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Digital Artifacts

SEE LARK! | Digital Artifacts

When my parents visited Taiwan they found some old photographs at my grandmother’s place. During one of our Facetime dates with A, my father showed me a few pictures of when I was little, some of which I don’t remember seeing before.  It got me thinking about today’s technology and how photos can be instantly shared with a click of a button.  While the instant gratification is a benefit, it makes me sad to think about losing that experience of uncovering old photographs in a box years or decades later.  Additionally, given the rapid pace of innovation, we don’t really know what the longevity of digital photos will be given how storage devices and online photo sharing sites can become obsolete or go out of business.

Perhaps it’s a generational thing, but I have a soft spot for physical photographs.  Now that I have a family of my own, I want to leave behind artifacts that can be discovered over and over again by future generations.  If you feel the same way, here are ways to preserve your memories in the digital age.

SEE LARK! | Digital Artifacts
1. Create online and offline albums.  From professional photograhy to capturing shots on our DSLR and iPhones, I keep electronic and physical copies.  I use a site called Smug Mug and an iCloud album to share our many photos with friends and family.  For physical albums, I curate my favorite photos to create coffee table books.  I use MyPublisher for my wedding and maternity pictures.

SEE LARK! | Digital Artifacts

2. Make photo cards and small and large scale prints. I have become a huge fan of photos on heavy card stock paper and online sites like Artifact Uprising and Studio Print make it really easy to create sets of ten or more photos at a time.  My photos can now keep up with the pace of A’s growth spurts!

SEE LARK! | Digital Artifacts
3. Have Practical Keepsakes.  Magnets, mugs, stickers and other small trinkets are another clever way to display your favorite photos. The 2×2 sized magnets from Studio Print were perfect to display my shots taken on past vacations.

SEE LARK! | Digital Artifacts

4. Be redundant.  I like being efficient and streamlined, but when it comes to photo storage, I learned that redundancy is a good thing in case your storage device gets damaged. So I have a back-up of my photos on my hard drive and a couple of cloud services – Apple iCloud and Amazon Photos (if you are Prime Member, this comes free with your membership). Of course, if all else fails, using an instant camera is always in style!

 

PS – How to create a wedding album and a physical Instagram collage

Product Love: C. O. Bigelow Hand Wash

SEE LARK! | Product Love: C.O. Bigelow Hand Wash
My love for Rose’s Luxury led me to another product love. While using their washroom, I discovered the most delicious hand soap and immediately had to get some for my guest bathroom. I know, who would get excited about hand soap? Read more

Dinner Date

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The husband and I planned a dinner date on short notice this past weekend. It wasn’t until after the reservation was made that I realized our wedding anniversary was coming up. Therefore, it was our anniversary dinner!  These days I need to be able to get ready quick so I slipped on this shift dress. It’s light and airy…just what is needed on a warm night. Read more

Is This Normcore?

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I learned the term “Normcore” last year when it blew up the fashion world. It describes an “anti-style” style, think bland, non-descript clothing.  Some may argue that it’s not a trend all. Regardless, I have embraced more basics into my wardrobe making it easy to get dressed in the morning. Normcore or not, it’s definitely practical and stylish. Read more

Let’s Talk Croissants

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I have developed a guilty pleasure. Correction. I am addicted to eating delicious, buttery, flaky, chocolate croissants. There are two great places near my house which makes it so easy to walk by (the exercise) to get one (the reward) with your morning coffee that gives its country of origin a run for their money. Read more

Baby Brands I Love

SEE LARK! | Baby Brands I Love Lately, I have been channeling my shopping skillz towards things for Baby A.  It’s been fun searching for things that are a little less traditional. Over the past few months, I have developed quite a loyalty to a few brands that emulate my love for all things modern, edgy, and/or quirky. If you are expecting or searching for that perfect gift for someone who has little ones, here’s a few items to consider. Read more

High Low Tunic

SEE LARK! | High Low Tunic

Summer is just around the corner and that means swimsuit season.  A swimsuit wouldn’t be complete without a cute cover-up.  A tunic is a great option and I have always lusted over the style and color choices that Lemlem has to offer.  However, I don’t love the price, especially something that is going to face water and sand.  That’s why I am all for the Old Navy tunic.  It has the same shape and feel for only $18.  Surf’s up!

Hey Momma, You’re Not Alone!


I haven’t been able to devote as much time to the blog lately. Life has been (and continues to be) hectic with a baby and now returning to work. I previously had more free time to share all the fun and cool things I encountered – a new outfit, decorating a room, or travel to a cool place. When I became pregnant, I thought it was a great space to share and promote baby bump styles. I have always purposefully kept things light hearted and geared towards the sunny side of life…because who wants to hear me complain? Then A arrived and you know what? Read more

Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

 

SEE LARK! | Easy DIY: Monogrammed Tote Bag

My little guy started daycare earlier this month.  Along with the trauma of a first-time mother leaving her child in the care of others, there was also the need to pack necessities (e.g., diapers, bottles, spare clothes) on a daily  basis.  I wanted a tote bag that would read “boy” and be easy to distinguish from all the other baby bags, but I also wanted something true to my aesthetic.  Tired of seeing so many personalized Nantucket / Martha’s Vineyard style tote bags in Times New Roman font, I decided to create my own personalized “edgy” tote bag.  Given that I rarely have free time for projects, this one was a real quick DIY…like five minutes quick. Read more

Utility Player

SEE LARK! | Utility Player

An anorak or utility-style jacket is a great piece for Spring since it provides just enough warmth on a windy day. I scored this beauty on Poshmark a couple of months ago but haven’t had the chance to wear it until this weekend. I made a minor modification with the built-in belt.  It actually belongs on the bottom with a few threads sewn in to keep it in tact.  Since I couldn’t imagine myself wearing a belt (or let it hang unbelted) that low, I snipped it free and brought up to the waist.  It’s perfect with jeans and slacks, but I also think it would look great with a midi or maxi- length dress. Read more

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