Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Picture Perfect

Thanksgiving is done and the holiday season has officially begun!

Inspiration comes in many forms this year.  A delightful blog post by Cathy of Pear Tree Greetings gives the top tips when taking your holiday photo this year.

Light Colors
Left photo by: Ashlee Raubach; Right photo by: Ashlee Raubach
When the whole family is wearing light colors, it focuses attention on the darker colors in the photo, such as facial features, hair color, or the beautiful scenery in the background. We like a mix of light colors, which looks more natural than everyone wearing the same color.

Dark Colors
The dark colors this family is wearing make them stand out against the lighter sky and field. The dark blue color solidly grounds them and gives them the appearance of a tight unit, which is a nice subliminal message for a family photo.

Bright & Casual
Photo by: 
The playful poses of the kids match the playful colors in this photo, and help the kids stand out against the gorgeous fall colors in the background. Letting the kids wear something they’re comfortable in can also make the photo shoot go a little more smoothly.


Left photo by: Ashlee Raubach; Top right photo by:; Bottom right photo by: Ashlee Raubach 
A background without a lot of color, such as a snowy landscape, monochromatic field, or an urban setting, will keep the focus on you and your family. Even subtle colors will pop, like they’re hand-painted onto the photo (as in the winter scene at left) while dressing everyone in bright colors (like the other two photos) can make a completely different statement.

Photo by: Laci Davis Photography
A brightly colored background can give your photo a ton of attitude, but it might call for simple, black and white clothes so the family members stand out. In this example, we notice Mom, Dad, and son first and then realize, with a smile, that their daughter blends right in with the fun surroundings!

Image: Tis the Season to Sketch Horizontal Christmas Cards
If you love the color of a certain Christmas card, have one or more people in the family wear something in that color, even something as small as a hair bow. That way, it looks like the photo and the card were meant for each other.

Creating Contrast for black & white photos

If you plan to make your photo black and white, creating contrast between light and dark colors will make it more interesting. Light colors, whether clothing, faces or background objects, will stand out the most. To draw attention to the faces in your photo, wear clothing that’s darker than your skin tone. Keep white clothes to a minimum, and avoid dressing everyone in mid-range colors which all turn to gray.
Now that you know you are ready for the 
perfect picture this holiday!

Blog Information Source: Pear Salad a blog by Pear Tree Greetings

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Everyone Can Help Someone

  We can't help everyone, but everyone can help someone.

    ― Ronald Reagan

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Pie to Try

As the menu for this Thanksgiving continues to grow, homemade pie has now been added to the list.

I have NEVER made a pie before but this recipe from has rave reviews.

No pie is complete without a personal touch.  Thankfully Style Me Pretty and Pinterest stepped up with the perfect pin.

Not sure which design I like best, but this inspiration is surely making my mouth water with ideas!

Friday, November 16, 2012

In One Hour

Wikipedia is the go to for quick information about ANYTHING.  

And now they are asking for help.  They want me and you and everyone who has helped make it the #5 site in the world to donate.

"If everyone reading this gave $5, our fundraiser would be done within an hour. Please help us forget fundraising and get back to Wikipedia."

So take a minute and give, because you use wikipedia, because you found and extra $5 in your pants, because it is that time of year or because you know it is the right thing to do.


Thursday, November 15, 2012

The Grand Tourista

Travel is on my mind and I do not often travel light.

The Grand Tourista by Jason Wu for St Regis Hotels & Resorts.  This extremely limited-edition travel tote is a perfect blend of worldly travel and St. Regis sophisticationDebuting today on Moda Operandi until November 22nd, you can reserve this exclusive bag!

After that you can find it on the St. Regis online boutique.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Private Pinning

To my delight Friday morning, Pinterest sent me a note that started my day off right!


I have personally been emailing anything I didn't want the world to follow on my boards and this was JUST what I wanted and needed.

Here is the best part of the note:

Today, we’re excited to continue this tradition with a new feature we hope will make Pinterest even better—secret boards. Secret boards give you a place for things you’re not quite ready to share yet, like a surprise party, special gift ideas, or even planning for a new baby. We’re testing out the feature by giving everyone 3 secret boards. You’ll find them at the bottom of your profile. We can’t wait to hear what you think!
On behalf of our team here at Pinterest, thanks so much for pinning, inviting your friends, and sending us ideas for how we can improve. Most of all, thanks for sharing your inspirations. With your help, we’ll make Pinterest a little better every day.
—Ben & the Pinterest Team

 Mine are set and going, even though you will never seem them!  
Here are just a few of my public boards.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Moment of History

    “ We live in a moment of history where change is 
so speeded up that we begin to see the present 
only when it is already disappearing.

    ― R. D. Laing

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mosaic Moments

Getting photos from off your iphone and onto your walls is about to get even easier.

Presenting Mosaic.

20 images.
20 dollars (plus tax and shipping).
 4 days.

Simple.  Gorgeous.

Celebrate all of your life moments.


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