TURNING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE + TIPS ON HOW TO BETTER DOCUMENT YOUR FOOD!

okay, so.... if you follow me on instagram, then you probably saw that i was asked to attend one of macy's asian pacific american heritage month + share a little bit about how i use IG + stories to document food! i was super excited to participate, + got started preparing my presentation, printed business cards, example photos, things to display on the table, etc! duuuuude, i was so pumped. but, when i got to macy's, the ladies in charge had no. idea. what i was talking about. long story short, there was a corporate miscommunication with the big guys in NYC + the people running the show here in chicago. i was crushed, to say the least. but, i was in the city --- i decided to pick myself up, make lemonade out of these really sour lemons that were tossed my way, + did a little bit of retail therapy. =) also, i decided i'm going to share 2 of my tips with you guys. okay, here we go! 

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one of my biggest talking points was to always photograph in natural light. some light setups can make food look really good, but they can be really expensive. taking a picture of your donuts near a window will bring out the colors of your rainbow sprinkles. =) all of my most liked photos of food on instagram were taken in natural light. 

i also made a little list of my favorite editing tools that really help enhance my photos. vsco + pictapgo are my favorite apps to use on my phone, and i love lightroom with ABM + vsco presets. they add just a little extra color, enhancement, + depth to the photos, as well as allow you to create a cohesive brand + feed!

some of my other tips included posting at specific times, uploading pre-edited photos to instagram stories, and more! 

i am pretty disappointed that it didn't workout in the end, but i'm happy i got the opportunity to prepare for this event + to share some of my tips with you guys. thanks for being so supportive + for following along. i'm thankful for you guys! also, let's remember to make an effort to turn all our sour lemons into lemonade. happy food photographing! 

JOIN ME AT MACY'S!

CALLING ALL CHICAGO FRIENDS!! join me in celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage month with a super fun event at the Macy's on State Street!! #MacysAPAHM - top chef @kristenlkish will be there hosting a Taste + Talk, + i'll be there showing YOU how to utilize instagram + instagram stories to beautifully document your food! in addition to my little table, there'll be other vendors, samples of Kristen's dishes, + a korean market! the event starts at noon, and you can RSVP online --- come visit, say hi, learn some cool tricks, + celebrate! to find out more information about the whole event, visit www.macys.com/celebrate. SEE YOU THERE!

MY FAVORITE SUMMER WARDROBE PIECES

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chicago clearly hasn't gotten the spring/summer memo yet, but it's coming --- i can feel it! slowly but surely i've been gathering clothing pieces that i know i'll be wearing for the majority of the warm season. high-quality but wallet-friendly clothing can be hard to find, but these pieces fit the bill [pun intended! ha!] perfectly, + i can't wait to wear them! 

this dress is high up on the list of favorites - i love the light + breezy fabric, + the pattern is the cutest! the detail at the bottom gets me every time! also, it closely resembles this dress that costs over $200 more than this purple one! score in both departments! 

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this flowy eyelet crop top [that comes in three colors!] is also one of my faves. the open back + high neck are really classy, + you could totally dress this piece up or down. 

i'm also loving this high-neck, checked top + relaxed coral jumpsuit. do you have any favorite summer staples? while i'm patiently waiting for my thermometer to read higher than 55*, i'll be colecting even more cute summer pieces. happy shopping!

post by molly garvin

images by claire garvin

UP YOUR SUMMER BEAUTY GAME WITH VANITY PLANET

summer is fast approaching, + with warmer temperatures comes the need for a new makeup routine. i'm not amazing at makeup + i've never spent more that 10 minutes putting on products in my life! time [+ laziness because let's be honest] is my biggest concern when it come to beauty routines. my mornings are always so busy, + makeup seems to get pushed to the back-burner if i'm running out the door. on a mission to change that, i've decided to up my beauty game with vanity planet + give you some tips to do the same! 

TIP #1 - CLEAR OUT OLD OR BROKEN PRODUCTS

get those crumbed guys out of there! all they do is take up space in you bag + make things dirty! you're left spending time digging around in search of the products you actually use! a lot of makeup stores or brands will take back their used containers + give you a discount on your next purchase also! 

TIP #2 - KEEP YOUR MAKEUP BAG ORGANIZED

this tip kind of goes in tandem with #1, but it's still important! i like to organize by category [i.e. lip colors, eye products, everyday basics, etc] + secure everything together with rubberbands or hairties. it's like an added bonus, because when you're traveling, you've got extra elastics on hand! it also just helps to keep everything neat. #OCDFTW

TIP #3 - INVEST IN SOME NEW MAKEUP BRUSHES

as i mentioned before, i'm not one to put alot of my time into makeup. i'm also not one to splurge on makeup supplies at all. but, i have discovered the necessity of a set of high-quality makeup brushes! mine are from vanity planet + i'm in love! the bristles are so soft + durable --- i definitely recommend them! by having this high-end brushes, you save yourself from having to fix any imperfections that would have resulted from low-quality brushes, like bristles left behind on your face! check out the VP site for more information on their brush sets + their other products!

TIP #4 - IF ALL ELSE FAILS, THROW ON SOME LIPSTICK

it's true. people know me for my love of lip colors! [if you don't believe me, read my FAQ!] if you find that you're running EXTRA late, or that the previous tips have failed you [sorry :( ] throw on some lipstick + SLAY. THE. GAME. works 100% of the time, every time. 

what about you? have you tried any tips or tricks that have helped you step up your makeup game? how about any vanity planet products? they're killer, you guys! take a look around their site - the branding is magic! anyway, i hope these tips help you guys in some way; i know they worked magic for me! happy beautifying!

post + images by molly garvin

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