Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Giveaway Winner

Congratulations to Erica Gilliam for winning this amazing Bouquet Bobby Pin Gift Set from Emily Elizabeth Jewelry! Erica, I will be contacting you by email and we will get your bobby pins to you! For those that did not win, you can still head over to Emily Elizabeth Jewelry‘s website and enter promo code JANUARY25 for 25% off non-sale items!

Thank you to everyone that entered! There will be another fun giveaway here on Show+Tell next week (a fun Etsy paper shop)!

Extended Weekend

I have today off in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. I’m a bit bummed because we were supposed to be up at our family’s lakehouse this weekend with all of our closets friends but there were furnace problems. Tomorrow I’ll be back to regular blogging. I have some wonderful posts lined up for the rest of this week including a Chicago wedding One Day post, a San Francisco City Guide, and my MyGlam review!

Home Inspiration

With all the talk of home buying in my post from earlier today, I thought I’d share some of my home decor inspiration. While my apartment pretty much looks nothing like any of this (Um, hello…I’m trying to pay off debt Internet. Stop tempting me with all of this amazing-ness!) I don’t know what my “style” is and I’m definitely NOT good at interior design. I do, however, know what I like when I see it. Essentially, I’ll probably use photos like these and copy them exactly when we finally own our own place. You can also follow my “For the Home” board on Pinterest. After looking at my board, I definitely DO have a particular style that I love but I don’t know what it’s called. Any takers?

Photos from Desire to Inspire, Citified, Elements of Style.

Hello Adulthood : Buying A Home

I’m trying out a new series on my blog titled, “Hello, Adulthood.” I’m sure some of my friends and family clicked on this link thinking that Adam and I have bought a house. I’m sorry to disappoint you all but the Lehman’s are still renters! While it’s definitely on our mind, we aren’t at that point yet. I’m hoping that through this series, I can share more than just what nail polish I’m currently wearing or all my design & photography. My hope that this can also be a place where I can share my bigger, overarching goals (professionally, personally, financially, spiritually).

With all that being said, I’d like to introduce you to Shanna Lafontaine! Shanna is a Real Estate Consultant here in Columbus, Ohio and has just released her first eBook titled, “Buying Guide: Your First Home.” I was able to ask her a few questions as a sometime-to-be new homeowner. Enjoy!

1. How long have you been working in the real estate business? I have been in residential real estate since 2002, so I’m in my 10th year.

2. Explain what your book, “Buying Guide: Your First Home,” is about . The book goes through the step-by-step process of considering buying a home, finding a Realtor and lender, searching for a home and through closing. With added tips throughout, the eBook is sure to save many buyers stress, time and money as they move through the process of buying a home.

3. What inspired you to write this eBook? I love educating my clients because it makes them more comfortable and makes the process easier on everyone. Most clients have very similar questions so I thought putting the answers to all those questions and even more into an eBook would be a great concise way to answer the most commonly asked questions of home buyers.

4. What are 5 pieces of advice you’d give potential (and new) home buyers?

  • Make sure you are comfortable with the real estate agent you want to use and find someone up front in the beginning of the process to be your advocate. If you aren’t comfortable with your Realtor, find someone else.
  • Consider resale when you think about buying. Make sure you think about buying a home you love but that also meets criteria that fits are large section of potential buyers.
  • Compare and contrast your loan options with a lender that has in-house underwriting. Make sure you are well educated on your choices and compare “apples to apples” to see the differences.
  • When you go out looking at houses bring a notepad, pen and digital camera. Take good notes on the pros and cons of the house, anything special or out of the ordinary and rate it on a scale of 1-10 Also take pictures (if you are allowed), starting with the mailbox or house number to keep them in order on your camera. This will help you keep all the houses straight at the end of a day of seeing houses.
  • Don’t put your notice in on your apartment until you are positive that you are going to be approved for your loan and have assurance that you are ready to close. The last thing you want is to have a last minute issue and end up without a place to live.
You can download her eBook for free by visiting her website and signing up. The book will be delivered via email as a PDF. If you’re interested in seeing other topics or conversations here on Show + Tell, comment below and tell me!

A Winter Walk

Winter walks are important. Fresh air. Light snow. A quirky pup.

Emily Elizabeth Jewelry Giveaway

I’m excited to announce a new giveaway! Win one of Emily Elizabeth Jewelry‘s 14k yellow Bouquet Bobby Pin Gift Sets! Valuing at $60, the pins are gold plated and the gold plated leaf/flower charms are around 1″ each. Gorgeous! I bought this Heart and Arrow Lariat for my sister-in-law this year for Christmas and I own a few pieces from EEJ as well. Such amazing quality and so incredibly unique.

In order to enter the giveaway, please head over and LIKE Emily Elizabeth Jewelry’s Facebook page. Then comment here on this post after you’ve liked the page with why YOU should win the set. I will pick a random winner on Monday, January 16th!

Good luck!

MEET: Emmy Beach

MEET Emmy [aka the Goody Two Shoes] from Columbus, Ohio. She’s a DJ who loves music, making playlists, and found a way to combine her love of unique music with her skills in broadcasting. Enjoy the interview and playlist!

Why and when did you start DJing? I started DJing in 2006. I studied broadcasting at Otterbein University, where I had my own radio show for four years called “Emmy Becomes Eclectic.” Last year, I decided to turn my love of music into a DJ business. I’ve always enjoyed making playlists of my favorite songs and sharing them with as many people as possible. I like getting people excited about new bands that they may not have heard otherwise and, most of all, I like to get them dancing.

What types of events do you DJ? Weddings, house parties, dinners… really any event that would be made better by great music.

What kind of equipment do you use? How has it changed over time? I use a LaCie Rugged hard drive, which works great if you travel a lot with your music gear, especially if it has the potential of getting dropped or even stepped on. The LaCie Rugged brand is meant to protect your music even if it’s been through the gauntlet. I used to use a big, bulky Buffalo brand hard drive, which was really fragile and unreliable. I’m glad I made the switch.

The laptop I use is an Apple MacBook Pro. I have Ultrasone headphones, which give you the feeling that you’re hearing your music performed live. I also have a mixing board, a Yamaha MG. It’s lightweight and also travels well. I use 2 Mackie speakers, which are smaller, but pack a big sound.

If I were to hire you to DJ a party, what kind of planning process would that entail? If you were to hire me, I’d first find out your favorite music. I would then create a playlist based on that and the type of event; if it was a house party, I would select more upbeat tracks to keep the party lively. If you hired me to DJ a wine tasting, I’d select songs more downbeat and “cool.”

Currently what are your top 5 favorite songs at the moment?

  1. St. Vincent- “The Party”
  2. Best Coast- “When I’m With You”
  3. Lana Del Rey- “Videogames”
  4. The Kinks- “Strangers”
  5. Al Green- “Let’s Stay Together”

To hear some of Emmy’s playlists, you can here on Spotify or on her website!

Photos by The Rogue Magnolia

Film Portraiture: Colin and Lisa

This past weekend I was able to photograph Colin and Lisa in their beautiful home. My goal is to offer film portrait sessions as often as my schedule allows. Now I just need to get the word out! I shot with my Minolta SRT-201 and my 28mm/50mm lenses. Kodak Ektar 100 film (which I need to restock).

If you want to see more, you can check them out on Flickr.

Early Evening

During the winter months, I usually don’t get home until it’s dark. The other day, I left work early and came home while the sun was still setting. The prettiest light was streaming through our kitchen and the entire apartment seemed to have a cozy feeling. I can’t wait for when I can work from home and experience it daily.

Photos taken on my Minolta SRT-201 | 50 mm lens | Kodak Ektar 100 film

Film vs DSLR vs iPhone

I’ve recently stumbled across a few posts on blogs and photography sites that compare photos taken on an iPhone & a DSLR or a few posts that compare film and digital. I thought it would be fun to do my own comparison post! Here are the details:

  • I used my iPhone 4S, Canon EOS Rebel XS with the 50mm f/1.8 lens, and my Minolta SRT-201 with the 50mm lens.
  • I took each photo from the same spot. The only shots that may vary are my iPhone shots because I wasn’t really paying attention to how far away I was holding my arms while taking the photo.
  • I set my Canon DSLR to 100 ISO since I was shooting Kodak Ektar 100 on my Minolta.
  • As for the settings on the Canon and the Minolta, I shot on shutter priority.
  • I did not edit any of the photos.
  • Lastly, keep in mind that I am by no means a professional. At all. I just wanted to show how each camera is different and distinct.

I think comparing these photos really highlights a few things for me. First of all, I LOVE shooting film. All of the photos that I shot on my Minolta turned out exactly as I’d hoped. I never edit shots that I get developed but I often over-edit photos that I take on my DSLR and my iPhone. It’s so easy in Photoshop to add a depth of field, alter the colors, and mask what’s there. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing — but I don’t usually like the photos out of my DSLR or iPhone just as they are.

Thoughts? Do you have a favorite image or set?