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.
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 hair colorist Spencer Henry! I also have one row of 18 inch hand tied extensions done by the AMAZING Staci of Salt Strands Salon.
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.
For everyday tops, skirts + accessories, Free People + Planet Blue are my go-tos.
When it comes to comfy clothes, I love Z Supply, Wildfox, Barefoot Dreams + Project Social!
I buy most of my scarves + hair accessories vintage…you can check out Boheme Goods and Madly Vintage for some amazing options!
My hat collection is a mixture of Lack of Color, Brixton, Wyeth and my very own brand, Tate + Tiegs! For jewelry, I love Five + Two, Washed Ashore and Gorjana.
Last but certainly not least, swimsuits! My favorites for high waisted bikinis are Zulu + Zephyr, Vitamin A + Peony Swimwear. For good swimmin’ suits that you can cannonball in without a wardrobe malfunction, check out L*Space and Solid + Striped.
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 the love of my life.
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…which we think is a mixture of lab, poodle and either cocker spaniel or Portuguese water dog! She’s super smart, doesn’t shed (kinda), 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
USA – Tower Road Beach in Wilmette, IL and the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii
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 me 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!