Thursday, November 15, 2012

11: Not a Kegger

Top: Target | Skirt: J.Crew | Shoes: Sam Edelman Portney | Earrings: Target | Necklace: Target | Ring: F21 | Chain bracelet: J.Crew | Rhinestone bracelet: F21 | Spike bracelet: eBay

I wouldn't say this is an arm party but it's the closest I ever get. It's definitely more casual after work cocktails than techno rager. I spend a lot of time typing, and I can't handle the jinglejangleclunking of a ton of bracelets on the desk/keyboard. Can't do it. They end up in a neat little pile off to the side, and it's way easier to take off/put back on one or two bracelets twenty times a day than a whole armful. Because let's face it, if I go to the bathroom or to the copy machine sans bracelets the world would probably end armageddon style. It is 2012, after all. You're all welcome.

I haven't gotten a lot of wear out of this necklace, which is a bummer, because when I saw it on the clearance rack I felt like I struck gold. This is the first outfit in a long time that I've actually liked it with. I'm slowly learning (through blogging!) that I have to be eeeextra careful with pale/muted colors and my skin tone, but even though this off-white is tricky, when it goes right it's worth it. Am I alone on this? Do you have "wear at your own risk" colors?


4 comments

  1. Ha! I love this post. You may not have a kegger happening on your wrist, but can we talk about the epic soiree occurring in the shape of your ring??? Gorgeousness. I can only sport arm parties on the weekend since massaging with oodles of bracelets would not feel that great.

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    1. You're a masseuse?! OMG do not tell my mother. She'll be hitting you up for freebies ;) And this ring is like a thousand years old! Mild exaggeration! Sometimes Forever blows my mind.

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  2. You are adorable and gorgeous and your outfits are to die for, and I just love seeing all the cute stuff you put together. However, these flash photos are killing me. They look awful and take the color out of everything, which is a bummer because your website is one of my favorites! I know it has to be hard because it's probably still dark outside when you leave for work. If I may, a few suggestions:

    1) Try setting your camera's white balance to Flash (check the manual). This will maker the colors warmer and richer and less blue and dull.

    2) Take a piece of wax paper or kleenex (if 2 ply you may have to peel it apart first) and tape it over the flash on your camera. This will help to diffuse the light and make it softer so you don't get the harsh shadows.

    3) If you have a DSLR (a big camera, as opposed to a small pocket-sized point-and-shoot), buy an external flash for your camera. It doesn't have to be fancy or expensive, definitely don't spend more than $100. Look for a used one on Craigslist or eBay or Amazon. Put that on your camera, then turn the top of the flash around so it's facing the opposite direction (away from you). This sounds counterintuitive, but the flash will light up the wall in front of you and make it into a big white reflector, which will cast a very pretty soft and even light on you. This is called "bounce flash."

    Hope that helps! LOVE your blog and your amazing style!!

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    1. I feel like I've been waiting my whole life for you! Peeling apart Kleenexes as we speak. Unfortunately the puppy just demolished my (two week old) external flash, but as soon as it gets back from the repair shop I'm going to start experimenting. Any other tips you have, just comment or shoot me an email. DO NOT keep them to yourself ;)

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