Welcome to the end of the week my friends!
As we speak, I am either on my way to the airport, in the air, or touched down in Seattle to spend a long weekend with my brother and sister. I’ve never been, so I’m looking forward to checking out some of the sites and finding more delicious food to devour. If you know anywhere that we should check out, shoot me a comment, email, or message on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook…ok, you get the picture.
This week was beautiful in Chicago. Temperatures were in the 70s, which is about 30 degrees warmer than it was last year when Neil and I moved from Virginia. Next week the temperatures are supposed to drop again, but they still won’t be in the 40s (knock on wood).
To celebrate the end of another week, let’s check out the 60th (!) edition of five things Friday!
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1. VSCO Cam App
This is probably what I am most excited about this week. VSCO Cam is a mobile app for both iOS and Android used to edit photos. I will confess that I have had it downloaded on my phone for some time now, but every time I tried to use it I got frustrated. It wasn’t as intuitive as I wanted, so I usually just gave up.
This week I spent some time actually figuring out the app and I am so in love with it. My photos look so much better after playing around with certain filters and details. The app is free and comes with a certain number of preset filters, but I did spend a couple dollars to get different filter options from their store. I’m looking forward to stepping up my Instagram game and giving you better quality photos here on the blog.
2. Joan of Arctic boots by Sorel
If you’ve been reading since last year, you may remember that I completely missed my chance to get the winter boots I wanted. If you missed that sad, sad day, you can relive it here. I waited too long to make up my mind and when I did, these Joan of Arctic boots were sold out EVERYWHERE. Rather than choose another brand, I martyred myself by wearing 8 year old (non-waterproof) Uggs and lining the inside with plastic bags.
This year, I did not make the same mistake. I ordered these boots directly from the Sorel website and they arrived this week. I certainly don’t need them yet, but I’m definitely having a great time wearing them around the house.
3. Doo.Over Hairspray by Kevin Murphy
I received this Doo.Over hairspray in the swag bag from Go Blog Social last weekend. For those times when I actually decide to wear my hair down, I like to spray a light hairspray after curling it. I really like the way this smells and it’s not too overpowering.
Sidenote: this is a hairspray, not a dry shampoo. As we were all going through our bags, we apparently stopped at the words “dry powder” and exclaimed our joy at having a giant full-sized dry shampoo to go home with. As I tried to tame my mane of hair the next morning at 5:30 am, I sprayed this on my bangs to look like I’d actually washed my hair. Normally with dry shampoo, there will be a little dusting of powder that I just rub into my hair. When I didn’t see that, I just continued to spray…and spray. Then I read the bottle. Needless to say, my bangs were on point and didn’t move an inch in that ponytail.
I get most of my stock images from Unsplash, but I recently discovered another free photo site called Stocksnap. You have to create an account, but all of the pictures fall under the Creative Commons license which means that you are able to use images without paying for or citing them.
I noticed that there were a lot of the same pictures here as on Unsplash, but there were some original ones that were unique to the site. If you use stock photographs for blogging, designing, or whatever your heart desires, give Stocksnap a try.
5. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
This book has been on my list for awhile, but I only recently got around to purchasing it. I plowed through Brene Brown’s Rising Strong, but since it was such an important book, I needed to take a little break before picking up another motivational and thought-provoking piece of literature.
Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert talks about the importance and the power of living a creative life. She stresses that living a creative life requires no permission from anyone and if you are pulled to create in any way, you need to learn to listen to those callings and dive in. I love how she talks about inspiration as traveling around until it is able to find someone to fulfill an idea. I can relate to a lot of the feelings she describes as a writer because while there are some days I struggle for inspiration, others involve an incredible urge to get an idea out as quickly as possible before I lose sight of it.
So that’s it for this week friends! I will be back either on Monday or Tuesday depending on my access to a computer. If you want to follow along on my Seattle travels, follow me on Instagram and say hello!
Also, big congrats to Jeffrey for winning the Mighty Nut giveaway! If you didn’t win, never fear—I have some other giveaways lined up with your names on them.
- What’s one thing you are loving this week?
- Do you have any plans for the weekend?
- What book should I read next?