Keep Things Cohesive

November 27, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! Well, day after Thanksgiving... I spent most of the day on the couch with the pup (who is officially one year old this month - yikes!), updating my tumblr theme, which took way longer than I hoped/expected, but now it's a beautifully responsive extension of this blog, and you should definitely follow me if you haven't already. Yes, that's a shameless plug, and I look forward to following you back. :)

In the afternoon, I got out for a few hours to chill with Mom and visit J at the firehouse. It sucks that he had to work on our first Thanksgiving as a married couple, and it sucks that I wasn't able to be with a whole bunch of family members like most other people, but I guess every year can't be family-filled and picture perfect. It would've been really nice to have some sweet potato pie, though.

iPhone Photo Editing Apps You Maybe Haven't Tried

November 18, 2015

I've clicked through on many a blog post titled "how I edit my iPhone photos," or something along those lines, expecting to read about an app I hadn't tried before, only to be disappointed. I like playing with different tools to make a basic phone photo pop, but lately, every one of these posts I read offers the same handful of suggestions. I'm looking at you, VSCO. I started wondering why people didn't post about less-popular options, and then I decided maybe I should go ahead and actually make my own post, because maybe someone else out there is looking for shiny new options.

I do use VSCO, but it's not my favorite. I don't have a favorite. I use a handful of different apps interchangeably. If Afterlight (another popular option that works well but will not appear on this list because it's popular) isn't setting the mood I'm looking for, I'll try the Photoshop app. If that's not working I'll play with Instagram's editing tools, and so on and so forth. The list below is in no particular order, and it is small, but it is mighty. While all options offer preset filters, none are necessarily better than the other. They're just different. Oh, and they're all FREE (!).

Note: the snaps below are rough examples of the various editing options within each application. Heavy emphasis on the word rough. Even heavier emphasis on the word various. (direct links to the iTunes product pages are marked with an 'x')

Remember to Rest

November 16, 2015

My past couple weekends have been spent in super good company. Last Saturday I met up with the lovely Beth from The City Dweller. She has a great blog that puts a spotlight on Atlanta and all it's glory, and after like a year of following each other we were finally able to meet in person. More meet-ups are sure to come!

This past Saturday, on the other hand, was mainly spent alone, and it was WONDERFUL. Cue a post about me, me, me, and how great it was to some things for myself.

Michigan in the Fall

November 10, 2015

I had forgotten how much I love Michigan in the fall. I've talked about it over and over again, with many people throughout the years, but it's not the same as experiencing it for the first time in a while. The day of my brother's wedding was a brisk 40-50 degrees Fahrenheit. There were moments when the wind really whipped through my leather jacket, but it felt so disrespectfully good to be back in my element. I'm one of those people who loves and embraces the cold. I crank the A/C on summer evenings so I can snuggle in cozy blankets, and I hardly touch the heat during the winter. Maybe growing up in the Midwest is to blame, because I remember getting excited as a kid when the forecast showed anything over 50 degrees. Ha!

Monday Motivation

November 9, 2015

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I woke up an hour late this morning and am currently sipping lukewarm coffee, so I need a little motivation today. In hopes of turning this rainy Monday into something worth writing about, I'm going to set and meet (maybe) a few goals.

  • Start a new book
  • Edit camera photos from my trip home
  • Call my brother and see how his honeymoon went

If you're reading this I hope you have a fantastic Monday. Go make a difference.
P.S. Yay for a new blog design! Send all your good vibes to Gabriela for being so helpful and accommodating to all my design questions and requests.

Appreciating Miley Cyrus

November 6, 2015

If you would've told me that one day I'd be respecting and appreciating Miley Cyrus for her music during her Hannah Montana days, I'd say yep, you're probably right. If you had said the same thing after that infamous VMA performance, I would've said BOY IF YOU DON'T. I was a grown-woman fan of Hannah Montana, the TV series. My mom and I could watch back to back episodes on the Disney channel, and sing along to the theme song. Hashtag no shame. It's common pop culture knowledge that things have changed for Ms. Cyrus since her wholesome days, but one thing that apparently hasn't changed is the quality of her singing voice. A few weeks ago, I fell down the rabbit hole of the internet, and came across some older videos of Miley's Dolly Parton covers. One day I had these two on repeat (mainly Jolene).

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