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My Favorite Jewelry Trends for Fall

As back-to-school approaches, I can't help but look forward to the Fall season. One of the best things about Fall in my opinion, is the fashion! With tall boots and suede hats to chic satchels and statement jewelry, it's the best time of the year to have fun with accessories. Personally, one of my favorite Autumn accessories, and the easiest way to update an outfit, is jewelry. From a big bold ear cuff to minimal gold necklaces with interesting little pendants, my fashion forecast for Fall this year includes more modern and sleek pieces.

For example, while I tend to love a pair of sparkly statement studs or a larger dangling statement earring, this Fall I see a modern ear cuff being one of the biggest earring trends, and it's definitely one of my favorite jewelry trends! It looks great on its own or paired with some gold hoops, and you can even pair it with a cool ear crawler. These elegant and modern ear cuffs come with sleek built-in tassel earrings. I love that this je…

5 Simple Steps to Taking Better Blog Photos

via Sofia Kasimova/Sofia's World
Introducing The Blog Entourage's very first guest blogger! I'm always telling you guys how important it is to have pictures in your blog posts. Here are some simple tips from Sofia Kasimova, author of Sofia's World.
These tips are vital if you write a food, decor, or craft blog; or if you blog about products for sale.
If you have a family blog and post a lot of pictures of your children, there is another article at Sofia's World that gives essential tips on photographing kids. The proof is in the pudding, folks. Click here to see that article. 

I hope you enjoy the post she made just for us, and don't forget to stop by her blog and show her some love!

A photo is a nice compliment to any blogpost. It sure makes the post more enjoyable to read and provokes curiosity. So, how to take such a photo? You do not need to have the most expensive camera. Your point and shoot camera will do it. Here are five simple tips that will help you improve your blog photo skills.

1. LIGHT - the secret is in natural daylight. Do it in the afternoon - there is something magical in the afternoon light, soft and warm. Try to take your photos outside or by a bright window. Avoid too bright, sunny areas. But don't wait until the sun goes down to take a photo.

2. NO FLASH - turn off the flash, it causes very harsh light, washes away details. Shoot somewhere with enough light so you won't need to use the flash.

3. MACRO - to capture nice details use the "close-up" setting on your camera, it is usually marked with a "flower" symbol. If you do not have this setting, try the portrait setting, usually marked by a face symbol.

4. BACKGROUND - simplify the background: take photos in front of plain background, it lets your object (whether person or crafts, etc) stand out to the viewer and is also easier on the eyes. When I do make clothes for my toddler, I take his photos outside in front of the garage door or a brick wall. If you need to take photos of still objects, here is a simple ʻstudioʼ like shot idea.

Place a chair in front of a window, lay a poster or white seamless wrapping paper (thatʼs what I have in photo below, I believe $3 at HobbyLobby) and place your object and take a shot.

Here is the result:

5. EDIT - try to go a little extra and edit your photos. You can use free photo editing tools like picasa, picnic if you don't have one yourself. Just a little bit of adjusting exposure, brightness, color and cropping will do it.

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  1. This is a nice guest post, and brilliant for your first one! Will be heading over to her website in a minute. I love photos in my blog too. Just text alone can be slightly boring! But bad photos definitely don't leave a good impression either. I'm quite into photography myself, and Sofia makes very valid points. Also reminds me to work more on my background! :) (Fun and Life)

  2. Sharon, i just checked out your blog. You have very nice photos too.

  3. nice post ! x

  4. Nice post ..I am following you now on FB ..pls chk mine

  5. Wondderful post! Thank you for the tips.

    I just found your blog through the Tuesday blog hop. Have a great week!

    Amanda @

  6. Great post - these tips are very valuable.

    I'm a new follower dropping by from Follow Me Back's great to meet you!

  7. New follower here!! :) Feel free to share the love

  8. Excellent tips, Sofia! I'll check out your site!

  9. I love the poster or wrapping paper idea!! I will have to try that. Right now I mostly use my dining room table. LOL I'm not a pro and know it!


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