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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Cozy & Warm












Jeans: Gap | Sweater: Vineyard Vines {similar} | Shirt: Gap | Tote: Marc Jacobs {similar} | Shoes: Arturo Chiang | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Cuff: c/o Loren Hope | Readers: Urban Outfitters | Lips: MAC 'heroine' | Blanket: c/o Saranoni
I love a good fair isle sweater for fall and winter.  It's the perfect amount of "cozy"--and I'm not sure if it's because of the print or the actual material.  This weekend, Andrew and I were heading out to take pictures at a local farm and to pick up even more pumpkins after we demolished them from carving them.  However, carving is quite the understatement--they were more like demolished.  Andrew decided to use a rotary tool to make the job a bit easier, and it ended up obliterating our pumpkins...so much for our Harry Potter inspired pumpkins.

Anyways, Andrew surprised me with some hot cider and a little picnic, which was adorably perfect.  He luckily brought my new favorite blanket from Saranoni, which came in handy because it was starting to get pretty cold and even sprinkling at one point.  If you haven't visited the Saranoni site yet, you most definitely should.  They are a luxury blanket company that was started in 2006 and they have blankets from all sizes, patterns, and colors.  They have a mini blanket that covers a newborn, receiving blankets, toddler to teen blankets, extra large blankets {which are super large}, and home throws.  The one I'm using above to keep warm is the ivory home throw that's shown here.  I'm pretty sure Tripp {my teacup yorkie} loves it just as much as I do, because I always find him snuggled in it sleeping.  If you're interested in learning more about Saranoni, visit their About page and their FAQ page.

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


Monday, October 20, 2014

Mixing With Plaid












Skirt: J.Crew Factory | Turtleneck: J.Crew | Shoes: Lucky Brand | Scarf: Zara {sold out; similar} | Tote: c/o Amazig Leathers {similar} | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Watch: Michael Kors | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Bracelet: c/o Loren Hope | Earrings: BaubleBar | Lips: NARS 'Cruella' 

 Stripes and plaid = my new addiction.  It's like both patterns were meant to be together, forever and always...a romantic love story, all that jazz.  

Oh, and don't get me started on cognac, especially these shoes.  Believe it or not, I do not own black booties.  Every time I think that I'm going to purchase some, I end up walking out of the store with brown ones {I know, I know--I have way too many brown booties}.  Even when I'm wearing all black, I willingly decide to wear the cognac shoes with the outfit. That's why I can never bring myself to seal the deal with some black booties.  I just know that I probably won't wear them.  I've been trying to wear my black riding boots more this season, so who knows, I may finally succumb to buying some black booties if I find 'em on sale--we all know I'm a sucker for a good deal.

Thanks for reading!


Friday, October 17, 2014

Red Stripes + Herringbone












Jeans: Gap | Shoes: Franco Sarto | Top: Madewell {similar} | Vest: J.Crew {Both J.Crew and Factory versions sold out--similar one here} | Necklace: c/o Stella & Dot {via Primp Style Lounge} | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Watch: Michael Kors | Cuff: c/o Loren Hope | Ring: House of Harlow {similar} | Sunnies: Ray Ban | Earrings: BaubleBar | Lips: MAC 'Ruby Woo'
I was wondering when the factory version of this herringbone J.Crew vest was going to sell out, because it seemed like there was quite the surplus of them.  I guess it finally did!  Whoever missed out on it, you can get a similar herringbone puffer vest over here.  Also, if you've been wanting this clutch, but had been waiting for a sale to snatch it, then you can sign up for these emails to receive 30% off a full priced item and use it towards the clutch.  This is what I did back in May and it worked like a charm.  This promo doesn't last forever though, so make sure to sign up and get the 30% off while you can!

TGIF!


Thursday, October 16, 2014

Photo Tip Thursday: Better Landscape Photography


Hello again! While most of you reading these photo tips are primarily interested in bettering your outfit photography, I thought I'd switch it up a bit this week and discuss another use for your fancy D-SLR camera. For this week's Photo Tip Thursday, we'll be discussing how to better your landscape photography. Maybe you're on vacation, or maybe you're merely taking outfit photos and you spot a beautiful bit of scenery or a breathtaking sunset that you want to capture so that you can share it on your blog. Well this post is for you.


Landscape photography is quite a bit different than portrait photography. While in portrait photography, you want to isolate your subject/outfit by blurring out the background behind them, landscape photography is usually characterized by trying to get as much of the scene in the image in focus as you possibly can. Here's a few tips to help get you started:


1. Use small apertures to maximize depth of field. By using smaller apertures, you're able to get more of the scene in focus and sharp. This is the most crucial aspect of landscape photography. I regularly use apertures as small as f/22.

By using a very small aperture, I was able to make sure that the mountain in the background, as well as the trees in the foreground were in focus.
2. Decrease shutter speed before raising your ISO. In general, most things things in landscape photos are stationary objects, so decrease your shutter speed in order to achieve the proper exposure before raising ISO as to avoid noise. If you find yourself having to decrease the shutter speed more than 1/125th of a second, make sure you have something to lean against to stabilize your camera, or if you have a place to set your camera {or a tripod}, use that along with a timed exposure to get the photo. If you don't have any means of stabilization nearby, then raise the ISO so that you can use a decently fast shutter speed to avoid camera shake while hand holding the camera.

3. Find a visual point of interest and focus on it. Select a focus point that's on or near what you want the the main focal point of your image to be and focus on it. Also, try not to always place the main subject of the photo in the middle of the frame every time. Try putting it off to one side of the frame or the other sometimes to add visual interest.

Here I focused on the reflection in the lake.
That's it! Pretty easy right?

Thanks for reading!

Andrew

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Snakeskin Accents










c/o Sole Serum
Jeans: c/o Dittos | Jacket: c/o Tobi {similar} | Shoes: c/o Prima Donna | Clutch: Clare Vivier | Watch: Michael Kors | Bracelets: c/o Loren Hope {here, here, & here} | Necklace: c/o Prima Donna | Sunnies: Karen Walker | Ring: c/o Kendra Scott | Earrings: BaubleBar 

It was quite the gloomy/chilly day when I was wearing this outfit, so this jacket from Tobi definitely came in handy.  The color is perfect for fall, so I figured I would pair it with my new favorite jeans from Dittos {they're so comfortable!} and some snakeskin pumps from Prima Donna. If you haven't noticed, I love wearing a pair of good heels with any outfit.  It makes me feel like I can conquer the world...until my feet start to hurt.  Then, I'm just ready to call it quits.  However, I have recently discovered Sole Serum, which will actually change your life {no exaggerations here, people}.  It's the first luxury serum that targets foot pain so that you can stay in heels without being totally miserable.   It's made up of a blend of natural and active ingredients that reduces your perception of pain, reduces inflammation, and helps soothe your skin.  

Sounds almost too good to be true, right?  Well, I decided to put it to the test and applied some of this bad boy before putting on these heels.  The pumps were a bit snug, so I knew that my toes would start hating me after about an hour or so, but that hate never came.  My feet are usually pretty sensitive to wearing heels, which is ironic, because I wear them quite often.  However, this serum helped me withstand the pain for longer than I would have without it.  It also fits in your purse or clutch easily, so that you can take it on the go! Sole Serum has been featured on Brides.com, Cosmo's July Issue, Self.com, and was named the "must have beauty item for Fashion Week" by Harper's Bazaar.  

If you're ready to jump on the bandwagon {your feet will thank you!}, make sure to purchase it here and use the promo code Fall30 for 30% off your order.  Also, visit them over on:


Thanks for reading, y'all!

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


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