Learn With Me: iPhone Camera

Hey y’all,

I was on a blogger chat this weekend and saw somebody ask about any posts about how to use an iphone camera to take great blog photos! I’m not a pro at this by any means – but the iPhone camera is actually really good and can take great quality pictures. Here are my top tips!

1. Lighting is key! Especially with a phone camera, having proper lighting is probably the most important factor. I work 8-5 during the week so that’s one of my biggest struggles. I would recommend morning or evening in an uncovered spot for the best lighting. In these photos below, one was taken outside, and one in a dimly lit stairwell. The difference is huge! The dark outfit obviously didn’t make the cut to be posted.

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2. Limit the crop. If you take a picture of too much scenery and have to crop the photo in, it can come out looking a lot more pixelated. Focus on finding the right angle with just enough space around you or the subject.

3. Utilize the tools that come with the photos app. There are a ton of options for editing pictures without having to download anything else! I normally just adjust light and color, since I never really have black and white pictures. I like to increase the exposure and brightness, dim the shadows, and increase saturation a tiny bit!

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before and after

Share with me your favorite ways to improve photo quality with your phone!

 

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Stripes

Hey yall,

My wedding is now 10 days away and I’m in full stress-mode without a free minute! There’s something to constantly work on and it’s pretty exhausting. Thank goodness for hump day! 






Dress – H&M | Booties – old from Rue 21, similar 

And just a hint at what’s to come tomorrow.. Maybe a haul.. To this dress? ;) Be sure to follow me on bloglovin so you don’t miss a post!

What are you excited for this weekend? I can’t wait to get some final planning done, get my nails wedding-ready, and SLEEP! 

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Rainy Day

Hey yall,

I don’t know how it is where you are – but Texas sure is taking this “April Showers” thing way too seriously! Yesterday was full of downpours and flooding… Which honestly, I kind of like – when I have nothing to do. There’s nothing better than lying in bed and sleeping with the sound of rain on the windows! 

Unfortunately, I’m on wedding-prep mode (11 days!) so yesterday included running to downtown Dallas during my lunch break, trying to find parking at the federal building, and waiting in line to get an expedited passport.. Not too relaxing! 

It sure did help, though, that I had the most comfortable pants in the world on. Seriously – I could sleep in these. Not complaining!




Top – Target | Pants – were a gift, similar | Shoes – Chinese Laundry

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Professional

Hey yall,

I have exciting news – this weekend I got my hair cut professionally for the first time in almost 3 years! Crazy, right?

I normally cut it myself, but since I’m getting married in less than two weeks, it was about time. Luckily, the hairdresser I went to about 10 years ago when I was really young came back to town – and she did a great job!





(Yes, my eyes are closed.. Oops)



The number one issue I have every time I get my hair cut is that they always seem to cut off way too much, but Leslie did a great job not changing my hair too much and leaving the length. She just added some layers and I love it! It’s so much easier to style (or for the lack of styling #lazylyfe) in my daily go-to messy waves. So thanks to her for making my hair wedding ready! 

If you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, here’s her facebook page so you can check it out! 

What’s your go-to daily hairstyle? Share in the comments and be featured in #followfriday!


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Flashback

Hey yall,

HAPPY FRIDAY! You have no idea how ready I am for the weekend. This week has been a little stressful – to say the least – and all I want to do is get in my sweatpants, order delivery and do absolutely nothing. It’s going to be a wild Friday night, obviously. But seriously, that’s my kind of Friday!

This week I wanted to do something a little different and take a look back at some of my top-read posts recently. Just do a little flashback Friday and recap of some ICYMI posts! 



How To: Be More Productive




Let’s Learn Together: Google Adsense




Fancy to Fit-Wear




Let’s Learn Together: Google Analytics

And my latest video..




March Favorites

Share your favorite posts from your favorite bloggers or YOUR blog in the comments below! And let me know what you’d like to read about!

Have a great weekend!

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Bringing Color Back

Hey yall,

It officially feels like spring, so I’m beyond ready to dress like spring! Warmer weather and the bright sun automatically put me in a good mood, and it’s crazy how it’s such a quick switch from almost constantly feeling down in the dumps for the past 5 months. 

Now, of course you wear color year round – but most of fall/winter fashion is based around neutrals and darker shades.. Tons of camel coats, black pants, mauve nails. So I decided to whip out an oldie but goodie skirt and wear a colorful maxi again!






Top – Target (2 for $18!)| Skirt – old, similar here | Shoes – Chinese Laundry | Bag – old from BCBG (similar linked) from RueLaLa

Do you have a personal style blog or share your outfits on social media? Leave your links in the comments and be featured in Fridays post!

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Guess Who’s Back

Hey yall,

Guess who’s back… Back again? White pants are back!

Were they ever really gone? Not really. But ya know, some people frown upon the winter white. But any day that I can go outside in the morning WITHOUT a sweater is a good day. And that means it’s officially springtime!





Top – Target | Pants – New York & Co. (Entire store on sale – these are 40% off!) | Shoes – Old Payless.. Similar

And this post is per request! Thanks for your post suggestions and feel free to keep telling me what you want to see. 

Share your OOTD’s in the comments below to be featured in Friday’s post!

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March Favorites

Hey yall,

Unfortunately there wasn’t a post yesterday since I’ve been feeling a little down after getting my wisdom teeth taken out. Pain is no fun!

But today I have my March favorites! See my makeup, skin care & random favorites from last month. 

What were your favorites from last month?! Share them in the comments to be featured in Friday’s post!

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# Follow Friday

Hey y’all,

Time for my second edition of #FollowFriday! I’m posting this a little later than I normally like to, but I had my wisdom teeth taken out this morning so I’m just now getting going.

I really appreciate the suggestions from Jenessa Sheffield and Lorna from Raindrops of Sapphire! Some more outfit posts will be going up next week!

On my post on how to be more productive, y’all left some great extra tips.

Kadi suggested the application evernote to stay organized as a blogger.

Kiley posted her tip for relaxing to get a good nights sleep and drinking sleepy time tea to wind down. I love that tea, too!

Eye See Sephora is also addicted to making lists and writing everything down –  and Charity always writes everything in her planner. you and me both, ladies!

For my Tanning Wishlist, I also got some good feedback from y’all.

Carly couldn’t stand the smell of Jergens Natural Glow herself – which I can totally get – and she suggested TanWise. So thanks for the suggestion!

Jillian loves Tan Towels, which is great to know. I’ve never actually used them but definitely need to try it!

 

Thanks to every one of you who reads my blog and for all of you that leave your input on my posts! I always love hearing what y’all think :) Have a wonderful weekend!

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