Monday, July 21, 2014

Friday, July 18, 2014

iPhone Lenses

If you're a lover of photography, especially of the iPhone kind, then you're gonna flip about these lenses. I had to order a book on Amazon, and I was trying to get enough stuff for free shipping (*note to self: free shipping=slow shipping)  so I obviously had to add this lens kit to my cart. BEST. DECISION. EVER.
You have to attach the wide angle lens to the macro lens before putting it on your phone.
The set comes with these magnetic rings with adhesive on the back. This is what the lens is actually going to attach to. They seem to have a strong staying power, but I was still able to slide it off with enough pressure, good to know if I ever want to remove it.
The lenses just snap onto the metal ring. Super easy!
The wide angle lens is great if you want to capture more of a space, but don't have enough room to get everything in frame with the normal camera lens. There is some vignetting but, you can easily crop out the black rim of the lens. The fisheye lens is definitely a lens that you would use for fun! I'm really excited to use this to take pictures of landscapes and buildings. 
The macro lens is really cool, but I most likely won't be getting much use out of it. This lens is great for capturing super close details of things. The only downside is that you have to be less that 2 inches away from whatever you're taking a picture of for it to be in focus. Despite that pesky limitation, you can still get some amazing shots, like this picture I took of my eye. 

Be prepared for an influx of pictures on my instagram and tumblr, I already know that I'll be using these lenses all the time. Seriously y'all, selfy game is gonna be so strong.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Little Lace Dress

If I could only wear one dress for the rest of my life, it would be this one. I'm pretty sure I bought this dress for only $10 at H&M last summer while I was in New York, and it's easily become one of my favorite items in my entire closet. I can pair this dress with anything: loafers, ankle boots, heels, blazers, cardigans, you name it, it probably looks awesome with this dress. These pink sole loafers from Gap are the most unique shoes I own, and match with my favorite purse. It was only fate that my three favorite items would be combined to make one of my favorite outfits of all time.
Dress: H&M >> Bag: H&M >> Shoes: Gap >> Watch: c/o Urban Peach

Monday, July 14, 2014

MM#23: An Energetic Morning Playlist

The only things that can get me out of bed before 9AM are the promise of food, an impending flight, or an awesome playlist, like this one. Props to people who shower at night because morning showers are the only thing that can wake me up in an instant. I sing all the time, so a playlist consisting of some good tunes with catchy lyrics helps get me going in the morning. 

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Tirade against College Letters

*fun fact: i spent at least 5 minutes finding an antonym for the word 'ode', just letting you know

One of the reasons I'm excited for college is so that I can finally stop being bombarded with letters and emails from colleges. I understand that this is a problem that not every high school student deals with, and I am grateful that for some reason colleges deem me worthy of their flyers, brochures, and emails, but it's so annoying. Now, if these colleges were throwing money and scholarships at me, I'd be over the moon, trust me.

I can not tell you how many letters I've gotten asking me to confirm my information so a college can send me "(insert number here) tips to surviving (high school/ college/ the college application process)" or the amount of emails telling me to come visit their campus in The Middle of Nowhere, USA. The worst ones are the emails with the subject line "Are You There, Toyosi?" or "Toyosi, is This Your Correct Email?" Those ones are moved to trash ASAP. Yes University of (insert city here), you have the right email, I chose to not respond to you because I had no interest, and guess what? I STILL HAVE NO INTEREST. Considering that these people are trying to further my education, they really don't know how to market to prospective students like me.

With awesome resources like the Collegeboard, it's a whole lot easier to define what you're looking for, and find schools that match your criteria. Obviously, a large chunk of high school students don't know what they're looking for, but in my opinion bombarding them with flyers and brochures doesn't necessarily help, it only adds more confusion. I've spent a lot of time researching schools and programs via, the Collegeboard, Tumblr (I religiously stalk the NYU tag), and the actual school's website. I have learned more from the internet and college information sessions than all these little flyers and booklets, even the super thick ones from Yale and Columbia.

I know everyone has different preferences on how information is presented to them. Personally, if a brochure isn't aesthetically pleasing, I probably won't look into that school. If they have too many words, and not enough pictures (I'm looking at you, Yale) I doubt that i'll read more than two sentences.

If you're coming to have an info session nearby, feel free to tell me about it. You have an awesome business program? Tell me all about it. I requested information? Well, you better be sending me stuff. Don't fit any of that criteria? Well don't bother sending me anything.

I really don't know why I wrote this. This post has no point. I'm really congested. Don't mind me.

 So good they had to send it twice? On the bright side, they have a lot of cool artwork in them, I could probably make another banner!
 These things are the size of actual books. I'm only holding on to these because it feels weird to throw out an entire book. Also worth noting,  I don't even make time to read books for pleasure, so what makes you think I'll read a book all about a school I don't plan on applying to? They should really  post summaries on spark notes.
Williams College wins hands down on the best college brochure I've ever seen. This thing is a design masterpiece; their website, however, needs some work.

*end rant*

*drops mic*

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Baseball Tees Forever

I'm Toyosi Oyelola, and I'm addicted to baseball tees. *sigh* It feels SO GOOD to get that out in the open. I bought this shirt about two weeks ago from J.Crew Factory and I'm trying so hard to restrain myself from wearing it everyday. I personally blame Troy Bolton from High School Musical for getting me addicted to baseball tees; at least half of my 6th grade career searching high and low for the perfect red-sleeved tee. 

As someone who gets tired from running up the stairs, I'm all for getting the sporty look without any physical involvement. The navy collar and the double stripes on the sleeves basically scream "Hey! I have hand-eye coordination and I prefer physical activity over sitting on the computer all day."

You gotta fake it until you make it, folks.  
Shirt: J.Crew Factory >> Shorts: H&M >> Shoes: Converse

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wish I Was Wearing #1

If you didn't know, stripes are kinda my thing. Take a quick stroll through my outfit inspo board on pinterest, you'll notice plenty of them. I've been seeing a lot of bloggers styling striped dresses for the summer which resulted in me hitting myself in the head and wondering how I've made it almost 17 years without ever owning a striped dress. Stripes are perfect for a beachy/nautical summer. Add some leather and wood for a more earthy vibe, a gold watch because you're classy like that, and some blue tinted aviators because it's summer, and that's exactly what you need to finish off this look.