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Wednesday, May 21

How to Prepare for a Photoshoot

Getting ready to have pictures taken soon? I did a photoshoot recently so I have a few tips to share! First we need to know what kind of shoot you are preparing for. Is it an editorial shoot? Engagement shoot? Themed shoot? There are lots of styling elements that go into specialized photography sessions but for our purposes today I'll talk about general portrait sessions. Once you've booked a session and you've laid down the cash the last thing you want to do is end up with bad pictures because something has gone awry with either your clothes, hair, makeup or the set. Here are a few helpful tips that will get you ready for an amazing shoot.

  • Avoid any treatments or haircuts in the days leading up to your photos. Even if you've gone to the same place for years, don't go the night before. Trust me, I have been getting my eyebrows waxed for years but one time I ended up with a massive breakout of hives perfectly surrounding my brows. You don't want that captured on picture day.

  • Bring water and snacks because you don't want to be a hangry (that's hungry + angry) subject. It will show in your photos, so unless you are going for that look stay hydrated and satisfied.

  • The other side of this is that you don't want to overeat right before either. Bloated and sluggish is also not a good look for photos.

  • Put on a bit more makeup than you normally would, even if you are going for a natural look. The camera washes you out and flattens your features so you want to bring back the color and definition to your face. I recommend having your makeup professionally done, it makes a huge difference. You can get it done for free at any makeup counter, you just have to purchase an item which I'm sure you'll want to afterwards :)

  • Make sure your nails are manicured and fresh!

  • Clothes: You want to pick something flattering and add a pop of color. Jewel tones are quite flattering on most people as well as a V neckline. Add layers and accessories appropriately in order to add dimension and interest to your photos.

  • Undergarments: Be sure to wear undergarments that work well with your clothes and are invisible. ie no lacey bras under tops that will show the texture or underwear that give visible panty lines.

  • Glasses: I would take off the glasses for the photos unless that is the specific look you want, which is awesome too. In that case try popping the lenses out to avoid the glare and showcase your eyes.

  • Hair: I recommend washing your hair the day before so that you can style your second day hair for the photoshoot. Second day hair will hold the style much better.

Most important tip is to just be yourself and have fun. I know it can be an awkward situation if you don't like being in front of the camera but try to relax and not take yourself too seriously.

Let me know in the comments how you are preparing for your pictures and I'd also love to hear how they went!
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Guide to: Mixing Prints

It's okay to get creative with your outfits at any age and any size. Today I'm sharing simple tips for how to mix prints without looking crazy.  Before you know it you'll be on your way to funky and fun new options for your weekly style!

As with any suggestions I give you, consider them guidelines or starting points instead of rules. Sometimes you can stumble upon styling genius just by getting in your closet, playing around, making mistakes and having fun.

1) Stick with a color palette. Mixing prints goes down a lot smoother when you are working with similar colors.

2) Anchor two or three different prints with a solid color. This will give the eye a resting place at the party. You can use a belt, scarf, bag, jewelry etc to achieve this.

3) Mix a large scale print with a small scale print for a sense of balance. The small print acts as a solid when paired with a larger print.

Hope this helps you with new ideas for styling your old pieces. Let me know what outfit you come up with in the comments above!
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Tuesday, May 20

Spring / Summer Skirt Style Guide

The weather is warming up and it's time to bring out those saucy legs ladies!

Skirts are so fun and can be effortless, feminine super stylist. Try out some new skirt silhouettes this season to add some interest to your wardrobe. Or if you can't be convince to stray from your typical A-Line skirt why not try to mix it up with a new pattern or color? You can do it, I believe in you!

Super sexy and can be worn casual or all business. Your curves will look killer in a good pencil skirt. Style with a silk button down or a colorful peplum top.

Creative, high fashion and lots of visual interest. If you're ready to break the norm try this skirt for a spin. You can play it safe with a simple white tee.

A classic, feminine style that will camouflage a multitude of sins while still looking fabulous. Keep it balanced with a fitted top and try wearing it high waisted with a skinny belt.

The ultimate classic skirt, looks good on all body types. Pair with a leather jacket for a punch of edge.

Another unconventional look making a comeback in fashion. Style with a chambray shirt for a mix of classic and quirky.

Short doesn't always equal sleasy. This style is super fun in a bold print with a simple graphic tee tucked in the front and a military vest over top.

For the youngins a crop top is fun with this style. For us more mature ladies the maxi looks stellar with a belt to accentuate the waist and a sleeveless blouse.

I love this style, well I love all of them but the skater is so flattering on most women. Wear any top you love and try it tuck in all around.

Similar to the skater this skirt is a bit more whimsical. Maximize this cut with a fun color and a tank.

What are some of your new ideas for styling skirts? Do you like wearing skirts? Why or why not? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, May 19

Does Size Matter?

Does size matter?

In short the answer is no! But let me explain. Today we are talking about clothing sizes and how completely bogus they are.

You’ve probably noticed by now that your size can vary depending on what store you are shopping at. A size 8 at JCrew is not the same as a size 8 at H & M for example. This can leave you feeling frustrated and fat, especially when you’re forced to buy a larger size than you are comfortable wearing.

The truth is clothing sizes are completely subject to the whims of each individual manufacturer. There are no regulations or standards in this industry and sizes can have huge differences.

Some stores even employ what’s known as ‘vanity sizing’. This means they purposefully slap a size 6 label on a typically size 10 garment just to sell more clothes. It pretty sneaky but also smart because they know exactly how the female brain works. But I say don’t let them toy with your emotions or worse, your confidence.

Sizes can even have large variations within the same size! How is this possible you ask? Well clothes for fast fashion stores like F21 and Target are mass produced.

This means they basically have machines with a template to cut down through a stack of fabric for say the front panel of a size jean. As the blades cut down from the top to the bottom of the stack they widen a bit.

The result is that the clothes cut near the top of the stack are smaller than the ones cut near the bottom of the stack.

I recently purchased a size small, non-stretchy, not oversized Old Navy long sleeved t-shirt. However I usually wear a L or XL in tops…see what I mean? It’s entirely likely that the completely wrong label got sewn onto this top.

In higher end stores where clothes are handmade you are more likely to get consistency in sizing, at least in whatever way they decide. Also, mid tier and end store usually produce clothes that are easily tailored so you can get the best fit.

BUDGET TIP: Buy mid tier and high end clothes thrifted or second hand.

I’m sharing all of this to encourage you to disregard the sizes on clothes. Of course use it as a starting point when shopping, but don’t get hung up on only buying size (fill in the blank) or feeling bad if you can only squeeze your cute butt into a size 12 at Anthropologie. If your butt looks great in those size 12’s that’s all that matters! No one is going to stop you on the street and say “Wow, that looks great on you…but what size it?”

Remember our motto: Does it fit? Does it Flatter? Does it Feel Good?

And I hope I’ve put the debate to rest, the verdict is in. Size doesn’t matter.

What do you think? Do you try to purchase clothing in a certain size? How much does size matter to you? Let me hear you in the comments!

Be sure to share this with a friend who needs a sizing intervention!

Tuesday, May 6

Neutral Chic

Yes, I know what you're thinking. How am I ever going to get away with white pants!? Well, there's just something so chic about white, worn well this time of year. I want you to get creative. When you see an inspiring look or even encounter some useful advice in life, instead of thinking "this could never work for me / I don't know how this could work for me" I want you to think "how can I creatively make this work for me". Trust me, this little shift in mindset will open up a whole new world not only in your wardrobe but also in your life.

Worried about stains? Why not try leather white pants with a cotton blazer. Leather is awesome for easily wiping off that spaghetti sauce you splattered! Want to be more casual? Try linen pants in white, cream or beige.

In the comments, let me know how you plan to creatively incorporate white bottoms into your wardrobe this season!
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Thursday, May 1

Black & White

White top, lace tank, loafers, leather leggings Target / Bubble necklace Charming Charlie's

I absolutely adore the beach. I can even get over the sand that gets everywhere because I'm so in awe of the beauty around me.

Today I'm showing you a simple black and white outfit that is super comfy but still chic.  Now I wouldn't typically wear these pants and shoes to hang out at the beach but I was totally comfortable stopping by to catch the sunset on my way home.

To make black and white interesting just mix textures and patterns like the leather leggings with the delicate top. Or the white top layered over a lace tank. Don't forget to have fun with the shoes. I feel so fun when I sport my leopard print loafers!

How do you style black and white? Comment below!
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