28 Sep

Have a Cozy Weekend

San Francisco is known for its beautiful early fall weather, but it’s been quite chilly in our neck of the woods!  We have a busy, super-social weekend lined up, but I’m hoping we can find some time to light a fire and snuggle up on the couch.  If you have a little down time today, take a moment to check out these fun links from around the web…

Adorable playhouse makeover!  (Can I please have one of these?)

Fall wish list: biker boots.

Tempted to buy this nail polish… so cute!

Did someone say pumpkin pie cinnamon rolls?

A tattoo of your parents’ handwriting— love!

How to make your own boot socks from old sweaters!!

This vintage ponytail tutorial is making me wish I had long hair again…

Trav & I are on the hunt for the perfect Halloween costume.  Last year, we were boobs :)

And a few {bb} posts you may have missed…

Thanksgiving table inspiration (in case anyone is thinking ahead!)

Colored piano love.

Affordable fall makeup looks!

What are you up to this weekend?  Is it chilly in your neck of the woods, or are you soaking up the sun?  Got any good couple Halloween costume ideas?  Share in the comments!

27 Sep

Ask a Fashion Photographer: How to Photograph Flawlessly

Martine Pinnel is from a small town in Luxembourg, but she followed her dreams to San Francisco at the age of 19. She is a rising star in a competitive industry, with more publications picking up her work all the time. I was lucky enough to ask her a few questions about beauty, modeling, and tips on making regular girls look extra-hot in photos…

Q: What is your favorite type of shoot to do? What sets your great models apart?

A: I definitely enjoy doing fashion editorials the most. When I can execute my own idea, have the perfect team working with me on this vision, come up with a storyline, find the perfect location, the right models, the right wardrobe and when I can see it all come together perfectly. I really enjoy shooting outdoors, in unique locations, that tell a story.

As for the models, I really like when they have very unique features, a beauty that cannot be found everywhere. I prefer their personalities to stand out and they know how to not only take a pretty picture, but they know how to tell a story and make the shoot their own.

Not every model fits every concept I have. I choose the models depending on what shoot I’m doing and if they turn out to be exactly who I’ve been looking for, they can take a photo to a whole other level.

Q: Any tips for girls having their photo taken casually? Poses and clothing that photograph well? Lighting to steer away from?

A: Lifting up your chin is probably my number one tip. It stretches the neck, avoids unflattering chins, and weird/harsh lighting that can create deep shadows on the face, especially the eyes. Eyes are beautiful, so everyone should make sure to show them and not squint too much.

There’s a few tips for posture everyone can follow as well. Standing up straight is always a big plus, as it makes the body always seem longer. Don’t take the photo from above, as it makes your body look shorter. And turning your body ¾ can make it look more flattering as well.

But the most important thing to remember is, to try to feel comfortable in front of the camera!

Q: Any further last-minute beauty tips that you use on a shoot? What do you look for in a perfect portrait shot?

A: I think the only beauty tip I have on shoots right now is: Less is more. Lately I’ve been concentrating on showing the model’s natural beauty, without cakey make-up or overdone brows and lips. Clean skin is always a must and natural beauty is wonderful.

In a perfect portrait shot as far as beauty goes, I once again look for a unique face, angelic beauty, clean skin, an interesting expression on the model’s face, her personality and an interesting look in her eyes.

Photography wise, I make choices of lighting, the lens I use, the depth of field I choose, the angle I shoot the portrait from and the directions I give the model.

So there you have it. Be yourself, even when having your picture taken, and stand up straight like your mother taught you. To see more of Martine’s photography, check out her website.

What do you do to look your best in photos?  Have you used any of Martine’s tips?  (Isn’t her work gorgeous?)  Share your thoughts in the comments!

25 Sep

Would You Rock Chartreuse?

If you watched the Emmy’s over the weekend, you may have noticed a certain color popping up on the red carpet— chartreuse!  Take a look…

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This bold color has always been a favorite of mine, but I’ve never been able to find the perfect shade for my skin tone.  I think it’s a great look, though, and these ladies look amazing, don’t you think?

What do you think of chartreuse?  Would you wear one of these dresses?  Which look is your favorite?  Share in the comments!

21 Sep

Have a Celebratory Weekend!

We leave Italy tomorrow *tear*, but Sunday is my birthday and we plan to transition back into the real world by celebrating with brunch and a lazy city day.  It could certainly be worse :)  Plus, tomorrow marks the first day of fall (my FAVORITE season!)

I’ll be back to regularly scheduled blogging on Monday, but until then, here are some fun finds from around the web!

Mmmmm… breakfast bites

Anyone dying their hair darker for fall?  (I love this color!)

Cute cobalt trousers.

I want to have a little girl just so I can do this to her hair :)

Superhero nails.

What a cute way to organize makeup brushes!

Swoon-worthy nursery

Is this Halloween costume okay for a grownup? :)

Beautiful headband for a wedding.

I can’t wait to try my hand at DIY stick votives!

What are you up to this weekend?  Getting excited for the official start of fall?  Got any plans or links of your own to share?  Comment below!

14 Sep

Have an Adventurous Weekend

Happy Friday, my sweets!  We’ve arrived in Italy and we’ll spend the majority of this weekend exploring Rome.  Travis and I both expect to be exhausted by the time our trip is over– there’s so much to see and never enough time!  Although we plan to see many of the historical landmarks, I’m especially excited to roam the farmer’s markets and and try some of the classic local cuisine, like bucatini all’amatriciana.

The blog will be active the entire time we’re abroad, so make sure to come back and visit all next week :)  Until then, let’s browse some fun finds from around the web…

Love this little boy’s bedroom!

Dreamy wedding dress…

Apple pie cookies to welcome fall :)

Who’s your lobster?

Rainbow nails…

I picked up this coat last week– LOVE the flattering cut and big collar!

DIY project: squishy knot pillow.

Sweet anchor tattoo…

Check out just what highlighting and contouring can do to your makeup…

And take a virtual tour of our flat in Rome!!

What are you up to this weekend?  Got any big plans?  Taking any trips yourself?  (Any advice for our time in Italy??)  Share in the comments!