I’m back with more pix of my pretty sister Mandi, from our fun style shoot we did recently. In my post the other day, I mentioned how I am becoming more and more appreciative of wardrobe staple pieces. The basics. These black jogger sweatpants are exactly those. I don’t even know if they’re really joggers, because the ankle isn’t tight on them. But calling them sweatpants seems rude, because they’re really nice. These are Lauren Ralph Lauren black sweats that are oh-so-soft and oh-so-thrifted for like two dollars! And they looked brand new! So, I wanted to do a couple of outfits for Mandi that were just quick and easy and very comfy, but look pulled together.
We started by pairing the pants with this darling icy mint green tee featuring a silver paillate sequin lip print graphic. Amazing. Also from the thrift store. :) This tee has an oversized fit, so I did a quick, messy front side tuck to define the waist a little. The pants are a bit of a loose fit, too, so the half tuck helps it look more styled and not sloppy. Mandi had her super cute thrifted coat on for warmth when we jumped out to take these photos, and I thought it looked great together so I told her to leave it on. I think it works for a couple reasons. One, the colors are fresh and nice together — the green is a cool tone and the yellow warms it up, and the soft colors up top are grounded by the black pants. Two, the lines of the coat work well here. It’s structured and the outfit is not, so there’s a good juxtaposition happening. Plus, the open front of a longer coat like this in a contrasting color provides some nice lengthening lines and kind of frames the cool graphic on the shirt without letting it steal the show. The sweet black loafers we borrowed from my Grams (true story!) help tie everything together, since they are shiny (like the lips on the shirt), have gold accents (echoes the yellow of the coat), and they’re black (like the pants, duh).
Now, I’ll be very honest and tell you I did not at all think all these things through when throwing this outfit together. But sitting here and looking at it, I can analyze and put into words what makes an outfit work, in my opinion. And the beauty of this world is: we all have different ideas and opinions! So if you don’t love this outfit, go forth and create your own! :)Next up, we paired the pants with a lightweight, gray v-neck sweater. In case you haven’t heard or seen yet, belts are back in a big way! I love this one I found at a thrift store recently. I’m pretty sure the buckle was handmade! So cool. And like every outfit ever that I put together, I do the opposite of the old adage that says “take one thing off”, and instead I add something! ;) (Sorry, Coco. I’ve got a long ways to go before I’m even close to your level.) So I added this scarf of Mandi’s and I feel like now you have this cozy, easy outfit that’s cute and far from basic even though it’s made up of mostly basic pieces. I love the textures happening here!So there you have it. Isn’t my sis the prettiest?? I still have a few more looks to share from my styled session with here. Hope you’re enjoying these. :)
So, I know I usually share images from portrait sessions or my infamous thrifted style shoots ;), but I also do several shoots a year for corporations, non-profits, and awesome individuals who are ruling the world, like Anna Wickham (pictured above). Anna has used my photography services in the past for some of her speaking engagements and such, but I realized I haven’t ever blogged any of those shoots. One of the coolest things Anna does is this monthly lunch and learn. (Do yourself a favor and click that link to find out more about these fun, informative, free events!) Anna had me come take some photos for her at the March lunch a week and a half ago. Here are some of my favorite shots from it.After everyone mingles (aka networking!) and eats some lunch, Anna gives a topical talk full of super useful information for small business owners.
If you’re a professional in need of event photos similar to these I’ve done for Anna, please contact me! I really enjoy doing collabs like these.
Thanks for having me out to shoot for you again! I have so enjoyed each time I’ve gotten to hear you speak and freely share your knowledge. I look forward to continuing to work together!
You guys. This is one of my very favorite outfits I’ve ever put together. I love these pieces! And Mandi models it so well! Eeek. So cool! So pretty! Love.
First of all, we have this amazing top by Corey Lynn Calter for Anthropologie. It’s a whimsical tropical print with the cutest little monkeys you ever did see. :) The colors are soft and springy and gorgeous. And I thrifted it for an unbelievably low price. You guys will not even believe this. It was marked down to 79 cent! But wait. It had a white tag. Those were 50% off. Oh, you think that’s crazy?! Just wait…It still had the brand new $118 tag in it!!!!!! I cannot make this stuff up! I am gonna put the pic of the tags at the bottom just so you guys will believe me. :)But thennnn, aside from that amazing top, we have these jeans. Oh my. I am so obsessed with these. They’re Z. Cavaricci Authentic Hand Crafted Vintage – that’s a direct quote from the tag. :) I love them. Love, love, love! They seriously could not be more on trend. Unless you live under a rock, I’m sure you’ve noticed the huge trend of embellished denim that’s currently sweeping the fashion scene.Right before our shoot, I decided to let out the hems on these. My sweet and sassy Grams was happy to take her seam ripper to these while I was styling Mandi. So this coolness was a group effort. :) I love the result! (Also, Mandi found these rad heels at a thrift store!)Aside from the standout pieces like the top and jeans, it’s so nice to have some great basics on hand to really round out your outfits. This classic open cardigan in a soft neutral can be worn with so many outfits! It used to be easy for me to overlook the basics like this at thrift stores (how can you blame me, with cute monkey faces stealing my attention), but lately I’ve been seeking out higher quality staples to complete my wardrobe. Mandi loved this one I found for her, and I’m sure she will got a ton of wear out of it!
See, I told you I wasn’t lying! :)
Last weekend, I convinced my sis Mandi to pose for me in a little style shoot. When I say “little,” I mean I picked out a million outfits, had her try on a bunch of stuff, did her hair and makeup, we started shooting and ran out of daylight so I asked her nicely to come back at sunrise the next morning to finish… So yeah, not really “little” at all. But super fun!
Anyway, this all was inspired by a few things. One, of course I love finding cool pieces at thrift stores to style up and shoot (and sell, eventually). And also, when my nephew DJ graduated from basic training for the Navy last month, Mandi asked if she could wear this gorgeous Badgley Mischka skirt suit she knew I had thrifted awhile back and been hoarding. I thought that it would be perfect, and I set out to find her a top to wear with it. I love the texture of this pretty, dusty mauve pink shirt; and I adore how the long sleeves pool out of the three quarter length sleeves of the jacket. Mandi found the beautiful heels she is wearing here at a thrift store also. I thought she looked incredibly chic at the graduation! And I do have some photos from that day (which I might add later because I haven’t gone through them yet, shame on me), but the graduation was in Chicago and it was freezing and windy! So I wanted to grab a few pics in this outfit last weekend to show it off here. :)Then, a couple weeks ago, Mandi went to the ballet with a friend and was struggling with what to wear. We consulted over the phone several times and she actually ended up wearing the pink top from the outfit above with cream colored trousers. So pretty! But it got me thinking. Mandi has always had good style, in my opinion. Lately she has been a little more unsure of herself when it comes to fashion, because she has entered her early forties and worries about looking age appropriate. Now, here’s where I could say “just wear whatever you want to at whatever age, it’s fine!”…and I do sort of feel that way. But I myself am thirty-six now, and I find myself drawn toward more high quality pieces and different styles and colors than when I was younger. I think it’s a good thing to grow and mature in your style. And then when you are eighty, you can go back to wearing whatever the heck you want, age be damned! haha. Anyway, I do think this is harder when you are dressing for an event, such as the Navy graduation ceremony or the ballet. So, with that in mind, I came up with the outfit below as an option for a classy, cool lady to wear when you need to dress up a little but it’s not necessarily a formal gown occasion.These pants are wicked cool! They have two panels on each leg, over the actual pant leg. The panels are semi sheer and they move and flow in the most gorgeous way. This top is actually the only thing in this post that wasn’t found at a thrift store. But it was still a thrifty find! It’s a Lauren Ralph Lauren top I found at TJ Maxx on deep discount (gotta love those yellow tags!). I believe I paid six or eight dollars for this ninety-eight dollar top. :)I forgot the bag of jewelry when we went to take these photos, but I really think a couple of sparkly bracelets would complete this look beautifully. Luckily, Mandi’s gorgeous smile is enough to accessorize any outfit!Next week, I will share some of the (very, very cool) casual outfits we put together.
Love ya, sis! Thank you for modeling for me! <3
These are my friends Daryl & Kristie (but I always call her K). They are too of the most caring people I’ve ever known, and some of the very best people I could think of to bring a child into this world. :) In fact, their sweet baby boy arrived last week, so I thought it was time I posted these images we captured just a few weeks ago. It was a foggy Sunday morning. We met at the Myriad Gardens downtown, and I am thrilled with how these turned out!I told K I think this was the first time I’d have a mama-to-be wear four inch heels for a maternity session! haha. Man, she rocked those heels though! Look how cute!I’ve had lots of girls tell me they aren’t sure how they feel about taking photos when they are all pregnant, and I totally get that. But I adore capturing the sweet emotions for couples during this exciting time for them!The fog was so pretty! But not as pretty as K. :)At the very end of the session, K asked if we could take some in the middle of a street. Uh, yes please! Love how these turned out! Good call, K. <3K & Daryl~
I am over the moon for you guys and your new baby boy!! Thank you for letting me do this shoot for you. You guys are so cute and honestly you’re two of the best-hearted (not a real word, but it describes you so well) people I know! Love you guys!