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How I Plan My Photoshoots with IGTV Link

I sat on this idea for this content for about a year now. My goal at the beginning of the year was to share how I create my content. But I was afraid people wouldn't be interested in this content.   Even though I talked myself out of it so many times I finally did it!  I was getting stumped on content to share so I had to go back when I first started blogging. 
If you missed my IG-TV video about this topic 

1. Purpose

  •  What is the purpose of this shoot?
  •   What will I focus on in this shoot?
  •  Is this campaign shoot?
  • Fashion, Lifestyle, Beauty?

Find a focus point of your shoot, this will keep you going and motivated. If you're just taking photos just to take them it will get boring pretty quick.

Campaign Shoot:
I was sent these accessories and my focus point was getting clear shots of what I was sent. 

Style Segment 
My focus was on showing different looks for Valentine's Day.  This is one of the looks apart of the two look segment.



2. References

  • Saved looks on Instagram
  • Pinterest Boards
  • Create a mood board 
  • This will help with the purpose of your shoot
  • Pinterest can also help you curate content!

Here's a sneak peek of my Fall Style Inspo Board

These references helped me create these looks for my

3. What do I need for the shoot?
Write down a list of items that you will need for your shoot. 
For me I need:
Tripod- for recording behind the scenes 
Make-up for touch-ups or for switching looks
Props: coffee-sunglasses, etc

4. Choose A Location
Choose a location that will compliment your look. 
Think about the time that you will  take photos  just in case it will be crowded in the area
Also, consider the weather for the day.
The best time to shoot is in early am or sunset
If you're having a shoot at home look for natural light
Go to locations: Parking Garage tops, Alleys, Near old buildings.

Don't Forget :

  • If you're going to use a photographer choose one that you are comfortable with
  • Always have a focal point when you're shooting
  • Create a calendar for your content 
  • Have fun!
  • Remember why you started!



Lane Bryant Try-On Haul

On Saturday I stopped by Lane Bryant to see what they have in store. I'm currently trying not to spend too much money on clothes with wedding planning in the picture and trying to save up for a place in the new year. But with working my part-time job I've been able to have a little play money on the side.  When I went to the store I wanted to try on some fun pieces but only found a few that stood out. I didn't find anything worth purchasing at the moment. Here's what I tried on:

1. Leopard Print Dress

 This was the only fun piece that stood out to me. I tried it on because I’ve been the latest leopard print train. This dress fits perfectly in all the right places. The only thing is that I have to find a place to go to rock this dress.

2. Double V-Neck Tee  and Allie Tailored Stretch Ankle Pants

Simple tops like this one are perfect because you style them in different ways. I wanted to see how it would look with these pants. I also see these pants are trending right now but I didn't like color. Maybe because I had the wrong undergarments on.

3. Yellow Jumpsuit

I gave this a try just for the fun of it, but I was disappointed. ALL of my lumps and bumps were showing. The material was a bit too clingy for me and I would hate to size up and it would be way too big.



WE Brunch Self-Care-Recap + OOTD

On Sunday I attend the WE Brunch which would be my third time attending one of Monique Hill’s brunches.   But this one was different, I don’t know what is was about this particular brunch. But I left there feeling refreshed and powerful (no cliches).  The topic of the brunch was Self- Care and let me tell you it was just what I needed during this season in my life. 

Let me give you a quick run down of the brunch:

Get to know Monique Hill and About Her Biz Here!

I sat at the table with some amazing women and entrepnuers.  We laughed, talked and ate some delicious food from catered by the hotel. If you saw my last post from the previous WE Brunch you would know how good the food is at Hotel Indigo. 

The Panel

Panel Hosted By: Deya Patterson : Dr. Cerrisa Hugie, Mrs. Lavonda Murphy, Ms. Sarah Rose, Ms. Deona Smith

 This was such a powerful panel each women answered questions with so much knowledge and wisdom. When I tell you they dropped so many gems during this panel, I had to write really fast to write down everything they were saying.

Here are a few blurbs that I caught:
  • Lavonda mentioned that we should remembered these three statements to live by " I will, I can and No". Yes she said we should say "No" more often if we find ourselves say YES. That can be no to helping, no to a toxic conversation etc. 
  •  "Validate within yourself"- LaVonda
  • "Be, Do, Have"= Be Who We Need To Be, Do What We Need To Do, and We Will Have What We Need. Sarah mentioned that we think we need HAVE all these things before we can BE and Do what need to do.  She said we need to FLIP THE SWITCH SIS!
  • " Be bold, Step Back , Be Certain and Tell Them Who You Are."
  • "Don't get caught up in the labels of life.  Just because they you grew up being called strong person doesn't mean you can't be weak. "
  • " Self-care is what works for you."
  •  The question was" " How Do We Put Ourselves Back On" :Love yourself first, Communicate, Ask yourself what's happening with me ,Handle your emotions"
  • Make Time for yourself
  • Have A Village

Atosha K Barboza of Larger Than Life Events

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My Outfit

 I felt so fierce and sexy in this outfit! I feel like sometimes I can put myself in a box when it comes to styling myself for events. But now I'm all about wearing what's in my closet instead of always buying new things when I have a new event.   My top is a bodysuit that I got last year from Forever 21. The color just screams fall and makes me want to play De' Angelo "Brown Sugar".

As for my skirt, I got this from Eloquii back in 2017. I would see these skirts all over Pinterest and found one for a good price.  I never get a chance to wear this skirt out only for pictures but on Sunday I put it to the test.



Casual Look With A Denim Skirt

I'm going to warn you that I'll be wearing this skirt alot. This will be just another way that I'm going to style this. This denim skirt is a year old from LOFT and when I saw it, it reminded me of a skirt that I had when I was younger. My mom said I wore that skirt so much that I would be upset that I couldn't wear it. As for this top, I fell in love with it because of the color. I stated last week on IG that this maybe the color of the season. I found this shirt at Target for $8 so you know I couldn't pass up a good deal.  I'll be restyling this shirt again so be on the look for a re-style on both pieces.

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Friday Finds

Did you catch my Friday Finds IG Story Post yesterday? I shared what I found last week or re-purchased. If you know me then you know I love a good deal. Sometimes I don't like sharing items that I purchase because I feel like I'm bragging.  But I like to share the items because it may inspire others to purchase and try something new. So here are my  finds from last week:

Vince Camuto 

This set was $20 at Belk, I mean I couldn't pass this up.

Trader Joe's Vitamin E Oil

My best friend introduced this oil to me and it is everything!

Yellow Beret " Five Below"
Most beret's I've seen are $10 and up. This one was only $5 and my go-to color for Fall!

Snakeskin Purse From Target 

This print is trending this season. I don't have many purses with prints on them so I thought I 'd give this purse a try. I could see me rocking this on date night with my babe and an LBD. This also reminds me of a bag from the early 2000s.

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