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March Wishlist | #luluandgeorgia #jcrew #loladonoghue

Those looming cherry blossoms must be speaking to me through the winds as I am feeling very Springy for my first Wishlist post. My mind is fighting the gray gloomy late winter world extremely hard these last few weeks. Hopefully this wishlist will help inspire a bit of color and style into your lives as well.

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Art- Lola Donoghue has been on my radar for some time now. There are 2 pieces that I have been drooling over and this one in particular encompasses all the tones in my home, and draws me in every time I look at it.

 Rug- This Lulu & Georgia rug makes my girly side squeal. My living room is a gray blue color with a large white sectional on maple wood floors. I would LOVE to see this large Pari pink rug laying under that sectional.

 Mirror- There is a wall in my living room that is begging for a round mirror. This Opal Lulu & Georgia one caught my eye and will pop nicely against my  Benjamin Moore Gray Wisp wall paint.

 Vases- Yes Please! I have a garden of pink Peonies that are starting to peek out of the ground. They are begging to go into these geometric vases from, once again,  Lulu & Georgia (seeing a theme here…definitely a favorite site).

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 Nails- In my Everyday Easy Wardrobe post I mentioned that I have a new obsession for nail polish. A good friend of mine mentioned that she loves Zoya…and after doing some research, I am obsessed with getting my hands on their Matte Dovina polish. While shopping I couldn’t resist this Brittany Pink either for my more muted days.

 Rings- Along with polishes, I now want rings too! For a while I have wanted to adorn my hands with some danty gold rings. This set would be perfect with a bit of an early summer glow and either of those Zoya polishes.

 Jeans- I am currently losing weight. So I will not buy these until I am down at least one more pant size (I hope to be down 2). These JCrew jeans will fit in perfectly with my current wardrobe, and be a nice Spring transition with my tees and button ups.

 What is your favorite item here? Are you feeling the Spring pink itch too?

  • julia - That art piece and that gorgeous rug!! I’m preparing for a big room renovation this spring…your post has me aching for it to finally get here!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Julia- I need to figure out how to rob a bank to get both of those items. They are HIGH on my list of wants. I can just see them in my home this very second…sigh.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy - Xoxo those colors are gorgeous but that painting!ReplyCancel

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The only way I know how to cope with this long cold winter is to dive into my backlog of warm summer sessions and start blogging them. Revisiting this contagiously happy family amongst the sun drenched wheat fields is a perfect session to start with. The fields and sun just sing to me. Some days it even feels like they yell for me. In the warm months, I run in these fields. During these dreadful cold months, I imagine myself running in them when I am beating the treads of the treadmill. The wait is going to be near unbearable to when the fields are long and tall and swaying in the wind. It is my absolute favorite environment to be in (if that isn’t already obvious).

Daylight savings is next Sunday. I practically squealed when I noticed it on the calendar. This is the first step towards longer, warmer days and the busy season of family sessions. Be sure to get on the calendar before all the good dates are booked!

A special thank you to all that have been reading my blog lately. Check back soon for much more fashion, home, beauty and DIY. I will continue to keep the photography posts sprinkled in here and there for those interested. And if there is anything that you would love me to touch base on, business, fashion, beauty, shopping, home, life, please email me or leave a comment. I would love to learn what you want to read.

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Everyday Easy Outfit

 

You can see me in a version of this outfit several times a week. Jeans, black shirt, sneakers or booties, and a tiny bit of jewelry. It is my go to, it looks good, I am comfortable, and it is just super easy. Click through to my Polyvore to shop each of these items. (so new to Polyvore…but loving it).

I have been reading a ton about Capsule Wardrobes lately as I have professed to simplify my life and my wardrobe. As I read up on it, I realized that I was already working from a capsule wardrobe, it is just hiding inside of my full wardrobe. That is now on my to do list. Pull every single thing from my closet and purge…again. This time getting serious about letting go of those “maybe one day” pieces. I doubt that I will go to a true Capsule Wardrobe because honestly, I just get bored way too easy. But, I am going to get way more serious about only buying well made key items that I will get a ton of use out of.

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T-ShirtMy daughter jokes me about how many of these tees I have. Not all black…but of slight rainbow collection of the Vintage Cotton Tees from JCrew. When they go on sale, or clearance, I scoop them up for less than $10 each. They are super soft, thin (but not see through) and perfectly slouchy.

Tote BagThis Madewell Leather Tote or one like it is on my wish list. As soon as I get another bag it will be something very much like this.

JeansAmerican Eagle Skinny Jeans. I am a curvy girl so finding jeans is tough. I have tried on more jeans than a woman should have to in her lifetime. But I can say that American Eagle jeans hold up well, and actually fit me good! I prefer a mid to dark rinse with not a ton of whiskering.

Jewelry – The gold necklace I stole borrowed from my daughter’s jewelry stash. She has a ton and hasn’t missed it for a second.

NailsI just recently started wearing nail polish and in my excitement to be able to wear it now (story for another post), I have changed the color like every few days. But this OPI Nail Polish is on me now and I think is perfect for the late winter crunch.

ShoesLast but not least…my new addiction. I have officially become a sneakerhead and making my 12 year old son proud. You may remember my announcement of love this look here. I have these Nike Air Pegasus sneakers and adore them and now want like 3-4 new pairs of different colored sneakers. Obsessed.

 

  • Melissa Arlena - So quick question for you on the vintage wash t-shirts, do you ever have problems with them getting holes near your waist? I’ve been tossing shirts right and left lately for this especially with the thinner material shirts.ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - YES!!! I thought it was just me! I think it is friction from rubbing at the waste band of jeans. So I tuck the front in a tiny bit to keep it from rubbing so much, it has helped a lot. Another reason I only buy these on sale.ReplyCancel

  • Leah Kua - I bought that Madewell tote when I was in New York years ago and I still get comments on it. Love it! I carry it everywhere. I can’t imagine owning anything different :)ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Leah that is great to know! I ended up going for the JCrew version. They were having a sale today and I had a gift card to use! I cannot wait for it to get here. xoxoReplyCancel

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1| Pigeon Print & Navy photo by Liz Daly 2| Navy & Wood Desk found on Apartment Therapy

My powder room is in desperate need of an overhaul. Odd that I keep starting with the bathrooms. Must be their smaller scale that keeps me thinking the projects are actually completable. Regardless, my powder is in a very hodgepodge state of affairs right now, and since it is the room that gets used a ton in my house, and seen by our guests, I think it is time to tackle it, complete it and check it off the mile long to do list.

There is something so sexy about a dark powder room. And lately the dark wall trend is gaining some major steam in the design world. My gut wants to do it. The powder room is already the darkest room in my home, but still half as dark as the rooms in this post. My brain keeps battling over it being the only dark room in the house, but I think that is sort of the fun part about it.

I am completely obsessed with the bathroom above with the Pigeon prints. I am not sure if it is the whimsy, the contrast of the artwork and the dark paint or the kilam rug. Every time I see it pop up on Pinterest I am drawn to pin it again and again. I do know that I just don’t have the courage, nor the stash of artwork to pull this off, and my Powder room is void of large walls like this one, but I am completely inspired to go bold and throw in a splash of whimsy as well. Artwork is an absolute must.

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3| Teal Wardrobe via Design Sponge & photography by Henry Bourne 4| Boho Dark Nursery via 100 Layer Cakelet and photos by Jamie Street

My home is desaturated shades of a teal-esque color and grays. I am naturally a bit more drawn to the darker teal blues, rather than the navy, but the navy is so sharp. The room directly next to the Powder room has that dark teal rug I showed in this post. This would make a nice transition into a bold dark teal bathroom similar to the image in the upper left.

Gah! The whimsy of this Boho nursery is just brilliant and I hope to find a creative way to bring some of that into this room.

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5| Teal Room with Fresh Flowers by India Hobson for Design Sponge 6| Navy Walls with Porcelain Sink on sfgirlbybay by Cindy Loughridge

The upper left image is from a Floral Designer’s home and studio. I adore the deep color and contrast of the fresh flowers. My Powder Room already has a white dressing vanity that we changed into a bathroom vanity in crisp white. Plus coffered ceilings we had installed. The image on the right shows me the polished feel the white again dark will have.

Deep Blue Paint Ideas

Right now I am at a toss up between Benjamin Moore’s Amazon Green and Newburg Green, with Newburg in a slight lead. I worry it may be too blue and not have enough of the green undertones.

What do you think of a deep dark and bold bathroom?

  • Ginny - Hi marta- love your blog! And I support the dark walls in your powder room. Its so pretty and dramatic. We’re about to do the same thing in our dining room with some white wainscoting on the bottom. I think I like Newburg Green- but it always looks so different once you get it up on the wall.ReplyCancel

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Over the past year I have got so many private/public messages about shooting film. Mostly…. “Where/how do I start?”. There is so much that goes into it, there isn’t really a simple answer, and to try to answer it over and over has become a bit time consuming. With that said, I love to share, just like those that answered my questions when I was in the beginning stages. I thought it would be helpful to try to gather as much as I can into a blog post for me and those that are curious to reference.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Why did I decide to shoot film?
It was nearly 5 years ago and I won’t lie, I was a Jose Villa groupie. There was just something so authentic, dreamy, and ethereal about his photos. The light, tones and depth just mesmerized me. I spent countless hours trying to replicate the look with digital, and failed pretty miserably at doing so. Finally one winter during the slow season I decided I was going to get a used film camera and teach myself how to shoot film. It was a struggle, and there is documentation that I was throwing in the towel several times during the process. But, I stuck to it, read as much as I could possibly read, shot as much as I could shoot and the rest is history.

The thing I didn’t expect was to not just love the look I achieved with film, but the process of shooting it. I had spent more than half of my life in art schools, painting, drawing, and sculpting; getting my hands dirty and feeling the process of the work I created. After kids, it all slid away and I reached for the digital cameras to fill my creative void. But until film, I didn’t realize how much I missed the actual process of creating. There is a romance and cadence that goes along with shooting film that I just do not get from shooting digital. From the unpacking of the rolls, loading of the camera, hearing the winding, to slower paced focusing, the shutter and the wind down of each image. It begins to grow on you and become quite addicting. Not to mention the days that the film scans come in are like Christmas morning. Every. Single. Time.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

My first film camera.
In order to try to make the process a little less intimidating, I chose the 35mm Canon 1V because it was very similar in build to my Canon 5dMarkii and I was able to use my current Canon lenses on it. Since it is a 35mm, the film had more shots on it for trial and error, 36 vs 12 frames (saving a little on money) and it was a bit cheaper than the Medium Format film. KEH is a great resource for used cameras.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

How I learned.
I studied. A LOT. Just like when I taught myself digital photography, I read, asked questions, read some more and did a TON of trial and error. Practice makes perfect, right? I am a firm believer of putting the tools in your hand, having a vision and figuring out how to achieve it, with, or without the rules. I had 3 main resources for learning. Jon Canlas’s Film Is Not Dead Book, Jose Villa’s Fine Art Wedding Photography book, and a group of friends that were going through the same learning phase as myself.

The Film Is Not Dead book by Jon Canlas: This is a really good starter resource. It covered all the basics of camera, light meters, film, exposing, developing and more. I referenced this about a bagillion times and it did help me try to figure out the basics.

Fine Art Wedding Photography by Jose Villa: Of course I got this regardless of shooting film…being that previous groupie and all. But it turned out that this was a quite a resourceful book. He posted his camera stats with each image and gave tips here and there throughout the book. Between FIND and those stats and again that wonderful thing called trial and error, I was able to figure quite a bit out.

Film friends (newbies or not): There was a handful of us that decided to learn film about that same time, so we made a private Facebook group so we could chat, share successes and fails, ask questions, link resources and so on. It was such a great little place for us to all share those trial and error phases and work out the kinks together.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Choosing a film stock.
This to me is a lot like choosing what brand of pencils or oil pants you like to work with. It really is up to you and your vision. Film stocks have different tones, contrasts and latitude from one to the next. Again, it took a lot of trial and error and studying the looks I liked from other photographers and know what stocks they used to figure out what would work best for me. During my learning phase, I started with Fuji 400H. However, I have since learned about Kodak Gold (a drugstore sold film) that has some wonderful results and much easier on the wallet as well.

Currently I shoot Fuji 400H, Portra 800, Portra 160 and Delta 3200 BW. It all depends on the light available and the look I am going for. You can find a bit more about this in the FIND book.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Choosing a lab.
In the beginning, while I was still learning how to meter, use my camera, and focus (yeah…that manual focus thing is an entire other ball game), I turned to my trusty Walgreens 1 hr photo service to see my rolls. This helped a ton with more immediate turn around to see if I knew what I was doing, only cost $8 per roll, and they use a Noritsu on auto to scan the images. The bonus of that last part is, you get what you shot. I didn’t realize how important this part of my learning was, until I started using pro labs. One thing that the blogs, forums and books didn’t mention is just how much the labs did to the scans. I had no idea that they adjusted the tones, contrasts, exposures and everything during the scanning process. So, while I was still learning on getting my exposures, contrast and such right, I wasn’t seeing that I was getting it wrong. My goal was to get consistent, and to get it as close to right in camera, so the scanning process was more authentic to what I shot. There are some labs that will give you what they call Basic Scans. These are great for the learner, and they are much cheaper. This way you can see where you are at with your shooting and adjust accordingly.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Which lab?

This is very personal. Each lab is a little different in their scanning. Like I mentioned above, they are able to do so much with the scans, so some tend to have a style to them. Plus price, customer service, turn around times, scan sizes and machines used are all factors you want to consider in choosing your lab. Don’t be afraid to try some out and see who fits right off the bat. Also look for a lab that offers Color Profiles. They will take a group of images you love the look of and work on getting your scans in that same feel.

Film Box Lab (my lab) | Photovision | Indie Film Lab | Richard Photo Lab | are some of the common labs. There are a ton, small and big. So ask around to film photographers friends and see what lab they use and why they love them.

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

Workshops.
I honestly cannot really touch on this. I have never taken a workshop myself and I am really not sure which ones focus on teaching how to shoot film. If anyone reading this knows of some great ones that actually teach how to shoot…please comment and I will update this post!

How to get Started in Film Photography // Marta Locklear

In closing.
Film is amazing. It was a game changer for my creativity and my business. BUT, it is expensive and took a lot of patience and practice to get to the point that I was comfortable switching completely over. I had to adjust my business model, and prices quite a bit to allow for film, but in the end it was worth it, and my clients are happier than ever.

Please let me know if you have any more specific questions. I am happy to answer them to the best of my ability!

  • Bobbie Brown - I follow you on IG and just visited your blog for the first time — LOVE IT! And love this post especially. Your images are gorgeous and when I decide to take the chance, the time and spend the money to give film a try, I know this will be so helpful! Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Bobbie- Thank you Bobbie! I am so glad you are loving the new blog format. I am having fun writing them and getting to know more of my followers!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie - Great post! Very informative and I never thought about asking for the basic scans before. I think YOU should teach a workshop.ReplyCancel

  • David Abel - It was great learning with you, you’ve do so well with you film work! I do miss our little film group though :-)ReplyCancel

  • Samantha - Thank you so so much for this post! I was introduced into photography back in high school where I shot my own black & white film, developed, and printed it myself. I fell in love with it, being able to get your hands dirty and make something tangible! Swoon! I got swept up into the digital and fell out of shooting film for years. The past month has been pretty slow for me so I pulled out my ancient film camera and a bunch of old film and I’ve and started shooting again. I forgot how much I love it! I’ve always wanted to incorporate it into my business for so long and I love reading your breakdown of it. It’s always seemed intimidating to me but you make it sound easy so I feel ready to take on the challenge! ^_^ReplyCancel

Minor Makeover -- Trim-13

I can literally remember the conversation I had with my builder about the shoe molding selection in my home. He asked if we wanted white or wood stain to match the floors or the trim. I had no clue. At 23, this was one of the things that I hadn’t really thought out or payed attention to. I already knew that I wasn’t getting the tall Craftsman stye base moldings I wanted since we were on a pretty tight budget and at the time it was one of the things that made it to the bottom of the “important list”. My response to him (who was a builder for very high end homes…even though ours was not one of those) was whichever is normally done. So, the trim matched the floors. Sigh. And since then, I have regretted the decision and secretly wished I had sold off one of my kidneys to afford the shoe and base mold I really wanted 13 years ago. I literally sit and stare at the trim, secretly willing it to grow and beef up to a hearty Craftsman style I dream of being inside my home.

This is one of those little things that literally irks me on the daily. Before any of you get all “Dude…you need to chillax, and stop stressing all the little stuff…”. I am a visual person. I see everything, all the little details, dirt, unbalance, asymmetry, etc. I cannot  NOT see it. And when it is wrong (in my book) it bugs me. So on my mission to de-stress my life and make my home the way I want it to be…I start checking off all those little irks. Instead of a twinge of annoyance, I get a secret little smile inside instead. Baby steps.

Next kick in the gut. Why the *beep* didn’t I paint them sooner? While painting the Foyer and Dining room the other day, on a whim, I sucked up my fear of painting all the shoe molding and just did it. 1) it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. 2) It made my trim look a TON better. Not perfect…I still want that beefy 4-6 inch craftsman trim, but it is WAY better.

Freshen up trim in older homes

See the difference? It makes it look taller, and the nice clean line to the floor makes it look more current and fresh. Still kicking myself for waiting 13 freakin’ years to do this. I am not sure if I can (or if my husband will even let me) tear out the shoe base mold and add in the dreamy tall trim… that would be pretty costly and definitely at the bottom of the home reno list of things that need to be done. If the $$ allows, that is what I will do. But if not, below are a couple of ideas of how to beef up my existing trim that I am considering.

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1| The Idea Room 2| Home Depot

How to Paint Shoe Molding next to wood floors

I really don’t know why I was so nervous about this. Normally I am pretty fearless with a can of paint and a paint brush. Maybe because I knew it would be impossible to go back to the stain if I hated it. And I thought trying to cut in next to the wood floors would be quite a challenge. I won’t lie, I tried free handing it to start by using a long straight painters edge. It didn’t work. I hate taping and free hand all of my cutting in normally. But in order to get a nice clean line and it not take me a million years, I broke out the tape. It wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought.

Supplies
1| Painters Tape

2| Angled Brush. My go to brush and the one I would marry if I could marry one is the Wooster Shortcut. I really should by stock in these things…I have bought so many.

3| Primer

4| Trim Paint of choice. I use Benjamin Moore Semi Gloss in White Dove

5| Patience

How to paint the shoe molding next to wood floors

1| Dust and clean trim and floors next to trim (so the tape and paint will stick)

2| Press the tape to the floor as close as you can to the shoe mold. Mine has a slight gap most of the way and I found I could use my finger nail to kinda press the tape under it for a tighter fit.
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3| Paint primer all along the trim

4| Let Dry and then paint with the Semi Gloss

5| While the semi gloss is wet, carefully pull up the tape and discard

6| Once the paint is dry, I took a small putty knife and scraped any rough paint edges right up for a nice clean finish.

Minor Makeover -- Trim-10

Freshen up trim in older homes

Do you have any small detail projects that made a big difference, or just made you happy each time you walked by?