Gap outlet top (similar); Stitchfix dress (similar); Chinese Laundry flats; Target tote and sunnies.
This past weekend the kids and I went out and about exploring. I like to load up the tripod and camera in the back of the car and go in search of fun paces for photo shoots after breakfast. Abnormal? Yes. BUT, my kids are so good at saying, “look mom, there’s a pretty field of flowers, let’s go check it out!” So I pull over and we trudge around and see. Can you just see me in all my little outfits trudging through a field of flowers? It’s sort of funny.
There is a place in Traverse City that is called The Commons, and it is a whole bunch of old buildings that used to be an insane asylum. (Seriously creepy to turn your back on.) They are a bunch of beautiful, old, falling down buildings with so much character and have about a bazillion perfect photo spots tucked around the old place. There are paths and trails and people walk around and exercise, or read, or
stare at the crazy lady with the tripod and two wild kids. A lot of The Commons have been converted to high end shops and restaurants, including the best wood fired bakery and a coffee shop to die for. This coffee shop? They roast their own beans on site and blend them into the most amazing coffee. The tables and chairs are all mismatched, they serve in mugs that are all unique (sort of like home?) and outside they have a little patio where a babbling brook runs through and wrought iron tables and chairs sit next to old pine tables. It’s a little piece of magic among the trees. I can’t wait to bring my laptop there in the Fall and sit outside in a chunky sweater and WRITE. Bring me September, I tell ya. I’m ready.
On to finding good locations for blog shoots.
I like to find older buildings or colorful little spots that let my outfit stand out or blend in, depending on the look I’m going for. I use a tripod, wireless remote timer and my Canon Rebel T3 and take my own photos. If it is late morning I look for a spot that had shade, as bright sunlight is super unflattering. The above photos were taken in front of an old garage on the side of the road that I noticed while driving by. It looks broken down and sits among the weeds, but I liked that simplicity as my look was simple, you know? I’m currently on standby to use an old, red barn as a background in some photos. I just have to get the nerve up to ask the owner’s permission. Telling people you blog your outfits is super weird, by the way.
Let’s talk white tee shirts and What She Wears, shall we? Every month Dawnelle, Brandi, Kayleigh, Rebecca and I come up with a theme or idea and style it in our own unique way. I love seeing how each one of us (and you!) comes up with totally different options. The good news is, we made this a link up! Go ahead and put together your version of the white tee look and link on up below. Next week we will each pick our personal faves and post them on our blogs, front and center. Just make sure you follow us all and link back to one of us in your post, okay?
Here was my confession: I don’t own a basic white tee shirt right now. Does that send me to fashion blogger jail? I did have this white tunic-y top I got at the Gap outlet a couple of weeks ago and threw it on over a super soft jersey dress I have. This was my, let’s go do a blog shoot in front of an abandoned garage and then enjoy coffee at the best coffee shop ever, outfit. I feel good about it. I’ve been into mono-cromatic outfits lately worn with minimal jewelry, usually gold and dainty. I have a little bracelet from Threads with my husbands initial on it, and often just wear my plain white gold wedding band on my left and my Grandmother’s yellow gold wedding band on my right hand. Add in a little gold necklace from Etsy and I feel comfortable and not too done.
Now, LINK UP and show me what you’ve got. I love seeing your looks and go through every single one who joins.
P.S. Hashtag your Twitter post, too! Use #whatshewears so we can all see what you are up to (if you’re into that sort of thing.) #itotallyam #imakeupmyownhastagsallthetime