My Monki fixation has intertwined with my abiding love for boxes and borders. One of the most eye-catching features of Monki Magazine is their use of borders to frame photos, especially their use of rotated frames to grab our attention — we can’t help but look at them and linger for a moment! Well, I couldn’t let this pass without a proper exercise for all of us who are unfamiliar with a Photoshop rotate. By the way, in Part 2, I’m going to recreate today’s tutorial for my Style peeps using HTML and CSS — stay tuned!
my darling chico leading the way, as usual
I’m venturing into the City later today and I’m excited, so much so that I spent Sunday afternoon preparing an outfit that would exude a so-called “effortless cool”. Dinner at Japantown is a really big deal to me, ok! Anyway, I chose a maxi skirt that I could wear with my beloved new beautiful and green New Balance 620s. Well, as luck would have it, it’s gonna rain. HARD. I’m not gonna put my new shoes through all that stress, so I’m rethinking my look. I guess I’ll move on to Plan B: JCrew indigo skinny jeans, my tuxedo t-shirt, my Gap coatigan (cardigan/coat), my H&M plaid coat, my thrifted red umbrella, and of course, my 1460 Cherry Docs. In my mind, I’m lookin’ pretty cool. But, it’s all in my rosy-colored mind, folks — I’ve been told that I’m sartorially deluded. ;)
Hey, speaking of clothes, the sartorially awesome Eva Franco is having a Sample Sale today and tomorrow. This is not a sponsored post — I LOVE Eva Franco and I just happen to know that she’s having a sample sale. Anyway, if you’re in the Los Angeles area, check it out. Today, 11/16 from 12-7PM Tomorrow, 11/17 from 11-6PM.
And, of course, I have some links to share: black on nude manicures, a holiday cookie chart card, recipes I’m gonna try, some downloads, new nsatd, videos, and other fun stuff. Happy Friday!
It’s great to have a variety of photo labels at your disposal. The usual place to put a photo caption is above the photo or beneath it. To put a caption on top of a photo, we’ve been using Photoshop (as I’ve done in the image above). But, as you’ll see in the Captions and Labels Tutorial, putting a caption directly on the photo with regular text can be done easily with CSS. The advantage of using CSS for on-photo captions (versus Photoshop) is that you can change the fonts, the font color, the label color, the location of the label, the rotation, add text shadows, add rounded corners, and add many more settings — all on the fly — with only a few lines of code. You’ll see some of these settings in Screencast #4 or #4S if you’re a Style Member. One of the coolest features of CSS labels is that you can use them on dynamic content like the moving images in your photo sliders. More importantly, you can use the techniques from today’s tutorial to improve and streamline design elements on your blogs (i.e. sidebar titles, text banners, re-align comment numbers, post titles, etc.).
I’ve received a couple of questions about the carousel plugin I use to display my Instagram photos on my blog footer at Eat Darling Eat. I use SnapWidget. It’s easy to use, it’s compatible with any blog platform, and it’s free. There’s a premium version that offers more display options, but I imagine that for most purposes, the free version is sufficient. You can display your IG photos by simply specifying your Instagram username. Or, you can display photos according to a hashtag filter. When I use hashtags, I want to ensure that only my photos are embedded. I do this by creating a unique hashtag. I realize that this method involves a good guess at best, but if you precede a tag with your blog name, the chances of others using the same hashtag is unlikely! (For this demo, these photos were sourced from my virtually inactive secondary Instagram account, @poweredbypastries.)
I bought the buttons in the photo at Japantown on one of my visits to the stationery store (yes, I’ve been foraging for cool pens). I forgot all about the pens when I found a box filled with Gemma Correll buttons! I’m a big fan. I have an autographed card!! If you’ve read her blogs (here and here) you know how funny she is. I can picture her with her own cartoon series with chubby pugs, puffy pommies, and dogs wearing bow-ties — just like the little guys on my pins. Cuuuuuute.
Anyway, I see a Pugs Not Drugs t-shirt in my future, but until I have that to show you, how about a look at some of my favorite links from the last couple of weeks? You’ll find an adorable November wallpaper download, an insightful Formspring account, hover states, my fave style posts, some accessories and shoes on my wishlist, new DIYs I wanna try, new blogs I visited, and other fun stuff.
On a more serious note, my best wishes and hopes go out to all of you who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.
Madewell Delectables: 1
Hey guys, here’s another Delectables post and this time, I’m going to show you how I made my round RewardStyle affiliate ads that you can see between the second and third posts. When I decided to have ads for my stuff, I chose a gray circle because I felt it was a glimpse of softness between the hard black borders I’m using in-between posts. My first ad was composed of many-colored hearts inside circles. My second ad — my Lynda affiliate ads — also worked rather nicely with my circles, especially after I punked Lynda’s hair a little bit.
Then, I decided to add Reward Style affiliate ads and all of a sudden, the circles didn’t work right because I had to shrink many of the product photos to almost nothing. So, my solution was to keep the images large by allowing the product photos to emerge from the circle. I call them “Pop-Outs”! There’s probably a professional graphic design term for this technique, but I certainly don’t know what it is and Pop-Outs does the job for now. I hope you enjoy this tut!