Recharging at The Raven House

Hey guys!

A little while back I had the opportunity to hop the border north for a few days of R&R. Along the Canadian side of the Thousand Islands lies the town of Gananoque, Ontario, where the tiny home of my dreams, The Raven House, awaited.

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Pete, the owner and creator behind this cozy home, met me after I rambled down the quiet drive. About 30 seconds after arriving, I figured out one of the reasons he met me on the road - there was no Raven House in sight. The tiny home was situated a few minutes walk back, on its very own “game trail”. After a few trips along the path, I came to fully appreciate this feature. The cabin never felt like it was interfering with its surroundings, if anything, it felt like it had always belonged on that spot of land.

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Upon first entering the cabin, I was struck by all the natural light filtering in. Between the sliding glass doors leading to the porch, multiple windows, and skylights, the interior was so bright and inviting. The loft space was by far my favorite spot inside, and from the vantage point, it was easy to see how the cabin got its name.

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My friend, Alex, was able to join me for a night, and we ended up drinking pots of tea, eating tasty treats, and catching up until the wee hours. While the cabin doesn’t have indoor plumbing or electrical, it’s outfitted with multiple lights and lanterns, and an adjoining outhouse. However, there is a gas range in the kitchen, and a wood stove that kept us toasty all night, so in a way it felt a bit like “glamping”!

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I’m so happy to have had the opportunity to visit this peaceful little home. It was the perfect place to recharge my batteries and gear up for the busy Fall season! Big thank you to Pete, for inviting me to stay and showing me the wonderful cabin you created! If you’re interested in booking your own stay, head to the Airbnb listing HERE.

xo

J.

My Favorite Apps for Instagram stories

Hi guys!

This post is a looooong time coming. Almost every day, I get a message asking what apps I use for my Instagram stories! I love the stories feature, and how with just a little extra effort, you can make them your own and instantly add a little something extra to a post, highlight, ad , you name it! I’ve finally compiled a list of my favorite apps that I’ve been using, and a little how-to below!

Photos Apps

VSCO

I’ve been using this app for such a long time, both for Instagram posts + stories! Before posting, it’s an easy way to enhance images - little tweaks like lightening up or sharpening an image, especially when using a photo from your phone’s camera! Plus, I like having all my photos stored in the same place.

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HUJI

This app has quickly become one of my favorites, and one that I’ve been using for all my candid shots on adventures + road trips. After you take a photo, it’s “developed” just like a film shot. Different filters are applied to each image at random, so you never know exactly how it will look until you check your gallery!

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Unfold

This is the app I get asked the most questions on. It’s the one I use for all my unique formats and texts. I’ve been loving the film (FF1) and ripped paper (RP1) formats!

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A Color Story

This app is similar to VSCO, as it has tons of filters and effects you can apply to your photos. I especially like the “Color Fog” filter, which allows you to adjust the white balance of your shot. I use this one on my winter shots, to warm up the snow or sky!

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Video Apps

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This one is PERFECT for the holiday season! It enhances all the sparkles in lighting around you (just think of it as a little extra twinkle in your twinkle lights). While I think this app really shines in its video format - see below! - you can also save stills, as well.

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Werble

Another favorite app for Winter. I use this one to make weather cinemagraphs, specifically falling snow videos! There’s a ton of other filters available, so you can really get creative with this app!

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8mm

My favorite app to create dreamy, vintage looking videos. There’s several options for color ways and filters, so no two videos end up looking alike! I’ve been incorporating this one a lot on road trips, to create a couple special “home movie” type videos.

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Okay, guys! Hope this post was informative, and that you have a few new ideas on how to get creative with your stories! Would love to know if you end up using any of the apps, and what you think!

xo

J.

A Weekend away at Mirror Lake Inn

Happy November, guys!

While foliage season has come and gone (and been replaced by snow!) up in the Adks, it’s still going strong down south in the city! This Fall has been the best in YEARS, and I’m so fortunate I was able to experience peak colors in Lake Placid during our recent stay at Mirror Lake Inn.

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Situated along the banks of its namesake, Mirror Lake Inn has been a prestigious luxury destination in the Olympic village since the 1930s. Boasting impeccable grounds and two private beaches, we ended up exploring outside every chance we had (not an easy feat, given how cozy everything was indoors!). The beach and adjoining docks were incredible serene - the perfect place to curl up in Adirondack chairs and relax!

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Just like the grounds, our room was an incredible mix of rustic charm and luxurious comfort. We stayed in one of the spacious Placid suites, located on the top floor of the Colonial House. I loved waking up to a view of the Great Range right outside our window - honestly the definition of picture perfect! My favorite features of our room (aside from our patio view!) were the cozy fireplace, and the HUGE sanijet tub in the bathroom. The bathroom even had a tv so you could watch movies while enjoying a bath, which had me feeling VERY Kevin McCallister-esque circa Home Alone 2.

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During our stay, we were able to try out two of the wonderful dining options available onsite - The Taste Bistro & Bar and The View Restaurant. Both meals left our bellies full and happy. As a side note, both restaurants favor meat eaters over vegetarians, but there are veggie friendly options! For a wider assortment, The Cottage Restaurant across the street has a great menu, and offers a laid back atmosphere (I hear it’s THE après ski spot after a day on the slopes of Whiteface!).

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On our final day, we took a tour of the main buildings to see some of the other room’s interiors. Since we stayed on one of the lakefront properties, we didn’t get to fully experience the coziness of the main building (if you stay here this Winter, make sure to carve out time to sprawl out in the library! It’s one of my favorite spots.). Located on the lower level here are the spa and pool areas, as well. While we didn’t have time to try out any of the amazing treatments available at the spa, we DID make sure to spend some time at the pool & hot tub!

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Our stay at Mirror Lake Inn was truly an amazing experience. We left feeling renewed and completely relaxed, which is always a rarity for us city dwellers! I can’t wait to head back to the Inn this Winter, to see it dressed in its holiday best. I can only imagine the coziness of it all! A big thank you to Mirror Lake Inn for hosting us, and especially to Sandy Caligiore, PR Rep for the Inn, and our tour guide!

xo

J.