Photo Friday


This is my first winter in Florida. One of the best parts? Reminding all of my friends and family back in the midwest that I’m in shorts and shades while they’re shoveling.

To help me get that job done, I have InstaWeather. This iPhone app allows you to add your weather to your Instagram photos. There are several different skins with a variety of placement and nice typography similar to InstaPlace. Here’s one of my Instagram photos shared in January using InstaWeather outside Station 400, one of my favorite breakfast places in Sarasota.



Photo Friday – “Over”


I edited this photo with DeluxeFX and a new app (for me) called Over. Over’s concept is simple – it allows you lay text over a photo. It’s design is as simple as its concept, and as brilliant as it is simple. The app uses a wheel for a menu, recalling that navigation ingrained in me by my old iPod. It’s all very intuitive. Users have 27 fonts to choose from – all of which are beautiful and fresh. Sharing on social media is streamlined and easy. The app is $1.99, but a $1.99 well spent. for 99 cents more, you can gain access to a greater inventory of fonts. These include a lot of your basics – think the stuff that already came programmed into your Microsoft Word.

Here’s my photo, taken at Smuggler’s Cove Adventure Mini Golf (where real live alligators live, including an albino gator!).

Smuggler's Cove

Edited with DeluxeFX and Over apps

First Photo Friday of the New Year!


It’s a new year, so I’m trying out some new photo editing apps. For this photo, I used InstaPlace and DeluxeFX (which I’ve used before, and remains a favorite).

InstaPlace is geared towards editing photos for Instagram. It allows you to add text to your photo, showing your followers where you are, when you were there and what you thought of the place. My favorite aspect of this app is the typography – it’s clean and attractive. Not cheesy like a lot of other apps out there. This app is meant for instant editing and posting, which has its advantages and disadvantages. If you are editing your photo right away from the place where it was taken, InstaPlace will automatically track down your location and add it to your photo. It will also add the time. If you are editing your photo later, after you have left the location where it was taken, you can edit the location, but you can not edit the time. There are options that do not include the time. This was my case in editing this photo, and thus the reason I used text that did not include a time and date.

There is a free version of the app, but it comes with a lot of ads and automatically places the app’s logo on your photo. To avoid this, you can pay the 99 cent upgrade to the pro version. I currently have the free version, but I’m planning to upgrade. It’s a great app, definitely worth the 99 cents.

Here’s my DeluxeFX/InstaPlace photo from Siesta Key beach on New Year’s Eve!



Siesta Key Beach on New Year’s Eve


Photo Friday – Venice Christmas Boat Parade


This photo was taken last Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Venice Christmas Boat Parade.

As a native Chicagoan, I have certain expectation for the holidays – giant Christmas tree in Daley Plaza, decorated windows at Marshall Fields (technically now known as Macy’s…), ice skating on State Street – but above all else… SNOW! Cold weather! Bundling up in sweaters and coats and mittens and hats and boots, Jack Frost nipping at my nose.

So naturally, I was a bit worried about how to get in the holiday spirit in Sarasota, Fla., where it’s still swimsuit weather. Thankfully, I came across this tradition that I doubt you’ll find anywhere in the world but Florida – a lighted Christmas boat parade!

Since 1989 – ironically, the year I was born – Venice, Fla., residents have been dressing up their boats in Santas, reindeer, tinsel, lights and more and parading down the bay in the Venice Christmas Boat Parade. My great aunt and uncle, Siesta Key snowbirds, invited me to join them at this year’s festivities, where I took this photo: *edited with DeluxeFX app*

Sailboat decorated at the Venice Christmas Boat Parade