Loving Lavender

August 22, 2017
Miss Lauren Alston wearing a lavender romper from The Impeccable Pig with a black and white cardigan

Miss Lauren Alston wearing a lavender romper from The Impeccable Pig with a black and white cardigan

Miss Lauren Alston wearing a lavender romper from The Impeccable Pig with a black and white cardigan

Miss Lauren Alston wearing a lavender romper from The Impeccable Pig with a black and white cardigan

Hi everyone! I cannot believe that this is one of my last outfit posts of the summer and my last post at home before I move to D.C. The big move is the day after tomorrow and I have spent every spare moment in the last week double checking my packing lists and repacking everything so it will fit in the car on the ride up! I've had such a relaxing summer and I'm so blessed to have been able to spend time with my friends and family before I leave.

This past Saturday, for my last weekend in Chapel Hill, my sister and I went to an outdoor movie! When I checked online Wonder Woman was scheduled to start at 8 PM so we arrived at 7:30 to get a decent spot and make sure we were comfy with snacks. After waiting for an hour and 15 min, I checked on Facebook to see that the movie had been rescheduled to 8:30 and was only 15 min behind schedule. We waited and waited and at 9:15 the previews finally started, but with no announcement, they had switched to Power Rangers! Needless to say, we were not feeling it be I was so pissed that we wasted 2 hours of my last Saturday night. I didn't want the entire night to go to waste, so we tried (and failed) to build a fort in my room and we watch a movie on my laptop. Me being me, I fell asleep in the first 20 minutes!

Anyways, onto the pictures, I wore this adorable lavender romper during the day while we were shopping for last-minute college stuff and lunching at Panera. It's super airy and breathable which is great for NC heat and humidity! In the evening, once it cooled off, I added this black and white cardigan which has definitely been featured on the blog before. I love the look of a long cardigan and bare legs, so I try to add one to shorts and dresses whenever the weather permits! I picked up this romper back in May from The Impeccable Pig, and I'm so glad I did. It's fun, flirty, and perfect for late summer evenings! Unfortunately, it's no longer available but this dress and this romper are both from TIP and super similar!

My next post will be from my new home in Washington D.C. and I am so excited! Have you all started school yet? My first day of class is August 30!! xo, Lauren Alston

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Agenda Organization - Erin Condren Life Planner

August 8, 2017
Lauren Alston's Erin Condren Life Planner

Lauren Alston's Erin Condren Life Planner vertical layout with colorful theme

Lauren Alston's Erin Condren Life Planner vertical layout with colorful theme

Hi! I'm super excited about today because it's my annual agenda post! I've been doing this for the past 4 years (it's crazy I know) and every year looks extremely different from the last. I used a Lilly Pulitzer planner in 2013 (I have no idea where that post went, but unfortunately, it's gone), a Kate Spade planner in 2014 and 2015, and in 2016 I started using my Erin Condren Life Planner. Even though I'm in the same planner as last year, a lot has changed so I wanted to show you all how my planning style has evolved!

Blogging 101: Fashion Photography

August 1, 2017







Welcome back! A couple weeks ago, one of my good friends suggested that I do a blog post on how to start a blog (a blogging 101 if you will). I'd actually been toying with the idea for a while, but I didn't think anyone would want to read it-clearly I was wrong, but hopefully, more than 1 person will find it useful. 

Today, I'm starting with fashion photography because I think it's one of the hardest parts, at least for my blog. I do so many shoots with my sister where I think the pictures are coming along great, and then I go home and start editing and I hate them all. I've gathered some tips and tricks for you all to make every shoot a success.

Location
For the most part, I like to go with a natural background; you may notice that a lot of my pictures are shot in gardens or fields. Depending on the outfit, I'll want something a little more interesting for the background; in that case, I'll pick a mural or a painted wall of some sort. Anything that will either fade into the background or make your outfit pop is great! Also shooting from different angles gives you a lot more options and ways to diversity when you plan on having 5-8 shots of the same outfit!

Time
My favorite times to shoot are about an hour before the evening golden hour and a couple hours after the morning golden hour. I use the Magic Hour app on my phone for the times, but I like these times because it's not too hot (sometimes when I shoot in the middle of the day I start sweating 10 minutes into the shoot) and the lighting isn't too bright. This is also true of the actual golden hours, but I always feel like it's a little too dark and I'm rushed to take pictures in that time frame.

Camera
When I first started my blog I was using the iPhone 3GS, then I upgraded to a Canon Powershot 110, and now I use a Canon Rebel t6i. Honestly, though, if you're phone has a decent camera (which most smartphones do now) you can look up photography tips online and take great pictures. When you do get to the point where you want to elevate your photos but you can't afford a DSLR there are options; I used to check out a DSLR from my local library. Also, Light, which is a new camera technology company, has a new camera that's supposed to be super convenient and great for social media! While your camera isn't the most important part of photography, it can definitely improve your game. Reviews.com has a comprehensive post detailing the best digital camera - it's a great place to start when doing research!

Day Of
I always know what outfit(s) I'm shooting the well-before the morning off, and I have a location in mind even if I'm not 100% sure of it. I also always have some ideas in mind for what I want the shots to look like; if there's a theme or tone I'm going for or if there are any specific shots I want. Though it's good to have a plan, don't feel like you have to stick to your go-to poses. I would rather take 200 pictures and look either bad or stupid in 190 of them than take 20 pictures that I think will look good because it's what I always do and then not like any of them. 

My final advice is that some shoots will not work. Unless you're shooting with a professional photographer, in which case you should get your money's worth, it's ok to decide mid-shoot or even after the shoot that you're not satisfied and scrap all the photos. Even though it's frustrating and feels like an enormous waste of time, it's always better to upload something that you love and are proud of than post because you have to make a schedule.

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