How I Edit My Pictures + Outfit Details

I had a request for this post so I wanted to show you a quick recap of how I edit my photos.

First off I edit my photos for the blog differently than I do when I post them to Instagram. I like to keep my Instagram aesthetic consistent and I would recommend to anyone to keep the filter as similar as possible. I use lightroom both on my computer and on my phone to edit the pictures. It can take a while but it is always fun to see the finished product.

So for my computer shots specifically for the blog I always use the ‘direct positive’ preset to lighten up the picture. I like bright, fun pictures so I usually turn up the exposure, play with the highlights and shadows and add some luminance to my skin tone. Honestly, that’s pretty much it! I just like the pictures vibrant and natural. I also make sure the blues are not too blue since that happens easily with the ‘direct positive’ feature.

Here is an example of an original shot:

For my Instagram pictures, I usually transfer all of the photos that I picked to the blog to my phone which is usually about 7-10. I pick the ones that will mix up the feed content and add ones where you can see my outfit details and vary in depth. Then I have a millennial pink preset that I bought from dreamy presets. I always adjust them a little to make sure they look good on their own and aren’t too dark or too light since no two pictures are the same. I also try to reduce the sharpness and grain since the preset usually comes a bit grainy.

Always adjust a preset when added to a photo! Don’t just leave the preset as is! (Unless it is perfect) Some pictures are lighter/darker than others and that will stand out when they are next to each other even with the same preset!

Here is an example of my Instagram post :

I’ve seen a mix of floral and leather at worn by at least three major bloggers and each time I thought, “That is so something I would wear!” So, of course, I had to try it for myself. I love the mix of the print with the neutral black staple and the contrast of the tough leather against a feminine floral! This is so me! I can never tell if I would rather post more about fun, bright, out there statement pieces or simple neutral plain looks.

What would you rather see?

Dress : Forever 21 (similar) (similar) // Jacket : Hollister // Shoes : Vestique (similar)

  

Making New Friends through Bumble BFF

Being out here in LA can get kind of lonely sometimes. While I have made friends with my roommates, I wish I had my friends back home here with me to hang out with. Even every once in a while to go eat with me or go see a movie. Well, cute the Bumble app. I actually have used the app and I did meet a few girls. Meeting friends is like dating, maybe even harder because you are trying to form a real bond. It can be awkward at first but it’s great because you both are trying to form a genuine connection.

I recently was invited to a Bumble BFF meet up and let me tell you it did not disappoint! (Except for the fact that they only paid for half of the valet parking even though they said they would pay for the whole thing, but I’ll let it slide I guess…) BESIDES THAT.. the brunch tasted amazing, it was a four-course brunch complete with chia pudding and fruit, four types of toast/spread combos from avo toast to a ricotta and berry spread, even one topped with Salmon, then eggs and potatoes and fresh cookies and strawberry shortcake to end it!

So I am used to going to meetups with bloggers, but this one was totally different. I was able to meet ladies who recently moved it LA, who struggle to make friends with co-workers, and just want someone to invite to happy hour! (These were real conversations we had.) We spoke about how its harder to make friends out of college because you don’t have that same factors in common like going to school or meeting in the cafe. It is hard to make friends with coworkers because people usually separate work from fun and one person has to reach out first. I would say be that person! Reach out and talk about more than the weather or a big project. Really ask about their weekend, what music they like, if they have any pets! Find that commonality and grow from it!

I met a lot of new girls and I will be redownloading the app now that I will not have roommates anymore here in LA. I will definitely be reaching out to new girls and I honestly want to try Bumble Bizz now! I haven’t tried it out, but I heard good things at this meet up so I am very excited to try it out.

Have you tried Bumble Bizz or Bumble BFF? What did you think?

And did I mention the event was hosted by Tanya Rad? For those of you that do not know this super funny, genuine lady, Tanya co-hosts a podcast called ‘Scrubbing In’ and also the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show “On Air with Ryan’ so it was really exciting to get to network with her! Go listen to her podcast and tune in if you’re in the LA area! You know I will be!

Top : Rebecca Taylor (similar) // Skirt : Forever 21 // Belt : Lulus // Shoes : Charlotte Russe

Quick Holiday Gift Guide with Sprint + Boost

I was invited to Sprint + Boosts Holiday Budgeting Event promoting some of their products and specials for the holidays! I was able to take a look at some of their newest electronics and I got to hear all about their Black Friday deals before everyone else has! Let me tell you they are good!

A few of my favorites? The Motorola z3 Play! I received a free one and I am excited to check out the camera! Also, they have the coolest speakers and headphones! Definitely a must for the tech lover in your family!

For a few of the deals, Sprint is offering a Lease One Get One (LOGO if you will) on the IPhone XR! They also have a new Spring drive device that plugs into the steering column and has features like trip history, wifi, and aggressive driving alerts! Perfect for a new driver if you ask me!

Sprint

  • Unlimited plans start at $60 per month, and the Unlimited Plus Plan also includes features like TIDAL music streaming and Hulu.
  • Regardless of what plan you choose, you will have access to Sprint’s nationwide network, high-speed data and unlimited international text.

Boost Mobile

  • Boost Mobile offers prepaid plans starting as low as $30 per month so that you can pay as you go
  • All plans provide you with unlimited data, talk and text and 99 percent nationwide coverage
  • For a limited time, new customers can get four lines of unlimited data, talk and text for only $25 per line per month

As the holidays are approaching, you really have to be conscious of your spending! The frugal blogger Aileen Luib of The Baller on a Budget spoke all about saving for the holidays and how she was able to keep her holiday spending to under  $100! I also learned that Cyber Monday deals expand into the airline’s flight as well! I did not know that, and I will definitely be implementing a few of the tips that I learned into this year’s holiday shopping.

For Christmas this year I really want a few beauty products and some new clothing pieces! View them all on my wishlist/beauty wishlist! Those are literally exactly what I am asking for! What are you asking for this year?

Let’s do a quick outfit recap, shall we? As I was driving to meet a few LA influencers I thought to myself… I like this outfit, but this hat really made it pop! It’s obvious I have been really into hats recently, but I think they can really take an outfit to the next level. This Free People bodysuit has been on REPEAT lately as you can probably tell! I have been wearing it in every other post and for good reason! It looks good with everything and is simple and easy to throw on since it’s so comfortable! When you find a piece that you love so much, it’s hard not to want to wear it all of the time! I definitely love Free People and their pieces are always one of a kind! A sneak peek into my Christmas list… some new flare jeans from Free People!

Body Suit : Free People // Jeans : Rag and Bone // Shoes : Target // Hat : Target // Jacket : Haute and Rebellious