Saveur blog awards 2015

March 30, 2015

Saveur blog awards, 2015, vote, home style design coverage

Happy Monday guys and gals! I wanted to pop in and share a really pleasant and unexpected surprise I received in my email inbox the other day! Out of 50,000 submissions, this lil blog here was chosen as one of six finalists in the Home, Style, and Design category for the 2015 Saveur Blog Awards! Like, seriously whaaat?! Is this real life?! I’m just so honored and thankful to have even been nominated, and for someone(s) to even think that this blog is worthy enough to be a finalist is like, more than I can handle. This in itself is #winning!

Now comes the fun part: I need your votes!! There will be two winners for each category: a Readers’ Choice winner and an Editors’ Choice winner – so click on the voting button below or hop on over to Saveur and cast your votes for your favorite blog in each category! I really, really appreciate all of you and thank you!!!

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Voting begins on Monday, March 30 and ends on April 30.

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love x lettering: Wishful

March 27, 2015

Oscar Wilde quotes, hand lettering, brush lettering, Friday favorites, inspirational quotes, motivational, calligraphy

Aloha Friday, friends! I admit it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on a Friday…blah!

I wanted to leave you to enjoy this weekend with this quote by Oscar Wilde:
“We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars”

My daily practice over the past 6 months or so has been to look at every moment in the light rather than the darkness. It’s not the easiest thing to do (man oh man), and it takes constant effort, mindfulness, and presence. But eventually, after practice practice practice, you come to get the hang of it and it slowly becomes a natural thought pattern, it becomes natural to want to center yourself before you react. Sometimes though, gah!! I just want to get super pissed off at things and be down and depressed about situations. But at those moments, I find myself wanting to dig myself out of that hole and let go so much more badly. I’m working on it, day by day. It just feels so much better to feel good about things, rather than bad, you know?

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In other news, I’ll be back here on the blog on Monday (whoa, right?!) to announce some exciting things! I’d love for you to join me!

Enjoy your weekend!
xoxo

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DIY Easter Egg place cards

March 25, 2015

Easter 2015, DIY Easter ideas, place cards, DIY watercolor eggs, Lark & Linen

DIY Easter time! I can’t believe it’s right around the corner, already!

Today you’ll find me over on Lark & Linen sharing these DIY speckled gold and watercolor Easter eggs that can easily be used as place cards for your dinner guests. Be sure to check it out! >>>

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Easter 2015, DIY Easter ideas, place cards, DIY watercolor eggs, Lark & Linen

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All photos by me for Lark & Linen.

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Photo editing made easy with Foto Rx

March 16, 2015

Foto Rx, Besotted Blog, photo editing, photo filters

Photo editing. It’s amazing how a beautifully edited photo can enhance your brand, blog, or social media account! I admit that it took me awhile to get the hang of editing my photos to be exactly how I like it, and I’m constantly inspired by others who create amazing photographs. I get so many emails and comments about my process of editing photos – it’s hard to explain usually since it’s a long process that really just depends on your own personal eye. But today I want to share with you a really easy and beautiful way to edit your photos using a new resource, Foto Rx!

For this here blog, I would usually edit my photos on Adobe Lightroom, however, each photo would take quite a bit of time to get just right (makes it worse that I’m a semi-perfectionist). I had the opportunity to try out Foto Rx, a new photo editing resource that makes it super easy by using quick, pre-made Photoshop actions. I was immediately impressed when I tried editing the below 3 photos – the time it took to edit them was 1/2 or 1/3 of what I would take editing them in Lightroom. It was quick, easy, and the results were exactly what I was looking for…Just check out my “before” and “after” photos below! And needless to say, I’ll be editing my photos with Foto Rx from now on!

Foto Rx is the brain child of the gals over at Besotted. You can purchase these Photoshop actions via their Etsy store and they’ve also provided us with a video tutorial on how to easily use Foto Rx via their website.

Not to mention, Besotted has also provided us with a MEGA list of product photography tutorials and resources, so be sure to check that out on their blog to help further your photo editing game!

How do you usually edit your photos? What do you think about Foto Rx?

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Foto Rx, Besotted Blog, photo editing, photo filters, Adobe Photoshop

Foto Rx, Besotted Blog, photo editing, photo filters, Adobe Photoshop

Foto Rx, Besotted Blog, photo editing, photo filters

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All photos via me.

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DIY Valentine’s Day treat box labels

February 11, 2015

Printable, free download, Valentine's day DIY, treat boxes, box labels

Printable, free download, Valentine's day DIY, treat boxes, box labels

Happy early Valentine’s day, darlings! I’m over on Lark & Linen today, sharing another DIY/printable for you to give all your lovelies on Saturday…a super simple way for you to sweeten up some treat boxes and make them a tad bit more special…feel free to print the one’s I’ve made, or get creative and make your own!

Visit Lark & Linen to get the details on this DIY and/or download + print these Valentine’s treat box labels!

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Blogmilk + Coded by Brandi Bernoskie