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Font/Color Combo – You can get with this…

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I think you’ll get with this, cuz this is where it’s at – Tweet it out yo!

Today’s font/color combo is a 90’s flashback. I know you remember, Black Sheep! But just in case you are pretending that you are too young to remember, here’s a little reminder.

Let’s talk about this combo.

It’s a two-fer! With lyrics like this, I had to double up on the combos.

First up is the “You can get with this,” it’s a rock-star, risk-taker font combo. The thin san-serif font (what’s a san-serif font?) is Avenir Next. It’s sleek, contemporary and sexy. The thicker font is Anton. Not to be outdone by it’s waif-like companion, this font is bold and hits you like mack truck. It’s a risk-taker color combo too! No neutrals here. That yellow shows up like BOOM and screams: Notice me, read me, love me!

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How to take good photos for your website

Word on the street is that you want to know how I shoot photos for the The Budget Socialite. And by the street, I mean facebook — because who just hangs out in the street, listening? Not this gal. Moving on, let’s learn how to take good photos for our websites! Weeee…..

Full Disclosure: I am in no way a professional photographer, this is just what I do and what I’ve learned about how to take good photos. I mostly shoot food so this is geared towards food photography, but I have also shot a few products the same way. Feel free to leave more tips and tricks in the comments or tell me I have it all wrong. It happens.

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Step 1: Get Suited up

Here’s the equipment that I use. I know plenty of people that set up their iPhones on a tripod and get great results. There are no rules to this game.


  • Camera – Canon EOS Rebel T3
  • Lens – 18-55mm IS II (This came with the camera)
  • Lens – Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 (Only $100) – I use this 85% of the time
  • Tripod – Manfrotto 190XPROB w/ the Manfrotto 496RC2 Ball Head
  • MacBook Pro – I connect my camera to my laptop while I shoot.
  • A few painted wooden boards as shooting surfaces. I loosely followed this tutorial. I have boards in white, teal, a natural stain, a medium stain and a dark stain.
  • A Reflector – I use a piece of white foam core that I picked up at Michael’s
  • Fabric – I hit up the fabric store and bought a bunch of pieces on clearance.
  • Props – Since I mostly shoot food, I have plates, serving dishes, place mats etc… that I got from thrift stores and random places on my travels.

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Currently Digging – The MJ vs Prince Edition

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Let’s get to know each other shall we? Here’s what I’m currently digging – the MJ vs Prince edition. What are you into this month?

Listening to: In NYC, Keistar productions holds an amazing party called “Soul Slam – Michael Jackson vs. Prince” . It’s exactly what it sounds like — a party with all MJ and Prince music. People dress up and it’s the best time! This playlist is inspired by that party and I’ve been rocking it hard.


  • Mike Monteiro | F*ck you. Pay me –  Despite it’s foul-mouthed title, this video teaches a great lesson on the value of contracts. Freelancers it’s a must watch.
  • Law for creatives – On a similar note, I found this great source for contracts on all kinds of creative services. Check it out.
  • What is your cost per wear – Kristi from enCircled provides a cost per wear calculator so you can see how much your clothes really cost. Genius.
  • Lime-basil sangria – Yep, I’m bookmarking another post I wrote on The Budget Socialite because I really love this recipe. Try it and let me know what you think.

Loving: This bionic ear came out of a printer but can go on your head. It’s official. Science fiction has become real life and I’m in awe.

Drooling Over: My obsession with beets continues. Not only have I been making beet and carrot juice on the regular but this summer beet stack recipe from Wendy See Wendy Do is going to happen in my house. Oh yes, it is!

(Image Sources: The Budget Socialite | Law for Creatives | Keistar | Wendy See Wendy Do)

What are you obsessed with this month? Let me know in the comments.