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Finagle A Foto #19 ~ Its All About The Works!

Happy Sunday Lovely 
Friends Stopping In Today!
Hope your weekend has been wonderful and you are all preparing
for the fun holiday's ahead.. I am really excited to catch a lil break and 
a freebie day off or two from work.. Woohooo! I just love the holidays..
Welcome To Finagle A Foto #19 
<<<  It's All About The Works  <<<
Your Best Of The Week Alongside
*Celebrating Independence*
The ArtsyGirl Connection
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Thanks SO much for joining and sharing your photo series with us this week!
We have an amazing guest with us today and are excited to share a bit about 
her with you all. Hope you can find a moment to stop in and be inspired as much 
as we are with the amazing Elena Via Cropped Stories!!!!
Cropped Stories
Fun Bits about Elena in << 5 words >>
Loving....  Sensitive.  ......Outgoing.  
Considerate.  .......Compassionate.
What photography means to you.
I got into photography when my little one, Alivia, was born back in August of 2010.  
I started off just snapping pictures with my Point & Shoot Canon.  I realized that 
I didn’t just want to take pictures anymore, that I wanted to create pictures.  I wanted to 
learn about photographing and really put some of my lessons to use.  As I became more
 serious about it, I bought my first DSLR in 2011!  I used to think that photography 
was about freezing those moments that you wanted to remember for the rest of 
your life but I’ve since changed my mind.  At the time, I didn’t realize I had to dig 
deeper to see beyond the obvious (that sure, a photograph can freeze your moments).  

Photography is so much more than that!  It’s about expression, art, creativity, 
challenging yourself, pushing yourself, and most importantly, story-telling.  That’s 
why I named my blog “Cropped Stories”.  I really do believe a photograph 
can show a story much better than a book could ever tell it. 

Your favorite types of photo's
Since I have the most adorable subject in the world, who makes it almost impossible for 
me to take a bad picture, I’d have to say that children are my favorite to photograph!  
All of my photography studies have been based around babies and children and I 
never tire from seeing a photograph of a child!  I just love how their innocence, 
vulnerability, curiosity, independence or dependence, and spirited nature always 
seem to shine right on through a photograph and into the person viewing it.  
Well, that’s what a photograph of child does to me anyway!   I’m a BIG 
fan of close-ups, filling the frame, and of negative space.  
For some reason, I am just drawn to these photos the most!
Your favorite photo you've shot lately
Photo Blogs or people that inspire you / you admire
My sister, Lola, is probably my biggest inspiration.  I always say that if she wasn’t 
my sister, I’d still think she was the best photographer on the market!  She just has 
the eye for it and has been doing it since High School.  I love 
that she keeps her processing clean and simple. 

What are your photography goals?
As of now, I’m still not sure what my long term photography goal is. 
My short term goal, however,  has always been to keep 
learning, improve my techniques, and have fun! 

Any fun happenings coming up at your blog you'd like to share / announce
When I stumble upon something great, I like to share the love. It wouldn’t really 
be fair for me to keep it all to myself now would it?  With that in mind, I publish 
a post every Friday called “The Missing Link” where I attach all my favorite links 
(by category) that I’ve compiled over the week.  You should definitely come check 
these posts out!  You never know, you may just find something incredible!

Also, if you are into fun collages, templates, printables, etc. than you probably 
want to check out my FREEBIES page.  Have some fun and feel free to look around! 
Cropped Stories  can be found all around the web via  Facebook  /  Twitter  
Instagram  /  PInterest  /  RSS Feed , please take a moment to find Elena and
indulge.. So much to see and smile about. She's simply AMAZING!!!
**THANK SOOO VERY MUCH ELENA** WE APPRECIATE YOU!!
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Some Best Of The Week Around My Way
We had a FUN beach day today! More photo's to come shortly during the week.. :)
The Girls At The Beach.. LOVE them.. My fav shot of my day...
.....Catch A Ray Of Life Today... Sia, at the beach today..

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Walking At The Pond ~ Sunset & Some Nature's Pretty Creations..

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She Said "More Pweeease" Sia Decided To Feed Her Doll Bananas
...........Because it kept saying "More Pweeeease...." LOL!

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My Cieling Fan - Editing Fun..



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Fatmumslim !~ On The Shelf ~ A Fishy & A Lamp!

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Capturing Motion ~ PPP June Challenge..
Beach day's are just SO much FUN!!

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Lots of fun around town this week!!! 
Care to join in..? Snap away with us! 
We would LOVE for you to join us!
1. Please be a follower HERE and of my Co-Host * Marilyn
Feel free to show off shots that lead to your perfected photo of choice!
{Lets us know to follow YOU too so we stay connected!!!}
2. MUST be your OWN shot, please do not finagle other's work.
3. Please Link Back To Your ORIGINAL Actual Photo Post.
4. Please display Finagle A Foto button on your post.
5. Help Us Know YOUR Favorites By "Liking" The Photo
6. Winner gets to help us choose the challenge themes..!!
7. Visit around and check out creative versions of the focal point of the week!
8.Give some comment LOVE. Everyone loves & little LOVE!
*NEW CHALLENGES WILL START EVERY SUNDAY*
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**If you have any more questions, or for a list of 
future challenges & past winners click here.**
Wishing you a BEAUTIFUL start to your week~
xxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
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FAF #18 Winners {BOW}


Happy Saturday To YOU all lovely friends.
Thanks SO much for stopping in today. Hope your
weekend is off to an amazing start.. Who else is ready for some
fireworks and independence day FUN in the sun..? I am!
The ArtsyGirl Connection
<<< Finagle A Foto #19 <<<
It's All About The Works
Your Best Of The Week Alongside
*Celebrating Independence*
&..............We Have A
Special Guest Judge ~ Preview
The amazingly GORG & Talented
<< Elena Via Cropped Stories >>
Cropped Stories
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Now for the best part of the day, those incredible photo's that
totally wow'd us. My beautiful co-host MEL will do the honors..
< < Top Photo's & Winner > >
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<< Big Congratulations To Our Winner >>
* * Shannah Via I Should Be Cleaning House * *       
Meg
This crazy talented mama won 1st place just a couple weeks ago.. I just could't help 
but pick her again. This vintage style photo session has INCREDIBLE written all 
over it. Shannon captured stellar images, & the vintage look 
& processing is superb. Ok, I'll shut up now...

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2nd Runner Up ~ Congratulations to
>> The Lovely Shelly Via Foto Shelly <<
I've never seen cherries look this beautiful! LOVELY red color.


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3rd Runner Up ~ Congratulations
<<< To Sweet Rose Via A Rosie Sweet Home >>>
Ahhh... LOVE this. This shot has summer written all over it. The sun kissed 
golden hair, a gorgeous girl, perfect light = one beautiful capture!

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Thanks SO much again for linking and congratulations again ladies!!
YOU are ALL amazing!!! Absolutely wonderful shots..
PLEASE GRAB A BUTTON & SHOW OFF 
WEEKLY WINNERS, please pick 
up your {Prize Button HERE}
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* * * * FAF #19 * * * *
Theme: It's All About The Works
{Celebrating Independence Day /Best Of Your Week}
We sincerely hope you will pweeeease link up w/ us tomorrow!
Wishing you a perfect beautiful start to your weekend..
xoxoxoxoxoxo
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Pin'Inspirational Thursday & *A Fun Announcement.*

Happy, Happy Pin'inspiration Day 
We're all so glad to have you stop in today!
This is an especially wonderful day as instead of twins we're now triplets!
YES - Three lovely Ladies & A Sweet Party!!! 
We are thrilled to introduce you to our new partner in
 crime Micki (from ADDhousewife). ~ She's Amazing!!
With the help of Micki we're now able to have this party on THREE blogs
each week, expand AND spend more time with each of you, indulging in your links!.
Win.Win.....Winning.
& A New Fun Party button!!
The ArtsyGirl Connection
Hope that you snag it and spread the word.
Stay tuned through the summer for even more fun changes all to
better showcase the wonderful you's that share your creativity each week!!
Which brings me to the features from last week that you LOVED most!

* Top  Favorites Features Viewed*
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Did you happen to notice; this amazing re-creation via Turtles and Tails
proves that it is 5 o'clock somewhere!! I just LOVE it!
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& the amazing Days of Chalk and Chocolate 
brightens her house and makes even the hottest days seem cool and breezy.

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Blow Your Bubbles In Style..
Salt Tree ~ Hair Band Turned Bubble Wand

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& The Oh'So'Talented Etcetorize 
made sewing look easy enough for me! Sweet Perfection!!!
scarf repurpose, scarf refashion, how to make a top from a scarf, scarf to top, scarf halter top, make a summer top
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& one last bit I can't leave behind. I want an invite from
Jen asap to come visit and craft with her.. She just moved and finally
completed her AhhhhhhMaaaaZing craft room I just ADORE!
Sneak Peak.. Stop in Vintage Gwen for more.

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Super AMAZING Features.. Thanks TO ALL who linked again!!
I start holidays this week and a new top would be just perfect for the summer.
Amazing, right?! Thanks again so very much and can't wait to see
what you've been crafting up all week! Happy Pinning..
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Few little couple of things to keep in mind:
Visit and comment on lots of other folks' projects. Doesn't everyone love the feedback?
Please follow your hostesses, it is so nice for us to be able to keep in touch with you.
Please leave businesses for other rad parties and just share your own fabulousness. 
...........................Happy Adventuring, Jane, Marilyn & Micki
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4th Of July Thrifting.. ~ Inspirations..

Happy Wednesday Friends..
I went thrifting around today and excitedly decided to share some
of my fun and inspirational findings with ya... NO, not store thrifting,
"Web" thrifting..Lots of goodies to inspire an amazing 4th coming up!
How are YOU celebrating the holiday's coming up..? OR summer
for that matter..? Any fun crafts, recipes and more to share..? 
Web Thrifting Idea's
...........~ 4th Fun And More.!
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I am obsessing over these absolutely adorable lanterns!
Aren't they just sooo dreamy..? Something to have
on during the evening as the festivities wind down!
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Are you decorating for the 4th..?
This can go a million ways to serve the BEST decor for your independence
day guests.. Super cute and neat idea. I really love this!
Pinned Image
Who else is baking for the 4th..? She is..
17 And Baking Blog ~ 4th Slice
Of Heaven! How Cute..?!? YUM!
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and plenty of treats to go around all day long!
YUM YUM YUM!!! Via Pinterest ~

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How are you preparing/ celebrating independence day..?
I'd LOVE to know.. Please leave me a link to your wonderful posts
and I will stop in and indulge.. OR, come back this evening and join in the
party ~ Pin'Inspirational Thursday's and link away!... I am really
looking forward to hanging outwith some family and catching
some awesome fireworks.. Woohoo!
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Thanks so much for stopping in today.
Wishing you a beautiful Mid-Week..
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Mannequin Mondays ~ Other Side Of Cool ...Rhi!


Happy Monday Lovely Friends.
Welcome to another super creative 
Mannequin Monday  #4th Edition
* Special Guest Feature : The beautiful 
fashionista Rhi >> The Otherside Of Cool *
Little Beautiful Bits About Rhi
20 something Brit writing about what I love- music, fashion & style, love, friendship 
and beauty. Always on the wrong side of what's 'cool' but more than happy here! Expect 
outfits, reviews, make up looks, inspirational songs and anything else that I enjoy. 
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The ArtsyGirl Connection

&lt;&lt;Quick Fun Inspiring Features From Last Week>>
We super LOVED these amazing and unique features!
Who wore it best..? These superb blogger's! 


Thanks SO very much again for linking.. 
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Without Further Due, Please Join Me In Welcoming
The Lovely And Amazing Rhi.. 'She's REALLY Cool"
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Your style trait. 
Everyone has always told me I have a confused sense of style. And whilst it's true that 
it's hard to pin me down into one box, or genre, or style- I am 100% certain about who
I am and what I love. My taste is just varied. I'll mix skulls with sequins, spikes
with feathers, deep dark colours with pastels. I like to change outfits with
my accessories. A floaty floral dress can be totally changed with a spike
necklace and some biker boots, and changed again with a dainty
diamond bracelet, some pearl sandals and a silky scarf.
What are you known to wear as a favorite all year round??
Skirts and shorts! I hate the restriction of jeans and trousers and skirts/shorts can be
cooled down with bare legs for the summer or you can keep toasty with funky
tights and leggings during the colder months.
What are you wearing today?
I live in Malta where it's insanely hot. It can be hard knowing what to wear for the office, 
want to keep cool but hot pants and skimpy tops are a no no for work. I have to keep 
it comfy and cooling whilst still wanting to add some colour and make sure the outfit 
is 'me'. Here I've paired a pastel mint green vest top from New Look 915 (for just 
€4.50) with a dipped hem black skirt from EBay. Both items are loose 
and floaty but still smart and still very ME! 
Your Favorite Trends /Style Era
Part of me wishes we still dressed as Victorians- they were so proper, but so 
beautiful and intricate. I also love a 20s iinfluence on fashion, with scalloped
edges, fringing and sequins, however my favourite style era has to be right now.
For the first time ever there are no  obscure and we're able to just be
ourselves!  boundaries, the idea of conformity is becoming .......
Walk Into Your Closet:
What's in your closet..? your favorite staple pieces /
must haves, your go-to favorites 
Cropped denim jacket.. It's perfect for the cooler nights in Summer where you just
want something to drape over your shoulders and it'll keep you just warm enough
throughout Spring and Autumn. It really 'makes' an outfit. Dipped hem skirts are
so cute! They're a new take on the maxi/midi skirt and I think they work for
all shapes and sizes. Being little, a maxi skirt can sometimes drown me but this
is the perfect style. It goes with anything and can be dressed up
for the evening or down for the beach!
What Inspires your style..?

Accessories. I think they are so key in our style. Often I will put on one statement piece 
and then dress around it, dress FOR it. It might be a peter pan collar  an edgy
hand chain  or even hair feathers .. Find items that compliment it,
that clash, that draw focus.
Hells Or Kicks...?
In the Summer, as it's so hot in Malta I live in pretty sandals- sequins, spikes,
pearls- however I feel on that day. For a night out though I like to be glamorous but
comfortable so I turn to my trusty wedges. So much easier to walk in than heels,
cooler than boots and much more dressed up that sandals!..............
Color Safe or Bold..? 
Dress for your mood. I have days where I want to keep it
neutral and days where I want to just blow every ones minds...

What's your fashion statement..?

My fashion statement is that- I am me. I don't care whether others will love or 
hate it. I wont stick to a certain style, I'll mix it up. I'll do
whatever feels right for me, no compromises. 
Do you play it safe? or are you a fashion rebel..?
I really love New Look for affordable fashion with a range of styles. They have
something I don't deliberately rebel but I think the nature of doing whatever
you want is somewhat rebellious in itself. I'm never consciously 
playing it safe or rebelling. I just am. Some days my taste may seem
more tame, with neutrals or pastels, but other days I might be
covered in skulls and crosses, or mixing neons with crazy prints!
Shop Obsessed Some of your favorite fashion stores
for most tastes and moods with neons, pastels, denim, some edgier bits, some
pretty florals. Ebay is great for items you just can't find anywhere. I searched
high and low for spiked hand chains and found them on my first attempt
on Ebay! ASOS is also good for having a wide
range of styles and items to fit any budget. 
Dress Me Like : who are your our style icons..? 
Fearne Cotton; She's kinda rocky and edgy but always pretty and put together..
Jessie J; Never afraid to shock or push the boundaries....
Top Shelf : what are you into lately..? nails? colors,hair styles, what's
your top shelf item/fashion trend you are loving the most lately?. 
I love nails! I love bright neons and glitter and anything that packs a punch! 

I'm really into mixing up my hair right now too. I have naturally curly hair and
love going from Curly Wurly one day to Straight and Sleek the next, then 
throwing in another day of Beachy Waves, Colour Stripes and Feathers!
Style The Mannequin - How You Wear It Best : All
(one favorite focal item you love and can't live without..)
 Lipstick is so much more versatile than most people realise and it's perfect
for a natural but put together look in the Summer when you don't want to be
using a hundred different products. I keep the face simple with just a light foundation
(hello Bourjois Healthy Mix!) and some water proof mascara. I then pick a lipstick-
it could be something nude, peachy pink, or fuchsia. I apply a light wash of colour
to the lips and then dab a little on each cheek for blush, and blend with my fingers!
Start of lightly and add more and more until you have your desired strength
of colour. It gives a lovely dewy finish, saves adding yet another product
to your makeup bag and ties your whole look together beautifully
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How amazing is Rhi..? I love how edgy and fun she styles herself. I am
also a fan of EBay and simply can't get enough.. Sincere thanks for stopping in
and sharing with my lovely friends today Rhi. Please stop in and get your
fix and more dose of Rhi via her awesome blog "The Otherside Of Cool"
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Next Monday Sneak Peak
Guest Feature Via A Rosie Sweet Home
Stop in for an amazing shoe revamp tutorial from Rose! 


What Are YOU Wearing BEST This Week..?

Do you have any quick fun hair style tutorial to share..?
Do please.... I would LOVE to stop in and check out your closet findings..
Please share via linking to your stylish posts and join in the fun..
Grab a button spread the word and join us every Monday..
We will feature fun most viewed links alongside my posts each Monday..
** Thanks SO much for stopping in today**
Wishing you an amazing week.
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo...

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