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My Week via Instagram

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Top Left: On the train, coming home from the city (used this photo with Ben Howard lyrics)

Bottom Left: Dana dog

Top Right: Late Christmas present came this week – cute hand-painted owl mug from Anthropologie!

Bottom Right: Hoboken – view of the Freedom Tower

Happy Monday!

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If you liked this post, you may want to check out last week’s instagram recap.
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“Oh you laugh…”

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I took this photograph on the train home from the city this weekend. I used my iPhone and edited the first image with Afterglow and the second with Instagram. I was listening to Ben Howard on my commute and decided to add in these lyrics from the song “Bones“. I created the font using my Bamboo Stylus and iFontMaker for iPad. I brought my images into photoshop and added the text onto the images.

I can’t decide which I like better. I love the circle in the first image, but I really like how the text fits into the photograph on the second image. I thought I would show them both to you and you can tell me which you like better!

I also really like the Afterglow app. I just downloaded it the other day so I haven’t used it all that much yet. I did, however, edit all of my images from yesterday’s post with it. I really like how the app gives you different shaped frames like circles, hearts and triangles, and there are quite a few filters to choose from. You can also edit the brightness, contrast, exposure, hue, saturation, tint, and temperature of your photos. I can’t wait to take some more pictures and really play with them in Afterglow (that will definitely be an upcoming post!).

I hope everyone has a great Wednesday!

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If you liked this post, you may also like “Playing with Text and Images” and “I Love My Bamboo Stylus“.

Fighting the Winter Blues

Here we are, a month in to winter, and I’m already suffering from some major winter blues. Up until this past week, the winter has been pretty mild compared to winters past, so I probably shouldn’t be complaining. But these single digit temperatures just don’t seem to agree with me. I suffer from the horrible condition of being cold 90% of the time (yes, even when it’s 80 degrees in the summer) and so imagine how cold I am when the weather channel tells me its 7 degrees out. Imagine all of the layers I have to put on. I end up looking like Randy in A Christmas Story, waddling out of my house crying because “I can’t put my arms down!”

I wouldn’t call what I experience “seasonal depression” because my mood doesn’t necessarily change (although, if I’m being completely honest, it has been known to). More so than depression, I would say I experience an extreme bout of laziness when temperatures drop below 40 degrees. No matter how hard I try, I just can’t seem to get myself out of bed in the morning, which is odd because usually I’m a morning person. But in the winter my room is always so warm because my radiator lets out an unusual amount of heat and my bed is so soft and cozy, it’s literally impossible to move (okay it’s not completely impossible, I would just rather lay there all day). In the winter, especially when it gets as cold as it has been this week, all I want to do is cuddle up with a soft blanket, make a cup of tea or hot cocoa, and bury my nose in a good book (speaking of a good book, does anyone have any reading suggestions?)

But I suppose that’s all fantasy because, in reality, even though it’s just barely above 0 degrees and I think that the world should stop, it doesn’t. Life goes on, whether I want it to or not, and so, I have to pull myself out of bed, leave the cozy, warm comfort of my 80 degree room, bundle up in twenty layers like Randy, and move on with my day. So, since I can’t live out my dreams of knit socks, sweatpants, hot mugs and books, what do I do to fight the winter blues? Dream of all things sun, sand and summer, of course!

I couldn't have said it better myself! "Let's Go to the Beach" art print by The Dreamy Giraffe (Etsy)

I couldn’t have said it better myself!
“Let’s Go to the Beach” art print by The Dreamy Giraffe (Etsy)

Why yes, I'll take a Blood Orange Margarita!image via: http://camillestyles.com/drinks/bottoms-up-prettiest-summer-cocktails/?slide=2

Why yes, I’ll take a Blood Orange Margarita!
image via: http://camillestyles.com/drinks/bottoms-up-prettiest-summer-cocktails/?slide=2

Dreaming of the sun on my face(Photograph taken by me of my sister at the shore, March 2010. She's probably gonna kill me for this)

Dreaming of the sun on my face
(Photograph taken by me of my sister at the shore, March 2010. She’s probably gonna kill me for this)

Those chairs are calling my name.(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

Those chairs are calling my name.
(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

I'd give anything to be on the beach watching the sunset(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

I’d give anything to be on the beach watching the sunset
(Photograph taken by me in Anna Maria Island, FL. Available for sale in my Society6 shop)

If I keep dreaming of the sun and warm weather, then maybe, just maybe, I can make it through this winter alive. After all, spring is less than three months away!

P.S. I have to give a big BIRTHDAY SHOUT-OUT to my best friend!

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She turns 25 today! Can’t wait to celebrate your with you this weekend! I love you, girl!

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Featured image via: http://facesforradio.tumblr.com/page/2

Happy Holidays!

Hello friends! I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas and enjoyed good company and good food! We had a quiet holiday at home – relaxing by the fire, sipping eggnog, watching A Christmas Story for 24 hours and indulging in Christmas cookies. And we finally had a white Christmas! I was so excited to see snow falling on Christmas Eve. Those white flakes really do make the holiday feel more magical!

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Our tree Christmas morning

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Dana dog is wondering where her presents are

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!

Stay Curiously Chic! xo…Alane

Crochet Cowls

I recently taught myself how to crochet. I’ve always wanted to try it, but once I learned how to knit, I stuck with that. I have come across a number of knitting patterns, however, that have crocheted elements added to them. I also really like the way small crocheted flowers look as added decorations. So I thought it was time to teach myself how to crochet. It was a bit complicated at first; my hands were fumbling with the yarn and crochet hook, unaccustomed to the movements and tension. But, as with anything new, all it takes is some practice!

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I really like crocheting. I haven’t tried anything really complicated yet, but it seems to be a bit quicker than knitting. I’m excited to whip up some more cozy cowls! I bought 4 different colors of yarn, including the blue one shown below, which is what I’m working on now.

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P.S. Can you believe it’s the 1st of December?! I don’t know where fall went, but I think we’ve officially moved into winter weather and are full swing into the Holiday Season. I hope everyone is enjoying the Christmas music, movies and decorations as much as I am!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane