instagram flat lays

instagram flat lays

instagram flat lays instagram flat lays

lookbook ducks in a row cooper and ella tweed jacket printed shorts

tweed jacket printed shorts

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Whether it's an outfit preview, a layout of your beauty favorites, or something else in a similar color palette, Instagram flat lays are one of the coolest ways to upgrade your account. Being the big fan of Instagram that I am, it seemed fitting to share a few tips with you so that you can create the perfect flat lays (follow me).

1. The Lighting
As with all great photography, lighting is key. The best lighting is always natural light that you find outside. If you're lucky enough to get a lot of natural light from indoors, then that's perfect, or you can try an overhead white light. I like to take my flat lays on my front porch around twilight hour. Forget using flash on your phone (although flash on a DSLR might work on occasion).

2. The Backdrop
All you have to remember when it comes to the backdrop is to keep it simple. This way, all of the focus is on the item(s) you're trying to highlight. Do this by using one of these three backgrounds: white cardboard, fluffy white throw or dark wood floors.
3. The Layout
This is where things can get a bit challenging. You have your background and the lighting is right, but now it's time for the meat and the potatoes: the actual items. Be sure that you space out each piece so that nothing touches (some exceptions). A good way to accomplish this is by being meticulous about the amount of products in your flat lay. Stick with anywhere from three to six pieces, preferably in the same color palette.
4. The Items
It's your Instagram so feel free to deck it out with whatever items that suit you. But I find that there are a few items that tend to work really well for flat lays: clothing like tops and shoes; magazines with laptops; food and coffee; makeup and jewelry; flowers and perfume.
5. The Apps
Last, but not least, don't be afraid to use a photo editing app to get rid of any weird shadows or to add a touch of brightness. You can stick to the filters on Instagram or get a little fancy. Just decide if you want an Instagram that is more colorful, or with more pastel hues, or simply monochrome. Try Camera360, Afterlight, Snapseed and Square InstaPic.
Do you have any Instagram flat lays tips? Share in the comments.
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In case you haven't figured it out yet, I'm trying to milk summer for all it's worth. Hence why I'm still wearing shorts. But I fear I won't be able to do this for much longer and will have to embrace the fall weather. Yet how could I deny these puppy love shorts that I first tried on back at an event at Ducks In a Row a couple months ago. And I finally got my hands on a lovely tweed jacket just in time for fall, which I'm absolutely certain you'll see much more of on the Muse in October.

And this is only the second time I've worn these cut-out boots on the blog, but they are seriously a favorite pair of mine. Boots like these keep your outfit looking put together while still keeping your feet comfortable. I've worn them with tights, shorts and denim jeans, but there are so many fun ways to dress up your boots this fall.

This was my intended look for Saturday night, but I went ahead and switched out the shorts for denim since I went up to San Francisco, which is pretty much always cold because of Karl the Fog. I celebrated a friend's birthday/going away party at The View Lounge Bar and Marrakech Moroccan Restaurant.

On the Muse: | Puppy Love shorts c/o Ducks In A Row | Angela deep-V top c/o Cooper & Ella | Chinese Laundry Indigo Girl boots | 6pm crystal T Tahari tweed jacket | Forever 21 chained bangle set |

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Recently, I realized that I have received a ton of cool products. but a lot of them are just sitting in my closet not being used. So why not make good use of them and give them away to a lucky reader? So let's start the fall off right with some wonderful products that I'm sure you'll want to get your hands on...and win for free!

| spa kit | ankle socks | cell phone charm | Press tote bag | spike ear cuff | color block wallet | The Creme Shop nail kit | 2 Jenna Hipp nail and hand creams | BANDED hair band | chain bangle | Rocslide pin | Love Me Knots hair ties | lips & cat tights | triangle ring | mustache ring | sunglasses (6 pairs) | Pati Dubroff Dream Palette | bubble earrings | cross earrings | bird ear cuff | Aztec necklace | collar chain | Jacki Design Collection makeup bag |

This Rafflecopter giveaway is open to U.S., Canada and International readers and ends October 10, 2014.

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