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Lookbook: Stars and Hearts

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

What I'm Wearing
*Blazer: Forever 21 (old) - similar contrast trim blazer
*Top: Forever 21 Starry Blouse - similar in black at ASOS (on sale)
*Skirt: J Crew (old) - similar sateen skirt
*Tights: DKNY no waistband tights - my favorite!
*Shoes: Miu Miu Platform Pumps - The ones I'm wearing are suede. Similar in suede and not as high.
*Bag: Foley & Corinna Disco City in Rose Nubuck - available in lots of colors and a few colors are on sale.  It comes with a shoulder strap too so you can wear it cross body.  I love this little mini bag, it's so cute!
*Jewelry: t+j Designs Love and Heart Necklace and Rose Gold Turquoise Cushion Ring - Free shipping on all orders!
*Nail Polish: Julep Anne which came in my latest Julep Maven box and I've been wearing it since I got it!  I love the lavender color and don't have anything else like it.  Remember to enter IAMSTYLEISH to get your first Julep Maven box for $9.99!

I haven't shot many lookbooks lately.  In between the weather, how dark the day gets and my husband's schedule, it just hasn't been happening.  But last week, I was inspired to take a lookbook (mostly because our new collection came in) and I actually took these photos myself using the tripod and remote (major props to all you style bloggers that do this all the time). 

If you are wondering, I am not embarrassed easily so I totally didn't care who saw me.  (I was in an industrial area and I had guys in hard hats walking by and being funny asking if they could be in the picture :), men siting in their pickup trucks watching me and construction going on right behind the wall that my tripod was standing.)  I've done self lookbooks outside a few times already and to be honest, I actually think it's fun.  I wouldn't do it in a super crowded area but the area I was in was only semi-busy so if you are inspired to shoot self portraits outside but are embarrassed to, just be confident and smile at the people that are looking at you.  You have nothing to be embarrassed about, all you are doing is taking pictures.  I've seen much crazier things done in public :)  Everyone was super nice to me, some even crossed the street so they wouldn't be in my picture and I chatted with a few people.   The only factor that has me concerned about doing this often is someone running up and stealing all my camera equipment since I have to be away from the tripod.  (my husband worries about this so he got me worried.)  So that's why I don't do it very often but it's always fun to see the pictures that I shot when I'm done, it's kind of like a surprise roll of film where you know what's in the pictures, you just have no idea how they turned out!  It's definitely not easy and I'm not just randomly shooting as I do have a few tricks that I do to create the kind of pictures that I want, but it's fun to see if they turn out right.  As long as you have the kind of shot that you want in your head, it's a lot easier to set up the photos.  Oh and of course, make sure your settings are right.  I shoot on manual 100% of the time even on self portraits and the first thing is I adjust the settings, find my focus point and then base my composition from that.  Anyway, I won't get into it unless you guys have questions which I'd be happy to answer in the comments, but I've heard so many people say that they don't want to bug their boyfriend/girlfriend/brother/sister/roommate about taking photos for their blog so I'm here to say, go out and do it yourself!  It's totally possible.  :)

Check out my latest smarter.com blog post on how I wear plaid all year round!

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