30 Day Minimalism Challenge

30 Day Minimalism Challenge via Into Mind

Hello June! With a two-week vacation on the horizon, this month is shaping up to be quite a good one. At first I was a little nervous that so much time away would cause me to lose momentum with Evermore. However, I now realize that there are so many productive ways that I can use this time that will pay off further down the road. It'll be the perfect opportunity to focus on personal growth, collect inspiration, work on new designs and create a strategic plan for the next few months. 

I recently discovered the beautifully-designed blog Into Mind and cannot stop devouring Anuschka's posts. She writes primarily about how to discover your personal style and live a simpler life with less. Her posts are full of useful advice and I thought now could not be any better of time to start her 30 Day Minimalism Challenge. I'm not big into 30 day challenges, but think I can follow through with this one and that some of the habits may actually stick. 

Source: Into Mind

Sandal File

sandal file via evermore paper co.

I've been anxiously waiting for the moment where I could wear sandals without risky frostbite and it looks like it's arrived at last. Today will be in the 70s and tomorrow we'll hit the 80s! My toesies are so excited and I'm celebrating the occasion with some of my favorite picks for the warmer days ahead. I'm currently loving cognac, thick bands, and woven details. 

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April Style File

Slowly but surely, it's starting to warm up in Chicago. However, the weather tends to be quite volatile this time of year, making layers a necessity and the transition to warm days a long one. So while I may be dreaming of sandals right now, the wardrobe above is a much more accurate depiction of what I'll be wearing this month. In an effort to freshen things up, I've slowly started incorporating lighter colors into my closet and I have found myself drawn to earthy grays and greens, along with some fresh Spring-y scents. As for my home, I tend to buy a lot of plants this year and like incorporating natural elements into my decor.  

Necklace  //  Ring  //  Perfume  //  Jeans  //  Shirt  //  Purse  //  
Notebooks  //  Plant  //  Parka  //  Boots  //  Mug

Overcoming my camera-phobia

I'm still working to develop my photography skills and slowly I am starting to become more comfortable behind the lens. Since reshooting my product photos in January (more on that here), I've become much more conscious of the impact your styling can have in conveying your brand image. Whereas before I wrongly assumed you could throw a bunch of items in the scene and a styled photo would pop out, I have since learned that achieving that perfectly unstyled/"I just threw this together" shot is much more of an art than a science. 

Since then I've experimented a lot with various props, backgrounds, lighting situations, angels, etc. And while my style is still evolving, I realize that it will be an ever changing thing. As a result, I am much more prone to pick up the camera these days and I'm constantly looking for new ideas and ways to add my own unique touch to my photos. Another thing that has helped me overcome my camera-phobia is to keep it along with all my products and props neatly organized and nearby. That way when the urge or need to take a photo comes, I'm ready to go.

Here's a look at just a few of my favorite styling props as of lately. What are your go to props and tips for being camera ready at all times?