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Friday, December 19, 2014

Checked









Jeans: Gap | Sweater: c/o SheInside | Pumps: Maiden Lane {sold out; similar} | Cuffs: c/o Loren Hope | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Lips: MAC 'Ruby Woo'
I always love a black & white ensemble.  I usually love adding a pop of color, like this chunky knit scarf, but I decided not to because it took away from the sweater.  It's definitely considered 'oversized', and I thought the sweater was too pretty to cover up.  Luckily, it wasn't that cold when I wore this outfit, so I was fine in just one layer.

Also, I've updated my FAQ here, if any of y'all wanna check it out. I edited a few answers like what type of camera and lens Andrew and I use.  We use a Canon 6D Mark ii with either a 50mm f1.2L lens or 85mm f1.2L lens.  We use the 85mm when we're in more of a rural setting and the 50mm when we're somewhere downtown.  I've also received some questions about my eyebrows.  I recently just switched my usual eyebrow routine.  I still get threaded every 3-4 weeks, but now I use the Anastasia Brush #12 with the Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade to fill them in.  It's perfect for your brows and allows for precise control.  I will never use anything else to fill in my brows after trying Anastasia's items.  I also swear by bareMinerals Well-Rested powder.  It brightens your under eyes {seriously, it's magic}, and it also works to highlight the rest of your face for contouring purposes. Last but not least, I have recently invested in the Clarisonic Mia3 and use it nightly, which helps exfoliate my skin and clean makeup residue from my face.  My skin has looked so much healthier since using it! Those are pretty much all of the tweaks that I had made, but feel free to check it out here to see any of the other tidbits.

TGIF!


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Chunky Wine Knit










Jeans: Gap | Turtlenecks: c/o Chicwish & J.Crew | Clutch: Clare V | Shoes: Clark's | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: Kendra Scott | Lips: MAC 'Ruby Woo'
I'm teaming up with Chicwish today for some double turtleneck action.  This chunky knit is perfect for colder weather.  It was a bit chilly the day we took these photos, so I added a striped knit underneath it.  This Chicwish turtleneck is super warm and comfortable--AND it comes in two different colors: this wine color & this forest green color.  Of course, a pop of leopard doesn't hurt either.

If you love turtlenecks just as much as I do, then here are a few more of my Chicwish favorites: this gray one, this mustard knit, and this ivory one.  They're all perfect for layering or just wearing solo.  Make sure to shop my outfit below, as well!

{Thanks to Chicwish for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.}


Photo Tip Thursday: Back Button Focusing


For this week's Photo Tip Thursday, I'll be covering back button focusing. What this refers to is going into your camera settings and changing them so that a button on the back of the camera controls the camera's autofocus {in Canon and Nikon cameras, this is the "AF-ON" button on the back of the camera}, and the button that traditionally controlled both the focus and the shutter release now only controls the shutter.

Normally to focus, you press the shutter release button down halfway to focus, then with the focus locked, you press the button all of the way down to take the picture. You might not notice it, but this has a whole lot of disadvantages when taking outfit photos. Here's a few reasons why:

1. When you go to take a picture, your camera refocuses every time. This can be particularly annoying when you're trying to take group pictures. For instance, if you focus on a group, take a picture, then have them rearrange themselves in a slight manner, or try a different pose, chances are they haven't moved that much and there's no reason to have the camera refocus and chance having a blurry photo. To get around this without back button focusing, once you locked focus the first time, you'd switch your lens into manual focus so that the focus didn't change every time you took a photo. This is really annoying, because it may work, but the next time you'll need to snap a picture in a hurry, you'll whip out your camera and try and take a picture and you'll be dismayed when you miss the opportunity because your lens was suck in manual focus mode. With back button focusing you simply press the back button that you've assigned to handle your focusing, the camera focuses, and when you press the shutter button, your camera simply takes the photo without trying to refocus and you continue to take pictures as long as your subject doesn't change positions too drastically.

2. When using large apertures, I tend to focus less accurately with traditional focus than I do with back button focus. What I mean here by accuracy is that a much larger percentage of my images that I shoot turn out sharp and in perfect focus when using back button focusing. This is advantageous to me as I almost always use large apertures when taking outfit photos. When dealing with the tiny depths of fields associated with these large apertures, you'll naturally have a lot of photos that are out of focus. But I can say from personal experience, a whole lot more of them are in focus when using the back button focus method.

The "AF-ON" button at the top-right corner on the back of the camera serves as the focus button when using back button focusing.
To set your camera to use back button focusing, consult your camera's manual or check online. The steps for each model will most likely vary slightly, but it usually involves changing the camera's settings in one of the custom functions menus. Back button focusing might seem a little weird and counterintuitive at first, but once you get used to it, you just might never want to go back.

Thanks for reading!

Andrew

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Feathered








Skirt: c/o L. Mae Boutique | Top: c/o L. Mae Boutique | Blazer: Topshop {almost sold out; similar} | Tights: Forever 21 | Shoes: Maiden Lane {sold out; similar} | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuffs: c/o Loren Hope | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Clutch: Clare V | Lips: NARS 'Train Bleu' 
There's something about getting all dressed up that makes me incredibly happy.  It seems like around the holidays, there's always a reason to be all fancy schmancy, and I'm more than okay with that.  During this time of year, I love sporting a dark lip.  It's one of the only times I can wear it and not feel like it's inappropriate.  My favorite dark lip {err...and I've tried a lot} is the NARS matte lip pencil in 'Train Bleu'.  Seriously--one of my faves.  In general, I wear a lot of NARS products, especially their matte lip pencils, so I know that this dark lip will last throughout the day/night.  I think it can give some outfits a little edge--lipstick can be a great accessory!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Piperlime Picks



Piperlime is having 25% off with Code 'SHOP25' today only! If you're on the hunt for some Frye Boots, now is your time to snatch them since they'll be 25% off.  My current favorite ones are the Melissa Button Frye boots.  I've also had this Michael Kors Watch on my wish list for quite some time, so I think today's the day for me to purchase this sucker.  Hope y'all enjoy!

Happy shopping!


Winter Pastels







Cords: J.Crew | Sweater: c/o Chicwish | Pumps: Steve Madden | Tote: Tory Burch | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Necklace: c/o Benevolent Jewels | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Earrings: Givenchy | Lips: YSL Glossy Stain in 'Muave'
I loved getting the chance to style this fabulous floral fuzzy sweater from Chicwish.  I decided to pair it with some ivory cords for a fun pastel winter look.  I feel like there are so many rules on what you can and cannot wear during the wintertime, but to me, it's all gibberish.  Pastels aren't just for the springtime.  There is also never an issue with pattern mixing, right? Especially with leopard.  Try pairing this Chicwish sweater with a pencil skirt for a more professional vibe.  Some other Chicwish sweaters I currently have my eyes set on are this mint fluffy sweater, this white sweater, and this ivory contrast deep v-neck sweater.  If you're into prints, how about checking out this aztec knit cardigan?  There are tons of sales going on at Chicwish, so make sure to check them out and treat yourself to some goodies!

Thanks for stopping by, y'all!

{Thanks to Chicwish for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are my own.}


Monday, December 15, 2014

On The Go












Top & Pants: c/o Mott 50 | Earrings: c/o Moon & Lola | Necklace: c/o Moon & Lola | Purse: Tory Burch | Shoes: Nike | Watch: Michael Kors | Sunnies: Ray Ban
I have this habit of wearing work out clothes whenever I'm on the go.  It's usually because I'm so busy and I just want something comfortable to be in as I rush around town.  Eventually, I'll make my way to Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center somewhere along the day, whether it be for a cycling class, some power sculpt, or for TRX.  If you haven't visited their new site here, make sure to do so.  It's all jazzed up with a new 'do. Yours truly is sweating and trying not to make eye contact with the camera in a part of the video on the homepage.  Let's just try to ignore that part.

I've told y'all about some of my favorite classes that Milestone currently offers like TRX, spinning, and various tabata-type classes, but they just added another new class called Body Breakthrough.  I have yet to try it...but once I do, I'll let y'all know my verdict.  I'm sure it's just as great as the others.  If you're living in Louisville or coming in town at any time, make sure to visit their class schedule here and their spa services here!

Happy Monday!

{Thanks to Milestone Wellness Center for sponsoring this post.  As always, all opinions are my own.}


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