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How I Edit my Instagram Pictures

Hey everyone, happy Friday! I hope you’ve all had a good week. I have been enjoying my last couple of days of summer before I head back to the books. Back to school means, more outfit posts and back to school outfit ideas coming very soon! Get excited.

So for today’s post, I am showing you how I edit my Instagram pictures. I don’t do much but I definitely have a few apps and steps that I use on every picture.

Camera – Most of my photos are taken on my iPhone 7 plus. The quality of the 7 plus camera is great so I take advantage of that as much as I can. Sometimes I shoot with photographers and they do the editing so I wont edit professional pictures at all.

Apps – I usually take my photo into Snapseed first. In snapseed I use the White Balance tool. This tool allows you to add or take away temperature. Depending on the picture I will add a little or take some away. I like my feed to be bright but, warm toned. After using the White Balance tool, I use the Brush tool to either add or take away saturation to a certain area of the picture. I like that this tool allows you to add certain things to specific parts of your picture. So if my legs look a little dull I can just use this too to add a little saturation to just legs and not the entire picture. I also use snapseed to get rid of things in the background of my photo. If there is a cigarette on the ground or a coffee cup I use the Healing tool to get rid of it.

The next app I use is VSCO. After saving my photo from snapseed I take it into VSCO and add a filter. I use the filter A6 on every photo and I usually bring it down to about 5-5.5. After I add the filter I turn the exposure up a little depending on the picture. I like to keep it around 1. I also bring the contrast down to about 0.5. Sometimes I will add a little bit of saturation but it depends on the picture. If the picture is a little dull I will add some if the picture is vibrant I will take some away. Like I said before I like to keep my photos bright but very warm toned.

That is all I do to edit my pictures, like I said I don’t do too much but these steps definitely make a huge difference. The last app I use is called UNUM this app is great for making sure your photos flow with one another. You can move photos around to see what would look best with your theme or to see if a picture matches your theme.

Hope this was helpful! Leave your Instagram handles in the comments I would love to check them out! 🙂

 

Off Duty Model Inspired Look

Happy Friday y’all! Today’s post is a street chic look. I love graphic t-shirts, they’re so comfortable and really define “your style.” Whether you choose a cute saying, a band tee, or anything else, a graphic t-shirt really tells a lot about you as a person. I love pairing them with jeans, sweats, leggings and even skirts.

For this particular outfit I paired this tee with my beloved vintage style jeans that I mentioned in me Favorite Jeans – OOTD post. To make the shirt a little more fitted I tied it in a knot to the side so you still can see what it says. My jeans are from Express as well as my loafers. My t-shirt is from Urban Outfitters. I completed the outfit with my everyday Kate Spade bag and some sunnies from a local boutique I work at Copper Fox. I really love the “off duty model” look and I think this outfit really captures that vibe.

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I need more graphic tee’s. Link some of your favs below 🙂

Distressed Denim & Blush

Hey everyone! I hope you’ve had a good week so far. I couldn’t be more thrilled that it is almost the weekend. Today I am sharing another outfit of the day.

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Like I said in my Favorite Jeans – OOTD post I found the best vintage style jeans. This is another pair of those vintage jeans. I love the all of the detailing on these, between the distressing and the two toned bottom. These are also from Express they’re affordable and fit me so well.

This outfit is super casual as I am most days. I wore some rose gold slides by Steve Madden and a brown Michael Kors bag for some structure. On top I have on a blush pink tank from Forever 21. I have been wearing this tank in every color all summer long. I am beyond obsessed with the straight neckline. I think it makes my outfits look a little more put together, rather than wearing an actual cami.

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Where are your favorite jeans from? I’d love to check them out 🙂

Favorite Jeans – OOTD

Hey everyone! Today I am back with an OOTD. I have finally found vintage style jeans that fit me! This has been such a struggle for me because I have thighs and a butt, but I have no waist. So when I found these gems I bought three pairs..oops! Processed with VSCO with a6 preset

I find that vintage style jeans just make your outfit a little more relaxed and put together looking. I was really into the super skinny high-rise jeans last year but my style has definitely changed over the last few months. These jeans are from Express and they are 50% off right now! So if you’re interested definitely check out the link. These jeans are flattering both in the front and back!

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I paired these jeans with a simple black button up body suit from Pacsun. I could of worn any style top with these and it would of looked great. I love that these jeans look great with sandals, sneakers, flats, and even heels. I have said many times before I love pieces that can be dressed up or down. These jeans will definitely work for a night time look as well. I completed the look with a skinny red belt from Target. Slide on mules from Express and my everyday Kate Spade bag.

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Interested in seeing me style these for a nighttime look? Let me know below 🙂 Also leave any other ideas for posts below! 

3 Days in Vegas

Hey everyone! Hope your week is off to a good start. I am just getting back into the swing of things after a fun filled weekend in Las Vegas. This post is a little different from others because it is basically just going to be a bunch of pictures showing bits and pieces of my weekend. I’m going to show you a couple of outfits, what I ate, and other random pictures from my trip.

What I wore

Outfit 1

My top and skirt are both from Forever 21 and super affordable. My lace bra is from Victoria’s Secret and my shoes are from Charlotte Russe. I thought this outfit was perfect for a night out in Las Vegas because it is definitely more on the sexy side. Really anything goes in Las Vegas so wear what makes you feel comfortable.

Outfit 2

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This was our last night out and I wanted to be a little more dressy. This jumpsuit is my new obsession. It fit like a glove. It was the perfect length and all around so comfortable to dance in all night. The jumpsuit and belt are both from Express and my shoes are Charlotte Russe once again.

Bathing Suit

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This suit isn’t the most exciting but I am absolutely obsessed with this top so I wanted show it. Believe it or not it is from Target, which means it is super affordable. Finding cute swim wear this summer was definitely a struggle for me. When I found this at Target for less than $20 I was so happy. For bottoms I’m just wearing some cheeky black ones from Victoria’s Secret.

The Rest

This trip was so much fun and I am so thankful to have experienced all Las Vegas has to offer. We stayed at the MGM Grand hotel and it was absolutely amazing. There are so many options for food and it was all amazing! The location was perfect we were close to everything! There is something for everyone at the MGM. If you like hip-hop, country, house music they have it all. Obviously there is a huge casino and so many little bars throughout. I would definitely recommend MGM to anyone going to Las Vegas. Here a few more pictures from my trip!

A huge thank you to one of my best friends Ashley for making this happen! I am so thankful for my friends and opportunities I have been given this year so far. This year has definitely been a roller coaster and without friends I don’t know where I would be today. My heart is so full and I’m SO thankful! ❤

Cheers to girls trips! Are you headed anywhere exciting this summer? 

5 Tips for a Healthier Lifestyle

Hey loves! Today I am collabing with my sweet friend Katarina from Fashiions Finest again. We’ve come up with 10 tips for a healthier lifestyle. I will be sharing five and Kat will be sharing five over on Fashiions Finest.

Unplug

I think this is something everyone should do more often. We get so caught up in social media and texting that we lose reality. I’m not saying turn your phone off for 24 hours, but start with 30 minutes. In those 30 minutes try being present and taking that time for yourself. Whether you use that time for reflection, meditation, a bubble bath or whatever it may be, make sure you’re doing something positive and for yourself.

Read More Books

I was never into reading in high school, and I think it was because of how forced reading was for me. Having to go home and read multiple chapters of a book I had no interest in really deterred me from picking up a book. Now that I am in college and take zero reading classes I find myself wanting to read. I promise that if you find the right book for you, you will not want to put it down! Reading is a great way to unwind and relax, so if you don’t have time to read during the day, do it before bed every night! Some of my favorites are “I Had a Nice Time and Other Lies” “Pillow Thoughts” and “Girl Boss

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Drink More Water

This is a given! If you want to be healthier you need to drink water. Water does so many great things for your health, skin, and even mood. Drink only water for two weeks and see how much of a difference it makes.

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Try a Workout Class

I know working out isn’t everyones thing, but a workout class is a great way to get healthier. Doing group fitness is fun because you get to interact with other people who all have the same goal, to be healthier. If you check out your local gym I’m sure you will find a number of group fitness activities. Even use yelp and search yoga studios near you, or whatever type of exercise that interests you.

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Get Outside

Try doing something outside at least once a week. Whether you go on a walk, hike, kayaking anything. I swear that just being outside on a sunny day just boosts your mood. Who doesn’t love to be in a good mood?

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What are some things you do to be healthier? Let me know below 🙂 Don’t forget to check out Katarina’s blog for more tips! Be sure to follow us on Instagram! 

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Track Outfit Ideas

And there off! Track season is definitely here and I couldn’t be more excited. I love getting dressed up and going up to the track with all of my friends for a day of fun. We eat, gamble, laugh and just enjoy time with each other. With all of us being so busy between work, and school it’s rare we ever get to all spend the day together. So when we do, we go all out.

There are two types of people at the track. The ones who go in jeans and a t-shirt, and then theres us haha. But we have fun dressing up and taking pictures and thats all that matters.

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Up first we have Cassie and Meghan wearing adorable mini dresses. Cassie is wearing the cutest little red dress from Saratoga Sundress.  The straight across neckline is really trendy and so flattering. This dress has such a cute but simple back detail which really adds to this simple mini dress. Meghan is wearing a babydoll style mini dress from Charlotte Russe in my favorite color at the moment, yellow! Yellow looks amazing on her skin tone. I love the low cut neckline to make the innocent babydoll dress a little more sexy.

Next up meet Ashley and Katie wearing super cute rompers. These rompers are both so different but both so cute! Ashley is wearing this super cute black and white floral printed romper from Saratoga Sundress. I thought this was absolutely adorable because it looks like a dress but it’s a romper. Katie is wearing an adorable romper from a local boutique Copper Fox. I love blue and white stripes for the track. This romper is really light weight and perfect for any day time occasion.

Then we have Courtney. Wearing a gorgeous high-low styled maxi dress from Express. I absolutely the color and style of this dress. This dress is longer but it is super light weight. So on a hot day like today, it isn’t uncomfortable to wear. She paired it with some brown strappy sandals, but it would also look great with tan heels.

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Lex is wearing the most adorable off the shoulder dress! I am in love with this dress.  The detailing is so beautiful and it fit her so well! This dress screams track season to me. Something about blue and white stripes makes me think of the track. Her dress is from Forever 21.

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Lastly, theres me. Im wearing an off the shoulder bell sleeve romper from Saratoga Sundress. This romper is gorgeous and it is so lightweight. I love that the top is tight and I don’t have to pull it up all day long. The bell sleeves add such a cool twist and really make take this outfit from any plain ol romper to the next level.

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Hope you enjoyed this post! Leave me a comment and let me know which outfit was your favorite. 🙂

 

 

An Affordable Find

Happy Monday everyone! 🙂 I hope you are recharged and ready to conquer this week. I am feeling a little overwhelmed because I am going to Las Vegas at the end of the week and I’m already having the packing panic. Anyways, I just wanted to share this outfit I wore on Saturday with you all.

I found this romper for less than $20 at Marshalls. If you haven’t been to your local Marshalls or TJ Maxx in a while I highly suggest stopping by. I find so many hidden gems there. I wore this romper to the farmers market on Saturday and got so many compliments. I love the minimal floral print. It is mostly white with a few pops of color making it perfect for day time activities.  The bell sleeves make it look much more expensive than it really was. This piece is really well made and such a good find. It even has pockets! Could it get any better?

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Let me know below if you’d like a haul on all affordable finds. Have a great Monday 🙂