Instagram hack: UNUM

We’ve all been there. You have the perfect photo to add to your Instagram feed, you go to edit your filters and brightness and contrast… and then you stop and ask yourself, “Well shit. How’s this going to look on my profile?!”

The principle of an Instagram aesthetic is just as absurd as Instagram probably sounded the day it was pitched to early investors. Yet, with the dependency many of us have on our social media profiles and our online persona today, the way your photos look and flow on your profile does matter. If you’re going for this cohesive look, your content should be pretty consistent (this is more relevant if you’re a travel blogger or foodie, for example) and you should always use the same filter (even if you mess with the brightness and contrast, the same filter will give your Instagram an overall “clear coat” that will give your profile a cohesive and deliberately clean look.

So you’re on the right track. But you’re there and editing a photo trying to picture how it’s going to look next to your last post. What was once a trigger for a social media panic attack, is no more. Welcome to UNUM. 

UNUM is a free app that connects to your Instagram account (or multiple accounts – which is great if you’re running Instagram profiles for your clients), loads your content, and leaves open spaces to upload as many pictures as you want to look at how your feed will look before you post! Hide, delete, drag, and drop. This allows you to outline your Instagram profile before it goes live to make sure you’ve got the look you want.

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Here’s an example of how the app looks once you’re connected to your Instagram account (shameless plug: follow @kassferrante on IG!). The plus sign, as seen in the left photo, allows you to add as many pictures as you’d like from your camera roll into the feed. Once you’ve got a layout, the squiggly line shows you how your profile might look when you have a few more posts added and your current posts get shifted down, and the eye icon allows you to “hide” photos already posted to see if your profile would do better without.

UNUM has been a life saver when scheduling out content for my social media clients and for myself! For your brand’s (this includes your personal branding) presence to be successful, it is imperative that your look is cohesive. Now go get your insta on.

Back from the dead.

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Cappuccinos & Curls has been silenced for far too long.

Okay Kassandra, enough with the excuses. Where have you been?

Months of internships, work, job applications, subsequent (and failed) job interviews, summing up to 16 hour days, I finally have a chance (a small one) to breathe. I’m in my last few weeks of the semester, wrapping up projects and final papers. I finished my 5 month internship at a digital media agency, which was exactly what I needed to not only confirm what I want to do with my life, but gave me the platform for experience to do so. I’m currently still interning as a Social Media Manager for REVOLT Wine Co. out of San Diego, creating a social media plan, content calendar, and music blog for the new company. I’m still working, and trying to gym, and trying to balance a personal life that far too often feels like is crumbling to the ground. But I’m graduating college in 31 days – so who gives a damn?

And what about your rants?! (Did you hear about Tomi Lahren getting fired?!)

Oh, you bet I did. Trust me, I had a LOT to say on that. We may revisit that topic soon… As far as my rants: Seeing our political climate disintegrate into a spiral of fake news and Hitler-comparisons, I think I’ve subsequently felt turned off from speaking my peace on the interwebs (besides the occasional all caps tweet). Besides pop culture, trends, food, and travel, we all know I love to rant about politics. I’ve taken the last few months since the election to take in as much information as possible, turning to my peers (those I both agree and disagree with) to reflect on my views and where I stand. There will be rants coming, so stay tuned. (In the meantime, I highly recommend a few podcasts produced by Crooked Media – Pod Save the World, Pod Save America, and Lovett or Leave It. These will give much needed insight into political news and will explain events in a context that non-government personnel can understand.)

So… what’s your plan now?

As I’m running circles in my head trying to decide where my place in the world is, the finish line seems nowhere near. That’s okay with me – for now. I will soon be receiving my college diploma, I have interviews lined up for full time jobs (oh GOD.), and I have travels planned that will further introduce me to more regions of this beautiful world (in two months time, I’ll be returning from a trip to Thailand with my best friends. How lucky am I?). I’m debating between grinding to find a job and start a professional life, or take a few months and keep working at the restaurant, having some fun before I turn to the real world. Regardless of the path I take, I’m excited to take one. The world is my motherfucking oyster. And I’m here to shuck it. (Okay, SUPER bad joke).

I hope that with more time to focus on me in the coming months, I can put more time into Cappuccinos & Curls. As not only an outlet for me to express some strong opinions and pretty pictures, but as a place to share content that I find relevant for all of you busy bees.

Let’s get this party started, once and for all.

My thoughts.

On Thursday evening, I went to my advertising in social media class and my young, all-american, social media guru professor said, “Well, what a shitty week, huh?”

 

I’ve spent the last 4 days or so trying to put my emotions into words. On Tuesday, the night of the 2016 Presidential Election, I cried. I was scared. I was angry. I was dumbfounded as to how so much of America felt so completely different than how I felt. Looking to my friends for solace, I was unsurprisingly met by the same emotions. I had to turn to a good friend- a Republican (who hates Donald Trump, for the record)- to calm me down, reminding me that the crazy policy and racist rhetoric would have no place in our federal government. Yet, I find it so difficult to look anyone in the eye who voted for someone who said so many nasty things about women, Muslims, Mexicans and all immigrants, African-Americans, and even war heroes. How do you vote for someone who said all of THAT to be President of the United States?

I heard a couple responses.

  • “None of the crazy stuff he said will NEVER happen.”
  • “I’m only fiscally conservative. I’m just thinking about the economy.”
  • “Hillary is a criminal. I don’t like Trump, but he’s the lesser of the two evils.”

But still, a vote for Trump, despite being fiscally conservative (or whatever economical excuse you may have), is saying that you think it is okay to spew the rhetoric that he did. That it might be okay to ban all Muslims because they might be terrorists. That it’s okay to grab women by the pussy. You may not believe those things, but your vote says it’s okay to at least say them. It’s not, FYI.

Unsurprisingly, the people who gave me those excuses were well-off, heterosexual white males.

The morning after the election, while watching the news in awe, hoping it was all a nightmare, my less-than-shy conservative roommate was on the phone. She said, “I just don’t get it. When Obama was elected, we dealt with it. We got over it, why can’t they?”

In response to that comment, which I’ve heard all too much the last 3 days, is that this has nothing to do with being a Republican or Democrat. I am a liberal and am proud to be that. I am also educated on the way government works, on history, and on modern politics. I am well aware the President of the United States is not always going to be a Democrat. A third consecutive term within the same party is rare, and we must all be prepared to accept the transition between political parties. We might not like it, but that’s the way it works. So when Obama was elected in 2008 and again in 2012, no, Republicans did not protest for days and nights across the U.S. But Obama is a stand-up guy, and whether you are Republican or Democrat, you will see that and you will accept that.

We are protesting (whether on the street, or on social media) because we do not accept that the leader of our free world is a racist, misogynistic, Islamaphobic, and homophobic bigot. We are fighting to keep our country moving forward, not backwards. We are fighting to continue showing love and equality to all minorities, members of the LGBTQ community, and the constant fight to break that high glass ceiling.

While I was expressing this to my father, he said, “It is what it is. What can you do?” 

I responded, “I know that it is what it is. But if 100 years ago, women said “What can you do?” I wouldn’t have been able to vote for President.” 

He replied, “That’s the best point you’ve made all day.” 

Now, at a certain point we must come to terms with the decision of the American people (I say this very carefully- Hillary Clinton did win the popular vote… because that’s a thing). I try not to say “we must accept it”, because accepting it and moving on would be giving up on the fight. What I do mean, however, is we must at least hope that Donald Trump is successful. If he is successful, we might all be successful. I greatly hope that the rhetoric spewed during his campaign was a joke and way to garner attention to himself. I hope to see him address each and every comment he made, and apologize to all of those people he offended and made feel less American. By doing that, he won’t make it okay, but he’ll gain more respect for owning up to his disrespectful tactics to become President-elect.

We can only hope for the best, and that he is surrounded by educated and experienced politicians, both Republican and Democrat, to lead him in the opposite direction of destruction and greed. That lead him to unite all the people he divided, and that lead him to be a strong leader, that instead of isolating America from the rest of the world, can work with other nations to make the United States a stronger country for everyone.

 

Wishful thinking.

 

I hope that all protesters stay safe in using their voices and first amendment rights to raise awareness about what we are fighting for. Do not back down. But do not try to fix hatred with violence. By doing that, you are simply creating a bigger divide and doing more damage to our cause than good.

 

Rage and love,

Kassandra

Success or failure. My future and my past.

 

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I have not logged onto this blog in 3 months. Between two jobs all summer, which made for long days and led to exhaustion, I found little to no motivation to keep up a blog which gave me little in return. As I faced the beginning of my senior year this summer, I began to think “Wow, I’m spending my days selling glasses and bussing tables to get by. What the hell am I gonna do with my life?”. The reality is, I’m in a financial situation that requires me to work where I can. I can’t afford an unpaid internship. I cannot afford to work for no pay- a brutal reality for many struggling students. Yet, without an internship, I face the fear that come graduation in May, I’ll have too little experience to start a career in the field I am so passionate about. I’ve laid awake too many nights in my bed thinking about what could have been and what could be.

I’m almost done with my first week of my senior year of college. Looking around, I see so many kids who I have studied with taking huge steps in great directions going towards our common goal. I have been afraid and worried for far too long.

I hope that I can hold myself accountable for regularly turning to this space, as my safe haven, and my portfolio. This year will be my grind. It will be years of loans and tears and assignments. This is my path to graduation. My future is mine. Watch me go.

Sorry I’ve been away for so long, lovers. Let’s get started.

xoxo, Kass

 

 

1, 2, … Sweep!

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Summertime means only 1 thing.. Baseball! I got to attend 2 games out of a 3 game series between the Giants and Padres at Petco Park. Once again, my boys did their job! Swept the series. Padres almost make it too easy..

Had so much fun last night with my gamer babes!

T W E N T Y O N E

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I survived! Apologies for being away for so long, but between work, getting a second job, getting through finals week and consecutive days of celebrating, I have had little time to breathe. Last week, I celebrated my 21st birthday at Crushed in Pacific Beach with my closest friends. It was an amazing day and I could not be a luckier girl to be surrounded by great people and great drinks all weekend. Between the mimosa flights, beer tastings, country bars, and legal beers at a ballgame, I’d say I’ve been celebrating 21 the right way. Thank you to everyone for all the birthday wishes.

Cheers, xoxo

(I guess I can throw out that fake ID now… sorry, mom!)

Cafe Gratitude // San Diego, CA

IMG_7913I am whole (macrobiotic bowl – braised garnet yams, adzuki beans, sea vegetables, sauteed greens, kim chee, garlic tahini, teriyaki almonds). I am glorious (blackened tempeh caesar wrap).

I was grateful to share such a healthy and beautiful meal with my best friend of 16 years! What are you grateful for?

May 12, 2016

What a difference a year makes.

As I’m laying in my bed procrastinating all the work and studying accompanied with the last two weeks of the semester, I curiously wandered onto my blog and went through my archives. Which led me to my first post on cappuccinos&curlssf (before it was called that). That post was published on May 2, 2015. And as I glanced at the bottom of my computer screen to the calendar icon, it dawned on me that today is May 2, 2016.

In that first post, which can be read here, I said “My words may reach no one- and that is okay. My stories may be dull, but they’ll excite me. My journey may not be relevant or interesting or important to anyone else, but I’ll get over it. Someday it will be.” 

A year later, I am not a famous blogger or journalist, nor am I a social media phenom. In the last year, I’ve graced you with my favorite outfits from my average wardrobe, pictures of delicious meals at trendy restaurants (I am a wannabe foodie after all), stories from my adventures abroad, a political rant here and there, and hopefully some sort of inspiration from my health journey. I think I have a lot to offer, so I share that all with you.

A year ago, I was in a place where I kept telling myself I was okay, happy, and inspired. Looking back, I was falling apart on the inside, heartbroken, stressed, and scared of the future. Today I can say that I’m still a little stressed (it’s finals week), and still a little scared (I graduate college in a year- WHAT!), but I am okay. I am happy. I am breathing. I am alive. I’m here to stay.

What a difference a year makes.

To anyone who has even thought about visiting this page, I thank you. I’ve got a lot to look forward to and I continue to be motivated and inspired to build a platform for myself that can allow me to create and share content for anyone who will listen. I mean I am only 20 (21 in 11 days! Eeep!)- I’ve got a lot to look forward to and a lot to share.

xoxo, Kass