On Fire with Sunshine and Red Lace

By Thursday, March 24, 2016 8 Permalink

Free People Red Lace Dress - Spring Outfit - Free People With Love Dress and Uva Ursi Earrings from Moorea Seal | Style and Cheek

Uva Ursi Earrings from Moorea Seal (c/o) // Free People With Love Dress // Super Moon Ring from Moorea Seal (c/o) // Stardust Quartz Ring from Moorea Seal (c/o) // Classic Stacking Ring from Moorea Seal (c/o) // SARTO By Franco Sarto Pierson Lace-Up Sandal

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I have exciting news! Well, I think it’s exciting anyway. I’ve started working with photographers. Yesss. I met Shaun and Tori at Gracious’ Spring Fling Soiree a few weeks ago and they were both super friendly and outgoing and we immediately planned to work together. We got together last Friday and look at how these photos turned out! They’re really really nice. The photos and Shaun and Tori. Everything is nice.

Thank you to Shaun Turley Photography (and Shaun and Tori in general but especially Shaun because he was super helpful with getting these to me)

Free People Red Lace Dress - Spring Outfit - Free People With Love Dress and SARTO By Franco Sarto Pierson Lace-Up Sandal | Style and Cheek

Dan usually takes my photos and he’s done a good job so far, don’t get me wrong I’ve been very lucky to have him deal with me and this whole blogging adventure. Dan knows more about photography than me but neither of us really know what we’re doing, and I have to say I’m a little sad about Dan not taking my photos but even he said that he wants me to succeed and he knows that good photos make a huge difference. Dan, I still like you. We still have to take photos when we go on trips and stuff anyway so you’re not completely off the hook. :)

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I was really nervous to shoot with Shaun and Tori. Not because I was like “oh no, strangers” (they’re cool, and easy to work with), but because I didn’t want to be a shit model. I don’t have experience working with photographers. I don’t know how to stand, pose, look so I didn’t want to burden them with teaching me. Turns out my nervousness was the problem.

Thankfully they were very willing to show me how to stand and look (yay! thank you!) but I couldn’t relax. It didn’t help that I chose to wear a very short dress on a very windy day. Moral of the story is…it didn’t matter. The photos turned out amazing! They still like and want to shoot with me again! And all that nervousness didn’t need to be there because they wanted to shoot with me and were more than willing to take their time to get great shots. I was worried for no reason. Bah! Thank god for nice photographers who are also cool people. Yay friendship and growth and doing good work together and all that.

Free People Red Lace Dress - Spring Outfit - Free People With Love Dress and SARTO By Franco Sarto Pierson Lace-Up Sandal | Style and Cheek

We’ll see where this goes. I’m looking forward to what we do next and will likely be A LOT calmer. And it’s really awesome being around other creative people who have skills that are different from your own. Like you can bounce ideas off each other and just feel very into the process.

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But let’s talk about the outfit which was inspired by my desire to stop wearing a coat. I don’t care that the weather isn’t cooperating, I am ready for sunshine, warmth, and less layers. If you follow me on Snapchat (styleandcheek), you may have noticed or even helped me with my decision to buy this Free People red lace dress.

There have been a few recent events with more coming in the next few months that require dresses, and dear god dress shopping is hard. I’m having a really hard time this year and not for lack of trying, so I went with the Free People With Love dress in red. I need to buy some cute shorts to wear underneath but the dress itself is a beauty. I love the lace, the color, the plunging and I do mean plunging neckline, and big bell sleeves. It’s dramatic, it’s romantic, it’s sexy, and it’s witchy (you know I like that). I almost bought it in blue but the red was what I needed. Get that blood flowing people, always go for the power color.

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Unlike dresses, I have never had an easier time finding shoes! I guess this is THE time to buy shoes because Nordstrom had so many things that worked that I had too many options. That never happens for me. Go buy shoes you guys. I thought I wanted some gladiator sandals. Like full on gladiators but ended up liking the shorter, black Sarto by Franco Sarto lace-up sandal best.

Although I recommend trying the Free People Sun Seeker Gladiator which were so cool! I tried them in charcoal and really liked them. They’re comfy, unique, fun, but I went for the practical choice that I’ll be able to wear with jeans. But who knew Free People made such great shoes? Now you know. I still feel like I made the right choice. The Sarto lace up sandals are both comfortable and pretty.

Free People Red Lace Dress - Spring Outfit - Free People With Love Dress and Uva Ursi Earrings from Moorea Seal | Style and Cheek

I kept the jewelry simple, opting for really awesome earrings and my signature rings from Moorea Seal that I’ve been wearing non-stop. Moorea Seal has some really unique pieces from designer Laurel Hill and the Uva Ursi earrings are one of them. They have a very beautiful and symbolic look and feel to them and the Uva Ursi earrings have moonstone which is for protection, passion, and clarity. Might as well add some extra passion to dress that is already on fire, right?

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  • Loved reading this post! The introspective thoughts you shared about working with photographers other than Dan… I feel you. I have turned down a couple of requests for those very same reasons. Being super awkward or goofy in front of a lens is totally my thing and I never want to feel like I’m letting someone else down or wasting their time.

    Your photos turned our BEAUTIFULLY and this dress is gorgeous!

    xo,
    katrina
    thedemuremuse.com

    • ahh Katrina, thank you! And thank you for commenting. :) On one hand I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels this way but on the other hand I’m like noo go work with the photographers it will be so good. I’m with you on the super awkward and goofy thing. I can’t stay super serious or smiley for too long. It feels too weird and unnatural!

  • The photos turned out beautifully! I don’t think anyone who isn’t a professional model knows how to act in front of photographers… at least at first! I’ve done it a few times now and it’s fine, but it’s also hard because you never know how they’re going to turn out! I especially love that last shot… where did you guys take these?!

    • Thanks Jenn! Yeah, that’s true. It’s just that I so badly wanted to do well, you know? Like in school or at work you want to do well on whatever task you’re given and modeling was the task. We took these at Heritage Park in Kirkland, right above Marina Park.

  • I love the dress! I, too, am so ready for sunshine and warm weather. As of right now, the forecast for the end of next week is high 60’s and sunny! Heart eyes forever.

    • :) :) Thank you Jess! Free People, I just can’t get enough. It’s sunny today! I hope it stays sunny for like a week at least!

  • This is by far my favorite look on you. Even though you may have felt awkward at first, the photos come across so natural and extremely beautiful. I’m so excited to see how your future outfit posts turn out and want to hear more about your process and your comfort level as you go along.

    • Oh yay, thank you! I really appreciate it, Jamie! It was all Shaun. He did such a nice job of taking the photos and really knows how to get the right shot and direct me, which is super helpful. And ok! I’ll definitely share more about my experience as I work with Shaun and Tori. :)

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