On The Grid

Instagram has become one of the most popular social media sites, and my personal favorite platform to scroll through when I’m procrastinating doing homework.  Scrolling through you can see pictues with friends, outfits of the day, lifestyle pics, and anything in between. The editing of your pictures has become almost as important as the picture itself and VSCO Cam is the perfect app to step up your Insta game and improve your grid. Here’s a little preview on my favorite VSCO presets and what they can do for your pics:

None: Sometimes all your picture needs is a little exposure or contrast and no filter at all! VSCO lets you adjust exposure, saturation, temperature, and so much more without choosing a filter.


A5: This filter is really cool because it brightens your pictures but also adds a soft tone to them.


B1: The perfect black and white filter. It’s not too harsh or contrasted and stays true to the original colors and tones of the picture.


C1: I love using this filter for pictures with lots of colors! It makes the colors pop but not too much so that it’s overwhelming. It’s got a bit of a pinky tone so if youre going for a girly vibe, then this is perfect for you!


HB2: This is my current go-to preset at the moment. It gives your pictures a great contrast but also a cooling effect that is great for pictures with people and skintones.


T1: This is a really cool preset if you’re looking for a dark and almost washed out aesthetic to your grid. It’s perfect if you want a great vibe but not a lot of brightness or colors in your pictures.


There’s a ton more presets on the VSCO Cam app so have fun and play around with it! Just remember to stick to a general filter for all your Instagrams for a perfect grid aesthetic.

Shoutout to Burton’s for the ice cream!!!

Curated by Kara Johnson, Summer ’16 Creative Intern

Summer Cheat Sheet

Nothing screams summer quite like profusely sweating in the beating down sun. Aren’t you tired of make up melting off your face, humidity frizz hair, and baking in the sun for that unattainable bronze? We hear you. Now introducing our cheat sheet that will keep you calm and cool this summer.

  • Faux-Glow

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Did summer sneak up on your skin? If you want that summer ready glow but don’t want to damage your skin tanning this product is for you. St. Tropez is one of many self-tanning products out there, but has become my holy-grail product this year. I am featuring the express mouse (apply all over and wait 1-3 hours before showering depending on how dark you want to be) and the in shower gradual tanner (turn off water and apply all over, wait 3 min and then rinse). Now can confidently rock those cut offs

  • Lighten up


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Forget spending long hours and lots of cash in the salon. Sun-in is such an easy/cheap way to get natural looking highlights in your hair. Kylie (fellow creative intern) swears by sun-in and has only used it to reach her beautiful blonde shade. Meet your #hairgoals this summer.

  • Beach Babe

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Summer is the time to let your hair down! This product is the perfect was to keep the heat off your hair while still looking #fresh2death. I love using sea salt spray on wet or dry hair. The sea salt gives my locks just enough grit and texture while the Moroccan oil keeps them tamed.

  • Coconut oil

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I could go on and on about this product… Coconut oil is so universal and can be used a million different ways. This oil is great for moisturizing lips, face or body to keep them from getting dried out by the harsh sun. A better-kept secret about coconut oil is that it makes your lashes grow like crazy! Ditch the mascara and expensive eyelash growth products and go grab coconut oil at your local drug store!

  • Stay put

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This last item is the best way to save your makeup from that hot sun. This primer is a sheer champagne tinted gel that keeps your makeup put all day. If you’re a girl who wants to say goodbye to liquid foundation this summer, you can wear this on its own to get a soft glow. Don’t be intimidated by the shimmer in this primer, it is very fine and will leave you looking glowy and sun kissed.

Take your cheat sheet on the go to ace any beauty test summer throws your way! Shop extras —

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Curated by Phoebe Lathrop, Summer ’16 Creative intern

TOP 5: Summer Trends

1. Unhemmed jeans

Whether it’s a flare or a classic skinny we (as in us & our bestie selena gomez) love this undone jean look for summer!


snag our favorite unhemmed looks on shopriffraff.com

2. Chokers 

The 90’s have been making a strong comeback this season #blessssssss!!! Chokers are the perfect way to add that effortless edge to a simple outfit and look on trend this summer…


Kate rockin this look back in the day and looking fire might I add

kourtney-kardashian-celeb-snaps-020416-620x413Kourtney Kardashian is a huge fan of this trend & we are loving it on her just as much as queen kate in the 90’s

FullSizeRender-1shop our western ways suede necklace on shopriffraff.com to get your kate moss on

3. Denim mini skirts

Okay so this trend is giving me scary flashbacks to middle school days of super fab A&F + leggings duo…..BUT trust me, if kendall jenner is wearing it you should be too!

pick up our one teaspoon junkyard skirt on shopriffraff.com and harry styles will want to date you too… 😂😂😂

4. Exposed shoulders

Show off your sun kissed shoulders this summer in a off the shoulder top! We love this trend because it’s the perfect way to add some flirt to an outfit while still being tasteful

if Olivia Palermo is into you know its 💯💯💯

I heard Justin bieber loves off the shoulder tops 😉

5. Oversized denim jacket (unisex)

This is another 90s inspired look we are loving for summer! Denim is a breathable fabric so it will be you go to light jacket for a chilly night


we know you wanna be like kanye, grab your denim jacket at shopriffraff.com

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Summer Destinations: What To Wear

Summer is finally here and I couldn’t be more excited! Being a full time college student, I always look forward to summer because I get to spend it exploring, adventuring, and traveling all over! What are your plans this summer? Whether you’re traveling to the lake, mountains, a tropical getaway, or spending your summer in the city – let Riffraff pack your bags with some summer goodies!

Relax at the lake this summer with our lake essentials!

Spending your summer vacay up in the mountains? We’ve got you covered.

If you plan on enjoying the palm trees and ocean breezes, be sure your bags are packed with these beachy trends!

Did you get your dream internship this summer and are spending your summer hustling around a big city? Let us help!

Written and curated by Kara Johnson, Summer ’16 Creative Intern