- I am wearing a bodycon dress
- These photos were taken inside
I don’t ever wear bodycon dresses because they are very unforgiving. I still stand by that statement even now, while posting a bunch of pictures of me wearing a bodycon dress. It takes a very specific body type (and a few stiff cocktails for confidence) to pull off such a figure-hugging dress. While I love this dress, and will definitely wear it again — (I mean the ruffles and the color are just too good) I am not sure that I will buy another bodycon dress anytime soon. Especially not for a dinner event, haha.
Also, these photos were shot inside — a Clarabelle first! We were visiting my in-laws in upstate NY and it was snowing! I love you all, but I wasn’t going to stand outside in the snow in this dress. So forgive the slightly yellow hue on the photos.
Shoes: Steve Madden | Dress: Asos
Here’s a fun fact about photography: Lines create great photos. If you look at most of the photos on Clarabelle, you will notice that there are usually two parallel “lines” flanking me in the background. Did you just go look? I wasn’t joking, right? The two lines are everywhere. Though sometimes Matt can pull it off with one line, two is best.
Having two lines centers your subject, creates a perfectly balanced photo, and forces the viewers eye on the primary subject. This is a practice anyone can employ to improve their photos. Lines and light are the two key ingredients for creating great photos. This is a fact.
The easiest way to create great lines is to stand in the middle of the street. This is a great option for bloggers who live on quiet suburban streets, but street-standing gets a bit tricky in the Big Apple. So basically most street photo shoots start with Matt and I looking for a quiet street. This task is pretty easy to do in Harlem. Then, the decision of who should face away from oncoming traffic must be made — that is usually Matt, but we are quickly realizing that should be changed. Finally, the person facing traffic has the very important job of shouting CAR!!!!!! when a car is coming so we can move and not die — or worse, get yelled at.
And thus, my friends — an outfit post is made.
Shoes: Zara : Socks: A stand in Colonial Williamsburg | Skirt: H&M | Shirt: Impeccable Pig | Jacket: J. Crew — similar
The holidays are basically here. Though, I am giving you a major side eye if you have a tree up in your living room right now. Really? Let Thanksgiving happen, people. Eat some turkey and don’t rush things.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk holiday essentials. Basically, the key to surviving the holiday season is to be nice, be well, and wear something memorable (in a good way). You would be shocked at how hard this can be to successfully execute. So I am here to help with one of my famous bulleted lists, y’all!
What you should buy (or dig out of your closet if you’re like me and refuse to buy something new — even though I’m a fashion blogger and buying new things is like the #1 main thing I am supposed to do. However, I would rather spend my money on $9 cups of soup from Hale and Hearty because NYC. So everyone needs to relax and pretend to be excited when I wear my critter sweaters over and over and over and over again.). Anyway:
- One holiday dress or skirt (you can buy another NYE dress if you’re getting super fancy, but there is no reason to buy multiple dresses for multiple Christmas parties.)
- Something sparkly. Shoes or jewels are best.
What you should bring:
Don’t show up to your holiday parties empty handed. Stock up on champagne and put the bottles in these burlap bags. Let your host keep the bag — though you will 100% be tempted to sneak said burlap bag back into your purse when no one is looking so you can re-gift it. Don’t do that. It’s rude.
What you should say:
Here are some key phrases to remember during the holidays.
- “Yes, I would like another glass of wine.”
- “No, thank you, I have eaten enough.”
- “Of course I want to watch Elf again!”
- “Unfortunately, I can’t make your holiday bake-off this year because I have forgotten how to bake — and anyway, the tv won’t let me leave.”
- “I would like exactly this item for Christmas (insert item — preferably with a link to buy).”
- “Yes, please include a gift receipt.”
- “I am not going to WalMart at 4am to buy that TV I don’t need.”
- “Put more rum in the eggnog.”
- “I will get dressed in something other than pajamas before I board my flight home for the holidays.”
- “I actually don’t feel that guilty for watching 16 straight hours of Netflix on Christmas. Do you have any eye drops, by any chance?”
- “Why yes, Whitney Houston’s heart stopping rendition of Do You Hear What I Hear? is on this Spotify Holiday playlist.”
The holidays are prime time to get sick. All the traveling, the little kids, and cold temps are recipe for a terrible cold. Don’t let sick happen to you.
- Be sure to eat healthily when possible. It’s hard, but if there is a salad, eat that instead of the green bean casserole. Also, does anyone actually like green bean casserole (or any casserole, for that matter)? Please sound off in the comments section below and explain yourself and your tastebuds.
- Take Airborne before you get on any form of public transport.
- Dress appropriately for the weather. That’s why I put tights on the bulleted list above. There are so many cute hosiery options out there, so no excuses. You should also wear a coat if you go outside. No matter how great your (one) holiday dress is.
- Drink something. Alcohol kills germs.
Be a good guest
- Help in the kitchen
- Don’t arrive empty handed
- Don’t start fights your family members — rude.
- Don’t be awkward/anti-social/anti-spirited.
Anything else to add, lovelies??
So here’s the thing. I didn’t shoot any new outfit posts for this week. My husband was out of town this weekend, and I get embarrassed when I have to use a tripod and a self timer. Instead, I compiled a few outfit post outtakes because it’s Monday and we all need a good laugh at someone else’s expense.
Being the boss: For every three pictures we take, there is always one or two of me like this — being a boss.
Sometimes All the time, I get this idea in my head that I can fully envision the photo from top to bottom. All Matt needs to do is nod in wonder at my genius and snap the photo. This approach never, ever works, but I still try it at every shoot.
The Crowd: Fun story, these people behind me started off as just a casual annoyance until they got into a very loud and awkward fight right next to me. The woman in green stood directly in front me like I was an invisible person while she she yelled at the man on the phone. It was so — strange.
The “I’m Done” Face: Usually blogging is all sunshine and rainbows, but occasionally I hate it. I am all like, “This is so dumb. I truly cannot believe that I am spending my Saturday standing in the street taking photos of a blazer that everyone already has.” Usually this pessimistic feeling is accompanied by this horrible face.
Wine: My husband had the novel idea of shooting my outfit in the middle of someone’s cocktail hour — interrupting my time with wine. How foolish.
Sunday was the first freezing cold day in NYC. However, I still had every intention of dressing up like a tenured teacher and shooting on the High Line. I think I have the teacher outfit down, but the wind and the weird light made shooting on the High Line not as great as previously imagined. But, fate smiled on us and we found some gorgeous Fall trees that shielded the wind and filtered the light. So yeah, it ended up being a success.