January 26, 2015

FIVE GO-TO PHOTO EDITING APPS.


Hands up who loves a good-ol’ photo filter? Everyone? Thought so. Gone are the days where you rely solely on Valencia on Instagram to give your photos that ‘oomph’. Today I thought I would dive on in and give you a list of the top photo-editing apps I rely on. Ready? Lets go.

Afterlight - It may cost you a penny or two but this little app is my go-to for the majority of my photos. It lets you frame your images, gives you adjustable filers and regularly update their content so you never get bored. All hail Afterlight!

FxCamera - This is a relatively new one I stumbled upon a couple of weeks ago and I’m already in love. FxCamera lets you simulate different camera types making your photo look like it was taken with a polaroid camera, fisheye lens and the list goes on. Considering this app is free, its certainly worth having a look at.

Cymera - Admittedly I don’t use this one very often but it’s fun when you have time to play around with your photos as this nifty app offers you the ability to make your smile bigger, face slimmer, eyes larger. You name it, Cymera can probably do it.

Mextures - After paying for this app I instantly felt a twinge of regret. We couldn’t afford to splurge on ice cream this week but I could buy an app for $3? What. Was. I. Thinking. Then I opened it up and started looking at the incredible filters you could add to photos, and the rest is history. This app lets you mix and match your own filters, layering till you get the perfect photo, needless to say it was money well spent.

Piction - If you’re a quote lover like me you’ll love this for writing captions or text directly on your images. There is a large selection of fonts, styles and colours so you can personalise it to your taste. Be careful though, this app is pretty addictive after awhile…


What photo editing apps do you use? Let me know! 






January 1, 2015

HAPPY NEW YEAR!


Pinch and a punch for the first of the month and I hope you all have a very merry and wonderful New Year! Before I get into anything else I think I need to confess something… We’re getting quite personal now, are you ready?… I don’t have any resolutions for the year. I know, I know, I was pretty darn shocked too. See the thing is, I looked at my watch on New Years Eve and thought ‘Five hours left! That’s plenty of time to be hit with some Disney-like inspiration’ and then before I knew it, it was 11:59PM and there still was nothing.   

I have made New Years Resolutions ever since I was a youngin' and to be honest the first few years consisted of me saying ‘This year I’ll get my first kiss!’ which progressed to ‘this year I’ll get my first boyfriend!’ and you know what? It never happened. Then I stopped wishing for it and it happened. What I’m trying to say is I’m not a huge fan of the old ‘ New Year, New You Resolutions’ business because I hate the pressure, stress and time restraint associated to that. 

So without further ado, here are my goals for 2015. If they happen, thats amazing and I’ll feel kick-ass. If they don’t… well I’ll keep on trotting on and everything will be OK. 

- Learn (beginner) French.
- Enjoy the little things and take more photos to remember them by. 
- Be more tolerant of bad drivers.
- Live in the moment and stop stressing over things you can’t control.
- Develop a good morning routine. 


What are your new year resolutions or goals for the year?

I love reading what people have planned! 

xx







FREE PRINTABLE: 
 I also finished designing my very first printable monthly calendar which can be used for any year (handy huh!) and I thought I’d link it for free here. Please just respect copyright and don’t publish/share without crediting the calendar back to me (but I know you won’t do that anyway, you gooduns!)

December 24, 2014

MY CHRISTMAS EVE RITUAL.



Christmas Eve used to be for last minute Christmas wrapping and heading down to the local pub to have a couple (hundred?) drinks with friends, but for the past few years its been a different kind of ritual. 

While I admit to still doing some last minute wrapping (some things will never change), I really enjoy relaxing in front of a couple of festive movies (My favourites: Elf, Arthurs Christmas, Bridget Jones Diary and Home Alone) with a cup of tea, whilst popping on a face mask which is an essential right now thanks to my skin breaking out recently (thank you ‘that’ time of the month). 

I’m pretty excited about tomorrow! How will you be spending Christmas Eve? 

On a side note: I wanted to take this time to say a really big thank you. Thank you for commenting, reading my posts or laughing at any of my bad jokes (of which there are probably one too many). This year has been an amazing one in regards to DearYouLoveEm,  I cherish my little blog so much and I really appreciate all the time you take to read the content and connect with me on social media. I wish you all a very, very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!





December 22, 2014

GETTING CRAFTY: GINGERBREAD HOUSE.




It’s that time of the year again. With the hustle and bustle that comes with this time of the year I feel like I need someone to inject the christmas spirit straight into my femoral artery, like a muscle relaxant that’ll leave me with a dreamy smile and closed eyes. Any takers? Seeing as that wasn’t looking like an option, the next best thing was some good old fashioned Christmas baking.

I’ve never made a gingerbread house before so the idea was quite taunting, but after ogling at some wonderful creations on Pinterest I thought it was time to roll my sleeves up and get crack-a-lackin! The decorating was by far the most enjoyable part although I got a bit generous with the icing and… let’s just say there was a landslide. Thankfully only one gummy bear was hurt in the incident, but overall it was a success!

What do you do to get into the Christmas spirit? 
Not long now! 








December 15, 2014

LIFE LATELY…


1. My favourite little man Oscar has become so cheeky recently and I love that his personality is really shining through at the moment. There is nothing better than coming home after a long day and seeing him bounding up to you with his long floppy ears flying. 

2. Falling in love with fairy-bread all over again. It is just the easiest thing to make and bring to picnics/parties, not to mention much more creative than bringing a packet of chips… 

3. Everyone in my family knows that I am officially ‘Uno Champion’ (I know, I know, I’m pretty cool). I have happily carried this title my whole life until I recently stumbled upon Uno last week and have been playing against Dan. We get quite competitive but thats half the fun, right? 

4. I don’t know how I am going to describe this without my mouth watering… Ah too late! Let’s just say I found a new creperie in town and it was one of the tastiest things I’ve ever had. Mmmhmm. 

5. Weekends away with Dan mean plenty of photos, adventures… oh and red wine. *wink!*

6. Sydney CBDs Christmas tree made entirely of lego brought back my childhood love of lego, but on a slightly bigger scale. 

7. Katy Perry concert the other night was incredible, along with singing my heart out I also managed to lose my voice. If you can’t lose your voice at a concert, when can you? 

8. Wrapping up Christmas presents with my little helper.  Now, if he’d only stop unwrapping the presents and eating the wrapping paper… 

9. Sunday brunch. My favourite part of Sunday. 

I have been really into Instagram recently, feel free to follow me here *wink* and get ready for lots of photos of my bunny and inspirational quotes by the gallons …