Neck Candy

31 Oct 2014 Permalink

These two layered @baublebar necklaces look perfect together!  Adds great color to the outfit! |

These two layered @baublebar necklaces look perfect together!  Adds great color to the outfit! |

These two layered @baublebar necklaces look perfect together!  Adds great color to the outfit! |

A couple of weeks ago I talked about how to easily elevate an outfit with statement necklaces.  Well, those lovelies from BaubleBar have arrived…and in perfect time!  When I took these pictures a few days ago, the temperature was in the 60s.  Right now we’re in the 40s with a wind chill advisory!  Brrrr!!!  But the cold does give me something to look forward to…warm, chunky sweaters!!  And you know what accessorizes perfectly with warm, chunky sweaters?  Hot statement necklaces like these two.

I’m ready for winter.

necklaces – c/o BaubleBar


3 Super Easy Tips For Taking Great Pictures

29 Oct 2014 Permalink

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  |

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  |

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  |

Love these!  3 super easy tips for taking great pictures!  |

I’ve been taking pictures for a long enough time now that I’m due to share some photography secrets.  And though I’m not an official photographer – unless that class I took in high school counts as credit – I’ve learned a few things over the years.

It’s all about the three Ls.

Location, location, LOCATION.  Where you take the pictures makes a huge difference!  I prefer a simple, plain background for my outfit shots.  I want my outfit to be the center of attention…not a busy background.  Some of my favorite places to take pictures are in industrial lots.  This drives my husband crazy – he keeps saying I’m going to get attacked by some creep.  Luckily, I have a background in self-defense.  Nothing says “back off” like a high heel to the eyeball.  Forest preserves, sides of interesting-looking buildings, and roof tops make great backgrounds, too!

Natural LIGHT is a must!!  Having the proper lighting for taking pictures can be tricky.  I most always use natural light for outfit pictures.  And if I do have to take pictures inside, I try to let in as much light from the sun as possible.  When you do take pictures outside, you have to keep the location of the sun in mind/the time of the day.  In these pictures, the sun is behind me.  If I was facing the sun, the pictures would be too bright.  If you are able to schedule photo shoots outdoors, the Golden Hour is the time to do it!

ANGLE.  One of the last tips for getting great pictures is shooting at the right angle.  (I know…the ‘L’ isn’t at the beginning of the word.)  And after years of taking outfit pictures, I still practice this.  A lot.  In order to take great pictures, you need to know which side of your body looks best in photographs.  I tend to have my left side facing the camera more than my right.  Subtle things like leg positioning, pulling shoulders back, dropping the chin…and a bit of a smile can really go a long way.  It takes practice, but if you don’t know how to pose, then having the right location or lighting won’t make a difference.  Another angle to keep in mind is the angle of the camera.  I find it most flattering for the camera to be waist-level with it’s subject, but I try to experiment with different positionings too.

Of course there are endless things to keep in mind while taking pictures, but if you’re looking to enhance your photography skills, be sure to keep the three Ls in mind!

Linked with WIWW and Mix and Match Fashion.

Tour Through Blogland | Mom Style

27 Oct 2014 Permalink

If you’ve been around fashion blogs during the past few weeks, you might have noticed this Tour Through Blogland thing going around.  It’s where one blogger introduces three new bloggers to her readers…a great way to showcase all the talent in blogland!

Last Monday, Janise from Mama in Heels nominated me as one of her favorite fashionistas.  I was obviously honored to be included in her top three!  And as a mom of twin boys, I definitely admire her for staying so gorgeous and stylish during motherhood!!

Though I’m not really one to follow the rules exactly, I do want to introduce you to my favorite fashion-forward mamas that I enjoy following on Instagram.

Must-follow @amandromeda on instagram!  Love her vintage-inspired style! |

Who:  Amanda

Why you should follow her:  Amanda has been around the internet for a while.  I started following her back when she had her style blog…now she’s running a lifestyle blog.  I got hooked because of her love of vintage pieces!  Plus, she puts together killer outfits!!  Check out Amanda’s Instagram account here.

Must-follow @rhiannon.lorenzo on instagram!  Love her 70s-inspired style! |

Who:  Rhiannon

Why you should follow her:  I love Rhiannon’s sense of humor, her love of Target, and the her gypsy style!  In fact, when she rebranded to A Modern GypsyI had to complement her on the awesome name choice!  If you live in a place with cooler seasons, you’ll want to follow Rhiannon…she’s located in Florida and is always making me jealous of her denim cutoffs (and Disney pictures!!)  Check out Rhiannon’s Instagram account here.

Must-follow @webewearing on instagram!  Love their laid-back style! |

Who: Three hot mamas from Canada

Why you should follow them: I just came across this Instagram account the other week and was blow away!  These three moms – who have a total of seven kids – document their momiform outfits daily.  I love the personal style that shines through their effort-less, practical outfits!!  Follow We Be Wearing on Instagram here!

If you have any must-follow accounts on Instagram, I’d love to know about them!  Feel free to share in the comments!!

The Perfect Handbag

25 Oct 2014 Permalink

the perfect handbag | @lyst @michaelkors |

the perfect handbag | @lyst @michaelkors |

The older I get, the more I understand the expression, “You get what you pay for.”  When I was in my twenties, I always wanted new.  New clothes, new shoes, new purses…I was putting trends before quality.

Now that I’ve wised up, I lean more towards quality rather than quantity.  I would rather have a few, high-quality items than a ton of lower-quality pieces.  And though I can cut corners with this philosophy in the clothing department (hello, thrifted Diane von Furstenberg silk dress!), when it comes to handbags, I have no problems splurging on myself.

I’ve got my eyes on a few Micheal Kors handbags over at  This chain cross-body bag and snakeskin messenger are on my “Mommy’s Wish List.”  Both pieces are great quality, and I’ll really be able to get lots of use out of them.  I mean, look at how versatile they are!  Both can be worn with multiple outfits in multiple seasons…they’re just really great investment bags!

Christmas might have to come early for me this year…

This post was a collaboration between Knocked Up Fabulous and  All images are taken from