Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Everyone always asks what I use to edit photos. I basically just use two apps. I use picstitch which is brilliant for collage layouts and Snapseed. Snapseed is brilliant. I love being able to pin point small dark areas and highlight them. Nothing is worse than someone's smile being hid by a dark shadow. I usually use an effect called "drama." The effect tends to make the picture grainier, but I feel like the effect helps to highlight aspects of the photo that otherwise would have gone unnoticed. I then upload the photos to Instagram. Check out my Instagram web profile here. Something tells me that Instagram will not last past my mid-twenties without drastic updates, see my reasoning here.

On a lighter note, I also just uploaded a new app called More Noel. It adds sparkle and bubbles to any photo. Perfect for the Holiday season! What are your favorite photo editing apps?


I love my camera. If you know me well, you'd probably realize I die a little inside whenever I think of how I had a blackberry while studying abroad. I had no opportunity to mobile upload to Instagram. (The horror.)

So obviously, I'm excited to see where Twitter takes the iPhoto in the upcoming year. Instagram was bought by Facebook for 715M in April. It is no surprise that the two largest social media networks are now battling it out over photo-sharing capacity. I loved Instagram for it's simple integration with Twitter. Now, we have a standoff of sorts between Facebook and Twitter, and it really took off this week with Instagram adding some critical features -  crop & span. Brilliant. No longer do we have to worry if Instagram will crop half of our friend's faces out of photos. No more third party apps for simple tasks like cropping!!! That capability was long overdue.

The battle started directly after the buy out.  Back in October, Instagram made other updates to it's program. I.e. if you tag a friend on Instagram, Instagram would automatically use that friend's twitter handle if you went to tweet the photo after. This is awesome for Instagram users and for Facebook in turn. However, Twitter does not want to be a second tier program to Facebook. Twitter pulled the "Find Friends" option on Instagram. Instagram added web-based profiles. Twitter introduced "Twitter Cards" to allow for seamless larger photo-sharing. Instagram photos originally would show up in Twitter's stream; however, Instagram did not want to be simply included in Twitter updates. Instagram stopped the collaboration. Currently, there is still at least a link available, so friends can still reach your Instagram photos through Twitter.

The new year may bring the end of Instagram for myself and many others. Twitter is rolling out new technology! They recently added filters. This is an exciting time. Don't look so shocked Facebook. We are all sure you realize that 100M accounts are not an overwhelming number to overtake. (Ahem Myspace). We can be a very fickle tech audience. You should know that better than anyone, which is likely why you bought Instagram out in the first place.

P.s. Be sure to turn on your privacy settings on Instagram! The site is slowly turning over user's photostream into a user profile. Our photos will be public unless we turn privacy on. Thanks Facebook.. Luckily, it's only one little switch and not like Facbook's ever-changing list of options. Another reason why I am hoping for continued tech roll out by Twitter to enhance photo sharing options.

Monday, December 10, 2012


Cranberry Infused Vodka

Two limes
2 bags of cranberries
cup of sugar
Chopin potato vodka

This is an awesome seasonal host gift. My cousin made them two weeks ago and they were delicious! It is pretty simple to do. Start with a layer of cranberries. Putting a hole with a fork in each before popping them into a jar. I used bottles from the Christmas tree shop $1.99! Then do two or three thin slices of lime, then a bit of sugar. You want half a lime in each bottle and a quarter cup sugar in each bottle. Wait two weeks & voila!

If you have any cranberries left over because you bought the 2 for
$5 bags like I did... Here's the recipe for the cranberry sauce I made tonight!

Cranberry Sauce

Bring 1 cup water to a boil.
Put a little over 1 cup sugar into the mix.
Then 4 cups cranberries.
Let it boil for 5 mins then bring to a simmer for 10 mins.

I added a half cup of blueberries, half a clementine of zest, a 1/4 tsp of nutmeg, and a sprinkle of clove and cinnamon.

Continue to simmer for 5-10 more mins.

Let cool, it'll thicken up as it cools into a wonderful sauce! Let it cool to room temp, then put in the refrigerator to continue thickening/cooling. Loving the aroma that has filled the house :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Jule's Jewel Collection

Juliette and I have been obsessed with things that sparkle since we were little girls. Juliette used to  show up to our neighborhood kickball tournaments in gold sparkling high heels and a pink vintage dress.  Just before middle school we decided we wanted to open our own fashion business together. Our style tastes balance and complement each other. Which is why you can be assured you will always find exciting pieces on our site. We are starting our venture on Etsy and seeing where it takes us. We hope to give you a new outlet for Christmas shopping and to help individuals buy quality items for a fair price. Check us out, and see what we have been dreaming up!  Currently, we are featuring exquisite holiday earrings and startlingly simple office studs.

Warm Holiday Wishes,
Juliette and Helen