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How To Make Sure Your Instagram Posts Are Visually Appealing

Have you ever looked at someone’s Instagram feed and think, “Just how do they do that?” You probably see their followers commenting, “Feed goals,” and you think, “I wish my photos were pretty like that.” Well, you’re not alone. For so many people, Instagram has been a portfolio of their photographic work. It’s become more than just a place to filter your selfies with and has really become a place that people showcase their photographic skills. Some people just click their camera once and get a great photo, but for many people, it takes more than one try. For amateurs like myself, I’ve found a quick way to accomplish getting a visually appealing photo on Instagram. The main two things I use when I take photos are my handy dandy LED lamp and white rug from IKEA. The white light from the LED lamp allows me to achieve great lighting, even when I’m taking pictures at night, and the white rug gives me a solid background that brings cohesiveness to all of my photos no matter where I am. VSCO also plays …

Hogwarts Just Got a Little Closer To Home (& It Brought a Lot of Espresso With It!)

A new coffee shop in Nevada brews up magical caffeine concoctions for Henderson and Las Vegas locals. Bad Owl Coffee is a Harry Potter themed coffee shop, full of decorations that allude to the Harry Potter series, and as an avid Harry Potter fan, it’s become my favorite place to hang out! As soon as a customer walks in, they are transported to King’s Cross Station, where they’ll find “Platform 9 6/8” (photographed on the left) that mimics Platform 9¾ from the Harry Potter series. Half a luggage cart disappears into the wall, and Hedwig, Harry’s owl, is placed on top of the cart, just like in the story! While the all of the decor I photographed at Bad Owl Coffee was well-put-together and well-thought-out, the photo on the left is my favorite because it’s part of a signature Harry Potter moment that every fan knows. It was a bit difficult to photograph the decor because the coffee shop is always packed with people, but I tried to do the coffee shop justice as a fan. I used my Canon EOS Rebel T5 camera and had the perfect natural lighting for some of the …

Coachella Survival Guide: 10 Tips & Tricks To Help You Survive

Coachella is right around the corner and while I won’t be going this year, I wanted to share a few things that worked for me (and tips I wish I knew!) prior to going.   1) KIMONOS & SCARVES WILL BE YOUR BEST FRIEND While kimonos and scarves are a great addition to every outfit, it’s so much more than that. I didn’t realize how useful my kimono and scarf would be and had I known, I would’ve brought more. They were my multi-purpose tools throughout Coachella weekend. I used my kimono as a scarf: This is crucial! The walk from the shuttle to the actual location gets so dusty that you really want something that will cover your nose and mouth. And if you’re like me and you’re allergic to everything (& you get asthma!) having a kimono or a light scarf to wrap around your face is so important. Others use bandannas as well. You’ll also find that when there’s a lot of smoke around you and it gets hard to breathe, having …

Preparing For The First Day of College

Well everyone, it’s that time of the year again. The new school year is about to begin and it’s time to get back to the same ol’ routine of doing homework, running to the coffee shop, getting extra espresso shots, and doing some more homework. For those who are just starting college for the first time ever, I decided to share some tips that worked for me (& tips I wish I knew prior) to starting my first day of college! Tip #1: Know where your classes are before the first day. The first day of school can be nerve-racking enough without having to walk in late to a class. Print out your school schedule & print out a campus map. Mark which buildings you need to go to and write what time you need to get there on the map. (My university has a school app for smart phones, but those online maps can get pretty confusing so I opted for the old-school version). I know it may seem pretty lame having a map; …