When I wasn't eating Udon, Onigiri or wandering the streets of the major cities in Japan, I was a geisha poser. I had the madame who ran this old ryokan I was staying at in Kanazawa art direct this makeshift photo shoot. I get such a chuckle out of this photo because I remember how serious we both took it, and how we could barely communicate with one another. We enjoyed an ice cold Asahi together in the kitchen at the end of this exhausting "shoot".

White - Hollywood, California
A metaphor on how replaceable we all really are in Hollywood. The lyric wilted and faded somewhere in Hollywood comes to mind. This is where the old souls go: a flea market on La Brea. Having not lived in LA for almost six years, it's nice to revisit and see the city from an outsiders point of view. It's a little bit vintage, a little bit kooky, and one thing that this haunting place has that not many know, is a lot of soul.

Green - Paris, France
I treated myself and walked over to the Palais de Tokyo café after working a gruesome Paris Fashion Week. Standing on your feet for 13 hours a day in 4 inch heels, dealing with snotty, uncooperative models, demanding buyers, and being stuffed in a mini skirt too sizes too small calls for a cocktail...or three.

Blue - The Eiffel Tower
...and finally, the cliche that my life has become at my new and hopefully final home. Loving Paris. Cliche. Traveling on a Vespa. Cliche. Eating French baguette. Cliche. Wearing navy stripes. Super cliche. Now do it all in front of the Eiffel Tower. I'm surprised I didn't explode from the Frenchness. Are you rolling your eyes yet? I am.

I now nominate these fellow bloggers to join the party! 
Fabulous bloggers who take incredible pictures 
and who share my love for traveling...
:::drumroll please:::

Good luck to us all!
Oh, and one small request..
 ....if any of you win, promise to take me out for a drink?

What was happening a year ago today?


  1. Good luck, Ella! Your photos really capture the colors of your various lives, from New York red to Parisian blue! I love what you've put together.

    Thanks (I think!) for nominating me, although I've gotta admit that I'm feeling slightly intimidated. Here's hoping that a burst of inspiration will come to me at some point before the final deadline!

    Best wishes to all of the participants! I look forward to seeing your colors.

    1. Thanks Mary Kay! I had fun going through old photos. I'm sure you will too!

      Don't be intimidated. This is all in good fun! :) The competition looks fierce, and while I don't think I'm close to winning, I enjoyed being a part of this fun contest Travel Supermarket is hosting.

      The outcome should be interesting! I can't wait to see what you've come up with, because you are one Madame who has seen the world!!

  2. AnonymousJuly 20, 2012

    Hi Ella! First off, merci beaucoup for the nomination!!! I am touched :-)

    I have a lot of photos to sort through ;-) Hmmm, which to choose...

    I love your photos! You are a beautiful geisha ! The Hollywood shot is so great too. You have such amazing stories and I love the narrative for each photo.

    Good luck and thanks again!

    Bisous x

    1. You're very welcome! It was a no-brainer! You take great pictures! I look forward to seeing what you come up with! :)

      Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed the stories and photos. Good times, good times...

  3. I love your shots, and the symbolism and stories behind them! Thanks for the tag :)

    1. You're very welcome! Have fun going through your photos! : )

  4. AnonymousJuly 21, 2012

    Edna told me of this! What fun that you guys are doing it.

    Your Eiffel tower shot is a hoot. The only thing you're missing is a little pooch. Good luck to all the participants!

    1. Hahaha, it was pretty ridiculous! I got many stares from the locals. I wanted one campy photo of me in France to have forever and this was it. There are several other takes of it, but this one was my favorite. :)

      Yes and GOOD LUCK to everyone...Have fun!!!! xox!!

    2. AnonymousJuly 22, 2012

      Well it's perfect - and hope it wins the blue category - if just for fun!

      Love the wooden spoon in your pocket from the adorable jellies post, by the way! Miss 1950s perfect housewife (till mid August).

      Let's get together for a girl's lunch when you're back!

    3. Hahaha thanks Daisy! I was about to make low-cal brownies...which I had for breakfast. : ) Sunday is my super cheat day.

      Lunch is so on when I'm back in town! I miss Paris and my blogging posse. : )

  5. The blue pic is definitely my fav! You are too cute in all your frenchiness! ;)


  6. I love your blue photo. Cliché-smiché!!!!

  7. I love them all! I've always loved your pics so I figured I'd tag you!

    When were you living in Japan? I want to hear more about it!

  8. You have a great eye for something a little unusual in the commonplace.