Weekly Update 4/29

  • Just a normal week of work
  • I'm so excited to spend the weekend celebrating birthdays and graduations, with some of my friends from high school that I haven't seen in awhile!
On Caralina Style:
Anthropologie- 20% off full price jeans
Ann Taylor- 50% off full price styles and extra 60% off sale styles
Banana Republic- 40% off with code "BRSAVE"
Gap- 40% off with code "SHINE"
J. Crew- 30% off and extra 40% off sale items
J. Crew Factory- 40-50% off
Loft- 40% off full price styles and extra 60% off sale styles
Neiman Marcus Last Call- 30% off bags, shoes, and jewelry
NuMe- $19.99 any classic curling wand
Old Navy- Extra 20% off clearance with code "ENJOY"
Tobi- 50% off rompers and jumpsuits with code "SUN50"

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Blogger Bloopers Part 5

It's time for another round of Blogger Bloopers! I love seeing these kinds of photos from other bloggers, and making these kinds of posts is always fun. It's always good to laugh at ourselves, right?  So, no matter how many posed photos you see in my outfit posts, there most likely were a few like these that came along with it.

And in case you missed them, here are Blogger Bloopers part one, two, three, and four.

The first try for photos of this post that were never posted

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From the 2nd try of this post, the ones that made it to the blog
The making of this photo

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 When one piece of hair wraps around your face

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There were bees everywhere

Another bee face, maybe?

 The making of a walking shot...1


 ...and 3

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the making of this photo

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Seersucker + a Giveaway

Port Royal Outfitters hat c/o | Port Royal Outfitters sunglass straps c/o | J. Crew Factory racerback tank | Articles of Society "Sarah" skinny jeans | Jack Rogers Navajo sandals | Ray Ban Erika sunglasses | Stella and Dot initial necklace c/o

The hat I'm wearing in today's post from Port Royal Outfitters combines two things I really love, seersucker and dogs!
My dog Cowboy is making an appearance on the blog today. And if you look closely in the fourth photo, my other dog Gracie is hiding in the bottom corner. I made the "smart" decision of wearing white jeans to play fetch with Cowboy. So just a few seconds after the photos with him were taken, there was mud all over my white pants. At least I already needed to do a load of white laundry anyway!

I'm also wearing some seersucker sunglass straps in this post from Port Royal. I have always loved having these during the summer, especially for the beach. I never have to worry about losing my sunglasses and this light blue seersucker is so versatile!
 I've teamed up with Port Royal to give a seersucker hat just like this one to one lucky reader! You can enter on my Instagram today!

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Lightroom Tutorial for Outfit Posts

Today I'm sharing how I use Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to edit my outfit photos. This is my first "blogger tip" sort of post, because I'm usually reading blog tips, rather than giving them. This whole blogging thing can be complicated, but I feel like I have more experience with Lightroom than anything else, because I have been using it since high school. 
So, I'll start off by saying I have a subscription to the Adobe Photography Package, that has Adobe Photoshop CC and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC. For outfit posts, Sarah of Stylish Sassy and Classy blog and I take each other's photos. We use her Canon 7D (discontinued, but a great model, now available as the 7D Mark II) with a fixed 50mm lens. And any other posts I shoot myself with my Canon Rebel XSi, that I've had since high school. That has also been discontinued, but if you are looking for your first DSLR and don't want to spend a lot, there are some good prices out there on that model, the Canon Rebel XS, and older entry-level Nikon models like the D60. With the XSi I use either the 18-55mm kit lens or 55-250mm telephoto lens, that (surprise!) has also been discontinued. I originally got it for dance/action photos and it still works well for that.

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As you can see here, the main thing I do with my photos is just brighten them. Most of the time, I adjust the temperature, exposure, highlights, and blacks.

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I also crop and straighten the photo when necessary, as shown from this photo.


Here is a photo I just made brighter. For some reason, when I import the photos the temp. and tint aren't always at 0. So I actually have turned the temperature up, and left the tint alone, although the numbers in the screenshot don't reflect that. When it does show up at 0, I usually turn up the temp up to 3, 6, or 8, depending on the photo.
I also brought up the exposure and the highlights, and turned down the blacks for some contrast. I prefer to do that instead of bring the actual "contrast" feature down. And it's always nice to bring up the highlights when the background is blurred, it brings that in a little more.

As shown from this photo, I sometimes crop quite a bit for a closer-up shot. The temperature and exposure is what really made this brighter, again the tint I usually leave alone, it said +24 when it was imported.


Another crop for a closer-up frame, and the same idea for brightening the photo.

Here is an example of the brightening, cropping/straightening, and bringing up the color to make it more saturated in certain areas. In this case, it's the pink wall. Shown in the below screen shots, I turned the red all the way up. That made the wall look more pink (a little more pink than it is in real life actually), and made my sweater a little brighter too. 

And lastly, another example of the saturation with this blue/green wall. With my white pants I couldn't bring the blue and aqua all the way up because it started to change their color. But, it makes just the wall more saturated and does not mess with any of the coloring on me or my outfit. 

I'm not a Photoshop expert by any means, but I hope some of you found this helpful!

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