Month: April 2018

How We Met

If you’ve been following my blog and/or life to any degree in any capacity, you most likely know about my boyfriend, Matt. He is the sweetest, kindest, most caring person I know, and he’s also my best friend. But what you may not know is the story of how Matt and I met – and let me tell you, it is quite the tall tale! Okay, so maybe that’s a (weird) exaggeration. But it definitely is interesting! Personally, I love stories about how couples met because I think it’s so difficult to meet people in this day and age. After graduating college, I was pretty much a lost puppy. I would go out in the city with friends, but I felt like any guy I met in a bar was super creepy. Why is it that nice, normal people are never the ones to come up to you in bars? The answer is, because nice, normal people already have friends and friends-of-friends to hang out with and date! I, like many before me, fell victim …

My Favorite Places: Smorgasburg

Spring is (almost) here! And with the warm(ish) weather comes the opportunity to emerge from my winter-long hibernation on my couch and take advantage of all the fun outside activities the city has to offer. One of my favorite places to frequent in said warm weather is Smorgasburg – an open-air food market that pops up in Williamsburg on Saturdays and Prospect Park on Sundays. So, with empty stomachs and high expectations, Matt and I made our way to Brooklyn to indulge in a day full of decadent dishes. Not only is the food out of this world, but the views don’t suck either. It’s fun to see the skyline from the other side of the East River – I’m so used to the view from across the Hudson in Hoboken. East River State Park has both grass and beach areas, making it a great place for a photo opp (or several). Brooklyn is always a fun place to visit in any case – although I usually don’t feel like I’m cool and/or trendy enough …

Top 10 DIYs to Try

Image Source: http://www.aliceandlois.com As I’m sure you know by now, Matt and I will be moving to our new apartment at the end of May. I’ve been all sorts of inspired to find decor for the new place that fit both of our styles – and what better way to decorate, than with a whole bunch of DIYs! Now, I’m sure I’m being overly ambitious in thinking I’ll actually go out of my way to build things rather than just buy pre-made stuff from Target, but in any case, here are a bunch of cool DIYs I’ve come across in my searching to try for my (or your!) new apartment. (To get step-by-step instructions on how to do it yourself, click the title or the Source link below the photo.)   Triangle Mirror Source: www.almostmakesperfect.com   Finger Knit Rope Trivet Source: http://www.flaxandtwine.com   Mid-Century Plant Stand Source: http://www.abeautifulmess.com   Mid-Century Nightstand Source: http://www.burkatron.com   Ladder Plant Stand Source: http://www.themerrythought.com   Set of 3 Hanging Mirrors Source: http://www.decor8blog.com   Mini Granite Pots Source: http://www.almostmakesperfect.com   Mudcloth Floor …

How I Edit My Instagram Photos

People often ask me, “How do you edit your Instagram photos?” Now, I’m by no means Instagram famous – I only have about 5,000 followers and I don’t think the photos I post are anything spectacular, but I do keep a pretty consistent theme. First of all, let me say that I edit my photography differently than the photos I post on Instagram. When I use my Canon digital SLR, I edit those photos on my laptop on Photoshop. Most of the photos I post on IG I’ve taken with my iPhone 8+, so I typically edit those on my phone. Since this post is simply how I edit for Instagram, I’ll walk through the steps I take and apps I use when editing the photos I take on my phone. I’ll use the photo to the left as an example. I actually don’t have the original saved, but it was quite a bit darker when I initially took it. The first step I take to edit my photos is to adjust the curves. In …

Easter Weekend Photo Fun

Ever since I went to college, I feel like I’ve slowly lost touch with some of the things that I am passionate about – and things that make me who I am (or rather, who I was). Two of the things I miss the most from my childhood – and teenage years – are horses and photography. For me, the two went hand-in-hand. I would spend every day after school at the barn, and all day on weekends. Although I would ride my horse (and several others) while I was at the barn, the majority of my time was actually spent taking pictures. By discovering my love for horses, I also discovered my love for photography – and in a way, I owe my entire career to that. Without my relative success as an equine photographer, I would not have taught myself how to use Photoshop, how to code, how to build websites. In a way, that brought me to where I am today. But, regardless of my progress in terms of my professional career, …