Sunday Shoe Swoon | Valentino Rockstud Heel

Apr
24th

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It’s pretty hard not to swoon over these incredible shoes, am I right, girls?! These beauties are the Valentino Blue and Pink rockstud cage heels. They feature buffed leather in a pretty grey/blue with a classic pointed toe, and a baby pink leather trim with edge little gold-tone pyramid studs and cage straps. There is a pin buckle closure at the ankle strap, and a genuine leather sole. As with all Valentino pumps, they come from Italy. Just about everything on these pumps is perfection…except the price tag ( You can get them at www.ssense.com for $995). While we are sure the price is worth it for such a lovely pair of designer shoes, but there aren’t many of us who can drop almost a thousand dollars on a pair of shoes!

If you want to find the same look for less try these from wwwcharlotterusse.com  for only $39 (below), or check out Nordstrom’s house brand Halogen, who makes a very similar pair for just $80, though they don’t come in blue. Sam Edelman also makes a very good dupe, though it’s a bit pricier at $120. It only comes in neutrals, but the style is the most similar to the original. These shoes look amazing with skinny jeans and a flowy blouse, or paired with a high waist pencil skirt and a tucked in tee. We like the idea of pairing them with a short sleeve grey tee, and tucking it into a vintage denim high waist mini, or a black pencil skirt. Fashion bloggers love them so much (like Erin from Elements of Style) that Valentino’s sales nearly doubled last year. But, you can score the cheaper version and we won’t tell! Shhhh!

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What 2 Wear Wednesdays | Prom 2016

Apr
20th
It’s prom season!!! I cannot believe it, but it’s here already. I love swooning over all the new prom dresses, and every year they seem to get prettier and more elaborate! This year’s trends are really fun and eclectic…there is a little bit of something for everyone. First up, we love the big floral trend. On a glam ballgown, huge florals looks modern and fresh, and are perfect for the girly-girl who wants a something a bit more unique than a solid color ballgown. I’ve even seen girls pair them with sneakers for a really funky and fashion forward look. We love this one in particular, with the classic pairing of black and pink. We also are seeing lots of two-piece dresses! This is a relatively new trend that has found it’s way to prom styles. The crop stylings aren’t for everyone, but they can be really classy and tasteful when paired with the right proportions (i.e.: a long, full skirt with a slim, cropped top)…we like this set, with it’s modern take on old hollywood glam. Illusion styles are also being widely seen, and they can be really slimming and flattering on girls of many heights and body types. They are also dramatic and perfect for the fashionista, like this illusion dress with daring sheer sides. Simply Dresses is where we found a ton of great dresses, but if you’re looking for a more affordable option, try Macy’s and Forever 21 too..they have a surprisingly good variety of styles and price points if you’re on a tighter budget.
We can add your prom dress into your senior session if you want, and I’d love to help dream up the perfect location and stylings for you! Contact me today!

Featured Session | Morgan | Class of 2016 Seniors

Apr
11th

Do all the other things, the ambitious things—
travel, get rich, get famous, innovate, lead, fall in love, make and lose fortunes…
but as you do, to the extent that you can, err in the direction of kindness. -George Saunders

I cannot believe it’s nearly graduation day for my Class of 2016 seniors! Morgan will be crossing the commencement stage with her hard-earned diploma from John. S Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, in Augusta. She is a smart, fun, and beautiful senior, and I loved our session together. Morgan came ready to wow, with her polished makeup and pretty smile. For her outfits, she picked a variety of classic solids and youthful prints, incorporating pieces like Converse, pink wedges, and a monogram tee which added tons of personality (for a monogram tank like Morgan’s, you can check some out here). To accommodate her outfits, we chose urban and outdoor sessions for her, and she looks beautiful in every single one. I loved the way her lip color made her whole makeup look appear cohesive and accentuated her naturally-pretty features. We have been doing a Make Me Up Monday series here on the blog in case you are looking for makeup tips! I hope all my seniors are checking those blogs out for ideas and inspiration.

I’m always posting new sneak peeks and senior info on Facebook, so be sure to follow along here.

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Make Me Up Mondays | Neutral Shadows

Apr
4th
We know you’ve probably heard about the Urban Decay NAKED palette. It’s no secret that it’s one of the best eye palettes around, with it’s rich, saturated colors that have true staying power…they last all day! But it’s not the only brown/taupe hued eyeshadow or makeup that works well! In fact, there are a myriad of neutral products that are perfect for everyday use.
We love the NAKED palette (you can find it at Ulta and Sephora), but we also love the neutrals from Bobbi Brown Makeup. They are more on the spendy side, but they have beautiful colors that work for dressier occasions, with the few jewel tones sprinkled in. Especially this palette, the University Eye Palette, which is SO pretty! If your budget isn’t quite ready for the expense of the designer palettes, consider the SEPHORA brand Overcast eyeshadow that is only $28. There are plenty of lower-end palettes; just remember the colors may not last all day like the designer ones.
If you’re wondering how to apply your neutral shadows, look no further than makeup maven Maskcara! Her tutorials are so easy to follow and will have your eye look perfected in no time. You can find a neutral tutorial here (she uses the Stila palette). Keep checking into the blog for more makeup Mondays, where we show you the best in beauty tips and products!
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Featured Session | Hannah Johnson | Greenbrier High School | Class of 2016

Mar
23rd

Every single senior I have the pleasure of photographing has their own individual look, style, and vision for their session. It could seem daunting to change up what I do suit each senior, but I always try to capture the things they want, while still keeping my signature, high quality style. Every senior session, after all, is about the senior! Their photos should always reflect their personality and passions…that’s something I aim for each time I get behind the lens.

Hannah was really fun to photograph, and I loved her dark, edgy lip color! It brought some added interest to her photos, and made her look ultra-glam. Hannah is a graduate of Greenbrier High School, and was excited to do some more “grunge-style” photos, while keeping her look pretty and polished. We found bricks, metal, and industrial backdrops to achieve the look she was hoping for. This sweet gal is very involved in musical theater, and dreams of being a music teacher one day…hoping to pass along her love for the arts to children. She loves being on stage, and says her friends would probably describe her as, “outgoing, creative, and musical”. When she’s not on stage, you can probably find her at her church, where Hannah is part of the choir, and also is active in teaching the children’s choir. She told me she is very excited about visiting and applying to colleges, and I know she will be amazing as she pursues her dreams.

Have you booked your senior session yet? Contact me today if not…I’d sure love to hear what you’re dreaming up!

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