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Alana McKinney is a blogger and budding photographer born and raised just outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

She is the owner and principal blogger of SolelyLiving.com, an advice blog for other millennial women who feel lost at any given time on their journey through adulthood. She writes to share a candid, down-to-earth perspective on the adulting dilemmas of millennial women. (Because she knows what it’s like to have your expectations not match your reality.)

The blog represents the ambitious fempreneur, the over-stressed 9-5er, the exhausted parents who need a break, the adventurous travel babe, and every woman in between. Solely Living is taking the confusion out of growing up by helping women create the life they see in their dreams.



Keeping her schedule in order takes a lot of planning and preparation, so here are a few products she uses to make sure she never misses a thing:

 

1. Magnetic Dry Erase Calendar – I couldn’t function without first creating my calendar for the month. It’s too hard to book events without first knowing when/where else I have to be.

2. AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod – I take photos almost everywhere I go and sometimes my cell phone won’t get the proper shot. Having this baby in my trunk along with my camera really is a lifesaver when I’m on a time crunch and can’t go back home.

3. Food Storage Containers: Since I’m always on-the-go and like to stay away from fast food, bringing food with me on the road is a must. I can easily pack up leftovers for the next day so I can just grab and go!

4. Journal for My Thoughts: Inspiration hits everywhere and sometimes I need to write it down versus type it in my phone so I keep a cute journal with me for motivation to be more intentional.

5. Envelope Laptop Bag: It’s super sleek and can hold all my essentials. If I’m going to be out for a while, I’ll bring this with my tablet so I don’t fall behind on work.

“The only moment that truly matters is the moment you decide to stop doubting yourself.”


I created this quote because it speaks true to my real life and, I think, so many others. We always dwell on the moments that didn’t work out or that turned out wrong, but the only moment that needs our attention is the moment we start believing in ourselves.



Connect With Alana!

The popularity of designer handbags is at an all-time high.


Everywhere we look, from the high street to the nightclub, everyone is carrying a trendy new purse. It seems that we are often so preoccupied with the new handbags that we tend to forget about the people behind the designs.  We started trying to develop a shortlist of our favorite designers but realized there far too many to list.  The following are just a few of our favorites.

Michael Kors Crossbody Bag: 

Michael Kors Jet Set Item Large East West Cross-body is crafted in durable monogram printed PVC coated twill and finished with polished golden tone hardware. This larger size cross-body is lined in Michael Kors custom logo fabric and features a spacious padded open slip pocket on the back wall. It has a fully zippered top closure and is accented with Michael Kors iconic logo. It has a single leather and chain adjustable shoulder and cross-body strap.

Coach Reversible Canvas City Tote: 

This reversible spacious tote is wrapped in Signature C printed PVC coated canvas and trimmed with leather and polished light golden hardware. The interior is a solid color and there’s a removable zippered wristlet pouch. The open-top allows for maximum flexibility in packing. It is accented with Coach’s iconic Horse and Carriage logo on the inside and out, as well as a removable leather hangtag. 

ABLE Shoulder Bag:

ABLE is an ethical fashion brand that employs and empowers women as a solution to end poverty. The brand is deeply devoted to quality – both in the products we make and the quality of life we aim to provide. They invest in, train, and educate women so they can earn a living, break the cycle of poverty, and thrive.

You can never have too many bags!

Joanna Kalafatis is an actress, blogger, and photographer working out of Los Angeles, California; she has previously lived in Athens, Greece and New York.

She has published two photo books on “Abandoned California” with Arcadia Publishing and runs a travel blog at LosetheMap.com. Joanna has also traveled to over 40 countries and worked with major travel brands including Hipmunk, Mapquest, and JUCY Campervan in the past.

In addition to writing about travel and cultures, she is passionate about social causes; she helped film a documentary in a Syrian refugee camp in Idomeni, Greece, has worked with charities such as Centro Infantil in Mexico, and partnered with Omaze to promote and help fund Tanzanian charities.

As far as acting, Joanna has appeared in commercials for Mitsubishi, worked as a voice actress in franchises such as Metal Gear Solid, in music videos for Pierce the Veil and Lil Wayne, and acted in many independent films.



Juggling a few connected but different careers is always a balancing act, so she has a few products to help her organize and get the best out of her time:

 

1. Sunski Madrona Polarized Sunglasses For Men & Women: I used to really have a block against wearing sunglasses, but I travel to a lot of very sunny destinations and need to protect my eyes. The great thing about these glasses is that they are made from recycled plastic!

2. JOBY GorillaPod 3K Kit: So many shots require a tripod to get that truly detailed, professional look and I especially love long exposure shots. You can place the JOBY almost anywhere and set up a great shot; it’s extremely lightweight and great for the road.

3. GoPro HERO7 Black: Even though I will never part with my Canon, this GoPro has been amazing to get active/underwater travel shots and videos I couldn’t really get with my DSLR camera.

4. Osprey Mira AG 26 Hydration Pack:  Whether I’m going on a long hike to get some great photos and want to stay hydrated, or just need to comfortably carry my gear with me when I walk around a new city, this backpack has been a lifesaver.

5. Essentials Dot Matrix Notebook – A5 Size: This is the perfect notebook for those who use the Bullet Journal Method; I like writing things down manually, but using this one notebook helped me merge all my planners, to do lists, brainstorming maps, etc. in one place so I can stay on top of my work and responsibilities.

“A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free.” ~ Nikos Kazantzakis


I love this quote by one of my favorite Greek authors because it captures the idea that once you have learned what all the rules and expectations of you are, you need to trust your instincts to break them a little so you can truly achieve your dreams.



Connect With Joanna!

Denardo Lee Gastin is a multitalented, versatile artist born & raised in Atlanta, GA.

Since childhood, he’s developed a heavy interest, in the world of arts and entertainment, plus raising himself on various pop culture, through his childhood in the 1990s. Because of his ADHD, he used to draw on classwork and homework developing an obsession with building a collection of VHS, CDs, DVDs, and Blu-Rays. Mainly, anything that was based on Japanese culture.

When it comes to my art, he’s graphic designer, musician, digital artist, retoucher, video editor, and last but not least, a photographer. As of 2019, he’s 11 times published (including in The Fox Magazine, on his birthday of August 3, 2018).



Check out some of his favorite products along his photographic journey:

 

1. Nikon D850 – Since 2013, this is my first, and only DSLR camera, that I still use to this very day. At the time of its release in 2012, it boosted the most megapixels, which has been overtaken since, plus with the mirrorless era, this camera model still packs a punch.

2. Neewer 5 in 1 Reflector – Being mainly an outdoor shooter, especially in sunlight, using a reflector on my subject, brings out a glowing but thaumaturgical effect on my subject, making them, without the use of electricity flashing on them.

3. Love Louder: 33 Ways To Amplify Your Life –  I’ve owned this book, for a year. In recent times, when it comes to posting my content on Social Media, I have something called “D.L.Gommentaries,”  which are commentaries that either provides Behind The Scenes of the art, or some self-help motivation. Because I have influenced certain people with my motivation, even before I owned this book, this book has helped me become more happy with my life, and I highly recommend it.

4. iPad Pro – Because I’m also a musician and a digital artist, and I’m unable to afford studio time or the more expensive but professional equipment, with the purchase of several different apps on the iTunes store, I’ve used this device to utilize those creative mediums with (alongside the Apple Pencil).

5. Sony WI-C400 Wireless In-Ear Headphones – When I want to listen to my music on the go, or communicate with people on the phone without holding it, I can always count on these headphones.

“The biggest purpose in life, is for us to be happy, and there are millions of ways to make our melancholic lives, turn to blithesome, and be very pulchritudinous afterwards.”
– D.L Gastin

 



Connect With D.L!

 

 

Lauren Conklin is a violinist from Nashville, TN. She writes, arranges, and has over fifteen years of performance experience on several tours, including opening for acts such as Jools Holland, Montgomery Gentry, Josh Thompson, and Kix Brooks.

She has played venues from the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville to the Royal Albert Concert Hall in London, and has worked with artists and productions like Miley Cyrus, Lonestar, Florida Georgia Line, ABC/CMT’s Nashville, The CMT Awards, Little Big Town, Andra Day, Lee Ann Womack, as the featured artist for Bonafonte’s international advertising campaign, and currently tours with 2015’s AGM Female Group of the Year/2016 Country Christian Group of the Year, HighRoad.

Lauren started off 2019 by releasing the first track from her new project “Water Music,” her first album of original instrumentals, which is now available on all digital platforms. 



Check out some of her favorite products to use as an emerging musician:

 

1. LR Baggs Venue DIThis is a musician specific pick, but I really can’t say enough good things about this DI. I’ve had mine for almost 7 years now, use it every time I play, and it’s still in perfect condition. Great EQ, a tuner, and a boost–as a fiddle player, I love it, and many of the great acoustic guitar and mandolin players I work with a lot love it too!

2. Kindle PaperwhiteI absolutely love my Kindle Paperwhite! You can set it to either be backlit or not, with a variety of brightnesses, the new one is waterproof, and now I can have hundreds of books with me when I travel without a second suitcase.

3. Wireless HeadphonesThese headphones sound amazing AND you don’t have to keep up with the dongle adaptor thing if you have a newer iPhone (I have lost so many of those it’s not even funny anymore). Win-win.

4. The Perfect Planner  – I would never get anywhere or get anything done without this planner, it is my lifeline! I love that it’s undated, so you can start and end whenever you want, and it has tons of space for putting down to do lists/shopping lists/notes/etc! Also comes with great goal setting sheets at beginning of every month and fun stickers.

5. BIC Color Collection PensThis may be dorky, but I’m obsessed with pens. These are my favorites, and it may just be me, but really great colorful pens make me feel so much more creative and excited to get to work!

“Great things are done by a series of small things brought together”
– Vincent Van Gogh


I love this quote because it is such a good reminder that even if you can only make very small progress towards your goals and dreams each day, those small steps are what will eventually become your big accomplishments!



Connect With Lauren!

Whether you’re a beginner, amateur, or pro, learn everything you need to know about how to buy a DSLR camera in this shopping guide from The Fox Shop.


While there are certain photographers in the crowd that swear by a particular brand of camera, we’re not those kinds of photographers. This DSLR Camera Shopping guide will inspire YOU as the photographer that you are more important than any piece of gear you can buy.

If digital camera sales were any indication of what the best brand was, then according to Amazon Canon would be a clear winner. As we write this, Canon manufactures at least 10 of the top 25 bestselling cameras on the Amazon bestseller list.

In addition, Canon holds 9 of the top 10 spots, with the top 3 being the PowerShot A570 IS, the PowerShot SD1000 Digital Elph, and the PowerShot SD850. Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, and even Kodak seem to make a few top spots, but not like Canon does.

Sure, sure, sure, Canon seems to sell more cameras than anyone else. But, are they really that much better? Take a look at our top choices for DSLR cameras, both for entry-level and intermediate photographers.

What is a crop sensor camera?

A crop sensor camera, as the name implies has a smaller or “cropped” sensor than it’s full-frame sensor counterpart.  The most noticeable impact associated with this is what is called a “crop factor”. 

The crop factor refers to the magnification of the field of view when looking through the viewfinder.  For most AP-C and crop sensor DSLRs the crop factor is 1.5 or 1.6, so for easy math, let’s use 1.5 as the crop factor.

What is a full-frame camera?

The actual difference between crop and full-frame cameras is the actual, physical, size of the sensor that lives inside the camera. 

The size is actually the same size as a frame of traditional 35mm film, which is why full-frame cameras were a must-have for anyone coming over to digital from shooting with film for years.

In terms of field of view when looking through the viewfinder, you’d get a similar “feel” between a full-frame DSLR and a 35mm film SLR.



Entry Level (Crop Sensor) Cameras:

 

Olympus TG-6Packed with Pro features, you’ll nail difficult shots — even in low light. Shoot intricately detailed macro photos and unique shots underwater with vivid color. The lightweight, compact tough tg-6. Engineered to survive the world’s toughest places.

Nikon D3300The D3300 is a small, easy to use HD-SLR. Capture beautiful 24.2-MP photos and 1080p Full HD videos with vibrant colors and softly blurred backgrounds, then share them instantly with your compatible smartphone and the optional WU-1a Wireless Adapter. 

Kodak PixPro – A 42X ultra long zoom lens with optical image stabilization delivers crisp, clear 16 megapixel close-ups, panorama or HD videos.

 

Intermediate + Professional (Full Frame + Mirrorless) Cameras:

 

Sony A7II  – World’s first 5-axis in-body image stabilization in a full-frame camera. Including a very in detail video capability and low-light continuous shooting modes.

Nikon D850 – Nikon proudly introduces the next evolution in high resolution DSLRs, a camera that allows photographers to capture fast action in 45.7 megapixels of brilliant resolution.

If you’re new to the world of digital cameras, that should at least give you an idea of who the big dogs are in this business.  

Getting the perfect camera is never an easy thing, especially with the way digital technology is constantly changing. Fortunately, there are plenty of helpful websites online like us that can narrow down your search and help you find the camera with all the features important to you.

– Until next time camera lovers!