Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Blogging Basics 101: Favorite Instagram Apps

Image from Alîvio Imediato

The amount of Instagram accounts I manage on the daily is a sure fire way to getting things that rhyme with harper tunnel. But, I'm doing everything in my power to avoid that so let's hope for the best shall we. This month's 101 I'd figure, why not delve into something we're all familiar with: Instagram! 

I'm a huge fan of the app and love all the incredible visuals some users are able to capture. It's also a great, easy and fast way for some of us to show off our #ootd's and let readers know when and if a new blog post is up. I could go on and on about why everyone and their mom should be on Instagram (especially bloggers), but if I did that we'd be here all night. Instead let's focus on creating vibrant visuals, a great way to engage with new readers and keep your stream full of "I" Candy hehe. 

1. VSCOCam - all time favorite app
This app has it all: filters, great features to tune up your photo, and user friendly. And every so often they tend to release new filters, which make my little heart explode. Best of all, it's free to download. Click here for a tutorial. The majority of my photos are edited on VSCO and then uploaded from there. 

Not free, but worth the .99 cents. Afterlight has these amazing Polaroid frames + "light leaks" to add to your Insta-images. It gives them that rustic analog feel, which I dig from time to time. Also, lots of filters and you're able to be a little more specific when tuning up an image. Here's a tutorial for that.

This app is from google, and I use it predominately for our jewelry and makeup brands (insider secrets right here). Sometimes the best images are those that bright, a bit saturated with color somewhere, and are clear. Snapseed preforms all these functions with flying colors, which is why it'll forever remain on my iPhone. If this is the first time you'll be working with photo apps, outside of Instagram, I recommend you start with Snapseed and then work your way up to Afterlight and then VSCO. Here's a tutorial to get you started.

Also, no blurry photos unless that's what you're going for. AND, natural light triumphs flash anytime, but you probably already knew that. 

I'd hate to admit, but this is only 3 of the 12 photo apps that are currently on my phone... Call me crazy! 

And since we're on the topic of amazing Instagrams, here are users who I feel that always deliver:

As always you can find me at @thestyleboro :) Leave your Instagram handle in the comments and I'll be stop by your account too! 

For last month's 101 check it out here.

If there's a topic you'd like me to cover next please send me an email!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Life is Good

Fashion with a cause and feel good mantras, can keep anyone in good spirits from 7am to 7pm. 

Shirt: c/o Life is Good  Boyfriend ShortsZara  Shoes: Old but Love These!  Purse: c/o The Sak (and on sale here)
Denim Jacket: Zara  Sunglasses: Ray-Bans  Body Glow: Nars Body Glow

Sometimes a simple tee can do wonders for the soul, and remind you that no matter what be grateful for what you have. And yes, be grateful for the broken camera and blurry images because, at least you have a fancy-pants camera. For those of you searching for an outlet to express your inner peace and give back to the community check out Life is Good. Every year, they give 10% of their net profits to help kids in need - now that's pretty awesome.

Still keeping up with creative office challenge, although this look is more of a Summer Friday ensemble. The denim shorts, make the look casual enough to hit the town after a long work week (wine please!!), but the wedges scream #girlboss through and through.

To shop feel good fashions, visit Life Is Good.

Photos by Victor Cerejo.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Miami Swim 2015 Recap

Miami Swim, was an intense weekend full of amazing swimsuits and hot, hot, heat! Honestly, if there was a shirt with the caption "I Survived Swim Week" I'd be the first one sporting it in my OOTD. SO, Fashion Gods, get to work on creating that. Now that I'm back and situated, a few collections stood out to me and I'd love to share the deets.

Mara Hoffman - The lady can never do wrong. Her wonderfully curated collection blew my breath away. Everything from the fingernails, to the hair (oh gosh the hair!!), to the shoes was on point and carefully planned out. Hoffman's collection was inspired by a trip to Guatemala and infuses her set with geometric patterns and neon. Definitely exited to wear her collection come next summer. See more here.

Wildfox Swim - Wildfox is bringing the 90s back in 2015. Expect lots of hi-cut bottoms, flower crowns (and a floral bikini which had my inner child jumping for joy), and lots of logos. Their line was definitely full of bad-assery and I'm with it.

6 Shore Road - I had the honor of meeting Pooja Kharbanda in her studio and was able to see her previous collection up close and personal. I was blown away by her designs then and was blown away again to see her Nepal-inspired collection walk down the runway. Lots of poppy patterns, hand-embroidered pieces, and high-waisted designs made my heart flutter and excited for 2015.

Dolores Cortes - This collection encapsulated Miami although it's theme was Urban Safari. Regardless, the huge collection had something for everyone. And their coverups would turn any boardwalk into a catwalk. Dolores Cortes also accessorized with lots of gold, so take note for next summer and start stocking up now. 

Ah, Miami Swim week, you were quite a whirlwind of inspiration. Can't wait for the next one!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

A Mini Moment

How about we throw a little snakeskin and sequins into the mix. Make it a sequin mini just for fun.

Shirt: Kersh  Mini Skirt: Topshop (old but love this)  Shoes: Steve Madden  Purse: Tory Burch  
Necklace: Atelier Yumi  Body Glow: Nars Body Glow

FYI, this is a total manrepelling outfit. How do I know, my boyfriend detested it and begged me to change out of my sequins. But, NAY, I say NAY. I felt all sorts of glam with my finally tanned self in this look that I refused to change. So ladies, heed my advice if you look and feel amazing, ignore your significant other's request to change. 

Also, I'm digging this snakeskin + sheer top from Kersh. It's so easy to dress up and down, in fact I'm tempted to do another post in it. Actually... I will (#wardroberemix yay). Decided to pair my luxe top with fancy sequins since mixing textures is the best way to get out of that wardrobe rut. Also, honesty hour: I'll be the first to admit I wouldn't wear these sequins (or any) if my 9-hour work day involves lots of sitting. Instead, this is more of a look I'll wear if I plan on being on my feet. Don't wanna worry those sequins do we now. 

What piece of clothing does your S.O. always protest?

Photos by Victor Cerejo.

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

NYC: 3 Events to Scope Out

Just a short post on a few exciting events you should check out this month, if you're in NYC. 

1. The Seed Experience
For an exciting two days in NYC, The Seed invites those who are curious about the vegan lifestyle to learn all there is on living a positively plant based life. There will be cooking classes, tasty vegan samples, and informative sessions to kickstart your health-kick. The two days of vegan exploration happens on Aug. 9 + 10 @ 82 Mercer Street.
Get more info + register here.

2. Jeff Koons: A Retrospective @ The Whitney
Before you get the Jeff Koons x HM balloon dog purse make sure you visit the exhibition. Koons, an American artist, turns banality into lustrous pieces of arts. I'm a lover of contemporary art and sculpture and will be sure not to miss the last exhibition being held at the Whitney (before they move downtown).
Get more info here.

3. Discover Victorinox latest watch: the I.N.O.X.
Head over to SIR Stage37 and get the chance to discover the new timepiece before anyone else with the chance to win one of the seven watches they have up for grabs. The event is free and jam-packed with lots of surprises. Although, I am a lady, I think having classic and strong watch on my wrist packs quite the statement and so YES you'll see me there vying for the chance to bring a new timepiece home.
Register for the event here (August 27th)

Stay fly New York!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Essentials: August 2014

Transitional pieces that will go from August through fall are on my mind. 

Oh, August how I wish you will stay forever but these back to school ads are nipping my dreams in the butt. This month is all about getting those last few blissful beach trips in and investing in pieces that will easily let you fall into the next season. 

Shop my wants below:
1. Baggu Weekend Bag, 2. Texturework Cardigan, 3. Sam Edelman Petty Booties, 4. Della x UO Tank Dress, 5. Frends Layla Headphones, 6. Topshop Pretty Blue Hayden Jeans, 7. Clashist James Franco Swimsuit, 8. Della x UO Tie-Back Romper, 9. Bruce Cost Gingerale, 10. Madewell The Jean Jacket, 11. Michael Kors Global Glam Layton Watch, 12. Della x UO High-Rise Flutter Shorts, 13. Fashion First Aid Stylist Kit, 14. Elliott Lucca Olvera Large Tote, 15. Nocturne Aden Necklace, 16. Madewell Silk Embroidered Tunic Dress, 17. Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunblock, 18. Otte Ellen Dress, 19. C.O. Bigelow Rose Salve (15% off!), 20. Scatterpin Gold Dust Wrap Ring, 21. River Island Slit Front Maxi Skirt, 22. Marc by Marc Jacobs Oversize Round Sunglasses, 23. Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe High Sandals, 24. Topshop Blurred Jacquared A-line Dress, 25. Triangl Chloe Neoprene Bikini

Which piece are you coveting?

Monday, August 4, 2014

Core Wardrobe in the Creative Space

Like promised in my last style post, I'm going to focus more on what I wear to the creative space... my office.

Sweater: Press Fashions  LipstickHalf 'n Half via MAC  Boyfriend Shorts: Zara  Booties: Crown Vintage via DSW  

Thankfully there's some elbow room in what I can and can't wear. My older sister, who is up to her neck deep in the corporate world, wants me to do another month challenge dedicated to her dressing woes. We'll see if I take her on, but for now I'll make sure to keep this month creative only haha. 

My summer office necessities revolve around:
 Not-too-short boyfriend shorts - they're incredibly handy for those late-start mornings. Grab any top and you're ready to jet out the door. They've been my best purchase this entire summer!

This light sweater from Press Fashions - the polar vortex has nothing on my office's air conditioning. Thankfully this sweater saves me from it's powerful blast of cold air every time I've worn it. I'm especially loving its hints of sheer.

Booties - these booties go with just about everything I own, essentially making them my go-to pair lately. Plus, I can still walk in them after a solid eight hours. Heck, I can even bike in these and still am good to go!

What's your core wardrobe for the office/school/errands?

Photos by Victor Cerejo.

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