This week will be my official shoot for Jord Watches, I am so excited to announce that I am partnering with them for a new advertising campaign! The watches are absolutely fabulous, with silver and gold metallic accents on feather light wooden bands. What’s more perfect for spring than a luxurious wood grain watch on tanned skin with a white linen dress?!? I could not be more thrilled to be a representative of this company! Pictures soon to be posted to my Instagram fashion modeling account: @realshaune
Everyone can be photogenic, all people are beautiful and anyone can photograph like a model. It just takes a little work. Everywhere I go, people ask me questions about how they can look their best in photos so I decided to write about it in today’s blog. The art of taking great pictures is just that– an art that takes work to be perfected. The subject must know their best angles, their best colors and what type lighting is most complimentary. For example, I learned very early in my modeling career that side lighting is horribly unflattering. Similarly, outdoor mid-day bright sun is equally unforgiving. In the movie business, they call this “monster lighting” because the monsters look scarier when lit brightly from above. The best light and also the most flattering is light that hits your face straight on, either early morning or in the evening. I call it, “sweet light”. If you find yourself with a group who wants to get a photo during the noon hour, convince them to move under an awning or porch and into shade.
Posing is another acquired skill. Start by standing with one foot in front of the other and turn your hips slightly to the side. If you can point your front foot toward the picture taker, even better. You’ll look taller. If you’re a fashion blogger, don’t crop your feet out of the image as this shortens you. More tips: If you’re wearing short sleeves or no sleeves, put your hands on your waist, this will slim your arms. Arms flat at your sides spread out. Always angle your face slightly, most people don’t photograph well straight on. If someone is shooting a profile photo of you, swallow right before they click the picture. This will give your jawline a nice curve and gets rid of a slight double chin. If you have a long face, tilt your chin up to round your face. For people with gaps between their teeth, push your tongue against your teeth when you smile and the gaps disappear in photos.
When shooting selfies, hold the camera higher than your head and turn your face slightly to the right or left. Finally, bright, warm colors tend to look better in pictures than cool pastels, as the warm brights make your skin glow.
Those are a few of my pointers, I could write all day on this topic. Remember to experiment in a full length mirror with your cell phone to find your best angles. Soon, you’ll be taking your photos with complete confidence!
Accessories are a sometimes underestimated but always key element to stylish dressing. A perfect choker, pearl bracelet or bangle stack can really complete a look. My mom used to always say, “Don’t junk up your look with too much jewelry, look in the mirror and take off what you see first.” Mom really knew what she was talking about, her words have endured the test of time. For example, when wearing a simple column dress, a bold link necklace in silver or gold is a flawless accent. My rule is, when wearing a statement necklace, pair it with small earrings and a bracelet. When wearing no necklace, choose large earrings and a bracelet. When wearing no necklace and stud earrings, do a big bangle stack. This brings me to my bangle stack that I get so many inquiries on. I just adore David Yurman. The pieces are so collectible. I mix a few 5mm bangles with a couple 10mm pieces, but you can do whatever suits your personality. I have a friend who wears a stack of fifteen 5mm bracelets and it suits her personality perfectly. I am linking to a few of my current Yurman bracelets. Like everything else in fashion, have fun with your pieces and find out what suits you best.
Yurman bracelets I love:
The green and blue on this one is crazy cool;
Love the barbed wire feel of this:
Here’s a nautical piece that will be great for spring:
With spring rapidly approaching, we’re all eager to break out some bright colors and new textures. It’s easy to mix in some wearable off the rack pieces with your designer finery. The floral pant I’m wearing here is from old navy, I’ve paired it with an INC ruffled cotton blouse, my Valentino bag and Jimmy Choo pumps. You wouldn’t ordinarily mix suedes with patent leather, but you can get away with it now as we are transitioning out of winter. Don’t be afraid to experiment by mixing bold brights in new ways and combining contrasting textures.
At least there’s a silver lining to all of the ice and snow we’ve been experiencing this winter. One of the wonderful advantages to this season are the amazing coats we get to add to our cold weather wardrobe. This week, I had an amazing opportunity to collaborate with one of the oldest and most established furriers in the country, Sakowitz Furs. Featured in the photo is a dyed chinchilla bolero paired with a Badgeley Mischka couture evening gown. Also featured in this week’s collaboration are mink, sable, and fox coats and capes. The wonderful part about Sakowitz Furs are the fabulous pieces in every price range. Some of the beautiful fox vests are only 300.00. For more information, visit their site at SakowitzFurs.net
An aspect of dressing that makes early spring fashion so exciting is color. After a lengthy winter buried in slate, charcoal and earth tones, spring brings the promise of vibrancy and new life. What better way to leap into 2018 that to don a dressy frock in crimson or royal? This fabulous little shorts gown is by Bebe and is perfect for a night out. Other exciting colors to look for this spring are periwinkle, kelly green and sunflower.
The surprise aspect is one of the things I love the most about fashion editorials. How exciting it is to open Vogue or W and see an unexpected element incorporated into a fabulous look. For instance, taking a vintage piece and pairing it with something new or mixing unexpected texture with bold color. In the featured image, this metallic silk Dior mini dress is shown with a vintage mid-century Bill Blass coat from Neiman Marcus. The bold orange and purple of the tapestry coat is an immediate contrast to the muted silk dress. The result is infinitely more interesting than a monochromatic ensemble. Quirky mixes of pieces also allow you to show different aspects of your personality. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box with your own looks. Have fun and experiment by combining your newer pieces with something vintage.