Being Comfortable in Front of the Camera

I always get questions when I shoot as to how to pose or what to do when you’re in front of a camera. I think this will be a hard blog post to write as it is something I just do and is easier to show. I do have a few tips to share, of course, but I also just want to say I have my go-to moves! Picking up my leg or playing with my hair is always just natural for me. I also just search pinterest and Instagram and copy what I see as well. I think when you find your angles and what you like the most, that is what you should stick with and do different variations of!

My Photo Tips

Moving naturally like walking or adding a slight jump, or a genuine laugh is what makes pictures look an feel authentic!

You have to just go for it sometimes. Yes people may look or you have to go out of your way to get a good shot, but it is worth it and plus they will forget and so will you!

Posing in the mirror is a big one as well. Before shooting I always pose in the mirror and see what I want to play up outfit wise.

The best pictures are the creative ones! Add props, colors, and filters to make your image stand out!

Set up a scene, a picture is worth a thousand words so let your pictures tell a story

Let’s talk outfit details! This skirt actually can double as a dress on me since it is pretty long! I actually wore it as a dress to work with my sneakers and I loved the look! I’ll have to shoot it as well! This top is from Pretty Little Thing and shows the perfect amount of skin since the skirt is so long on me. I wanted to wear different heels but I went with these because of the height. I also found it the day before I shot this look at Wasteland on Melrose and I loved the loops at the top. Simple details like that really stand out to me.

Of course I had to add my Lack of Color Hat! I definitely need another one as well because I wear this one so often but the color is perfect for the blog. I shot this look in Venice on Abbot Kinney and I think it really matched the vibe of the street since it is a great place to shop and hang out.

These photos were taken by a photographer named Danny (@ddmportraits on Instagram) and I loved how they came out! If you are in the Los Angeles area and looking for someone new to shoot with, definitely check out his page!

Hat : Lack of Color // Shirt : Pretty Little Thing // Skirt : (similar)

Friday Favorites

It’s that time again! Another round-up of some of my favorite web stories and finds from around the Internet! Crazy just how HUGE the internet really is if you think about it! Okay, I’m just going to hop right in…

 

What is one of the craziest things you’ve seen on the internet?!

 

Crying internally because Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are separating! (Insert Tyra Banks clip from ANTM “We were all rooting for you”! But will Miley release another song like Wrecking Ball soon? Only time will tell.. praying for you Miles!

These white pointy heels are to DIE for! I seriously need me a pair of these slingbacks in every color asap. White first, of course.

Can we talk about this rainbow-colored nail trend? If I am being honest, I only like it on shorter nails and they have to be similar colored pastels. Just my opinion, though!

Throwback to my post on how I wore this one x one teaspoon dress two ways. Do you like these kinds of style posts?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Have you seen the new season of GLOW, yet? If I am being honest I was waiting for a season 2 and I totally forgot and how they have released a season 3! Trust me though, I will catch up on both seasons, this show has me hooked on Netflix!

 

LA Favorites

I had a request to do a post about some of my favorite places and things to do in Los Angeles. Here are just a few of my favorite places that I actually go to and you can find me at during the weekends. From food to workouts, this is just a small round-up of places you may not see on a regular travel guide to LA. If you are visiting LA for the second or third time, these are the kinds of places I would say to go to after you’ve done all of the regular touristy things!

I think I will also create a guide to a few of my favorite places to eat as well soon so watch out for that one! Let me know what you think and what you want to see next!

 

LA second-hand stores are AMAZING! Even if you go to crossroads or goodwill you are sure to find some name brands. For a genuine thrifty store, I like to go to SLOW Clothing on the corner of Melrose Avenue and Gardner Street. They have really cool prints and I always make a great find! The fair fax area of Melrose Avenue is a great place to get something unique and cool.

Lemonade is my go-to for a healthy meal on the go! I always try something different when I go, but I seem to end up with a side of their broccoli and cheese! This is a great place to get lunch between sightseeing, and the lemonade is of course amazing!

One thing that you must do is drive the PCH! You can take it to Malibu and I recommend doing this because the views of the ocean are amazing! I remember the very first time riding down the PCH with the windows down and the music loud. Definitely a memorable experience!

A fun thing to do when you have a few extra days is to go see a movie! The Melrose Rooftop Theatre is a fun place to see some older favorites accompanied by unlimited popcorn and a view of the sunset against the hills. Snuggle up in a super comfy bean bag chair and blanket and it is definitely a fun experience. Also, EP & LP is right down the stairs so you can make a bar stop right after!

One of my favorite beaches is definitely Matador Beach. The rocks are giant which makes for great shots! I would say that since it is a beach the cell service is horrible and the beach is a bit small so get there early for a good spot and good parking! It is a bit of a drive from LA as it is in the Malibu/Calabasas area, but definitely worth it!

I went to High Tide in the Arts District with a few friends and fell in love! The food was great and it was a great place to stop for drinks! I recommend going before the sun goes down because the outside area is completely pink and perfect for sweet photo ops! I definitely recommend getting a rose and an appetizer for a chill night out.

Want a work out that will leave you sore afterward? Check out, Psycho. Your first class is free so even if you are wanting a quick workout during a longer stay, this one is worth it! Everything is put together so well and it is really an effective HIIT class! They also have yoga sessions that are a great way to relax after a long day!

 

Work Update

I’ve been wanting to shoot at a magazine stand for a while now! It’s super hard to find one that will let you take pictures at just to be safe I had to sneak these! So while they aren’t the exact poses and angles I wanted I still like how they came out!

I went to take pictures and ended up seeing a few of the pieces from work on those glossy inked up pages. Even though I have obviously seen the pictures before, it was cool seeing the pictures up for the rest of the world to see just sitting there waiting to be read along the same street as cafes and shops.

I am so happy that I moved to LA and do not want to be on reality TV or be an actress. Props to all the people who come here to pursue their dream of being famous (or having their 15 minutes of fame), but that is just not me and I am so happy about that. It’s hard to make it in a city so saturated with “talent”. I am so glad I am here for the experience and that I have actually achieved my goal of working in a fashion showroom. I am happy with not being in the circles of people who are on tv or aspiring to be. The girls I know here are so down to earth and so sweet and they are who I want to be around. While a few of them are aspiring actresses, the girls I do hang out with like that are still good people and not the kind of soul-sucking, will do anything for a gig kind of people.

Back to the work post, I am loving my job. The people I work with are so helpful and really push me to be a better worker. I have learned a lot about myself and my strengths and weaknesses. I have learned a lot about accepting responsibility when you make a mistake and how to keep pushing through. While I really do hope to grow here I know I am lucky to have had this opportunity regardless. This is exactly what I wanted to do when I thought of doing PR. I have pretty much attained my end goal. That also leaves me wondering then, what will be next for me? Will I stay here and continue to grow or will I one day have a new goal of being something else? Whatever it may be, I am happy where I am now.

Jacket : BB Dakota // Shorts : (similar) // Boots : Forever 21

Double Denim

One of the best trends right now in my opinion is double denim! I would have never even imaged wearing two similarly colored denim pieces over each other before, but now I think it is killer! So easy to throw on and I think the more similar the colors the better! I’m not always down for a trend, but this one I will be wearing long after the trend is over.

I actually had two influences for this look. The first was actually my boss. I had been seeing the trend for a while when it first started and I didn’t think much of it. But when I asked around work what everyone’s favorite trend was at the time, my boss mentioned double denim. I looked more into it because I was creating an Instagram story based on my feedback and that is one of the moments I fell in love with it!

The second time I really knew I wanted to not just wear double denim, but to shoot it was when I saw one of the girls behind Jagger and Stone wear an outfit SUPER similar to this one and she was killing it! I seriously love that duo’s style and to know I had some identical pieces in my closet was so exciting for me! Jagger and stone is one of these super KILLER brands that I just found that you have to check out!

Tell me her outfit isn’t pretty much identical to mine?!

Here are a few of my tips for wearing Denim of Denim:

  1. I opted for lighter denim pieces so that I wouldn’t be overly hot, and the light and looser fitting denim pieces made me comfortable all day and night! I actually wore this outfit to work and to hang out with the girls after, so it was an all-day look I didn’t have to keep tugging at or pulling down
  2. I tried to go for two denim pieces similar in color. That was just a personal preference as I think it looks much cooler on! While black jeans and a light blue jacket is a closet staple and easy go-to look, I think there is a much more unique statement to this look
  3. Layers are your friend. I played with the dimensions in this outfit by first trying one side of the top to be untucked then left both shirt tails out. I love how the skirt is seen but also barely there!
  4. I think for this look to work, extra well, the denim should be touching. Notice my skirt is directly under my shirt and I do not have a tank or another top that is underneath to give the illusion of separation. I think a belt could work well though!

 

Let’s talk outfit details: So besides the denim pieces I can’t get enough of, another one of my outfit musts is these stackable rose gold rings from Aurate. I seriously fell in love with wearing rings in high school because I truly loved the way my hands looked when I would write or type. I have the SMALLEST hands and so dainty rings like this look amazing.

Because I have such small hands, it can be hard for me to find rings that fit. Aurate can actually have them custom made because I wear a size three! Usually, I have to opt for midi rings but I was able to order and it came pretty quick! I get a lot of different collaboration pitches for jewelry brands and I always check them out first and Aurate is definitely on-brand for my blog and me. Simple, gold/rose gold jewelry is a must right now and for a good reason!

Top : Abercrombie  // Skirt : Forever 21 // Shoes : Top Shop // Rings : Aurate

 

If I had $1,000 to Blow + Outfit details

I saw another blogger do a post like this and I thought it would be fun to try! Even just thinking about what I would buy was fun! I came up with a few different options in my mind and I tossed around different budgets in my head. I decided on going with a smaller amount but adding different options as to what I may buy. Plus I did not want to make this post super long since I already have a wish list tab (though it does not include designer products.) So for more options as to clothing, accessories and beauty products I would purchase, I would purchase, check out my wishlist tabs above!

The Kooples $214

Not entirely out of budget but I cannot get myself to buy them just yet! I seriously have been eyeing these shorts and even added them to my wish list!

Alice + Olivia Sunglasses $525

Just a staple piece! Plus the frames are too cool!

Moschino Bag $575

I’ve really been wanting one of these black bucket bags and I love how simple and cool this one is!

Gucci Loafers $820

Because look at that color and cute print?! You could wear these anywhere with anything!

Dior Bag $1,800

This one is over my price range but I still wanted to mention it because I have been wanting this one!

 

On to the outfit details!

I actually shot this look in Las Vegas! I wasn’t so sure about where to shoot since the strip is filled with people and it’s mostly lots of lights and excitement. Not really what I like for backdrops of my photos. I did some googling and found this cute little pink building downtown. There are actually a ton of cute places to go shoot in Vegas, I just wish I had the outfits with me when I went! I really went to visit with my family since they were there for my brother’s basketball tournament.

What’s your favorite place to visit for vacation? 

Tank : (similar) // Shorts : Levi’s // Shoes : TopShop

 

Urban Outfitter’s Haul

I’ve been asking for some inspiration and some recommendations on my Instagram stories a lot and it took a while to gather an outfit to post! I haven’t really found clothing I have really wanted to shoot or a cool look that I haven’t tried yet. I went up and down Melrose and searched my regular websites and still had no idea as to what I wanted to wear! Finally, I went to Urban outfitters and rediscovered why I like them so much! The bigger Urban Outfitters are a must because they have the best pieces!

 

Twist Front Blouse $59

Urban Renewal Remnants Linen Tie-Shoulder Mini Dress $49

 

Urban Outfitters is one of those cool girl/artistic style stores that are easily accessible for everyone. Usually, they are found at a mall so you don’t have to worry about sizing or having to guess what it would look like on you. Honestly, I forgot about just how great the store was! Not only do they have good finds but also the staples are such great quality!

The only thing about Urban Outfitters is it can be a bit pricey. But when you do have some good prices and some really great quality it makes it all worth it!

Harrison Ruched Crop Cami $19

This crop was on sale and definitely a summer closet necessity!

Textured Tiered Ruffle Baby Doll Dress $59

Girlfriend Belt $29

Cassia Puff Sleeve Mini Dress $69

Ordinarily I wouldn’t have tried on this dress because I get ‘grandma’ vibes.. but it is one of those where you have to just imagine what it could be and when I saw it on with the layered necklaces I fell in love with the silhouette on me.

This dress was from the Betsy Johnson x Urban Outfitters collection and I saw it and loved how different it was. This is the opposite of the dress above because I liked it on the rack but did not totally fall in love with it on. Still a cute find though!

Allover Bow Mini Dress $89

Is there any other places you would like me to do a try on? I actually love making these kinds of posts! Leave me a comment or recommendation down below!