Instagram: How I Edit My Pictures

One of the most common questions I get on Instagram (and sometimes in person) is 'what filter do you use for your Instagram pictures?'

Well if you haven't seen my ad hoc Instastory editing tutorials then this answer might come as a surprise.

It's: none.

Yup, I don't use a filter on my Instagram pictures. Instead I've found the best way to achieve my crisp, white Instagram theme is through a combination of using an app called Facetune and the good ole' editing tools integrated in Instagram.

So let's talk a little bit more about the app Facetune. This is a full on editing app that can bascially do anything from stretching or thining out objects to defocusing the backgrounds. But the main thing I use this for is 'whitening' the backgrounds of my photos. The only other features I use is the defocusing or smoothing tool to get rid of any graininess a photo can have due to lack of quality. 

Pro tip: When you search up Facetune in your app download store two will pop up. Facetune and Facetune 2. I have both, because originally there was just Facetune and it costed money. Then within the past little while they introduced Facetune 2, which is free (with in-app purchases), but the three tools I talked about are completely free to use in Facetune 2! 

So let's get into the how-to tutorial now. 

Step 1: I bring the original photo into Facetune 2. If the photo wasn't straight when taken I use the iPhone 'Photos' editing feature to straighten the photo before bringing it into Facetune. In this case it was good! 

Step 2: I use the 'Whiten' feature to whiten any white spots and the background.

Step 2: I use the Smooth tool to smooth out any spots that look grainy. And save the photo.

Step 3: I bring the saved photo into Instagram and use the built-in editing tools. I always brighten the photo. 

Step 4: After brightening, I play around with highlights, contrast, sharpen, and shadows until I'm satisfied with the look of the photo,

Step 5: In this case I wanted to brighten the photo even more so I boosted the brightness. And then your done and ready to post! 

And here's the final edit*! 

Another pro tip! If you want to edit a photo that was taken in harsh yellow lighting and it looks to warm tone, then use the Temperature tool in Instagram and add more cool tones to balance it out. 

I know it's quite a few steps to edit a photo, but I love creating a beautiful streamlined feed for inspiration. 

See a few of my favourite editing transformations below: 

For those who voted yes to wanting to see this post I hope it helped! Also please comment below with any other blogging or social media-type posts you'd like to see, I'd love to start doing more of these type of blogs. 

*The tutorial isn't exact to the final image. This is just purely a recreation.

Perfectly Pink

I'm pretty sure all my life my favourite colour has been pink. The only time I remember it wasn't was when I went through a brief phase at eight year's old whenI loved the colour blue. But other than that its been pink. Baby pink, bright pink, light pink, hot pink, you name it I've worn it all.

Now that I'm reaching my mid-twenties wearing a hot pink shirt is only in memories form my childhood. As I've matured so has the colour pink I wear. Nowadays I love wearing anything blush, from shoes, to purses to blazers! 

The look I put together features this cool, long, blush blazer I'm totally smitten with. 

Photos by:

Outfit details
Blazer: Dynamite Clothing
Dress: H&M
Shoes: Kate & Mel
Purse: Michael Kors

Ps. Happy October aka Halloween month aka Halloween Town marathon time. 

Office Attire

It's been over a year now since I've entered the 'real world' (post-college life) and working at an office job. This means my clothes have started to change and not just with the seasons. I've watched my college go-to pieces (leggings and a tunic dress) start to fade to the back of my closet and blazers and blouses take over the majority of my wardrobe.

Even though Summer is still sorta kinda hanging on by a thread here in Winnipeg, Fall is definitely creeping up quickly and my cute dresses and skirts are going to end up in hibernation soon. This means I'll have to start wearing pants again. I'm not going to lie although I like pants, finding comfortable and stylish work pants has been a bit of a challenge for me. I literally have had like one pair that I actually like wearing. Also, let's face it, pant shopping sucks. No matter what size or height you are it can be hard to find that perfect fitting pant. For me either they are way too short or they are too tight at the thighs.

So, when Ricki's reach out to me to about their Instant Smooth pants I was excited, but nervous all at the same time to try them. According to Ricki's these pants are already hit among their shoppers which also made me even more intrigued. After trying them on, I was actually really happy with how they looked AND even more happy about the FIT! What makes these pants special is that they have a smoothing panel around the top of the pants. This Instant Smooth panel is not designed to suck you in, but instead makes the top of the pants more comfortable and smooths things out. I also have to add I'm really impressed by the length of the pants.

*Thank you to Ricki's for gifting me these pants.* 

The office outfit I put together is all around a neutral colour palette that plays with unique pieces, warm tone metals, and features the Instant Smooth pants in the Slim style. The pants and cotton black shirt create the perfect, comfortable base to this outfit. I added this gorgeous long vest and amazing strappy stilettos to finish off the look.

Ps. If you go to Ricki's from now until September 25 and try on a pair of Instant Smooth Pants you'll get 25% off your entire purchase even if you don't get the pants. 

Shopology Project Conference in Winnipeg & Tickets Giveaway

Imagine it's 1960 and you're strolling down Portage Avenue in Winnipeg. You're dressed to the nines while spending the afternoon window shopping. Along the way you pass the Eaton's building (now where Bell MTS Place stands) and the Hudson's Bay Company (which still stands tall today).

There's no doubt when it comes to Winnipeg it has a rich history in Fashion. Back in the day it was commonly known as 'Canada's Manufacturing Centre'. With multiple warehouse locations and manufacturing plants Winnipeg's fashion roots run deep. And it doesn't stop there, with many fashion designers like Lennard Taylor and boutique shops like Mad About Style, Winnipeg's fashion love is still there. It also makes me extremely proud of my creative and artistic city.

This history of fashion and a love for it herself, is what made Cindy Cannon start the Shopology Project. The Shopology Project is "the online resource designed specifically for Winnipeggers to shop for fashion locally, to find the latest fashion right here at home, to feature our local designers, photographers, boutiques, share industry news and fashion events in Winnipeg, and help those aspiring fashionpreneurs to build their brand right here in Winnipeg." And from this stemmed Winnipeg's newest fashion event, the Shopology Project Conference happening September 16 at the RBC Convention Centre. I had the chance to ask Cindy about the conference, her fashion history, and more. See her interview below:

Look for this photo on my Instagram for a chance to win two tickets to the Shopology Project Conference. 

The Trendy Files (TTF): Tell me about yourself, what's your history with fashion?

Cindy Cannon (CC): I am the daughter of a seamstress, and wore handmade clothing most of my elementary school years. I learned to sew at a very early age, and figured out how to create a product and sell it to my friends to make a little money. I was taking Business Administration course, when my mentor recommended that I apply for a position with a new clothing company who needed some help around the office. That clothing company was Mondetta Clothing. What I learned there, from those at Mondetta and all the people we did business with, taught me more about the business than any textbook could. We worked day and night to keep up with the demand for the product, and every day was something new. Working in fashion when there were factories in Winnipeg was a lot different - you could jump in your car and go check on fabric, samples or your production anytime. I miss those days!

Since those days I have worked for manufacturers here in Winnipeg and in Calgary (yes, there was a manufacturer in Calgary!), sales support for a large national sportswear chain, managed a small chain of stores, been a fit model, a model, taught name it. Love it all. I've travelled to Europe to shop for trends, photoshoots in California, worked with models, national & international sales teams, design teams, done trade shows, line sheets, merchandising, hauled around a garment bags to buyers - including wardrobe departments in L.A. for TV shows. I have worked for a company that experienced exponential growth, and have worked for a company that closed after 40 years.

I love the hustle, creativity and challenges of the fashion industry, it's in my DNA.

TTF: Why did you start shopology project?

CC: The Shopology Project blog was started for a many reasons, well, four reasons.
  1. Winnipeg needs to be recognized for our local fashion talent - historically and currently. It frustrates me that Winnipeg is so often skipped over in national fashion magazines.
  2. I wanted to share my fashion industry knowledge. I have worked in the fashion industry, in pretty much every capacity in the industry and thought a blog was a place to put it! Maybe someone else will find it useful and inspire them to start their own business.
  3. I feature stores and designers because it helps to share their stories on other places on the www other than their own websites.
  4. Winnipeg has fantastic designers creating great product and buyers from local boutiques selling wonderful collections too - I have featured fashion finds much like you would find in other fashion mags but actually available right here in our city. Urging people to shop local and support small business owners.

TTF: What was the inspiration behind starting the Shopology Project Conference and why now?

CC: Winnipeg currently does not have an event or conference that provides business development specific to the fashion industry. The fashion business is not like selling any other product category - it is fast-paced, new collections seasonally, trade shows that you cannot miss, trends constantly shifting year to year, season to's hard to keep up on all that alone, never mind running your business too! The only people that can truly relate are the ones who have experience in it! Things are changing in fashion and retail and brands and stores need new ideas, new strategies to remain competitive - and open!

Winnipeg has an incredible history of fashion - manufacturing, designing, and retail - it deserves it's own day, and we need to bring that community together.

TTF: What can attendees expect from the conference?

CC: The room will be filled with people who speak "fashion" and there will be time to mingle and meet others in the industry - store owners, designers, stylists, bloggers and marketing experts. It's a full day, but the presentations are varied in format and length to keep it interesting and changing. Those that are considering the industry for a career will learn so much, as will those that have been doing what they do for a while. You never know everything, and as a business owner, it is important to invest time from your day-to-day to learn something new, network...maybe get motivated or inspired to rebrand or create a new website strategy. All of our speakers are from Winnipeg and work in Winnipeg, so they understand the Winnipeg market. Local designers and store owners will share their knowledge and tips on topics such as local resources to create products, service providers for marketing and design, and what marketing works for Winnipeggers - because we are a unique city. If you have ever felt disconnected at a conference in Toronto or Vancouver, and felt that the presentations didn't relate to the market in Winnipeg, you won't feel that way at this conference. The speakers at this event are from Winnipeg, and have built their businesses in Winnipeg. They "get" Winnipeg.

Tons of business tips on how others got started in fashion design and opening their own store, using social media, visual communications, telling your brand story, and what local resources are available to help your business succeed.

Also, if you are a fashion blogger, and you like to blog about local fashion - well, have I got a day for you! You'll have weeks of content to publish about Winnipeg fashion! :)

As you can see this will definitely be an event NOT to miss if your a Winnipeg fashion junkie. And if you would like to come to the conference I'm giving away two tickets! All you have to do to enter is head over to my Instagram account and tell me your favourite Winnipeg designer or shop in the comments of my post featuring the Shopology Project Conference. I will be announcing the winner on Wednesday September 13, so make sure you enter before then! (Must be a Manitoba resident.)

You can also purchase tickets on the conference's website:

I hope to see you there!

An Extra Makeup Look

Makeup is magical. Seriously though, you can make your face shine with a rainbow highlighter, turn your eyelids glittery, and even have blue lips. There really is no limit to what you can do with an eyeshadow palette and some brushes, never mind an entire makeup case full of products. Makeup is an art and makeup artist are exactly that - artists.

Last month while I was in Calgary my cousin, Madison (the one with the ambitious idea to wake up before the crack of dawn and go to Moraine Lake) gave me an extra makeover. Madison of @MadsPrettyMakeup on Instagram is a self-taught makeup artist. She loves glitter, glow and lashes!

The look she came up with on me is very extra. It's definitely something I'm not accustom to wearing, but never the less I completely loved it. From the gorgeous eye to the eyebrow gems I was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful it all turned out. I like to describe this look as modern Egyptian. Think Cleopatra 2017, a bold wing, cut crease, and lashes. I mean for real... look at that cut crease though! 

MadsPrettyMakeup doing her thing. 

While she was doing my makeup I asked Madi a few makeup must-know questions.

TTF: What inspired you to get into makeup?

MPM: "I love how I can make people feel good about themselves and I love highlighting their beautiful features."

TTF: If you could only use one makeup product for the rest of your life what would it be?

[Side note: I totally knew she was going to answer with that. Girl loves to GLOW.]

TTF: Top five holy grail products?

MPM: "Hourglass Veil Primer, Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, Anastasia Beverley Hills DIPBROW Pomade, Anastasia Beverley Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit [Side note: Total holy grail of mine too!], and Aveeno Face Toner."

TTF: You have five minute to do your makeup, what do you do?

MPM: "Keep it simple. Eyebrows, mascara, and some lip gloss." 

Eyeshadow: Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette
Eyeliner: NYX Matte Liquid Liner
Lashes: Ardell Lashes Faux Minx 812
Foundation: MAKE UP FOR EVER Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation
Highlighter: Anastasia Beverley Hills Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit
Lips: Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit in Ginger 

For more makeup looks and inspiration, follow Madi on Instagram @MadsPrettyMakeup. If you're in the Calgary area and looking to get your makeup done message Madi on Instagram.

Taking Care of Your Blond Hair Between Appointments

As a naturally dark-haired brunette, getting a blond ombré was not an easy or cheap decision. If you've been following me since I started this blog then you may be familiar with my hair transformation. It's been over a year and a half since I first ombréd my hair. Since then I've cut my hair, and re-ombréd it at least twice.

But being a natural brunette means that keeping up with my blond hair between appointments takes some effort. I use special shampoo and conditioner, get it toned often, and try not to use a lot of heat tools on it. These little things that have helped my hair stay healthy. So when I was approached to try a lightening spray that isn't harsh and doesn't use ANY bleach, you can say I was pretty intrigued.

The Sun Lightening Spray by Klorane is said to be a gentle product that works on even bleached blond hair to give it "honey-blond highlights". The spray's featured ingredients are chamomile and honey. According to Klorane's website, "chamomile extra has been used for generations for its natural hair lightening properties."

The company started over 50 years ago, with its founding product being the Golden Highlights Shampoo. The shampoo is the original Klorane chamomile product for those with blond hair. They also carry a conditioner along with Lightening Spray in the chamomile line.

It sounds too good to be true, right? I just had to put it to the test on my colour-treated hair. So I grabbed my bottled sunshine, a comb and gave it a shot!

1. Following the instructions, I grabbed sections and sprayed my ends. I made sure not to soak my hair. 
Fun fact: It can be used on towel dried or completely dry hair!

2. Right after spraying a section I combed through it to evenly spread the product. 
Fun Fact: There's no oxygenated water in it, so no need to worry about your hair turning orange.

3. I continued the process until my head was done.
Fun Fact: You don't have to use a blow dryer to make the product work. 

Top: Dynamite

After my first use I noticed the pieces around my face looked blonder, my hair felt softer, and the rest of my ombré brighter. Not to mention this stuff smells absolutely amazing. The instructions also say to use up to three times a week, and after three weeks it should reach its best results. Since this is a gradual product, I'm excited to see the full results after a couple more weeks of use (I'll keep you updated on my Instagram page (@TheTrendyFiles). But honestly so far, it's doing a really good job of keeping my blond hair looking fresh and like I spent the day in the sun!

Thank you to Langton PR for sending me this product to review. 

Hello Moraine and Louise

What do three girls in their early twenties do on an early brisk Wednesday morning in the middle of July? Well, in this case leave the house before 3 am and drive from Calgary for over two hours to watch the sunrise at Moraine Lake. Truly an adventure I'll never forget.

It all started just over two weeks ago, when my sister Monica and myself decided to fly out to Calgary to visit our relatives. Conveniently, we had timed the trip around the Calgary Stampede so we could join in the festivities. But, like everything there's only so much you can do until you're ready to branch out from cowboy boots and hats.

We knew we wanted to head out to Banff to explore for at least a day. That's when my cousin Madison, had a slightly ambitious, yet very compelling idea for our next adventure. Wake up after 1 am, so we can get ready, leave the house before 3 am, and drive two hours to Moraine Lake to catch the sunrise. A real enthusiastic idea for three girls who a) love their sleep, and b) well, love their sleep. But it didn't take much convincing after my aunt and uncle had a little fun poking at us with doubt.

So the next morning, while most people awake were probably on their way home from Stampede, my body woke me up at 1 am cueing the start to our trip. By 2:50 am Monica, Madison, and myself were packed, with three outfit changes (the inner blogger in me was calculating all the photo-ops), a bag full of snacks, and a playlist fit for the occasion.

The ride consisted of a couple scary stories I don't care to repeat and definitely didn't enjoy, a karaoke sing-a-long, and endless laughs. By 5 am we were winding down the scenic road to Moraine Lake. We climbed up the side of a rock, and found ourselves faced with the most breathtaking view. The picturesque turquoise lake, framed by towering mountains, speckled with evergreens was magical. And as the sun rose, the turquoise turned brighter and the mountains sparkled. We spent about an hour there taking photos and just soaking in the whole thing. Then we hopped back into the car and headed over to Lake Louise.

I'd never been to Lake Louise before either, and I heard it was another beautiful view. But when we strolled down to the lake, instead of clear view like at Moraine Lake, the sky was blanketed in fog giving it an eerie and stunning appearance. Again, we took in the view and snapped a couple photos before making our way to Banff for the rest of the trip.

What can I say? It was definitely worth it, a trip if you ever have the opportunity to do, you have to.

Here's some photos from our trip.

Stay tuned for the next posts from our time walking around Banff, and going for afternoon tea at the Banff Springs hotel. 

Two Years of The Trendy Files

Two years. It's crazy to think that two years ago I started this blog, and now two years later I'm still doing it. I remember the day I decided to finally start The Trendy Files. Prior to that I had been blogging for school about everything and anything, it was okay, but I wasn't passionate about it. I knew what I really wanted my blog to be, but at the time I just wasn't ready to take the leap. Looking back now, I'm so happy I did. My little blog has given me so many opportunities that I never thought I'd have. Not only have been able to work with some great brands, but I've meet some many amazing people online and in person because of it. 

So why not take a stroll through memory lane? 

The original The Trendy Files blog header.
From my first outfit post!

One of my favourite OG Trendy Files outfits.

The DIY Halloween Costumes - Miss Hepburn.

One of my favourite shoots with my friend Emily Enns.

My first collaboration - AVEDA Institute Canada.
My first Ricki's collaboration and a fun shoot with my friend Claire McCaffrey. 
A curly hair tutorial.

22nd birthday makeup look. I don't know about you, but I'm feeling 22!
Giveaway post featuring my best friend!

Défilé sur glace / Fashion on Ice 2017.
On the Marc & Mandy Show. 

Cute Spring outfit featuring Sears.

Looking back at some of my favourite posts is bringing back so many amazing memories. I just want to send a shout to everyone who's somehow helped me out or contributed to my blog. I honestly appreciate it so much (and hopefully you don't get too annoyed with me when I ask you to be my photographer)! But in all seriousness, I couldn't do it without the help I get. So thank you. 

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