30 Days Of Self Improvement

So far, there’s been a few days this season where I just feel lost. Not sure what to do and can’t necessarily get myself out of bed. But I’m not okay with that. I want to do more this summer and with my husband deployed, now is the perfect time. This blog post will feature a few ideas to boost your self-improvement and mood. It’s also geared towards keeping busy and staying productive. It’s the end of July people, the clock is definitely clicking.

Start a fitness plan. 

Find a new coffee shop and study, work, or create something.

Read a book from a genre you normally wouldn’t lean towards.

Set your alarm an hour earlier than normal.

Watch the sunrise. 

Watch the sunset.

Drive 20 miles outside of your city to a unfamiliar place. 

Go see a movie with an old friend.

Cut your hair.

Take a long walk without social media, texting, or phone calls.

Do something nice for someone else. 

Make a vision board.

Declutter and deep clean your space. 

Write down what you want to accomplish in the next year.

Work on your professional resume. 

Learn about something new.

Eat breakfast outside. 

Try meditation.

Go the entire day without complaining. 

Make a new “feel good” Spotify playlist.

Donate your clothes to a shelter in need, thrift store, or friend. 

Buy yourself flowers.

Start planning your dream vacay. 

Don’t buy anything for 24 hours.

Go to bed early.

Clean out your email inbox.

Stretch your night routine and pamper yourself. 

Spend a day trying out photography.

Sign up for a non-credit/credit course at your local college or recreational center.

Volunteer at an animal shelter.

5 Instagram Themes + How To Create Them 

Goodmorning or good afternoon, depending on when you’re reading this! I hope all of your days are going well! In this blog post, I wanted to feature five different Instagram looks perfect for building a cohesive feed! I tend to switch up the way I edit every few weeks to keep things exciting and new. To me, continuously keeping my photos the same gets boring so I love to try new filters and trends often.

To make this post easy to follow and understand, make sure you download the VSCO Cam app. Get yourself familiar with the features and different filters. This guide is also tailored for those who can navigate well around the Instagram app itself. There are tools specifically located in the Insta app that we’ll need for later. Take a look and mess around, everything can be deleted and retried if need be. Once you’ve done this, it’s time to get started!

Theme #1: Bright and Colorful

This is one of my absolute favorite themes I’ve created since beginning Instagram. It’s fun and virtually anyone can create this no matter what you’re taking photos of. It works the best with shots taken of skies, greenery, or brightly colored food.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter C1. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +30, Structure +5, Shadows -10, Sharpen +10.

Theme #2: Structured and Shadowy

My second theme idea looks very high detailed and thought out. It gives the illusion you’re putting more effort into your feed than you really are. I like to use these selections when taking photos in the city or of architecture. It let’s everything pop in a subtle sort of way.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Structure +40, Highlights +39, Shadows -28, Sharpen +10.

Theme #3: Warm and Sharp

This theme is super simple to acheive because the filter we’re going to use gives a warm tone to any photo. From there, we’re able to brighten the lighter features and make everything come together as one. This style gives me total 70’s vibes and I’m digging it. Try throwing this filter on when the sun is out to counter-act the harsh tones.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A4. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +25, Structure +50, Saturation -20, Shadows -10, Sharpen +5.

Theme #4: Light Toned and Built

I feel really cool and collected when I use this editing style. I’d say this was typically the look I went for when I first started Instagram. Just very natural and colorless. The saturation is very dull in this option which makes for a perfect contrast when laid upon items flourishing in detail. It brings more attention to the object you’re taking a photo of rather than all of the added editing tools. This look is easy to accomplish and great for beginners.

Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter A6 (adjust the intensity level to +6). Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +50, Structure +60, Saturation -30.

Theme #5: Dark & Intense 

This theme is similar to the first one we talked about but has darker features. This feed will make your colors pop, your whites bright, and your darks even darker. This is another universal editing style that can be used on photos of anything really.

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Here’s the combination it takes to achieve this look-

In VSCO Cam select filter G3. Save this photo to your camera roll and transfer it into the Instagram app. From there, go into the “Edit” options to adjust the features.

Brightness +20, Structure +10, Saturation -20, Contrast +30, adjust the shadows and highlights accordingly so that your whites are popping and very bright.

Reviewing The Aspyn Ovard Pixi Collection

Holy cow! When I found out Aspyn was coming out with her own line of beauty products in collaboration with Pixi, I was over the moon. If you didn’t know, Aspyn Ovard is a lifestyle YouTuber and Blogger. Not only does she have an amazing main channel full of DIY’s, reviews, style, recipes, and fashion videos. In addition, she also runs a vlog channel with her husband Parker, who together are equally adorable.

Aspyn’s style is neutral toned, flowy, and comfortable. Her makeup choices and outfits definitely coincide with one another and create a united look. I expected her products to be a true representation of just that. At first glance, I wasn’t surprised to find that her choices were light and glowy with subtle colors. They were products I could really see myself using on a daily basis and that alone was super important to me.

In the collection, there are four different products to try. This includes two highlighters, a blush, and a lower lash mascara with a brow gel. All of these tiny gems are perfect in size and easily some of the most basic basic’s a girl could have. I’m a lover for things I can throw on into my purse and head out the door with. If I’m in a rush and need a little pop of product, these are ultimately the ones I’m reaching for.

Eye Accents: Brow Gel & Lower Lash Mascara 

It’s very hard to find a mascara for the lower lashes without it being too clumpy or thick. This mascara couldn’t be farther from that. This product was smooth and creamy which ultimately made it easy to apply. I didn’t have to alter the application by re-applying and trying to remove clumps, there were none!

As far as the brow gel goes, there’s not much to say. It was similar to others I’ve tried in the past but I could feel a little difference in the hold. It lasted the entire day and kept my brows in perfect shape. Not too much to explain about this product besides the fact it served its purpose. Travel size, was one of the main features I thought set this gel apart from some of its competitors.

Glow-y Powder: Santorini Sunset 

I pictured this highlighter, despite Aspyns beauty preferences, to be a little over powering. It looked very bright in the package and maybe too glowy for my skin tone. Fortunately, I was wrong. This powder is muted in color and allows you to apply as little or as much as you’d like. At times, I’ve found certain highlighters can be too bright, making a person look shinier than need be. With that said, I’m a huge fan of a natural looking face and dislike drawing too much attention to one area. That’s why this product is so good! The shade is great, the application lasts many hours, and I’m able to use this on a daily basis.

Glow-y Powder: Rome Rose

This was the last product in the line I tried and again there’s mostly just good things to say about it. The blush styled glow powder has a slight bright undertone that allows it to turn from one product into another. I’d say this item does a great job of combining two things every girl loves: a rosy cheek and a flawless highlight. I’m sure this combination was intentional, given the name “glow-y powder” but using it for the first time, was so unexpected!

The final item in Aspyns collection I wasn’t able to get my hands on! They were completely sold out at my nearest Target. In conclusion though, I just want to say how collectively amazing this line is. I can most definitely see myself using these products daily for events or for those mornings when I just want to keep it easy. 

Let me know in the comments below or through my social media platforms if you have or are planning to try any of these! I’d love to hear your expert opinion and feedback! As always, those links are located on the homepage as well as down below.

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