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It seems like every couple of months, I come up with my own dress wish list.  A few months ago, it was spring dresses for Italy.  Now it’s a dress wish list of things that I wish were in my closet but don’t have a reason for them to be there, basically.

With all the sales going on this weekend, I kept hoping I might be able to snag some super awesome deals.  Alas, I have expensive taste and I wasn’t ready to pull the trigger on any of these dresses yet.  But, I’ll keep watching/waiting/stalking.  I always find good deals when I least expect them.  After all, I was able to pick up three of the dresses off my last wish list.

Disclosure:  This post is completely superficial and contains shopstyle links that may earn me a few pennies towards a future adventure.

Dress Wish List: Please Go On (Further) Sale:

When I posted this graphic, I sudden realized that I have a style.  Fit and flare is the name of my game.  I love colors.  Bold colors.  Bright colors.  Soft colors.  I’m a color kind of girl.  (I honestly think this list is inspired by the fact that I feel like everything I’ve been wearing lately is black.  BOO.  While I love a little black dress, I’m the kind of girl that always has colors on her dress wish list.  (My sister is the exact opposite.  My mom and I have been trying to teach her.)

Also – ever since my wedding dress – I’ve been in love with off the shoulder dresses.  I always thought I would be a strapless kind of girl, but that’s really not my look.  I love the elegance of a good off the shoulder dress.  I never expected to love it as much as I do.

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Dress Wish List: Need a Reason to Wear (But Don’t Have One)

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As a former pageant girl, I have an affinity for evening gowns.  I used to have a closet full of them.  (You can never have too many formal gowns?)  I rarely have a reason to wear one anymore, but if I did… these dresses would be at the top of my list.  We actually came home to a wedding invitation for a black tie wedding, so maybe I can convince my husband to go… but it’s a destination wedding, so we’ll see.

Side note: I recently snagged a basic black Alexander McQueen dress on super sale at Last Call.  I’m obsessed with the quality.  It hangs perfectly, it sits perfectly when you sit down and doesn’t ride up, and it doesn’t wrinkle.  It’s a FANTASTIC work travel dress.

Dress Wish List – Simple, Fun Summer Dresses

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I feel like the most basic of the basic with my love of stripes, but these dresses just make me think of cool, lazy days on the coast (and candy stripers, if I’m being totally honest).  I’ve never purchased any dresses from MDS, J. Crew, or Club Monaco, so I can’t vouch for the quality.  I did find this black and white dress at TJ Maxx a few weeks ago and it’s REALLY well made.  I’ve always been impressed with Milly’s quality, too.

Even though I haven’t found any dresses to buy, I’ve definitely set up alerts on all my favorites… here’s to snagging some end of summer deals (and a black tie wedding!), hopefully!

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  • Bri @ My Life As - These are all super cute! I really love 3 & 4 in the first set and 4 in the last set.ReplyCancel

  • Katie Elizabeth - Give me ALL the dresses! I am pretty much drooling over that gorgeous Alexander McQueen green gown – so Princess Kate!ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - That floral off-the-shoulder dress is so pretty! It would be nice to wear to a wedding. And I love the long blue gingham dress from Nordstrom. If only I were a little bit (read: a lot) taller! Did you ever find the perfect summer dress to purchase (aside from what you bought at TJ Maxx)?ReplyCancel

For more Venetian Night Postcard Photos (plus tips & tricks):

 honeymoon in venice, hotel danieli, best tours in venice

venice postcard photos – 2015, venice postcard photos – 2016

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Now that summer is upon us and the 4th of July is coming up, I thought I’d give you some of my best tips on how to photograph fireworks!  Fireworks are one of my favorite parts of any celebration, and I was able to perfect my skills when we went to Dove Mountain two years ago.  (Yes, this post has been brewing in my mind for two years.)

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How to Photograph Fireworks

1. Get a tripod.  I bought one from Walmart for $49.99.  Best $49.99 I ever spent.  It came with a bag for easy carrying, and it’s probably 66″ – when it’s fully extended, I can use it comfortably (I’m about 5’10”).

2.  Turn your camera to manual.  You’re never to going to learn how to photograph fireworks in auto.  Focus your lens and switch off auto focus.  I used my 50mm, f/1.2 for these photographs, but you don’t need a super fast lens for fireworks.  I just liked the way the pictures looked compared to 16-35mm f/2.8 lens.

3.  Switch your ISO to 100.  I used an f/8.0 and an shutter speed of 6.0 seconds.  You may need to play around with it and see what works for you.  10.0 seconds was too long for me.    I shot the finale at 2.5 seconds, but it was the only image that I shot at that shutter speed.  Everything else was ISO 100, f/8.0, shutter speed 6.0 seconds.  I didn’t use a remote shutter release at all, but you could if you wanted to minimize camera shake.  You can also do the 2 second release.

How to Photograph Fireworks – Post-Processing

I edit all my photos using Adobe Lightroom, so I recommend DoubleConvex.com’s fireworks presets.  These presets do a great job of bringing out the natural colors in the fireworks, minimizing the appearance of smoke, and allowing you to quickly adjust the black.

When cropping photos, consider it from different angles.  Sometimes centering it looks best.  Compare the vertical and horizontal.  Use the rule of thirds to play with composition.  Try to fill the frame.  Leave a lot of black space.  The beauty of learning how to photograph fireworks is that you can do so many things during post-processing.

How to Photograph Fireworks – Final Thoughts

Learning how to photograph fireworks was really easy – once I learned to set my camera and forget about it.  Know that you want to try and shoot at the beginning as much as possible so that you can minimize the smoke interference, but it will show up in your pictures as the firework show goes on.

Feel free to shoot me a note if you have any questions!  Let me know if posts like these are helpful.  I love photography, and if I can help other people learn to love their camera, I’m happy to do so!

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Good morning, my favorite Goalgetters – it’s time for summer goals with me and Steph!  This is going to be our last seasonal goal linkup for awhile.  Steph is trying to keep with life with a shore house and I’m trying to just keep up.  I look forward to following everyone’s progress though!  Link up and share your summer goals, summer bucket lists, and to do lists.  Let’s make this summer productive!

 

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Summer Goals

  • Plan a short getaway – This has become an imperative after the beating I’ve been through in the past few weeks.
  • Staycation – This will probably happen in tandem with the preparation for principal’s presentation.  I’m so overdue for pool time.
  • Finish editing Europe 2017 pictures – I’m actually further along on this than I usually am, so I just need to power through.
  • Rock out Principal’s Presentation

Spring Goals Recap

  • [Win!  I’ve updated some stuff and I’ve been working on some blog reorganizing!] Reformat, refocus, repurpose and reorganize older blog content.  I’ve been going through some of the really old stuff on my blog, and I want to update it.
  • [Win but Fail.  I tried to save the drive, but it couldn’t be saved… then I promptly implemented a home back-up system!]  Try to troubleshoot the hard drive with our December 2016 Europe photos on it before spending the big bucks to save it.
  • [Fail.  I’ve done Rome.  I just need to do Cinque Terre, Florence, Venice, Budapest, Vienna, and Prague.  L.O.L.] – Create a book from our April 2016 adventures…. now that all the photos are edited!
  • [Mostly done.]  Finish off the so-close-to-being-done home office.
  • [Fail.]  Figure out the next big home organizing project.
  • [Fail.  Life has been hard.]  Give the good things some brain space.  This week has been rough when it comes to college admissions decisions… but there are some great things, too.

 

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  • Rachel - Oooh these are good goals. I need to have a digital sort out, my photos are everywhere. I haven’t made any photobooks ever so I’d like to start doing that before the backlog is insurmountable. As it is it’s pretty significant… Anyway good luck in your goals and I hope work quietens down a bit so you can achieve some outside-work things!ReplyCancel

  • Heather - You had a good mix of wins and losses last season. Love staycations and little getaways when I’m not planning a big trip!!ReplyCancel

  • Ericka @ A Quiet Girl's Musings... - I like the simplicity of your summer goals. I did that, too. Have a great summer!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Wandering Weekenders - I love that you’re wanting to do a staycation! Sometimes those are exactly the little breaks that you need in order to stay sane! And I know what you mean about being behind on photobooks! I’m still trying to catch up from 2015! Hopefully we can knock some of that out this summer!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - You definitely need a getaway and a staycation so I hope you get both of those things done. You deserve it!ReplyCancel

  • pinky - Staycation and a get away. Sounds awesome.ReplyCancel

  • Kate @ Green Fashionista - Yay for trip planning and staycations, both are so good for the soul! Can’t wait to see the rest of your Europe pictures <3
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  • Ashley - Such great summer goals! I want to plan a fun staycation too!ReplyCancel

  • Shelby Coats - Great goals!! I need to get my summer goals written down since it is officially summer now, ha! Have a great weekend! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • SMD - I love staycation. That is essentially what every shore moment is for me.ReplyCancel

  • Bri @ My Life As - I love a good staycation. Good luck with your goals!ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Martinis & Bikinis - Fun goals lined up for Summer and I’m sure they’ll be easier to achieve that some of the Spring goals! Have a great weekend girlie!

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  • Laura - Goals posts are always so inspiring to me! I kind of failed with my spring goals but I have high hopes for summer! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Mandy - Kudos to you on all of your awesome goal-setting and attaining that you’ve been up to. I can’t believe you are already almost done with editing your 2017 Europe shots~ I haven’t even started editing the pictures I took in Hawai’i, long before you went to Italy! (Well, 2 months, anyway.) Keep up the good work! 🙂ReplyCancel

For more Venetian Island Postcard Photos (plus tips & tricks):

 honeymoon in venice, hotel danieli, best tours in venice

venice postcard photos – 2015, venice postcard photos – 2016

venetian island postcard photos

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  • Pinky - Girl, these are so gorgeous. We were only in Venice for a very short time on our trip, basically a stop where we met our cruise ship. So we didn’t get to see it in all it’s glory. These are magnificent.ReplyCancel

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  • Setarra - Oh man, I’ve always wanted to go to Venice and ride a gondola! Hopefully one day sooooon. Venice seems like such a photogenic city, love your photos Sara!ReplyCancel