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09 October 2015

Annette Joseph's Style+Photo Workshops

A few weeks ago, my future sister in law, Kaci, and I spent our Saturday morning being flooded with photography and styling knowledge at one of Annette Joseph's Style+Photo Workshops. Professional photostylist Annette along with veteran photographer Christina Wedge set-up shop at Ponce City Market's West Elm location. The West Elm at Ponce City Market has the most adorable coffee shop tucked into one of its corners which served as the perfect location for our workshop. 

The morning began with a little lecture about styling from Annette. During Annette's talk, she discussed some stylist secrets while showing us examples of what to do (and what not to do) when styling photos. As bloggers, interior designers, and amateur photographers, this lesson was especially helpful, and I have to say that I've been using a few of her tricks when styling my blog photos. Color triangle? Yes please! 

Next we heard from Christina who walked us through different aspects of our camera and learning about what each button really means. We spent a lot of time in F-Stops and lighting which was incredibly useful to learn what those things actually mean. 

Once we wrapped up our lessons, it was off to see Annette and Christina in action. I loved seeing Annette work her photo styling magic as well as how she works seamlessly with Christina. And watching Christina and Annette make the tiniest adjustments to subjects to get the perfect photo was really insightful. I think that was one of my biggest takeaways. So often we want to make these huge, drastic changes to photos, but really, we just need to move fabric just a hair or wiggle that bowl the other direction. Small changes = big impact. 

The day wrapped up with working in partners to style food and then some of West Elm's interiors. Kaci and I worked to tell a story about the food we were working with: making pasta for a date night at home. We're pretty proud of what we came up with!

As for interiors, we chose a beautiful camel leather couch that was full of punchy pinks. We decided to tone down the colors a bit, and looking back on our work, I am impressed with our use of what was already set-up by making it look totally different. A true team effort! We went from all of those pinks and oranges to more neutral, soothing tones of navy, white, and gray. A subtle change with a huge impact. It's amazing what pillows and greenery can do to a space. Our movements even make the shelving in the background look more neutral. 

If you're interested in taking one of Annette's workshops, she has one coming up in Italy! I have no doubt it will be an amazing experience. Learn more on her site

Thanks to Annette and Christina for imparting your knowledge on us. We had a blast! 

photos via: me :) 


07 October 2015

Bring the Party with You with Stanley + My Favorite Tailgating Recipe

This fall, we're spending several weekends tailgating with friends and family in Auburn. While my school didn't have a college team, my husband's family is die-hard Auburn fans. In fact, my brother in law played for the team as did many of his friends, and Hunter along with his mom attended the university. It was pretty much a requirement that I adopt orange and navy when I married into the family. Over the past eight years, I've seen my share of many Auburn tailgates, and while I sometimes complain about schlepping food and decor from the parking lot to our tent, I have to say, I really enjoy tailgating season...and the food, the glorious tailgating food! 

Luckily, tailgating just got a whole lot easier with Stanley brand and their latest celebration essentials. Stanley Brand's Vacuum Seal Growler promises to keep beer cold for sixteen hours. SIXTEEN HOURS, y'all! This handy stainless steel container saves cooler space for other items all while keeping your beverage of choice chilled well into the afternoon. Pour the chilled libation into Stanley Brand's Steel Tumblers, and you're set. 

I also can't get enough of the Stanley Brand Adventure Vacuum Crock. The leakproof lid prevents spills all while keeping food hot for 12 hours and cool for 16. Can you say buffalo dip? I see a ton of delicious southern tailgate delicacies in this container's future. 

I'm stoked to take my new Stanley Brand products to the Ole Miss game at the end of October. And until then, I'll be dreaming up all of the other possibilities for these Stanley goodies. Apple cider in the growler? Check. Meatballs in the crock? Done. Oh, and as an added bonus, I thought I'd share my favorite tailgate recipe that I think will fit just perfectly in the Stanley Brand Adventure Vacuum Crock: corn dip. 

Tailgating Corn Dip

You will need:

- 2 cans white corn, drained
- 1 can Rotel, drained 
- 1 package cream cheese, softened
- Cumin to taste
- Garlic Powder to taste
- Red Pepper to taste
- Corn chips

To prepare:

Drain the corn and Rotel tomatoes and place in a microwave safe material. Add cream cheese and microwave for 30 seconds. Remove and stir to combine. Add cumin, garlic powder, and red pepper and heat until hot. Transfer from your container to the Stanley Brand Adventure Vacuum Crock and transport easily to your tailgate. Serve with corn chips of choice! 

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