Field & Nest is An online journal dedicated to embracing a slower pace of life, written by a girl with a constant wanderlust and a Nordic obsession.
Based in Manchester, Emma Lavelle (who previously wrote the blog Kisses & Cross Stitches) is a freelance travel & lifestyle writer who has contributed to publications including Stylist magazine, The Culture Trip, Rucksack magazine and Mahabis Journal. She loves getting outdoors, exploring the world, sitting around a campfire and getting lost in a good book. Alongside writing, she dabbles with photography, social media, content planning and interior styling. When her metaphorical pen isn't in hand, she's probably hanging out with her boyfriend & dog, wandering around the countryside or sipping on a gin & tonic.
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Why did you start a new blog?
I've been blogging since 2008, before the internet was saturated with blogs. I started my old blog, Kisses & Cross Stitches before the launch of Pinterest and Instagram and used it mainly as a visual scrapbook where I'd share the photos that I stumbled upon online. I mainly blogged about fashion and photography and rarely used my own photos. In 2015, I'd completely fallen out of love with my blog and found it a chore to update. My interests had changed and I needed to create a new platform to start from scratch and to have a place online that I was proud of.
Why Field & Nest?
I knew that I wanted to blog about a variety of topics but two stood out more prominently than the rest - travel and the home. 'Field' references all of my travel and outdoors post while 'Nest' focuses on interiors and making your house a home. I've since gone on to focus on other subjects such as slow living and timeless style but these two words still sum everything up.
What camera do you use?
I use a Canon 600D with a 50mm f/1.8 lens and a Canon M10 with a 22mm f/2 for most of my photography. I also have a variety of film cameras.
Where are your favourite travel destinations?
Without a shadow of a doubt, Iceland is the most incredible place I have ever visited. I completely fell in love with the whole country and would return in a heartbeat. My favourite European cities are Berlin, Copenhagen and Lisbon and I've recently become enamored by the beautiful fishing harbour of Cala Figuera in Mallorca.
What places are on your travel bucket list?
To many to mention! Obviously, I want to explore all of Scandinavia and I'm always planning fantasy road trips around Sweden, Finland and Norway. I desperately want to see the Northern Lights and would love to travel to Lapland in the winter months. India has been on my wishlist for a while now, as has Bali for tropical vibes, Baja California for whale watching and Holbox in Mexico for completely tranquility. I'd also love to drive down the West Coast of America, stay in the Fogo Island Inn and return to New Zealand.
What are your suitcase essentials?
I never travel without at least one camera and an empty memory card. It really depends on the trip though - for sunny beach holidays, I love to carry a straw bag, plenty of books and products to keep my hair hydrated. For city breaks or road trip adventures, a pair of comfortable shoes and a sturdy backpack are essential.
Where do you look for inspiration when planning trips?
I read several travel blogs but my favourites for gathering inspiration for future trips are Fashion Me Now, The Adventures of Us and Along Dusty Roads. I'm also a bit of an Instagram addict and follow people that post inspiring travel photographs such as @freyadowson @_elizabethcurtis @mallyandthemoon @frecklesnur @meetyouatthebridge_nl and @thetravellinglight