The Boxy Cable Knit Sweater

Clothing should be a means to make you look and feel great. Weather you realize it or not, there are some mistakes you may be making. Its nice to have knowledge of the latest fashions, but everything you see in the magazines isn’t for everyone. Also be aware some things aren’t for anyone. Have you seen pieces such as that? it makes you wonder what the designer was thinking.

Since fall is creeping our way, lets look at the cable knit sweater. Its heavy, and admittedly it does the job to keep me warm. However, it can be one of the most strangest looking sweaters when worn. What happen to my waistline? It disappeared in the sweater. The cable knit is the most frumpy sweater one can wear for sure. Look at it paired with my Ann Taylor A-line skirt. The contrast is beautiful , but the look, not so much!

The sweater needs to fit tighter down the side of the seams.  It would have worked if it were lose fitting without the elastic at the hemline. Perhaps it would look nice with slits on each side of the sweater. This would cause it to drape the skirt more. This is too heavy of a sweater , it’s weighing me down. The sweater is a size small, but you’d never know by the fit. Never forget the female shape when choosing a sweater.  Remember quality over quantity. Choose your clothes wisely. They should always look flattering to your figure. untitled-1477

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Why Candid Photos Are The Best.

One of the beauties of photography is being able to catch someone in the act. It’s what I would call still video, because it adds so much life to an image.

Here are a few tips that will help you magnify  he effectiveness in your shot.

  1. Always have your camera cued up before you find a subject
  2. Keep your camera on the appropriate settings
  3. Being still and making observations is most important
  4. It’s imperative that you have your subject in viewing range while not paying attention.

A great example is this is exemplified in the shot I created. I was in Whole foods grocery store. I had my camera on hand; when I captured one of the most moving images of a mom and her five children. She gave the boys  instructions on where to find items she wanted. They were listening very carefully . I’ve held on to this photo for many years. Often times I wish I could have sent her a copy. It is just a precious time spent with her little ones.

Capture your children while there sleeping , having a conversation amongst one another or at play. Don’t let them see you. The best shots are the natural expression and mood.  Honestly anyone can shoot candids, because there is so much freedom. As a photographer I take it to another level looking far and wide,  for that one in a million shot. Like this one. Most people would have been afraid to be this up close and personal without any awareness. That’s what makes a great candid shot! Get out there and try it. You’ll create better images. noname-2

Are Cheap Clothes Really Cheap?

i-m-priscilla-228220.jpgThere aren’t too  many people that would argue about clothes being expensive. Some people think if you shop for cheaper clothes you can expand your wardrobe faster with many selections. Expensive clothing may take more time to replenish the closet. This is all true. Should you pay less or more for your clothes is the question.

Have you every thought about buying  cheap clothes aren’t really cheap? In terms of the life you get from a cheaper brand of clothing versus a more expensive brand that could last you a lifetime. Have you ever had a beautiful blouse you’ve owned for over 10 years? Whenever you wear it you receive compliments as if you bought it yesterday. Perhaps it cost you a pretty penny and you are careful with the way you launder it. Proper laundering extends the life of a fabric as well as the quality of the fabric.  On the flip side, you bought this cheap trendy blouse and it makes you feel great for the moment. You are looking hip. Suddenly after laundering it may be three times it starts to look worn, the color is dull and the fabric is stretched and out of shape. It looks like you’ve had it for 50 years! The part it doesn’t fit you anymore. The cheap top cost you $8.00 and your other top  cost $80.00. Where is your savings?

You saved when you spent more for the nicer blouse. It has become an investment piece; not in a traditional since. Yet you can build upon that piece with a jacket, slacks, jeans or skirt. This can instantly become 5 outfits with a statement piece. It will last you for many years. This one blouse can see you through , college, job interviews,  and even your first good job until you can afford to splurge on something new to freshen your look. Mixing old pieces with new pieces does wonders.

Your closet may look bare with more expensive things but you will save more money  It’s not always about the quantity of clothes that you have in your closet, but the quality will last forever.  Sure when you show someone your closet they are in awe about all of the stuff  you have. However, if they were to dig deeper in most cases all you have is a lot of junk.

Take your time and invest in your wardrobe. Think of pieces  that can create outfits with what you have. Never go shopping for outfits. Buy pieces. More than likely the outfits will cause frustration, because you’ll think those pieces can only be worn together. Then your wardrobe has become boring. Don’t be  afraid to mix and match with pieces.  Buying more expensive clothes doesn’t  always mean you had to pay a house note for it. It could have been on the clearance rack at Neiman’s. It’s the quality of the fabric. Great fabric is stretchy  and looks great and comfortable. There is nothing worse than having 20 pairs of cheap jeans that are uncomfortable and look a mess , than having 5 pairs of nice , comfortable jeans that make you feel good and you look amazing in them.

Remember when you go shopping the next time. Cheap clothes are really expensive. You’ll buy them over and over.