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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
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.
During the day, it is hard to commit to a full-on sparkly look. But one can’t be expected to omit daytime sparkle all together. Luckily, layering season is upon us, so I layered my beloved “Long Island Housewife” sparkle blazer with a jean jacket for a look that is eye catching without being overpowering.
Boots: Zara | Skirt: Club Monaco (also worn here) | Tank top: J. Crew | Sparkle Blazer: Tobi (old) | Jean Jacket: Tommy Hilfiger (super old)
- Smile — we are all occasional victims of BRF, but there’s no need for it to be chronic.
- Wear it in black.
- Large, dark sunglasses are always chic (just never wear them inside).
- Denim is always in style.
- Find a tailor and visit her often.
- Do not splurge on trends (ever).
- Nude pumps are always a good idea.
- Loud, oversized logos are not okay after age 18.
- Don’t charge clothing to a credit card.
- Invest in a nice blazer.
- Show skin strategically.
- Wear colorful accessories.
- Take a skin, hair, and nails vitamin every day.
- Avoid ruching.
- Do not underestimate the power of a fashion scarf.
- Buy your size.
- Don’t shop with a friend. You will inevitably purchase something you don’t like.
- Always have a lint roller.
- Wear the right undergarments.
- If you don’t like it, don’t wear it.
- Embrace your personal style.
- Don’t buy something just because it’s on sale.
- Pack emergency flats.
- Don’t dress for men. Just… don’t.
- Before you leave the house in white — do a light check. See-through stinks.
- Layer your accessories.
- Buy a nice pair of riding boots, you will wear them forever.
- Don’t criticize yourself. You’re a hot chick.
- Sundresses with pockets are the best kind of sundresses.
- Mix prints.
- Leopard print flats, buy some.
- Add an element of surprise to every outfit (even if it’s lacy undies).
- Polyester is a cruel mistress, avoid her if you can.
- Pair loose clothes with tight ones for a balanced look.
- Never wear loungewear to the airport.
- Own a killer LBD.
- Don’t be afraid of bold patterns.
- Get out of your fashion rut and try something new for a change.
- Dress for your body, not your age.
- Great coats are always in style.
- WWKMW — “What would Kate Middleton wear?”
- Check your backside before you head outside.
- Special events are no time for something new — wear what you know looks good.
- Own plenty of crisp white tees.
- Mix your girliest pieces with your most casual pieces for a great look.
- Cuff your boyfriend jeans and wear them with pumps.
- When in doubt, buy denim smaller — it will stretch.
- There is no excuse for pajamas outside.
- Leggings will never be pants.
- Buy fun tights (but they should always be mostly black).
- Go see a cobbler — make your favorite shoes last.
- Black bathing suits hide a multitude of sins.
- Dress in color themes, don’t worry about matching perfectly.
- Confidence is the best accessory.
- Jazz up an outfit with red lipstick.
- When it doubt, overdress.
- Don’t wear jeans to a wedding — even if it is “casual”.
- Speaking of jeans — they should always be dark wash.
- Layering is your friend.
- Clean out your closet every year.
- Double sided tape can save a girl’s dignity.
- If you feel uncomfortable in the morning, you will feel uncomfortable all day. Change.
- There’s no excuse for not owning an iron.
- Tide To Go pens (just saying).
- Get your white button down shirts starched for an extra polished look.
- Uggs are not for grown women.
- Invest in a good wallet.
- Know what neckline looks best on you.
- Shorts can be sneaky buggers, skirts are always a safer option.
- Get your pencil skirts tailored for an knock ‘em dead fit.
- Go easy on the sparkle — less is more.
- You can be comfortable without resorting to pajamas or hoodies.
- Know your measurments.
- Organize your closet.
- Pick your outfits the night before.
- Don’t feel compelled to listen to your mother — get your own style. Let her have hers.
- Don’t wear anything too flashy on a first date.
- Good posture will make any outfit look better.
- Only wear heels your can walk in comfortably.
- Strapless is a very unforgiving neckline, choose wisely.
- It’s okay to skip a trend (even if “everyone” is wearing it).
- Know when it’s time to throw something out.
- Dress for the weather, colds are never cute.
- Learn from your fashion mistakes, don’t wallow in them.
- Only buy one special occasion dress per year.
- Don’t buy something just for the label.
- Don’t let your insecurities rule your shopping decisions (again, you’re a hot chick).
- Smile when you try something on. Even if you don’t like it.
- It is so easy to buy great clothes for less. Don’t buy things you can’t afford.
- Be your best-dressed self every day.
I was having a bit of a “bad face/hair day” when these photos were taken. For some reason, the weather was crazy humid and it made my skin so darn greasy, and my hair even more frizzy. So I have a bit of a sad face in some of these photos because I was feeling sorry for myself.
Also, it may look like I am standing in the middle of a busy intersection, risking my life for the perfect photo — but I am not! I am actually standing on a crosswalk in front a closed road that leads into Central Park. So fancy.
Shoes: J.Crew Factory| Jeggings: J. Brand | Shirt: J. Crew | Blazer: J. Crew | Necklace: J. Crew
Earlier this week, I spoke about my wedding dressing policy aka the idea that you should only buy one dress for wedding season and wear that dress to every wedding.
This is a policy women either love or hate. I am here to tell you why should always love it — and adopt it. There is absolutely no reason for any women to ever feel obligated to buy a new dress for every wedding. If you are between the ages of 25 and 35 you are going to many weddings a year, and that starts to add up.
If you are worried about adopting this policy, I am here to debunk a few myths and give you a few reasons why this is the best idea ever.
You care what “people will say”: In my experience, people hardly notice if you wear the same thing twice — or five times. But, I understand that you are going to weddings with many of the same people and you want to impress them. That is neither here nor there. If your friends are judging you because you chose not to spend $500 on dresses you will only wear once, you should probably sit down with these friends and explain to them how shopping works. The idea of shopping is that you buy something you want to wear or think is “cute”. So why would you restrict yourself to wearing that item only once? Or only twice? You wouldn’t buy a set of bowls and then throw them out after a dinner party because *gasp* people saw them! Why is a dress any different?
You might be photographed wearing the same thing twice: When people say this sentence to me with a straight face, I have to laugh. It’s like, are you serious? Who are you, Jennifer Aniston? Let down your imaginary paparazzi and wear the dress again. It’s a wedding, not a red carpet event, doll.
Think of the money you’ll save! Special occasion dresses are some of the most over-bought and under-worn items, like, ever. Special occasion dresses are also pretty expensive. If you only buy one dress, you can save the remaining money for
a nice gift for the couple a new Fall jacket, a fancy dinner, those shoes you wanted, or about 30 burrito bowls from Chipotle
Get your accessories right: Never underestimate the transformative power of a woman who is smart enough to realize that she only needs one special occasion dress per year. Do something special with your hair, wear a statement necklace, wear your dress as a skirt or a top, wear different shoes. You don’t need to buy something new to make a new outfit.
Okay ladies, next wedding season — One. Dress. Only.
I am not sure if you all know my wedding dressing policy – but it is pretty straightforward. One dress gets purchased for wedding season, and that dress gets worn to every wedding of the year. This year’s wedding guest dress is actually last year’s wedding guest dress because of laziness. Next year I will get a new one. This one is so cute, though! It is lacy and fluffy!
Also, guess what! My creative directin’ husband is here! On the blog! Looking all handsome! This is rare event, y’all. So savor this moment.