June 24, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: Tom Windeknecht :: @tomwindeknecht

Super excited, our INSTA*LOVE series is featuring the uber talented, inspiring, pink-sky-creating, Tom Windeknecht :: @tomwindeknecht! Probably one of the nicest guys on Instagram and one of the prettiest feeds too! I know… I clearly have a thing for neon and pastel but how could you not when you come across these awesome photographs?!
Where do you live?
I live in historical Redlands, California. It's a great little town between Los Angeles and Palm Springs. 

What do you love/love to do?
I love photography, Instagram, coffee, art museums, ice cream and Asian food (but not necessarily in that order). I also love traveling with my wife, Laurie, and experiencing new places.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by so many things: nature, colors, art, architecture, old signs, history, etc. I am also inspired by other photographers and artists and how they see with their eyes. That's one of the things that I love about being on Instagram - there are so many great photographers and artists that view what they are shooting differently. My wife is a huge inspiration as well, she always encourages my photography and creativity. She is a painting artist, so we enjoy our creative outlets together and support each other.
What do you look for when taking a photo?
I primarily look for lines, shadows, patterns, colors and shapes. I like clean, minimal compositions with bright colors. These are the largest components of my work. I really try to force myself to look at things from a creative perspective, a smaller perspective, and not just the whole picture. For example, instead of seeing the whole building, I will try to look at corners, architectural details, or angles of the building. 

What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?
My favorite app is Photoshop. Most of my edits are done with Photoshop and my Wacom tablet. Sometimes I will do some editing on my phone with the Lightroom app or Snapseed. I just downloaded A Color Story app and have been playing with that a bit.
Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?
Seriously can’t get enough of those pictures! The detail and textures are incredible. And can we just take a minute to take in those colors?! WOW! Those first two shots just kill me! So cool. Definitely check out his colorful feed :: @tomwindeknecht for some more amazing eyeporn! You can also find him on his website :: www.tomwindeknecht.com and on Twitter and Facebook too!

A very special thank you to Tom for participating in our INSTA*LOVE Q&A!

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia
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June 19, 2016

::: /// RAWR /// :::

Who doesn't love mini dinosaurs?! They fit perfectly in terrariums, planters, hiding on shelves, in little nooks and crannies and even in a jar on your desk! (that's how I roll) Not to mention you can play with them and stuff.
Get your very own Dino Pack! The best $2 bucks you'll spend all week! #BecauseDinosaursAreRAD

xo Sécia
F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

June 17, 2016

INSTA*LOVE :: Susie Foulerton Walker :: @rose_tinted_glasses

Seriously over the moon excited to feature another one of my very favorite Instagram talents in our INSTA*LOVE series: Susie Foulerton Walker :: @rose_tinted_glasses! Her feed is incredibly beautiful, from soft pastels to bright, neon pops of color. I'm totally obsessed!
Where do you live?
Sheffield, UK. It’s a city in south Yorkshire and is full of character, and characters.

What do you love/love to do?
I do brand development for a group of rum bars. I am a bit of a cocktail geek and love exploring different types of cuisine. I also love being outdoors; Sheffield is a great place to live for that as the beautiful peak district is a stone’s through away. But to be honest I love exploring the countryside and cities just the same.
What inspires you?
I am lucky enough to be surrounded by people who do what they love and most of them do it for a living. It’s just a kind, creative energy and drive that I see in my friends and family that propels me forward I think.

What do you look for when taking a photo?
Light is always the first thing. There are certain times of day which just don’t work (for me). Bright colours always catch my eye, as do clean lines. Lately I have become a little obsessed with plant life. All the best colours and patterns are found in nature. I only use my iPhone, so I certainly don’t class myself as a photographer! It’s just my favourite hobby.
What are your favorite apps and filters to edit with?
A Color Story (am guessing you have been hearing that a lot lately). But it really is the best for making the most of the colours that are already there. It has genuinely changed the way I take photographs. Also VSCO for when I edit softer or atmospheric shots.

Who are your favorite fellow Instagrammers?
Ok this is HARD. I have so many favourites. Here is a handful that spring to mind. For colour and composition @rclayton @mattcrump @spooks333 @rebeccanewport @clarenicolson @lellopepper @sprinkledlife and @creativekipi. For adventures @thehatchling and @nomadicfare. For gorgeous everyday captures @ananewyork @wanderforawhile @porthjess @icebaby_icecreamvan and for all the LOLs @fashiondads_ (seriously, read the captions, they get me every time).
What does Instagram mean to you?
I started using it to get inspiration for work, but soon found it to be the most social of social medias. I found a very fun and supportive little corner of it to occupy and I am always amazed at the huge amounts creativity I see in my news feed. I love it.
Aren't her photos incredible?! She's also utterly cute and sweet and such an awesome "Insta-friend" (yeah, I just made that word up) to have in your corner rooting you on. If you're not already following her, you're nuts and should get your ass over to her feed like now: @rose_tinted_glasses!

A special thank you to Susie for taking part in our INSTA*LOVE series! 

xo Sécia

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia

June 14, 2016

Root Beer Float Popsicles

What's better than root beer floats?! Root beer float popsicles, of course! We're on a roll over here making popsicles left and right! Since I've posted two healthy popsicle recipes, I think it's time for something a little sweeter and these babies are certainly sweet! They're also the easiest popsicles on the planet to make!
Ingredients
A bottle of your favorite root beer
A pint of your favorite vanilla ice cream (I used my lightest, fluffiest vanilla ice cream ever!)

Instructions
Place root beer in the freezer for 5-10 minutes so it doesn't melt the ice cream too quickly.

Pour root beer into molds about 1/3 full. Layer spoonfuls of ice cream with more root beer until the molds are full. Mix it all up a bit: It's gonna get foamy!

Place lid on mold and insert the sticks. Now, they're going to bounce right back up at you so I just tape them down in place with scotch tape. I've also read that if you boil the sticks in water for 30 min they won't float up but I'm way to impatient for that so the tape worked for me!

Freeze for 3 hours or overnight.
Boom! That's it! You're about to try the yummiest version of root beer floats ever! Don't you already feel like a kid again?! Let me know how yours turn out and if you know any more tricks on how to handle those floaty popsicle sticks. ;) Check out our other popsicle recipes here!

xo Sécia

P.S. In case you were wondering, I use the Norpro Ice Pop Maker from Amazon for all my popsicles. 

F O L L O W   U S   O N   I N S T A G R A M   ::   @seciasophia