Like so many others, Instagram is by far my most used and favorite iphone app. People often ask me how I edit my photos on my phone, so I though I would share my process. I've waisted many dollars on photo apps, but really only use these three... 

1. Snapseed has one of my most loved features- the straighten feature. In the past I wouldn't post photos when lines were off or a window was crooked, but now with this app I can make them perfectly straight. I also love that you can brighten, add contrast or saturation to a section of the photo rather than the whole thing.
2. VSCOcam is by far my favorite photo editing app, because the filters emulate film. Ever since this app came on the scene I rarely use instagram filters. You can also use the app to lighten, add contrast, saturation, etc. 
3. TouchRetouch is genius. I just found out about the app a month or so ago and it has changed my life.  You can remove anything unwanted from a photo, sort of like you would in photoshop. In this photo I removed a speaker and a fire alarm, which would have taken the focus away from my subject. 


Halloween is my favorite holiday. I mean lets face it, I love any reason to play dress up. OK maybe it's the candy. I revel in any excuse to eat sour candy and blow pops and have it be socially acceptable.
I carve a pumpkin every year. Some have been better then others. It never occurred to me to try out a no-carve pumpkin, until I saw these adorable ones on Real Simple. They are so creative and look super easy...

Chalkboard Pumpkins. I am such a chalkboard fan, for example here. This might just make use of my left over chalkboard spray paint!
Plaid Pumpkins. Are you mad for plaid? Me too. With a little tape and dry erase markers you can impress the neighbors with these beauties.


Well, we're off again...the boyfriend and I are headed to Santa Cruz, CA. for a wedding. I have only ever driven through Santa Cruz, so this should be fun for me. I have a feeling my camera wont be leaving my arm.

I think it's pretty clear by now I have a thing for maps. Like here, and here...
 Hmm, maybe it's all the traveling of late.
 I've been eying this adorable vintage paint by numbers in the shape of America (since it combines two of my favorite things, for example here)...


I think this could make a fabulous DIY (minus the $60 price tag)...

What you'll need:
2. Sharp Scissors, 3. Map of America Cut Out 

  • Print out a map of America on your computer and cut it out
  •  Place the cut-out over the paint-by-numbers
  • Draw a line with a sharpie around the cut out
  • Remove the cut out and start cutting around the sharpied line

and voila'

Something like this...

I think I have to try this out for my self! I'll let you know how it turns out.

Happy Weekend Everyone!!! xx


My dear friend Lilly (actress and owner of Nell's Compass Candles) recently had a crafting day for her upcoming wedding. I knew it was something I had to share with you, so I photographed the event.
Lilly had this amazing idea to stencil her wedding napkins with places, dates and words that had significance to her and her fiance {and ordered them from Stencilease}. We had so much fun making them, we thought we should start our own napkin business.

What you'll need:
North by Northwest (the first movie they saw together)
1. Place the stencil on the bottom left hand corner of the napkin
2. Dab brush in paint and start painting. Hold down stencil firmly to make sure there is no bleeding. 
3. Carefully remove stencil and voila!

Happy Weekend! xx