Author: Keira Lennox

How I Take My Own Outfit Photos With My Smartphone |

How I Take My Own Outfit Photos With My Smartphone

For the first several years of my style blog, my husband took all my photos. We worked together in our flower shop, in a downtown historic district with lots of great places to shoot, so it was easy to pop out for 5-10 minutes each day to snap photos of my outfits with our Canon Rebel DSLR camera. I imported all the photos to my Macbook, picked my favorites in iPhoto, edited them in Photoshop, and uploaded them to WordPress for every outfit post. When C started a new full-time job in 2013 and I took on all the daily operations of our small business, I had to get creative to keep the the blog going with much less time and no in-house photographer. Through some trial and error, I figured out how to take my own decent outfit photos with my iPhone and two affordable accessories: A portable camera tripod with a smartphone mount. (Because propping your phone against a ledge just isn’t ideal.) I started with a JOBY Gorillapod Flexible Tripod but found that an inexpensive extendable aluminum tripod is more convenient and easier to use on-the-go. I …

Book recommendations for the weekend, September 2016

Weekend Reading

If you’re looking for a good book to dive into this weekend, I have you covered: a couple light poolside reads; a tear-jerker narrated by a lovable dog; an inspirational guide for nurturing a meaningful creative life; and a dark dystopian novel that will make you think twice about all the water you waste.

Filofax The Original A5 Planner in Patent Nude

My New Filofax Original A5 in Patent Nude

As much as I’d love to be the kind of modern woman who can organize her entire life in her iPhone, I just can’t do it. I like my organization old-school: a classic day planner is my lifeline to my schedule, to-do lists, notes, and overall sanity. If I don’t physically write things down, they’re good as forgotten, and I like having everything in one convenient and portable place (otherwise, I’ll just scratch notes on old receipts and drink napkins and lose them forever in the detritus at the bottom of my handbag). After trying many planners over the years, I found that the best options for me are customizable binder systems with a variety of separately-purchased inserts. This way I can buy exactly what I need, skip the extras I don’t — lookin’ at you, address book pages — and create my own tabs to build an organization system that’s perfect for me. I typically purchase planners between July and August — at 31 I still miss back-to-school shopping and this time of year always feels like a fresh start — and this year I invested …

Old Navy dress with Lucky Brand denim jacket and BAGGU suede clutch, OOTD, style blog

Summer Ain’t Over Yet

Gurl, put down that pumpkin spice latte: Labor Day may be behind us, but we still have a few weeks of sweet summertime left! Fall doesn’t officially begin until September 22nd, and since I spent the last two months wearing the same clothes from a limited capsule wardrobe, I’m going to bring out my summer stuff for as long as I can. (Plus, it’s still seventh-ring-of-Hades-hot in Florida — and you can see by my poofy just-washed hair that the summer humidity is still a thing — so it’s easy to delay the fall vibes for a little while longer.) I bought this Old Navy dress sometime around the end of spring, and it may be the most comfortable dress I own; I mean it’s basically a cotton mumu. Which is perfect for the day after a three-day weekend, because 1.) I ate a week’s worth of Weight Watchers points in two days, and 2.) If I must drag myself to work after a break, I may as well do it in something that feels like pajamas. …