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How To Create Custom Photo Filters: Lightroom Presets Tutorial

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I get SO many questions about my photo toning and what filters I use on Instagram. The short answer is I don’t use any apps to apply filters. My filters of choice are Lightroom presets that I’ve carefully experimented with and developed over some span of time. Related: How To Make a Cohesive Instagram Feed There are about seven presets that I use for my photos, depending on the exposure of the picture and the undertones/lighting. All of them have the same basis and the same filter that gets applied in Photoshop. Yes, I also have a Photoshop action that …

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New York Fashion Week 2017: Day 2 Challenge Accepted!

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My first day of New York Fashion Week had a few firsts (Tadashi Shoji runway show instead of just backstage and Noon by Noor). My day two is all firsts. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone this season and letting less mainstream names fill my runway repertoire. Where’d NYFW go? Before I get into that, can we all just take a moment to mourn the loss of public transportation in our fashion week travel plans? As you may know, the shows moved venues YET AGAIN this season. It’s the fourth (well, 5th if we count MILK) major venue shift …

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New York Fashion Week 2017: My Packed Day 1 Schedule

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What’s good my loves!? Day 1 of New York Fashion Week is DONE! AHHHH!!! What is this now, my 6th straight season as a fashion blogger covering NYFW? Before that, I went as a starry-eyed fashion lover and (sometimes) model. Mostly I went for the free drinks at the afterparties. Those were the days. Lucky for my waistline, I hardly ever do the parties anymore. That’s because I’m severely exhausted by the end of the day and have an early wake-up call nearly every day of the damn week. Fashion week is fun and games until you get a severe …

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Is 2017 the year of metallic clothes?

In Fashion, Personal Style, Street Style by Nataliya Ogle2 Comments

Does anyone know if metallic hair exists? there a dye that will turn my hair into a chrome color? That’d be amazing. I’ve been living in a chrome world so far this year. Seriously, my nails have been metallic, I obviously have metallic clothes, I have metallic shoes and bags. The Eastern European in me is ecstatic that it’s socially acceptable to look like I’m part of the Metal Men group. We like sparkly and shiny stuff. If you’ve been following my Instagram, you know that I’ve busted out my metallic gold top recently. My metallic puffer jacket is …

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How To Stay Motivated Blogging

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Most people’s dream is to work for themselves, on their own time. But the biggest response I’ve seen from bloggers who try to do it full time is how hard it is to stay motivated blogging. Staying motivated is hard at any job. But, in a “structured” work environment we most likely have people who are holding us accountable, whether it’s the boss or co-workers who need certain documents by a deadline. If you don’t have the urgency, you won’t find much motivation to produce a lot of content. Working for yourself allows for a lot of flexibility, but you …

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Top 2017 Fashion Trends I’m Looking Forward To

In Fashion, Fashion Tips, Runway by Nataliya Ogle9 Comments

I feel like we’ve talked about spring 2017 fashion trends for months now. I think it’s because we have, thanks to little something called fashion “week.” As we near spring, I think the fashion trends talk is worth a revisit. The shops now have most of the spring essentials in stock. Which means wee can make wiser choices on what we want to snag before the trends fully hit the mass market. Top Spring 2017 Fashion Trends 1. Athletic with a fashionable twist. Athleisure looks a lot more tailored this season. 2. Military jackets. These were actually a trend for fall …

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Top Hashtags for Likes on Instagram for Fashion Bloggers

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No matter how much Instagram changes, we’re all still madly addicted to the platform. We’re addicted enough to ignore anything that might negatively impact our Instagram life (for the most part), and we try our best to adapt to the new changes and go with the flow. The top hashtags for likes change fairly often, and you have to keep on top of your game to reach new audiences. Over the last few months, Instagram implemented more algorithm changes, leaving a lot of Instagrammers up in arms about the deeply declining engagement. All kinds of rumors started spreading to justify …

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My Love-Hate Relationship with OTK Boots

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I like the idea and the look of OTK boots. Do you like how we can just shorten it and you know what we’re talking about? For my non-fashion focused readers: it’s over the knee boots. There’s one pair of said OTK boots in my closet that I’ve had since I was 18. That’s because they were my mom’s in the ‘80s. Yeah, OTK boots were the hot thing of the ‘80s. And since the ‘80s are back as far as fashion trends go, it’s no surprise that OTK boots are back too. They’re, for the most part, pretty comfy …