shades of blue

Wearing: Zara Skirt & Heels | Lou & Grey Silk Top | c/o 424 FIFTH Clutch

The weather this weekend was beau-ti-ful. It called for bare legs, short skirts, & a lot of fun in the sun. This is one of my favorite skirts in all the land because.. look at that fringe! It's fun, flirty, & bright & adds a bit of texture to this simple top. Figured I might as well go all out & wear shades of blue from head to toe.. literally. Sometimes great weather makes you do crazy things.

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend & for those of you who missed the Blogger Bootcamp that I hosted last month, I'm hosting another one on May 30th! You can purchase tickets here.

allie edits

It's no secret.. I live on social media. I have to! It's my job. Unfortunately. our generation is known for having their eyes glued to their iPhones, but when you're a blogger your brand is dependent on it. Which is why I couldn't survive without my favorite editing apps & I figured it was only fair to share my favorites with you. I aim to put out clear, crisp, & colorful images & you'd be surprised to see just how much time it takes to not only take the perfect picture, but to edit it to my liking. #bloggerproblems

So, let's go...
  1. Squaready & SquareadyV: When you like the entire picture (or video) & don't want to crop it into a square for Instagram, upload it into Squaready (SquareadyV for video) which adds a border so the whole picture fits into a square. Magic.
  2. PS Express: I'm a PhotoShop whore so I have a special place in my heart for PS Express. I use it for adjusting, brightening, contract, & filters. I like their "Vibrant" & "Spring" filters, but tone it down so it's not too overbearing.
  3. Picfx: Add some pretty light effects (because heart shaped light glares exist, right?) to make your picture that much prettier.
  4. MoreBeaut2: Chances are most gals you follow use this tricky tool, which brightens your picture & smooths out your wrinkles. I have no problem looking 10 years younger in my pics, puh-lease.
  5. ColorBlast!: Sometimes.. black & white is the way to go. This lets you color only a certain part of the picture while the rest remains B&W.
  6. PicFrame: Double trouble! This is a great app for creating collages, whether you use the same pic or multiple ones. 
& I realize I may be the only human being who doesn't use VSCO Cam but I've heard great things! What's your favorite editing apps? Share the love!

model life

J. Gray Creative Photography,, Priceless HMU

J. Gray Creative Photography,, Priceless HMU
Anthony Abu-Hanna Photography, Style by Jake HMU
EAS Photography, Brittany Gentile Make-up & Elyse Marie Hair
Anthony Abu-Hanna PhotographyStyle by Jake HMU

As you may or may not know, this blog nailed me a modeling contract with Maggie Inc. which I signed back in July. I've been lucky enough to work with amazing photographers since then & I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite pictures! Let me tell  you.. modeling isn't easy. It's one thing to rock a stylish outfit in front of your mom (the photog usually behind my camera) but it's another to smize with your eyes for six hours straight for that perfect glamour, high fashion, or beauty shot. But, it's so fun! The photographers are inspiring, the make-up artists are creative, & the hair stylists definitely know what they're doing. Like most girls, I've been dreaming about being a model since I was little (blame it on my height) but never in a million years did I think I'd be one at the age of 27. I mean, seeing my face (or at least half of it) on Costco & is pretty freaking cool.

I get so many questions from my readers (& friends & family) on what the modeling life is like, so I figured I'd finally answer them:

  1. How did you get signed? A good friend (Hi T!) submitted my blog to the owner of Maggie, Casey, who then asked me to come in & meet the team. I did, he liked me, & I signed a contract that day! He told me I look like Jennifer Aniston & I didn't hate it.. one bit. I got lucky, that's for sure.
  2. How do you find modeling gigs? My agency contacts me when there is a modeling gig I should pursue. Either a client will ask for me directly, or there will be an open casting call that dozens of models go to & try out for. 
  3. Do you make a lot of money from modeling? For me, modeling is a side gig & something I do more for fun than for money. The agency negotiates the price & it's usually by hour or by day. But yes, you can make a lot of money in modeling.. there are plenty of Maggie models who model full-time!
  4. Do you feel the pressure to stay in shape? Absolutely. The better I look, the more gigs I book. Modeling is superficial, no matter what way you cut it, but what I appreciate about Maggie is that they have models ranging from every size to every age. 
  5. What do you eat & often do you work out? I eat a vegetarian diet & track what I eat using the MyFitnessPal iPhone app. I also have a major sweet tooth but have been trying to limit myself to ONE BITE! I aim to work out 5 -6 times a week & I usually do before work around 5 AM.. woof!
  6. What's your beauty regiment? Besides getting my hair cut & colored & the monthly rounds of waxing, I whiten my teeth, get eyelash extensions, get a gel manicure every two weeks & a pedicure once a month, get a spray tan before a big event, have an extensive beauty routine before I hit the hay, & avoid the sun. I wish I were a boy.. sigh.
  7. How do I pursue a career in modeling? My roommates brother approached me saying he wanted to do exactly that so I offered to snap a few pictures of him for his portfolio. Um, can we say stud? That way, he has high resolution pictures that he can submit directly to a modeling agency. Most agencies have online submissions on their website, or if you know someone already signed use that as your foot in the door. Good luck!
Follow along on my blogging & modeling journey on my Instagram here.. I document a lot of behind-the-scenes giving you a sneak peek into all that goes on. 

maggy london

Wearing: c/o Maggy London Printed Sheath | Banana Republic Crossbody (similar) | BCBGeneration Treasure Pumps | Bar III Rings | Free People Sunnies (similar)

Introducing my Easter get-up... bunny ears included! This weekend was a whirldwind, including much needed time with the family & way too many chocolate eggs. The weather finally warmed up & I figured this weekend was the perfect time to debut this mirror printed Maggy London sheath. Not only is this dress stretchy, comfortable, & cute.. but the black outline embedded in the dress gives the illusion of curves & no girl will say no to that. I complimented the black design in the dress with black accessories, gold jewels, & a dark pink lip that matched the dress perfectly.

I also wanted to share with you guys my new love for Younique 3D Fiber Lash Mascara. As much as I loved getting eyelash extensions, I was sick of dishing out the cash (almost $200 a month!). I posted a picture of my new obsession this AM & received tons of comments from my readers so, here you go.. click here to purchase it & I hope you love it as much as I do!

Shop my Easter look below!

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