STYLE BLOG by CARLY MADDOX

Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Purrfect Dress!

Wearing: Modcloth dress, Thrifted heels, Thrifted Vintage Dooney & Bourke bag.

Today I wore my newest item from Modcloth, something I've been wanting for a looong time now... this cat dress! I've been pretty much stalking their site for months and also checking everywhere on the internet for this dress, but it's been sold out for the longest time! I've literally never paid $90 for a dress (I'm really cheap when it comes to buying clothes), so buying this dress was just that important to me. Yeah I see cat dresses everywhere now, but this dress is just so perfect to me...and, being the cat lady that I am, I just really went crazy over how realistic and precious the cats look on the dress! I catch myself staring at all of the cats on it when I wear it, haha! Anyways, besides talking about how obsessed I am with this dress, I decided to pair it with just a simple pair of heels and a bag, and I didn't really accessorize at all, because it really doesn't need it. I did make sure I wore my cat earrings though!

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Saturday, September 28, 2013

In The City

Wearing: Forever 21 hat, Priceless sweater, Persun Mall skort, Priceless heels, Persun Mall ring, Banggood clutch.

Hi everyone! I'm going to make this short because I'm extremely tired right now and ready to go to bed, but today I wore lots of cute new things that I've been gifted recently! The whole outfit looks pretty simple and is filled with more sophisticated modern styled pieces, but I threw in this lovely little kitty sweater that the lovely people at Priceless gifted to me to give it a more fun look, and I'm absolutely in love with the sweater! It's so cozy and cute, which of course makes me want to wear it every day! Unfortunately though, as much as I liked my outfit today, it happened to be a dark, rainy day, and I just had to take photos, so consequently, they turned out pretty horrible! The lighting outside was so awful, so that was of course didn't capture my outfit well and was a pain to try to work with in photoshop as I touched up the coloring and did a bit of cropping. I still loved the outfit though, so I figured I might as well upload it! Anyways, hope you have a great weekend!

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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Last Minute Summer Florals Sale (Shop Update)


From now until Oct. 31st, when you purchase anything floral in my shop, you can get 15% off! Just use the code FLORALS at checkout!

SHOP - A WALK IN THE PARK
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Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn Wind

Wearing: Forever 21 dress, Target booties, Thrifted (Vintage) Dooney & Bourke bag, Forever 21 hat.
Happy second day of fall! Today I wore this sheer dress from Forever 21 which is perfect for fall in Florida, because it looks very fall while still being a breezy dress for humid days like today. To make the outfit look more fall, I paired it with my favorite booties, bag and hat. I can't wait to pair this outfit with cute cardigans and sweaters when it gets further into the season!

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Fall Inspiration ♥


Today marks the first official day of fall, a day I've been waiting for all month, or all year rather. I can't wait to bring out all of my decorations, and buy lots of pumpkin and fall scented candles. I put together a few photos that have me really inspired for this season, I'm of course excited for all of the layering and the many pumpkin spice latte runs I'll be making with my good friends. I also threw in a little photo of NYC during the fall, so many gorgeous colors...I wish I could spend my fall there! Actually, I'm not picky, I would love to spend any of my time in NYC! But, I know I will someday! Anyways, here's to a wonderful, cozy fall! ♥
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Friday, September 20, 2013

Fall Wishlist ♥

fall wishlist


Dear Creatures dress / Sonia Rykiel slim fit shirt, $355 / Black plaid skirt, $29 / H M mini skirt, $32 / Kate Spade ankle booties / Kate Spade purse / J.Crew crystal bracelet / River Island bowler hat, $32
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For this fall, like any other, I'm in love with the traditional color scheme of dark reds, greens, grays and browns. I'm also dying for plaid and faux leather skirts and dresses to match with adorable pullover sweaters and of course the perfect pair of booties. Today it feels a lot like fall...I'm hoping this is Florida's "first" day of fall, and that it actually sticks for the upcoming months. I'm just ready to get into the full swing of drinking pumpkin spice lattes and lighting many fall scented candles around the house. ♥
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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Denim + Mustard

Wearing: Thrifted shirt, skirt, heels, bag + Forever 21 hat.

I've finally bought myself a pair of mustard tights, and I already want to wear them with everything I own. I am so excited to make many lovely fall looks with this little beauties, and of course my favorite vintage Dooney & Bourke bag, which I only carry in fall. I've also been on the hunt for many skirts like this one which I bought at a thrift shop the other day along with another. I think they're so cute, and perfect to pair with tights and a pull-over sweater for an easy, stylish fall look. I plan to wear many outfits like this on those cold days where I can't think of what to wear to school (I'm trying not to wear skinny jeans and a band tee every day this school year, and after 22 days in I've been very successful as I only wore jeans and a band tee once!). I just own so many dresses, and as I get more I forget about the other ones I have, so I've been making sure that I wear *all* of my clothes this school year! But anyways, hope you all have a lovely rest of the week! ♥

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Bravado


Wearing: PoppyLovers shirt, F21 dress, PoppyLovers bag, F21 hat, Thrifted oxfords.

I was so excited to pair my new little top and bag from PoppyLovers with my brown dress and oxfords for a nice fall transitional look. While the top was very summery with its white and florals, I thought I could make it more fall with the many brown tones and of course the deep red colored bag. I love this look so much and it was quite comfy, so I'm excited to wear it more! ♥

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In The Light


Wearing: Thrifted blazer, dress and shoes, Target watch.

Today I enjoyed a rather calm Sunday in one of my favorite latest thrift finds: my poofy polka dot dress! I have a new love for full-skirted dresses like this one, they are so girly and I've also discovered that they really flatter my figure! I'm rather short, so finding things that look really good on me can be a challenge sometimes. But I'm so addicted to full-skirted dresses, and that's what I've been on the hunt for lately. This one has a tulle lining underneath, so that really helps out the fuller shape! It's a strapless dress, so I just paired it with a blazer for a more 'fall' look. Hope you have a great week!




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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

10 Tips For Taking Your Own Outfit Photos!

Sometimes, I think it would be kind-of awesome to have someone take my photos for me, but then again, Ilove taking my own photos. It's so much more simple, and for me, the outcome is always better than if someone else took my photos. As a big photography lover, I'm always experimenting with my camera and what I can do with it, and over the last few years I must say I've definitely come a long way with my self portraits and outfit photos. I frequently get asked about my equipment I use and how I take my own outfit photos, so I figured it would be a good idea and also a bit of fun to make one big post addressing it all!


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1. Get to know your camera and take many test shots.


When taking your own outfit photos, it's good to make sure you're familiar with the functions on your camera and that you're also familiar with how things look through your viewfinder. The most helpful tip that I will give you throughout this whole post and the thing that has really helped me most is marking where you will stand in your photos. If you're out taking your outfit photos, and are confused and wanting to make sure your head doesn't get cut off in the photo, or that you'll be perfectly centered, just find something like a certain crack in the ground, or set down a pebble or a stick or something to mark where you will stand. Look through your camera and make sure you've got in the place you want to stand, and take test shots until you've got it right. When I take my outfit photos, I always take them in the exact same place, and I'm always standing at the same crack in the sidewalk. It is just so much easier and has saved me so much time ever since I discovered doing that! I used to spend up to an hour and a half taking outfit photos, and now I'm done in thirty minutes!




2. If using a remote, use the two-second timer and make sure you hide it!

I hate to bring out the old, and maybe even a bit embarrassing photos, but it has to be done. At one point I did not know of the little switch on the back of my remote for the two-second timer, so I could never hide my remote. Here is a perfect photo example from a very old outfit post:



Having a remote makes it a lot easier instead of setting up the 10 shot timer and winging it like I used to do, but not hiding the remote does take away from the photo. It doesn't make the photo look very natural at all, and when you can see the remote, your attention is completely taken off of the outfit and is focused on the spotting of the remote. When hiding your remote, you don't have to think up some big hiding spot, either. Just set off the two-second timer, and close your hand with the remote in it. Simple. Also, "multi-tasking" with your remote is definitely a big thing I would recommend trying. Try holding your purse in your hand or holding up the end of your dress while holding your remote and setting off the timer. It's good for avoiding a lot of extra movement in those two seconds!




3. Take A LOT of photos! 


If you're picky with what photos you put on your blog like I am, then you'll want to take A LOT of photos! While you are taking your outfit photos, try different poses and movements so when you get home and go through your photos, you'll have a good variety to choose from, and not every photo will look the same.




4. Use natural lighting and shoot outdoors when you can.

There are so many beautiful places outside to photograph your outfit posts, and the lighting of course is best outdoors. I especially recommend taking your photos around sunset, or "golden hour". The lighting is perfect at that time! I take most of my photos in the evening when the sun is setting, and I really try to avoid taking photos during the day, and also on overcast days. The lighting will give your photos a very odd, unnatural color, and it won't flatter your outfit. If you want to do an indoor shoot, try to do it in a naturally bright room with many windows, to give your photos a beautiful, bright look!




5. Don't leave out the details!



While you're taking your outfit photos, don't forget to photograph the details of the outfit! Make sure you capture a few good photos of your adorable shoes and statement jewelry. The little details are some of the most important!



6. Figure out which poses are your best!

Nobody knows you better than yourself. So try out a few different poses, and see which ones flatter you more. Always use those as go-to poses when you take outfit photos, because who doesn't want to look nice in their photos, right? I know I'm guilty of being a big pose-repeater, but I'm not ashamed! I'm always doing some variation of a leg/foot cross just because that's what I feel looks best for my photos. Just try out a few things and see which works!


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7. Mix Up Your Angles!



When photographing your own photos, get creative and try some different angles! It can get pretty routine sometimes when taking your own outfit photos, so you just got to go out there with the mindset of wanting to capture something different and unique! Taking the same general photo from a completely different angle can really switch it up a lot! It's also very refreshing for both you and your readers to see as well!




8. Use A Good Editing Program To Edit Your Photos With!

It's pretty much a fact that people love nice photos. It's eye-catching and pleasant to look at. So after you've taken your outfit photos, always make sure to edit them. You don't need to know how to do any fancy editing, just a simple increase in contrast, brightness, and a little enhance in color and saturation should do the trick. These are just your basic editing options on any program. But, I would still recommend trying out and purchasing any type of Photoshop, just because it's that amazing. While I'm thinking I need to upgrade to Lightroom soon, I use Photoshop Elements 9 on my photos for a quick and easy edit!




9. Make Sure You Don't Cover Your Outfit When Taking Photos!

When in front of the camera, don't do too much of crossing your arms or anything like that. Stand up straight, and do something fun like twirl around in your dress! You want to make sure you can see the outfit clearly, because that's the whole point of the outfit photo!



10. SMILE! 


You can never go wrong with a nice smile in a photo, so I feel that it's always good to. You want to look happy in your lovely outfit, and a pretty smile will make the outfit so much lovelier! I always find that smiling always adds a nice touch, and creates a lighter, happier vibe in a photo. You also don't necessarily have to be looking and smiling directly at the camera, either. You can look off, or down at your outfit, and it all still has that natural, happy-to-be-in-your-outfit look. Haha!


Taking your own outfit photos really isn't that easy, and it takes a lot of practice at first. It took me forever to finally get it right, and remember what to do each time so I wouldn't end up cutting off half my legs in the photos, or being completely off-center. If you don't get it at first, it's okay! Just keep trying, and soon you'll be capturing your own lovely outfit photos, I promise! But, I do believe it is much easier though to try a remote instead of the self timer though, and there's a lot less time involved. So hopefully these little tips have helped you if you're trying or want to try taking your own outfit photos!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

A Day Of Window Shopping...♥

Wearing: Thrifted hat, Thrifted shirt, Papaya Clothing dress, Thrifted heels, Thrifted bag.

I recently did a shoot with the wonderful photographer Stephen Jackson, and let me go ahead and say he is my favorite local photographer! Maybe I'm a little biased because I love the photos he took of me so much, but he really is the sweetest guy, and all of his work is beautiful! I really had a lot of fun doing this, and I think he captured my style perfectly! Hopefully we'll soon work together again, because after seeing these shots I'm wanting more done!

You can check out Stephen's photography on his Facebook and on his site!
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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Where the Wind Blows

Wearing: Thrifted denim shirt, F21 dress, Thrifted booties, Thrifted scarf, F21 hat.

My Sunday was spent makeup-less running errands and making blog posts all day, while drinking coffee and listening to some Sinatra. I recently found this paisley scarf at a Thrift shop, and I thought it would be perfect for tying in my hair. The colors are so beautiful in it, but I was so unsure what I'd wear it with until I rediscovered my plum colored dress a few days ago, which was a perfect match! This scarf screams fall, so you'll be seeing a lot of it this season! Anyways, hope you have a good week!

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