Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Graphic

It just occurred to me that this skirt photographs much bluer than it is in real life. There is a lot more green in this skirt than these posts have been letting on! It's a true teal, methinks, rather than an aquamarine blue. Or maybe it's yellow to you, who knows...

Top - Cynthia Steffe (via TJMaxx) / Pencil skirt - eloquii / Sandals - Bandolino (via Endless)

But that's where the wonder of post-processing (which I normally shy away from at all costs) comes in. In fact, this was one of those outfits I loved much more in real life than in my usual unedited pictures. To be honest, I almost hated it after reviewing the pictures; the graphic print of the top with the vibrant teal of the skirt was quite striking in person, but for some reason it came across much duller in the untouched photos. Cue a little magical tool called cross-processing (oooooh), and I was able to get the color of the skirt closer to what it's supposed to be. And make my pictures artsy. It's a win-win.

Handbag - DKNY (via TJMaxx)

I will say that I decided to change my shoes after taking these pictures, though. The ankle strap against my pale legs wasn't doing me any favors here, and the white also seemed to contribute to the outfit's apparent dullness. I bet you can't guess which shoes I swapped them for? Yep, that's right, yesterday's coral lovelies. At first I thought it might have been too much color, but the ol' BF - of all people - talked me into it. Go figure! Unfortunately, I didn't have time to redo the photo shoot, so I can only leave it to your imagination. And maybe this picture. =S

And actually, the skirt's color here is even closer to its true color! (The shoes - not so much.)

Ring - The Limited / Necklace - Banana Republic / Earrings - The Limited

I also introduce to you yet another photo location with this post. Thanks to some beefy masons working away on our neighbor's brick porch/yard/sidewalk, I was too embarrassed to take pictures of myself so close to them, possibly encouraging questions (gasp!) or comments (blurg), so I was finally forced to find a new (and improved!) shady spot nearby. (Ah, the brick background - the style blogger's best friend. Amirite??) However, I did take one picture of my would-be location (in an effort to pretend I wasn't doing anything strange whilst the beefcakes looked on) and thought it rather pretty on its own. Ah, spring's bloom...


  1. Cute outfit ! I love the red shoes with it better because it's a nice pop of color. =). New follower of your blog and love your outfits. You resemble Tori Amos a bit, has anyone else told you that?

  2. I think this looks very striking, even in your unedited photos. It's a beautiful combination and I think having solid, bright pencil skirts is a great wardrobe choice! I have lots of black and white tops and plenty of thrifted bright pencil skirts that I can't wait to break out after I have this baby! And of course, you know I love how you added the coral shoe!

  3. ha, i had actually wondered about the color of the skirt because it looks so much bluer than on the eloquii link.  (the fur collared sweater also looks much nicer in your photos than on the site).

  4. thanks, lady! i need to add more colorful pencil skirts, for sure. i've only recently broken out of the neutral colored bottoms rut, sot his is all new to me! but it totally rocks...

  5. welcome and thank you! yep, i'm glad i went with the color shoes, for sure.

    you're the first one to ever compare me to tori amos - very cool!


Thank you so much for commenting! Reading what you have to say truly makes my day!