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Fall in Love with Lulus

I know, I know, I’ve been all over Pinterest this past month but this time I need to tell you about a site I have fallen in complete love with through one particular pin: Lulus.com.

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Joanna Sotomura as Emma in Emma Approved

Lulus is a great shop with all kinds of great pieces for women from shoes to coats to your everyday wear. They are always running sales as well as getting a 10% discount if you sign up for email notifications. Currently, there store houses are behind schedule which means you may not get your order very quickly, however, they are giving $10 discount vouchers on your next purchase because of it.

I’m not usually one for online shopping – you can’t feel the material, you can’t see the cut on you (and unless you are exactly model sized, this can be a big difference!), you can’t try it on, and the list continues. However, there are times when I must make an exception and Lulus Royal Luxe Ivory Print Dress was one of them.

If you’ve been following along, over a year ago I talked a bit about web series and my master’s thesis which relied heavily on transmedial webseries as the main focus of my marketing theory. Well, one such literary webseries was the amazing Emma Approved by Pemberley Digital, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic Emma.

The show followed the archived footage created by Emma Woodhouse, lifestyle coach and while the story brought me back week after week so did Emma’s wardrobe. This dress was featured on the webseries and the second it popped up on Pintrest with an Emma Approved tag and a link to where I could buy it, I was sold!

(The discounts of course sold it that much quicker!)

Remember, if you are buying online, check for discounts, look at reviews (both positive and negative), check out all sizing charts given, measure twice, and look at the terms and conditions when it comes to returns and exchanges so you don;t end up stuck with a dress you will never be able to wear! What’s worse than buyers remorse? Owner’s envy (envying something in your own closet you’ll never wear. If you suffer this, get rid of that item, please! I doesn’t matter how much you may have spent on it.)

So yes, it’s love – with this dress, with this site and with this webseries – check them out and until next time: be well, be safe, be smart, and thanks for reading.

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For the Love of a Pencil Skirt…

Yes, this is a Pintrest post and a post all about my favorite pencil skirts that I am longing to own.

Truth be told, I own more fluffy yet elegant tulle and long Hepburnesque / Roman Holiday skirts, many of which I have had to weigh down with hem anchors – just stitch weighted washers into the hem of your underskirt which is made easy by the hole in the middle of said washer (much easier than a penny-ed hem)! I love these skirts because they clench nicely at my waist and then flare out in exaggerated A-lines.

I am petite and curvy – the small of my waist is 31 inches smaller than the widest part of my hips (That is 12.2 inches, ie a little over a foot distance!) – so pencil skirts are a major love and yet head ache for me. It doesn’t help that my running regime seems to have shrunk in my waist more while adding a little bit of muscle girth to my hips (not where I need it but c’est la vie, I’d rather keep running!).

So, yes, I am pintrest longing while I bide my time until I get a job that will let me start heading to a tailor with as many pencil skirts as I can get my hands on. And that’s what all curvy girls need: a good tailor in their Rolodex (or our technological equivalent) to nip in the waistline without breaking the smooth curve from waist to knee (or below) which can happen easily with an inexperienced seamstress (such as doing it yourself!).

To follow are my current crushes as well as the links you follow from Pinterest!

Therefore, with a final, huge thank you to the shop social media crews and other fashion bloggers for giving me such pretty things to look at and I cannot wait to join the legion of snappily dressed fashion forward women in these amazing skirts. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the lovely Crochet number featured on the Collage Vintage Blog – a french fashion blog – and sold on my favorite clothing site, Chicwish.

Until next time, my lovelies, live well, run fast, and find yourself a tailor!

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Unexpected Photo Stops.

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California Adventures. Anaheim California. July 2016.

I’ve traveled a lot which means I’ve been able to really play around with many kinds of locations as a photographer. I’ve loved the beach, piers, and parks, old cities and new and landmarks of all kinds with crowds and suddenly silent natural almost lost moments winding in and out of each other, but in the past weeks I’ve been lucky enough to carry my Nikon into a new kind of environment with very photographic intentions: theme parks.

I grew up in Southern California with a mother in the entertainment industry so I grew up in Disney parks, strolling Universal, with field trips to Knott’s Berry Farm just to name a few. Every one of these trips, however, has been for fun, to go out with friends and family, to get put of the valley, and to go on as many rides as humanly possible with as little wait time – I’m pretty masterful at moving through Disney parks now.

My family hit Disneyland, California Adventures, and Universal Studios these past two weeks and, with camera in hand, the experience was so different!

If you’ve been lucky enough to go to these theme parks, you’ll probably have noticed the detail that designers have gone through to immerse you in the worlds they present. Looking through a lens pulled me in farther.

I’m a detail photographer – I love getting into a moment or the tiny details and pulling them out into the spotlight and suddenly in this process, I’ve been able to build an even larger appreciation for these artists work.

At Disney, this was most apparent while riding Jungle Cruise and sitting down and watching a parade which I haven’t done at Disneyland for years. California has so many original characters running around – 20s singers and bands as well as the odd tricycle mail carrier.

Universal was yesterday and the expanse of that park – which is so different from Disney – was amazing to photograph. As pass holders, we were able to visit a presentation by Laika, the stop motion production company which did features like Coraline and the upcoming Kubo. This was amazing!

We toured displays on all 4 films this tiny company has produced which let us compare the technique growth from one to the next and, best of all, we got to get really close to puppets and sets used in the films – no glassy reflections here!

This tour is really exclusive and well worth the wait if you are at all a fan of the genre or the films.

The pictures will be going up in batches on my Flickr so keep your eyes open and, again, in terms of advice for photographing in public, look at my article specifically on that (it’s on travel but really applies!) here.

Let me know your favorite spots – especially unexpected places like theme parks – to photograph where you live and see you next week.

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My Flickr.

So I’m going to keep my monologue to a minimum tonight and just show off a bit exactly what I’ve been up to. In the past few months, my dad upgraded his camera so I was gifted his older Nikon D70X which is absolutely amazing. I’m shooting raw images rather than JPGs and, therefore, many hours have been spent getting used to Adobe Photoshop – both a joy and a headache!

In terms of photographing places and people in public, my post on Leave-on-the-Wind will give you all my advice so feel free to head over there (and for the best photo gear you won’t want to forget!).

But, if you are interested in seeing more of my work, feel free to check out my latest pics here with many, many more to come (including Disneyland shots)!

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