Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Long Casual Weekend

Anubis after all of the packing is done.
He always follows me from room to room as I put things together so he was pretty pooped by the end of it.
 Here's an overview of the outfits I'm bringing with me.
If you saw my Tried and True post you already know the black atlas bag has all of my favorite makeup products. If you want to check out that post it's Here
The orange little bag contains my travel size toiletries.
I usually pack one set of heels just in case but I don't think I'll be needing them this trip, so why take up the room right?
 I like options but I also like to pack light, that means packing interchangeable items and items that can be dressed up or down.
From the left I have floral pajamas, a midi T-shirt dress, a black belt and brown belt, high waisted jeans, graphic T, striped button up, gingham button up and a pair of black leggings.
All of the outfits I've put together are pretty casual so I like to add accessories to dress it up a bit.
I keep my small accessories in a bag so nothing gets lost and I can just toss my stuff in it!
Of course this is for a quick trip to go back home and do some photo shoots so the dressiest place I'll be going is church and the movies.
(A family tradition every time I come home)
Oh and I will be bringing my hunter boots(not pictured) because you never know what sorts of terrain awaits you on a photo shoot!

Thanks for stopping in, I was starting to pack and I figured why not share the thought process?

xoxo
Piper Arielle



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Crewnecked Stripes




Date night at True Food Kitchen and this is what I wore.

I figured since I posted an outfit with one of my shirt obsessions I needed to share the other one as well!
This shirt has seriously been on an embarrassing rotation in my wardrobe these days.
Embarrassing because if I can't figure out what to wear I go for this shirt.
 That happens too many times for me to comfortably admit.
Okay, probably at least once a week!!!
It's just so comfortable and it is all of my favorite things! 
Blue, striped and it has a crewneck that hits in just the right spot.
Did I mention it came from Target? 
Okay, I'll stop talking about the shirt but I won't stop wearing it! 

The pants are some old Paige Denim that I cut the bottoms off of and left a raw hem.
I bought them at a thrift store for about $6 so I didn't mind if I messed up.

The belt is vintage from my mom and so are the Gold hoops.
I'll admit I was never a hoops person until this year and now these are some of my favorites!

The red heels are not very practical but since it was just dinner I figured it would only be a few hours.
I brought a pair of sandals for the end of the night Whole foods run we always seem to make.
We got dessert while we were there.
I had the salted caramel mochi and it was heavenly, like stunned silent good!
Then we headed home to our furry baby.

Okay enough babbling thank you for stopping in loves!!!

xoxo
Piper Arielle

Monday, July 31, 2017

How I Started Modeling



First off, I'm so excited to show you this cover, I just received it in the mail today and I'm still feeling giddy about it!

Well this got me thinking about a question I've received a few times and I figured why not answer it here.
I'm 5'4, and I'm a freelance Model.
It took me a very long time to actually say that aloud and I don't really claim this when people ask me what I do.
To be fair I haven't done it as much since moving and getting married but I still dabble here and there.

So I'm going to start off with, not when I started but when I didn't...
I know that sounds nonsensical but stay with me!

When I was around 6 or 7 a woman at the mall told my mom she should consider putting me in modeling and gave mom a card.
Since I was there and I heard the conversation I was excited and wanted to do it, My mom thought otherwise.
Some people reading this are probably thinking, "That was mean of her to do." but HOLD ON!
I'm forever grateful!
Anytime someone would say I was cute growing up my mom wouldn't say thank you she would immediately say "She's very smart" or "She's very kind".
She wasn't being rude or disagreeing with anyone. 
She wanted me to know that looks don't define a person, their actions do.

Now for the part where I really did start modeling.
It's going to sound silly but photographer friends wanted to practice or had editorial type shoots in mind and asked if I would model.
Since I had never modeled before but I had acting experience I simply acted like I knew what I was doing.
They would give direction and I would follow it, a friend of mine has a vintage clothing store on Etsy, I didn't know her at that point but she asked if I could model some of the pieces.
I started to meet more photographers, makeup artists and stylists who would recommend me for jobs.
Instead of acting like a model I started to be one.
 I worked hard at the photo shoots.
Modeling is rarely as glamorous as it appears in the printed outcome.
I've hiked to locations in insensible shoes, sat on and surrounded by ice in a very thin dress and worn layers upon layers of clothing on blistering summer days.
I offered to help carry equipment and enjoyed getting to know everyone involved.
I wasn't always paid and many of the first photo shoots were creative collaborations for everyone to stretch their muscles.
I've met so many talented people along the way that I can honestly say that is my favorite part of all of it.

Do I think I'm a Supermodel? Absolutely not. 
Does this experience make me an expert? Nope.
Will I ever be represented by an agency? Most likely no.
Am I bragging? I'm not really that sort.
(I think you already knew these things though.)

So now that you know my start came form dumb luck and hard work I'm going to share with you some tips from what I've learned as a freelance model and a photographer!

  1. Instagram is a great tool to connect Models and Photographers. 
  2. Practice with a phone camera or regular camera to find your best angles.
  3. NEVER meet with a photographer by yourself and in a private location if you don't know them. 
  4. Reach out to new photographers in your area to collaborate and build mutual portfolios.
  5. Don't ask an experienced photographer if they will photograph you in exchange for "exposure".
  6. You may have to do your own hair and makeup sometimes so practice.
  7. NEVER let someone talk you into doing a photo shoot you are uncomfortable with.
  8. Accept the fact that your feelings will most likely get hurt at some point.
  9. If you are under 5'6 (more like 5'8) you most likely won't be doing high fashion, that's okay.
  10. Stay humble and kind, people will want to work with you more if you remember that.   

All of the modeling I've done has been mostly local and respectively on a small scale.
 I wanted to post this as a disclaimer since I'm sure someone will read this and shout "Imposter!"

xoxo
Piper Arielle

All of the vendors websites will be linked below.
The Magazine is Gulf Coast Bride
Editorial Photography by: Taylor Kaderly
Concept, Hair and Makeup by: Rachel of Dear Bride
Venue Coordinator: Avis Glenister
Jewelry: H.M. Willow



Friday, July 28, 2017

Mary Ann





My husband thinks I look like a picnic and I think I look like Mary Ann if the gang from Gilligan's Island had landed off of New England somewhere.

Also I'm pretty sure my handbag and earrings are from a time when the show wasn't a rerun!
I love pairing the old and the new and while my style has multiple personalities I think that is something they can all agree on.

Outfit Info
Top: J.Crew Similar Here
Jeans: Old Navy Similar Here
Sandels: Similar Here
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: Vintage