April 26, 2017

Improve Your Photography Challenge (pt 2)

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Hey y'all!

As mentioned in my original Improve Your Photography Challenge post, I teamed up with CreativeLive to take an online photography class on "How to Take Amazing Photos with a DSLR". And boy, did I learn a lot!

A quick little recap! My boyfriend, Michael, and I challenged ourselves (and you!) to learn how to take better pictures using a DSLR camera. It's so simple to just put a camera in auto mode and take pictures, but at that point, you might as well just use your iPhone camera. We really felt like my blog photos could improve so we set out to take this class and actually learn how to use a camera in manual mode.

The class that we chose to take offered great insight on how to work with natural lighting, studio lighting, how to pose a man or a woman, how to style food for photography, and so many other things. I genuinely feel like I learned a lot by taking this class. Each section is thorough and very easy to follow along with. We watched a few sections each night, which was perfect for our busy schedules.

If this course sounds like something you'd be interested in, then sign up! And use the code ISHARE20 to receive 20% off. (expires 5/31/2017)

CreativeLive also has other courses like money + life, crafting, and even music verticals. Definitely check it out if you're someone who loves being creative!

Now onto the exciting part -- our picture reveals! (You didn't think I forgot, did you?) While the original car was moved, we did the same sort of idea for our second photoshoot!

 ↑ My picture! 

↑ Michael's picture!↑

As you can (hopefully) see, we definitely learned a lot more about focusing and working with better lighting. Let me know who you think won our little challenge in the comments below! It was such a fun experience getting to know more about photography and I can't wait to apply it to my blog. I hope my readers really notice a difference!


April 21, 2017

11 of the Cutest Accessories to Spruce up your Work Desk

Hey y'all!

I'm a huge sucker for #aesthetic and who doesn't want a fun and creative work space? I think it's super important to love the space that you're in because if you like your space, you'll enjoy working. Plus it helps with inspiration! For this post, I went with a rose gold and acrylic theme because I feel like it's totally on trend.

How stinking cute is this? A stapler is always a must-have for me on my desk, and I think this is totally one I'd want to keep out for decoration too! Bonus points if you have rose gold staples!

Everyone needs a place to store their pens and pencils. This one is totally perfect because you can see all of the pens through the side of the cup which means no more having to search through an entire drawer for your favorite pencil.

I hate whenever a great thought or idea pops into my head and I have nowhere to write it down. This little notebook is perfect for random inspiration. It's a great size, but won't take up too much space in your drawers or even on top of your desk.
This may or may not be a little over the top, but hey, it's all about the decor sometimes. These pens are such a unique addition to a desk. Who says you can't have your cake and eat it too?

I have had my eye on one of these for so long! I think they are such a cool gift idea that's super customizable. You can change it depending on your mood or whenever the seasons change. It's a cheap and fun way to decorate!

I know a lot of people don't even have a mouse anymore, but if you do, this is a great choice. It gets the job done and looks pretty while doing it. (now if only I could be that way too...🤔)

If you're a DIY type of girl, then this wall decor could easily be done at home. But if you're lazy or don't trust your crafting ability, this pendant is super affordable. I personally love the look of pendants because they are really easy + cheap to make, but take up a lot of space on the wall!

Staying ahead of deadlines and due dates is so important. I'm a huge organizer so a calendar is always on the top of my list. I actually usually have a couple of calendars just because I'm that crazy organized.

Do a lot of people have business cards? Is that a dumb question? I don't know honestly. But I thought this piece was too cute not to include in this list. It kind of looks like a little sofa for your cards!

Because this picture frame has two sides, you don't have to pick between a picture of your family or a picture of your dog. It's the best of both worlds.

Flowers help any area feel more comfortable. Opting for a fake option is much better because then you don't have to constantly replace them or have to clean up the mess from dead ones. 

I hope this inspired you to decorate your office space! 

April 12, 2017

How to Create the Perfect Class Schedule

Hey y'all!

I know before orientation, I was really worried about signing up for classes. Then when we actually had to choose our schedules, it went by so quickly and I didn't feel like I had the schedule I really wanted. I wish I had known this advice before I had signed up, but hey, hopefully my mistakes will help you!

1. Look up your professors before signing up.

Make use of ratemyprofessor.com !! You'll be thankful when you get a teacher that gives you study guides vs a teacher that gives you homework every night. And once the semester is over, be helpful to other students and rate yours! Karma is real, friends.

2. Plan out your schedule ahead of time.

My school has a 'schedule builder' feature, so I make use of this every semester. But if your school doesn't offer this, it isn't hard to look at the classes offered and build your own! Then when you finally get to register, you aren't scrambling to sign up for any class that has an open seat.

3. Have backup plans.

Sometimes you won't get the schedule you wanted because they filled up too quickly (especially when they're core requirements). Make sure that you have an idea of other classes you want / need to take if you have an empty slot!

4. Don't sign up for 8 am's (or 9 am's).

If you weren't a morning person in high school, you won't be in college. I made the mistake my first semester by signing up for a 9 am. I woke up at 6:30 am in high school so I thought it wouldn't be that hard in college. Unless you are truly a morning person, you'll regret early morning classes as soon as you hear your first alarm.

5. Avoid Friday classes.

This is directed towards sorority girls in particular (at least 'Bama girls). Usually swaps and date parties are on Thursday nights and I promise you'll have major FOMO if you miss out on them. Either try to have later classes or if you're lucky, have no classes on Friday at all!

6. Don't skip class.

This is obvious, but it's a steep and slippery slope. Most teachers don't take attendance in college, so it's really easy to miss. Keep in mind that you're actually paying for each and every class that you're taking. You'll be a lot more eager to go once you realize it costs you about $260 each class you skip.

7. Wait until you start class to order a textbook.

Most of the time you won't need it. Also if you check out ratemyprofessor.com, students will usually write if they used the book in class or not! Don't waste money on a book you probably won't even use. (Unless it's an english class)

8. Rent textbooks from anywhere BUT your bookstore.

College campuses know you need your books. They're overcharging you for convenience. And while it's nice to not have to wait on shipping, ordering a book online always works out cheaper. I personally use Amazon to buy used textbooks. You have the option to rent or buy! So if you don't want to be stuck with a copy of some random history book, you can just ship it back at the end of the semester. Plus if you sign up for Prime Student, you get free two-day shipping!

Check out my other posts in this series!



April 6, 2017

High End Makeup Products Worth Buying

Hey y'all!

I love talking about makeup products that I use. It's one of my absolute favorite things to splurge on! I can't count the amount of times that I've specifically saved up money to purchase a high-end product. Today I've compiled a list of my favorite items that I definitely think are worth buying!

I apply this with my finger as a highlighter on the inner corner of my eyes, on my brow bone, and the tip of my nose! I'm not a super #glowgetter kind of girl so I like a subtle highlight. This product is great because you can use it for so many things and it's a super creamy formula.

I convinced my dad to buy this for me when I was home over winter break. Weirdly enough, I bought it at Kohl's! It's a great starter palette to take with you on vacations because it has basic neutral colors that are perfect for any eye color. I constantly find myself reaching for it whenever I'm packing up my suitcase.

Skincare counts as makeup, right? Taking care of your skin is honestly so important. Your makeup will never look flawless if you don't cleanse, tone, and moisturize. I'm a sucker for face masks and I had a Sephora gift card, so I didn't feel too guilty about spending big bucks on this product. I love the way it makes my skin feel super clean and tight. The jar is pretty big so you definitely get a lot of product for the price.

I recently purchased the travel size of this while in line at Sephora (dang you mini's!! they always get me!) I wouldn't say I have huge pores, but they're definitely noticeable. I really only use this around my t-zone whenever I'm putting on a full face of makeup, and I love the way it feels on my skin. I do notice a difference in the appearance of my pores whenever I apply it!

This is still on my wish list, but can we just appreciate how beautiful these colors are? There's tons of neutrals, but also pops of pinks / cranberries. I've never tried any ABH eyeshadow before, but I think it's the perfect palette for anyone with blue eyes!

Creamy, full coverage, and it DOES NOT CREASE!! You can just put this bad boy on your under eye circles and go on about your day with it without fear (but I'd still recommend using a setting powder 😉). It comes with a dough-foot applicator so it's super easy to use and you get tons of product.

I've had this blush forever and still haven't hit pan which is crazy because I use this every time I wear makeup! Mac blushes are super blendable and buildable aka perfect for people like me who tend to have a heavy hand when using powder products. The color 'margin' is great for summer time because it has a little bit of shimmer to it so it illuminates and highlights the cheeks beautifully.

As someone who has hooded eyes, if I don't use a primer, my eyeshadow will come off within an hour and my eyeliner will transfer onto my lid. Definitely not the look I'm going for when I spend time doing my makeup! This is the only product that I've used that has actually worked at keeping my eyeshadow and liner stay put all day.

Not only does this product last forever, but it's perfect for practically any skin tone. It's completely matte, isn't too orangey or muddy, and is very buildable. If you haven't tried it, definitely pick it up. It's the only bronzer I use!


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