WOW it has been a while. I took a poll on Instagram as what you all wanted to read about as my first post back in a while and to my surprise it was fall clothes and recipes! I am going to get started with the clothes below and link everything! Just tap on the photo.
I like to think that I have it all together when it comes to flying! Personally the hardest thing to get together is the carry on luggage and the items in my purse! If you struggle too, no worries. Here are my top tips for your carry on luggage! I first like to start with my items that are irreplaceable to me, that way if my checked bag was to get lost I wouldn't be totally devastated! First on the list are my laptop, camera and medications. Basically my expensive things and things I can't live without. If you have medications you take daily I suggest putting them in your carry on that way no matter what you will have them with you! Next is my pillow, because I literally can't sleep without it. I also have all my chargers on my person, laptop charger, phone charger, headphones charger, my portable charger charger lol. Which reminds me, a portable phone charger is perfect for those flights that are a little bit too long! I never go without mine, and head phones are a must! I also have little things like lotion, gum, tampons just in case, chapstick, just the essentials to keep you comfortable while on the flight. All of these items have to be travel size of course and put into a plastic baggy. I personally plastic bag all my medications, all my important papers like passports or boarding passes, you can never be too careful! Once through security I stop and get myself one of those big smart waters, you know, the 33oz one! I also get the little can of original pringles, always! I find that if my stomach is feeling uneasy from the flight the little bit of salt really helps! Other than that I think you're ready to go! If you like neck pillows, those can be really nice on those longer flights. Lastly I like to always go to the bathroom before I get on the plane, if you've ever had to go to the bathroom on a plane then you know why! It is so tiny, so awful and not to mention having to get up is a hassle especially since I usually get a window seat ( those are my fave ). Oh and don't ever leave your bags unattended, or ask a stranger to watch them, just keep your bags with you to ensure you have no problems! Stay safe! xoxo Allison
I have been living for some sweaters and sweater dresses here recently and I've found Tobi to be the place to shop! With sales all the time, to just always seeming to have just what I need they are the perfect place to find your in style sweaters! I'm Sharing some of my faves below and you can just click the photos to shop! Their entire collection is just on point, they have the most on trend clothing all in one spot! Honestly, it is hard to just choose a couple things when shopping! I want it all! xx Allison
If you blog, own a business or just care about your Instagram aesthetics in general then photography is a big deal. I have been getting a lot of questions about camera and photography in general that I am hoping me and Katelyn an get answered for you below! Make sure and comment and let us know if you have any other questions. And for those of you that didn't know Katelyn V Photography is who takes all my photos and we worked together on this blog post to try and answer all of your alls questions!
Brand: Nikon— Katelyn prefers Nikon’s interface and the way it fits in her hand, but she really love Canon’s colors… No brand is necessarily better than the other, and if you know how to control and work with your settings, it won’t matter which brand you’re using.
Camera: Nikon d750… this is a full frame camera, and allows you to have a little more control over your settings, has better low-light capabilities, and can essentially fit more in the image. There are also crop sensor cameras which are several hundred-thousand dollars cheaper, and are great entry-level cameras that still create beautiful, high-resolution images. If you’re looking into buying your first DSLR, Katelyn recommends a crop sensor camera— both because it will be easier to learn to use and easier on your bank account. ( which is on my Christmas list, fingers crossed) No matter the camera you have, whether it’s your phone, a point-and-shoot, crop sensor, or a full-frame, if you don’t know how to work with your settings, you won’t be able to achieve the photos you want. Just because you have a nice camera doesn’t necessarily mean your photos will always be better. Learn how to use ISO, shutter speed, aperture, and learn how to edit photos properly, and then you’ll be able to really start creating images you love!
Lenses: Sigma Art 35mm 1.4, Nikon 50mm 1.4, Nikon 85mm 1.8— these are all prime lenses, meaning they’re a fixed length and do not zoom. Katelyn most often uses her 50mm because she finds it is the most versatile, but sometimes doesn’t allow her to get as far away from my subject as she would like, so then she would use her 35mm to fit more in the frame. There’s nothing wrong with zoom lenses, Katelyn just prefers prime lenses because of the beautiful bokeh they can create (bokeh is the “blurry” background that is out of focus, while the person or object is in focus).
Accessories: House of Flynn Evermore bag— Katelyn always brings it with her to every shoot, loaded up with all of her lenses, extra memory cards, extra batteries, and her emergency kit (hairspray, oil blotting sheets, lint roller, hair ties, safety pins, etc.)… It’s better to bring everything with you than start shooting and wish you had something that you left at home.
Settings: Manual! Katelyn changes her settings constantly while shooting to adjust to different lighting, backgrounds, the depth of field, and purpose of the shot… detail shots and full-body shots sometimes require different settings to control what’s going to be the focal point of the image, so it’s not unusual to tweak the settings for two different shots that are in the exact same spot
Time of day: Anytime but midday (this can make weird shadows and squinty eyes). For Katelyn's portrait sessions, she prefers golden hour (the time leading right up to sunset) because that’s when the light is prettiest. For non-portraits, mid-afternoon or morning is perfect!
What’s a RAW image? RAW images are the specific type of file the camera creates, as opposed to a JPEG file. When shooting JPEG, the camera automatically processes the information to create the image file, so you ultimately have less control over the photo when editing. When shooting RAW, the camera doesn’t process all of the information, so you can do that later when you transfer the images to your computer for editing, which allows a lot more flexibility and control to produce better quality images that are more dynamic.
Editing: All of the images are edited the same way with Lightroom (editing software) to help achieve consistency and cohesiveness when sharing the images on social media. Editing isn’t to re-touch the images, but to help make sure that they’re crisp with true-to-life colors, and bright enough that it’s easy to see everything in the image. Consistency also comes from a combination of choosing similar backgrounds and colors for the images, and thinking about how different locations/outfits would look if they were placed next to one another. My aesthetic/style/feed is clean and contrasted, so using lighter colored backgrounds with darker clothes helps to achieve that look. You typically don't want a social media feed to blend together too much, so it’s good to incorporate textures, patterns, and pops of color too, to help add diversity to the images while still creating the desired aesthetic.
Hope this helped and answered some of your all questions! Let us know if you have any others! XX Allison & Katelyn
The new Iphone X has people going crazy over a $1,000-$1,200 phone. I can’t lie, I fell into the trap! lol I had the Iphone 6+ and it was about to break down on me. I knew the new phones were coming out so I waited and waited and finally got the Iphone X! First thing I was worried about was going from a plus phone to a regular sized phone again, which that in itself almost had me get the 8 instead of the X. After telling myself to just get over it I decided on the X! Once the phone is in hand, after just a couple days I didn’t even really miss my larger phone. The screen on the X is bigger than the screen on the plus phones which I didn’t believe but trust me, it is! The no home button is a little weird to get used too, I find myself still punching the bottom of my phone like an idiot haha, now you just make a swipe up motion which I actually really like! The face scanner is something I originally didn’t know how I would feel about but I turned out to really like that feature as well! Overall I love the phone, only annoying thing is the no headphone jack, but my headphones are wireless so that helps and the camera on this phone.... omg don’t even get me started! That’ll have to be a whole blog post in itself!! Is the X better than the 8 or even the 7? Meh that’s up to your personal opinion, lots of people would never think to spend the money for this new phone which is totally understandable, however it was time for an upgrade and i’m loving it! This is a very fragile phone so a protective case and screen protector is a must! If you drop your phone a lot and don't like cases this might not be the phone for you. If you love taking photos and being up to date on all the latest technology, you have to give this phone a shot! XX Allison
My breakfast routine is pretty simple normally it is just McDonald’s on the way to work but if you have time to sit down and eat a full breakfast you definitely need to check out Wild Eggs and Josie‘s! Two of my favorites for sure! Next up if you need a little coffee break during the day you definitely need to hit up Third Street and stuff, such a cute little coffee shop with amazing coffee as well as North lime! North lime also has donuts that are out of this world if you’re asking for my opinion and you definitely should try their white chocolate hot chocolate believe me it’ll totally blow your mind! My lunches are pretty boring, I usually am just running to get something on my break but if you have time you should definitely check out Shake shack, Saul goods, which if you go you have to try the chicken and waffles, it is the best in town! Blue Door bbq, but if you go to blue door make sure you are early because they will sell out and their seating will be very limited, but trust me it’s worth it! Tolly ho is also a great stop, located on UKs campus! Smashing tomato is one of my weekly rotations for sure, they have the best pizza! Well right there with Goodfellas! Shakespeare and Co is always a great lunch spot, as well as dinner! Which brings us to our next bunch of eateries. Dinner! Depending on what you are wanting to spend there’s some really great choices around for dinner, Malones is great for dinner and also lunch! Tony’s is also a great dinner spot, I also find myself wanting Bella notte more often than not! Only problem is they always have a wait and they don’t accept call ahead seating, so make sure you are early or be prepared to wait! Cheesecake Factory is another good stop around town. Carson’s is a new spot here in lexington and OMG I’d go there for lunch and dinner! Their food portions are amazing, I get the pesto chicken sand-which and it fills me up and I still have half to take home for lunch or dinner the next day! And lastly a must have in my weekly rotation is Asuka! Togo, eat in, I don’t care but I need double rice and extra yum yum!! Hope you all get a chance to check out all of these amazing places! Let me know if you do!
- Salt and pepper : one wear a black shirt with a big white P on it and the other wear a white shirt with a big black S on it!
- Soap on a rope : One be a box of soap and the other tie a bunch of rope around yourself!
- Cow boy and girl : pretty self explanatory. Jeans, boots, button up and a bandana
- Deer in the headlights : He can be the headlights, super easy if he just has some flashlights to carry around and the girl can the be the deer (doe) with some easy make up and a brown top!
- Piñata Party : the guy can be the piñata just cover him in post it notes and the girl can be the partier who is going to hit the piñata , just needs a blind fold, a party hat and to dress like a kid!
- Zombies : a little make up and some ripped up dirty clothes and you're good!
- Blue man group : well, just wear all blue! face and hands too! cover yourself in blue!
- The girl from nemo that shakes nemo when he is in the plastic bag : wear a purple shirt, hair in pig tails, you can use some foil to make the braces and a baggy with a fake gold fish inside!
- Mime : seems to be a popular one this year, just wear black and white and add some make up!
- Zombi : again, always an easy option
- Regina from mean girls : wear a colorful bra and a white tank top, cut circle in the tank top where the bra will be seen!
- Baseball player : Jersey, hat, long socks and a bat and you're good to go!
- Nerd : dress nerdy, glasses, pig tails, the works!
Of course there are all the basic ones like a cat and a tiger and so on but here are some that I thought were fun! Have a happy and SAFE halloween everyone!
xx Allison Brooks
- 1-2 tbsp olive oil , that I substituted for walnut oil from The Sun Oils because of the amazing benefits you get from walnut oil! Use my code VOGUEALAMODE to get 15% off!
- 5-6 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1/3 cup of chicken broth
- Zest from 1 lemon
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp fresh thyme leaves (optional)
- 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- Sea salt and freshly cracked pepper to taste
- Two sprigs of fresh thyme
- 1 lemon cut into 4 wedges
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees and coat a baking dish with cooking spray
- Heat walnut oil in a skillet over medium heat, add minced garlic and cook. stir for one minute and add chicken broth, lemon zest, juice, oregano, and thyme leaves. pour mixture into baking dish. season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Place chicken in baking dish along with the lemon wedges and two sprigs of thyme
- Place into oven and bake for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked.
- Remove and let rest for 5 minutes, drizzle pan sauce over meat for some extra flavor!
Pairs very well with some broccoli or asparagus, my favorite! Enjoy!
This year I decided to carve my pumpkin’s! Which believe me is a big deal because I hate the pumpkin guts so normally I paint them or glue stuff on them or something of that sort. I am so excited because I found a way to clean out the pumpkin guts in two minutes or less with no mess!!!!! Here’s what you’ll need:
•a hand mixer beater
Seriously that’s it! So here’s how you do it. You take your pumpkin and just like normal you cut the lid. Next you want to get your drill with the hand mixer beater on the end. It’s better if you use an old one just Incase! Then just start the beater inside the pumpkin! Make sure you go around the edges and get all the gunk! Once you’ve made your first pass scoop out the loose pumpkin guts and keep the seeds if you want to bake them! Take another pass with the beater in the pumpkin and you should be all set! You can even press the beater at the bottom of the pumpkin to create a dip that is a perfect place to sit the candle!!! Isn’t that crazy easy?!?! Oh and don’t forget, rub or spray some diluted bleach inside your pumpkin after you are finished carving your masterpiece, this will help your pumpkin last longer as the bleach does not allow bacteria to grow and decompose your pumpkin! Happy carving! Let me know if you guys have any other awesome pumpkin carving tips! Xx Allison