HOW DO YOU EDIT YOUR PHOTOS?
I edit all of my photos on Lightroom with a few presets that I’ve developed myself! This includes both professional photos shot by Hanna and the iPhone photos you see on my Instagram stories.
Before I developed my Lightroom presets, I was using VSCO filter “S2”. VSCO is a great photo editing app for those who aren’t familiar with Lightroom, the S2 filter gives photos a bright + clean look. In my opinion, VSCO is the quickest, easiest way to filter photos…and if you find a filter that works for you, stick with it!
If you’re looking to do more to your photos, and customize their look by adjusting the lighting, coloring, etc., then Lightroom is for you! You can create your own presets, buy presets from other photographers, or use Lightroom’s provided presets. Once you’ve applied your preset, you can always tweak your edits! I’ve discovered that one filter won’t work perfectly on every single photo, so if you want to make adjustments, Lightroom is for you!
WHO DOES YOUR HAIR COLOR?
My beach-y blonde is done by Redken Fifth Avenue + hair colorist Spencer Henry! I’ve been working with them for years and they always keep my hair bright, blonde and healthy. Spencer is the absolute BEST when it comes to highlights, but he’s a busy guy. Since he can’t color all of you chickadees, I wrote a step by step guide to highlighting your hair! It includes exactly which Redken products Spencer uses and how he applies my color. Click HERE to read it!
HOW TALL ARE YOU?
NAME YOUR GO – TO BRANDS
First things first, let’s talk denim! For denim, I almost always wear one of three brands…AGOLDE, Levi’s and GRLFRND denim.
If I must wear shoes, I usually opt for sneakers from Vans, Superga, Converse or GREATS Brand. For a cute pair of heels, I love Schutz shoes. RAYE The Label + Chinese Laundry have super cute sandals + slides. Matisse makes my favorite
booties of all time, and Dolce Vita doesn’t disappoint either!
Now, onto dresses, jumpsuits + matching sets! I love Flynn Skye, The Reformation, Tularosa and For Love + Lemons.For everyday tops, skirts + accessories, Free People + Planet Blue are my go-tos.
If you’re looking for something super affordable, Glassons has some super cute, current stuff! I also always check the sale section from Urban Outfitters + Revolve.
When it comes to comfy clothes, I love Z Supply, Wildfox, Barefoot Dreams + Project Social! For activewear, I like Alo Yoga, Beyond Yoga and Adidas by Stella McCartney!
I buy most of my scarves + hair accessories vintage…you can check out Boheme Goods, Madly Vintage or Babes on Legs for vintage finds. My hat collection is a mixture of Lack of Color and Brixton, for the most part! For jewelry, I love Five + Two, Washed Ashore, Natalie B, Frasier Sterling and Vanessa Mooney.
Last but certainly not least, swimsuits! My favorites for high waisted bikinis are Tori Praver + Peony Swimwear. For good swimmin’ suits that you can cannonball in without a wardrobe malfunction, check out Amuse Society and Vitamin A. For fun patterns + silhouettes, I love Beach Riot, Solid + Striped and Frankie’s Bikinis!
HOW OLD ARE YOU?
I turned 25 in June!
HOW, WHEN + WHY DID YOU START YOUR BLOG?
I started my blog almost four years ago! That seems so long ago, but I can also remember that time in my life like it was yesterday. In short, I started my blog because of a breakup! During college, I wound up in a relationship that left me constantly comparing myself, and I really lost a sense of who I was. I developed pretty severe anxiety and self doubt. By the time the relationship ended, I didn’t even recognize myself. So, I decided to leave my college town for the summer and go back home to Chicago. I got a summer job at an advertising agency and lived in a tiny studio apartment overlooking the Chicago River. I spent countless sunny Saturdays with my oldest friends, got to reconnect with family and slowly began to feel like “me” again. After feeling blue for so long, it was so inspiring to regain my confidence and creativity. One of my best friends started taking photos of my outfits for me, and I posted them on a new Instagram page I created…Trendy Chickadee!
*Side note, I call everyone I love “chicken”, but Trendy Chicken just doesn’t have the same ring to it, ya know? And trendy rhymes with chickadee, so the blog name was born. I actually don’t consider myself too trendy, but I love following along with current trends and combining vintage styles with new designs.
Once I caught the “blogging bug”, I stayed up every night until 2 AM working on the back end code, graphics and content for my blog. Looking back, the first few versions of Trendy Chickadee were laughably bad…I am definitely not a web designer! But I can look back and smile at how I was creating something that made me excited to get up in the morning. It’s allowed me to travel, connect with so many of you guys, raise a puppy and even meet my lover boy.
WHAT KIND OF DOG IS PENNY?
My puppy, Penny Lane, has made a few appearances on my Instagram + blog…and you guys always send me the nicest comments about how cute she is! I have to agree with ya on that one 🙂
Penny is an Australian labradoodle! She’s super smart, doesn’t shed, loves to swim + snuggle…I could go on but I’ll stop here so you guys don’t think I’m a crazy dog mamma. Although I totally am a crazy dog mamma.
BEST BEACHES IN SOCAL + BEYOND?
I love how many of you guys are beach bums just like me! This list could go on forever but here are a few of my favorites…
MALIBU – Broad Beach, Leo Carillo State Park, El Matador + Surfrider Beach (right next to Malibu Pier)
SANTA BARBARA AREA – Goleta State Beach, Summerland
ORANGE COUNTY – Diver’s Cove, Shaw’s Cove, Crystal Cove State Park
FLORIDA – Santa Rosa Beach, Shell Island, Key West, Islamorada
INTERNATIONAL – Tulum + Cancun in Mexico, anywhere in Mallorca, Spain (specifics HERE) + Shark Ray Alley in Ambergis Caye, Belize
WHAT ARE YOUR MUST HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?
WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING + SHOOTING WITH YOUR BOYFRIEND?
In short, it’s amazing! I’d spend every single minute with Drew and Penny if I could, and with our jobs, that’s possible most of the time. And before you roll your eyes at the sappiness, I’ll tell ya that I’ve always been someone who needs alone time and some level of “space”, especially in a relationship. With Drew, I really don’t feel that way…I think he cast a spell on me or something? Sorcery!
At first, Drew was definitely hesitant to be in my photos. He’s a normal guy who pretty much only wanted his picture taken if he was catching a good wave!
But he started to shoot with Hanna and I because he knew it would make me happy. Now, brands are reaching out to me just to get in touch with HIM. Jealous? No. Bitter? Maybe a little 🙂
If you’re interested in a couple’s shoot for your brand, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org!