What I’m reading + My Favorite Photo Editing Apps!


I’ve made it through the first week of the spring semester! My schedule is insane. I stay busy literally 24 hours of the day, especially with work too. However, I’ve made time to go to the gym 4 days this week – big accomplishment, and eat healthy meals from home. So 2016 is looking pretty good so far?! I always feel like the start of a new year makes me feel older than if it was my birthday. Maybe it’s because of the goals I’ve set up for myself.



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I have a lot of time in between classes that I’ve been taking advantage of with Elizabeth Gilbert’s Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear. I downloaded it onto my iPad and have been obsessed with it. So far in Big Magic, Gilbert talks about how easy it is to say ‘no’ and how we likely respond that way out of fear. Fear is the big word – it’ll hold us back if we let it. She also talks about how “fear is boring,” and we should be driven by creativity rather than fear. I’m not even half way through this book and have already felt inspired!

Here are some of my favorite lines I’ve highlighted so far:

“(Experience has taught me to be careful of meeting my heroes in person; it can be terribly disappointing.)”

“Do you have the courage to bring forth the treasures that are hidden within you?”

“The universe buries strange jewels deep within us all, and then stands back to see if we can find them.”

“I finally realized fear was boring.”

“Trust me, your fear will always show up – especially when you’re trying to be inventive or innovative.”

These are just a few lines that stood out to me. I’m one of those people who can’t go through a book without a highlighter. Now onto starting the second part: Enchantment! If you’ve been reading this, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


VSCO + Lens Distortions

I’m trying to make sure school doesn’t completely rule my life so I’ve been making time for shooting too. Even just iPhone, at least I’m still trying to keep a good eye. Since I’ve been using my iPhone 6 more, apps have come in handy. I’ve bought a few, but most of them are free. Here’s a few of my go-to apps for editing pics!

Word Swag – $0.99
This app has helped me out so much with my blog posts. I paid for this app and I say it’s worth it! You choose a background, your own or a premade, then put text on the picture. I love all the options and fonts they have to offer! There are more you can buy but the ones that come unlocked give you a lot to choose from.

Diptic – $0.99
I’ve had this app for so many years; it’s how I make my collages. You can combine 2 to about 10 pictures. It comes in handy when I’m making a meme or comparison photos. What’s cool about this app is there are over 75 different layouts to choose from! You can also change the thickness and color of the borders, which is a feature I’ve used a lot too.

Boomerang – FREE
Finally, I’m talking about a free app, right? Boomerang is an app made by Instagram that creates GIFs. GIFs, as most of you know, are pictures that move over and over. They’re Instagram compatible! The boomerang app is very user friendly even though it’s crashed on me a couple times while using it the first time.

Lens Distortions – Free
This is my most recently downloaded app. It’s super cool and has some fog and light leak features I love. I haven’t tried all the features but there are quite a few and there’s a super helpful introductory video in the app.

VSCO is the app I use the most. It’s filled with so many filters that are downloadable within the app. Some cost, but you get a lot for free and sometimes they have specials where some of the paid ones are free. They make photos have more depth and look a little more professional. I’ve had this app for a couple years and have honestly bought some of the filters. It’s by far my most used photo editing app.

What’re you’re most favorite photo editing apps? I always love discovering something new to tinker with! If you’re reading a new book, I’d love to hear about it! Have a great week, guys.


In the spirit of full disclosure, this is blog post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commission if you decide to purchase anything from one of my Amazon links. I only recommend products that I use and love myself, so I know you’ll be in good hands.♥



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