Sunday, May 11, 2014

Inspiration: Grad Cap Decor!

"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure"

I officially graduate this Friday/Saturday! (I have two graduations). As a means of procrastinating for finals, I've decorated my graduation cap in--surprise, surprise--Ravenclaw colors! I couldn't quite find bronze letters, so I ended up with cold--but it gets the point across. And YES--I seriously am putting Ollivander Mo on my grad cap. I've had that username for years now on YouTube, and as my website and business begin to flourish its becoming more and more a permanent part of me.

Guys. I LOVE being a Ravenclaw. Did you know that Ollivander, the wand maker, was also a Ravenclaw? Being a Ravenclaw is all about wit, creativity, imagination and learning. That's basically everything I stand for here at Ollivander Mo!

Need inspiration for your cap?? Then here we go!

W H A T   T O   U S E .  .  .

Kids crafts + Scrapbooking Supplies
Legitimately the easiest way to decorate your cap! 

Craft Glue or Glue GunsDon't trust the sticky backs of some of these things--it WILL fall off!

Sewing Materials
The hat IS covered in fabric after all. You can totally sew things into it.  

#bowsformo forever! Put this lovely bow at the back of my cap.

T A K E   A D V A N T A G E   OF   S P A C E . . .
Back of the capGet it monogrammed, or attach something cute to the back of your base! For mine, I'll be putting a bow because we all know I love my bows! (Just check the hashtag #bowsformo on IG!)

Under the front
Put on the hat and look up. Being that most girls wear their cap back a little, that bottom space is a golden spot to put messages like "Thanks Mom & Dad" or "I did it!"

I personally didn't want to have things dangling from my cap, but I've seen people put a fringe all around their cap!

Make it 3D! I've also seen a lot of nurses and teachers make 3D decorations similar to that of a pop-up book! Some put apples on their cap or nurse hats. I've seen someone straight up glue a flamingo plushie to the top of their cap. Get creative!

R E F L E C T   Y O U R  P E R S O N A L I T Y

I knew I wanted to pay tribute to my love for Harry Potter when I graduated. I've pretty much had this planned out for years. If it weren't Harry Potter though it probably would've been Disney or Doctor Who! Just pick something that means a lot to you. Something that captures your essence! This is the best part about graduation really--decorating your cap! I mean, come on! Just have fun with it! And congratulations graduate!

What would you put on your cap? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Get Better iPhone Pictures!

All photos in this post taken with an iPhone 5 by Ollivander Mo. Click any photo to enlarge.

Maybe photography isn't really your thing or you don't have the money for great camera, but you still need some decent photos for your blog/whatever. There are some amazing iPhonography photos out there! Just because you're not a pro yourself doesn't mean you can't have a great, attention-grabbing photo on your blog!

STEP ONE // Frame it right, frame it tight.
 Snapping a pic with your smart phone is such a casual thing so it's easy to forget that a great photo takes conscious effort. In any photo (be it on a smart phone or a SLR) dead space can be killer. That's not to say that people don't use dead space strategically. It just means people notice when dead space is the result of a lack of attention to detail. Pay attention and make sure you don't have too much negative space.

(left) check out all that negative space!! // (right) tight framing + use of perspective!

STEP TWO // Get some perspective
Everything doesn't necessarily look good straight from where you're shooting. Sometimes you need to get above the photo, sometimes you need to get down low. Try different angles to find what fits best for your photo.

STEP THREE // Create pleasing lines and shapes
It's pleasing to the eye to have a path to follow. For example, if the objects in your photo create a line that your eye can easily follow to process the picture, chances are we'll find it more aesthetically pleasing.

(left) notice the "c" shape in surrounding the pot. // (right) two obvious lines with the wall and the red floaters

STEP FOUR // Find the light
So many creative crafts often use this line. Actors and models are often told to find the light. For photographers and cinematographers, light is probably the most important tool. It can set a mood and mean the difference between a great photo and a grainy photo. If you're shooting with something like an iPhone, light is extremely important because you don't have many ways of adjusting to the setting.

STEP FIVE // Get the right apps
Sometimes a little help is alright. Most serious photographers tone their photographs after a shoot. Why not do the same on your iPhone? There are a variety of apps you can use to get a great photo. Here are my top two favorites:

-Snapseed . . . By far my favorite! I LOVE using the 'tune image' feature to change my brightness, ambiance, and photo warmth. It definitely makes a huge difference!

-Camera+ . . . This app is great for situations where the lighting is being difficult. The iPhone's camera automatically sets its exposure for whatever the main focus of your photo is which can sometimes result in an overexposed or underexposed photo. Camera+ allows you to tap one area for focus and another area for exposure.

With and without help from Snapseed

How do you get great pics on your iPhone? Let me know in the comments below!

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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Easy Quiche Recipe: Spinach, Mushroom & Bacon

Hello friends! I'm not gonna lie...this is only the second time in my life I've ever had a quiche. EVER. The first time I was introduced to the deliciousness of a quiche was last semester at my friend Kayla's house. She and her roommates had me over for dinner and they made a vegetarian quiche! It seemed so easy and simple to make, that I wanted to try it for myself...So I did! And it came out REALLY good. It's the perfect light, customizable meal. It's also easy to substitute the bacon for a healthier meat! I would say this is the perfect recipe for those of you who claim to be terrible at cooking!

As per usual ingredient measurements are approximate. Cooking isn't a science! It's an art! Find what best works with your tastebuds by taking a chance!

-1 frozen pie crust
-1/2 to 3/4 of a bundle of Spinach leaves
-1/2 a container of mushrooms (chopped into chunks)
-4 eggs
-4 splashes of milk
-1/2 a pack of bacon (cut into bite sized pieces)
 -Shredded cheese of choice

1) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
2) If needed, remove stems of spinach leaves.
3) Chop mushrooms into manageable chunks
4) Heat and grease large frying pan
5) Pan fry spinach and mushrooms until mostly cooked. Set aside
6) Cut bacon into bit sized pieces, then fry until cooked. Set aside.
7) Disperse bacon, mushrooms and spinach in your pie crust evenly.
8) Crack and beat 4 whole eggs in a bowl. Pour evenly into pie crust.
9) Add 4 splashes (give or take) of milk to the top, evenly.
10) Place in center rack of oven and cook for 30 mins.
11) Turn off oven and remove quiche. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven for a few minutes until cheese is melted.
12) Cut and serve!

Seriously though guys, this is by far the easiest recipe I've ever done! It's almost mindless to make!

What ingredients do you like in your quiches?
Leave me a comment letting me know! 

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