Beach Week

May 22, 2017

After finals end, seniors enjoy a week of relaxation and celebration (aka “senior week”) before graduation activities begin. Because I decided to stay in Boston until Dani’s graduation, I had the chance to visit the beach for a few days with my favorite Wellesley seniors.

Senior week is bittersweet and because I am not a senior, it is more just bitter than anything (can you tell I really don’t want my friends to graduate??). But, in all honesty, I am so proud of these beautiful, smart, strong and inspiring women I have gotten to look up to over the years. They have led, guided and helped me through Wellesley and I am so grateful for them.

We spent a few days in Mattapoisett, MA enjoying beautiful sunsets, yummy seafood and lots of cheese. It was such a nice change of pace from the stress of finals but my friend Maggie and I were commenting on how hard it is to just sit still and relax. Cheers to summer and hopefully a lot more beautiful sunsets.

5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog’s Photography

May 20, 2017
5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Blog's Photography from Endless May. Great for bloggers and entrepreneurs who want their photos to look better!

I truly believe that good photos are at the heart of every business and brand. Photos are how we connect to our audience. They allow us to tell and show a story. However, if your blog photos are bland or boring, it is hard to stand out.

Why am I so passionate about good blog photography? I have seen FIRST HAND how improving my blog’s photography has impacted my business. I now get sponsorships because brands love the photos I take. I have had companies reach out to me LOVING the photos I produce for their business asking if we can do another partnership. Today, I am going to share with you five easy steps I took to improve my photography that you can incorporate into your blog including photos from “then” and “now” showing how I have improved.

Think Color

If you are going for a light and airy look, don’t shoot flat lays on a wooden desk. Purchase a white presentation board from the craft store and do flat lays with this. Be aware of the colors in your photo as well. If something is standing out (in a bad way) then move it around. I also recommend taking a variety of photos incorporating different colors. You never know what later on you think will fit better with your brand.

Stick To Branding

Speaking of branding, STICK TO IT! Don’t post photos on your blog that don’t fit with your brand. Personally, I aim to create photos that are bright, clear and incorporate more “pastel” colors. Do I always fit this 100%? Of course not. However, I try really hard to make sure that my photos look cohesive and on brand as much as possible.

Rethink Your Flat Lay

Flat lays can be super cute and creative or they can be bland and boring. Take the two photos below for example (both of which I took). The “then” photo is fine but it is honestly somewhat boring. There are weird pieces of napkin/menu sticking in, the coloring is off and there is nothing that makes this pop. The “now” photo is a lot brighter. It stands out and it is a photo that I love. I thought through the shot when I took it, making sure that the food looked great, the utensils were properly laid and even took the time to hang the coat just right to stand out in a cute way. Sure, it took more thought/work than the photo on the left but ultimately it was worth it because it created a great image. This photo was even featured on the Town & Country Instagram.

Good Light is Your Best Friend

Seriously. The lighting will make or break your photos. If you only focus on one thing when you go to take photos for your blog, try and make it the light. The photo on the left below was done at night with my desk lamp facing it. The photo on the right was done with all natural light coming behind the flowers.How To Improve Blog Photography

Show Your Personality

Don’t forget to let your personality shine through in your photos. Be creative and allow yourself to take risks! It is a learning process and it takes time to get better.

Comment a link to your favorite blog photo–I would love to see it!

Energizing Final Exams on Dunkin’ (+ Tips to Help You Succeed!)

May 15, 2017

This post is sponsored by Dunkin’ Donuts and Her Campus Media. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that make Endless May possible!

Final exams. The dreaded season for all college students everywhere. How many times have you been sitting at your desk dreading finals, unsure of how you are going to complete all of your work and feeling exhausted? That has been me more times than I can count. There have been a number of tricks that I have found throughout my time in college that help get me through the stressful season that is final exams. Time and time again I find that Dunkin’ Donuts coffee is my life saver through finals period.

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However, sometimes, warm coffee just doesn’t do the trick. That is why I absolutely LOVE Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee. Like all of their coffee drinks, it is freshly brewed every day and it is rich and smooth. Just recently they added two yummy flavors to their menu for a limited time: Butter Pecan and Coconut Creme Pie. These drinks are the perfect boost of energy and caffeine for your study day!

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When you are studying for your final exams, also make sure to take plenty of breaks. Even a 5-minute break for every 30 minutes of studying can make a huge difference in how much you can learn and retain!

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Don’t forget to keep your study space clutter free and organized! Hang some inspirational sayings on your wall above your desk and whenever you need a moral boost, glance at them.

Make sure that you are getting enough sleep and wearing clothes that are comfortable! This will make your studying much more enjoyable. I recommend at least seven hours per night to keep you well rested. Then, when you wake up, you can enjoy some iced coffee!

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At the end of each of your study days, take time to do something relaxing. Doing yoga, going on a walk with friends or cooking can help you de-stress. Lastly, make sure you are keeping a positive attitude! Anything is possible if you set your mind to it and think positively. Good luck on all of your exams, papers and projects—you’ve got this!!

What is your favorite Dunkin’ Donuts coffee flavor? Let me know in the comments below!