Posts tagged ‘fashion’

January 19, 2011

A Break From The Break

Laura Ann Photography came up to visit me over the weekend, and we did some shooting while she was here.  Of course.  We shot 2 looks at the frozen beach in Highland Park, IL, followed by shooting a little on the train downtown, as well as while we walked to our destination downtown (ok, walked to get a cab to our destination LOL).  The next day, we shot at my apartment, took a break for lunch with Greg Kolack, and then shot some more at a top secret location.  Here’s a couple shots from the beach, as well as one from the set at my place (another of which is featured in my new header).  I imagine more will come eventually… I know Laura’s been pretty busy with editing 🙂

Shoutout to Christin C who did my hair and makeup for the first 2 shots! 🙂

January 13, 2011

Spotted Again!

After my wedding in June 2009, I shot a Vogue Bride set with Laura Ann Photography and Christin C. We fell in love with numerous shots from the set, but this particular one stuck out to us:

So Laura had Blue Cube Imaging print and mat a copy of that shot, which we brought over to the bridal shop I got my beautiful dress at, Doris Bridal in Highwood, IL.  As you can imagine, they loved it, and put it up behind the desk right away.  I went by a few weeks later with some of Laura’s and Christin’s business cards, and it was still up 🙂

So today, I was grabbing their address for someone, and decided to browse their website.  And what do I find on their About Us page?  ME!  In the shot they’ve taken to show off their space, you can see the print Laura and I delivered, prominently displayed.  Pretty cool!

October 25, 2010

25 Fall Essentials

Kind of a random post for me, but I made this set on Polyvore last week and thought it would be a good one to share with other models 🙂  It’s my list of 25 fall essentials for 2010.

25 Fall Essentials

25 Fall Essentials by racheljay featuring black wash jeans

Here they are, by number:

  1. Motorcycle jacket. Great for cooler days, layering, and goes with everything—even dresses.
  2. Draped cardigan. Another great layering piece that works with pretty much everything. Best in a neutral color.
  3. Basic turtleneck sweater. Great with jeans, skirts and even leggings.
  4. Plaid shirt. Cute with leggings and jeans, nice for layering.
  5. Blazer. A general wardrobe staple for me, but great for layering, over dresses, and with any bottoms. Easy to accessorize as well.
  6. Dolman sleeve sweater. Pretty with skirts and pants alike, easy to accessorize, and great in neutral colors.
  7. Military inspired vest. Great for layering, and military is in right now.
  8. Little black dress. Whatever looks best on you, a little black dress is necessary.
  9. Sweater dress. Solids and neutrals work best and go great over leggings, tights and skinny jeans. If you get a nice sweater dress you can even dress it up.
  10. Skinny jeans. Great for tucking into boots and go with pretty much everything.
  11. Jeggings. As much as I hate the word, I love the pant! Great with nearly everything, and perfect for tucking into tall OTK boots.
  12. Flare jeans. Great with flats or heels, and pretty much anything else. Flares are my go-to jeans for going out.
  13. Khakis. Great for work but also nice for days you want to be comfy and lay around but still look cute. Find a pair that works both with other neutrals and bold colors.
  14. Black pencil-like skirt. Great for layering over tights, with sweaters, and easy to dress up or down.
  15. Neutral A-line skirt. I found one with pleats that works great both casual and dressed up.
  16. Various tights. I’m a fan of lacy tights, solid neutrals, and texture. All are great under dresses, long tops, and skirts.
  17. Scarves. Great for adding both a bit of texture and a little extra warmth, and work with pretty much any tops, and even dresses. I’m a fan of both florals and plaids.
  18. Nail polish. Right now, I’m obsessed with “greige”, deep sparkly neutral colors, and greys.
  19. OTK boots. I have 2 pairs, one flat leather pair and one heeled suede pair. Both are great with leggings, tights, or skinny jeans, and can be dressed up or down. I do try to always keep my legs covered to avoid the “skank” look.
  20. Fold-over knee-high boots. This year, instead of my trusty black knee-high boots, I went with a neutral color that works with light and dark denim, browns, olives, and blacks. Knee boots work with skinny jeans, leggings, tights… pretty much everything. Even under flare jeans sometimes.
  21. Chucks. My trusty Chucks. Great for casual days… I pretty much wear them whenever I don’t feel like dressing up. They work with everything.
  22. Oxfords. Great for when I want to wear flats but don’t want to wear Chucks. They even work with skirts.
  23. Clog boots. Great with jeans, dresses, skirts, leggings, tights, whatever. A great pair of boots that are easy to dress up or down, and go with pretty much everything.
  24. Statement pumps. I have a pair similar to this, and love wearing them with neutrals to add a punch of color.
  25. Nude pumps. These have replaced my black pumps for now as my go-to safe dress shoe. They work with pretty much everything and make my legs look longer. Win-win!
September 27, 2010

Saturday!!

The event is coming up FAST!  And boy do we have a lot going on!  Here are some of our most notable updates:

  • We’ve opened up 3 more all day spots for photographers!  Hurry up and register now to secure one of these coveted spots!
  • Stiletto Squad is bringing their Pink Label out to shoot with some of our models!  Exciting! 🙂
  • Videographer Steven Hiller will be donating his time and expertise to video the entire day’s events!
  • We have raised over $900 at this point, and with 17 spots available at $30 each and 3 at $45 each, that’s an extra $645 (minus Eventbrite and Paypal fees) to be made!  Even if we just fill half of those spots, we’ll easily hit our $1000 goal!

So please, continue to help spread the word and help us book up these last 20 model and photographer spots for Saturday!

August 20, 2010

The Importance of Proper Undergarments

A couple things spawned this examiner article.  The first was a new model I worked with who only brought a grey leopard print bra to the shoot, and wasn’t comfortable taking it off.  The second was a fashion show I was recently in, where I saw a girl modeling a white dress in a hot pink thong (guess how I knew it was hot pink?  It’s not because I saw her changing…), and where I saw visible panty lines on every 3rd model.  Yikes!

So, here we have it, folks.  Examiner article #3:

The importance of proper undergarments

August 12, 2010

More DIY Wonders

Not too long ago I posted about some fabulous DIYers out there.  Here are some more!

To check out my first list of DIY stuff, click here.

August 11, 2010

Fall Shoe Trends: Are You Ready?

Shoes.com released their 2010 fall shoe trend list.  Here it is, minus the pics:

  1. Military
  2. Clogs
  3. Cuffed Boots
  4. Desert Boots
  5. Over-The-Knee Boots
  6. Oxfords
  7. Platform Pumps
  8. Hardware Details
  9. Animal Prints
  10. Frosty Fashion

Me?  I’ve got a pair of military boots on their way to me right now (they’ll be here Friday).  I don’t have clogs, but I have a couple pairs of cuffed (or cuffable) boots.  I have OTK boots, both flat and heeled (yay for those, because they’re new and hot!).  I have oxfords, though they need to be stretched a tad bit.  I do have platform pumps, but they’re more MaryJane style.  I don’t really have hardware-detailed shoes, but am planning on making something for a pair of booties that need spicing up.  I don’t have animal print or frosty fashion (do Ugg-type boots count?), and I’m ok with that.  So, as far as the trends go, I feel like I’m pretty set for fall 🙂

If you’re looking to add some of these looks to your closet this fall, check out my picks for each trend.  Each pic is a link direct to the item on various sites.  I’ve kept each pair under $50, ’cause hey, I get not wanting to spend a lot of money on trends 🙂  Also, some of my picks overlap trends, which is cool… and most are available in other colors too, just so you know.

Military

Clogs

Cuffed Boots

Desert Boots
This is the only section I was unable to keep it under $50 😦 Sorry!

Over-The-Knee Boots

Oxfords

Platform Pumps

Hardware Details

Animal Prints

Frosty Fashion

To check out the Shoes.com list with pics, go here.
The above linked items were chosen by me with no pay or endorsement requests from the stores.
August 6, 2010

New Bill Could Protect Designers From Being Knocked Off

New Bill Could Protect Designers From Being Knocked Off; “Great first step for designers,” says Leading Intellectual Property Lawyer.

Interesting read.  Any thoughts?

I’m not sure how I feel about it just yet… I need to think some more.

August 2, 2010

Emergency Flats

What girl doesn’t need a pair of flats to keep in her purse (or glovebox even)?  I know I’ve been in that place before where I’ve struggled after a really long day, and have either just gone barefoot, or risked destroying my feet (and/or my sanity) by keeping my shoes on.

Well, there’s a perfect pair of shoes for those kinds of days.  Enter the Fold A Sole Portable Emergency Flats, which are just $25!  Genius!

July 30, 2010

Recycling Wardrobe & DIY Magic

So, with many folks still struggling to make ends meet with the way the economy is (I know, I know, we’re all tired of hearing about it), I figured I’d share some pretty awesome DIY projects and blogs that might even be made from items you :gasp: already have sitting in your closet!  So, here you go!

Some specific projects… but be sure to check some of these sites for other DIY projects!

And some general DIY blogs that are awesome!

I’m sure there are TONS out there, just search “DIY Fashion” or “Recycled Fashion” 🙂

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