Photo Story // New Hair, Who Dis?

Rose haired girl frolics around her Soho home. I love the photos that I Hate Blonde and I created on a wintry night in the early days of January 2017.

Review // A Color Story

A Beautiful Mess just celebrated their one year anniversary of their editing app called A Color Story. Have you used it? Keep reading for a detailed review.

First Impressions

1 // It's gorgeous. It's beautifully designed and the UI is super easy.
2 // It really is all about the color. If your original photo lacks a lot of color, the app doesn't do much for you.
3 // You can go overboard with the filters really fast.

I found one of the most colorful photos I've taken as of late to play around with in this app.

I like that the first option is to adjust the photo like make it a square or add the white bars to the side (even though I think that option should be later on in the process).

Again I downloaded every filter available to try out. I like the option to choose other filter sets at the bottom of the frame without having to constantly go back to the main editing screen. Also the intensity slider having so many points is a plus. In VSCOCam you only have ten points which can be limiting.

The effects are cool in A Color Story because you can slide around the effect to wherever you want it on the photo. I haven't seen that in other editing apps I've used.

You can also add "color fogs" to your photos which you can also move around to your liking.

At this point I moved on to the adjustment features. I upped the contrast a little bit. This is where I saw you can get a little crazy, really fast in this app. Too many filters made it look muddled. So I started over.

I chose a different filter with one effect, both with the intensity taken down at least 50%.

One feature I really, really like is that we can save our editing steps if you really like the combination you have created. I thought it was awesome that VSCOCam came out the copy paste feature. This one blows that out of the park.

I like this edit a lot more. I think A Color Story is a great contender to be a highly used phone photo editing app but I can see photos getting overloaded with too many filters. Here are a few more photos edited with the app.

What I Love Wednesday // 01.25.17

♥ Finally having a record player I am happy with/ isn't destroying my vinyls. ♥ Having a successful workshop with students at Johnson and Wales. ♥ Getting my all my editing done and having a cleared out Lightroom. ♥ Going to the discount supermarket and not having to wait in line. That has never happened to me before. ♥  Getting back into making videos! Keep on the lookout ;) ♥ Catching up with friends (and their baby). ♥ Watching minimalism/ bullet journal videos on YouTube. ♥  Reading at least 20 pages every day. Doing pretty good so far! ♥ Mentally prepping myself for a huge apartment cleanout. I don't have much but there is always stuff to get rid of. ♥ Listening to new music recommended to me 

Fight, And Know Who You Are Fighting For

"I don't get policial online."

"I don't want to offend any customers."

"It's not my place to say anything."

There is concern from small business owners on what they should and should not say publically about politics and the current state of the world. I get it. I really do. You don't want to lose out on money coming in your door. Trust me. That fear is real. But the fear of being complicit is far scarier to me. Silence is acceptance. So I get loud. And I inform. And I debate. And I refuse to stand down. 

I want the same for you. To not be scared because this is not the time to sit idly by. Most importantly, I want you to know who you are fighting for. The people of color. Trans people. Muslim people. Disabled people. Non-binary people. All the marginalized groups that you yourself may not fit in. Educate yourself about them. Fight for them. Because only when they have equal rights, will we all have equal rights.

See more photos from the Women's Rally PVD here.

Start // My Guiding Word of 2017

Last year my guiding word was ACTION. Not a surprise if you know me. I prefer to be proactive rather than talking about all the things I want to do. People tend to think of me as someone who is always working. Always doing something. Which is true to a point. I rarely find myself with absolutely nothing to do but if I really break it down, I do a lot of busy work and not much is actually getting accomplished. So at the end of December 2016, I decided my guiding word for 2017 would be START. There are so many projects that I wanted to do but never actually started. I wanted to write more, yet I stopped writing on my blog. I wanted to take more photos for leisure but the exact opposite happened. I want to consume more. Read more books. Watch movies. Learn how people tell captivating stories. Instead of doing a bunch of stuff for the sake of being busy, I am being more conscious of what I do, what I say yes to, and what will propel me to finishing these goals that I've started.