what I wore : black, white + colorful all over - The Dainty Squid

what I wore : black, white + colorful all over

Thursday, December 04, 2014

jacket - Knitted Dove
sweater - Triangle Sweater c/o Oasap
necklace - Forever 21
ring - c/o Chinchar Maloney
skirt - Forever 21
tights - Modcloth

You know what doesn't get translated well in outfit posts? The temperature. In snowy outfit posts everyone understands it's cold. These pictures it doesn't look so cold, right? NO. It was freezing. So very cold that I even saw a frozen snake. Seriously. 

I take my own pictures, by myself with a tripod and shutter release (despite having a photographer boyfriend because I won't let him take pictures of me) so some days there is a lot of trial and error before getting what I want. Even with a camera with a flip out screen it's still hard to frame my shots exactly the way I want them. Sometimes I can photograph an outfit in no time at all and other times it feels like it takes half a day (I'm exaggerating, obviously. It's more like an hour tops if I'm struggling) It's kind of funny because in the cold is normally when I have the most problems. I go through a cycle when of "Oh, it's not that cold" to five minutes later being almost too cold to function properly. Eventually I get used to it which is when I end up calming down and getting shots I like but it never lasts long before the "Why are these not turning out? I'm so damn cold. Why am I doing this? I hate taking photos" attitude sets in. It's the cold version of hangry. Cangry? But then I get home, edit the photos, and am super pumped with the final results.  

Despite any little uncomfortable moments, like freezing my fingers off or being embarrassed when I'm caught by a stranger, I really do love taking outfit photos. I missed them those few months I didn't take any. I'm glad to be getting back into the habit. I hope the snow doesn't end up messing up my groove. I've been documenting my style almost since the very beginning of this blog and I LOVE looking back through the what I wore archives. It's kind of hilarious to watch my style evolve, so many embarrassing moments sprinkled in there. But I suppose if I, at one time, thought it looked cool, or I felt good in it that's all that matter! I think my favorite part of it all though is watching my hair colors change from post to post.

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17 thoughts

  1. Love the outfit- especially the jacket!! I would be absolutely mortified if I were to to taking pictures of myself and someone else came along. So I don't! Good thing I don't wear much that is document-worthy. :-)

    1. Thanks, Jess!! :)

      Haha, it used to embarress me a lot worse, but I just kind of roll with it now.

  2. Taking photos in the cold is the absolute worst! Haha. I try to take ones inside but I don't have a light kit or great lighting in my house so the outside ones always look better. I think being caught by strangers is my biggest problem when trying to find a cool place to shoot, people look at you like, "what are you doing?!" Haha oh well, I'm usually happy with my results afterward too.
    This green coat is amazing! And I love all the black and white paired with your bright colored hair. It looks great!

    1. Thanks! I'm really loving black and white with my hair a lot recently.

  3. I always love this coat on you, and man, your hair looks amazing. And you're absolutely right about the temperatures not translating when taking photos! I'll look back on photos from last winter and totally forget how freezing I was when I took them!

    xox Sammi

    1. Hah, right?! I have so many snowy photos from last year and I know I had to be A LOT colder than I look.

  4. I love your coat! In fact, your whole outfit looks good! I had no idea what a shutter release was so had a look and wow! I had no idea you could get those! That's so cool. Yeah, I am easily amused. x
    Maria's Adventures

    1. Thanks, Maria!

      Hah! I didn't know they existed up until a few years ago. Now I don't know what I'd do without it.

  5. Holy moly, that coat is perfection!

  6. You take such great selfie outfit posts! Mind sharing how you get yourself (or whatever's the subject) in such sharp focus?


  7. Loving that first shot! And great outfit :) I also enjoy looking back on my own personal style evolution. It's fun to see the transformation of hair color and looks. Wonderful inspiration in your posts. You have great taste!

  8. Those tights are amazing. I love them.

  9. Oooh a sweater and a skirt is one of my favorite combos! My first thought when I saw these photos was "Oh it must have been kinda warm that day" You're great at not looking cold, haha! Gah, being seen by a stranger taking outfit photos is one of my worst nightmares! But, I suppose the more it happens the less embarrassed you are of it. Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to take my own pictures someplace other than my backyard.

  10. Graffiti backgrounds are my fave! I'm always in awe of your gorgeous photos - especially your self-taken (is that a term?) outfit shots!

    <3 Kelsea | Kels Shark

  11. I feel you with the struggles of taking pictures of yourself! It's rarely super cold where I live but I visit relatives up north and take pictures there and it's difficult. I have to fight off mosquitoes here most of the time which sucks big time.

    Anyway, I think these pictures were worth the trouble! This outfit is adorable. I love that sweater and how it looks with your dotted skirt. Your hair is looking amazing too, as always!

    Jamie | PetitePanoply.com


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