Hope August has been treating everyone well! As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are looked forward to.
Marshmallows, anyone? Well, I suppose there are some of us out there who have considered marshmallows solely for the purpose of s'mores and rice crispies treats. But this childhood favorite sweet has its place in many parts of the desserts world. Above, I found a few ideas for marshmallow inspiration. While they all sound delicious, I think that the one I am most excited to try is the brownie s'mores cheesecake, #3. There's something about cheesecake that is always enticing, don't you think? The s'mores scones #7 sound really interesting too, has anyone tried a scone with marshmallows in it? The idea sounds interesting, but I wonder how it works, texture wise.
Hope August has been treating everyone well! As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are looked forward to.
I've been trying to move beyond floral inspired cakes, just for a change of design since most of my cakes thus far have been mostly floral designed. Geometric inspired cake designs are a very popular and interesting options. They really transform the look of a cake, making them seem more modern and just have a different vibe from traditional fondant cake designs. They has a edginess to them that's so fun and fresh, something I'd like to recreate this summer. All nine of the cakes are ones I'd love to recreate, each of their own unique spin on geometric patterns, some more classic like #s: 5-9, while others have a wild streak like #4 (that's such a fun cake..)
Hope everyone is enjoying the warmer months! As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are welcome.
So palazzo pants were something I didn't wear for the longest time, even though they've been on the fashion scene quite a bit in recent years. Personally, I wasn't (for the most part) a fan of wide legged pants; they just did not seem to fit with my style. But a couple of months ago, I came across a floral black pair and found that there are some occasions where palazzo pants are the way to go. Since then, I have been thinking about incorporating more wide legged pants into my outfit inspiration boards and to bring in more prints into my wardrobe. I have included a few above that I really liked; my favorites are the ones in the middle column and middle row. But I also really like the look of the first outfit; it's a soft subtle look that I think would be really fun to recreate.
Hope you all are enjoying your summers! As always, comments, questions, and suggestions are looked forward to :)
“Color is very much about atmosphere and emotion and the feel of a place”
Though black and white photography is considered the classic, there are some things that just can't be experienced without color. It is often an element used to enhance the subject of the photo as well as tie it together with the rest of the picture. But there are rules that allow you to use colors without going overboard.
Use Strong Bold Colors Simply
Bold colors have big impact. They have depth and develop interest. The key to this is keeping the composition of these colors simple. To get the best effect, it is a good idea to stick to a few bold colors.
Use Pastel, Subtle Colors
Not all pictures have to contain eye-popping colors and shades. Some pictures such as ones of flowers, portraits, still life, and waterfalls are better with little to no contrast. Cloudy days are ideal for taking these types of photos. The lack of light, reduces the shadows leaving the end product to be a soft and gentle one.
Use One Color against a Neutral Background
If you want to emphasize the color of the subject of the photo, it is generally best to place it against a neutral background. This gives the subject a greater focus due to no competing hues around it.. For a neutral background, black, gray, and brown work well, but any other background with a heavy shadow would work as well..
Use a Dominant Color
Choose one color to be the main color in your photograph. This then, becomes the focus of the picture and it always goes as a perfect element to tie it altogether. For a even stronger effect choose a primary color (red, blue, and yellow) as the dominate color.
Color Balance and Emotion
Color Balance determines the outcome of the picture and is a tool you can use to change it if you want. The Color Balance is based on the color wheel where colors that compliment each other are together and ones that contrast are opposite each other. For a soft mellow look, choose complimentary colors such as different shades of blue. And for a contrast, take a picture of red flowers in a green meadow.
Color Emotion is equally important to color balance. Every color has emotional value behind it. Also each color depending on its context, has a different feeling behind it. For example, red is a warm color often used for love but when used in a different context can be used for anger (seeing red) or danger (seeing blood).
The saying goes that the rule of photography is that there are no rules. But as always, there are guidelines that when followed will showcase the difference between a photograph and a simple snapshot.
Rule of Thirds
If there was one rule for photographers to live by, it would be this one. It's straight-forward and leaves no room for errors or misinterpretations, making it a favorite for many. The Rule of Thirds is about dividing your image into nine equal parts by drawing thirds verticals and then horizontally. You are supposed to place the subject and elements of importance along or at the intersections of these lines. This gives the picture balance and interest without always having that centered subject.
Balancing Elements is a concept important to everything. Be it math, art, science, and especially photography. In photography when using the Rule of Thirds, you may end up with a space of your photograph feeling empty. To balance this, include a less-significant element to that particular spot giving the image equal “visual weight”.
Our eyes are always drawn to lines. Knowing this, we can use lines to change or further enhance your image when taking it. Including zigzags, curvy, straight, and or diagonals lines can make a enrich the photograph's composition.
Symmetry and Patterns
The human eye has always gone symmetry pleasing in all forms. However, sometimes adding a slight break in the symmetry of an image creates tension, which always makes the image more though-provoking and intriguing. This can be done by adding an unexpected elements to a photograph, one that seems unique but not completely out of place.
Many of us lack patience. Patience is needed when considering the viewpoint of a photograph. This means taking pictures up close, far away, from the right, left, front, back, underneath and above. Each view provides us with a unique and sometimes completely different point of view.
The background of a picture is a crucial element of the composition of the picture. Often times, we choose a interesting subject only to have it blend into the busy background and lose its importance. To fix this, it is a good idea to have a relatively plain background to enhance the subject. After all, though the human eye can pick out the multitude of elements, a camera cannot.
Since all photographs are two-dimension, a photographer has to carefully select the elements that go into his or her picture so that they can convey the depth of their subject matter. This can be done organizing the picture by foreground, middle ground, and background. Another useful technique is overlapping, where you intentional partial obscure one item to portray another. This is recognized by the human eye as depth giving the photograph a sense of the third dimension.
Framing a photograph allows you to contain your subject and crop pot all the other elements in its surrounding. For nature scenes, trees do an excellent job of this. By framing you photograph, the result is a more focused image which will naturally bring your eye to the focal point.
With today's technology and resources, you no longer have to continuously look through the lens of a camera until we see that perfect shot. We can take as many pictures as we want, tens of the same object knowing the slightest variation can make the biggest difference. So try things out, don't shy away from unknown techniques or strange approaches. You have no idea what you'll get until you try it out yourself.
Rice Krispies are one of my favorite sweet treats to make especially if there are many kids around. (Not that they won't finish otherwise!) But I have been meaning to try something besides the original in terms of presentation.
The Lego Rice Krispie Treats (#5) are just too cool and I think it would be so fun to actually build something with them! Maybe it would be a bit impractical, but it wouldn't hurt to try. The Flip Flops (#6) are are another favorite and would be perfect for a summer party; I really like the use of Gushers in making the straps.
The vase of flowers (#3) inspires numerous bouquets of edible flowers, so many possibilities!
I guess I should maybe make another batch soon..
Hope your Monday has gotten off to a good start and have a great week everyone :)
It's a cool summer day (can't tell you how long I've waited for one of these!) and it feels one I'd like to spend near the coast and enjoy the sea breeze and last days of summer before another academic year begins.
While this outfit is a bit more casual than my usual style, I really like it. The color combination was what I was pleasantly surprised by when I was putting it together. I love the bright yet somewhat subdued seafoam green in the top and the shoes (the latter of which would probably get ditched on the sand!)and how nicely it pairs with the soft shell pink! Since it's a chilly day, the long sweater cardigan seemed appropriate. And to make the outfit more "me" I had to add a simple ring and fun bag! The sunglasses too go with the color theme of the outfit and tie up the look.
Now, I really wish I could wear this today! Maybe sometime soon..
Hope you all have a great Monday!
I always look forward to summer beverages, even though the temperature during this time of year is hardly my favorite. Above are some beverages I think would be nice to try this summer, some are light and refreshing like the Raspberry Peach Lemonade, while others are intense and on the heavier side, like the All-American Malt Milkshake (which is one of my favorite childhood beverages!) Either way, I think there's a bit of everything here to satisfy most of the summer beverage cravings for this year. I really want to try the Strawberry Lime Slush since that is one type of drink I have never made before and it looks really good.
Hope you all are having a great start to the week! Let me know in the comments below what your go-to summer beverage is!
Hope you all have a wonderful 4th with family and friends (and good food too!) Here are a few outfits I put together inspired by today's holiday.
So I think I've mentioned on the blog before that I enjoy decorating cakes with fondant. It is a hobby that started in 8th grade and one I have tried to keep up with. For an event we hosted last weekend, I decided to try out a new technique, marbling fondant. While quite simple, I was really worried I would somehow mess it up and end up with a cake that was covered in big blotchy patches of different colored fondant or a new scary color altogether. Thankfully, neither situation occurred and the cake turned out pretty well! (Well, I guess I'll have to let you guys be the judge of that) One thing I wish I had done was incorporate the white fondant more evenly into the marbling, because I think that would have resulted in a better pattern. That's something to remember for next time!
Hope everyone is having a great week!
So, there's really not much to tell. I'm a person of many interests, and enjoy talking to others about theirs.