TAKE THE PERFECT FLAT LAY PIC

So you just owned the Thanksgiving spread, now take the best snap of it to store in your good memories. Just in time for Thanksgiving, here are a few tips on how to take a reeeeaall good flat lay pic.

TIP #1 Considering the background is as important as the items that you’re photographing. Try to find a clean and/or consistent background.

IMG_7084TIP #2 Lighting is what makes or breaks any photo, really. Try to get natural lighting from a window. Direct light may be too harsh and artificial light might make your photos have a yellow tinge.

TIP #3 Just because they’re called flat lays, they don’t always have to be photographed as flat objects. Try taking photos at different angles and don’t be afraid to move the camera closer to the items.

IMG_7076TIP #4 Play around with re-arranging and re-ordering the items in your flat lay. They don’t have to be neatly put together! They can also run off the frame!

IMG_7078TIP #5 Try letting the items in your flat lay interact within the photo. It can be as simple as taking the lids off your cosmetics to show the product, or maybe getting someone to interact with some of the food that your snapping!

TIP #6 Never over-edit the photo! A little increase of the brightness might just do the trick.

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Written by Gold Soul blogger Alissa Recil. She is a design student and a freelance writer from Australia. Follow her at Words By Femme.

The Positivity of Full Moon Rituals

Tomorrow night on November 25th when the Moon makes itself present, venture outside and take part in a Full Moon Ritual.

Why? Simply because these Full Moon Rituals allow us to let go and release things that are not of our highest good. Think of it as taking one massive step in your life by symbolically moving forward.

Full Moon Rituals can be incredibly powerful. They’re all about releasing negativity, getting rid of any burdens in your life and celebrating your souls’ transformation. You emerge with a new positive behavior, attitude and relationship with yourself.

fullmoonritualsTomorrow night, get together with good company and good vibes only. Here are a few Full Moon rituals to cleanse your soul.

#1
In a circle, write down anything that you want to release on a piece of paper. One by one, open up, trust and share what you’ve just written down. Throw the piece of paper into a fire to symbolize resolution and release.

#2
Create a sacred ritual space and (if possible) position yourself under the Full Moon. Center yourself, breathe slowly and announce the purpose of this ritual. On a piece of paper, write down all negative things that you would like to release. Now you can rip it up, or you can burn it. Finally, connect with the Full Moon and give thanks for all things good.

#3
Fill a large bowl with water. On a piece of paper, write down what you would like to draw into your life. One by one, read these out loud then, altogether place your hands into the bowl of water. This symbolizes the cleansing of the old to welcome in the new.

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FRIENDSGIVING: A recipe for throwing the best shindig

Can you believe that Thanksgiving has crept up on us once again? Because we can’t!

We’ve got your back. If you’re throwing your own little (or big!) shindig for your friends or fam bam, you have to go all out. It’s go hard or go home. We want you to wow everyone and impress your family and friends with your party throwing skills! So here’s what you need.

A bangin’ playlist. Because what’s a party without some tone-deaf singing and embarrassingly good dance moves?

Snacks, snacks, snacks. You can never have enough snacks to share around. They’re there to get the conversation flowing and the mingling happening!

Crowd pleaser dishes. If you’ve got a signature dish – cook that. There’s a reason why it’s your signature dish, so keep everyone’s tummy’s happy! If you don’t have a signature dish, ask around beforehand what everyones fave meal is. You’ll own the chef throne.

‘WOW’ factor decor. Decor sets the mood of a party, so whether you’re going for a rustic setting or a fun and colorful vibe, make sure you catch everyone’s attention.

A good selection of drinks. You know the go. Champagne, wine, beers, vodka, and maybe a little bit of tequila? But don’t forget to cater for the non-drinkers!

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4 Ways To Achieve Voluminous Hair

Let’s forget about teasing the crap out of your hair for a sec because there are other alternatives to getting big, sexy, voluminous hair without getting it tangled and damaged.

You don’t even need to hire the most expensive Hollywood hair stylist to achieve it – just spend a few dollars and get that voluminous hair, girl!

Dry Shampoo
Your savior for when you’re having a few lazy days off and you have last minute plans to go out. If your hair is greasy and in need of some seriously quick and easy glam, spay some good Dry Shampoo through your hair, give it a tousle and you’re good to go, girlie!

Drying your hair upside down
It’s a classic trick that some may know of, and it works wonders! Once your hair is towel dried, bend forward and let your hair hang over your head. Grab your hairdryer and aim it down so you’re drying from the roots to the ends.

Focus on the roots
Find your favorite volumizing hair product. If you don’t have one yet: go out, pick up a few different ones, try them and see which product works best for you. Once you’ve found the perfect product, try focusing the application of the product to the roots of your hair. This will allow your hair to react better to the product and do what it’s supposed to do!

Curls for life
If products ain’t your thing, you can always go for your trusty curling iron/wand (or straightener, even!) By creating soft, wavy curls throughout your hair, it gives the illusion of bigger and sexier hair! You’re just about ready to break hearts now.

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Queen Bey quotes to live by

Everyone has a major crush on her and if you say you don’t – you’re lying.

She is the Queen and not only is she talented, but she’s incredibly insightful which is why she inspired so many guys and girls around the globe. Here are some of the many quotes from Bey that we can easily turn into our life mantra’s.

“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.”

“I have learned that it is no one else’s job to take care of me but me.”

“We have to teach our boys the rules of equality and respect, so that as they grow up gender equality becomes a natural way of life. And we have to teach our girls that they can reach as high as humanly possible.”

“As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. “

“It’s important to concentrate on other qualities besides outer beauty.”

“When I’m not feeling my best I ask myself, ‘What are you gonna do about it?’ I use the negativity to fuel the transformation into a better me.”

“Put on your sexy dress and move on.”

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CLAWS OUT: Shapes and Sprinkles Nail Art

A fresh new mani is always the answer so get ready to try this one out for yourself and for your soul.

Bring a pop of fun and color into this fall season with shapes and sprinkles on your claws. This design is sure to be a conversation starter and they’ll be the talk of the town. So grab your cutest nail colors and get your manicure on!

What you’ll need
– White Nail Varnish
– Blue and Pink Nail Varnish
– Black or Grey Nail Varnish
– Clear Top Coat
– Small Nail Art Brush

IMG_7019Begin with clean nails, then paint on 2 coats of White Nail Varnish. Let that dry.

IMG_7021Take your Blue color and paint on some triangle shapes wherever you’d like. They can be tiny, large, they can even bleed off your nail. Get creative, sista!

IMG_7022Then take the Pink color and paint on some circles. Get creative with this as well!

IMG_7026Once all of the color is dry, you can grab your Nail Art Brush and your grey or black color (your choice). As carefully as you can, outline the shapes. Then you can go ahead and fill in the white spaces with tiny dashes A.K.A sprinkles!

IMG_7027 IMG_7030Let everything dry, then you can finish off with a layer of your favorite clear Top Coat.IMG_7031

This design is inspired by a recent collection by Gorman Clothing, but your new nails would look bangin’ with a brand new outfit from Gold Soul. Check us out.

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DIY Minimal Wire Bracelet

A minimal statement piece? Yep, we’re making it a thing and we want you to make it your thing.

With only a few dollars, some of your mad creative skills and a bit of patience, you can create this cute and dainty minimal wire bracelet. Just imagine you wearing a black on black on black #OOTD with black shades, a pop of a red lip and this minimal bracelet. Fierce AF.

Here’s what you’ll need
– 5 ft of Wire (no thicker than 18 gauge)
– Pliers

P1100008P11000091. Create a triangular shape at one end of your wire, leaving about 2 inches excess.P11000142. Loop the excess around the longer side of the wire.

P11000173. Wrap the bracelet around your wrist to see how the bracelet fits and clamp down making a loop where you want the bracelet to end. You should leave another 2 inches of excess and cut off the rest.

P1100020P11000214. Repeat step 2 on the opposite end.

P11000245. Bend about half an inch from the end to create the hook.

P11000266. Mold the bracelet to fit your wrist and BAM – you’ve got some cute AF arm candy.

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