Cold weather dressing. I’m usually perplexed when I have to dress for cold weather because it just feels so repetitive. Sweater, check…jeans, check…sweater dress, check. Repeat. I love these staples, but I’m always looking for pieces with luxe details so I don’t feel so damn BORING.
I am one who gets cold very easily – don’t judge me, please! I know many of you are in much colder climates but I am just a total wimp, so the warmer, the better. I am that person who has the car heater going when it’s 65 degrees and below outside.
Thankfully chenille sweaters are all the rage this fall, and I am not mad about it.
You probably have a closet stocked with tons of cozy sweaters, but that doesn’t mean that your collection is complete. Mine wasn’t until a few weeks ago. Enter: chenille. If the name doesn’t ring a bell, you will know it when you see it and feel it in real life. It kind of looks like velvet, but it has a fab chunky knit to it. The best thing about chenille sweaters? They’re not itchy.
I don’t want to admit how many chenille sweaters I got, but here are a bunch that I’ve purchased and some that are on my wishlist.
Every girl likes to feel a little (or a lot) glamorous. Am I right?
I love being a girl. My family and friends would tell you that since day 1, I have been a girly girl. It’s in my genetic makeup. I was always that little girl who wanted to get into any makeup that I could, and Barbie was my favorite toy. Not much has changed!
There is so much power in being a badass glamour girl. When you step into that feeling, you can unlock so much inspiration. Personally, I feel my best when I feel glam. For me, that means wearing some dainty jewelry (Miranda Frye is my favorite), wearing my favorite perfume (Santal 33 is ah-mazing and gender-less), having a fresh manicure and pedicure, and being in a clean house. Let’s not forget having a couple of candles burning. When I have these things going for me, I get my best work done, I’m a better friend, and a better partner.
Here are my top tips on feeling more glam:
Decide on the kind of world you desire to live and create it for yourself.
Know the feeling of the world you desire to live in. Each day, create the essence of that world for yourself.
Invest in the Details of Your Life.
Glamour is all about creating FEELING into your everyday life. You can do this with so many little things such as decadent candles, music, fresh flowers around your home just to name a few. These are all an affordable access into glamorous living. It really is the little things!
How do you raise your level of glam? If you haven’t thought about it, try making a list and checking it off daily, weekly, or monthly. You won’t regret it because it feels so damn good.
Blog photo locations. This has been one of the biggest struggles as a blogger. If you are a blogger or have a personal brand, having a great backdrop/location is so important because it brings your aesthetic to life.
Before I go into all of my tips, I have to say that I am not perfect at this because I have a very specific vision for my brand, and I am unwilling to forgo that vision if the background is not right. To get specific, I shoot in front of walls quite often because the area I live in is not a prime place for cool looking buildings etc. Very recently, I have been making an effort to change this by driving to San Francisco, a 20 minute drive, to shoot.
1. VISION BOARDS
Create Pinterest boards for location ideas, whether it’s for a cohesive vision for your brand, or for a specific shoot. What I have found is that my vision boards involve a lot of black, gray, white, and pink. Many have intricate backgrounds.
2. CONSIDER COLORS
As I mentioned above, I always consider what colors will be in the photos. Think about what you’re wearing: will you blend into the background or stand out? Sometimes I’ll find a great place to shoot, but there are touches of a color that I don’t care to use. Don’t let that deter you! I simple desaturation or color fix when editing will do the trick.
4. DEPTH OF FIELD / BLURRED BACKGROUNDS?
Go back and look at your vision board(s). Do the photos you pinned have blurry backgrounds, or are the backgrounds in focus? If they’re blurry, they have a depth of field. If they’re crisp, they do not.
If you LIKE depth of field: You will need to stand at least 3 feet in front of the wall or backdrop that you want to be blurred by the camera. So, do not stand right in front of a wall if you want a blurred effect.
5. KEEP A LIST OF LOCATIONS
When it comes time to shoot, I always refer to my list! I can never remember all of the places I’ve ever shot and loved. So I keep a list and shoot at this spots on rotation. It is the WORST to drive around looking for locations…not efficient at all.
Buying clothes, accessories, makeup, really anything brings out the consumer reporter in me. Anyone else? Before I go to make a purchase, I research the hell out of my options. Time efficient? No, but making choices that suit my lifestyle is important to me.
For example, say you need a new pair of rain boots and the options seem to be endless. Do you buy the pair that is in your budget, but aren’t vegan? Or do you choose a pair that are cheap but are not vegan? As you have probably experienced regardless of your lifestyle, these decisions can be tough.
There is rarely a perfect option, regardless of what you’re shopping for. But you can make the best decisions for your budget, code of ethics, and urgency. There are no right and wrong answers, but limiting negative impacts with decisions means we’re doing our best, right?
Here are the questions that I ask myself when making a purchase (I even did this with my CAR):
Is it a need or a want?
My list of ‘wants’ is a mile long…I am one who cannot get into the capsule wardrobe thing as hard as I try. Call me a big old consumer, because it’s true. Here’s the thing though, I always make a second list of ‘needs’ from that ‘want’ list so that they get priority over everything else. This saves time and a lot of money.
Is it cruelty free?
Purchasing cruelty free clothes, makeup, shoes, and even my car is a non-negotiable for me. If you purchase cruelty free goods, you probably feel the same way: lusting after designer pieces (or non-designer) only to find out that they’re made from leather. This is always such a huge bummer for me. I am probably throwing myself to the wolves now, but I do not live a full vegan lifestyle…I eat a lot of fish for protein. But that’s a different story for a different day. Personally, I just can’t get down with animal testing or buying products made from animal skin or fur. Plus there are always alternatives out there that are just as fabulous.
“If you want to find brands that are truly cruelty-free, you’re going to have to be critical. Never blindly trust a label and never settle for an incomplete cruelty-free claim. If it sounds fishy, it probably is. There are a ton of false “cruelty-free” claims being thrown around. In other words, there’s a lot of bullshit out there, so keep your guard up!” – Cruelty Free Kitty
The best way to find out if something is cruelty free and/or vegan (yes, there is a difference), google it. I’m always standing in Sephora googling something like “Is NARS cruelty free?”…and for the record, NARS is NOT a cruelty free company anymore.
Is It Affordable?
The cost of items is lowest on my list of priorities because I will wait for an alternative, for an item to go on sale, or I’ll use Honey for promo codes. After I’ve found some different options for an item on my list, I compare them to see what I like the look of best and what item seems to be made from an ethical company (this could be a main question to ask on your list).
I hope you’ll give this list making strategy a try when making purchases – it makes things so much easier once you can cut out the clutter or what you DON’T want. I recommend making a list of your own principles and things to consider. I promise you’ll feel more confident, chic, and badass while rocking items (or driving a car!) that you can stand behind!