How long have you blogged?

7 years! Started back in 8th grade with a personal blog entitled "Creating a Lovely Life" (see archived posts HERE) and have been doin' it ever since! 

Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas and now live in Columbia, Missouri for college. Where next? Who knows...

How do you edit your photos?

I mainly use my iPhone 6 to take photos for Instagram. Rarely, I use my Canon t3i, but honestly - I'm lazy and it's easy to be a little more candid with my phone. As for editing, I use the app VSCO. I will first do a little changes in exposure (up or down depending on photo), brightness (normally up), contrast (normally up), temperature (warmer or cooler depending on photo), and will then straighten or crop if needed. Next, I will layer a filter or two. Favorites include: A6 (to brighten those whites), B1 (my b&w go-to), J2 or J5 (to emphasize a shadow or add some mood), M5 (for warmth), and Q2 (for brightening colors). Sorry for all the VSCO-talk - sounds a little crazy, eh? Hope this helps. 

Instagram -- help or hurts?

View my full (ish) thoughts on this via THIS POST. Other good articles I have read & agree with are: "Don't Let Social Media Turn You Into a Machine" & "...[T]he Real Reasons We Compare on Social Media" both via Darling Mag. 

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