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The Great Dress Debate

Well here we are. Finally Friday. And the last Friday of one awful February. At least in terms of weather. Bring on March. And hopefully some warmer temperatures soon!

If you didn’t see yesterday’s post on the February Book Club Link-Up, check it out! There are some wonderful books included!

Okay. I had planned to do a Five Things Friday post, but as I wrote this, I discovered I had far more to write about this particular topic then I thought.

The Dress Debate

Black and Blue, or White and Gold

I woke up this morning to the great Dress Debate, or #DressGate, or as it’s trending on Twitter, #TheDress. I really didn’t want to comment on it. I don’t really care that much about it, (or maybe I do since I need to write about it), but I felt like I had too. Purely because it’s everywhere today. Seriously, EVERYWHERE

First, let me say that the dress I’m looking at is black and blue. I don’t see any sign of white and gold anywhere on it. What I see is an image that has been overexposed to try to make it look like a different color.

tumblr_nkcjuq8Tdr1tnacy1o1_1280The original image

Now, I’m not saying that you should see this as blue and black. You may very well see white and gold. I’m just saying that the what I’m seeing is not a white and gold dress. But a blue and black dress.

As a photographer, I know you can do A LOT of things in Photoshop and Lightroom, including altering the colors and look of a dress. You can change the tint, the temperature, the tone, the saturation – pretty much anything you want. Seriously. I could make that dress look turquoise if I really wanted too. I’m convinced it was overexposed and altered in Photoshop, or at least some photo editing program. In this article, The Science of Why No One Agrees on the Color of This Dress, it goes into more depth about the color.

The stat that blows my mind? 73% of people on BuzzFeed see it as White and Gold. Guess I’m in the minority here.

There are plenty of articles out there this morning about why we are seeing it in different colors, and the debate continues on Twitter and social media. Hope Taylor, a photographer, took to Twitter last night to show what the eyedropper tool picks up for colors in Photoshop, and she took to show how to make the dress turn white and cold with a simple adjustment in Lightroom.

I even put the dress in my own Lightroom program. All I did was adjust the contrast. Nothing else. I’m going with Hope, and the other 27% of people who answered the poll on BuzzFeed. I see a Black and Blue Dress.

Here is the original post on Tumblr.

What color do you see?

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My Must-Have Tools for Blogging

As a blogger, I’m always on the hunt for new tools to help make my blog look better and keep functioning. From tools that I can help make my images look nice, to apps that can help spark some inspiration, and even to apps that can help me on the go, in case I don’t have access to my laptop.

Blogging ToolsUnsplash // Jeff Sheldon

Here are some of the apps I rely on.

iPhone Camera

This one might be pretty obvious. I love taking pictures with my Nikon D610, but it’s not always feasible to carry it around with me. My iPhone 6 has an incredible camera on it, and since my phone is always at my side, I always have a camera with me.

PicLab or PicLabHD

I love imagery with motivational quotes. I love posting them on Instagram, but also for use on my blog. Both of these apps (you get them here and here) are great because you can add your quotes right on your images. The free version doesn’t have a ton of quotes to use, but you can purchase packages that will open up more for you.

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Created with PicLab

VSCO Cam

VSCO Cam is probably one of my most used apps. I edit a lot images in this app, as many people do. I love the filters they offer, but also the fading effect you can create with it. It can help to create some really lovely images for your blog. Plus I want to be insta-famous for my pictures, and I feel like everyone that is uses VSCO Cam.

PicMonkey

I use PicMonkey for just about everything. Most of photos that have that a title included on them for the blog were done here. My blog, Facebook and Twitter header were created there. You can do pretty much everything there. There is a free version, but I pay the $4.99 a month to have access to all of their features. It’s a minimal fee for the amount of things you can do with it.

Trapper

When I’m not near my computer, and I have an idea for a blog post, I run to this app. It’s a place where you can literally trap your ideas. As someone who gets inspiration at random times and through random things, this has been a lifesaver on a few occasions.

Hootsuite

I know many fellow bloggers use some form of a social media management system. I love HootSuite. It’s my preferred one. I’ve been using it for years. What I usually do with HootSuite is, once a post has been published, I go in and will schedule it to post a few times throughout the day on Twitter, as well as a few more times throughout the week. Then I’ll choose other new stories, tweets, and other things from other people to fill in through the day.

I have the app on my iPhone as well so I can pop in and check on things throughout the day.

Blogsy

Blogsy is my go to app when I’m out of town and want to blog. I don’t bring my laptop with me on trips, but I do bring my iPad, and this app is my blog away from home. It can be a bit tricky to figure out at first, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty great.

What apps and tools do you rely on for your blog?

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#MicroblogMonday #8 – Spring Fever

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Ah. Spring. It’s right around the corner. Right? I’m done with winter. I’ve talked about far too many times in the last few weeks (you can read those here and here), and I just don’t want to talk about it anymore. Thankfully, today I’m not going too.

spring feverUnsplash // James Tarbotton

Spring fever hit yesterday. No, we didn’t have temps in the 50s. But they reached a high of 38 in my area, the sun was shining and warm, and the mountains of snow had a little melt. For us New Englanders, after being buried under feet and feet of snow and dealing with single digit temps, 38 feels like a heat wave.

As we were out running errands yesterday, we turned the heat down and cracked the windows as the car filled with the warmth from the sun. The fresh air, while still crisp, was rejuvenating. It provided me with just the right amount of Vitamin D (besides the kind I have to take) to get me ready for the week ahead.

It may be cold today, but for the first time in weeks, we don’t have any snow storms in the forecast, just a snow shower here and there, and while we might have record cold tomorrow, temperatures are starting to rise about 20.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel. Spring is coming.

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I Love These Instagram Accounts Right Now.

Ah. Instagram. The fastest growing social media network. I remember when it first came on the scene. I saw friends posting images from it to their Facebook accounts and I wondered what it was all about.

This was back when I still had a Droid and Instagram was an iPhone only app.

When I got my first iPhone in 2012, Instagram was the first app I downloaded. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I couldn’t wait to start taking pictures and sharing with the world.

Instagram AccountsUnsplash // Jeff Sheldon

Fast forward three iPhones and 3 years later. I’m still just as obsessed with Instagram as I was on day one. I’ve already written a post on obsession with it. I won’t bore you with why I love it, you can check out that post to see why. Instead, I wanted to share with you some of my favorite Instagram accounts. And yes, there will be some overlap with my older post. Because some are still my top accounts.

By the Brush

I’m a very visual person, and I love my images to very visually appealing. I’ve love her account for the simplicity of it, but her images are always beautiful.

close to the river’s edge…away from everything else.

A photo posted by laura e. pritchett (@bythebrush) on

       

Tiny PMS Match

I stumbled across this account when she was featured in an article on BuzzFeed and completely fell in love. Seriously. It’s incredible.

Its Erin James

Her engagement ring was featured on the knot one day right after she was engaged, which led to me to her account. She’s a lifestyle and fashion blogger, and is in the process of planning her wedding (kindred spirits perhaps?). But her account is filled with beautiful feminine images. It’s very whimsical at times.

2Sisters_Angie

No words. I just adore this account. I mean how can you not? It’s just amazing.

There wasn’t actually a question as to which her favorite would be 😉 #fashionbymayhem

A photo posted by Angie (@2sisters_angie) on

Ballet Zaida

I’ve always had a love for ballerinas. I never was a dancer (didn’t have the body for it…or the coordination,) but I absolutely love watching and seeing pictures. They are incredible athletes and this account captures this.

Dancer – @isabellalwalsh Location – San Francisco, California. #BalletZaida #IsabellaWalsh #Dance A photo posted by Ballet Zaida (@balletzaida) on

Of course, these are only a select few that I love. It’s hard to narrow down when you have hundreds that you love to look at, but those are my current favorites.

Enjoy!

Don’t forget to follow me: @itseryne (personal fun images) and @erynephotography (my professional account – images from sessions and such!)

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#MicroblogMonday #7 – The Perks of Having Short Hair

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Pardon my late post today! Since it’s a holiday, I’ve been out running errands and spending time with the fiance. But I’m now I’m home and catching up on the day.

So today’s #MicroblogMonday post. All about the perks of short hair. If you follow me on Instagram, then you know that I chopped off my hair this weekend. I had no idea it was a long as it was. I knew it was long, but not as long as what the before picture showed.

The Perks of Having Short HairUnsplash // Jeremy Cai

Normally I always regret cutting off my hair. And I start to question why I did it. But this time, I definitely didn’t. It was a welcome change. Something new in this seemingly endless winter. But in the two days I’ve had short hair, I’ve realized a few things.

  • I was constantly washing my hair to keep it manageable. Brushing it was a chore. Constant knots, snarls and tangles. I found on the weekends, I had to shower in the AM after sleeping, otherwise I looked like a crazed banshee. This morning, I got up, ran a brush through my hair, and volia, I could go out in public.
  • My waves are back. My long hair would get wavy, but it would take a lot of product for it to stay. Now, my waves stay with minimal product.
  • Wash and go is a thing again. I love being able to wash my hair, and being done. I love how swingy it is when it dries. I love how easy it is now.

Sure. I loved my long hair. But I love my short hair even more.

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Five Things Friday {#3}

Friday is finally here! And since it’s been awhile, like since last June, I decided it would be a good day to jump back on the Five Things Friday bandwagon. My Five Things Friday are usually a mix of my random thoughts, products I love and things I found amusing. So kick back and enjoy!

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This adorable camera lens mug.

You know your a #photographer when…. You drink your coffee out of a camera lens travel mug.

A photo posted by Eryn Carter (@itseryne) on

I’ve been eyeballing this camera lens travel mug for a long time, and my fiance bought it for me a couple weeks ago. The deal was if he bought it, I couldn’t stop to get coffee anymore. That hasn’t exactly happened yet, mainly because I love iced coffee, but when I bring it work, it’s my go-to mug for coffee or tea. It will most definitely be making many appearances during photo shoots this year. Let’s just hope I don’t mistake it for one of my lenses! The snow. Let’s just talk about the snow for another quick second. Even though I don’t even want to think about it anymore. Boston is BURIED. Literally. Every storm is now discussed in feet. Not inches. In fact, we have a storm coming tomorrow night that could drop another foot or more on us. We already have over 6 feet on the ground. And this is just in a 2-3 week time span. We’ve gotten more snow in the last few weeks, then we usually do in an entire winter.  I’m hoping that our winter will essentially only be this like 4 week period of blizzards. And then miraculously spring will arrive in March and we will have 50 degree weather. Because we’re going to need it soon for all of the snow to go away!


The struggles of losing weight.
You guys. I hate trying to lose weight. I’m just putting it out there. But I hate more? How much weight can fluctuate. I usually weigh in once a week for Weight Watchers. But I decided to weigh myself yesterday just to see how things were going. I was psyched. Down just over a pound. I weighed in this morning, and I had gained 2 from the day before. SERIOUSLY? Not cool body. Not cool. Anyways. Weigh in days are now on Thursdays, since that’s when my lowest weigh in seems to be. But still. Ugh. Being a woman… am I right?


This girl just being an unbelievable inspiration.
Jamie Brewer, best known for American Horror Story, just rocked the runway at New York Fashion Week. Like utterly owned it. And while doing so, became the first model with down syndrome to do so. But I don’t look at her and see Down Syndrome. I look at her and see a woman is chasing her dreams and succeeding in an dog eat dog industry, and not caring what anyone thinks of her. She is truly an inspiration to ALL women. I mean look at her up there. She’s GLOWING. And her model walk. Owned it!

Check out this great video that fellow model Alanna Raben took during the pre-show. This girl just oozes confidence. You go Jamie!


The Buzzfeed Obama video.
I mean… we’ve all done some of these things. At least once. Right? I mean… we’ve all done some of these things. At least once. Right?


And a bonus…

The long weekend.
It’s President’s Day weekend! Which means we have the day off on Monday. Anyone else? Anyone doing anything fun? It looks like we will be snowed in. Again. Not cool. Guess I’ll be kicking back with a book and my heated blanket. It’s President’s Day weekend! Which means we have the day off on Monday. Anyone else? Anyone doing anything fun? It looks like we will be snowed in. Again. Not cool. Guess I’ll be kicking back with a book and my heated blanket.

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Thoughts on a Blog Rebrand

I’ve been thinking about re-branding the blog. Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE A Glimpse Into Eryn’s World. It will always be my first love. But as I grow up, I am closing in on 30 after all, I feel the blog should grow up with me.

It’s been a difficult process for me. I don’t think I’ve ever been truly happy with my blog design. I do like the one I’m currently using. It’s cleaner. Simpler. But I’m still not in love with it. I look at some of my fellow bloggers and love their clean, elegant looks. And then I look at mine and it looks like an amateur blogger. Which I am, but I don’t want to portray that. I want my blog to appear more professional and pretty. So pardon as I ramble to gather my thoughts, but this is the only way I know how to get to a decision.

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My thoughts on doing a full redesign…

Name: The name will change. But, it’s not going to be to much of a stretch. If you follow my social media, then you know you can find me at itseryne on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. It seems like it would only make sense for the blog and Facebook to follow. Plus, it will be much easier to remember.

Design: I’m picky when it comes to design, but I know I want something with a white background, pretty fonts, and clean looking. With sidebar space. I’d like to begin monetizing the blog a bit more, so I would need the space to have ads. Preferably including some of my favorite colors; aquas and pinks, and some fun feminine fonts. Some blogs that I love, not only for reading, but their design are:

Content: This my friends will not be changing. This is a lifestyle blog, and I intend to keep writing about what I feel like writing. I don’t have a particular niche and I’m okay with that. This blog is 100% me and that’s exactly what I want the content to reflect.

What’s holding me back?

Well for starters, I’m finally seeing my traffic grow every day. And my fear of changing domains is that my traffic will take a major hit.

Also, the idea of essentially redoing my Bloglovin and BlogHer accounts. Also a challenge. They have both finally gotten established, and are beginning to grow as well. I’m not talking huge numbers, but I would have to re-establish a new domain and blog at both of those places.

What could I do?

Instead of jumping into an entire re-brand, I could start slow.

Keep the aglimpseintoerynsworld.com domain name, but begin using the header “its eryn e” on the blog, as well as change the Facebook page over. Eryn E was a nickname of mine growing up, so it at least all pairs well together.

I could work on finding a design I love. And giving the blog a brand new look. A look that’s clean and fresh, and really represents me.

Decisions decisions.

I’m thinking that keeping the same domain, changing the look, and updating the header name seems like the best idea.

What would you do? Have you ever gone through a blog rebrand and name change? How did you go about it? I’d love to know your thoughts!

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#MicroblogMonday #6 – Eternal Optimism

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Eternal OptimismUnsplash//Alexandr Schwarz

The downfall of being an eternal optimist? Everyone always assumes you’re going to be happy and upbeat.

But in truth, sometimes I’m not. Sometimes I see life as a realist. Sometimes even a pessimist.

I have always called myself an eternal optimist. I see life through rose-colored glasses.

But if I’m having a bad day, I don’t want to fake happy. I want people to know that, for once, the eternal optimist isn’t seeing the sunny side.

It’s hard being an eternal optimist because people always assume that you’re going to write about something positive, when in reality, sometimes I just want to be negative and sarcastic.

Sometimes, I don’t want to be an eternal optimist at all. Sometimes I just want to be a realist. Being honest and sincere, without a burst of peppy filtered in.

I’ll always define myself as an eternal optimist, but sometimes, the eternal optimist just needs a day to see life through clear glasses. Just to keep things in perspective.

Do you ever feel this way?

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Foto Friday #19 – Winter Wonderland

Well, my friends, Friday is finally here. It’s been a busy, long week. More snow. The blog outage. The cold.

Let’s just say I’m ready for spring.

But before that happens, I’m going to enjoy the beauty of the snow. Because there is something magical about those big snowflakes falling from the sky and sticking. Unless it’s a blizzard. There isn’t anything pretty about a blizzard.

Let’s begin shall we…


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My new camera had finally arrived. I couldn’t wait to get out there and play with it. Learn everything possible about it.

I was thrilled to hear snow was in the forecast for the next day. The first snow of the year. And I was going to be at my home away from home. The barn.

And it was on to seeing what I could capture.

I’ve always enjoyed the first snow of the year. Something about the way the snowflakes fly around and cover everything in a blanket of white. And this day was no exception. And I so happy to have my camera with me to capture it.

But let me be clear. I’m over winter. Just not the beauty of it.

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Writer’s Block Isn’t Fun: Ways to Help Inspire a Blog Post

Finding inspiration to write can be hard sometimes. I suffer from writer’s block a lot. Usually, it’s because I have so many other things running through my head and the piece I want to write just can’t make it out.

Blogging has taking my writer’s block to a whole new level. But the good news is I feel like I have finally found a rhythm and flow with my writing, and can now focus my thoughts to get something down on paper, so to speak. And as of late, the writer’s block hasn’t been so bad. I’ve found some ways to keep the writer’s block at bay, and make sure I always have something to write about. And even things to help when the dreaded writer’s block hits. Here are my tips for inspiring a blog post.

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When you think of an idea, topic, or keyword, write it down. Toss it in an e-mail to yourself, put it in the notes of your iPhone, or on a napkin. Write everything down. The one thing that’s helped me tremendously is making note of any ideas that come to mind. I keep a document in my Dropbox with various ideas that have popped into my head. I also have some drafts saved with loose title ideas.

Read the news. I can’t even tell you how many times I’ve been stuck for something to write, and I found myself checking out the latest news stories. Something will usually strike a chord and inspiration sets in. The other benefit? Writing something that’s current and being talked about will usually help your SEO. As long as you’re keeping up with your keywords.

Read what other bloggers are talking about. There are some incredible bloggers out there that always have great content flowing. Sometimes it will be something fun like a Reverse Bucket List (my own post is coming!), sometimes it’s a list of some sort (check out Helene In Between’s 28 Things list), or sometimes they will even create a list of different blog ideas. Usually reading other blogs will trigger something that I want to write about.

Google. I can’t even tell you how many times I have googled “blog post ideas.” Definitely more times that I’d like to admit. But when you have writer’s block, you’ll do anything to get out of it. Here are some of the links that come up.

Search on Pinterest. Same thing as Google. You’ll be amazed at the results you get.

Download an app. I recently discovered a couple of apps that have helped spark my creativity. The one that I’m completely in love with is Brainsparker. When you open the app, it shows you cards face down, and you select one. On the opposite is a writing prompt, a phrase, a quote or a word. It’s been really great for helping to keep my creativity and inspiration on track.

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I’m sure I have numerous more, but to keep this post short and sweet, we will call it quits with six today! 

So tell me: What helps you to beat writer’s block?

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