15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos

Instagram recently released their app for Android and I’ve been insta-obessed ever since. I’m pretty impressed with some of the pictures I’ve taken so far and so I was pumped when I read this great post from Decor8 with 15 ideas for what to do with your Instagram photos. Let me know what you think!

15 Clever Ideas For Instagram Photos.

Mini Photobook

Favorite Posts of the Week: The Love Edition

Hi everyone! I hope you all had a sweet Valentine’s week.  My hubbie and I had a nice surf-and-turf dinner at home followed by a quiet night of TV watching. It was actually pretty perfect for a Tuesday night.

Although my hubbie and I had a quiet Valentine’s day I definitely got inspiration from the blog world for something more elaborate next year…or even for a random, romantic night any other day of the year.

Here are some of the sweetest and loveliest posts from the week of February 13th:

“Love”ly fashions

Reese Witherspoon was in the spirit this week when she stepped out in NYC in a cute heart-patterned dress. The Frugal Fashionista helps those of us on a budget recreate Reese’s look (although the dress she found is a bird-pattern…which satisfies my bird obsession, but doesn’t go with our love theme). Also, love the pop of red which screams “v-day”.  How much do you love the studded bag the Frugal Fashionista found similar to the one Reese is wearing? Love it!

Reese Witherspoon's Heart-Patterend Dress

Sweet home decor

Loving this bathroom makeover featured on DomestiKated Life.  Originally posted by AB Chao, the bathroom showcases a few cool pieces that you don’t usually find in a bathroom like a monogrammed shower curtain, framed word art, a runner (rug), and, um, Polaroid pictures taped to the wall. How does that hold up with all that humidity in the air? This bathroom design is pretty funky, but there is something sweet about it. What do YOU think?

I seriously want a monogrammed shower curtain – like now!

LOVEly bathroom makeover

Showing some PDA

This adorable post from Spearmint Baby is a pregnancy shoot while she was at 34 weeks. I love the winter/snow theme. I actually don’t usually like pregnancy photos because I’m not a fan of the bare belly shots and so the fact that she’s bundled up is absolutely adorable and so sweet.

I’m definitely going to try to recreate this one with my hubbie during my next ski trip (preggers or not).

Love in the Snow

Feed him something sweet

Craving this adorable cocktail perfect for a romantic night in. This recipe featured on Style Me Pretty includes chocolate and marshmallows as main ingredients…seriously, what’s not to love? I know my hubbie will chug it down!

Valentine's Day Cockatil by Sugar and Charm

How dainty are these cupcakes featured on Kara’s Party Ideas? I’m loving the light blue, pink, and red combination (which I’ve seen a lot in home decor lately too) and the unique designs on each cupcake. This is definitely something that’s going on my Adventures in Baking board on Pinterest!

Dainty, Love-themed Cupcakes

Tattoos Professing Your Love: Do or Don’t?

A few weeks ago a coworker celebrated her wedding anniversary by surprising her husband with a tattoo of his name on her wrist. I thought it was such a special gift. The tattoo was done beautifully – it was small, dainty, and in a whimsical, cursive. She said her hubbie smiled from ear to ear when she revealed the surprise.

Although I love the idea of my coworker’s anniversary gift, I’m not sure if that’s something I could ever do. I’ve admired other people’s tattoos and there are definitely beautiful ones out there, but it’s something that I’ve never felt was my style. One thing I always think about when the idea of a tattoo enters my mind is how it would look when I’m 70. Um, probably not so cute…

I did a bit of research for some love-themed tattoos to either give you inspiration for your own or to admire from afar.

romantic wrist tattoo

romantic wrist tattoo

heart outline with name inscripted

heart outline with name inscripted

Finger tattoo

Finger tattoo

What do YOU think? Would you ever use your body to profess your love for your significant other?

Boudoir Session: Do or Don’t?

Seriously, who doesn’t like to flaunt their stuff in some cute lingerie for their man? But how many of us are confident enough to flaunt it in front of a photographer … and even more to have it made into a photobook that your dad or kids can find? Ekkk…

I find boudoir sessions fascinating, and admire the women who have enough confidence to pull it off. Every time I stumble upon some pictures I envision what my boudoir session could look like – and I’ve even pinned a few inspirational shots, but at the end of the day I don’t think this is something I would ever do.

First of all I don’t think the camera loves me — and I don’t necessarily love the camera either, as I discovered during my wedding. Secondly, I’d probably need too many tequila shots to be able to “turn on” the sexy, but that only means I’ll have blood shot eyes. lol. And finally, what the heck am I to do with all of these pictures? The whole point is to give it to my hubbie for him to enjoy, but after he’s looked at it a few times what is he supposed to do with it? Stuff it in his sock drawer? That doesn’t sound very sexy to me.

Anyway, I’ll keep fantasizing about my boudoir session. Join me in picturing your own — here’s some inspiration….

From CasaMartinez

Tell me! Would you do it?

29 years

Today is my 29th birthday. And truthfully I couldn’t be more excited. A few years ago when I turned 25 I felt like I hadn’t accomplished some of the things I thought I would have by that age. But today at 29 I feel good about my accomplishments and where I am in my life.

In 29 years I have:

  1. Educated myself
  2. Created amazing bonds with my family
  3. Found someone to love and live my life with
  4. Built lifelong friendships with my two best friends
  5. Became an animal lover (even if all the love is currently directed at one dog)
  6. Traveled extensively within two continents

I can’t wait to see what lies ahead and what milestones I’ll celebrate – professional success, building a home with my hubbie, starting a family, traveling to other continents, etc

Happy Birthday to me! And thanks to all who have made me so grateful for these 29 years.

Balloons I received from a thoughtful coworker

Balloons I received from a thoughtful coworker