Outfit: I Want to See Lights

With only so much time before I move, I wanted to make sure I visited all my favorite places to take pictures.  True, I’m only going a few towns away, but some of the locales I visit for photos are already quite far away.  I have a feeling that I’ll be finding some new places for shoots.  Apparently, there’s a park that people describe as an “enchanted forest.”

The Mayslake Peabody Estate is one of those far-off places I know I’ll miss, no matter how enchanting the forests in my new town are.  The last two times I went, I explored the Elizabethan theater on the grounds and waltzed around the sprawling Tudor Mansion.  This time, I just wanted to stroll down the pretty lawns and tree-lined paths.

I’ll have to make a trip out here in the autumn, because it simply abounds with color.  I once had a professional photo shoot done here during the fall–not for me, but for my parents’ dog, Zak!  Those pictures became my dad’s Christmas present, and they are really something to look at.

But for now, welcome summer!  I’m so happy to have dug out all my warm-weather clothes: shorts, sleeveless tops, sandals, and straw hats.  I’m doing all I can to keep that hat on for the pictures, because the wind tunnels are quite bad over there.  At least this time I don’t have on a skirt or dress that might accidentally fly up!

Hat: Urban Outfitters

Top: ModCloth

Shorts: old, Forever 21

Shoes: ModCloth

Pretty Please: Dior Cheek and Lip Glow

With spring finally rounding that corner into summer, I hardly want to wear any makeup.  In the winter, I love taking the time to layer on eyeshadow, contour my cheeks a little with some coral-y blush, and use my deepest red lipstick, but now all I want to do is wake up, wash my face, and run out the door.

But you know what pairs up nicely with a fresh face?  A rosy flush on lips and cheeks.  This Dior gel is supposed to be super light and make your skin luminous.  I really want to try it and see if there’s something to this “Fresh Color Reveal technology”–it’s supposed to work with the moisture on your skin to make it glow.

(Let me state for the record that I absolutely abhor the term “technology” when applied to beauty products, but I’m willing to humor Dior if this stuff makes me look good.)

With the move coming up in less than two months’ time, this might be one of the last things I splurge on before I go!

Outfit: A Face with a View

Right now, Moxie is lying on the kitchen floor, eyes red, completely tuckered out.  That’s exactly how I feel right now.  All of my energy has gone into the last few days, but I finally have some time to sit down and enjoy a cup of coffee with the aforementioned sleepy dog at my feet.

Thankfully, almost everything that happened this weekend has been wonderful.  I took Friday off to go to a few apartment showings, and I got exactly what I wanted–a little vintage studio right in the heart of town.  In a few months, I’ll be packing up all my stuff and toting myself and Moxie over to our new place.

The next day, Saturday, I drove myself and a friend two states over to go to our coworker’s wedding.  Everything went perfectly, and I’m so glad that all the planning and hard work that went into it culminated in such a beautiful ceremony and reception.  I’d been watching my friend prepare for this for the last year, so it was incredible to see how everything came together.

And of course, as a treat for myself, I took a few quick pictures in the park.  I’m definitely feeling like it’s time to swap out all these dark colors for some pastels!

Hat: old, Urban Outfitters

Top: old, ModCloth

Skirt: old, Stitch Fix

Shoes: old, Jeffrey Campbell

Bag: old, Stitch Fix

Outfit: Keep You Like an Oath

The one thing that makes me a little sad about summer?  I kinda miss my layers.  As someone who swears by the powerful coziness of a Mr. Rogers cardigan, it can be a little difficult to start tucking away my chunky scarves and knitted tights in favor of sandals and sundresses.  Still, I do love the feeling of a warm breeze on my skin, so this will be my only complaint!

Dress: old, ModCloth

Sandals: old, Seychelles

Bag: old, Stitch Fix

Outfit: We Drift In and Out

I have been in desperate search of a boater ever since the temperature reached double digits.  They’re so playful and sweet!  Even though this hat is ever-so-slightly too big for me, I love the way it works with my flamingo t-shirt and cartoon bag.

Hat: Urban Outfitters

T-shirt: old, Target

Skirt: hand-me-down

Shoes: old, ModCloth

Bag: Jump from Paper

Outfit: May, She Will Stay

I never had much of an interest in getting behind a camera, but I knew I’d have to learn a few things if I wanted to produce some halfway decent outfit pictures.  I wish you could see some of the truly crappy Instagram photos I took last year, when Breve e Dolce was just a twinkle in my eye!  They were, without exception, unforgivably grainy, poorly lit, and hopelessly askew.

I’m not saying that those problems never happen anymore, but this week I felt like I started to get a handle on editing.  The photos for this post were a little experimental, but I think I’ve pinned down how I want to continue from now on.

I like to use Finding Femme’s preset (link) as a base.  The purpose of this particular preset is to play with the temperature and tint to make the colors pop, and there are also adjustments to everything else, like the exposure, contrast, etc.  I prefer my pictures to have the same temperature as how they were shot, so I tend to bring that value back to 0.  Then I bump up the exposure a little and crank up the contrast.  Changing the contrast was a major breakthrough in my world.  It makes everything look like a slightly better version of itself, as if we were living in some kind of color utopia.

As I continue to work on my skills, I hope that I bump into more of these watershed moments!

Purse: ModCloth

Sweater: old, Peppercorn

Sleeveless top: ModCloth

Jeans: Gap

Shoes: ModCloth

Outfit: Puppy Love

Moxie is on a little daycare hiatus while her ear heals (don’t ask), so to keep her from going stir crazy in the house, I thought it would be a good idea to take her running with me.

Yesterday, it was fun.  We were playing a game in which the object was to overtake each other.  We both got a good workout in.

Today was not fun.  Moxie must have been tired from the previous day’s activities, because she decided to make a beeline for the first lush bit of lawn she could find and immediately fell to napping.  I don’t think I’ll ask her to accompany me tomorrow.

What better dress to wear than this little number with the frolicking dog print?  That leaping yellow dog reminds me a lot of my girl.

Dress: ModCloth

Shoes: old, Seychelles

Bag: old, Melie Bianco