This past weekend I took a little stay cation at Normandy Farms in Blue Bell, PA. It was so nice to tuck away from the cold snowy weather and curl up by the fire after stuffing my face at The Farmer’s Daughter restaurant. Pulling up to the hotel you would never realize how old it actually is! The hotel is rich in history as it dates back to 1730 and was once a gentleman's estate and largest barn in the United States. The farm was extremely successful and became famous for pioneering new agricultural and farming techniques. It’s now a popular place for weddings, corporate events, and blissful getaway’s! Not to mention their award winning executive pastry chef is one of the best in the world. Anyone who know’s me know’s I’m a huge sweets person, so I was in heaven! Everything is farm to table, locally sourced, and the presentation doesn’t disappoint. It was so nice to just getaway and feel at such peace while at Normandy Farms! I can’t wait to come back when the weather warms up, take a dip in the pool, and taste more from their seasonal menu!
After seeing tons of comments and requests, here is the long awaited how I edit my Instagram photos post. I waited long to post this because I wanted to make sure that I had it perfect before sharing with you guys!
So secret is out: I use my own preset that I created on an Adobe program called Lightroom with a long time friend Lauren. I personally feel that you cannot find anything more customizable then this program. The two biggest tips that I have when creating is finding the perfect hue and saturation of you photos that you enjoy working with. For example, I love the blues and oranges, so I am sure to play with that after applying the preset.
Lightroom is a program for your computer or your photo or your tablet. You do have to pay for the one on the computer, but the iPhone app is completely free (which is beyond amazing!!). This is how I edit all my iPhone photos! It’s so quick and easy especially when I want to post something in real time!
So if you are not interested in making your own preset or purchasing one, no worries! This is not the one application out there. There are so many different apps that come with filters and awesome applications that make your ability to personalize so easy! I have also used Snapseed, Presco, Facetune 2, Afterlight, ProCam, and InShot. These apps can do everything from add the filter on or whiten a photo, to adding the dust effect, the options are endless!
I don’t typically follow the rules when it comes to style, so that no all white rule really doesn’t apply to me! I’m really into wearing all different shades of white and creams right now for winter! A good pair of white denim can go with almost anything. I paired together Articles of Society white wash denim, white turtle neck with off white chrome toed cowboy booties! I added an off white western belt and a tan Lack of colors flat brim hat for an extra western touch! Walking around in the city like this was definitely a show stopper. I swear I belong in Nashville or something, because sometimes I feel like my style just sticks out like a sore thumb in a big city like NYC & Philly.
Friendsgiving with Dunkin!
This year I had the pleasure of celebrating Friendsgiving with Dunkin in celebration of there new espresso drinks! I have never been an espresso drinker, but @dunkin ‘s new smooth espresso is a game changer! Thanksgiving may be over now but I’m thankful for @dunkin ‘s new handcrafted lattes and cappuccinos! Their new blend is the perfect balance between rich & smooth!
I am so happy to have met the Dunkin team, and had the opportunity to get to know what makes this espresso recipe different from all the rest! Not to mention the spread was amazing! I even got a latte made with my face in it! (I drank it so fast I didn’t even get a picture.)
Fashion truly goes in and out of different seasons when it comes to trends. That is what I love about the change; all of the styles evolving and growing into something new. What I find interesting is that there are trends from the 60’s-80’s rising back to the surface. When they say trends always come back, they always do. Here are my top five trends that I have been loving this season.
The first trend that I have seen everywhere is corduroy. It is such a playful material that spices up any outfit. It could be in a jacket or even pants, the options are endless when it comes to styling. Pair with a plain or patterned tee to add interest into the look.
The second trend is tailored suiting. I have never seen it in such a way that you can dress it down as well as up. The type of tailored suiting that I am talking about is not your typical suit. Add a belt to spice it up or pair with a fun bag.
My third trend is cheetah. It is one of those patterns that are not too in your face since it is a neutral, but it is such a statement piece at the same time! There are so many variations of cheetah print, that makes it such a fun print to style.
Even though florals are normally a fall pattern, introduce it to the fall season. I am talking about a deeper value floral so that it does look more appropriate for the upcoming season. With ruffles and layers taking a toll this season as well, floral is the perfect pattern to make it all happen.
Metallics have been in for some time now, and it is continuing to make it’s way into this season. I love how much interest a metallic shoe or jacket could give. It is not something that you would think to be an everyday piece, but get ready for it to be. Having a cool puffer jacket in the material is a perfect fashion piece to put over any old basic outfit.