I’m a wannabe photographer.

I’m a wannabe photographer. Seriously, I used to bring my point-and-shoot camera in my bag every day just in case I found something fun or interesting to document. Lately, my purse has been feeling a little lighter. Enter Instagram and other mobile photo apps, enabling me to shoot, edit and share photos directly from my mobile. They also allow casual shooters like me to edit or enhance an image. (Instagram, for example, offers fifteen different filters with names like “Hefe,” “Toaster” and my personal favorite, “X-Pro II.”

Here are a few brands utilizing Instagram:

Fashion/Retail: Burberry, Oscar de la Renta, Kate Spade, Bergdorf Goodman, Marc Jacobs

Food/Drink: PepsiMax*, Pizza Hut, Ben & Jerry’s*, Charity Water

Tech/Media: Cool Hunting, Foodspotting, PopEater, Yelp

Sports: NY Knicks, Boston Celtics, Sacramento Kings, Pittsburgh Steelers

Last week, I wrote a post for my company’s website titled “Friday Five: Ways for Brands to Best Utilize Mobile Photo” – and the above text can be found within the article. You can access the full Edelman Digital Friday Five post here. and make sure to connect with me on Instagram (andi91210) as well! I’d love to see your Instagram photos too! Do you use mobile photo apps? What do you like or dislike about sites like Instagram, Camera+, PicPlz, etc.? Enjoy your Friday – thanks for reading! xo

Thursday Thankful List

Staying positive
Surrounding myself with friends who immediately change my mood from bad to good
Fur scarves
Replaying this song all week:

Turning off my cell phone
The people I work with
Giants games!
The way hair looks underwater

Constant support
Having such inspiring friends
The smell of cupcake-flavored candles

Singing during cab rides (more like screaming)
Wearing skirts and sundresses in September
Getting in a bed that’s already made
Bellini brunch dates
Unexpected ferry rides

“Just winging it”
Uplifting words
Milan Fashion Week – specifically the Marni collection
Being home:

The not-so-great days
Going to bed before 10 pm
How much I learn from my little sisters
Meeting people that care about the same things you do

>>Above you’ll find a few things I’m thankful for this week - from small to big and everything in between. I’d love to hear what you’re thankful for today -please share in the comments below or send me a tweet and let me know! Also, this is the 25th weekly  ”Thursday Thankful List” on my blog – woo woo! YOU are one thing I am thankful for this week – for keeping up with my blog and reminding how intricately tied to other people I am. Thanks for reading – xoxo.

An invincible spring.

>>>Today’s Words for Wednesday is all about positivity! Ah, such a lovely concept and idea – but much harder to practice in our day-to-day life than we often think! Did you know it’s proven that positive people live longer? It’s also a fact that positive people who regularly express positive emotions are more resilient when facing stress, challenges and adversity. Staying positive and having joy is all about remembering mind over matter. We might be annoyed or upset about our relationships, location,  job status, education level, what we had for dinner, un-inspirational closets, what someone said to us, WHATEVER. These things fall into one of two categories: A. earthly – what we have physically, tangibly or B. Things outside of us – other people, situations we can’t control.

Staying positive has nothing to do with these things. Being positive means you are ruled by what you know, rather than what you have. I catch myself being too caught up and dependent on other people to control my outlook on life. I create high expectations of how I think things and situations and people should be and end up being disappointed. Today, I’m vowing to remember good things WILL come my way – but I don’t need to be looking for other people or my job or my weight on the scale to feel a certain way. 

I love the Albert Camus quote above: Once in the midst of a seemingly endless winter, I discovered within myself an invincible spring. What does this mean to me? It reminds me that I might feel like I’m in a terrible, long, cold, dark season of life (or just a given day) but it’s vital to find that “invincible spring” despite the situation. The absolute worst days make me appreciate the great ones. Staying positive allows us to remember that not every day is amazing at face value, but keeping our mind focused on the absolute best is vital. Live to pursue that invincible spring queens. Mind over matter. Thanks for reading, xoxo!

Home Sweet Home, Part 2

>>After being in San Francisco for almost six months, I finally feel settled. I’ve been living in a few different places and haven’t “officially” decorated and turned my living space into a home. This past week, my parents and I took a day and revamped my room; highlights including: turning my (former) closet door into a long desk, turning a collage into a piece of art, hanging new curtains, buying new lamps, scoring fun finds at Goodwill and flea markets, painting a bedside table and dresser and adding fun knobs to different pieces of furniture.These pictures really don’t do the room justice – but oh well, I’m just happy to share with you my new space!

>>>Last September, I posted photos of my room back in Athens and explained that my room was a little bit of all aspects of me – crafty, colorful, cozy. I truly feel like my new place is the same way, but with a more “grown up” approach and I absolutely love it!