Fun with flatlays

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Hi everyone sorry for the break but I lost my phone and also have been getting ready to launch a new wellness website (more on that in my next post, yay!).
In the meantime, I finally got over my insecurities about flatlay photography. For months I’ve been watching tutorials etc, always loving the idea but never believing I could do it, too. Mainly I felt I didn’t have the nifty props everyone else seemed to have. But boy was I wrong!

I finally thought “just do it” (thank you, Nike!) and gathered some pretty things lying around, dropped them on a large piece of white cardstock near my living room ranch sliders, picked a camellia flower from my tree outside, mercilessly dissected it (all in the name of art, darling), and began snapping.

The real fun comes at the editing stage (but then I’m an app freak). Note the difference between the header image (after editing) and the one just above (original image) – huge difference, right? 

That’s thanks to an easy yet sophisticated app called A Color Story. I don’t have quite enough light so I use the app’s “curve” tool to lighten it, then hit it with the free filters “Everyday” and “Pop”. At this point the white background has a bluish tinge but I really like that so then I’m done!

After one “successful” flatlay I went a little berzerk running around finding new props I could mix n match. My reading glasses, magazines, a travel journal my mom recently gave me for my birthday – all were fun and worked well. Flatlays are supposed to tell a story and although mine stories aren’t specific, I hope a “fun” vibe carries through. 

Comment below if you have been doing flatlay photography! I’d love to hear from you X
#flatlay #photography #lifestyle #blog #blogger #fashion

(*all photos copywrite Design Eye Candy 2016)

Jetset Bohemian: A 4 Part Series  

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Part 1: Adornment

Pretty ring stying from IG:@gypsylovinlight

There’s a very good reason all things Bohemian never seem to go out of style (at least, not for very long!), and that is because they are timeless. From the original gypsies that migrated out of India westward to Romania and beyond a thousand years ago, Bohemians’ refusal to be tied down to anything, even a nation or home, has had a lasting romantic impression upon Western culture. Freedom to roam, wear or style your person/home/office with what pleases you, do what pleases you, and a rebellion of sorts against conservatism all come together to make boho so very attractive.

Pretty stacked rings and fluffy sweater = epic styling

Classic bohemian styling all around

Ring stacking: a popular trend

Gypsies’ Indian roots may explain the abundance of crafted silver, semi-precious stone, and intricate beadwork that typifies bohemian jewellery. Indeed, much of the jewellery for sale today originates there. Especially pretty against tanned skin and a trend that has been around for some years now, white fingernails (thank you Helen Bense of gypsylovinlight.com ~ you can read more about her here: Wild Child) these rings and anklets work well with beachy colours like black, sand, ocean blues, and whites. Crochet, temporary henna and ethnic-inspired tattoos, and long beachy hair work into the style well too:

Boho + tribal temp tattoos = perfection

Tanned skin, silver, and white ~ timeless!

The fascinatingly cool white polish and silver from IG:@gypsylovinlight

More from IG:@gypsylovinlight

Pretty toe rings perfect for the beach

Do you wear boho? If so, what is it you like most about it? Tell me in the comments below, or better yet post links to your insta or blog with your own inspo or images! Look forward to hearing from you! X

#boho #bohemian #style #jewellery #fashion #jewelry #gypsy #summer #love #designeyecandy 

(*all photos origin unknown/pinterest unless specified)

The It Rug: Tribal

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Hello everyone sorry I’ve been away so long! Have been travelling and renovating houses. So excited to be back though and bring you more gorgeous images and ideas!

Today I wanted to talk about that interior style element that pulls an entire room together, the rug. Rugs have historically been heirlooms handed down through generations, from emigrating pioneers to the nomads of the world. Rugs usually incorporate tribal and cultural elements and can sit as an example of historical significance to societies that no longer exist or are much changed from their yesteryear.

A favourite style of rug for me is from the Middle East, especially those from the area formerly known as Turkestan. Traditionally made from silk, wool, and even felt, these rugs incorporate styles and motifs both ancient and new.

Long a staple of many stylish homes, these rugs have undergone a renaissance and are now being treated by a process called overdying. Here, vintage rugs are washed and the top layer of design scrubbed away, and then the carpet treated to often vibrant dyes in pinks, purples, blues, reds, and gold. The finished look is as unique (no two rugs would ever be the same due to the process) as it is trendy. These rugs are popping up in the blogosphere and design magazines everywhere, adding bright splashes of colour that can harmonise a room with ease.

Another style of rug that is trending is the Moroccan rug. Usually off white with a minimal flecked and tribal pattern in blacks or greys, these rugs are perfect where homeowners may already have a great deal of colour present in either furnishings or accessories.

(all images from Pinterest)

Time for pretty, flirty, summery temporary flash tattoos!

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It’s been a long, cold winter and here at designeyecandy we’re glad to be finally heading into summer down here in New Zealand.  Have been neglecting my blog but shall be tending to it more regularly going forward!

As the warm sunny days stretch in front of us I’m thinking of these beautiful, sexy metallic flash tattoos I bought a year ago to begin selling as a side business but got too busy to attend to. This year feels like the right year however so they are about to go on sale!

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Flirty, feminine, and very pretty, these easy to apply and very long lasting jewellery-inspired tattoos come off whenever you want them to with baby oil (or any kind of oil), and are water and sun proof.  Perfect for days at music festivals, tropical getaways, beaching it, or just for times you want a little flirty and sweet bling to accompany you on your day to day. They are *HUGE* overseas – search #flashtats or #flashtattoos on Instagram, etc. Seen on The Bachelor and in Vogue, even Beyoncé has been snapped wearing them.

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I am using my Trademe account to sell these beauties until I get my e-commerce site up and running (you will find it here on designeyecandy.com), or you can just comment or email me via this site.  Wholesalers welcome. There are a few other listings so just scroll until you find the “Flirty fun boho temporary metallic tattoos” listings. Or contact me here via email.

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Members/Listings.aspx?member=578195

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4 sheets to choose from. Buy in multiple quantities and save!  Cut out individual tattoos and share with your friends ~ it’s party time!

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** All photographs mine and protected under copyright 2015 designeyecandy