Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Using Pictures to Help Put Together Outfits

Over the weekend, I enlisted my husband's help to take some outfit photos.  The goal was to put together outfits, and use the pictures to give me an accurate idea of how they really look and how well I like them.
We had  lighting issues; it was getting dark outside and the big light we were using quit working.  We decided to take pictures anyway.
They're not high quality photos, but they are good enough to give me an idea of how well these pieces work together.

I've had the pink pencil skirt for well over a year and have never worn it.  It was a retail purchase, before I converted to 'thrift first' shopping. I was never sure how to style it, but I'm very happy with the simple black turtleneck, heels and tights.  I've accessorized the outfit with a very pretty LS necklace that I didn't get a close-up shot of...but I will be sure to do that soon.  The necklace has pretty pink and pale green beads nestled among black beads. Its very feminine.
I'll definitely be wearing this outfit in the future.
I've had this blouse for at least 15 years.  I love it, but its not very practical with the big flouncy sleeves.  I really like it paired with this pretty asymmetrical skirt, so I will probably be trying to find a more practical variation of this blouse to try and recreate a similar look.  I love the skirt.


I did a special effect fade on this picture...kind of for fun and kind of because I don't love this outfit.  The sweater is very pretty sitting folded in my dresser drawer, but its not flattering on me.  I'm going to say goodbye to it.  The skirt is one of the new ruffle hem skirts I acquired recently and I you'll be seeing a lot of it!

I'm so enchanted with this Ralph Lauren dress.  I need to wear a body shaper with it..and it will definitely look better minus the 10 lbs Im', trying to lose, but I will still wear it at my current weight.  I would definitely wear my hair in a soft up-do, but I wasn't trying to create a look here; I was simply trying to assess the fit of the dress on my current body.  I love it.....but I'm going to love it more when I can get this weight off!  I adore the lace up back. I see this with lots of arm candy and a statement necklace.

If I look a bit unhappy in this picture, it might be due to the fact that I had just busted my shopping ban.  I enjoyed wearing this outfit and wanted to post it; I was super comfortable all day.  I think this Eiffel tower sweater will look great with the ruffle hem skirt.  What do you think?
To accessorize my shopping day outfit, I tied a short silk scarf into a bow at my neck.  I like the touch of pattern mixing.

The picture above and jewelry picture below were taken this past Saturday night at the dance party.  I wasn't really feeling up to dancing that night, so I chose my favorite DKNY fallback dress, my suede knee boots and two identical Lia Sophia necklaces.  The Lisa Sophia style guide pictures these two necklaces together, but I found them very uncomfortable to wear this way.  They didn't stay in place and I was frequently adjusting them.  The necklace is far more beautiful than in the picture and next time I will wear only one.  It's striking enough to stand alone.


Thought I would share this hilarious photo that Peyton took; it was so windy over the weekend that my hair was blowing straight up in the air....and stayed up until we were inside the building.  


This puts a smile on my face and I hope it puts one on yours too.  My Peyton went with me to the Saturday social dance and hung out with one of the instructor's daughter.  Lexie is quite the accomplished dancer and she and Peyton had fun hanging out together.  Peyton has a long way to go to catch up with Lexie, but she was a patient teacher.  Peyton LOVED dancing at the party.....he learned "the Wobble"!
I'm so happy he's dancing and enjoying it!
Sunday, my husband and Peyton will be joining me at an afternoon pot luck dance party at the studio.   I'm looking forward to all of us being there together. 

Have a wonderful week, my lovely readers!
Lisa

28 comments:

  1. I really like this idea of photographing the outfits, it's nice to have a reference point for throwing outfits together and it's great to see how outfits photograph. (It's so weird how they always look different in photo as opposed to rl.)

    I love your tower printed sweater, it's so cool and looks really amazing on you. The flowy white top in the second outfit is really lovely as well, you might be able to do take in the sleeves or do some alterations to make it a little less flowy.

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    1. Thank you for the compliments. Katie. I need all the help I can get when putting outfits together; sometimes I think something looks really good and then I see the picture and I'm grossed out!

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  2. What a great idea. I am sure your husband realised what a lucky man he was seeing you looking so beautiful.
    I love the shot ofyour little man. I wish my boys danced.

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    1. Thank you...you are so sweet! It took a while to bribe him to do it; then he found out cute girls were there and it took no convincing at all. Maybe you could point out to your sons that they can meet cutie pies if they dance!

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  3. I like the pink skirt and I LOVE the flouncy blouse, but owning one myself, I totally get the impracticality of it. The danged sleeves get in everything!

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    1. That's right, Sheila, just not practical. I'm looking forward to wearing the pink skirt now that I know it looks ok!

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  4. It is a great idea to take and use photos of outfits like this to help you see what works and what doesn't. I really love the flouncy blouse on you! And the ralph lauren maxi dress is stunning. I love your big necklace - you always have such great jewellery.

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    1. Thank you....I definitely love my Lia Sophia jewelry.
      I love that blouse too, but it really limits what kinds of activities I can do with those sleeves!

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  5. The picture of your hair straight up is hilarious! I have always wanted to do what you did, try outfits on, take photos and see what works and what doesn't. The Ralph Lauren dress is gorgeous! Peyton is adorable! Heather

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    1. Thank you, Heather. I had to get a picture of my hair...even if I do look silly, its just so funny!

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  6. You have beautiful clothes, which reflect a sophisticated taste. My favorite is the flouncy blouse. Sure, it's impractical but, for a party, it's perfect.

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    1. Thank you! Unless of course its a party involving food or dancing; then the sleeves get in the way. :)

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  7. I love outfit one and the black dress. It's great to reorganize and assess what you have. I think scarfs really help to change and outfit. It's amazing how cheap you can get designer scarfs on ebay for. Especially vintage.

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    1. Hi Joanna,

      I want to take a whole day to do this....I need to do it before dark so I have better lighting!

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  8. Hi Lisa, nice post! It must almost be a crime to own such a cute pencil skirt and not wear it! Glad that you found a way to style so that you don't get in trouble with the fashion police. Not that I would turn you in, but someone might ;-)

    Too bad it was not comfortable with the two LS necklaces, because my first reaction was that this is really cool. But as you say, the necklace is striking enough to stand alone.

    Take care!

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    1. Hi Anna,
      I'm am definitely going to be wearing the pink skirt more. I almost feel like its too ...racy...or too something, to wear to teach in.

      I do like the two necklaces together, if they would stay in place!

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  9. I can't believe you've been ignoring that pink pencil skirt! You need to wear it, pronto!!
    and that black dress is really a stunner!
    Chic on the Cheap

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    1. I know Lyddie....I'm going to wear it soon. I have always thought it was a bit too racy to teach in though. But maybe not. I think it looks conservative with the turtleneck and tights.

      Thank you for the compliment!

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  10. Fun post! That pink pencil skirt to so cute!

    Monica
    www.pear-shaped-gal.com

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    1. Thanks, Monica. I like it much batter after seeing in the post.

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  11. I actually like the blouse. I would wear it tucked in though with some straight leg or wide leg pants.

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    1. Which blouse? The white one? I do love it, but the sleeves are kind of impractical.

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  12. How fun! You look gorgeous in all these photos...well, maybe not the vertical hair-do one but you still look cute and happy. : )

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    1. Heather.....the hair photo is funny, isn't it? LOL. I'll be sure to lay off the hairspray! LOL!!!

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  13. Oh i see it was the husband working the magic behind the pictures with the white background -
    I think you look stunning in that long black gown, simply stunning Lisa.

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    1. Thank you, Lorena. I love that gown and I was very lucky to find it in the consignment shoot. I do have to hem it and accessorize it. I'm looking forward to wearing this dress at the next competition!

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  14. I love how you described yourself as a "thrift first" shopper. I do the exact same thing more often than not as well, but hadn't come up with a term for it. I'm so used to paying thrift prices that even when I go into the more affordable retail shops, I often find myself doing a double take, don't you?

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. I do, Jessica. Sometimes there are good deals to be found in retails stores; but honestly...not that often. And I really love the surprise element of finding that perfect piece I didn't know I needed...or maybe I did.

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