Slowing Down

Lifestyle, Spirit & Soul

Seeking a life of simplicity and stillness in a fast paced world is recipe for calm gentle days. The older we get the more we realize that the small simple things hold the most significance in life. Today, I want to encourage you to seek your own rhythm of slow.

Do Less Enjoy More

I’m sure that by now you’ve learned that the more you do in your everyday life, the faster you burn out. Re-evaluate the things in your life and your routine, and try to subtract one or two things from your plate every once in a while. Subracting from your plate will result in a life of more.

Daily Routine

While we’re on the topic of re-evaluating, now really is the time to take a moment to re-evaluate just about everything. Create new routines that will work for you today and the slow lifestyle you’re trying to create, and make room for things that bring you joy. We must be open to change when things are continuously changing around us, especially when we’re aiming for slow living.

Protect Your Time

Time is very valuable and precious. Prioritize what’s important and manage your time wisely so you don’t wonder where your time went. Protect your time like you protect your space and energy, and leave no room for the things that drain you.

Quiet The Noise

For a lot of us, our first instinct in the morning is to reach for our phones, check our emails, play some music, or listen to a podcast in the morning before mentally preparing for this new day we’ve been blessed to see. We often go on with our days without ever creating moments of peace by simply being still in the morning. Start your day with gratitude, sit in silence, hear the birds chirp, take it all in. You want to build intention for your day free of mind clutter, quieting the voices around you will give volume to yours.

Be Present in Every Moment

What a blessing it is to wake up to see another day. We rush through our day and don’t realize what a miracle it is to be alive. Stop rushing through life and enjoy every moment. Be present. Stop trying to do everything all at once, multitasking is great but it can also pull you in different directions and it can be overwhelming at times. We’re trying to slow down, not live on auto pilot. One task at a time will allow you to be fully present.

Create A Life You Really Love

You hold the power to create a routine you really love; the best way to slow down is to create margin for the things you love doing! You can change and subtract anything you feel that isn’t fuel to purposeful slow living. Find beauty in the mundane, mostly always, it’s the little things in life that brings us the most comfort and joy.

“There is magic in simple everyday life” -Sally M.

Hugs,

September Favorites.

Beauty, Home, Lifestyle

I’m not at all surprised we’re in October already, every month flies by faster than the last. It’s Autumn and soon we’ll be entering the holiday season and saying goodbye to 2020, God willing.

There are only a few favorites I have for the month of September, nevertheless, I’m sharing them.

Starting with a book because I just finished this one today-

+Midnight Sun

This book exceeded all my expectations all while taking me back to another time in life. I loved reading through Edward’s perspective and getting to know his emotions and thoughts behind his actions. If you’re a Twilight fan I definitely recommend you checking this one out. I’ve been #TeamEdward since the beginning of time, what about you?

Get it here: Midnight Sun

Beauty-

+Shell Lipstick by Lauren Conrad Beauty

Lauren Conrad’s newest beauty line is absolutely beautiful. Ethically clean and perfect for the everyday minimalistic woman looking to embrace her natural beauty. I look forward to trying a few of her other products sometime in the near future. This lipstick has already become a favorite of mine in such a short period of time.

Get it here: Lauren Conrad Beauty Shell Lipstick

Style-

+Plain Tees

Plain Tees are my go to these days. They are so easy to style and they provide great comfort.

Find my favorite here: Casual Tees

Home-

+Hearth & Hand Dinnerware

I’ve really been enjoying our dinnerware now that we’ve finally completed our collection. I love how minimal and stunning these ceramic plates and bowls are.

Get them here: Hearth & Hand Dinnerware

Artistic-

+Procreate / Apple Pencil

Over the last couple of months I’ve been exploring calligraphy & illustration on the app Procreate, and I love it. It’s such a great app & tool that help you develop illustration skills (+more) with practice overtime. If you’re looking to find a calming hobby to pick up and something like this interests you, this is your sign to try it out.

Find more of my creative work here: @lightlylived

Shows-

+Sister Sister

I’m not one to binge watch a lot of tv anymore, but how could I not when one of the shows I grew up loving as a child is finally on Netflix? SO good. Its funny, it’s family oriented, and simply nostalgic. “Go Home Roger!”

Watch it on Netflix.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read all about my September favorites, what were some of yours? May October treat you kind and may the Autumn breeze and crisp air bring you the familiar coziness you missed and love.

Hugs,

Wardrobe Refresh + Shopping Smart

Lifestyle, Style

Cleaning out your closet can be one of the most liberating things you can do. I’ve learned a few things over the last few months that have helped me downsize to a wardrobe that speak true to who I am. Today, I’ll be sharing what has helped make this process easier for me + a few shopping tips I’ve picked up that help prevent me from overspending.

Keep only those things that speak to the heart. -Marie Kondo

Cleaning Out Your Closet

The easiest way to start is by following the KonMarie Method. Take your entire wardrobe and place it over your bed for you to go through, and make 2-3 piles. Donations, Keep, & Sell. Do this on a day you have a few hours to spare so that you may try on any pieces you’re unsure of. This is the time to get rid of anything you haven’t worn in months or anything you’ve outgrown and no longer fit your lifestyle. Letting go of certain pieces may be harder than you think, but I can guarantee that you’ll feel a lot lighter when you finally do. Make room for the new and improved you, and discard of anything taking up unnecessary space.

Where to Donate and Sell

You can easily donate to any local thrift shops in your town nowadays. Find your nearest thrift shop and donate what you can. If you find that you have more than a few clothing pieces that are of great value and are still in great condition, you may want to consider joining a marketplace platform where you can list clothing items (+more) for sale. The one I’m currently using is Poshmark. I’ve had a pretty good experience selling my preloved pieces through the app, and as a new seller I found it pretty easy to use.

Tips for Shopping Smart

The 4 Q’s

Whenever out shopping, ask yourself:

+ Do I really need this or do I want this?”

+ Can I and will I wear this on more than one occasion?

+ Can I make the most out of said piece? (Can you wear this repeatedly styled differently?)

+ IS THIS TRUE TO WHO I AM?

If you don’t already have a system you follow when shopping, try this the next time. The answers to these questions should help make the decision of moving forward (or not) easier for you.

Identify Your Style

Identifying & knowing your style will simplify your curating and shopping by helping you stick to what you know you look best and feel most comfortable in. Are you more of a casual everyday kind of gal? Or maybe preppy or boho chic or vintage speak more your style. Define your style and go from there.

Colors and Textures

I tend to get over clothing pieces very quickly so I’ve become a little picky about what I add to my wardrobe, give yourself permission to do the same. Stick to the color palette and textures you know and will always love no matter the season we’re in. Be extra picky when it comes to busy patterns. Will you like this busy pattern after one or two wears?

Staples > Trends

In a world where trends come and go as fast as the next day, shopping practical for your everyday lifestyle is key when building a wardrobe that is true to yourself. Trends are temporary, think something long lasting and invest in staple pieces instead.

Quality over Quantity

If you’re looking for long lasting clothing pieces take the plunge and invest if you can. It is not the quantity in your wardrobe that matter, but the quality.

Sale or No Sale?

How many times have you bought something just because it’s on sale? I’m not saying to stop shopping sales altogether, we all love a good sale, but what I really mean is, stop buying things you like just because it’s 20% off. It’s important to be mindful of what and why you shop.

Seasonal Shopping

This can be done one or two ways. Only shop once during season, or shop for the season ahead when sales hit the stores. Again, sales are great, just keep your “why” in mind.

Thrifting

Thrifting is one way to help the environment by shopping ethically all while spending less. Sustainable shopping is something I would love to get into in the near future. Have you heard of conscious shopping before? Check out your local thrift shops, you never know what great vintage pieces you may get lucky finding.

One In One Out

The one in one out rule is simple. Each time you bring in one new item, take one out to donate or sell. This will help you establish boundaries and limits, and will help prevent further clutter and buildup.

Building a wardrobe that you really love can take time, be patient with this journey and embrace it wherever you stand. I hope you found these tips useful and that you’re motivated to start your new wardrobe journey. If you already have tips of your own that work great for you, I’d love to read them in the comment section down below!

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” -Matthew 6:25

Hugs,

August Favorites (Home + More)

Beauty, Home, Lifestyle, Spirit & Soul

Can you believe there’s only 3 months left in 2020? I can’t wrap my head around it just yet, but hey, I am definitely here for having better days ahead.

I wanted to share with you a few of my favorites that made life a little sweeter the month of August, things I’ve loved for the home & things I’ve loved using on a day to day basis. I already have a few favs lined up for the month of September, but I’ll save those for a later post.

Home

House Slippers

Currently living in these slippers, I had to get me a backup pair because I love them that much. They’re so cozy and soft AND only $15! You can find the link to them here: Slippers

French Press

I look forward to my coffee routine every morning since learning how to use a French Press. If you don’t have a French Press yet (or anything to make authentic coffee at home), I strongly encourage you to get one. There is something so special about taking the time to make coffee from scratch, and the coffee is honestly so much better.

Find links to my French Press & Coffee essentials here: Coffee At Home

Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

My husband gifted me a stand mixer for my birthday this summer, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve used it already. I know a lot of us have discovered a love for baking during this season in our lives, and I can really say I enjoy it and even find it therapeutic. It is an investment well worth it if you love to bake!

Stand Mixer + Hand Mixer here: Kitchen Aid Mixers

Casaluna Bedding

I’m sure that by now you’ve heard of Target’s new bedding line Casaluna, and I was able to get my hands on the comforter I had my eye on when it first launched. It is linen and neutral and just about everything I was looking for in a comforter. Loving all of their neutral and cozy bedding.

Get it here: Casaluna Neutral Comforter

Books

Dream Big by Bob Goff

I’ve really enjoyed reading this book! I mentioned it in my last blog post, and although it’s taking me quite some time to finish it (insert friendly reminder that I’m one busy mom here), it has been very inspirational to read. If you’re looking for something to motivate you to start and chase your dreams, you can’t go wrong with this book!

Get it here: Dream Big Book

New Morning Mercies by Paul Tripp

I love starting my mornings with this devotional book. Paul Tripp has a way to break down the word beautifully in every page. I definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a devotional book.

Devotional book here: New Morning Mercies

Music

Bethel Music Revival ‘s In The Air

I can’t believe I am just now listening to Bethel Music, but I’ve really been enjoying listening to their latest album. They have many great worship songs to chose from, but my current favorite is Champion. God of Revival is also pretty great!

Taylor Swift Folklore Album

I love how different this album is from her latest releases. RED has been my favorite album of hers for years, and Folklore definitely takes runner up. If you haven’t listened to it yet, what are you waiting for? It’s such a good album!

Skin

Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser

Really loving this cleanser. It smells fresh and very spa-like and is very lightweight and gentle on the skin.

Get cleanser here: Summer Fridays Super Amino Gel Cleanser

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

The older I get, the more I love a soft natural look and the less I wear on my skin. This is a sheer, natural & dewy skin-like tinted moisturizer, and that’s what I love about it. Less really is more.

Tinted Moisturizer here: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

Sunday Riley’s Auto Correct Brightening And Depuffing Eye Cream

If you’ve been with me a while then you know I’ve been through my fair share of eye creams. This is the latest I’ve tried and it truly is the most effective one. It is quite pricey for an eye cream, but after 4 kids I needed to make the investment myself. If you’re looking for effective under eye results, look no further.

Eye Cream Here: Sunday Riley’s Eye Cream

Essentials

Face Mask

Loving this reusable silk mask from this one boutique I found through Instagram. Very well made and super cute.

Linking this one and my other fav here: Face Masks

Print Mask: here

That concludes my favorites for the month of August! I know we’re a week into September already, but I really wanted to share all that I enjoyed last month. I’m hoping to share more favorites in the future! What were some of your favorites last month? I’d love to know (:

Wishing you a beautiful week ahead!

Hugs,

Things To Do At Home

Lifestyle

I’m sharing these checklists I made to keep my boys and I busy at home as we stay indoors for the time being. Online community is needed to motivate and empower one another in times like these as we practice social distancing. I hope you all find yourselves well and healthy, and that you’re able to find a silver lining in the midst of chaos. Here’s a friendly reminder to take a break from all media + news throughout the day as many times as needed. Stay home, stay safe, and stay calm. This too shall pass, God Bless!

Things To Do At Home Free Downloads:

Books To Read in 2020: Personal Growth| For The Soul

Lifestyle, Spirit & Soul

Welcome back to the blog friends. I’m super excited about today’s post because it’s dedicated to one of my favorite things ever: Reading!

I’ll be sharing the books I’ve wrote down on my reading list for the new year, and I’ll also be sharing some of my favorites I read in 2019 -so good!

For the Soul and Spirit:

Read More: here

Starting off the year with When Less Becomes More by Emily Ley, and wow. Seriously so amazing, I highly recommend it to all my mama friends out there!

Read More: here

You Are The Girl For The Job by Jess Connolly seems like the perfect book for me to read next. I’m in a season of life where I could use all the encouragement and empowerment.

Read More: here

Rhythms Of Renewal by Rebekah Lyons. I’ve read such great reviews about this one and I can’t wait to read it!

Read More: here

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Read More: here

I started reading It’s Not Supposed To Be This Way by Lysa Terkeurst as I was going through a life changing experience, and it was such a good read. I’ve yet to finish reading it but I definitely plan on picking it back up to finish it off. SO good.

I don’t know why I’m so late on finding out about Sadie Robertson‘s upcoming release: Live, but I’m so excited and I can’t wait!

Personal Development:

Read More: here

Smart Women Finish Rich by David Back. I listened to a podcast last year where Author David Back was interviewed and I remember loving all the wisdom he had to offer. He is most known for his Finish Rich book series so I definitely had to put this on my reading list.

Read More: here

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle. Another book I’ve been seeing everywhere lately that is highly recommended.

Read More: here

Excited to read Atomic Habits by James Clear and see how this will help me undo and replace bad habits.

Read More: here

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is known to be a great book. I picked it up last year and I didn’t get around to read it, I’m hoping to cross it off my list sometime this year.

Read More: here

How To Have Your Life Not Suck by Bianca Juarez concludes my Reading List!

You can find my favorite books of 2019 down below!

My favorite book of 2019 has to be A Love Letter Life by Jeremy & Audrey Roloff. It was so good I read it all in two days. It’s filled with so many good nuggets and I highly recommend it to anyone who is married, in a couple, and even to all who are single. Soooo good!

Other Faves:

Girl Stop Apologizing: here

Own Your Everyday: here

Anxious For Nothing: here

What are some of your favorites & what’s on your list this year?

XO,

Easter Basket Ideas for Toddler Boys

Lifestyle, Motherhood

Spring has officially sprung, and we’re only a couple weeks away from Easter! This makes my second year following this Easter basket tradition for my boys, so I figured I’d post some ideas since I got a few requests regarding so on Instagram last month.

I tend to search for things I know will actually be put to use, and won’t be dumped or forgotten about a day later. Most of the things I found were from the dollar section at Target, excluding the Paint Poster booklets. Those I found at Michaels as well as the natural excelsior to fill the baskets with. (Baskets were found at the Target dollar section back in January, but Michaels has some similar ones linked here.)

Goodies in their Easter basket:

Easter book, Mickey Mouse & Paw Patrol Play Pack Grab & Go, Water Paint Posters, Pj Masks bandaids, Sidewalk chalk, Bunny Ears, Carrot Decoration, Kinder Joy Egg, Hearth and Hand Easter Gifting Toy, and their favorite action figure at the moment.

Now, I will say I was a bit obsessed with Hearth and Hand’s Easter Gifting Collection for kids when I first saw it. So many cute toys that would make the perfect addition for any Easter basket! I went for the Wooden Toy Blocks and the Bunny Pull Along Toy.

You can find the rest of their collection here: Hearth & Hand Easter Gifting Collection

As we all know, Easter isn’t actually based on some bunny, and the true reason behind it all is Jesus’ resurrection. I knew for sure I wanted to add a book in each one of their baskets, so I ended up going with something that would help my boys learn the true celebration of Easter.

Books to the left were found at Hobby Lobby, and The Story of Easter is from Target.

Other Spring Books we’ve enjoyed over the last couple of weeks:

We Are The Gardeners by Joanna Gaines

The Little Rabbit

The Week That Led To Easter

When Springs Comes

I hope you found some of these Easter basket ideas helpful, and I wish you all a great Easter weekend with your loved ones!

XO,

A Day In Palm Springs

Lifestyle, Travel

We moved out of the Coachella Valley towards the end of last year, yet we find ourselves back there a lot of the time. We visit our family pretty often, and sometimes we enjoy a nice day out doing some of the things we love most.

A couple weekends ago, our 2 littlest ones stayed the weekend over at my parents, and we had such a nice little day date with our firstborn.

We started our morning with some delicious brunch at one of my favorite little spots in Palm Springs, FARM. If you’ve yet to try it and if you’re ever in town, it’s a definite must try. Soo good, and the scenery is just beautiful.

My usual is a Grilled Chicken Sandwich with a lemonade on the side. So delicious!

After brunch we decided to hit up one of Desert X’s locations, and it was pretty cool to say the least.

If you’re not familiar with Desert X, it’s an annual art exhibition displayed throughout the Coachella Valley by many artists who create and showcase some pretty rad -but amazing- art.

You can find a map with all of Desert X’s locations: here

We ended our day with some dinner and ice cream with my brother in law, and we finally stopped at the Palm Springs windmills to get a quick pic right before heading back home. The Valley holds a special place in my heart, and I will forever be in awe with its beauty. So glad my husband & I were able to spend some much needed one on one time with our firstborn, we sure made it a memorable day.

See you all in my next post, gender reveal coming soon! (:

XO,

Holiday Gift Guide! – 2018

Lifestyle

Hey all! It has been a long minute since I’ve blogged and I’ll fill ya in as to why I haven’t done so in another post, but today I’m bringing you all a Holiday Gift Guide for those that have yet found a gift for those we love!

For starters, let’s talk about the special women in our life.. Mom, mother in law, sister, cousin, best friend, aunt, you name it, I got you covered. Pulling a few of my favorite items this season I thought would make perfect as gifts!

Gifts For Her

Horacio Print 2019 Planner:

I recently got a few items from Horacio Print that have been quite life changing, and I wanted to share a planner that would be perfect for the more-organized woman in your life. They have 3 different select styles of their planners, and they are AMAZING. You totally have to check them out if you’re in need of one, or you know someone who would love one. I can’t wait to fill mine up this coming year!

Planner: Here

Summer Fridays Overtime Mask: 

Y’all. This mask has been my favorite this season! It smells like the holidays & leaves your skin feeling amazing after rinsing. Pumpkin scented but not to the point where it’s overwhelming, and it refreshens & rejuvenates your skin in a matter of minutes. Definitely recommend checking this mask out!

SF Overtime Mask: Here

MatchMaven Crossbody Bag:

One of my favorite mamas I follow on IG launched her business and released her very first product recently! This beautiful crossbody bag/clutch she designed herself is the simplest but most beautiful statement bag I never knew I needed! Linking it for y’all to check out because everyone needs a go-to bag when running errands to help carry all your must have essentials. Now, it’s only available for pre-order, but in the meantime, she will send you a free Christmas card you can place under the tree as the person you’re gifting to awaits its arrival. Comes in beige & black!

Beige Crossbody Bag: here

Poppy Bracelet by Made By Mary:

One of my favorite jewelry pieces at the moment. I picked one up for myself and 2 other people in my life. Loving the simplicity & minimalistic look this bracelet gives.

Bracelet: here

Yeti Mug:

The perfect mug for the mom who’s coffee always gets cold because hello, mom duties. With this mug, there is no reheating needed as it keeps your coffee hot long enough for you to actually finish it.

Mug: here

Slippers and Eye Mask Set:

You can’t go wrong with gifting anything from the Hearth and Hand collection. Love how cozy and cute this set is.

Slippers Set: here

Jesus Calling Devotional Book:

One of my favorite purchases this year was a devotional book by Sarah Young, Jesus Calling. With the new year coming in no time, I thought it’d be the perfect gift since there’s a devotion to be read for every day of the year.

Jesus Calling: here

Girl, Wash Your Face (Book):

One of my favorite reads this year! Such a great inspirational book for any woman. If you haven’t read this book yet, make sure to get yourself a copy too!

Book: here

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For Him

Keeping it very simple for the guys, and giving a few ideas other than the usual – tools, boxers, portable speaker, etc.

Backpack: 

Perfect for travel, and even work.

Link: here

Yeti Rambler: 

Your perfect to-go coffee cup, keeping your coffee nice and warm on the go.

Link: here

Slippers: 

Idk about y’all, but if I don’t buy my husband slippers for the winter season, he won’t bother to get himself a pair. This makes such a perfect gift for the men in our lives.

Link: here

AE Hoodie:

Can’t go wrong with a hoodie as a gift, ever. They’re cozy, and I’m loving the neutral tones in this particular hoodie. Oh, AND it’s on sale, hollaaaa.

Link: here

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-For the kiddos-

For Them

I put together a mixture of educational flash cards and fun play things.

Teepee: 

My boys have this one, and we love how fun and spacious it is.

Link: here

        Scripture ABC Flash Cards:

The most beautiful flash cards I’ve ever seen. Love the beautiful scriptures on each card.

Link: here 

Hearth And Hand Farmhouse:

This would be such a great playhouse for a little girl! I don’t have any of my own, but if I did, best believe it’d be on the Christmas list!

Link: here

Jesus Calling Devotional for Kids:

I love this devotional for older kids. Brings them closer to God, and each devotional is worded in a way they’re able to understand.

Link: here

    Kids Play Kitchen:

This play kitchen is perfect for any little girl or boy. You can always DIY to give it some cool upgrades!

Link: here

Learning Flashcard Set:

These flashcard sets are awesome to help improve and learn ABC’s, colors, and shapes! Perfect for your little one.

Link: here

BeyBlade Stadium: 

My firstborn has been asking for this Beyblade stadium for months, so I figured I had to include it for the moms with older little boys. Apparently, these beyblade toys are a hit, and are very popular at the moment.

Link: here

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Hope you guys were able to get a few ideas off of this gift guide, and I wish you all the happiest of Holidays! Talk to you all soon!

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(Disclaimer: I do not own rights to any of these images)


How I Edit For The Gram – VSCO style

Lifestyle

Another Wednesday, another post friends! Over the last couple of months, I’ve received a few messages of people asking what apps I use to edit my photos, so today I’ll be sharing some tips & tricks, and a little “how to” when it comes to editing on the app VSCO.

I started using VSCO a little over a year ago, and if you aren’t familiar with it, it’s a really cool app where there are many filters you can choose from when editing your photos “for the gram”.

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I have to be honest, I hardly edit on the app now, and I’ve mostly switched over to LR even when editing phone pics, but I thought sharing how I edit on ‘VSCO’ would be perfect for those that want to learn how to edit fast & easy.

 

So if you want to learn how to go from this.. to this, “just keep on watching”, just kidding. Keep on reading.

To start off, I want to mention a few tips that may help improve your photo taking skills.

  • Lighting is KEY. I prefer natural lighting when taking any sort of pic whether it be taken with my phone or camera, and I never use flash. A picture can always be brighten up later in editing, & flash with an iPhone just defeats the purpose and the picture
  • Even light from head to toe. I ensure to take a picture (or get my picture taken) somewhere where there is shade if taken outside, & there are no shadows in the background. I also tend to stray away from harsh lighting when taking self portraits.
  • Clean background. You don’t have to take your picture at some fancy place all the time, I love using walls as backdrops from time to time. As long as the background is clean, then you are good to go.
  • Golden hour is my favorite time to take pictures. If you’re not sure what that is, google it. It’s the best time to take pictures!
  • Pictures Inside? As many of you already know, I am a mom of three, and that only means I’m constantly snapping pictures of the kids no matter where we are. If I want to document a moment, I ensure to take it where the lighting is best. So if you happen to be inside when taking “the picture”, move around & find a spot with the best lighting.
  • Enable Photo Grid. For some reason I prefer having the grid on rather than having it off. It helps to some degree, and it may help you too.

Okay now for the fun part…

I went ahead and upgraded the VSCO app to Pro that was around $19.99. Now you don’t have to do this, and before I went pro, my favorite filter was S3.

Once pro, I fell in love with the Fuji filters! I have a love for fuji film-like photos as I would actually love to take on film photography sometime in the future, but for now I’ll stick with Fuji film filters & presets. My favorite to use on VSCO are FS4, FP2, and sometimes FS1 depending on the photo.

Now, I’m no pro when it comes to editing, but this is the style I’ve developed with time, and I’ve enjoyed getting creative with it!

I always bump the exposure as I see needed (I like my photos pretty bright), and I also bump the contrast just a tad bit. I play with the highlights and white balance (temp & tint) – for Fall I like them a little cool, and since we’re in Summer now, I prefer them on the warmer side. I always sharpen the photo, adjust & straighten or crop, get rid of a few shadows, and if needed I will increase the hue of a certain color while decreasing its saturation just a bit. Another cool & trendy thing you may see often on “instagram photos”, is grain. It’s pretty cool, but it’s not really my thing even though I do use it occasionally.

 

(Taken during golden hour)

FP2 , Exposure: +1.6 , Contrast: +.3 , Sharpen: +3.4 ,

 Highlights: +1.1, Shadows: +1.0,

Temp: +.7 , Tint: +.6 , Skin Tone: -1.1

HSL:  Hue: +1.1 , Saturation: -1.0

If you’re new with the app, I suggest to just play around using whichever filter interests you the most, and get familiar with an editing style of your liking. I don’t always use the same tools, & I switch filters accordingly as I see fit depending on each picture.

I hope you find this helpful, and if I happened to miss anything, or you have any questions or any requests on what you’d like to see next, please don’t hesitate to leave me a comment down below!

Other apps I like to use:

Facetune to whiten or remove anything from the picture

UNUM to move & organize photos for my feed

Unfold for getting creative with pictures for my story

OHH!! And before I leave you all until next Wednesday… I was nominated by Locale Magazine to be part of a poll for “Favorite Lifestyle Bloggers in Greater Palm Springs”! What!! If it’s not too much to ask of you, I’d love to get your vote! Voting is open until next Tuesday at 5pm, and only one vote is allowed per day. This is so exciting for me as you can only imagine, and I’m grateful to even be nominated. Thank you all in advance if voting, and I’ll see you all next week!

Link to vote: here!

XO,

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