Happy Monday, Everyone! I hope you all had a lovely weekend! The sun was finally shining here in Hoboken and I was able to spend some time walking around my new neighborhood, becoming acquainted with the area. What I really love about this town so far is how walkable it is. Hoboken is only about a square mile, so it is really easy to get everywhere on foot. This weekend, it was so enjoyable to stroll along in the sun, taking in all of the sights, shops and restaurants this town has to offer. I even took a walk down to the water and photographed the sparkling view of the NYC skyline.
Brunch on Saturday at Elysian Cafe
Brunch at Elysian Cafe – eggs benedict, pommes frites and a screwdriver
NYC skyline & Empire State building
I bought a plant for my kitchen yesterday! I love the way he looks. Now I just need to find a name for him…
Along with getting to know the area, I’m really enjoying the process of making my apartment home. I hope to add new things bit by bit (like my plant!) and I hope that it continually evolves.
How was your weekend? I hope you all got some sun too! Until the next post…
Sunday morning, I drove into Hoboken and walked around the city a bit. It was flurrying on and off, but it was a nice, crisp winter day and the view from the waterfront was beautiful. I took some photos with my iPhone and edited them using Afterglow (I mentioned this app in Thursday’s post) and then Instagram.
I love the vintage film effect I achieved with Afterglow
Edited in Afterglow then brought into Instagram and added an additional filter and changed the focus
Edited in Afterglow – used a vintage effect again
I can’t get enough of this circle frame (Afterglow)
Another circle frame with Afterglow and then used Instagram’s focus effect
Added a filter in Afterglow and then used the Lux (that little sun) effect in Instagram and created a focal point
I really like the editing capabilities of Afterglow, such as the different frame shapes, filters, and lens flare effects. What it’s missing though, is the ability to play with the focus the way you can in Instagram. So I edited the photos with Afterglow and then brought them into Instagram to create a focal point. In some images, I added an Instagram filter on top of the Afterglow filter. I really like the way the images turned out and I love the vintage effects I was able to create. It still boggles my mind how quick and simple it is to create beautiful photos on a little phone. Sometimes, Photoshop is just too much.
We had a gallery opening on Friday night at work, so I got to dress up all fancy in my metallic gold skirt with a bow.
I finally caved and bought myself a bottle of Jimmy Choo perfume. I think it was a good investment because I’ve been receiving many compliments!
And I spent the weekend in the city celebrating my best friends 25th birthday. We splurged and decided to get a hotel, which turned into the greatest decision ever because the front desk greeted us with free, warm oatmeal chocolate chip cookies!