How to Draw With Sparklers

I’m not going to lie, I wrote this post last July and completely forgot to publish it. But, since the 4th and sparkler season are fast approaching, I figured there’s no time like the present! Writing or drawing with sparklers looks so cool and is quite a way to spend an evening. When it comes down to it, it’s pretty simple once you get the camera on the proper settings and set up on something sturdy. In my Fourth of July post, I shared a few photos from when I wrote with sparklers, spelling out “freedom” and drawing a star and an anchor. Here, I’m going to give some directions on how to write with sparklers!

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To draw with sparklers, you will need a DSLR camera, something to set it on, someone to help you and complete darkness. When I took my photos, I had my mom to help me and set my camera on a container of Lincoln logs on the front porch. I put the camera on self timer (10 seconds) and a low shutter speed. After pressing the shutter button, beginning the countdown, my mom would light the sparkler with a match and I would jump onto the lawn. She would turn the porch light off after I got to my spot on the grass to ensure complete darkness. Then, I would wave my arm and write or draw whatever I wanted such as my name, a word or a shape.

When writing, it is best to use cursive as the camera will pick up on all movement. With the low shutter speed, you have a set amount of seconds that the camera is taking the photo to write which creates the fluid effect of the illustration. With words, you can write as you usually do. The camera will read it backwards, but you can flip the image in editing to straighten it. I used the free app PicsArt to do so, but I’m sure you can use any photo editor to do the same thing. Taking literally two seconds to flip the cursive word is a lot easier and a lot less time-consuming than learning to write in cursive backwards!

When I took these photos in the dark, I had my camera set to shutter speed priority mode (S). I set the ISO to 100, the exposure compensation to -5 and the flash compensation to -3. Playing around with the shutter speed will allow you to figure out how long you need to write. I needed about 5-10 seconds but it will vary depending on what you’re trying to write and how long it takes you to do so. Depending on where you are, the time of day, amount of light available, the type of sparkler and the desired look, the settings will probably differ and taking these photos is a series of trial and error!

Fourth of July Outfit Ideas

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Popover (hat was GWP) // White Jeans // Sandals

I always struggle to find the perfect 4th of July outfit, so this year, I’m starting early. There are so many cute options out there! I’m completely obsessed with Vineyard Vine’s red white and blue seersucker, as well as Lilly’s patriotic print. While I’m still not entirely sure what I’ll be wearing on the 4th, there’s plenty of time to figure it out!

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1. Gingham Baseball Hat // 2. Flag Sweater // 3. Seersucker Dress // 4. Popover //

 5. Earrings

Finally Moving!

IMG_7158I have heat and NO ROOMMATE!!! Last Thursday, my mom and I drove back to DC to move me into my first not on campus apartment. I could not be living any physically closer to GW Law which is going to be very convenient this upcoming year! Moving is such a pain and I’m completely exhausted from it. I didn’t even do most of the work (my mom assembled my table and chairs, vacuumed/swiffered, lined and organized my cupboards, and dealt with the bed delivery while I was at the barn) but knowing that everything is still not 100% set a week later is so stressful. I’m tired and cranky so this post might be me passively aggressively expressing grievances, but that’s ok!

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Speaking of grievances… this pizza was great but definitely gave me an allergic reaction. My lips got pins and needles before going numb!

I feel like this move was unnecessarily hard. Everyone who works at the building is so nice and helpful, which definitely made things easier, but dealing with getting internet set up, among other things, was a disaster. After all the errands I’ve run, I somehow still don’t have garbage bags, ugh. After just deciding to not show up the day they were supposed to, the internet company arrived pretty much unexpectedly when I wasn’t home, and then plugged the router into the one outlet that goes on and off with the light switch. So basically, I can’t have wifi when the light is off. They’re definitely going to come back to fix it, but I’m too cranky to be trusted to not completely curse them out on the phone right now.

IMG_7576Another thing that made this week absolutely awful was an issue I had with my door. Of all the things that could’ve been wrong with my apartment, I didn’t think the door would be one of them, but here we are! Fortunately, my building was super fast to address and fix the issue, but dealing with it in the first half of the week was absolutely miserable.  Basically, my door would not open unless body-slammed because it was too big for the doorway. I’m not an idiot, I know how to open a door, and I’m not weak either. If I shove something as hard as I shoved that door, it should move. I was not the problem here, yet, for multiple days, it took me over a half hour to try to get the door open. Half my body is now completely bruised from trying to shove the thing open, love that so much!!! 🙄

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How cute is this mirror!!!

Issues aside, I’m very happy with where I’m living. I have plenty of closet and storage space and the layout of the apartment is well thought out, making a studio seem very live-able. My walk in closet is big enough to comfortable hold a full size inflatable mattress so friends and family can come visit! While my bed and other areas are set up, I’m still waiting on my couch and night stand. Once they arrive, I’ll be able to arrange my frames on the wall and be completely done! IMG_7754

Delila & The Rhododendron

IMG_4675My adorable Doberman Delila is taking over the blog today. I can’t get over how cute she is. She LOVES the camera. She’ll pose, pretend to candidly sniff the flowers, tilt her head and strut around for the camera, but just as easily put her ears down and refuse to cooperate. Delila loves going on little adventures. Her favorite part of the car ride is chomping at the cars and pretending to eat them, although in reality she’s the sweetest pup. Our cats seem to be rubbing off on her, however, as she’s recently come to fear other dogs and water.

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Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day! This year is extra special because I finally got my dad to twin with me in Lilly! This is so not his style but he did it anyway. I’m so thankful to have such a wonderful father. He has supported me in everything, always bringing me to and from school (even when the commute was 25mi of traffic both ways), even scooping poop for me on many occasions and helping me move in and out of crappy apartments, even though there was no elevator. I’ve definitely gotten my work ethic from him and maybe my road rage too, oops! My dad is literally always there for me, no matter how far away I am. The other day he changed my brake light (or should I say his… I stole his car) over the phone.

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Two-Piece Set // Tie // Shoes

Electric Moon Peony Farm

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The other day, my mom and I visited Electric Moon Peony Farm in Little Compton, Rhode Island. While all the peonies were not yet in bloom, just enough had opened to make visiting the field enjoyable. This year, the farm is opening on select days and charge-free tickets, which can be reserved online, are required. The owners of the farm are so friendly and really made the experience. Even their hand drawn posters were beautiful. I made sure to get one and will be framing it in my room. So cute! img_5693.jpg

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I love how my dress matched the peonies. Everywhere I go, I plan my outfit to coordinate with my surroundings and I love how the hot pink peonies matched perfectly. I got this dress a couple years back on a sale in July of all times! A Lilly signature was running an impromptu sale and I managed to scoop this dress up. Here is a similar option from this season! DSC01117DSC00873IMG_5685yay

 

 

Floaties at Beach Pond

IMG_6513IMG_6890The weather this weekend was warm and sunny, perfect for getting out on the water. I ended up finding my donut and swan floaties in the basement and decided to head to Beach Pond with my bestie, Haley and cousin, Scott. Let’s just say that I’ve officially found my favorite summer activity! The swan took three people to load into the back of my SUV and just as many to get it out. However, because it’s so massive, it fits 2 comfortably and lets you float in the water without getting wet! Splashing and floating around the pond with two of my favorite people made for an extremely fun end to the weekend!

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Swimsuit // Shorts // Sunglasses // Similar Swan Float // Donut Float