Friday, February 23, 2018

Martha's Flowers A Practical Guide to Growing, Gathering, and Enjoying by Martha Stewart with Kevin Sharkey

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I love flowers, and after watching my mom make these beautifully gathered floral arrangements that would enlighten a table full of people as well as gifts to give, I knew I need to learn to make some myself! The book that really helped me get an idea of how to do just that, with detailed instructions and clear visuals would be the book known as Martha's FlowersIt's not only full of clever tips and ideas, but it's including those freshly grown from the garden blooming plants.

So I can go from growing to building a full beautiful bouquet to place on my table or inside a room. It's all by the help of Martha, who really has an eye for creativity and of course, I always admired her magazines, TV shows and decorative eye on all types of creative ways to entertain and DIY things. So to have this book and use it to help me, it's just wonderful!  

It really allows me to take what I already do, by using flowers and plants from my garden and learn to build with those materials to create a gorgeous floral arrangement. The details are very easy to follow and the images make it perfect for a visual learner like myself. I really adore the different types of plants used to create each bundle. Even if I don't have those exact plants, I can easily use different plants to gain that gorgeous gather and just know how to make one, by using the steps inside this book. So it really helps build skills like a florist.

What I really adore about the book is the beautiful flowers in each photo, real flowers! It's just gorgeous what a small mixed amount of flowers used can create. Plus, with a blend of different types, it can even look out-of-this-world, brilliant! So I honestly think spending some time to read this book, will not only help me but honestly just inspire me to grow and create a few to gift others and add to my own kitchen table. Finally, I love this book and what it's helping me to accomplish!

About The Authors:
MARTHA STEWART is America's most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher and the author of more than 80 books on cooking, entertaining, crafts, home keeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She is the author of dozens of bestselling books on cooking, entertaining, home keeping, gardening, weddings, and decorating. She was the host of The Martha Stewart Show, the Emmy-winning daily syndicated television program, and is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which publishes several magazines, including Martha Stewart Living.

KEVIN SHARKEY, Executive Director of Design at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, helped found the decorating and floral design voice of Martha Stewart Living magazine, working alongside Martha for 22 years.

Book Information:
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter (February 27, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307954773
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307954770
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1 x 11.3 inches
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Styling for Instagram: What to Style and How to Style It by Leela Cyd

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When I started using Instagram, I just fell in love with sharing photos. However, I had no idea what to really post. I started getting ideas from other posts of those who used Instagram for a while, especially other bloggers. Afterwards, I would share all my bought items, found items and many other things I had created. However, It didn't seem to make such a difference in the attention of those using Instagram as many others who posted. I really wanted to build a following of like-minded individuals and had no idea where or what to do to improve, until now! 

I was so happy to have a chance to read the book, Styling for Instagram by Leela Cyd. The author not only opened my eyes to what I can be sharing but how to make it get noticed! I always wonder why one item got so many hits and another time with the similar item, using the same hashtags and wording didn't get as much. However, that is all figured out, now that I got a true view and really detailed info on what I need to do to improve all my photos and posts, making them stand out from the crowd. I mean the author isn't just telling the reader what to do, she proves it with her great high following count. 

What I've been gaining knowledge on is how to make my posts and photos be more organized, capture the right lighting as a photographer needs when getting a great image of an object and adjusting a few other things to make my images and posts go from ordinary to extraordinary. I think it would have been something I wouldn't think I needed to fix, and would still be lost on how to improve till I read this book. 

A few of these magnificent tips and information that can help anyone are things like filing the best-looking images so you can go through them before posting, always start by thinking about the audience you are sharing too, don't just post if your unsure if it's right, and even certain darling photos may seem great at the time, but might not look great when looking over them, so don't post it. I agree with all of these and will definitely have to try to add this to my mind before posting or doing anything. Also, the fun doesn't just stop on just helpful tips before beginning, but you get almost a course in photography but for Instagram. It's going to cover lighting, negative space, simple, whacky, playful, floral and just so much more photo styles you can take. It's got so many helpful ideas on taking a certain type of photo. 

I feel that this book is perfect for beginners and those who use Instagram often. Even for anyone who is trying to build their company, build their reputation or just wanting to build a large following, this book will help extremely! Plus, it's so colorful, eye-pleasing and not in anyway boring! I honestly wouldn't put it down because it's not a giant book of boring pages that don't really grab my attention, but instead, it's all exciting knowledge and info that captures my attention and eyes. Finally, this is a terrific book! I really am pleased to have read this and can't wait to get my Instagram booming with followers and perfectly organized photos.


About The Author:
LEELA CYD is a food, lifestyle, and travel photographer and stylist with over sixty thousand followers on Instagram. She has worked as a freelance photographer for various magazine including Apartment Therapy, Conde Nast Traveller, Kinfolk, and Kitchn.com. Living in Santa Barbara, California, Leela has traveled extensively and her work is rooted in celebrating natural, imperfect beauty wherever you find it.

Book Information:

  • Flexibound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (February 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250182212
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250182210
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.5 x 8.8 inches



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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Yoga Therapy Foundations, Methods, and Practices for Common Ailments Author: Mark Stephens


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Yoga Therapy by Mark Stephens has only been a joy, once I received it! This isn't a tiny book, but a large resource that I could use to help guide to natural recovery, through yoga. There are details about the entire body, which I feel is a good idea to know before starting anything that requires the body to be moved to a specific position. Also, one recommendation with this book, to take the body assessment tests inside. It can come in handy to know what you really need to work on before beginning anything, the same goes for clients.

Now, even though this is a huge book, it really has plenty of well-known facts about the body and what we can do to repair it through different yoga techniques. I think what I enjoy most is that these movements can help our body naturally, especially inside the body, such as the respiratory and digestive system, which is something I so would love to help repair. 

Of course, in the beginning of the book, it does cover a few things that are quite interesting facts about the body. I almost feel like I'm reading a book that trains you to understand the body fully before becoming a medical doctor. The illustrations of the human body and what it's made up of and looks like, you see a bunch of these images inside this book. It's very helpful to know how the body moves and flexes. Plus, there was one part that really stood out to me. Since I seem to see and read a little bit about it in a few other books I've owned is about Ayurvedic and I can say that yoga goes perfectly together, with the entire balance of the body.

The thing that really is a gem about this book is that you have all these wonderful chapters, separated by different sections. A total of 6 parts that can help one narrow right down to a section that needs more revisiting or understand beforehand. The different parts being with the origins from where it all began, to understanding the human body, helping others heal, yoga practices, healing common conditions(one part that I have bookmarked) and finally the last part is the epilogue. So from not knowing anything, one can really get an idea what to look forward too and learn some new things about the body after looking into his book. It's like a very wonderful resource.

Finally, I can't say there isn't anything wrong with this book. You truly are informed and begin learning about the body from the first few chapters of the book all the way to the end, and how to focus on healing it naturally through yoga. I can say there are so many natural techniques out there, but with natural stretching and movement, this book has shown me some truly easy ways to flex and move my body to heal.


Information About The Author:
Mark Stephens is a dedicated yoga student whose personal experience of yoga’s promise to make life better inspires him to share the practice through teaching and scholarly writing. 

Described by Yoga Journal as “the teacher's teacher,” Stephens, a certified yoga therapist and member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, is the author of the international bestsellers Teaching Yoga, Yoga Sequencing, and Yoga Adjustments, which have been published in nine languages.

From a deep study of yoga history and philosophy, human anatomy and physiology, social and interpersonal dynamics, and Eastern and Western theories of being and consciousness, Stephens brings a nondogmatic, accessible, and integrated perspective to yoga therapy that makes yoga a more refined resource for healthy living. 

Practicing yoga daily for more than twenty-five years and teaching for more than twenty years, Stephens draws from his prior years in academia, as an education consultant, and as a progressive social change activist to create practical resources for yoga teachers and therapists. In 1997 he founded Yoga Inside Foundation—establishing therapeutic yoga programs in more than 300 schools, treatment centers, and prisons across North America—for which he received Yoga Journal's first annual Karma Yoga Award. 

Stephens lives in Santa Cruz, California, and teaches globally.

Book Information:

  • Paperback: 720 pages
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books (November 7, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1623171067
  • ISBN-13: 978-1623171063
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.7 x 10 inches



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