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overalls that actually fit

3.25.2015

This is me being about two years late to the whole overalls thing. And the prolonged period of overall-lessness is not because I didn't like them, but because they didn't like me. It was the tale of Goldilocks and the three bears, where Goldilocks is played by a short and "curvy" brown girl (aka me) and the bears are various retailers and their stinkin' overalls.

It's actually by a stroke of luck that I found these. Usually I don't even bother trying overalls on due to a lack of positive previous experiences. But something about these H&M overalls made me give them a try. The rest is history, and we lived happily every after.

H&M generally has weird sizing so I went two sizes up to get the fit I wanted: a relaxed leg-- not skin tight, but still tapered at the ankle, a high waist so my love handles don't spill out, and a roomy bib that doesn't pull at and accentuate my stomach. Plus they were black, and I can never have too much black in my closet.

overalls: h&m (similar from asos), cropped sweater: brandy melville, shoes: steve madden (similar by joie, dolce vita), lipstick: too faced melted











10 sandals under $100

3.23.2015

It seems like every spring I have the same struggle of trying to find a pair of affordable sandals. While I usually see shoes as something worth splurging on, sandals are the exception. It's hard to justify spending $200 on a few straps of leather that I can wear for a couple of months before they bite the dust.

Of course, on the other hand, with a limited budget comes limited options. I've been perusing the web, and thankfully I have found some potential choices. I've actually already bought the target and grey forever 21 ones, but I'm not sure if they're keepers yet... Those zara ones look promising, but they also barely fit the under $100 moniker.

If you have any sandal recommendations, please do share!

(and technically, the dolce vita ones are $100, but $100 and under just doesn't have the same ring to it, ya know?)

from left to right: free people, free people, forever 21, asos, zara, asos, target, dv by dolce vita, forever 21, anthropologie




last summer's favorites

3.16.2015

An LA heatwave means I can start wearing some of my favorite, easy-peasy pieces from last summer, like these free people harpoon wrap sandals and this asos denim smock dress. After wearing this dress, I'm reminded of why I need a bunch of short, swingy dresses for my summer wardrobe. They're perfect to wear with strappy sandals in the heat, and with boots in the cold. Not to mention, they're also ideal for hiding food babies of all sizes.

I guess I was feeling a little bit girly and decided to add some pink lipstick and a bow.

dress: asos, sandals: free people, bow: forever 21, lipstick: maybelline






the return of the denim skirt

3.13.2015

I thought my denim skirt wearing days were over after I graduated middle school.

But it doesn't surprise me to say that I'm back on team yes-to-denim-skirts as most things in fashion are cyclical. The turning point for me was probably the revival of the 70s style, button front, a-line denim skirt. The Alexa Chung for Adriano Goldschmied collection featured a cute, little number. Unfortunately it was also really out of my price range.

But that's where Asos comes to the rescue with a medium wash, a-line cut skirt adorned with silver buttons. Thank you Asos gods!

skirt: asos



















And then some denim skirt styling inspo, of course.















how to use your SLR camera

3.01.2015

Last Saturday I did a blog post on how I wanted to share some photo tips, and here's post numba two. I'm trying to keep to a blogging schedule so hopefully these photo tips will be a weekly thing that I post every weekend.

The first post, which you can read over here, was on the equipment I used for blog photos. In there I mentioned the main benefit of shooting with an SLR was being able to shoot manually. That basically means that you can manually control certain settings when taking a picture.

Here's a simple post that goes over some basics when it comes using your SLR.

RAW
RAW files are basically digital negatives of your photos. The file size is much bigger than a jpeg, but the tradeoff is that they produce images of greater quality.

By shooting in raw, you're able to adjust various aspects of the coloring and lighting of your photos after you're done shooting. It comes in especially handy when you're shooting in low light situations. Not only can you brighten the photo, but you can also adjust the white balance so things don't look all yellow. Here's a great article on the advantages of shooting in RAW.

To the left is a screenshot of the options Adobe RAW (the raw processing program used in photoshop) offers. In this case I adjusted the white balance, increased the exposure and whites to brighten the photo, and increased the contrast to make the objects pop. Since I shot near an open window, one side of the photo was a lot brighter than the other so I decreased the highlights.

Aperture
When you take a picture, your lens opens and closes a tiny hole to let light through. Aperture is a measurement of how big this hole is. As the aperture gets smaller, the hole gets bigger. The smaller the aperture, the shallower the depth of field, and the brighter the photo. With shallow depth of field, things in the background get blurrier and blurrier and you get more bokeh.

Shutter Speed
Shutter speed determines how long the light will be able to enter through the lens. The longer the amount of time, the brighter your photo. For example, a photo shot at 1/15 of a second will be much brighter than a photo shot at 1/200 of a second. If you want to capture an object in motion, you'll want a faster shutter speed to avoid blurriness.

ISO
ISO is the sensitivity of your camera to light. Typically, a lower ISO means a clearer picture and a higher ISO means a grainier picture. Higher ISOs may necessary when shooting in low light conditions. As per my personal preferences, I would rather boost the ISO and have a grainier photo, instead of decreasing the shutter speed and having a blurrier photo.

For example if you were to take two photos with 1/20 shutter speed and f/2.2 aperture, one with an ISO of 100 and one with an ISO of 800. The one taken at an ISO of 800 would be brighter, but would have more grain.

Exposure

Exposure is the combination of aperture, shutter speed, and ISO as together they determine the light that enters your camera. For situations with lots of light, you can shoot with a bigger aperture, faster shutter speed, and lower ISO. In situations with low light, you can shoot with a smaller aperture, slower shutter speed, and higher ISO.

White Balance
White balance is measured in Kelvins. The goal of adjusting white balance is to have the colors in an image be as close as possible to the colors of the objects in real life. Depending on the lighting situation, your photo may be overcast with a blue or yellow tint. Lighting sources that cause a cooler tint should be adjusted with a higher white balance, and lighting sources that cause a warmer tint should be adjusted with a lower white balance. Most photographs are taken within the 5000-7500K range.

To be honest, I rarely adjust my white balance in camera. It's usually just set to auto. I prefer adjusting it during RAW processing. If you look at the dialogue above, you'll see there's a temperature option which allows you to correct the colors to your choosing.

Camera Modes
Last but not least, the modes! Most SLRs come standard with a manual mode, aperture priority mode, shutter speed priority mode, and automatic mode. The names are pretty self descriptive. In manual mode you can control your aperture and shutter speed, in aperture priority mode you set your aperture, and the camera automatically sets your shutter speed. In shutter speed priority mode you set your shutter speed, and the camera automatically sets your aperture. In automatic mode, your camera sets your aperture and shutter speed. Depending on your make of camera, these modes will be designated with different letters on your dial. On my Nikon, M is for manual, A is for aperture priority, S is for shutter speed priority, and P is for automatic.

I typically start off with aperture priority mode when I'm taking blog photos. After taking a test shot, I decide if I need more or less light. If I need to, I'll switch into manual and adjust the shutter speed to my liking.


I hope this was helpful! Like last time, feedback is always welcome :) For next week I was thinking about doing a tutorial on how I expand the frame in outfit photos I take indoors against a plain wall.


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