The Foldio Mini Studio

Christmas is finally over (a sweet relief, working retail) and although 2015 has been a pretty rough year for me, I was thinking this morning that I have quite a bit to be thankful for.

This is going to sound pretty materialistic, but I was able to gift myself all 3 of my top wishlist items for Christmas this year:

  1. A new Wacom tablet. And it’s magical.
  2. A mini photography studio, which is what I’m gonna talk about in a bit.
  3. A serger. FINALLY! I’ve only been saying I need to purchase one for the past 5 years.

These are all tools I’m planning on using often in the coming year and it’s a relief to say I have them in my possession.

That said, I’m QUITE geeked out about my mini studio. It’s a Foldio portable studio with LED lights and 4 backdrops (white, black, gray, green) and it cost me $55 from Photojojo with a $20 off coupon (which you can also use by clicking here).

I absolutely love it and I know it’s going to come in handy for all kinds of small stuff, including jewelry that I make. My only gripe about it is that it’s a cube. I think if it has been shaped like a landscape rectangular cube, it would allow for some better photos of some larger items.

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They sent me this dinosaur and a pin with my order. OBVIOUSLY is was the perfect first subject to photography. Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

But it works great for small scale objects, and that’s probably most of what I’ll really be using it for.

 

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Photo taken with Samsung Galaxy Note 5

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What it looks like in all its glory.

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Steel Panther x Samsung

Hey babes! This past Sunday was absolutely incredible and I’d like to share a bit of it with you guys.

My friend Eric preemptively invited me out to see Steel Panther a few weeks ago and then sent me a real invite to the show a week prior. To be honest, I hadn’t ever heard their music before, but I had watched their YouTube videos (via Eric) and kinda fell in love with them.

They’re a hilarious group of attractive middle aged men who make semi-parody style 80s glam rock music with lewd lyrics and put on an AH-MAZING live show.

My favorite band member, Satchel (real name Russ Parrish) is 10/10 super mega hot and an incredibly talented guitarist. And I clearly spent all night trying to get good shots of him. Oh yeah – we were front row which was pretty badass – and my friend Cat got pulled on stage (check it out) and afterwards, her and I got backstage VIP passes where we spent some one-on-one time with Michael Starr & Stixx, and were later invited out to the bar. Needless to say, we went, and got drunk. And then PASSED OUT when we got home.

Additionally, I should mentioned this photo were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 phone. I opted to leave my Nikon at home because I just didn’t feel like lugging it around with me all night. Plus, I wasn’t expecting to be front row. I think they turned out really well. This phone’s camera continues to prove itself amazing and I’m so glad I noticed that off the bat when I was shopping for a new one a couple months ago.

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This is not the best photo I've ever taken, but I really like the way it turned out.

This is not the best photo I’ve ever taken, but I really like the way it turned out.

Post-Workout Pumpkin Smoothie

Speaking of pumpkins, aside from eating them plainly after being baked, you can obviously use them in various recipes.

I’ve been¬†incorporating pumpkin into my post-workout smoothies and I’m loving it. It gives them a silky texture and brilliant color.

Below is this morning’s pumpkin smoothie with banana, strawberries, oatmeal, honey, milk, and water. Boom! (Picture taken with my Galaxy Note 5)

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Plum Dumplings & Other Kitchen Adventures

First thing’s first: my feet hurt like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve been standing and walking all day long in non-supportive flip flops while cooking. My back’s also killing me a bit – signs of getting old??

Anyway, my parents have been down in Atlanta this weekend at a wedding, and this is the first time ever that my brother and I have been left alone for a prolonged period of time in the house. Since I don’t work Sundays, and I didn’t feel like spending my morning at the gym (though I should have!) AAAAND my creativity is currently shot in the art department, I threw myself into cooking. And drinking Blake’s Hard Cider, YOLO.

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I was not expecting a pleasant pinky-peach color.

It started out with deciding I was going to make Romanian plum dumplings (galueste cu prune). It’s a fairly easy recipe, and I found a recipe I liked. Since it begins by boiling potatoes, I did that – but I didn’t boil them well enough. Ensue frustration and annoyance at my impatience.

I was going to throw them away and feel guilty, but then I made a snap decision to save them and make a casserole/cheese melt thing. SUPER easy: I took the mildly boiled potatoes, chopped up 2 onions and 3 carrots, topped off with seasoned salt, paprika & garlic powder, feta cheese, Parmesan cheese, and then laid Muenster and Colby Jack cheese slices on top cause I didn’t have shredded cheddar and couldn’t go grab some (had other stuff cooking!). Baked this at 385 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 minutes. It turned out really good, but I think the potatoes could’ve used more salt.

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The finished project.

Meanwhile, I had to boil another batch of potatoes. This time it went great. I was able ice bath the skins off and then mash them with a handheld mixer (+ 1 egg, + 50g butter) and then add in the flour (375g) and kneed the dough along. Afterwards, I cut up 5 plums into 12 pieces each, which ended up being excessive and made my third dish of the night, spiced plums. plums

I rolled out the dough and cup it up into palm sized sections, stuffed a piece of plum in along with 1/2 a teaspoon of sugar + cinnamon + cloves + cardamom, and pinched each shut and rolled them around until they were circular. Then came the boiling bath – I had to do it in two batches cause they were so big and so many.

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While they were boiling, I fried some plain breadcrumbs and EVOO in a pan and moved it to a big bowl. After the dumplings were done boiling, I strained them and then stuck them in the breadcrumbs and rolled them around. VOILA!

I ate 5. #noregrets

I ate 5. #noregrets

Oh, and the spiced plums? Super easy. Spray oiled a small baking dish, dumped the rest of the plums in there and topped them off with the remaining sugar + spice (and everything nice) mixture, sprayed with oil, and then baked for about 25-30 minutes at 350 F. The sugar mixture became kind of like a spiced glaze. So good.

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Oh, and all of these pictures were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5. I was too lazy to mess with my Nikon today – partly because my fingers were sticky with dough and other ingredients for 6 hours straight. But I will say that I’m REALLY enjoying this phone’s camera and I’m so glad I decided to go with it rather than my initial intention of the Galaxy s6. The camera really sold me in store, and it excels IRL too.

Don’t forget to check out my Instagram @lovelikeangels, Society6 @lovelikeangels and Etsy @lovelikeangels

My Society6 Store

I thought I’d share something a little different this week.

Lately, I’ve been focusing more on traditional art, especially watercolors. And in doing so, I officially opened up a Society6 shop with various prints, ranging from sweet nerdy galaxy pieces, to cutesy fine art pieces. The awesome thing about Society6, of course, is that they don’t just sell prints. They also sell phone cases, skins, totes, mugs, pillows, clocks, tapestries, bedspreads, and much more. So the opportunity to sell a design increases with the amount of choices you give your customers.

You can check out my shop by clicking here: society6.com/lovelikeangels

And because this is a visual blog, check out some of the options below!

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