Thursday, September 13, 2018

Last Rays



Even though it is officially fall, I live in South Florida where the sun only stops for torrential downpours.
Lately I've been loving to tie scarves as belts, this particular one I found at the thrift store for probably $0.99.

You can find the Amariella earrings Here.
The bathing suit Here.
Everything else you can find below.
A very special thank you to my Husband for taking my photos, He's kind of my favorite.

xoxo
Piper Arielle




Wednesday, August 15, 2018

embroidered

boho gingham dress





So everyone on Instagram has gone crazy for this outfit and honestly I was running so late I was lucky to come up with something cohesive!
I'm in love with this dress and I bought for a transitional fall piece but like always I can't keep myself from wearing something new! 
I get too excited!!!
So I've tried to link similar items or the exact ones below. 

The event I attended was hosted by @itschristinemarie and @paulmitchellthesalon_ and I got to meet so many new girls and had my hair done by two of the sweetest girls there!
If you are from the Naples area or just stopping by, they will treat you like a princess!!!
Did I mention how TALENTED they are??? 
I have already tried to recreate this look on myself... and failed.
I'm going to keep trying but I think I will have to leave it to the experts for any big events! 

For the dress click Here. It is still available in XS-M and it's on SALE!!!
The earrings can be found on this website search

ABACOS TASSEL EARRINGS

For similar items I've linked them below to find them easily.



Monday, June 25, 2018

Citrus shades








Lately, I've been drawn to brighter colors, I bought this fabulous vintage skirt at a thrift store and never wore it.
I finally paired it with this cute little floral top from H&M that i've linked below.
I've found that wearing bright colors isn't as scary as I originally thought!

Ever since I saw one of these round bags from Bali I've been obsessed but after seeing so many of them I didn't want to like them anymore!
Seeing this one in person made me change my mind and I just had to have it!
Now my next project is to make more storage for my bags!




Sunday, June 10, 2018

Nice and Easy



For those who don't know I'm a photographer.
I work at weddings and events where I should be slightly dressed up but I have to be able to move.
I often travel for these occasions and the less items I have to pack the better!
Honestly,  I guess I'm also justifying the fact that I love jumpsuits these days!
They are just SO easy and I've worn this one twice and everyone always stops me to say how much they adore it!
Dressing for myself has always been a rule of mine, it's not about what other people think.
Getting showered with genuine compliments however is always nice!

Also I'm getting the hang of living in Naples, It's pretty nice down here!

I've linked this bag which is SUCH a good deal!

The Jumpsuit  can be found Here!



Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Hair Rescue

 I was once asked to do a hair tutorial... I laughed.
Not in a rude way but in a dumbfounded "I can't believe anyone would want to know how I get this mass of horse hair to look somewhat normal" way.
 Yet here I am a probably about a year later, surprising even myself!
 So what is the tutorial? What changed my mind?
A home remedy hair treatment that gave me super soft hair/less frizz for once!!! 
So of course, in honor of this miracle, I thought I would share!

Let's get started!!!  
On dry hair I applied about three tablespoons of coconut Oil and three pumps of Macadamia's Healing Oil Treatment, from root to tip. 
I have a LOT of hair and I took small scoops and mixed it in my hand as I went so you may not need as much as I had to use.
I left it in my hair for about an hour and I washed my hair three times to get all of the treatment out.
AS SIMPLE AS THAT!!!

 I've used coconut oil by itself and I've used the Macadamia oil by itself and never received the same soft results so I thought it was worth a share!

The coconut oil doesn't have to be a special brand and you can buy a large tub at Target FYI.
 I'll still put links below incase you want to order it fast.
Now for a side note in honor of my Rescue boy because he loves to crash into photos.

It was National adopt a shelter pet day recently and I just wanted to add a photo of our rescue baby.
We can't imagine life without our silly, sweet, handsome boy.
He brings so much joy and entertainment into our lives but he is also a big responsibility.
Many people buy pets only to realize AFTER that it's a life altering commitment that they don't want.
We chose to look for a shelter dog after talking about it for a very long time, before we were even married!
In the end I think Anubis chose us and we chose him.
I can't believe this but I'm actually getting a little emotional writing this!!! 
He's sleeping on his chair behind me and I can honestly say he's a huge part of our family.
So I'm not asking you to "adopt a pet" or to "not buy a dog" that's your personal choice.
 I'm just telling you about my experience with a pretty darn cool rescue who became my best friend.

I hope you guys are having a fantastic day and let me know in the comments your favorite hair home remedy or if you have an awesome animal friend! ;) 
I'd love to hear about it!

xoxo 
Piper Arielle





Thursday, March 22, 2018

Current Skincare

Something you probably didn't know about me...
I'm not OCD however I am OCD about certain ridiculous things.
The biggest thing is my skincare routine.
I don't care how late I'm running I ALWAYS make time to wash my face morning and night.
The Husband thinks I spend a little too much time on this but it's my thing!
Everyone has a thing right?

Today I'm going to take you through the steps with each product I use for the morning.

Step 1: Start by cleansing, I use Cetaphil for normal to oily skin.

Step 2: I either exfoliate everyday with the clarisonic using the radiance brush head ( It's gentle) or I use the St. Ives Green Tea scrub every other day OR I use the Sensitive Clarisonic attachment twice a week. 
When I use the Clarisonic I use the cetaphil on the brush combining step 1 and 2.
Exfoliating is my favorite but you don't want to do it too much. Everyone's skin is different so pay attention to what works for you!

Step 3: I use an astringent with a cotton pad to wipe away oils, this includes my neck and d├ęcolletage. I really like using Eskinol(not pictured) which can be found online or sometimes at asian markets.

Step 4: Essence is my newest addition and I'm never going back.
I put 2 or 3 drops(I'm stingy) in my hand and pat my face with it. 
My complexion has evened out and I feel more confident with my naked face since starting this.
The SK-II was a splurge but I had tested it from a large batch of samples I bought from sephora and knew I was hooked!

Step 5: Another product I instantly could feel the difference as I used it was the Caudalie Radiance Serum. 
I had ordered a new bottle before I ran out of the sample size, I think it's safe to say I'm addicted!

Step 6: Under eye cream has helped me with plumpness and anti aging specifically targeting that area.
I use the Innisfree brand, I like it BUT it has a very strong scent so keep that in mind if you aren't into that.

Step 7: FACE CREAM!!!! I don't care what you use but anything is better than nothing! 
I ran out of my Belif Aqua Bomb moisturizing gel which I LOVE and I started using the Laniege water bank moisturizing cream I love it too!!!!
I will probably keep both on hand and alternate depending on what I feel my skin needs that day!

Step 8: Sunscreen!
I don't want to jump the gun since I've only used it for a week but so far my favorite face sunscreen has to be Origins A Perfect World SPF 40. 
It's anti aging so sign me up but it isn't a weird thickness and doesn't smell strongly which I like! 
 I'm still testing it and I was't going to say anything but it has impressed me thus far!

Are you still with me?

I know that seems like a lot but like I said I'm a little obsessed! 
If you don't have a favorite moisturizer and you want something inexpensive to get you started, Olay is my go to brand to suggest.
My first moisturizer was the Olay firming night cream and I still love it! 
Also it's $6!!!

Don't forget to DRINK WATER, I drink about 2 quarts a day.

It's never too early to start skincare and it's never too late either.
My husband asked how much "younger" I wanted to look by doing all of this, my answer is simple, I'm not trying to look younger I'm starting the foundation to aging gracefully. 

Have fun ladies and gentleman (Skincare is for Everybody)
and I hope you found this little morning routine helpful or at least fun!
Let me know if you have any good skincare suggestions for me in the comments below!

xoxo
Piper Arielle



Sunday, March 11, 2018

Virtual Shop








I did it guys! 
I started an account with liketoknowit.com so you can shop the looks I post!!!
People always ask me where I find my favorite things and now it should be a little easier 
If I can't find the exact item I will try my best to find something similar!
The same goes for trying to post affordable items and/or affordable versions of the items I post!
Happy shopping you guys! 

xoxo
Piper Arielle
Here is a link for the Shoes since they are not on the site yet! :)




Friday, February 2, 2018

Twirl






When I was a little girl I didn't want to wear a dress unless it had good twirling capabilities!
You know what I'm talking about!
If I spun and my skirt didn't fan out, it was not the skirt for me!

When you become an adult, avoiding the results of twirling or gusts of wind is the wise thing to do!
For those of us who still like twirling but not letting it get out of hand, a solution has been made!

These cool little doohickies adhere to fabric about six times and can be placed on the included plastic card when they aren't in use!

Spring is coming soon and so are the sun dresses! 
I'm in Florida so the warmth comes and goes all "winter" long.
That means I get to take advantage of these dress weights a little sooner than most!

You can find her Instagram @DressWeights
Her Facebook and Twitter are @DresssStrong


Dress: Ollie Mae's Boutique
Shoes: Sam Edelman
Earrings: Tjmaxx
Basket: Vintage




Monday, January 22, 2018

Who Takes Your Pictures?




Since I received a good response on the How I Started Modeling post, I thought I would answer another common question I
get!

Piper, Who takes your pictures?
Well the answer is a little complicated, so why not make a post about it?
The short answer is "Different people."
The long answer is... I do photo shoots somewhat regularly for work and for collaborations when people ask me and if it's a good fit.
I'll break down each type of shoot I do.

If it's a commercial shoot I have no control over who the photographer is.
 Sometimes I already know the photographer and sometimes the photographer even recommends me.
That doesn't always happen but it's nice when it does!

Commercial and collaborative shoots are similar in how you get the photos and what you do with them.
An online album is made and invitations are sent to all parties involved in the shoot to download and use for social media unless it is to be published. (I won't get into that here)
ALWAYS tag the people involved in the shoot, especially the company, photographer and any hair and makeup/vendors involved if you post to social media!!!
I can't stress this part enough,  always give credit where credit is due.

Another source of photos? My friends!!!
I have many friends who are photographers so when they get a new lens or piece of equipment they will ask to test shoot/get creative and I'm happy to oblige.

Meeting people with similar interests as you can be helpful. 
I've even gone to lunch with a fellow blogger and we each took turns taking outfit photos with our phones, I've only done that one once but it was fun and could be a good idea if that sounds right for you!

You know what they say "if you want something done right, do it yourself" 
Every once in awhile I break out the old tripod and use the self timer in a pinch.
Some bloggers rely solely on this method and they do it beautifully!

Last but not least I've started to get my human selfie stick *cough* I mean my Husband to take iPhone and camera photos for the blog and Instagram.
iPhone when we are out and about and the lighting is good enough but I try to push the camera photos more due to the quality.
He usually limits me to three photos with the phone so 
it's more pressure! lol

With the camera he usually gives more effort and I think it's sweet! 
I input the settings and show him what I want to be in focus and usually he does a fantastic job! Sometimes he cuts my arm off... Above you will see exhibit A.
Before my husband I've used just about all of my family members the same way at least once!


Final Tips
Instagram has been a great tool for connecting, after moving I didn't know anyone in the area but several people reached out when they saw my geotags or hashtags for the local area. 
Example #Naplesfl
Using those will help other creatives find you and they can reach out if they would like to!

Only reach out yourself if you believe the photo shoot to be mutually beneficial, I never reach out first because I'm a little weird about it. 
I have never liked the idea of initiating as a model because ultimately it sounds like this in my head. "Hey, do you want to take pictures of me?" CRINGE!!!! 
If there is a large company or brand that reaches out and it requires an awesome photographer I feel better about saying "Here is this opportunity if you would like to be a part of it!" 
In the end everyone is different so you do you!
Don't forget the best camera in the world is the one that is on you and these days phone camera quality is great!!! 
Flat lays make great content and I usually take them with my phone, simple as that!

Most importantly
Be SMART about your photo shoots, don't meet in secluded places if you've never met this person.
Don't do anything you aren't comfortable with and trust your gut if it doesn't feel right!!!!


Favorite Jeans: Mom Jeans 
Wedding Booties: Chinese Laundry 

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Neutrals and Black



I'm finally blogging this outfit from FALL!!!
It's crazy balancing Photography and Blogging and I'm afraid the blog gets the short end of the stick!
This is what I wore for My Handsome Man(MHM) and my Anniversary dinner!
I was in North Florida just the day before for photo shoots and drove all day to make it back in order to celebrate with the Hubby.
It was worth it!!! 
One year down Eternity to go!

Also a little life update, I started a Youtube channel and I'm currently doing a giveaway on my Instagram!
I'll link my latest video HERE
Feel free to check it out but remember I'm VERY new to it so it's hopefully going to get better as I go! :) 
xoxo
Piper Arielle 

Hat: Amazon.com
Sweater: My Sister's
Pants: Gap Similar Here
Belt I've had for years: American Eagle
Boots I can't stop wearing: Target