photoshop tips and tricks


over the weekend, i attended digital darlings photoshop bootcamp and was blown away by the amount of good stuff i learned! i’ve been doing my own graphics since i started blogging 3 years ago, and up until now, have been using adobe elements (the cheaper version of photoshop, with not as many features) to muddle through. i learned SO much about the faster, better and more efficient way to deal with images, graphics and the like. this will hugely benefit my hobbies and my career.


digital darlings is running another #psbootcamp in november, and you can sign up here (there’s an early bird registration until october 15th which gives you a pretty big discount). i highly recommend it… you’ll learn so much to separate you from the pack. not to mention a quick way to retouch that break out! just don’t over do it with the photoshop airbrushing like i showed in the example below… this was simply to show the power of the tools!

a few examples of what i learned, and how to cut out text like in the image at the start of this post, (which i’ve been trying to learn forever, we’re talking endless youtube vids!), and a before and after portrait gif, below. read more…

how to: master light coloured nail varnish


i’ve had a thing lately for light pink on my fingers. whether it’s a closer to nude pink/beige, or my current personal fave, a tone that’s a little more on the mauve side of things, i’ve been wearing them nonstop. bonus: they bring out a tan!

lighter shades like these can be tricky to apply, since they streak, showing the texture more easily.


my tried and tested method to streak-free, properly covered, chip resistant nails on the go? read on to find out!

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fresh face: spring beauty tutorial

spring makeup

vmac + cheese is defo one of my fave sites and i love guest posting for victoria. she’s so stylish, knowledgeable and kind, always keeping her readers best interest in mind, and she’s always very generous with her content, too! when she asked me to create a fresh spring beauty tutorial, i grabbed my fave products, photog paul milaire and a friend (my model, jen of her waise choice who so looks beautiful bare-faced!) to work with me on the project. it’s a look that honestly works for all of us, and i’m sharing some pro tips and tricks that you may not have heard before! read more…

beauty tutorial: how to curl with a flat iron

a few weeks ago, jen and i collaborated on a cute hair tutorial video! jen came up with the idea to document her hair styling process – she curls it with a flat iron, and i’m always all “jen your hair looks awesome!”, so i personally, was very interested to see exactly how to curl with a flat iron!

i tried it myself, and i just can’t get the process down – i’m terrible doing my own hair… we didn’t film that part, sorry (this means i’ll be referring to the vid myself on the reg). that aside, it takes a lot of work to produce a quality tutorial!

first, a cohesive storyline is created. we considered what was important to communicate, and how to make the lesson as appealing as possible. of course, for us this meant pastries, flowers and red lippy! whenever i see the finished version of a creative tutorial, i always forget how much time and patience it takes to create. multiple shots, and angles are required to get the piece to fit together, not to mention props, and a pretty space. it was such a fun and creative process to be a part of! we shot it at my place, and ava had to make a cameo.

how to curl hair flat iron 1

a few products mentioned in the vid that we love:

oribe dry texturizing spray (worth every penny) | xo styling iron

we hope you enjoy, and find the tutorial helpful and a huge thanks to videographer paul milaire!

dealing with disappointment

don't mistake kindness for weakness

after a pretty rocky start to my week, i’m feeling a little unsettled. i’ve been reflecting a little bit about who i am, and how that affects how others treat me; i am a strong believer in the credo of ‘you teach people how to treat you’.

i should definitely preface by saying that i have a lot to learn about life, and i always try to stay curious, compassionate and above all, gracious (little secret: my one tattoo is of this word, after hearing sjp so thoughtfully recite a quote relating to the word when i was 21). however, if there’s one thing i know in life, it’s how to be a good friend… how to listen, and really, how to truly ‘be there’ for someone. being a good friend is a priority for me. the hard truth is that sometimes when you tend to be a giver, you run into takers. the truth is, but there’s been many times (too many to count), that i’ve been stung by a taker. even friendships that i’ve had for years, when the time came for said friend to show support, radio silence was returned.  it’s left me thinking about the quote above:

don’t mistake kindness for weakness

over the last 6 months, i’ve been on a bit of a personal journey.

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