Saturday, October 25, 2014

From the Soul

Shirt: via SoulCycle | Leggings: Nike {these are the exact same without the SoulCycle logo} | Shoes: Nike | Necklace: c/o Gorjana | Earrings: c/o Kendra Scott | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Ray Ban 
I've been doing TRX on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays over at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center at noon with Jennifer, and I think I may be addicted.  It's seriously awesome.  I feel like an amazon when I take that class (in the best possible way).  I'm usually the only girl, because the class is geared toward men, but I think that's why I like it so much.  I'm not treated like a delicate little flower, but instead I'm forced to do all these intense things just like the guys.

Anyways, I scored this workout outfit up in NY when I tried SoulCycle with one of my best friends.  It was probably the best day ever...mostly because we grabbed a lobster roll immediately afterward.  I guess it's a good thing we had worked out beforehand.  If you're into SoulCycle and live in Louisville, Jeff has a Rhythm Ride over at Milestone that is similar to it (beat of the music, using weights, etc.)  To check out their class schedule, click here, and to see their TRX schedule, click over here.

Happy Saturday, y'all!

{Thanks to Milestone for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own.}

Friday, October 24, 2014

Tribal Fringe + Giveaway

Jeans: Gap | Sweater: c/o Tobi | Shoes: Hunter | Necklace: c/o Benevolent Jewels | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Earrings: BaubleBar | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: c/o Loren Hope {here, here, & here} | Clutch: Clare Vivier
TGIF! Here's quite the Friday treat, y'all! Today, I am so excited to be teaming up with with Kiss Me DarlingCoffee Beans & Bobby Pins and some other amazing bloggers to bring you a $500 Shopbop gift card giveaway! One lucky reader will win a $500 Shopbop Gift Card to splurge on some amazing clothing, jewelry, and accessories. 

Just make sure to enter below! The giveaway is open until midnight on Monday, Nov. 3rd.  {Remember, the more entries you complete, the more chances you have to win.} Good luck!

This giveaway is open internationally.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Photo Tip Thursday: The Power of Split Toning

Split toning. I love it. What exactly is split toning you might ask? Well it has to do with adjusting/adding colors in the highlights and shadows of your image to add a really unique looking finish to your photos. Depending on the colors that you apply, and the strengths that you apply them with, split toning can be used to create really neat vintage looking photos, or used to enhance the mood of an image.

Let me give you an example:

This above photo is the resulting image after I had done all of my normal adjustments in Lightroom. I really liked the image but I wanted it to have a little bit of bit more of a brisk, cloudy fall day feel, so that the viewer could sense how cold it actually was out there that day and make the blanket seem very cozy. Also, I didn't want so much black in the shadow regions like on Grace's jeans and on the sweater. This is where split toning comes in handy.

Here I applied a cool, dark blue color to the shadows. In the highlights, I added a warmer orange color to offset the blue and preserve a natural looking skin tone.

Now lets move on to how you can apply this affect to your photos. I'll the explain the method for both Lightroom and Photoshop Elements/Photoshop.

In Lightroom:

In the Develop module, scroll down to the "Split Toning" tab and from here you can use the sliders to adjust the hues of color that you wish to add to both the shadows and the highlights as well as their respective saturations. Be really careful not to go overboard with the saturation sliders or the image can start to look really wacky. I tend to stick with cooler colors for the shadows and pick the opposite {warmer} color to apply to the highlights. After picking your colors, reduce the shadows just a tiny bit.

In Photoshop Elements/Photoshop:

Luckily the methods of split toning in both Elements and Photoshop are identical, so the steps are the exact same in both. To begin, click on the "Create New Adjustment Layer" {I've circled this button in red in the image below} and select "Gradient Map" from the drop down menu that appears. 

Once the Gradient Map menu pops up, double-click the gradient bar and the menu seen in the image below will appear. If you double-click the tab that is circled on the left side of the menu, you'll be able to adjust the color that will be applied to the shadow regions of your image. By double-clicking on the circled tab on the right of the menu, you can select the color that will be applied to the highlight regions. Once you've got the colors that you like, click "OK".

Below is the example of what you'll see once you've applied the Gradient Map to your photo. You'll notice that the blue color that I've selected has been applied to the darker regions {the shadows} of the image, while the orange has been to the lighter areas {the highlights}. You're right in thinking that this looks awful at this stage because you can't see any of the original colors but we'll correct this in the next step.

Next, select the blend mode and change it from "Normal" to "Screen". You'll notice the original colors to come back through in the image. The effect might still be a bit overpowering so often times I decrease the "Opacity" slider to achieve a more natural and subtle look.

That's it! I hope you can put this effect to good effect with your photos. It's not something I do to all of Grace's outfit photos, but every once in a while it really can make them pop. Like I said, it works really well when you want to enhance the mood of a particular photo, as in the ones with the blanket like I did above. 

Thanks for reading!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Chartreuse + Buffalo Check

Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Franco Sarto | Top: J.Crew | Vest: J.Crew | Clutch: {similar} | Necklace: c/o Loren Hope | Cuffs: c/o Loren Hope {here & here} | Watch: Anne Klein | Ring: House of Harlow {similar} | Bracelets: c/o Bella Joy Jewelry | Earrings: c/o Bella Joy Jewelry | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Lips: MAC 'Fashion Revival'
When I scored this chartreuse vest from J.Crew on sale, I knew that it would be the best fall asset.  Adding this buffalo plaid shirt in 'heather carbon' made it perfect to add some of my new favorite jewelry from Bella Joy.

Bella Joy Jewelry started out at a family lemonade stand, which had quickly grown into a business full of quality designs and jewelry.  Try layering their fabulous necklaces, like this raw turquoise necklace and this petite point necklace.  Not into necklaces? What about layering some fab bracelets like I did up there?  I'm definitely lusting after this 'Vegas Stack'.  To see more of their jewelry, make sure to visit them here and view their new collection over here.

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{Thanks to Bella Joy Jewelry for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.}

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cozy & Warm

Jeans: Gap | Sweater: Vineyard Vines {similar} | Shirt: Gap | Tote: Marc Jacobs {similar} | Shoes: Arturo Chiang | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Cuff: c/o Loren Hope | Readers: Urban Outfitters | Lips: MAC 'heroine' | Blanket: c/o Saranoni
I love a good fair isle sweater for fall and winter.  It's the perfect amount of "cozy"--and I'm not sure if it's because of the print or the actual material.  This weekend, Andrew and I were heading out to take pictures at a local farm and to pick up even more pumpkins after we demolished them from carving them.  However, carving is quite the understatement--they were more like demolished.  Andrew decided to use a rotary tool to make the job a bit easier, and it ended up obliterating our much for our Harry Potter inspired pumpkins.

Anyways, Andrew surprised me with some hot cider and a little picnic, which was adorably perfect.  He luckily brought my new favorite blanket from Saranoni, which came in handy because it was starting to get pretty cold and even sprinkling at one point.  If you haven't visited the Saranoni site yet, you most definitely should.  They are a luxury blanket company that was started in 2006 and they have blankets from all sizes, patterns, and colors.  They have a mini blanket that covers a newborn, receiving blankets, toddler to teen blankets, extra large blankets {which are super large}, and home throws.  The one I'm using above to keep warm is the ivory home throw that's shown here.  I'm pretty sure Tripp {my teacup yorkie} loves it just as much as I do, because I always find him snuggled in it sleeping.  If you're interested in learning more about Saranoni, visit their About page and their FAQ page.

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{Thanks to Saranoni for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.}

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