3 Sep

Travel Photography Tips

Consider these tips for taking photos on your next vacation!  Take photos that you can proudly display in wall galleries or individually spread throughout your home.

Travel Photography - Photography Tips

Travel Photography - Photography Tips

1. Research your destination’s best views and local attractions

2. Think about where in your home you would want to hang individual photos or where you would want to create a wall gallery.

3. Try an interesting or unusual angle. Go for higher ground and shoot from above, or crouch down to shoot from below to make the shot more interesting.

4. Get close up shots to reveal interesting details and composition.

5.  Shoot your subject off center. Try the “rule of thirds”  and place the main subject approximately one third away from the center of the photograph. This will capture interesting background objects as well as the person you are with.

6. Shoot a series of like shots (high to low, vertical, off center, off focus) for a wall gallery or hall display.

7. Frame your subject. Find scenery or objects that cast a frame around the person or subject you are trying to capture.

8. Take photographs immediately before or after sunset when the colors are most intense.

9. Show scale by placing something smaller in the foreground.

10. Consider background action and how it will affect your subject. Make sure any unwanted objects are not in the picture (cars, garbage cans, poles, people making weird faces or distracting from the main subject).

11. Look for opportunities to take funny photos.

12. Don’t do the same pose every time. We all take photos in front of locations to show we were there. Mix it up!

13. Don’t forget to take pictures with yourself in it.

14.  Look for scenes that represent the culture of your destination (people, vendors, streets, architecture, landmarks).

15. Look for lines that lead your eyes through the picture.

16. Play with camera modes. If you want to make a person stand out from the background, use “portrait” mode. This will reduce depth of field and make objects further away from the subject blurry. If you want to create depth of field, try using “landscape” mode.

17. “Stitch” your photos together. Sometimes a scene is too big to capture in one shot. Take several overlapping photos and then put them together on your computer at home.

18. Take advantage of the focus feature. When you press the shutter half way, the viewer will display boxes over people’s faces or over subjects it finds in the scene. Use this feature to ensure that your camera is focusing on what you want.

19. Use the flash in outdoor shots. If there is bright light behind your subject, the camera will think that the whole scene is bright. As a result, the camera will darken the picture to overcompensate. Using flash will balance the exposure.

20. Turn off the flash when you want to capture natural lighting. Dawn and dusk can produce brilliant colors, which the flash can ruin.

21. After taking a picture in color, try taking it in black and white. You will be surprised at some of the things that stand out in black and white and not in color.

22. The histogram is a horizontal bar graph that illustrates the dark and light tones in the picture. Vertical lines to the left demonstrate the dark tones, and vertical lines to the right demonstrate light tones. If the lines are running off the page, your photo may be under or over exposed.

23. Learn to choose proper settings for different lighting conditions. White balance is different in daylight than it is in indoor lighting. Choosing “Auto” is a missed opportunity in some cases. Play with settings like “daylight,” “cloudy,” “shade,” or “fluorescent.”

24. Look at pictures right after taking them and make sure you got the shot you wanted. You can always redo a picture on the spot, but you can’t always travel back and shoot again.

Travel Photography - Photography Tips

Travel Photography - Photography Tips

27 Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Retro

A lot of designers channeled their inner flower or mod girl for Resort 2011. There were lots of 70s inspired caftan outfits with flowy blouses and flared pants, and 60s inspired dresses in bright colors from designers Alice + Olivia, Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Balenciaga, and Jill Stuart.

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia’s yellow 60s dress is fun and flirty, and this classic silhouette means you’ll get more than just one season’s wear out of it.  Pair with 60s accessories for a complete retro vibe, or with nude pumps and Ray Bans for a more modern take.

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Alice + Olivia’s Resort 2011 collection was all about sixties fun, although it’s interesting to see that flared jeans have been popping up so much lately….is there a bell bottoms comeback in the near future?

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Resort 2011: Alice + Olivia

Look like a true flower girl in this breezy top and flared white pants by Alice + Olivia… Accessorize with a leather headband and lots of bracelets.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

This blue 1960s skirtsuit in a bright blue color is a fun alternative to your typical skirtsuits. Nicolas Ghesquière pairs it with a funky retro necklace and some futuristic shoes to complete the look.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

This pink pantsuit is paired with hints of neon green and white. Nicolas Ghesquière has created another fun alternative to a serious suit that women at any stage in their career can safely wear to the office or on a business trip overseas.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

So hipster.

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

This is a perfect outfit for a day of shopping, lunch and mimosas. Jill Stuart’s favorite romantic floral look with a 70s twist.

Resort 2011: Moschino

Resort 2011: Moschino

Peace and love with Moschino.

Resort 2011: Moschino

Resort 2011: Moschino

Moschino’s fun polka dot motif is fun and ladylike. Perfect for an overseas business trip…if your business trip isn’t technically glamorous, at least you will be in this outfit.

Resort 2011: Louis Vuitton

Resort 2011: Louis Vuitton

Go sophisticated 60s with Louis Vuitton. Cat eye glasses complete the look.

27 Aug

Fitness Camp: Bikini Boot Camp

A fitness boot camp, or weight loss retreat, is great if you feel the need to get away from it all and focus on yourself and nature.  Amansala Bikini Bootcamp in Tulum, Mexico, is a fitness retreat that gets you back to basics with style and comfort. At this eco chic resort, you will exercise, practice healthy eating, go on outdoors adventures, relax on the beach, and get pampered. It is a 5-6 night program, and you can go alone, with your mother or sister, girlfriends, or partner. There are group discounts and specialized sessions (co-ed singles, mother/daughter, couples). Guests of Amansala Bikini Bootcamp are typically accomplished women in their 30s who need a break from their busy lives and need to focus on themselves, and make some friends along the way.

Amansala Bikini Boot Camp - Tulum, Mexico

Amansala Bikini Boot Camp - Tulum, Mexico

Tulum, Mexico is of the best-preserved coastal Mayan sites. Tulum has secluded beaches and turquoise water. It is visited for its archeological sites, but is otherwise relatively undiscovered. Most tourists are more interested in Cancun, which is 2 hours north.

Beach Fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

Beach Fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

Beach fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

Beach fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

Beach fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

Beach fitness - Amansala Bikini Boot Camp

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26 Aug

Travel Inspired Decor Ideas

Travel Inspired Decor - Rippled Tile

Travel Inspired Decor - Rippled Tile

Rippled tile looks like a cave or desert.

Travel Inspired Decor - Parisian Chandelier

Travel Inspired Decor - Parisian Chandelier

Vintage Parisian Chandelier, reminiscent of a trip to Paris….

Travel Inspired Decor - Chandelier Decal

Travel Inspired Decor - Chandelier Decal

If you don’t want to fully commit to the chandelier, try these chandelier decals. They’re removable and inexpensive. Find them on etsy.

Travel Decor - Suitcase Table

Travel Decor - Suitcase Table

Try stacking vintage suitcases to create a table.

Travel Decor - Photo Fabric

Travel Decor - Photo Fabric

You can print fabric using your home printer, and then make them into throw pillows.

Travel Inspired Decor - London Map Pillow

Travel Inspired Decor - London Map Pillow

This London map pillow is a creative way to include travel inspired decor. Find more like these on etsy.

26 Aug

Travel Inspired Decor

Traveling to new destinations can be inspiring in many ways. The architecture, colors and culture can be very intoxicating. It’s hard not to bring back souvenirs, original artwork and furniture, but the good news is that you can incorporate them into your home.

Travel Inspired Decor - Moroccan

Travel Inspired Decor - Moroccan

  • Choose a theme for your entire home, or decide on one for each room.
  • Choose a focal point: Did you bring back a piece of furniture that can inspire the decor of the room? If not, try to find a piece that reminds you of the destination you’re trying to emulate – like a Navajo rug, Turkish table, or vintage trunk – and then take it from there.
  • Tchochkes: If you brought lots of small items back, scatter them throughout the room, or display them on a shelf.
  • Use some of your souvenirs for unexpected things – if you found some fabric, make them into pillows or a tablecloth.
  • Use the color palette of the region you are inspired by to accentuate the room.
  • Bring back original artwork.
  • Consider compatibility when mixing styles – don’t mix more than two or three.
  • Don’t develop the style too literally!
25 Aug

How to Dress for Fall at Any Age

How to dress for fall at any age, as suggested by Hapar’s Bazaar

20s. Uptown vibe with fur embellishments, like a fur collar or hemline.

Fall 2010 Proenza Schouler

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 20s Uptown Chic with Proenza Schouler

Fall 2010 Proenza Schouler

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 20s Uptown Chic with Proenza Schouler

30s. Ladylike Prints.

Fall 2010 Prada

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 30s Prada Ladylike Prints

Fall 2010 Prada

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 30s Prada Ladylike Prints

40s. Romantic florals and luxe fabrics.

Carolina Herrera Fall 2010

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 40s Carolina Herrera Romantic Florals

Fall 2010 Christian Dior

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 40s Christian Dior Romantic Florals

Dries Van Noten Fall 2010

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 40s Dries Van Noten Fall 2010 Romantic Florals

50s. Eclectic ladylike; mixed patterns and colors that pop.

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 50s- Dries Van Noten Eclectic Ladylike

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 50s- Dries Van Noten Eclectic Ladylike

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 50s- Dries Van Noten Eclectic Ladylike

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 50s- Dries Van Noten Eclectic Ladylike

Dries Van Noten Fall 2010
Fab For Fall At Any Age: 50s- Dries Van Noten Eclectic Ladylike

60s. Fall autumnal hues.

Jason Wu Fall 2010Fab For Fall At Any Age: 60s- Jason Wu Autumnal Hues
Jason Wu Fall 2010

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 60s- Jason Wu Autumnal Hues

Jason Wu 2010
Fab For Fall At Any Age: 60s- Jason Wu Autumnal Hues

70s. Eye popping red, fur, rich brocades.

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 70s- Oscar de la Renta Eye Popping Color

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 70s- Oscar de la Renta Eye Popping Color

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

Fab For Fall At Any Age: 70s- Oscar de la Renta Eye Popping Color

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

Fab for Fall At Any Age: 70s Oscar de la Renta Eye Popping Color

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2010

Fab for Fall At Any Age: 70s- Oscar de la Renta Eye Popping Color


25 Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Demure Bathing Suits

I’m not really sure about the tan lines, but you sure will look fabulous…

Chanel Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Chanel Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

The white, gold, and delicate detail s of this Chanel bathing suit will make you feel like a Moroccan princess…

Alice + Olivia Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Alice + Olivia Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Pop! with Alice + Olivia’s retro bathing suit. High waist = figure flattering.

Herve Leger Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Herve Leger Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Tribal AND covers up love handles.

Lanvin Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Lanvin Resort 2011 Bathing Suit

Lanvin’s ultra glam snakeskin one-piece bathing suit.

25 Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Crisp White Suits

A crisp, white suit is chic and fabulous. There is something about wearing a white suit that makes a woman instantly look like a powerful fashionista. For Resort 2011, Chanel, Lanvin, Miu Miu and Giorgio Armani created unique white suits.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Chanel

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Chanel

This relaxed Chanel ensemble is kimono inspired and has a more casual feel. The hat and belt accessories add a wordly twist.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Lanvin

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Lanvin

This Lanvin look features a high waisted straight leg pant, tucked in blouse and boyfriend blazer. Wear with wedges and chiffon scarf to complete the look.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Miu Miu
Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits – Miu Miu

Channel your inner movie star with this ladylike suit with long pencil skirt by Miu Miu – very Casablanca.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Clean, classic high waisted pants and short jackets by Giorgio Armani.

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

Resort 2011 Trend: White Suits - Giorgio Armani

This black and white pantsuit by Giorgio Armani is a more futuristic take on a classic look.

25 Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Maxi Dresses

Maxi dresses are everywhere for Resort 2011. Michael Kors kept it clean with a bright ombre hue and simple cut. Chanel was inspired by the 70′s and created flowy, romantic pieces. Lanvin was also inspired by caftans and created striking, edgy silhouettes. Richard Nicoll kept it classic, and Jill Stuart went back to its romantic roots.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

Chanel’s 70′s inspired caftan maxi dress is one of my favorite resort pieces. It has movement, embellishments, and color, and looks exactly like what you envision wearing on a fabulous vacation.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

A white linen maxi dress is a must for vacation – this Chanel piece adds something extra with several puffy 70s inspired tiers.

Resort 2011: Chanel

Resort 2011: Chanel

This Chanel halter dress has incredible movement and color, and the halter top does great things for cleavage! It would look spectacular with stiletto sandals and bangles for evening.

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

Peach is a universally flattering color that looks especially amazing on tanned skin. The ombre detail of the fabric makes it interesting, and the classic cut is figure flattering.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This striking dress by Lanvin is comfortable and sexy at the same time. The snakeskin print makes it stand out, and the cut will work on most body types. Add some chunky jewelry and some giant wedges to complete the look.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Another 70s inspired piece, this time by Lanvin. The cut of this dress is very simple, and the sleeves create that 70s inspired look.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This black Lanvin maxi dress accentuates a tanned décolleté, shoulders and back. The jeweled halter eliminates the need for much jewelry, and the hem is higher in the front to show of fabulous shoes. Easy glamour.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This sarong inspired dress is an interesting take on the maxi, and features a fun print.  A slit in the back and a little sheerness adds a bit of sensuality.

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

Resort 2011: Jill Stuart

This maxi by Jill Stuart is super romantic. The blush and nude tones combined with the frills and flowy fabric make this dress the perfect dinner-for-two ensemble on a romantic getaway.

Resort 2011 Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011 Richard Nicoll

This look by Richard Nicoll features a tank top upper with high waist belt and sheer bottom skirt, adding a trendy twist to a classic cut and color combo.

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

This maxi by Richard Nicoll is covered-up-sexy. The sheer top adds a little edge and the waist belt accentuates the figure.

25 Aug

Resort 2011 Trend: Long Skirts

For Resort 2011, designers showed a  relaxed and playful side with longer garments that have movement and can be worn from day to night. A long skirt paired with a sheer sweater looks effortlessly chic and sexy, and is comfortable all day long.

Resort 2011: Lanvin

Resort 2011: Lanvin

This look by Lanvin features a long black skirt and black bandeau top with a loose, sparkly blazer and long necklace. Throw a skirt and blazer over your bathing suit for evening wear.

Resort 2011: Lavin

Resort 2011: Lavin

This white skirt with sheer top can also be thrown over a bathing suit and worn into the night. Or put it on in the morning for shopping and then wear it for dinner and drinks.

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

Resort 2011: Michael Kors

This look by Michael Kors is easy and chic. The blush pink tone looks great on tanned skin, and the sheerness of the sweater adds a hint of sexiness.

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Resort 2011: Balenciaga

Balenciaga’s long skirt ensemble is serious and casual at the same time. The sheerness of the fabric gives it a light and airy feel, and the black trim and belt make it more than just a linen skirt and blouse.

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

This look by Richard Nicoll is the perfect evening wear during an exotic vacation. The sheer top keeps it light, the belt accentuates the waist, and the high slit shows off tanned legs.

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

Resort 2011: Richard Nicoll

This long skirt look by Richard Nicoll features a long, light sweater and sheer skirt in neutral tones. The vertical stripes and length of the sweater elongate legs. This outfit would be perfect for a day on the yacht and dinner and drinks afterward – just add some sparkly jewelry.

Resort 2011: Miu Miu

Resort 2011: Miu Miu

Miu Miu’s long printed skirts are playful and fun. They would look great with a bikini top, sky high wedges, long necklaces and crop top for a day to evening look.