September 19, 2014

Creating sharable scenes with all those photos in your phone!



Is this you? Capturing your kid's (dog's, husband's, friend's - whoever's) tricks, magnetic smiles, food covered faces, or even just every day life... It's me, totally me.  I love to capture life's moments, every moments. Life is art, after all, and our handy little smartphones make it so easy to capture.  

Besides this blog here, my favorite social medium is Instagram, but I also know I can't spam that account with photo after photo - I try to be respectful of when and what I share.  Some people (my mom mainly), are interested in seeing more, like the little cute moments I capture of my babies.  And maybe my friends are interested in our recent travels. My family would probably love to see all the photos I captured of everyone at a recent wedding shower - better yet, maybe they have some of their own that they want to share and I want to see. 

So, what happens to all those photos upon photos in your phone's photo album?  Or worse, the photos that other's have in their photo album that you want?  I was recently introduced to the Seahorse app, a free photo scene curator and sharing app.  After trying it out, I totally think this could be an answer to those questions and give us the ability to unearth those hidden photo gems just lost in our photo albums.  With this app, you can document your life, upload your photos into scenes (like sets or albums), you can share with selected people (those that will care about said scene) and you can invite other's to add to your scenes (a la the photos other's have hiding in their phones) + much more. 

And it's free - I mentioned that, right? Free.

It's easy to use, like really easy (this coming from a girl that hates to read directions).  Here are a few photos of how I created my first scene (without having read any directions)...


You can take your photos with your camera and sync with Seahorse app, or take photos right through the Seahorse app. All photos taken in the Seahorse app are saved in the original resolution! Out of habit, I used my camera and just synced with the app.


After you have photos you want to cluster together into a scene (great for trips, or events where you've captured several photos), you can open then app (if you took photos via your camera, like I did) to sync your photo album and easily select the photos you want to include in your new scene.  


And then my favorite feature... share that cluster, set or scene of photos with those that actually care.  So a few photos with foot all over Nora's face?  My mom totally eats those up (pun intended), so I sent them to her (it will prompt you to allow access to your contacts to easily email off, and if they aren't already Seahorse app users, they can download it).  All scenes that are shared are co-owned by those invited.


There is still so much more I have yet to try out (like 'Magic,' where you shake your photo to discover past moments), and I'm going to have fun playing around with this app to learn more. I feel like it's going to be a great solution to help me organize and share my photos that would otherwise just sit in my phone!

What do you do with all the photos you have in YOUR photo album? How do you share or organize it all?  

If you're interested, you can download this app (for free!) for iPhone here and Android here!

Bonus! As like many apps, there is a Premium version that allows you extra storage space up to 5GB, and you can get this version FREE with code CLEVERHORSE now through October 31, 2014.  To access, download the free version, once you do, tap the icon (your account photo/icon) in the top left to access account settings.  Tap "Redeem" and type in the above code, then Go to activate.

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I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.



September 18, 2014

Favorite Wears: Boden Brights & a Giveaway!


Want to add a punch of color to your Fall wardrobe? Seriously, look no further than Boden, which is a more recent favorite shop of mine because their pieces are so well made, cheerful, well cut and versatile!  This dress, for example, can be a great piece for work (slip on a neutral blazer to tone it down... if you must) and play (like pairing it with leopard and a bright clutch).  

You know who else loves Boden? Meagan from Because of Jackie!  She's styling a jacket, so make sure to check out how she styled her Boden piece!

Additionally, we have two great things for you.  A giveaway for some Boden credit and a 15% discount code (use code: W8C9 at check out) so you can all shop yourself!  See the bottom of the post for the giveaway details!


{Outfit details: Dress c/o Boden, Leopard wedges; Clutch (old, similar); Lips; Watch; Pyramid bracelet (old, similar)}

boden marilyn dress styled


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September 16, 2014

Fall Trends with LuLu's: Denim


Last week, Meagan and I introduced our fall series for incorporating trends into your normal, regular, everyday lifestyle - whether that be working full time (me!), a stay at home mom with tons of projects (Meagan!), or somewhere in between!  This week is denim, which is not a unique trend, but more a reinvention on ways to wear denim or trends in the denim family.  I'm not a huge jean-wearer (as mentioned yesterday, while wearing jeans...), but I do love denim and is a a staple in every closet. I tend to gravitate towards denim button down shirts and dresses, myself. 

Today, I wanted to showcase a different way to incorporate denim into your outfit by utilizing a denim shirt as an accessory (or would be great actually worn, like a jacket over a summery dress now that the temps are cooling down, too)!  I tied my shirt around my waist, plopped on a hat and slipped on sneakers to style this girly dress with more of a tomboy feel.  I particularly love sneakers with dresses these days to contrast the two ends of the spectrum. 

How are you reinventing they way you wear denim this season?

{Outfit details: Dress (on sale!); Denim Shirt - Gap (old, similar); Hat - Baldwin; Sunglasses - c/o LuLu's; Sneakers - c/o LuLu's; Necklace & Earrings - c/o Janesko}



Make sure to check out Meagan's outfit for more denim inspiration!


Thanks to LuLus.com for sponsoring this series, though all thoughts on trends and styling are strictly my own! LuLu's is just a fantastic, affordable place you can consider when refreshing your own Fall wardrobe!

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