How to Get iPhone7 Plus Portrait Mode

posted on: Saturday, October 29, 2016

Photo by: Vincent Elejorde

Keanu Reeves voice: Whoaaa. One of the most talked about features of the iPhone7 Plus and iOS 10.1 update is definitely the new Portrait mode. 

Simply put, we are now able to take photos that create the look of an image that was taken by a DSLR camera right there on your phone. A blur now separates the foreground from the background aka you really pop!  

This is all thanks to the dual lenses only found on the Plus. I'm sure you've noticed that when following some of your favorite bloggers, or even when you check out things like wedding photos, they just look better. This is because a camera with a wide aperture (how big the lens opens) is being used which causes a "field of focus." So outside of the main focus (hello cute outfit and your gorg face) everything else is out of focus (goodbye streets and buildings...trees you too). 

But let's get to the good stuff. I'll be going over how to get this new feature on your iPhone7 Plus as well as showing you examples of what you can expect. 

How To Get It
1. Make sure you have a recent iCloud backup

2. Open Settings from your Home screen

3. Tap on General 

4. Tap on Software Update

5. Tap Download and Install

6. Enter your Passcode

8. Tap Agree to the Terms and Conditions if prompted (mine did not)

9. Tap Install Now 

The download should begin automatically. If it doesn't, it will read "preparing to download." Mine took a minute to get the motors running so patience really is a virtue my friends.

How It Works
Portrait mode requires that you're no closer than 19" minimum focusing distance. When you shoot the photo, a standard image and depth effect image will both be saved to your camera roll. You'll see the portrait mode image tagged "Depth Effect." 

You'll also see a little coaching prompt to let you know if you are too close, too far, or if there's not enough light. WE ARE A TEAM GUYS. We're in this together.

The Results
What you will find is pretty damn amazing. I've been completely awestruck by this new feature which I have to stress is still in beta. What that means is it's still in its testing phase and not official. There are glitches and kinks to work out so definitely keep that in mind when using it. 

Stay away from the following so you won't set Portrait mode into Angry mode:

+ Motion
+ Bad lighting
+ Being too close/far from the subject

This shot came out amazing because it avoided all the above mentioned no no's. 3/4 shots with the face and partial body is where you are going to get the most bang for your buck in this mode. 

Maj babes, am I right? I shot this photo of my girls Jessi and Racquel after our shoot on the beach in Malibu. Even unedited it's every bit magical. 

These are two shots taken from my trip last weekend in Palm springs. The first was shot on a partly cloudy day. The second smoochy snap was taken at night. But you can see the depth effect still worked. There was enough overhead lighting and contrast with the background to keep it all roses. Also, that guy's face in the background is everything.

So there you have it friends! I've been so excited to share my love for this new feature Apple has rolled out. It really is groundbreaking. Looking forward to seeing how it improves in the future.

Would love to hear your thoughts about it and hopefully this post helps in any way on your quest for fire content! xx 

Top Seven Jeans for Fall

posted on: Friday, October 28, 2016

Photos by: Vincent Elejorde

Today I took a quick little trip down south to visit friends and family. I got to see my one and only niece that I haven't seen since August- seriously criminal and it makes me want to cry just thinking about it. She's growing up so fast ::tears::

On top of having a long distance relationship with my boyfriend, I also have one with my brothers and niece who all live in San Diego...and if you want to get technical the rest of my family too. I grew up in Orange County so most of my fam resides there. I am lucky that Orange County (I refuse to say OC) is only a 45 min drive if traffic permits. So growing up I always had my cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, and parents in the same city. 

I truly believe that relationships are built on constant communication and seeing each other. You can't really preschedule bonding moments. They just happen and that means seeing each other consistently. So it's been really hard not having family all in the same place. To make matters worse, I am the only one in LA!

So I am trying to make it a point to see everyone as much as possible. I had a really great childhood because I was always surrounded by friends, family, and family friends. I want the same thing for my future kids. 

Speaking of things I love, I've got to mention my infatuation with denim right now. Below are some of my favorites by GRLFRND. This brand dominates my closet. Comfortable and fits like a damn dream. 

I know you'll love them as much as I do!

The Jetset Diaries Hazan Suede Jacket

posted on: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Photos by: Vincent Elejorde 

Happy Thursday! It's like Friday, but less exciting. 

How's everyone's Halloween plans coming along? I have never been very festive this time of year. I love the idea of costumes yet every year I never fail to miss the mark. I also am the type of person to never do anything half-ass. Either I do it right or I don't do it all!! So here I am, costume-less once again.

So this year I am most looking forward to enjoying the cool weather with my boo and eating tons of food (candy I'm looking at you). Date nights with a boyfriend that lives in a different city is enough of a holiday/cause for celebration for me. 

I have tons of exciting things on the horizon so please stay tuned! November is going to be AH-Mazing! 

Shirt: Drifter
Belt: Gucci
Shoes: Chinese Laundry 

Fame and Partners Delaney Three Piece

posted on: Friday, October 21, 2016

Photos by: Vincent Elejorde

Happy Friday! We made it ya'll. Another week in the bag. Do you have a costume yet? Me either. 

My plan today consists of finally getting to visit my dad, willingly letting someone shoot three needles in my ear (aka getting more ear piercings), and packing for a fun little weekend getaway to Palm Springs. 

But I'm not going to lie to you lovely people. My current mind set is very out of sorts. Things are tense in certain personal aspects of my life and I feel more unorganized than ever which I blame partially on my mid-renovated apartment. It really is true that if your work/living space isn't in tact, the domino effect is quite severe. 

So, I'm trying to keep my chin up, hoping for the best, and praying some much needed retail therapy out in Palm Springs is what the doctor would have likely ordered. 

See you on the other side babes. And I would love for you to follow me along this weekend on Instagram! Should be cute n stuff xx 

Earrings: Adornmonde

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic with Sole Society

posted on: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Photos by: Ryan Chua

This past Saturday I was lucky enough to attend my first Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic here in Los Angeles with Sole Society. I've always wanted to go because it involves everything I love- cocktails, getting dressed up, and spending the day outside. It's a win for everyone. 

Before the festivities began, myself and the rest of the Sole Society crew got dolled up at the Pali House in Santa Monica. It was fun to see how each of the girls styled our different Sole Society and 1State pieces. I went for my usual little black boots, black faux leather skirt, gold charms, and my new weakness which is handbags of the red variety. 

Photos by: Ryan Chua

As expected, the day was amazing! I love meeting and getting to know new ladies. It's always such a pleasure to be surrounded by inspiring, hard working women that are so beautiful inside and out. 

We spent most of the day frolicking the fields, admiring the surroundings, and making sure our glasses were always topped off. You really can't beat California in October, hashtag spoiled. 

It's safe to say that this will definitely become a yearly tradition. Maybe next year I'll be less distracted enough to join in on the divot stomping. 

A huge thank you to Sole Society and Rewardstyle for having me!

October Trend: Louise et Cie

posted on: Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Photos by: Vincent Elejorde

My trend for this month features a new hobby of mine: matching my bag to my shoes. Groundbreaking? Hardly. But it's something I never cared about before but suddenly can't get enough of. 

The main reason why I love to be matchy-matchy is because it is the easiest way to instantly tie any outfit together. Here I paired my Louise et Cie heels and bag with black, cropped trousers and a cream sweater. 

Louise et Cie has the most amazing color palette for fall filled with perfect shades of black, gray, brown, and nudes. For someone that wears color sparingly, having so many choices within the limited color scheme I prefer is quite the treat. 

So when there are those days when you're feeling tired, and can barely muster the brain power to put an outfit together, I highly suggest following suit. People will be none the wiser!

Thank you Louise et Cie for sponsoring this post.