Cute Casual Style

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Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com
Cute Casual Style | xxkarlierae.com

My Look: Top | Denim | Booties

Photos x Kailey Wallin

Hey friends! 

It's been a hot moment since I have put a new post up but lots has been going on!! The biggest being that most of my time the past week was dedicated to launching my new YouTube channel!! My first video was a little introduction + a massive Q+A answering the questions that you guys all sent me! It's a long video - like 25 minutes!! They won't all be that long I promise haha! And I appreciate you guys that were able to push through it and listen to me rant on for almost a half hour!! Anyways, before I dive into this post, I'd love it for you guys to subscribe to my channel! You will receive an email every time a new video is uploaded, and I won't be posting all of them on here so you won't want to miss them! 

A lot of my outfit posts on my blog are highlighting statement pieces or trends of the moment, but I wanted to do a post that showcases more of my 'everyday' style and what I wear on the days I just want to be casual yet cute! This pair of denim has been my absolute go to!! They sell out of them and restock over and over again so if they happen to sell out keep the link open on your computer and keep checking back! They are also killer priced and the cutest denim I own - can't go wrong there! I snagged this top a couple of weeks ago and definitely think I will be going back for more colors. It's adorable on it's own but will also be so fun to layer with come fall and winter. These fab booties are Free People dudes!!! They retail for $178 but I got them for only $61!! You can shop the original Free People ones here or my version here

This week in Seattle is Bellevue Fashion Week so I'm excited to attend some of the events coming up! Make sure you are following along on Instagram to see my stories this week!!

Xx,

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Fringe LBD + Blogging Photo Tips

fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips
fringe lbd + blogging photo tips

My Look: Dress | Denim Jacket | Sandals

Photos x Kailey Wallin 

Happy Tuesday loves! Before I get into the 'blogging tips' aspect of this post, I wanted to quickly highlight this adorable LBD that I've been living in this summer! It's only $12 and can be worn on it's own, layered with a cardigan or jacket, or I even wear it all the time as a swim suit coverup! I love that it is just black & simple so you can wear it with anything but the fringe detail makes it pop. I paired it with my latest denim jacket obsession that I am positive you will see me where over and over again on here. 

Now onto photography!! As promised, I'm going to be doing some 'blog' related segments for all my newbie blogging babes out there!!! I always think that I wish I would have had someone to ask questions to when I started blogging instead of taking years to figure everything out on my own, so my goal is to be real and open with you guys with my personal journey so I hopefully can help or inspire at least one of you reading this! (I'm sure as I grow & learn more I will redo all these posts with all my extended knowledge and experiences and I'll look back on all these blogging tips posts and be like WOW I can't believe I thought I knew what blogging was about hahah! But this industry is ever-changing and ever-growing so I am happy to share what I've learned so far and will continue to do so throughout my personal journey!)

 

1. Own a camera! 

I will say that owning my own camera is a life saver. Al bought me a camera for my birthday shortly after I started blogging and although I love iPhone-ography and post iPhone photos frequently on my Instagram, it's pretty crucial to own your own camera for those times of need! I'll get into working with photographers next, but when you don't have a shoot scheduled or you go on vacation or you have a post for a brand due, it's a necessity! I currently have a Canon Rebel t5i and for beginners this is a perfect camera! I would say that a proper lens is more important than the body of the camera itself so if I were you, I'd buy just the body - no lens. Then I would invest in a good lens! For fashion photography I like either a 50mm or a 35mm! 

2. Work with photographers!

Throughout my blogging career I have gone in phases of working with photographers and doing the shooting with my husband, but I will say after all these years I have realized that working with photographers is SO worth it. I have done both - 'collaborated' with photographers and paid for shoots. When you're a smaller blogger like myself, you don't always have a big budget to pay photographers so for myself what I have found helpful is finding photographers who see working with you as mutually beneficial! Find someone who sees you as also helping them out. Tag them in your social media photos, as well as their blog. Post on your Instagram stories when you are shooting with them. Show people you love them! When I am collaborating with a photographer on a regular basis, I will try to do nice things for them to show them how grateful I am for their time like pay for their coffee, bring them little presents or gift cards with a thank you card, etc! Doing all your own photos is possible, but also very time consuming to have to go through and pick your favorites and do all the editing. I am always so grateful when I get pretty edited photos back from a photographer!! That saves you lots of steps when posting a new blog post. If you aren't able to find a photographer to collaborate with, I would say paying them is worth the money!! See if they have a rate for bloggers or what they can do that is within your budget. Many times they will be happy to work with what you can pay! 

3. Edit your photos!

If you are doing your own photography or posting an iPhone photo on Instagram, take the extra couple of minutes to edit it! Blogging is a very VISUAL industry, so you want to make sure your photos are pretty and appealing to the eye! For editing I use Lightroom, VSCO, Snapseed. I personally like my photos bright and more warmed toned rather than cool. Lots of bloggers like theirs with a more 'blue' hue but for some reason I have started loving the more 'yellow' and 'orange' tones! My eyes personally are drawn more to warm so on VSCO I use the A6 filter, but back when I liked cooler tones I used A5. I would apply the same filter to every single photo you post. This will give your Instagram a more cohesive look. I also never use the full strength of the filter, I will always tone it down by at least 50% or more. That way your photo is only slightly filtered and doesn't look over edited. If you want to enhance certain colors in the photo like the sky, the color of your shirt, etc, you can do that in Lightroom which is pretty cool! Making certain colors more vibrant or toned down can do a lot for your photo! In Snapseed you can 'paint' where you want things edited so this came really useful to me when I took photos by a sunset but I looked really dark. I painted over the lower half of the photo with higher exposure to brighten it up but still got the beautiful sky in the top half. If you adjust the brightness or exposure of the entire image then you usually would have to compromise one or the other, but not anymore! 

 

Those would be my top 3 tips when it comes to blogging photography! I added a little to each one to go into more detail and answer some of the more direct questions I've received :) I hope you all had a beautiful Labor Day weekend and praying you all stay safe during this time of wildfires and hurricanes. Prayers going all your ways!! 

Xx,

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Top 5 Pants (Other Than Jeans) For Fall

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My Look: Pant & Tank Set (pink is sold out but linked is the same one in teal!) | Similar Shoes | Similar Handbag

 

Happy Monday babes! I wore this look to a bridal shower I attended yesterday except I ended up tucking the tank top into the pants which made me love this set THAT MUCH MORE! I can't believe I didn't tuck the tank in the first time I wore it!! (See my Instagram with them tucked in here).The pants come with an adorable little belt so it really highlights your waist and is oh so flattering. What I love about sets is you can obviously wear them together, but you can separate them too allowing so many more outfit options!! I wore just these pants to an event earlier in the month with Nordstrom and paired them with a white lace tank! The options are endless!! 

A goal of mine this fall is to start stepping up my pant game!! I obviously love denim and wear it almost daily once fall and winter hit, but there are so many cute pant styles out right now that I really want to push myself to step out of my comfort zone! Plus, I also think fun pants get so much more attention than your usual denim - no question! So I definitely encourage all you fashionistas to do the same ;) We are in this together!! 

Now here are my top 5 pants for fall: 

1. These gingham ruffled trousers. Gingham has come on strong and is here to stay. What I love about these specific trousers is they are more form fitted so these are for those of you who are not big fans of the looser fits! You could pair them with any black or white top, but I also think it would be fun to add some color! Whether you are off to work or brunching with friends, these would match the occasion! 

2. These wide leg cropped pants. The style of these is similar to the style of my pants in the photos above! They are just more structured than flowy. This color would be a perfect addition to your fall wardrobe since most of us probably only own white, black and blue denim! I love these pants and how they are styled in the photo with sneakers, but they would also look so cute dressed up with a heel of some sort! 

3. These wrap front trousers are another super cute option for those of you that like your pants more form fitted! I love the feminine vibe of these!! I could see myself wearing these over and over and over again - now when it's sunny and even in the next months as the clouds roll in! 

4. For my peeps out here who are really really really not about anything even mildly loose, these suede leggings are for you! They come in a burgundy and a brown color and would be adorable to wear with oversized sweaters and heels or booties! 

5. I had to add some stripes in the mix! These striped trousers have the perfect color palette and would be the perfect statement to add to your fall wardrobe! Wear them with tanks or tees tucked in now, and some sweaters with just a little piece of the front tucked once fall hits! I think these colors scream fall in the best way! Obsessed!! 

Hopefully this post inspired you guys to add some new pants to your collection! Have a great start of your week loves! 

Xx,

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Some Pretty GREAT(s) Sneakers

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some pretty great sneakers | xxkarlierae.com

My Look: Dress | Sneakers | Handbag from Vici

Photos x Molly Meeks

 

Happy Sunday babes!!  

Today's post will be short & sweet. I recently got these Greats sneakers and ever since they arrived in the mail I have been completely OBSESSED! Their sneakers are some of the cutest I've seen - they even have multiple blush pink ones!! I went with black since I already own some similar blush sneakers & I felt like I'd wear black all the time this fall and winter! I was so impressed with the quality of them, even Al commented on how much he liked them the first time I wore them out! (He's very into sneakers so hearing that from him is huge!!!) I definitely recommend this company so you guys should all go check them out 🙌🏼 

Today Al and I have church in the morning, then I'll be headed to a bridal shower! Lots of wedding festivities this year - I love it! I hope you all have a blessed Sunday! 

Xx,  

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