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Parker of Fast Foodie US and I

Parker of Fast Foodie US and I

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Practicing photography with Brooke from In A World Of Bees, There's Me

Practicing photography with Brooke from In A World Of Bees, There’s Me

// dress: Selphi Boutique, similar // jacket: Old Navy // boots: Vince Camuto, similar // ring: Kendra Scott // necklaces: Kendra Scott 1 & 2 // earrings: Kendra Scott // purse: Tory Burch // lips: Too Faced //

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On Saturday, I made a trip to Birmingham with Parker the writer of Fast Foodie US who also happens to be one of my best friends and sorority sisters for the Birmingham Bloggers brunch! The brunch was hosted at The Nest in historic Avondale, an adorable little spot if you ever want to host a party. I got to see some old friends and make new ones. Of course, we talked about blogging and more blogging but what we learned about was how to photograph food (I’ll share the tips soon). Y’all I had so much fun, I wish y’all could of been there! So, photographing food..how hard can it be.Y’ALL!.I was terrible at it…I’m honestly going to leave the creative food photos to the foodies and stick to fashion. However, it was really fun to learn all about it. Rachel Johnson of StupidGoodRachel, who is a professional food photographer taught us the secret tips. If you check out her blog you’ll see that she has it down pat. I was impressed..I had no idea that there was an art to photographing food. Even though we weren’t all food bloggers at the brunch we still learned how to incorporate these tips (they’re coming I promise) with styling clothes and jewelry. So, that has given me a ton of ideas for new posts…I’m really not the most creative person but I do try so I get an A+ for effort, right?

Ready for the tips???

1. embrace natural lighting

2. shoot from above

3. you can always add on to something, so don’t over do it. i.e don’t overdose on the granola like I did…hence why you don’t see my photo of the yogurt bowl on here…

4. keep it simple when it comes to filters and editing and don’t photograph against a busy surface

5. use #hashtags. if you are a food instagrammer try using the hashtags #f52grams and #eeeeeats. Rachel also suggested to post early in the morning around 8am and at night around 7pm

Anymore questions? You know where to leave the comment 🙂

xx,

ss

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BFW Day 5: WIW Finale

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// top: Necessary Clothing // jeans: DL 1961 // earrings: KEP Designs // bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties and Hermes // Necklace: Trina Turk, similar // shoes: Nine West, one sale!!!!! // sunglasses: Ray- Ban // Lips: Mac Candy Yum- Yum // purse: Gucci, similar //

It’s over. I really don’t know what to do with myself now. I have driven back and forth to Birmingham Fashion Week for 5 days straight! I saw amazing retailers, designers, and emerging designers on the runway. I even met the sweetest bloggers too! I had the absolute best time and I’m so glad I had this opportunity to not only go to BFW, but also be in the media pit!

Okay…now, I lied when I said I don’t know what to do with myself. I know what I need to be doing (studying for my 2 exams) so I can pack up my favorite things and head home to the sunshine state for the summer but we all know blogging is better.

I won’t be doing any more post until I get home this weekend…so keep up with me on Instagram!

Have a lazy Sunday for me!!

xx,

ss

Credits to BFWand KC Projects, LLC

BFW Day 4: Recap

Birmingham Fashion Week out did itself again! Last night we saw Hunter Bell, Marella, The Baer’s Den, Gus Mayer, Salence, SW3 Bespoke and of course, more Rising Design Stars!

Here are my favorite looks from the runway last night…

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BFW Day 4: WIW

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top: Milly, old from Sassy Boutique // jeans: Joe’s Jeans // purse: Louis Vuitton Neverfull // shoes: Vince Camuto from Sassy Boutique (on sale!!!) // Sunglasses: Ray- Ban // bracelets: C. Wonder & Hermes / / earrings: from Sassy Boutique // lips: Mac Rebel //

Birmingham Fashion Week Day 4 is complete. Only one more day left to go..to be honest I don’t want it to end! I am having too much fun being there!

photos by Charlotte Fleishel

BFW Day 3: Recap

Here’s my not so quick recap from Birmingham Fashion Week Day 3. The show opened up with LEONA by Lauren Leonard, a designer who makes timeless pieces for your average southern gal. My favorite look from her collection was her Sophie top and Sussie shorts! Than, it was time for the 15 Rising Design Stars brought to you by Buffalo Rock Company where young designers used a hands on everything but cloth approach to their designs. All of these kids were under the age of 18..some even being 12! My mind was blown! I had two favorites: Bradford Billingsley, who made a gorgeous red gown and Ella Kate Dewees, who made a dress out of tiny cocktail umbrellas!

Next up was local retailers: the Pants Store and Monkee’s of Mountain Brook! I love these retailers and they certainly knew how to rock the runway. The Pants Store in Tuscaloosa is a place that I can run into quickly and buy a new top or dress- they always having something great. Plus, they carry Antelopes- my favorite wedges…I’m not lying when I say I can wear them all day long without my feet or back aching! They also carry men’s and kids wear for amazing prices! Monkee’s of Mountain Brook had a stunning white top and skirt that I am dying to get my hands on! Monkee’s is a franchise boutique all throughout the south!

Drum roll please…Project Runway superstars Jonathan Kayne, Joshua Mckinley and Anthony Ryan Auld were next. Jonathan and Joshua were all things that glittered and made you look and feel beautiful! They had some of the most captivating gowns I have EVER seen! It made me want to go to my highschool prom all over again..or at least made me wish I had worn one of their gowns when I went to Birmingham’s Krewe Ball back in February! Anthony had a stunning long dress that I loved and also showed his more moderate priced line called ANT. He had a classic envelope skort and a fabulous poncho that I could totally see myself in!

I can’t wait for tonight now..I swear y’all…it just keeps getting better!

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More photos will be posted to my facebook page later on!

2 nights left of BFW, 2 exams and 1 research paper away from summertime for this girl!

xx,

ss

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Credits to BFW

BFW Day 3: WIW

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Crazy to think y’all have never seen Charlotte before…but here she is! The girl behind the lens..I don’t know what I would do without her! She has been a blessing to SS!

top: Peter Pilotto for Target (on clearance!!!)  // shorts: Necessary Clothing // shoes: Kate Spade for Keds // purse: Louis Vuitton Mon Monogram Neverfull // lips: Mac Candy Yum- Yum

Birmingham Fashion Week Day 3, I’m telling y’all it just keeps getting better and I’m not lying…wait until you see my post tomorrow! Tonight the runway went from boutique wear to formal wear! It was another jaw dropping evening and I’m even more excited for tomorrow!

p.s. check out my new doo..shorter and blonder 🙂

xx,

ss

BFW Day 2: Recap

Last night the runway hosted top fitness and outdoor retailers like Pure Barre, Lululemon Athletica and Mountain  High Outfitters! It was all about Lifestyle (MIND, BODY, AND SOUL) and if you are a close friend of mine you’ve known that I just started doing Pure Barre in January and I’m addicted to it  so I was really excited for this show! All of the models were BEYOND fit including the young models! I saw skateboards, backflips, yoga, and even a paddle board! They had Pure Barre instructors on stage doing Pure Barre exercises while the models walked down the runway! I was in awe (understand why I couldn’t pick up my jaw now?) Not to mention, there was also a pet fashion show too! I even met some fellow Birmingham bloggers!

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I can’t wait to see what tonight brings!

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BFW Day 2: WIW

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// top: Susanna Monacosimilar // shorts: Soca Clothing in Tuscaloosa// sandals: Valentino // purse: Rebecca Minkoff // sunglasses: Ray- Ban // bracelets: Bourbon & Boweties // lips: YSL //

Birmingham Fashion Week Day 2 complete and I think it may have been my favorite night so far even though it was only the 2nd day! I could hardly keep my mouth shut and you’ll find out soon in my next post…We also popped in to Cantina for a margarita and some queso while we were waiting around for the show to start! They had an amazing atmosphere, which I am a sucker for and delicious drinks!

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Credits to BFW