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June 2019

Get in the Pic 2019

By | CMYKay

After going on vacation, have you looked back at the photos and realized that you’re not in ANY of them?! I know I have! It’s almost like I wasn’t even there. I find myself telling my husband and son to get together in front of a beautiful sunset on the beach or even just on the porch, but I am always the one behind the camera. Eventually, I’ve realized that I’m not in any of the vacation photos.

This becomes especially difficult when it comes to planning the annual Christmas card. I reflect back on social family gatherings and trips and find that the only photos I’m in are selfies; all the other ones I took.

It’s time to change this!

To challenge all the moms out there, I am teaming up with Fort Worth Woman and Catherine Cartie to challenge everyone to Get In The Photo by creating a giveaway photo contest.

And don’t think you need a professional photographer either! Check out my last blog post with FWTX Magazine Senior Staff Photographer, Olaf Growald about his tips and tricks for the best smartphone photos.

TO ENTER:

1. POST  a picture with you and family, friends, dog, etc. doesn’t matter, as long as you are in the picture.

2. TAG @alanakayart and @fortworthwoman in the picture

3. Use the HASHTAG #GetInThePic2019 in your caption

4. Receive a bonus entry if you are wearing/using any AlanaKayART products in the picture.

WINNERS

The WINNER, will receive 50% off plus free shipping on a Christmas card order from Catherine Cartie.

Good luck to all! No matter the winner, let’s all challenge ourselves to get in the picture! We are superhero women and deserve to be noticed and recognized!

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

8 Tips for Colorful Family Photos

By | CMYKay

Summer is here and for many of us, vacation plans are close on the horizon. Whether you’re going to Seaside, San Diego or staying right here in town, I want to make sure your vacation photos perfectly capture the spirit of your memories. Summer vacation is a prime time to capture pics for your Christmas cards, new Facebook cover photos and a family picture you can finally print out and frame.

The first hurdle in taking a family photo is what to wear. Sure, you could play it safe and dress in matching blue jeans and white shirts, but does that really express your family? Why not be bold? Convey your true selves and have fun with COLOR. Your family and your pictures will pop with with the addition of even a little color. I tested this theory with my own family. Swipe back and forth and choose the one you like best. When everyone is wearing bright colors, your family will exude confidence and joy. After all, it is vacation!! Let your wardrobe reflect the spirit of the moment. When you are having fun, the best family photos will happen naturally.

Hurdle number two: the photographer. Gone are the days when you need a high end camera or a professional photographer to take a good family photo. All of us have a smartphone, so let’s learn how to get the most of it.

I’ve teamed up with FWTX Magazine Senior Staff Photographer Olaf Growald to offer you the best tips to take incredible smartphone family photos on the fly. So grab your family, your smartphone and your pool wrap and snap away.

SMARTPHONE PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

1. Always keep the sun to one side, either left or right of subject. Never shoot with the sun directly in the face of the subject (behind you). Shoot in shade if at all possible. Window light is best for people portraits.

2. Turn off the flash. It darkens the background and creates harsh, unnatural light. Plus it puts the camera in control instead of you.

3. Stop shooting vertical photos. Instead try landscape (horizontal) and place people on one side of the frame to create an interesting imbalance

4. Find a steady spot to hold the camera so that it won’t wiggle for low light photos.

5. On an iPhone, touch the screen once to focus, then touch it again and run your fingertip up or down on the yellow focusing square to lighten the photo on the fly. It will hold that setting for one photo.

6. Don’t be afraid to try new ideas, weird lighting, and odd angles. You never know until you try.

7. Try an actual camera app rather than just the one that comes standard on the phone. They usually offer a way to shoot with more control and the option for manual mode.

8. Most importantly, keep a journal of your photo successes and mistakes. The best photographers learn from their mistakes and build on new solutions to improve.

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

5 Tips to Create a Colorful Summer

By | CMYKay

Summer is here! With that comes pool parties, cookouts and a whole lot of family time and social gatherings. Time seems to slow and when it reaches 100+ here in Texas, I start to feel sluggish. While it may be tempting to take the summer wardrobe path of least resistance throwing on a plain white t-shirt and khaki shorts, don’t do it! Beat the heat with COLOR. Throw your hair up into a bun and tie it with a Kaykerchief, trade your worn out t-shirt for a silk pool wrap and spice up your happy hours with beautiful cocktail glasses

5 Tips to Create a Colorful Summer

- Feel Joyful all Summer Long -

ADD A SCARF OR KAYKERCHIEF TO YOUR OUTFIT

Scarves and headbands are all the rage right now! Tie a scarf around your messy beach hair or pony. It is an easy way to spice up a simple outfit if you’re in a rush to get out the door but still want to look fabulous. You can also tie these scarves around your neck for a colorful necklace and draw attention to your sun-kissed face. Add a flirty look to your favorite handbag by tying a KayKerchief around the handles. These small square scarves are an easy way to add a seasonal splash of color to your daily routine. Their bright colors instantly perk up an everyday outfit and can be the perfect addition to your favorite colorful ensemble.

SPEND A DAY GARDENING

Adding a pop floral color to the front of your house is the perfect way to add some major curb appeal this summer. Grab your family and take a trip to Archie’s Gardenland. Then spend a day unplugged planting flowers like pansies, hibiscus, hydrangeas and petunias–all perfect for Texas summers. Be sure to start early to beat the bloody Texas heat. If manual labor is not your gig, DFW friends can head over to the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens to get your daily dose of Vitamin D, take in the beauty of the flowers and scenery, and catch a Concert in the Garden

Photo Credit: Google Images – Petunias are naturally the 2019 Pantone Color of the Year, Living Coral!

HOST A HAPPY HOUR WITH ALANAKAY ART COCKTAIL GLASSES

Call your best girls and mix up a pitcher (or two) of your favorite summer cocktail. Right now I’m obsessed with Skinny Margaritas and my husband, Tim, happens to make the best in town. Follow his recipe below and pour into your colorful AlanaKayART glass and you’re set for a fabulous summer evening! One of my favorite things – enjoy!

Tim’s Skinny Margarita

4.5oz silver tequila (Herradura is preferred)
1.5oz Grand Marnièr
Juice of 1 lime
1 Tbsp Agave
Shake in cocktail shaker with ice and serve in your AlanaKayART glass

Prefer your drinks alcohol free? Try this Strawberry Mule Mocktail on for size–all the benefits of the joy of color without the hard stuff.

AlanaKayART Cocktail Glasses Escaping the Storm and Happy Dance

WRAP UP IN COLOR AND CARRY OUT IN STYLE

No one wants to throw on a pair of shorts or a top over their swimsuit – whether you’re not quite dry, or it’s the scorching heat, it’s just not a good look. That’s why I always opt for a quick pool-side wrap. It is light and practical – not to mention colorful and trendy – the best of both worlds! Whether I am in complete “do not disturb” mode or going “mom-crazy,” it always makes me feel pulled together and glamorous. I also use the colorful acrylic trays as an easy way to transport drinks and snacks out to the pool!

Photo credit: Madeline Edwards Photography; and my husband =)

HEAD TO THE CLEARFORK FARMERS MARKET FOR FRESH FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Summer always reminds me of fresh watermelon by the pool and strawberries for breakfast! Head to the local Clearfork Farmers Market for the freshest seasonal fruits and vegetables to add color to your meals and fruit bowl! They are open every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon and feature some of my favorite vendors.

Photo credit: Clearfork Farmer’s Market

I am a believer in the power of color. I see it every day as an artist, a designer and my self-proclaimed role as color evangelist. I have seen color reconnect people to themselves and others, empower women, and inspire joy. CMYK is the abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and blacK. Combining those four colors allows us to create any color. Bright, dark, bold, subtle, neutral, neon — all of them.

Over the past year, people continue to admire the bold colors and patterns used in AlanaKayART and tell me how great I look, but are concerned that they can’t pull off such vibrant colors.

Challenge accepted.

The goal of CMYKay is to educate you about color and empower you to incorporate it into your home and wardrobe in both big and small ways. It will challenge you creatively and encourage you to have fun with color in new and re-imagined ways, because friend, life in color is way more fun.

Connect with AlanaKay for exclusive looks.

Get 15% off your first order!

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