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5 Photography Takeaways

BLAZER: Maje/TEE: (c/o) Revolve/PANTS: Zara, love these though!/SANDALS: Schutz/EARRINGS: Oscar de la Renta, (affordable option here)/BAG: (c/o) Cafune/SUNGLASSES: Givenchy 

Raise your hand if you’ve ever solved a problem during 5 o’clock traffic? While reading a book? Taking a shower? Running a marathon or what feels like one?

*raises hand

Last month, I did. I replaced my 9 to 5 with a photography course at Istituto Marangoni Miami. Call it a rut? A creative block? Whatever. I desperately needed three weeks to work through my love/hate relationship with the camera, an issue that’s plagued me since June, and take my mind off my day-to-day work to be completely immersed in creating something different every day. I started the course with a list of general questions I thought were key: “How should I edit my photos?” “What’s the best trick for this angle?” “Lighting?” Instead, I walked out with a changed perspective. One that actually fueled a new creative direction.

(Stay tuned for 2019)

Today I thought I’d share my top 5 takeaways from the course. Even if you’re not a photographer, I think anyone can take something from these next couple of lines. 

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Life As I Know It

Style Bungalow wears Alexis

DRESS: Alexis, sold out – similar style here/SANDALS: Alexandre Birman/EARRINGS: Devon Leigh, but I also love Jennifer Behr, Lizzie Fortunato and Lele Sadoughi jewelry/BAG: (℅) Pamela Munson

Fashion photography overload.

My head’s still spinning from the three week photography course I took at Istituto Marangoni Miami: photo editing, content planning and shooting models all the while wrestling my normal day-to-day. Even with the nerve-wrecking moments + late nights working, I couldn’t be more thankful to have stepped back for three weeks. The course added so much value to the passion work I get to do… every single day. I haven’t felt this fulfilled in quite some time…

Let’s hit rewind.

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Reiss All About it

SWEATER, BLOUSE, SKIRT: (℅) Reiss/HEELS: old, similar here

I can’t believe it’s that time of the year! We’re swapping out pumpkin spice for peppermint mocha, like how did time fly by so quickly?! When I think about winter in Florida, I have to actually remind myself that it’s winter. Blame it on the warm temps that fluctuate between 90s to low 60s on a “cold” day. I love it. But you guys know that!

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Double the Sweater Love

SWEATER (cream, red), BLOUSE (similar here), JEANS: (℅) Banana Republic/LOAFERS (similar here)/GLASSES: old

Wow, where has the time and month gone?

I’m in the middle of Miami’s buzzy scenes and sounds, wrapping up my last few days in the most intensive photography course I’ve ever taken (but so rewarding) before I head off to Houston for a much needed break over the holidays.

My mom told me the other day, “it’s so cold here!” Which has me thinking of being wrapped up in comfy sweaters all day, curled up sipping hot tea with zero to-do’s (with the exception of my sister’s wedding). Doesn’t sound so bad, right? (happy sigh)

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Wild for Monnier Frères

BLOUSE, JEANS, BAG, EARRINGS, HEELS: (old) affordable; splurge

I remember it like it was yesterday.

Ten years ago (before my blog), I was a starving ballerina. I transitioned into PR, which then moved into a few freelance jobs just to barely cover my expenses. Shopping for clothing and accessories took a backseat (like way in the back), but it was always top of mind. Designers like Oscar de la Renta, Valentino and Jimmy Choo were a few favorites to window shop and add to my years of wish lists. Yes, the daydream game was strong…

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Singin’ The Blues

BLOUSE, SKIRT: Self-Portrait via Nordstrom/HEELS: similar/BAG: more options here/LIP COLOR: “Heat Wave” by NARS

Today I feel like singin’ the blues. Because I love this look!

I’m also pretty pumped to start shopping again! This time for me. And this time, at Nordstrom. With so many designer goodies at your fingertips, it’ll be easy to spend my gift cards all at one place. Cha-ching!

But before I go into a rant about how excited I am to start shopping, let’s chat about today’s look.

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A Pink Christmas!  

GOWN: Alexis (here and here)/BAG: (old)/HEELS: (c/o) River Island/EARRINGS: (c/o) BaubleBar (similar here and here)

Merry Christmas everyone! Today has been magical.

TRUTH: I’ve been a complete homebody. Loungin’ around in PJs, watching holiday movies and sipping on some hot cocoa because Houston decided to get cold – like, out of nowhere. The other day it was 70. Now it’s like 20 degrees. #soconfused Good thing I brought a leather jacket with me!

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Season’s Greetings!

BLOUSE: Caroline Constas/PANTS: Blank NYC/SLINGBACKS: Express/BAG: (c/o) Zac Posen/EARRINGS: Oscar de la Renta

As if you haven’t heard Season’s Greetings enough.

Oh. M. Gee. I’ve spent the past couple of days in a state of pure bliss complete with one spa day, my boyfriend’s arrival to Houston and no emails.

The more I grow older, the more I realize the holidays are less about presents and more about the mental break you receive. My mom asked me, “what do you want this year for Christmas?” of which I replied, “to spend time with family and relax.” Between running this blog and maintaining “some sort” of social life, it’s been quite the year. But I’ll touch on this subject later next week when we talk about dun, dun, dun… New Year’s resolutions (which I’m actually not a big fan of but nevertheless, participate in every year.)

K, let’s talk fashion now.

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