miércoles, 16 de agosto de 2017

How to get the perfect #OOTD



I don't consider myself as a photography expert but after being a blogger for more than 3 years now, I realized I have learned a few things along the way. Photography is a very important aspect of the blogging world, especially when we talk about fashion and beauty bloggers.
We are constantly looking for beautiful images to share with our readers and followers, either through our blog posts or through our social media. Almost any small moment of our life can potentially become the main character of a post, from the morning coffee to a new pair of shoes or the most typical one, the outfit of the day. 
Even though we are used to seeing these images all the time on the Internet, we sometimes don't realize how much time and effort there is behind the scenes of that picture.
So, that's why I have decided to write this post to show you a little bit more about how I plan and do the pictures for my blog. What things I take into account in order to obtain the best possible photography to share with you.
In regards to the outfit pictures, everything starts with planning the outfit I'm going to shoot. Most of the times, I have a couple of outfits in my mind so I try them on at home to see which one looks better and then I decide. I also sometimes, try different variations of the same outfit, just changing the shoes, bag or accessories so that I can get more options and ideas.




Once I have the outfit, I think about the location. To me, this step is very important, not only because I love to have some interesting background that is appealing and adds value to the image, but also because I need a quiet location so that I can take as many pictures as I want without being disturbed by people passing by. In addition, I don't know about you but I get a little shy if I see people around me so if I find a quiet location it's better for me because I can relax and that is completely visible in the camera.
On the other side, I always try not to stand directly in front of a wall but to shoot from an angle, that helps a lot to create the deep of field which makes the image more interesting and less plain.




The third thing to consider is definitely the time of the day when you are going to take the pictures. This will not only affect the lighting but also it could determine how crowded a specific place is going to be. In regards to the light, the best times of the day to shoot are during the sunrise and the sunset. They are not called the golden hour for nothing. It's the best moment to get that perfect golden picture that we all want to achieve and that looks so perfect and professional. If I would have to choose between sunrise and sunset, I will probably go for the sunrise because at that time of the day not only the light is perfect but also the streets are almost empty and you can get that picture you want with no people in the background. This is the ultimate pro tip from one of my favorite bloggers, Tamara Kalinic from The Glam and Glitter. She takes incredibly amazing pictures in the most beautiful and touristic spots in the world, like the Coliseum or the Fontana Di Trevi in Rome with no one around her and she mentioned in on a video that she can achieve that by going there super early to shoot, like 6-7am in the morning. When you see the results it's clear that is worth the early morning start :)





The last tip I would include is definitely to take a lot of shots because you never know how much it would take you to get that perfect gesture or pose so it's better to try different things and do a lot of pictures. In this way, you will always have a lot of options to choose from and you will end up posting the best ones, which will definitely increase the quality of your pictures.

So, as you can see getting the perfect pictures takes a lot of time, planning and effort. And don't forget that this also includes carrying around heavy camera equipment because the quality you can get with a professional camera makes all the difference. Even though smartphones are getting better and better, a professional camera allows you to put more of yourself into the picture. It gives you a lot of power to create the image you are dreaming about. But I'm not going to lie, many times I regret not carrying my camera and using my phone to take pictures just because it's more practical and lighter. So, when I heard about Light new camera technology I thought my prayers were answered! It has as many possibilities as a professional camera but with the convenient size of a smart phone!

This camera includes many different lenses that work simultaneously to help you achieve the best image with incredible definition, striking colors and details. And all of that with a very practical small size which makes it perfect for the blogger life! I feel like having this camera would be the best and easiest way to always get great quality pictures for the blog and my social media.
Anyway, I hope you have enjoyed this post and please let me know in the comments if you have any other photography tips you would like to share!! I would love to know! :)

lunes, 14 de agosto de 2017

Argentina Travel Bucket List


I think it is time already for me to share a travel bucket list from my own country! I know I have been choosing to travel overseas in the last opportunities but that doesn’t mean that there are no interesting places to visit in Argentina. It’s quite the opposite actually, there are tons of incredible places that I really want to visit soon.
Argentina is a very large and diverse country, you can get almost any kind of landscape you want to see here, from the coast of the Atlantic Ocean to the mountains of La Cordillera de Los Andes, you have forest, jungles, waterfalls, and of course the classic Pampa Humeda, with endless green fields.
So, for today’s post, I would like to show what the top places from Argentina that are currently on my travel bucket list. Let’s start!

Iguazu Waterfalls

This has to be my number one travel destination for sure. I have mentioned it before here on the blog, I totally love waterfalls. Wherever there is a waterfall in a country I’m visiting I have to go see it. So, it’s so funny that having the Iguazu Waterfalls very close to the place I live, I still haven’t seen them. They are considered one of the world’s seven wonders and I can understand why! They are massive and very impressive!!! In addition, Iguazu Waterfalls also offers a lot to see in regards to animal species and jungle environment. So this is, without a doubt a very interesting place to visit!

Image Source: Gerencia de Viajes

Perito Moreno Glacier

This is another place that I can’t understand how come I haven’t visited yet! This glacier is located in the southern part of Argentina right by the mountains and close to the border with Chile. Not only you can see a great glacier formation but also the whole landscape is beyond beautiful with the mountains and the forest. It really looks like a very quiet and peaceful place. I have also heard recently that this is the biggest glacier in the world that you can appreciate from a very close point. But what is even better is that you can actually book a tour to walk on the glacier!! Imagine how cool that must be! I really would love to try it!

Image Source: Happy Tellus

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Salinas Grandes

Going to the northern part of Argentina, the landscape varies a lot! We say goodbye to the green landscapes full of trees and rivers and we go to an almost different world. Dryer but not because of that less interesting. The mountains turn from green to red and other different colors because of the minerals they have and the vegetation becomes less frequent. In the middle of this region, you can find an incredible place: The Salinas. A huge extensión of salt, it’s like a desert but instead of having sand all around you have salt, which has the most incredible White color. I can’t tell you how many amazing pictures I have seen from this place. So, that’s why I wanted to include it on my bucket list, you should definitely google it!

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Ushuaia

Last but not the least I want to include Ushuaia, the city at the end of the world! How crazy must feel to be so close to the Antartic. Not only because of that, this city has many interesting things to see, you can also go by boat to see the Beagle channel, you also have mountains to practice some ski and the landscape I’m sure won’t disappoint anyone because it’s so impressive.

Image Source: Patagonia.net

Image Source: Tolkeyen Patagonia



Well, these are my top spots to visit in Argentina, I hope you like them and please let me know if you have a travel bucket list from your own country. Also, I would love to know if you plan to visit Argentina someday.

miércoles, 9 de agosto de 2017

Monthly Favorites


I'm so excited because this is the first time I do a Monthly Favourites post!! There were a lot of things I was loving during the last month that I thought it was going to be a great idea to start doing this kind of posts! Please let me know what you think of this one and if you would like me to continue :)

Let's get started!

My first favorite of the month is my new perfume from Givenchy: Ange ou Démon Le Secret Elixir. This was a gift from one of my aunts and I just adore this fragrance! It's very similar to the other Ange ou Démon Le Secret which I already had but this one is more intense. Plus the bottle of this perfume is so stunning, I'm so in love with that crystal shape and the colors of this one are simply beautiful. I'm becoming a huge fan of this Ange ou Démon family of fragrances so I would highly recommend for you to try this one out and let me know what you think.





Then another favorite of the month was definitely my Nilotic Sunrise Lemon Créme. I already did a full review about this product on the blog but I wanted to mention it again because I was using this product a lot on my skin and lips to hydrate and nourish them during the night and I'm loving the results. Plus, the scent of this products is delicious and it also gives you a very pleasant sensation when you apply it. If you are interested in trying this product, remember you can use my special code: LOVESKIN867604 to get 20% OFF!





Another item I would like to mention as a favorite of this month is my pair of Timberland boots. I have bought them back when I was in Croatia and I didn't wear them as much as I thought during the trip. I even thought that maybe it wasn't such a good idea to have bought them. However, since the winter started in Buenos Aires I wore them non stop! I love the brown color and I'm happy I didn't pick the typical yellow Timberland boots because I feel like these ones are easier to style. I wear them with everything! 






Last but not the least, I want to include my Mia Astral 2017 planner. I know we are already in August and it's kind of weird to mention a yearly planner as my favorite of the month but the truth is I was using this planner during the last months and It has helped me tons to get organized with my new life. Another thing I love about this planner is that it includes all the main astrological aspects for every day, moon phases and all that kind of stuff which is great for an astrology lover like me :) 
Also, it has some spaces to complete how are you feeling today, what are you grateful for, what are your intentions for every new moon and so on. I feel like it's a very important tool to take a few moments every day to think about this stuff and not just about everything you need to do. 





So those are my monthly favorites, I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and I would love to get your feedback if you like them and if you would like me to continue with them in the following months! :)

lunes, 7 de agosto de 2017

Unique Blogger Award



Today I would like to share with you a very special post in regards to the Unique Blogger Award. A few days ago my blog Seize your Style! received a nomination for the Unique Blogger Award by the lovely PhotosbyCris Blog and I couldn't be more excited and thankful because this is the first time I receive a nomination of this kind.

I would like to thank Cris from PhotosByCris Blog for this lovely surprise and her support and I would like to invite you all to check out her blog to see many beautiful pictures and inspiring stories! :)

The Unique Blogger Award Rules:

1. Share the link to the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you:

http://www.photosbycris.blogspot.com.au

2. Answer the questions ask by the person who nominated you;

My answers to the questions asked by PhotosbyCris are:

1. If you could pick a person anywhere in time and in history to have a 30-minute conversation. Who would you pick? 

I would pick either Orson Welles or Nikola Tesla because both of them were so creative and ahead of their time that I'm sure they would have many amazing and interesting things to talk about. 

2. If you could change 1 thing in the world. What would it be?

I would change social inequality.


3. What makes you happy? 

What makes me happy the most is sharing.

3. In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8 to 13 people for the same award:

1. Out on Catwalk
2. Dream of Adventures
3. Gymbags and Jetlags
4. Busy and Fab
5. Nevena Krstic
6. Sprinkles of Style
7. Style Vanity
8. A drop of Indigo
9. Jeannie in a Bottle
10. Shaira Manalo
11. Bangles and Bungalows
12. A Glass of Ice

4. Give them 3 questions to answer:

My 3 questions to all the nominees are:

1. If you could travel anywhere in the world, what place would you pick and why?

2. What was the most important thing you have learned as a blogger?

3. What is the best advice that you would give to someone?

So, that's all in regards to the Unique Blogger Award, as I said before I feel very grateful for receiving this recognition and I would like to take this chance to thank you all of you for your continuous support. It really means a lot to me and it motivates me to keep going. Also, I would like to congratulate all of you who have been nominated, I really love and enjoy reading your blogs! 






miércoles, 2 de agosto de 2017

So Many Reasons to Give Back



Giving back is a very important practice that I strongly believe we should all incorporate into our lives. In a world that is full of violence, poverty, inequality, and many other negative things, we have the power to change that with our actions. And giving back should be our first step.
No matter where you live or in which situation you are there are tons of opportunities and things you can do to help others. No matter how small you think your contribution may be, it may completely change the world for someone else who is in need. 

So, why it's so important to give back? Well, the main reason is that it contributes to creating a better world. In this planet, every action that we make has its consequences. We receive exactly what we put out there in the universe so, the more positive actions we make, the better the world would become. It's as simple as that. So if you start helping others, you may encourage other people in your circle to do the same and that will have a better impact in the world. Imagine what would happen if all of us started to help and contribute to those causes we care about? I'm sure the result would be amazing.
The second great reason to give back is that you will totally change somebody else's life! Even our smallest actions could mean the world to someone else, because we will be helping them to get more opportunities and resources to build a better future for themselves and what could be more rewarding than that?
And last but not the least, giving back will make us feel better about ourselves as well, because, as I said, we will be making a positive impact in our community and the world. Also, when we start giving back to others, we realize how abundant our life is, how many things and opportunities we have. So, this is the best way to thank for all of those things and share this abundance with others. It definitely creates a positive circle because as you start feeling better about yourself by helping others you will want to do it more!

So, now that you have decided to give back and make this positive impact in the world, how do you do it? There are two main ways that you can help:
- By giving your time to a cause that is close to your heart. This means to volunteer in an organization that is involved with this cause. I think this option is by far the most rewarding because you can see your impact first hand. It's true that not all of us have enough time to volunteer but if you do, I highly recommend it because I'm sure it will change your life!
- By giving your resources to a cause. This could be either contribute to an organization with a donation of money or items (food, clothes, blankets, anything you can think of). This will help the organization to reach out to more people and even if you are not directly involved in the action you know that your help is key to achieve this! For double the impact, you can even give both your time and money by organizing a fundraising event.

The Organizations I Currently Support:

In my case, I have started to donate to two different organizations a couple of years ago. What motivated me to do this was that I was receiving a lot of good things in my life and I really felt like I needed to give something back as I way to express my gratitude. So, I started contributing to Aldeas Infantibles, in the first place, and then to Banco de Alimentos. These two organizations are related to causes that are important to me: helping children and fighting against the tragedy of hunger in Argentina.

Aldeas Argentinas SOS Argentina

Aldeas Infantiles SOS is an ONG that was founded back in 1949 in Austria and it currently operates in 134 different countries around the world. It mainly focuses on children that have lost their family care and the organization tries to provide them a warm home where they can be protected and taken care of through their programs. This ONG started working in Argentina 36 years ago to promote, protect and re-establish the fundamental children rights and they are currently taking actions in 4 different provinces here.
What I loved about this organization is that they are very open and they organize events, in which you can go and see for yourself how the work is being done, you can meet the children you are helping and that means a lot me. So if you want to learn more about this organization and get involved with them I recommend checking out their website! As I said before they are an international ONG so I'm sure you can find them in your country.





Banco de Alimentos

This is an organization that takes care of getting food donations and making sure they reach the people who need it the most. Banco de Alimentos works as a bridge between the food industry and the soup kitchen and institutions that receive help. The organization receives donations from companies, farmers, and supermarkets of food that has come out of the commercial market but it's still perfectly fit for consumption and distribute it to more than 675 organizations based in the city of Buenos Aires and the Greater Buenos Aires. In that way, they contribute to feeding more than 93 thousand people per day, 80% of whom are children and teenagers. 
In addition, Banco de Alimentos is a member of the Argentinian Network of Food Banks and is part of the Global Food Banking Network, based in the United States. 
Learn more about this organization and how you can help by clicking here




Those are the two causes I'm supporting at the moment but, as I was writing this post, I realized that there are a lot of other causes and organizations I would like to support as well, especially the ones that are related to education because I strongly believe education is the key to change the future. I'm very grateful for the education I have received and I realize how much being able to learn new things has changed the way I think and see the world. Also having a better education has a huge impact on the opportunities and resources you will be able to get in the future so I believe that good quality education should be available for all. That's why I also want to mention two organizations that are directly involved in this cause and that I would really love to support too.

Enseña por Argentina (Teach for All)

I have learnt about this organization a few years ago and I always dreamt about working with them because their objective is to involve and coach young professionals to teach in communities that live in high conditions of social vulnerability in order to assure that everyone has the opportunity to receive good quality education that allows them to build their future and to improve their communities as well.
This organization is part of a global movement that works with the objective of ending up with social inequality through educational quality and leadership.
If you would love to contribute to this movement don't hesitate to check out their website to learn more about this ONG. They are also part of an international network so I'm sure you will be able to find one in your country.





Cimientos

This is an organization that designs and implements educational programs that strive to promote equal opportunities for those vulnerable populations and contributes to the quality of education as well.
Their educational programs are being implemented in Argentina as well as Uruguay and Colombia, in cooperation with other organizations in those countries.
Cimientos' programs are designed to make sure that the students in vulnerable conditions are able to finish high school through student grants and coaching in different skills that will help them to project their future and their opportunities. The organization also helps them to get a job or continue their studies at university. 
If you want to know more about this organization and their work please go to their website to find out how you can help!  




So, as you can see there are many different options to give back and you don't really need to be a millionaire to contribute to a cause. Even a small amount of your time, money or resources can make a huge difference! I hope this post has inspired you to look for an organization that works with a cause that is important to you and to start taking actions towards a better world!

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