My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos

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My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos
December freebie photo from Twigyposts.

     Let's face it: sometimes you're just not able to take the perfect photo for a blog post. This is where stock photos come in. Identity is an important part of your blog, so of course, you want to make sure your photos fit your overall aesthetic. However, it can be hard to find free or affordable stock photos that go with your established theme. Well, search no more. Here are five of my favorite places to find pretty and feminine post photos!


Creative Market:


Creative Market is always my first stop when I'm looking for a design element for my blog. In addition to an endless selection of stock photos, there are also weekly freebies every Sunday!


My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos
Photo from Twigyposts Instagram Bundle.


Twigyposts:


Jana, the photographer behind Twigyposts, is one of my favorite stock photographers. Her photos incorporate a lot of florals and white space, and everything she shoots looks chic. Her photo bundles can be a bit expensive at $39, but her Creative Market shop offers some social media bundles for only $19, and those work very well for blog posts. Lana also offers subscriptions to an exclusive member library.

You can access a lovely monthly freebie gallery with email sign-up. And now until December 25th, you can even score some wonderful Christmas bundles for $2 in her Creative Market shop! Fantastic for a lifestyle or fashion blogger.


My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos
Photo from the White Heart Design Co. freebie library.

White Heart Design Co:


Photographer Lucy of White Heart Design Co. creates naturally styled mockups and templates. White Heart Co. is present on both Etsy and Creative Market, as well as Lucy's online shop. Prices vary, but individual photos typically cost between $5 - $15. Lucy also offers a wonderful freebie gallery of images with email sign-up. Her photos are very shabby-chic and would be particularly great for shop advertisements and banners.


Floral Deco:


Floral Deco is an incredible source of reasonably priced stock photos. They have a huge selection to choose from, including bundles specifically designed for bloggers. They also release a lot of seasonally themed bundles, which is super convenient around the holidays. The only drawback would be that they don't seem to have an actual website, and it can be difficult to sift through their huge Creative Market page to find the photo you're looking for. Nevertheless, Floral Deco is perfect for fashion, beauty, and lifestyle bloggers.


My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos
November photo freebie from Springs & Co.

Springs & Co:


Springs & Co.'s aesthetic is airy, natural, and feminine. These gorgeous photo bundles cost between $12 - $30 and are available through Creative Market as well. You can also receive free monthly images with email sign-up. Great for lifestyle bloggers and social media posts.


My Favorite Sources For Pretty Post Photos

That's it for my favorites! Do you use stock photography? What are your favorite sources?

A Little Brown Hat

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A Little Brown Hat

     Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was fantastic. Today I'm sharing my first outfit post in forever. Fall has proven to be the most difficult season for me to catch good lighting; this is my fourth attempt at photos!

I believe not enough people wear hats these days. They have to be my favorite accessory. Today I'm wearing one I've had for years, a wide-brimmed wool hat. You may notice I've also chopped a good bit of my hair off. I'm liking it so far. It feels so light!


A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

A Little Brown Hat

Hat - Bebe./ Sweater - Garage Clothing./ Jeans - American Eagle Outfitters./ Boots - American Eagle Outfitters.

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Color Yourself Cozy With This December Coloring Freebie

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December Freebie: Hygge Coloring Sheet

     Last week, I shared some simple ways you can add a little hygge to the holiday season. I'm a big fan of hygge (and being cozy in general!), so today, I decided to try something new and created a printable coloring sheet to share with you! Inspired by the art in Meik Wiking's Hygge manual The Little Book Of Hygge, this sheet features a festive bird, floral motifs, and of course, a steaming cup of tea.

Coloring is one of my favorite ways to unwind when I'm stressed, so I really hope to pass on the relaxation this busy season. If you do enjoy this page, why not post your creation on Instagram or Twitter and tag me? I would absolutely love to see your work! It would make my day.

Happy holidays, and stay warm!


Download the coloring sheet here!



December Freebie: Hygge Coloring Sheet

How To Add A Little Hygge To Your Holiday Season

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How To Add A Little Hygge To Your Holiday Season

     Christmas in Denmark sounds lovely: snowy landscapes, warm fires, and traditional mugs of mulled wine aplenty. According to Meik Wiking in The Little Book Of Hygge, hygge is the ultimate goal of the season. "Danish Christmas will always be planned, thought of, and evaluated in relation to the concept of hygge... Danes hold their Christmas dear." Are you dreaming of a peaceful Copenhagen-esque Winter? Read on to find out how you can bring a little hygge into your holiday season.


Family and friends:


Being around the people you love and feel comfortable with is the key ingredient to a hyggelig Christmas. Make an effort to spend time with the family and friends you rarely see. Eating together, exchanging simple gifts, or relaxing in easy conversation before the fireplace are all excellent ways to reconnect.


Mood lighting:


There is little sunshine in Denmark in the winter months, but the Danes make up for their lack of daylight with warm fires, natural candlelight, and lamps that emit a subtle, cozy glow. This practice sets the winter mood and creates a soothing, intimate atmosphere. If you don't feel like scouring Etsy for an expensive mid-century Danish lamp, try simply having dinner by candlelight, lighting some oil lamps, or enjoying some indoor string lights. I love these and these.


Comfort food:


Traditional Danish Christmas food consists of duck, boiled potatoes covered in caramel mass, red cabbage and pickled gherkins, but you needn't any one specific meal to practice hygge. One of the best ways to ensure a hyggelig season is to cook comforting foods that make you feel happy and bring back fond memories. Cooking or baking at home is especially recommended to allow the scents of your holiday meals fill your home with their aromas.


Decorations:


Danish design is known for its simplicity and functionality, and Christmas decorations are no exception. In Denmark, holiday decor incorporates whitespace, candles, and elements from the outdoors such as wood, branches, and greenery. Family heirloom ornaments are treasured. People often make their own decorations as well; woven paper Christmas hearts are an old favorite. Find out how to make your own here!

The advent candle is another Danish tradition you can adopt this year. It's a tall candle with the dates marked down the side, and each day a part of the candle is burnt away counting down to Christmas.


How To Add A Little Hygge To Your Holiday Season
An example of hyggelig holiday decor by Petra Bindel for Elle Decoration.


Gifts:


Hygge is definitely not about things or extravagance. While I don't discourage giving material possessions, my personal rule of thumb is to ask two questions: will they like this, and will they use this? There is nothing hygge about giving unwanted gifts out of obligation. If you can, try to gift people experiences, like a seasonal pass to a skating rink, concert tickets, or horse riding lessons, to name a few examples. Homemade presents are also a wonderful idea. Bake something delicious for those you love. Give them your time. Knit them a hyggelig sweater. These are things that will make the holidays so much warmer.


Relaxed atmosphere:


Overall, the spirit of hygge is about relaxing and enjoying simple comforts with those you love, so the most important way to add hygge to your holiday season is to approach it with a grateful and relaxed attitude. Enjoy!


How To Add A Little Hygge To Your Holiday Season

For more hygge tips, see my guide to practicing hygge.

Will you be using these tips to incorporate hygge into your holidays?

Holiday Gift Guide For Her

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Holiday Gift Guide For Her

     Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a great weekend, and Thanksgiving if you celebrated it.

I've spent the weekend browsing Black Friday sales for Christmas gifts (and maybe just a few things for myself). There have been some gorgeous collections in my favorite shops this season so I couldn't resist putting together a gift guide, just in case you need a little inspiration. I've already mentioned how much I love blush shades this season so this list will be #RomanticGalSociety inspired. Prices range from Secret Santa steals ($12.50 CAD) to extra-special splurges ($317 CAD). Here are my favorite things to gift someone special (or treat yourself to!).


Holiday Gift Guide For Her:


1. Amber Illusion Crop Top. For Love & Lemons.
2. Lena Ruffle Romper. For Love & Lemons.
3. Herbivore Coconut Milk Bath Soak & Coco Rose Body Polish. Ban.do.
4.  Rose Crossbody Circle Bag. Ban.do.
5. Pink Beret. Ban.do.
6. Twisted Peppermint 3-Wick Candle. Bath & Body Works.
7. Crystal Leather Heels. Ban.do.
8. Burrrr Frostbite Sweater. Wildfox Couture.
9. Pom Pom Blanket. Aerie.
10. London Doll. Free People.

Personally, I would be thrilled to receive any of these!

What do you think of my picks? What's on your holiday wishlist this year?

The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season

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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photos from Urban OutfittersFor Love & Lemons, and Free People.


     It's that time of year again! One of my favorite parts of the Winter season is getting to dress up for holiday gatherings. Let's face it; there simply aren't enough opportunities to wear party dresses during the year. Have you got your holiday party wardrobe planned? If not, take some inspiration from my party dress edit. Here are my favorite dresses this season!



The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.

Pink Ruffles


The Satin Ruffle Cold Shoulder Midi Dress from Urban Outfitters will have you looking pretty in pink for your holiday party. I'm obsessed with blush shades right now, and the slip-like fabric is very on-trend. At $99 CAD it's the most affordable on this list, but beautiful nonetheless.


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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.


Black Lace


The Daisy Lace Maxi Dress from For Love & Lemons is stunning. Featuring peekaboo lace details, delicate ruffles, and a plunging neckline, it's definitely not for the faint of heart, but I adore it. Prepare to look romantic and sultry. $457.50 CAD.


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The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.

Embellished Details


My favorite dress on this list, the Darkest Hour Embroidered Sequin Midi Dress from Urban Outfitters is very eye-catching, boasting a stunning beaded galaxy embroidered on the corset front and skirt. There are also some beautiful, delicate strap details on the back. With its dainty fit & flare skirt, the whole look says ethereal, delicate beauty. $439 CAD.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.

Classic Silk Gown


Kristal's Limited Edition Holiday Dress from Free People looks straight out of a Ginger Rogers film. I adore silk, and this dress looks so comfortable! It features a floor-skimming hem and long sleeves, but the plunging neckline balances the look and keeps it from being too modest. At $512 CAD, though, you'll have to be very good to receive this one for Christmas.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Free People.


The Mini Dress


Everyone loves a mini dress! The Ariel Pleated Mini pairs a velvet skirt with a mesh top and features pretty sequin detailing. Velvet is so popular right now, but what sets this dress apart from other velvet frocks is the romantic embellishing on the front. You're sure to look both lovely and dramatic. $384 CAD.


The Party Dress Edit: Best Dresses To Wear This Holiday Season
Photo from Urban Outfitters.


Holiday Red


You can't do a holiday dress edit without a red dress. I chose this Wyldr London Maxi Dress because it's a modern take on the tradition. This vintage-inspired empire waist dress has cut-out details and a slim fit. You can find it at Urban Outfitters, and it's fairly affordable at $124 CAD.

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Which of these holiday dresses is your favorite?

Friday Favorites: 18/11/17

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Friday Favorites: 18/11/2017
Photos from Free People and A Pair & A Spare.

     TGIF! How was your week? I know you must be tired of hearing me say mine was hectic, BUT I did  just manage to get this Friday Favorites post out on time. So hooray for small victories! This week, I've rounded up another item from Free People's gift shop (which is altogether gorgeous if you ask me) and a particularly stylish decor DIY. Read on below!

To Want: Berets have to be the most stylish hat ever, and I adore this soft pink Du Jour Beret from Free People.

To Listen: Another classic this week. Debussy's Claire De Lune is one of my favorite songs, and perfect for snowy Winter nights.

To Read: I was lucky enough to score an advanced reader copy of Colin Meloy's new book, The Whiz Mob and the Grenadine Kid. I'll be sure to let you know what I think!

To Make: Wouldn't this super chic hat rack tutorial from A Pair & A Spare make a perfect place to hang your new beret?

That's it for what I'm currently loving; what are your favorite things this week?