That being said, here are a few things I'm loving this Wednesday:
Penny Talk nail polish from Essie's Mirror Metallics Collection
I recently (happily) discovered a wonderful thing called Klout Perks. I signed up for Klout awhile ago-- it's a tool to measure your influence on social networks. Well, I discovered that my Klout score was high enough to qualify me for certain offers-- such as this one from Essie. A few mouse clicks, and Klout sent me a full-size bottle of nail polish from Essie's new collection in a random color. If you haven't signed up for Klout, yet-- you should do it immediately!
Could not be happier with this surprise hue. It's a beautiful copper color, that reminds me of my favorite MAC lipglass shade- Oh Baby! Great for summertime when my skin is more tan. Please excuse my ugly nails-- I've never quite been able to kick my bad habit of biting them when I'm stressed.
Which brings me to the next item on my list of what I've been loving lately...
We're in the process of moving to a new apartment, and it's been a bit stressful. I found myself nearing a breakdown yesterday when trying to get information from our new complex, without much success. (What's the point of answering machines if you never return the messages? Or having "business hours" but never picking up the phone during said hours...)
Nevertheless, I finally gave up and handed off the task to my boyfriend, Holden, who willingly obliged. We sorted through the final details, and he even volunteered to take over puppy duty for the evening while I went to the Ranger's game with my dad last night.
I love, love, love our little Zeus man with all my heart-- but he can be quite a handful (as all puppies are). It warmed my heart that Holden sacrificed his hands and arms to the sharp puppy teeth (fangs) so I could spend some quality time with Dad. Even though it was nice to have a short reprieve, there's nothing like coming home and seeing those sweet faces staring back at me.
Last on the list is something I just discovered today while browsing through my college roommate's facebook photos:
This iPhone camera app from Visual Supply Co. VSCO is famous for their film emulating Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom presets. I've been debating buying them for a long time, but it's so rare that I actually carry around my DSLR-- especially since buying my beloved iPhone4s.
While I love Instagram, the forced square format and heavily processed filters seem constraining sometimes. There are really only one or two filters that I end up using, if any. I've been lusting after the Fuji X100 for it's film modes-- but the hefty price tag is just not practical.
I've tried other camera apps-- Camera+, Camera Awesome, even the more expensive Snapseed-- but they always end up being more work than I care to put into a camera phone photo.
VSCO CAM is AMAZING! It has a beautiful, minimalistic user interface, and I absolutely love the workflow. I can snap as many photos as I'd like (very quickly, I think, even compared to the standard camera app) and edit them at my leisure afterward without interrupting the shooting. The filters are GORGEOUS. They are the closest thing to film I've seen in a camera app. They emulate the Fuji and Kodak films of days past. In addition to the easy filters, there are several customizable settings-- including grain and fill. LOVE.
The best feature, in my opinion, is that it applies its filters to the pre-compression camera output-- which gives a higher quality image than you'd ever expect from a phone. Other apps really waste the iPhone's 8 megapixels. You have the option of saving photos at their full resolution or other predefined standard sizes. VSCO CAM integrates seamlessly with Facebook, Instagram etc... (although I did just diss their overprocessed filters, I still love the social network aspect of Instagram, so I am happy VSCO works well with it).
If you're looking for an example of VSCO's capability-- you've already seen them! The pictures I used in this post were all taken with VSCO CAM. For only 99 cents, this app is a complete steal. Their Photoshop presets cost $100+!!! Even if you're not convinced from my review, it's definitely worth a dollar to see for yourself.