LU Photo-A-Day Challenge - week one

31 July 2014


I thought we could try something different and do a photo-a-day challenge for the month of August. I've tried these in the past but have never completed one.  For this one I'll post the photo topics one week at a time and at the end of the week share my pics. They'll probably be mostly iphone pics and sharing them on instagram.  Please feel free to join along.  If you do, use the hashtag #luphotoaday

Let's give it a go!

For week one, August 1-7 here are the topics...

1. selfie
2. corner
3. favorite time of day
4. coffee/tea time
5. sky
6. diy filter
7. flash bulb

Good luck!


Bloglovin' Monthly Favorite: Anastasia Volkova

28 July 2014

We've picked Anastasia Volkova's Blog, "for the love of photography" as our favorite blog for the month of July.  She has travelled a good part of the world and has captured it beautifully.  She is such an inspiration. 

Be sure to follow her on Bloglovin' to see where she's travelled to next.


Happy Sunday!!

27 July 2014

My husband and I just got back from vacation.  This was the most amazing sunset from our first night in Avalon, NJ.  We had such a wonderful time.  I only took my iphone with me and there are no filters on this photo.  I couldn't take enough pictures of this sunset. 

Stephanie's Birthday Wishlist

22 July 2014

So my birthday is this week!  I think ever since I was 21 I have to really think about how old I am.  Like, actually do the math!  Does that happen to anyone else? 

Canon 60d
As I rambled about a few posts ago, I'm in the market for a new camera body.  This one would work nicely and is a little more realistic than the 5D Mark III.  I would love to get more creative with some moving pictures, aka video!

Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Portable Printer for iphone
When I saw this I knew I had to have it!  You can print photos right from your iphone, amazing!
J Crew's Panama Hat
This is the perfect vacay hat.
A Ring Light
A must if we're going to start shooting videos!
St. Tropez Self Tan Bronzing Mousse
I've heard so many good reviews for this stuff, I have to try it. 
Pantone: The 20th Century In Color
I'm needing some coffee table books for my living room and this book would add some color.
Tarte Maracuja c-brighter eye treatment
Let's face it, since I've hit 30 I'm always on the hunt for a great eye cream.

Those are some of my birthday wishes.  What's the best birthday gift you've ever gotten?


Happy Sunday!!

13 July 2014

These weren't in the garden for too long.  I'm glad I was able to get a few snaps of them. 

Summer Lacquer

08 July 2014

Summer is finally in full effect here in New England so we thought it would be a great time to share some of our nail polish favorites. Let's get started! 

Stephanie's Picks

Erica's Picks

It's no surprise that we have brights in our polish favorites as bright nails and summer really go hand in hand. Brands like China Glaze offer amazing selections of bright polishes. From my collection, I chose my current two favorite brights which are both from China Glaze. The yellow is Happy Go Lucky while the orange, red is Pure Torture. Stephanie also has a China Glaze bright called Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

Every summer nail polish collection most likely has nautical colors mixed in. Summer is all about the beach and water also celebrating the Red, White, and Blue. With that, its no surprised that both of us picked blues. Stephanie has Essie's Aruba Blue while I have Essie's Butler Please.  Also to go with the nautical theme, I have been loving OPI's Alpine Snow and Stephanie has Essie's Good as Gold

Now we know when people see pink nail polishes they may automatically think Spring but the Summer is also a great time to break out your favorite pink colors.  Pink nail polishes, especially bright pinks, can really make you feel like Summer. I personally love Potent that Formula X by Sephora has out right now.  And for pinks, Stephanie has been reaching for Essie's Peach Daiquiri and Revlon's Cardshark

Check out our Spring Polishes here. Also if you would like to purchase any of these product, just click on the name.

Why I Chose A Canon

07 July 2014

There are so many different brands of cameras out there, but when it came time to choose which camera brand I would go with, it was easy.  I wanted a Canon.  The reason I wanted a Canon was, my favorite photographer at the time used a Canon.  This is a silly reason and I wouldn't suggest that anyone make a decision when buying expensive equipment based solely on this, but it worked for me.  I love my Canon. 

When I bought my camera I was just starting off as a hobbyist and in this way, it was kind of an impulse buy.  I didn't think that some day soon I would want to be a photographer.  Buying this camera changed my life's direction.  I never knew what I wanted to do "when I grew up" and I never really focused on anything for very long.  I would jump from one thing to the next, but with this, my passion hasn't waiver. 

If I had to make this decision all over again I probably would have done more research, but I think I would have ultimately decided on a Canon, in the end.

I plan on buying a new camera body soon, but I will do my research to choose the right model for me.  And it will be a Canon.