Tuesday, September 28, 2010

dog days

My weekend, what once showed great promise, was partially ruined by a moderately severe reaction to an antibiotic I was on, but despite my red, obster-like appearance and scaly skin, I had a great time hanging out with friends and my grandparents who made an impromptu visit.

In better news, I wore this absolutely fabulous and comfy button up sent from ModCloth last Friday. Since I can wear jeans on Friday, I waited to wear this with skinny jeans and platform heels.
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[top c/o modcloth, jeans by bdg, platform heels by jessica simpson, bag by marc jacobs, sunglasses from urban outfitters, belt by american apparel]
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I loved the back of this top.
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Thanks to Kimmi for taking my pictures! She came out on Saturday and we went out to dinner, rented movies and drank wine. She mostly drank the wine, which resulted in some entertainment for me.
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Attractive.
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Monday, September 27, 2010

Spotted Moth Clutch Giveaway!

Thanks to Spotted Moth, the Coffee Date Clutch will be given away to one lucky reader! To be eligible, please visit Spotted Moth, pick out your favorite item and comment which item is your favorite along with your email address. For an additional entry, become a fan on Facebook, but you will have to comment a second time! Open to U.S. and international readers until 10 p.m. Sunday, October 4.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010

a sidewalk stroll



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Back in Lansing now! I spotted this skirt at American Apparel and then a sales associate pointed out all the new belts they have and after much contemplation, I selected the grey. I paired the skirt and belt with a vintage blouse and leather jacket to add to the feminine look. I always pair a leather jacket over a skirt or dress. Most of the time, I don't feel complete without one and that was my challenge with dressing myself this summer. I pranced around to work in this outfit yesterday paired with tights and changed into knee highs after work. For some reason, I feel as if thigh highs are a little scandalous, so I save those for after work.
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[blouse-vintage, belt, skirt and knee highs from american apparel, shoes by ciao bella, bag by marc jacobs, leather jacket by gap]
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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I love coats.

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I've taken a recent interest swing coats and when I spotted this at Forever 21 for a mere $35, I knew I had to have it. Once it gets even cooler here, I plan to pair it with long, leather gloves.

Becky took these for me over the weekend since I planned on wearing this in Northern Michigan today during the last day of the conference when I Traverse City today, hairpiece and all! I stayed at the Grand Traverse Resort & Spa and I've been spoiled with delicious food and a gorgeous view from my wall of windows in my room. I don't want to leave! I'll post photos upon my return!
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[coat by forever 21, pants by silence + noise, boots by jeffrey campbell]
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Friday, September 17, 2010

naomi

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Sometimes insanely beautiful people enter your life and instead of raging with envy, you photograph them. And so I photograph Naomi. I heart her!
Naomi was an intern for us at Capital Area Michigan Works! last spring semester and she always came to work dressed in such stylish, fun outfits. I was constantly gushing--so much so that the words "that's so cute!" probably means nothing to her anymore. I just couldn't help it!
Naomi wore a simple black dress with cap sleeves, patterned tights, a scarf I want to steal and a red leather jacket this past Wednesday. Naomi's closet I believe is filled with these amazing versatile pieces that she can accessorize differently and dress up and down for various occasions. Take the outfit she had on for the shoot, without the jacket it's so sweet and feminine and with the jacket, it just adds such an edge.
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[dress by piko 1988, jacket by leather loft, purse and scarf by f21, ankle boots by steve madden, tights from lord & taylor]
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

cornfield sunset

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I had to dress up a little more for work this week for our bimonthly legislative breakfast. I wore a skirt earlier in the day with purple suede pumps and changed into black pants and lace up boots after work. This outfit was perfect for running errands and not looking like quite the bum I normally look like.
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[jacket by f21, pants by silence+noise, lace up boots by deena & ozzie]
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Photos by Becky Johns

Monday, September 13, 2010

channeling garth from wayne's world

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I wore this fun outfit out with friends for a couple drinks last Friday. I added a military jacket since that particular night it was quite chilly. Once I got my dance on, I lost the jacket, drank my miller light and remembered a few key choreographed boy band dance moves when they played Backstreet Boys and N'Sync. Classy as usual.
Although it was quite disappointing that I couldn't partake in any New York Fashion Week festivities--I was in one of my best friend's weddings this weekend, which was one of the most fun weddings I've attended! And I am feeling less panic-stricken and anxious for a large one-day conference I'm planning at work. Last week was a busy and tough week, but I know I'll be in NYC for the next fashion week in February!
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[top by zara, faux leather shorts by f21, tights by merona, lace up boots by jeffrey campbell, leather studded bracelets by tea accessories]
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Friday, September 10, 2010

photography: bring your outfit shots to the next level!

I still consider myself a newbie blogger with my nine month old blog, but if there is one thing I've learned so far, it's that high quality, interesting photography can really elevate a blog. And it doesn't matter if you have a point and shoot digital camera or a DSLR with a handful of interchangeable lenses, there are plenty of tips to help anyone with any camera improve their photography techniques. I've asked one of my good friends, Haley to model for me to show you a variety of elements of composition.

To improve the quality of your photographs, think about lighting and composition. Incorporating these techniques into your outfit photos will them become stronger and more compelling images. 

Perspective
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Same location, different angle with camera. The first of these two is the strongest. It's cut off a bit here, but you can view the image by clicking on it to get to flickr to see the whole image. The lines in the first photo draw your eye to focus of the picture: Haley.
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Repetition
The repeating columns add more interest
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Depth of Field
Whether it's a wide shot with lots of details in focus or a detailed shot with the background compressed, depth of field can add a lot to a photo. I prefer to shoot details with a short depth of field. 
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Symmetry
I centered Haley in the center of the doors. I don't normally do a lot with symmetry, but it was actually a lot of fun to incorporate these different elements into my photography. It's something different for readers to look at as well instead of the same shot over and over again.
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Space
For me, this can be tricky. I wish I didn't cut her off so much in the second image, but it's all about trying and seeing what works and having fun with outfit shots.
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Framing
I'm a huge fan of framing. You can frame anyone using anything. In this case, I stood on the side of a door and asked Haley to stand on the outside. I like the lines on the windows and wanted to frame her within them.
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You can also play around with color, texture and lines. The example images for perspective is also a great example of utilizing lines.

One of the best ways to get beautiful images is playing with light. You can use natural light (what's coming through your window or shooting outside), available light (your lamps and other sources of light that aren't natural) or artificial light (using an sort of lighting kit.) Natural light is my absolute favorite. Most of my outfit shots are taken outside and if they are taken inside, I utilize window light. This is all personal preference of course. My advice with light would be to not take photos in direct sunlight. It's harsh and unflattering. If you must shoot on a super sunny day, find some shade or shoot earlier in the morning or later in the evening before the sun reaches its peak in the sky.

Taking a variety of shots is just as important as the shots themselves. Make sure you take full body shots, portraits and detail shots of interesting pieces of your clothing.
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And if it's a moment captured, it's ok if it's not technically sound or following any rules. Sometimes, it's just important to capture the fun stuff.
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If anyone has specific questions, feel free to email me at kerbuski@gmail.com. I'd be more than happy to help! A lot of you may already know most of this, but hopefully it was useful for a couple people!