Friday, April 16, 2010

Be Back in a Few

Note to Readers:
I am getting married in the morning, (!!!) so I just wanted you all to know that I am not neglecting you for no reason. I will be MIA for a couple of weeks, but I will be back with a sweet treat for you all. (So please come back in May, consider it your wedding gift to me)



Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Photo from Just Jared (love that site)
Note to Zoe Saldana:
This orange Lanvin confection is beautiful on you. I like that your accessorized it with gold, but you did it wisely and let the gorgeous tangerine color of the dress take center stage. (Sorry I couldn't resist, I love you in that movie) Your makeup and hair looks as flawless as your beautiful skin. You may have been at the Death at a Funeral premiere, but you my dear, are alive and kicking.

Note to Readers:
This dress gets me excited for the vibrant colors of spring and summer clothes. Although, let's be honest, we all know I like wearing colorful clothing year round. This is a great example of wearing a color that complements, not fights with your skin tone.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Fashionable Family

Note to Reese, Ava and Deacon:
I am loving your looks at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll yesterday. Reese, your classic white look fits well and it looks appropriate for a spring garden party. Ava, I love your yellow dress. The loose fit belted on you is darling, and I like that you paired it with some gladiator sandals. Deacon, what can I even say but I love that you wore a checked shirt with an orange tie and shoelaces. I also appreciate that you didn't wear full length pants. You (or whoever dresses you) pays attention to details, and those little things make a huge difference! I bet you three were one of the best-dressed families in DC.

Note to Readers:
Ok, we all know I am a big fan of Reese, but one of the things I like the most about her is she is always dressed appropriately. Meaning she selects clothing that is right for the occasion, and for her age. I am happy to see this extends to her family too. Her children are dressed properly for attending a White House event, but they still look like kids. I like that you can see a bit of their personalities through their outfits as well. It keeps things from getting too stuffy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Engagement Photos

Note to Readers:
A couple months ago, my fiance Ben and I took our engagement photos. Since the invitations are out now, a lot of friends have asked me about the clothing we wore in the pics.

Selecting the clothing for these photos turned out to be kind of a challenge for me for a few reasons:
1. I select clothing for photo shoots for a living, so I felt a little bit of pressure to make sure Ben and I were looking good.
2. It was beyond cold when we took these photos, but I didn't want us to be all bundled up in the pictures, so I had to choose style over comfort (and body heat).
3. I wanted us to look fashionable, but not trendy. We will have these photos forever, and I didn't want to look back on them embarrassed about our style in 2010!

So, I played with a few trends, high waisted skirts, skinny tie, skinny jeans, mixing prints, etc., but I tried not to take them too far. I also was on a budget, so I used items from different stores and price points and mixed them in with what we already had.

Would you like to know the details about our looks? I'll tell you anyway!

Look One (above photo):
On me- cardigan from H&M a few years ago, embroidered blouse Anthropologie, belt from Anthropologie sale section ($9.99!), skirt Anthropologie currently in the sale section if anyone is interested, shoes (not pictured) Steve Madden black sequined flats.

On Ben- shirt, tie and pants from H&M a year or two ago, and belt from Hurley from a few more years ago. (We used all things Ben already owned. I wanted to keep his clothing a little bit more on the basic side because mine had a lot of color and prints going on.)

Look Two:
On me- cardigan from Old Navy, blouse from Anthropologie, jeans by Paige Denim from Nordstrom around Christmas, flats from Urban Outfitters a few years ago.

On Ben- shirt and sweater from H&M (Ben gets a lot of his dress shirts and ties from there, because he likes the European Slim Fit shirts. He is kind of picky about the fit of his clothes, sound familiar?) jeans from his own closet I think they are from the DKNY outlet in Vegas, and his shoes are Steve Madden.

So, when selecting photos for engagement photos, family photos, or anything else where you will keep them around for a while, my suggestion is to look current, but not too trendy. Also, although it is nice to wear all new clothes, if you are on a budget, buy a few fun pieces and supplement your basics from what you already have.

All photos by the amazingly talented Jonathan Canlas. I really can't say enough good things about him. He had Ben, who does not like having his photos taken, laughing and smiling the entire time.

Note to Ben-
I can't wait to get married to you in 12 days! I am thinking you are going to like my wedding dress, and I am excited for you to see my biggest fashion moment yet!!!