November 19, 2017

The Sunday Source

Instagram photography tips included.

Welcome to the Sunday Source!

Similar to our “Weekend Edition” in nature, but with lots more! Not only will we be bringing you looks, links, and finds we’ve been loving lately, but you also might find behind the scenes photos from the week, and other exclusive content you’ll only be able to find right here in the Sunday Source.

Around the Internet this Week

It’s always important to give back, and especially this time of year. Here’s a great idea for doing so.

What’s not to love about this colorful holiday edit?

This millennial pink faux fur clutch is too cute!

Great tips for decorating with pink.

Absolutely adore Kelly’s looks here, especially how she rocked our “more color, please” shirt!

The temperatures seem to finally be dropping, so I’m thinking this faux fur pink scarf stole needs to make its way into my closet.

Cozy sweater alert (and it comes in a bunch of colors!).

We love Grace’s new holiday category on her blog, and can’t wait to see more of her gift guides to come.

Blair looks beautiful in this pink and red ensemble

On living a more joyful life.

Mary Katrantzou nails it again with this top and skirt.

The sweetest sweater.

What a gorgeous fit and flare dress on Jenn!

How adorable is this DIY rainbow fringe blanket?! All the colors.

The truth about napping and a bad night’s sleep.

How to get out the door faster.

Loving everything about Lyndsey’s blush camouflage sweater

17 ways to calm down when you’re stressed.

Around this Week

As a reminder, we are bringing you two pieces of fresh new content seven days a week on our new site! One is our daily article (found on the top of the homepage each morning, as well as on the recent posts page) and one is Carrie’s daily look (found in the middle of the homepage each morning, as well as on the looks page).


Introducing the All New

Introducing Splendor Made

The Easiest Way to Make Gradient Cakes

How Carrie Styled Our Splendor Made Shirts

6 Tips for Hosting a Pop Art Inspired Colorful Friendsgiving


Fendi Oversized Fuchsia Dress

Diane von Furstenberg Bournier-Print Asymmetric Silk Dress

Halston Heritage Cold Shoulder Ruffle Dress

Eliza J Cowl Neck Sweater Dress

Parker Cold Shoulder Dress

Ann Taylor Striped Bell Sleeve Sweater and Modern Skinny Velvet Jeans

River Oaks Shopping Center + Instagram Photography Tips

Yesterday Carrie hosted the unveiling celebration of Mr. D’s newest wall in River Oaks Shopping Center. It was such a fun (and windy!) afternoon, and we loved getting to meet some of you. If you head over to the wall (on Peden St.) and take a photo in front of it, post it on Instagram, and tag River Oaks Shopping center (@riveroaksshoppingcenter) / #ROSCHouston / #riveroaksshoppingcenter you will automatically be entered to win a $500 gift card!

And yesterday our very own Mari gave everyone a little lesson on Instagram photography tips, and we’re sharing them all below with you.

Tips for better Instagram photography

Shoot in the shade or indirect light. Try to avoid direct sunlight unless it is during the golden hour for beautiful golden tones.

Use the rule of thirds for better compositions and to highlight your subject.

Take advantage of the over and under exposure feature on your cell phone camera to allow for brighter images.

Leave cropping space when you shoot. Instagram allows for square images and 5×4. You don’t want an important part of your image or composition to be cropped out.

Be mindful of straight lines. You can straighten and correct perspective with some of the apps suggested below. Use those features! Your images will look cleaner and more appealing to the eye.

Step back. Don’t be afraid to back up to show more in your composition. No need to only show closeups unless you are a portrait photographer.

Don’t over edit your images. Keep the editing consistent throughout your posts, and highlight the beautiful colors in color photography, and the shades and light in black and white images.

Keep your phone steady as you shoot. You want clear and crisp images.

Don’t use the zoom on your camera as it will decrease the quality of the image/pixelate it. Instead get closer to your subject and crop image to your liking during editing.

Mix in videos with your posts! Specially boomerangs! So much fun!

Recommended apps:

A Color Story (great filters to highlight colors on your images; I always use this for my cell phone shots)

Snapseed (I love the targeted light, co trays and saturation feature)

VSCO (great editing filters as well, aside from basic editing tools)

skrwt (for perspective correction and straightening images)

Retouch (to eliminate undesired spots on images)

Facetune (to correct perspective on faces, etc)

Boomerang (to creat boomerang videos than can later be edited on A Color Story)

Your Weekend

We hope you’re having a great weekend whatever you’re up to! Can’t believe we’re heading into Thanksgiving week already! Have a relaxing rest of your Sunday and we’ll see you back here in the morning.

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