My First Photo Shoot

My fashion account on Instagram was born June 4th, 2017. Just five days after its birth, I did my very first photo shoot at a park. I had chosen three different outfits and of course, my boyfriend was my photographer. I decided to talk about this today because I know a lot of you may be fashion bloggers or fashion lovers who see a lot of people on social media looking flawless all the time and may wonder how a person could be so photogenic and great looking all the time.

I did my very first photo shoot on June 9th and had to find my strength to not run away from the camera. All my life I believed that I just wasn’t photogenic and that I could never stand in front of a camera. EVER.

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On the other hand, people complimenting my outfits would spark a voice in the back of my head that would tell me that I should try becoming a fashion blogger. I always ignored it because I told myself that I would never be like the fashion bloggers or beauty gurus I see on YouTube or Instagram and that my pictures would suck and that no one would follow me, yadda, yadda.

Then I had to take my Portfolio and Professional Development class earlier this summer.

My professor wanted us to create a digital portfolio to display what we wanted to do as a career. Even though I am studying Communications, I still have no idea what I truly want out of it. It seemed like all my classmates were ahead of the game and soon I was intimidated by photographers who had their own work to display, journalist who had articles they had written and then there was me. I had nothing to really show for myself and I found myself waking up in the middle of the night believing that I wasn’t good at anything.

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I then decided, what the hell? Who am I living for? Why am I here feeling sorry for myself? I am pretty great at dressing up. I know this may sound very arrogant, but sometimes you have to toot your own horn. It worked for me because soon I found myself activating my Instagram account, creating this blog, and taking pictures without running away from it!

The pictures you see in this post are all from my very first photo shoot. I did three different outfits and I felt super awkward and uncomfortable that I probably would have not been able to take decent pictures if anyone other than my boyfriend was my photographer. I felt silly doing certain poses or facial expressions because I was in a public place and I knew that out of curiosity, people would look from time to time.

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I honestly look at these pictures and see a difference in how I take photos now versus then. I am more confident in front of the camera now-a-days. It took consistent work and motivation to try harder and I still have both great and not so great photo shoots still. There are just some days that your photos come out great and other days where a domino effect of bad luck just happens. I am glad I am able to share with you all some stepping stones to my fashion endeavor and I hope that this motivates you to overcome camera awkwardness or makes you feel better about your own pictures!

Share this blog with someone who may be camera shy or is stopping themselves from going after that dream the voice in the back of their head is urging them to go for!

Stay stylish!

Yes, I know this image looks like I am smelling my armpit! But cut me some slack, this was my first photo shoot and I had NO idea how to pose hahaha

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Work, Work, Work, Work, Work

Before I got my current job, I was working retail. I was working at the store WetSeal and pretty much had the ability to wear whatever I wanted as long as it was an appropriate length and cut that would represent the store and myself well. WetSeal merchandise was always encouraged to wear, so you can imagine just how much I would spend on clothes there on pay day. Plus who doesn’t like a great employee discount?

Now that I am in an office environment, there had to be some changes to my wardrobe. I am the person who sits at the front desk. I answer phone calls, I work on documents, I greet visitors and try to help them with general questions about certain services and because I sit in the front desk, I am the first face people see which puts the need to represent my department well. This put some pressure on me about what I can’t wear anymore. No more ripped jeans. No more spaghetti strapped tops. No more shorts, even if they were dressy shorts. No more shirts that say words like “Tacos & Tequila” or “Beach Please” or “no makeup, no problem” or “all I need is coffee and wifi”…you get the picture. I went into the job interview wearing a high neck black dress and black closed toe flats. I kept the makeup natural looking and straightened my hair. You have no idea how much I researched on what to wear for an interview. Maybe I can blog on some tips soon?

Anyways, my style has transformed since being at my current job and today I am going to show you 3 different looks that I have gotten compliments on at work. This first one is a bit fierce, but it is not over the top. In my personal opinion, mixing two different animal prints is pretty daring and can make any outfit look more trendy. This outfit is under $75 and has started a lot of conversations from visitors to the office.

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This second outfit was under $50! The colors in this outfit made me think of Daphnie from Scooby-Doo! Pretty sophisticated and girly at the same time.

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Last look is one that plays with flawless black and white with a pop of color! This outfit was also under $75 and the skirt was only $4!

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Which one of these outfits is your favorite? Do you want to know details on these outfits? Tomorrow I will be posting more details on these three outfits and am currently working on a video for you guys! I hope you guys enjoyed these looks. Do not be afraid to allow your style to grow up with you! Stay stylish my friends.

 

 

My 15th Birthday

I was looking through some old photo albums because I wanted to find a good picture of myself to use for flashback Friday. I ended up looking through my quinceanera album and came across some photos to share with you guys!

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As you can see I had a white dress with a red ribbon across my waist. My dress was actually made by a very talented woman who has her own workshop in her garage. My church wanted my dress to be all white, but I wanted a red dress since that is my favorite color. In the end, we had to come to a compromise. I saw many dresses that I liked, but they didn’t meet the church’s requirements or my family’s budget. We spent about $300 for my dress to be made.

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Okay, so when I turned 15 years old, this was before I had gotten my braces. You can see that I had a little overbite, but I still looked and felt beautiful nonetheless.

I was also straightening my hair because I couldn’t stand my natural wavy/curly hair. I refused to curl it on my big day, so my hair stylist suggested we make a braid in the hairline area and create more of a half up-half down look. We topped it off with a red rose clip one of my tias handmade.

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Last but not least, one of my favorite pictures from that night. To go with my red theme, my cake flavor was red velvet. I was encouraged to take the first bite out of it just for the hell of it and a great picture came out of it! My red lace gloves were from the store Hottopic and were the only thing I wore that wasn’t hand made.

Have a great day and happy Friday!

 

Style Inspiration

Today at work I am experiencing that very slow and boring hour that is just completely dragging itself. Normally when this happens, I begin to online shop or look up some style inspiration on Google images. This leads me to today’s topic which revolve around my top 3 style inspiration women who I am head over heels with their style.

My first woman is the girlfriend of video game commentator YouTube star Pewdiepie and her name is Marzia Bisognin. She also has a YouTube channel of her known which is under ‘Marzia’ if you are interested in subscribing to her channel. On that channel you will find fashion hauls, makeup tutorials, some diy projects, videos of both her and Felix (Pewdiepie) playing video games or answering questions, and even some VLOGs. Marzia even has her own clothing line and it kills me to admit that I have not yet purchased anything from her line yet. Things sell out super fast everyone!

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So here is the first outfit I chose that Marzia is wearing and I picked this one because I can re-create this look with the clothes I already have in my closet.

I have a printed skirt similar to this, but with a different color scheme and a solid long sleeve sweater and tons of beanies. I really think that this outfit says ‘fun’ all over it and it really gives me that bubbly feeling when I am looking at it. Plus, I love skirts!

 

 

 

My second outfit that I chose from Marzia is one that I think is very beautiful, but that I am a bit intimidated to try out because I have always been scared to wear white pants.

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I think that this outfit is so cool and chic though! The white ruffle that the pants have in the front add interest to the simple outfit and Marzia paired it with a black long sleeve top, black platform pumps and a black hat. In my opinion you can never go wrong with black and white, but at the same time, it is the little details that make outfits like this interesting such as the ruffle detail and hat.

Last but not least on Marzia is another pant look, but this time, more colorful.

Style inspo person 1 The color scheme of this outfit make me think of the Fall season which leads me to thinking about going back to school. ( I know I take summer classes and never take a break from school but you know what I mean!) This outfit can be worn to class or on a date. This is my favorite outfit on Marzia. Ever since she posted this outfit on her Instagram, I started to try to find similar apparel to recreate it.

My second woman is a model named Ines Steel who mainly posts on her Instagram account: Assassinofsteel which currently has 34.1K followers. If you are into some heavy metal and the more edgier styles, give her a follow! She also does photography and comes all the way from Barcelona!

This first outfit puts us back to black with some ripped knee denim, black sneakers, long and carefree hair, a band tee under a leather jacket with some shades. I have a very similar pair of jeans like hers that I got from the store Express. I recommend this store for their jeans. I know it may be pricey, but they have unique styles and great quality.

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What I love about this style is that not only does it give off a rocker chic vibe, but it also has a lot of fringe and Ines Steele wears a lot of red and black, my two favorite colors!20170717_161752[1]

20170717_163350[1]I picked this last outfit from Ines because it is the perfect outfit to wear to all the music festivals in the summer time.

She attends a lot of music festivals so she knows how to dress for these events. She tends to always wear some tights underneath her shorts and some bootie shoes when not wearing sneakers. She also never forgets those sunglasses at home. She honestly rocks any outfit that she puts on.

 

 

My third woman is known as a makeup guru YouTube star and is Carlibybel! She also has three Instagram accounts, including one that is dedicated to fashion which is known as thefashionbybel! I first started watching her videos when I was trying to figure out how to curl my hair using a straightener. She is a gorgeous woman and gives some of the best beauty advice. I love her fashion, but mainly her Fall/Winter looks.

The first look below starting from the left says Fall fashion to me. It has the brownish beige color to it and I love that both the bag and shoes have fringe detailing! High-waisted jeans are my go-to and are the only type of jeans I like to wear now-a-days. The best high waisted jeans are from Fashion Nova! They are so comfy. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend it!

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The second look is another outfit that is also mainly black and white. I love black and white, I cannot help it. The ripped boyfriend jean is a look I like on other people but not on me. Carli is surprisingly only 5’2 just like me and although I believe boyfriend jeans only work on tall people, she looks really good in these jeans! She also paired them with some platformed boots. Perhaps this helped make this look work? Regardless, she is flawless.

Last but not least, can we talk about that beige, winter perfect outfit on the right she is wearing? I know for some of you this is still a Fall outfit, but believe me when I say that Texas winter is probably Fall weather for some of you. That beige trench coat looks so cozy! I am going to have to find myself one of those for the winter. Especially since winter time falls on my birthday and I should not have to sacrifice style just because it’s cold outside!

I hope you all loved these styles from 3 different women I look up to fashion wise. Feel free to tell me who inspires your fashion sense and if you also like these styles. Time to clock out now!

 

 

 

 

Guilty Pleasures

As you all know, I attended my friend’s wedding the other day. It was a beautiful day. Not only did I witness the couple become one, I also reunited with a lot of my friends who I have not seen since I transferred to a university. I was glad to see that my friends were all doing well and just as happy as I was to see the bride and groom getting married.

So why did I title this post guilty pleasure?

Because my guilty pleasure is wedding related. Guys, I love watching the show, ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ and what better time to share that with you guys than now?!

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My great friend wore this beautiful gown that she got from David’s Bridal. It is not over-the-top, but undeniably beautiful on her. The dress had a three quarter sleeve with lace detail and mesh neckline versus bare shoulders. The dress featured a thin jewel piece ribbon in front of her waist and a straight, long skirt with a longer cut in the back. She wore the dress with the long piece in church and was able to remove it for the dance later on.

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The veil was attached to the bride’s floral crown that she made herself! My friends are very into anything Dia de los Muertos inspired, so this floral crown was a nice touch for her big day. Their wedding cake definitely gives off this impression and went well with their wedding theme.20170716_125841.jpg

I love dresses in general, but wedding dresses are just very stunning and there is so many styles out there that I think are very beautiful and can make any woman out there believe that she is truly gorgeous and special. Although I love watching this show, I want you all to understand that I am only into it for the dresses. I hate the drama the bride’s friends and family bring and seeing the poor bride trying to please everyone. The dresses are gorgeous and I love that incredible moment when the bride realizes that she has found her perfect dress.  My friends are a beautiful married couple and are off to bigger and better things together.

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I want to wish my friends a great honeymoon and a wonderful marriage

God bless you both!

A Night Out

Good evening everyone. I am back and ready to share with you how I wore that orange dress I purchased from Target for my 2 year anniversary with my boyfriend. We went downtown to walk around the city and then to a Tex-Mex restaurant, Acenar on the riverwalk. Although I told my boyfriend not to worry about photoshoots on our special day, there he was, being a photographer and taking some pictures of me when he thought it would make a great photo. I want to post my favorite ones he took here on my blog first, and then I will put them on my Instagram later.

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It began to rain unexpectedly when we made our way downtown, but my boyfriend made the most of it by capturing this picture of me in front of a rainy window. I got this dress from Target, which is available online only and one of my boyfriend’s favorite dresses now.

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My favorite photo my boyfriend took of my outfit last night was in a candy store! I love this picture because I really think it makes the dress stand out as well as my shoes. These heels are the ones I purchased from Necessary Clothing! They are the first fashion business to feature one of my photos on their Instagram account so I am definitely going to mention them any chance I get.  The bag is from Dillards and the brand is Gianni Bini.

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That’s all I got for you all today. I hope you like this outfit and check out some other cute merchandise from Necessary Clothing and head over to check out this dress I got from Target. My review on this dress is already on their website! Head over to http:\\www.target.com and search Women’s Lace Sheath Dress by Necessary Objects to check it out!

On a side note, I am attending my friend’s wedding tomorrow and will be sure to take lots of pictures to share the beautiful day with you all. Until then, have a great night and stay stylish!

 

Wedding Bells

It is that weird time in life where you notice that you and your friends are all going in different directions…

Some friends are independent with full time jobs, some have children, some have moved to a different state, some are in college, some still live with their parents (myself included), some are busy constantly working, some are busy constantly partying, and no joke- some may have even passed away.

I have reached this weird time in my life where my life and my friend’s lives begin to go off in very different directions. We are no longer going through the same things at the same time like we did in high school. It’s funny. It’s crazy. It’s all just so very weird. Despite what may be happening, there is something that stops you in your tracks unlike anything else when you learn that one of your friends is getting married.

The couple had announced their engagement about a year ago. They will be getting married this week. Yes, a year has gone by already! About two weeks ago I attended the Bachelorette party. The one and only Bachelorette party I had ever attended. I went to the nearest Target and bought her lingerie of course! You’re welcome Johnny.

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I participated in all the games, one included creating a wedding gown out of toilet paper. I wish the gown I had created would’ve won!

The jeopardy game was my favorite. The three categories were The Bride, The Groom and The Couple. I knew most of the answers for the most part, but everyone else just seemed to shout louder. It was a lovely experience overall. There was food, decorations, gift bags, lots of underwear for the bride to be, and friends and family. But now that the wedding is THIS week, things are just becoming super real.

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I am talking about this today because marriage is a real game changer. Married or not, I still love my friends all the same. I am excited to witness my friends become one this week. I know that this event is significant to my boyfriend as well. The groom is his best friend. I found a dress from the thrift store for $5 that I will be wearing for the wedding. Since my boyfriend is a groomsmen who will be wearing a tux and a gold tie, I decided to put some gold into my own outfit to match him. This photo doesn’t do this dress justice, but I swear there are some gold undertones in it. I have my golden ‘Sealed With A Kiss’ gold shoes from Necessary Clothing that I will be wearing. Now I just need that golden necklace!

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