Wednesday, July 31, 2013

What I Wore: Impressions

Yellow skirt, maxi, boater hat, impressionist painting, clothing swap,
I'm sharing my romantic take on Jessi's skirt over on Flock Together today. Find out what inspired this look by clicking the link!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

What I Wore: For the Recruiting Officer

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floral skirt, yellow sash, Shakespeare, black top, Tullaire, blue purse,

What I Wore: Floral Skirt (Red Light, a thrift store in Portland), Shoes (gift), sash (Promod, in Parma, Italy), Shirt (The White Balcony, a boutique in Ft. Collins)

As a kid, I was such a literature geek (well, who are we kidding? Still am). I was totally one of those kids with books entitled things like Shakespeare for Children, complete with creepy illustrations of plump eight year olds acting out the suicides of Romeo and Juliet. I've since graduated to reading the actual scripts, and have even seen a  Shakespeare production or two.  Well, 23 to be exact. I've seen (or been a part of) a production of 23 of his plays (mostly comedies). How does a girl manage that in rural Wyoming? 

Montana's Shakespeare in the Parks is a program that aims to bring live theatre into small, rural communities in Montana, Northern Idaho, Eastern Washington, Northern Wyoming and North Dakota. For free. Tall orders, right? Living in such communities, there are scarce chances to see live productions- or experience the arts, in general- but that doesn't mean the need is still not there. In fact, these are always among some of the best productions I've gone to, not just because of the quality of the productions, but the loyalty and joy of the audience. During the year, the company also runs a program called Montana's Shakespeare in the Schools; it is pretty much the same thing except they perform in the schools to school children and also have a day's worth of theatre workshops for the schools. 

This is what I wore out last Tuesday to the yearly performance from this group, and where I'm standing is even where we all sat! Of course, you've probably deduced that these weren't taken on the actual day of the show; we came back later since I became rather taken with  the amphitheater feel of the benches on the hill. And in the interest of honesty, what we saw that night wasn't even a Shakespeare play. It was a little known Restoration Comedy called The Recruiting Officer (hence the title of the post!). I actually really love seeing this company branch into other plays as well (We've seen Tartuffe this way too), because it gives us a greater context both with history and theatre. 

What about you? Fans of The Bard? Have a favorite play or scene? Do tell! 

Friday, July 26, 2013

Film Flick: Roman Holiday

Roman Holiday- the very words conjure up immedient images of Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck zooming around cobblestone streets on a vespa. Maybe you've seen the film a million times. Maybe you've never seen it at all. It doesn't matter. That iconic image is etched onto our collective memories in such a pervasive way, we all daydream of joining them on a vespa ride too.

Hepburn plays a runaway princess, and Peck a reporter who pretends not to realize her real identity in hopes of getting a news scoop for the ages. Together, along with a photographer pal played by Eddie Albert, they take in the sights of Rome. In one of the most romantic places on Earth, how could love not be it the air? But when torn between love and the duties of their real lives, what will this unlikely pair do?

Alright, so it is never really in question what will happen. The plot is weak in that regard. The characters will Do The Thing. We are not here for the plot though. Hepburn exudes youth and innocence in her breakout role. Though she had had some very minor parts in very minor films before, this was the role that introduced her to the movie-going audiences, and she earned an Oscar for it. At the time, Peck, though a star in his own right, was only known for dramas. He'd been looking to expand into comedy, though almost all romantic comedies had, he'd noted,"[Cary] Grant's fingerprints all over them." Ironically, Grant had originally been considered for the reporter role, but he turned it down, fearing he was too old to play the lover of a young princess. Hepburn and Peck became lifelong friends (and Peck would fall in love- not with Hepburn, but the woman he would be married to for the rest of his life!) while making this film, and it is easy to see on the screen. For example, during the memorable Mouth of Truth scene, Peck adlibs a prank by sticking hand into his sleeve while pretending the monument had bit it off! The actress' sheiks then were the real thing. The two together seem to compliment each other perfectly; the romance underplayed, and subtle, and all the while quite charming. If the plot is weak, we don't care; we come for the moments, the glances these two share. Under-appreciated but no less good was the performance Eddie Albert presents as the photographer helping to get the scoop. There are some moments of delightful physical comedy thanks to Albert and Peck.

As great of a performance as these actors give though, and however landmark they might be to cinema history, they are overshadowed by city itself. Rome is almost a character in her own right with this film. It was shot (with the exception of a brief prologue) entirely on location in Eternal City. In the days when most exotic locales were no more than plaster and wood on a Hollywood backlot, this made the treat even more scrumptious- not only to audiences but to the cast and crew. The joy at being in Rome is evident in every take as we go along with this princess to see all the major sites, stopping every so often for gelato, luxurious lunches, and even the occasional flirtation with an Italian man or two.

So, buy a ticket and get a seat- in front of a screen or on a plane, whichever you choose- and take in a Roman Holiday.

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Remix: Hats

You know what has been missing entirely too much from the pages of Never Fully Dressed lately? Hats. A woman can be a totally different person with just the switch a hat, whether she communicates an air of Joie d'vivre with a summery boater hat, or spirit of adventure in a man's bowler or a feeling coziness in something knitted and warm. So here are several of my favorite hats and my favorite looks I've worn them with for your viewing pleasure.
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Clockwise, starting top right: With Grey Sweater, Borrowed from the Boys, In Rugged Terrain 


Clockwise starting right: On Backroads and Byways, On a Snowy Day, Welcoming the Christmas Season


Clockwise, starting top right: When Summer CameBoater Hat (with blue dress), At Yellowstone Lake


Clockwise, starting top right: Moonrise Kingdom, Bowler Hats Are Cool, In-Vested, Saving Time in a Bottle

What about you? Would "Put a Hat On It?"

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Unusual Mail: Mail Projects

Image via The Letter Writing Alliance

Adopt an Orphaned Postcard.

Want some peace of mind? The people at The Priority Art Boxes Project will send you a box of it for free!

Hannah Brecher thinks the The World Needs More Love Letters. Hear about it in her TED Talk, or, even better, send a love letter to a stranger.

The goal? To send a letter to every person in the world. Find out more about their ambition project The Mysterious Letter.

These are not your everyday carrier pigeons.

Ever wonder what great minds wrote about? Now you can peruse Charles Darwins' entire surviving correspondence online!

Get some Hand-Delivered Mail from this stand-up comedian.

Got a secret? Silly, serious, sad or benign, it doesn't matter. Send it on a postcard to Postsecret.

In tribute to Anne Frank, this museum is trying to gather postcards to represent every death of a Holocaust Victim. Send a postcard to them.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

What I Wore: Overdressed

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What I Wore: Shirt and Purse (Paris Boutiques), Shorts (Anthropologie), Shoes (Old Navy), Locket (Heirloom)

Trying to get used to a new hometown, the other day I picked up the local paper. The best parts (or more infuriating parts, depending) of any small town paper is the Opinion Section. Sure enough, several things caught my eye. But the one that made me eye-roll a bit had the tagline "In Cody, Clean is Fancy Enough." The writer talked seeing a woman in "nylons and a skirt" and how terribly over-dressed she was, and how it made the writer wonder what that woman was up to. Even to meet important people, all you need is clean jeans, an ironed shirt and maybe a bolero tie, supposedly. Nylons-and-Skirt woman had clearly just not "acclimated" to Cody. Clearly. Look, the only reason I know I'm not Nylons-and-Skirts Lady is that I don't have the patience for nylons. I'm not picking on anyone that chooses to wear jeans in their everyday life, even for fancy occasions. Or if they choose to wear anything else. I love clothes and what they say about the wearer, so everything is fascinating in that regard. But the Opinion Ed. writer and her attitude? Totally typical. This is why I blog, people, this is why I blog. 

With this shirt and purse, both bought at boutiques in the Latin Quarter of Paris,  I'm clearly over-dressed for my new home, at least according to the paper, but who wouldn't want to spend every day in this shirt? It is so soft to touch! Like a dream to wear. I was a little unsure of the color, as it is nothing like anything else I own, but that can be an advantage too. Plus, it goes with enough to make at least several outfits (remixing an item is always my first consideration after fit and comfort). That- and the rush of Parisian Shopping- spurred me on to get it. It was the  sweetest shop and I'm kicking myself for not remembering its name. It was the very last store we stepped in, and we almost didn't go! It looked rather "un-Parisian" actually, with gingham sundresses in the window (from the brand Emily and Fin as it turned out), and prices in this store were actually reasonable, epsecially for ethically made clothing. The purse was another fantastic find in the smallest shop imaginable! It had just enough room for the store owner to sit on a stool and for a shelf of wares behind her. I'd been kicking myself for not bring a small purse with me on the trip (I'd brought my messenger bag on the rationale it would carry a bottle and anything else I might need. True but also heavy). With its genuine leather, small, sleek sized, tassel and blue color- it was irresistible! 

Monday, July 22, 2013

Photography Q&A Part Three


Over the past few months, we've gotten the occasional question about cameras and photography on the blog. So, your questions are answered here in this mini-series, Photography Q&A.  See Part One   and Part Two here

For photo shoots do you create backdrops or scout locations out?

Kristian:  We almost always scout places for the outfit photographs, though we do set up a studio with a white backdrop for hair tutorials.

Where do you take your pictures?

Kristian:is was a popular topic from the last Q&A! We take photos in a variety of locations around the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming, where we live, as well as in Southeastern Montana. 


The majority are taken within our hometown, Cody, or its surrounding countryside, often within five or ten minute drive. We are incredibly lucky to be living near so much nature, but we do utilize in-town locations too. You've seen our downtown, Old Trail Town, and more touristy sites like this western village. Most often though, we use sites just outside of town. Our favorite stand-by is the Buffalo Bill Reservoir. We have four or five places we can stop and some of my favorite shoots have happened here including this one by a tunnel, this one on a mountain side, and this one showing the water behind. The area near the shooting range also has been featured many times, as has the area near the Heart Mountain Relocation Camp. Some days we will drive up the South Fork (not pictured on the map, but near the Reservoir) or the North Fork (the road from Cody to Yellowstone).  
The blog has also travelled further abroad though. Since Wyoming's population and towns are so small, but the land so vast, no one thinks much of a multi-hour drive. Plus, there is a very strong culture of camping and going to the mountains for recreation. Billings- about 90 miles or 90 minutes away- is a common day trip. We might think nothing of going there for a doctor's visit or to shop, so it has been photographed for the blog All. The. Time. Red Lodge, about 45 minutes away, is also a fun stop, especially since you can also choose to drive the longer route to the town by going through the Beartooth Mountains (about 4 hrs.). Powell and Wapiti are each about a 30 miles drive. Since Cody is the nearest town to the Yellowstone's East Gate, we've naturally taken outfit shots in Yellowstone National Park too. And, like all blogger, we love to share about the cities we visit (San Francisco, Paris, Portland, Laramie.) 
I try to keep a running list of local (ish) location ideas to keep things fresh, and try to take advantage of our weekend plans, and find locations in where we are travelling too. Some others have commented that this seems like a lot more effort than using your backyard. It is, I suppose, in the sense you have to travel to the sites; which is part of the reason why I choose to make outfits only a twice-weekly feature. Mostly it is just a different type of product. One of the best things about starting the blog, The Boy and I both agree, has been a renewed appreciation for the area in which we live.
Is there an area of Cody or the larger Big Horn Basin/Yellowstone/Southern Montana area you would be interested in seeing?

Friday, July 19, 2013

Film Flick: To Catch a Thief

Those who don't enjoy To Catch a Thief miss the point- Sure, it is Alfred Hitchcock directing, but to minimize Hitchcock as merely the Master of Suspense (though films like Vertigo and Rear Window surely testify that he is that) is to miss so much. 1954's To Catch a Thief is story more in line with adventure thrillers like the Bond films or even romantic comedies. It is above all a film about style- with sparkling jewels, costumes from the legendary Edith Head, and a backdrop of the French Riviera all serving to heighten the glamour of lead actors Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.

When a string of high-stakes jewel heists all appear to have the trademark style of the infamous "Cat" burglar, John Robie, the man himself is naturally suspected. Nevermind that the Robie (Cary Grant) is enjoying retirement on a parole earned by fighting for the French Resistance years earlier. His fellow thieves-turned-freedom-fighters also seem to suspect him, and resent the threat to their freedom such actions bring. It is only thanks to Danielle, the coquettish teenage daughter of one of his ex-comrades, that he able to escape capture. Robie decides the only way to clear his name is to bring this new thief to justice. Along the way, he befriends an insurance agent, a wealthy (jewel owning) widow, and her daughter. Francie Stevens (Grace Kelly) is not the prim and proper daughter of the nouveau riche she seems though. Will any of these new friends help him, or bring him closer to his ultimate demise?

The third and final film Grace Kelly would do with Hitchcock, the actress  epitomized his ideal of the cool blonde. He called her a "snow-covered volcano" referring to the juxtaposition presented by her off-screen persona as elegant ice-queen, but also a man-eater (as one person put it she seduced men even "all the time wearing those white gloves"). This film seems almost obsessive about her beauty, especially with one famous scene where shadows black out her head, leaving the audience to focus on her gorgeous form and the jewels around her neck. In fact, her complexion was so good ("peaches and cream" as the head make-up artist described) that she only required the smallest amount of blush, and, dressed in cool colors, she stood out against the vibrant Cote D'Azur backdrop even more.

Though it was the pair's only film together, Cary Grant seemed like the only Hollywood star who could match her in elegance and style. Grant, though, was in a self-imposed retirement at the time of filming. He believed that the new wave of Method actors, such as Marlen Brando and James Dean, would make "his type of actor" unnecessary or unappealing to audiences. Upon reading the script though (significantly, the woman is the romantic pursuer, something the aging Grant would request again for later films), Grant agreed to again work with Hitchcock (and, in fact, would go on to make 11 more films).

The two stars have undeniable chemistry that oozes off the screen, culminating in one of the most electric love scenes on screen, where the action is interspersed with fireworks. Though some might argue that is a little heavy-handed, it barely passed the Hayes Code at the time. In fact, the two had such good repertoire with each other and with Hitchcock, that they were allowed to improvise, even on major love scenes.

So, who cares if the plot is not a great mystery; watch for the Riviera, for the style, for the romance and it will make you too, want To Catch a Thief. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

What I Wore: In The Beartooth Mountains


What I Wore: Top and Shoes (Old Navy), Dress (Salt and Pepper Dress via Modcloth; Brand Hell's Bunny)

How did I get along without a chambray top? It goes with everything. As a blogger, maybe I say that too much, but seriously, I throw this baby on top of every single thing I own and it works (well, except maybe other jeans? Because that is a lot of denim, but you know what I mean!) Here it is paired over one of my favorite dresses for a summery look. 

These photos were taken at Satterlee Pond. It is little pond high in the Beartooth Mountains. This pond only thawed this month (which we know because the road was closed due to snow through all of June). As you may have guessed, not known as "Satterlee Pond" on any maps. My Dad made up the name; it was too small to be of significance to the Forest Service, I guess. It is one of my favorite places in the world. As a college professor, my father had summers off. Growing up, my mother worked in a job that was year round, so my dad would always have two young girls on his hands all summer long. Mostly we did chores, and "projects" whose worth I'm sure my mother thought was dubious (for example, cleaning out all our winter items in July, which meant we didn't find them for two winters, or taking everything out of the pantry so my father, who didn't cook, could find things in it). But we also took many trips to the Beartooth Mountains- to fly kites on lonely mountain tops, to enjoy waterfalls and to come here, to our secret place. 

I've mentioned before too, that The Boy daringly asked that our second date be driving through the Beartooth Mountains (It is a four hour trip to drive through the mountain range. He later told me he thought we should see quick if we liked one another or not. In a car that long, I guess you would find out!), and this is one place we stopped. He snapped photos of me up here, and posted them on Facebook. It was only on this latest drive (two years and one wedding later) that he thought to ask if that was weird to do after only two dates. I blinked, and thought for a moment. "Maybe, but you married a photographer's daughter; I didn't even think twice about it!"

Obviously, we were meant to be a blogging team and didn't even know it then. 

P.S. Two other trips through the Beartooth Mountains here, and here

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Photography Q&A Part Two

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Over the past few months, we've gotten the occasional question about cameras and photography on the blog. So, your questions are answered here in this mini-series, Photography Q&A.  (See Part One here and Part Three here). 

What does the process of taking photos for a blog post usually look like for NFD?

Kristian: On my end, I have an editorial calendar I make each month, and usually the outfit I plan is the one I stick to, weather permitting. We usually shoot on the weekends, since we live in different towns it is just easier. We’ll look up the sunset and/or sunrise times and aim to be out the door and to our location by then. Sometimes I have a location in mind. If it is further away, such as ones in Montana, we try to make a day or afternoon of it. We have about three locations that we go to if I don’t have a specific one in mind. We’ll get out, let our dog run about while we take shots (see the above list of what we always shoot). Sometimes it is freezing and all I want to do is get back in the car! It is usually fun though. As we’ve figured out what shots we want, we’ve gotten much faster.

Amos will download the photos to Lightroom. l pick the shots we'll consider using in the blog. It is generally between 12-30 shots out of a hundred or so. I'll also crop them, and Amos does any color correction he deems needed. We share the photos in Google Drive. I’ll make several collages on Picmonkey. I try to aim for two collages, and use them to showcase the detail and background shots. We use flickr to get the photos online. I almost always put the pictures online first and then write the post. After that it is scheduling the social media and on to the next post!

Amos: I follow Kristian’s instincts when it comes to the best locations to showcase her outfits, so she lets me know where we need to be and I try to guess a good time to be there in terms of light (“sunset” is a lot earlier when there are heavy clouds on the horizon).  There is a core set of equipment I bring to every shoot:

    • Camera (fully charged, with formatted memory cards)
    • Long lens (200mm, great for face and body shots)
    • Wide lens (24mm, great for location scenery and details)
    • External Flash (only for the most dire of lighting emergencies)
    • Grey Card (I always bring it but rarely remember to use it)

Once we’re at the location we scout it out and figure out the best place to shoot (partly based on the direction of the light).  Kristian then performs any last-minute hair/outfit tweaks and starts posing!  She’s a good subject, so at this point I take a reference shot to get my exposure right then just click away while she shows off her style.  When she feels like we have enough images I take some detail shots (close ups), we both shoot interesting scenery nearby, then we’re back on the road headed home while the images transfer into Lightroom.

How much time do you usually spend per post?

Kristian: Maybe an hour, if you don’t count driving time. 10-20 minutes on taking the photos, a half hour to make the collages and write the post. Some time to edit, and do social media. I can take a fair bit getting primped if I want to, but that’s called "getting dressed for the day."

Amos: The actual shoot is basically a little date with my gal, so it doesn’t really count as “time per post”.  We usually drive to a scenic local, shoot about 150 shots, then drive back to process the images.  Kristian has become adept at filtering the photos down to her favorite shots and cropping them to fit her vision.  This leaves me with 10-30 cropped images to process which can take about an hour (I like to experiment with a lot of things), then I export them as 916 pixel wide jpegs in a folder on our shared Google Drive folder.  A few times a month I export a copy of all our “published” shots then archive the originals to external drives to avoid filling up my laptop’s hard disk.

What are some tips for good outfit posts?

Kristian: I tend to like a photo session more if we do three things:
1) If I do a variety of poses. At minimum, we always do standing front, standing looking back, and a sitting or kneeling shot. Amos likes to have me try jumping and or spinning too.
 2)If we  take “detail” shots of an outfit. Though not all will make it to the post, we always shoot a headshot/portrait, a shot of any jewelry, a shot of the shoes and usually a midsection/torso shot because that is where we can get close-ups of all the fabrics and clothing details like belts usually. We also like to take shots of accessories by themselves sometimes.

3)If we take shots of the background, including full panorama style shots and close ups of rocks and plants etc.

These elements together can help in telling a visual story.

Amos:  Kristian covered pretty much everything so there’s only one thing I can add: attitude can’t be faked, so the best shoots happen when Kristian is seriously excited about her outfit and the shoot location.  If Kristian has realized that she’s missing an accessory or that a location isn’t going to work or weather has taken a turn for the worse, then I would rather reschedule the shoot than try to force it (even if we’ve already prepped and driven to the location.)

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

What I Wore: in La Dolce Vita

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wire fox terrier, cut-out dress, blue dress, brown belt, Never Fully Dressed,
Blue dress, cut-out dress, chain necklace, brown belt, Never Fully Dressed

What I Wore: Dress (thrifted; gift), belt (gift), shoes (Old Navy), necklace (local boutique)

We had a stressful few days, on returning home from Paris, due to working out some of the details of a medical emergency that happened to us right before leaving. But things have settled down into a routine, and by focussing on the best parts of life, I can say we have a pretty sweet life (La Dolca Vita as the Italians would say).  A husband that loves me and not one, but two of the most adorable dogs ever (Max was camera shy; Stella was oblivious to it)?  Delectably sweet. To escape the heat, we headed to the mountains last Sunday. Nature is always also a great reminder of how lucky we are, even just to be seeing what we are seeing, right? 

This dress was thrifted for me by a friend who'd come up to the wedding. She thought it "looked like me." (Please, clothes, more of you look like me. Only don't because then I would want to buy you.) The cut-out makes it perfect for summer; thanks Shannon! I so rarely wear sheath dresses; something about it felt very sixties, so I kept my neck cool by putting hair into a sixties-inspired ponytail too. How have you all been coping with the heat? Any hints you want to share? 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Film Flick: Casablanca

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Roger Ebert said of Casablanca that he had never seen a negative review of the film. While probably not completely true, it is, arguably, one of the greatest films of all time, something no one at the studio would have predicted at the time of its making. The story originated as a play script passed over by all the other studio heads. Everybody Comes to Rick's was dubbed by one studio producer as "one of the worst plays ever written." Nevertheless, its exotic locale was similar to earlier hits, so the property was finally bought up and renamed.

Casablanca is a tale of love in difficult times. Set Nazi-infested, French Vichy-controlled Africa, it pits the desire for love against the need to do right. Casablanca is an international pressure cooker, en route from war-torn Europe to the freedom of the Americas. Where some will do anything to get out of Casablanca, two transits of free passage are prizes to kill and die for. When an old flame appears in Rick's Cafe, the stakes to get out of Casablanca alive become higher still. 

The film stars Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart, in what is perhaps each actor's best known role. Though The Maltese Falcon's Sam Spade is largely considered Bogart's break-away part, Rick was his first romantic one, and the one that cemented him as a Hollywood star. Despite the onscreen romantic tension though, the two were not close. "I kissed him," Bergman would later recall, "But I never knew him." 

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Nor did she, or anyone else for that matter, know how the story was going to end for much of the filming. Actors were getting script rewrites with new lines to memorize the night before- or sometimes even the very morning of-  filming. Bergman complained of not knowing who her character, Ilse, would end up with- her lover, Rick, or her husband, the resistance leader Victor Lazo. Unsure himself, the director encouraged her to "play it... in between." Perhaps it is some of this uncertainty that adds to the film, creating a palpable tension, as the audience senses even the characters do not know where this story will end. 

Though the film's success is certainly due to the chemistry of the two leads, it is an all-star cast with Paul Henreid as the second male lead, Victor Lazo; Claude Rains as the unscrupulous French captain; and small but distinctive parts for the likes of Sydney Greenstreet, and Peter Lorre (both of whom were also in The Maltese Falcon with Bogart). 

This film is one that can be watched again and again without ever seeming old. No gesture, no line is extraneous  Though no one coud see it till it was in front of them on the screen, it was a film where everything came together perfectly. So, if you haven't seen it, then- why are you still reading this? Watch it. Just do. If you have seen this film, and know its magic, well then... Here's looking at you, kid.
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What I Wore: Shopping in Paris

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Vintage, French, flea Market, Orange flower dress, yellow hat, vintage dress, vintage hat, Never Fully Dressed,
Vintage, French, flea Market, Orange flower dress, yellow hat, vintage dress, vintage hat, Never Fully Dressed,

What I Wore: Dress (vendor at Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Market), shoes (giveaway winnings from Rockport), hat (gift from a friend)

I wore this to eat dinner at the Eiffel Tower. It was magical (and, since someone asked about food- it was delicious food. I think I had sea bass this night, with foie gais as an entree and cheese as the meal's finish.). But, since as I' mentioned before, the blog did not come on the honeymoon with us, I had to wear this dress a second time for you all to see. Twist my arm, why don't you? 

This confection was my Shopping in Paris moment (Did anyone get Anastasia flashbacks for a moment? Love that movie). Now, as far as I'd observed, Parisians mostly wore neutrals. Blacks, browns, whites. And were casual, but very trendy, for the most part. So cue my confusion as most stores we'd pass were selling brightly colored clothing. And we'd arrived in the middle of the city's soldes- sales. Not small discounts either. Think Black Friday, but for weeks, and you'd get these sales. But who was buying these things? And where were they wearing them? Ah, well, I'd tell myself, you don't really like any of these clothes either. And who wants a chainstore item when you are in the fashion capital of the world? Why get something you can get anywhere then?

So, on a rare sunny day, we made our way out towards the northern edge of the city to the famed Les Puces de Saint-Ouen Market- supposedly the largest flea market in the world (It can be hard to get to; thankfully blog Oh Happy Days has the best instructions on how to get there). Unbelievable. I cannot stress this enough. UN-believable! The prices were not fantastic, but it was endless and filled with treasures. I'm used to thinking something 50 years old, is old. Here, entire sections were set aside for things from the 1800s, Art Deco, etc. Sadly, we did not get any photos of the place, but rest assured. It is unbelievable. Google knows. 

We wandered, strolling among Napoleon II era chairs, golden, lion-headed door knobs, old photographs, 1930s Chanel jewelry, birdcages looking like palaces and the like when from above a bright something caught my eye. Clothes! Above were several clothing stores, and buried in the stacks of clothing was this beauty. The tag dated is 1955-1960. It has a gorgeous full skirt of a New Look inspired dress and was handmade. My husband bought it for me. Not black, not casual nor chic but it makes me beautiful inside and out. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Photography Q&A


Over the past few months, we've gotten the occasional question about cameras and photography on the blog. So, your questions are answered here in this mini-series, Photography Q&A. (See Part Two and Part Three here.)

Who takes your photos?

Kristian: The Boy, Amos, takes most of the photographs! He usually shoots photos for the outfit posts and hair tutorials. I take photos for the mail posts, and instagram shots (and this header). Anything else is marked with the photograph's source.

What camera do you use?

Amos: I shoot Kristian’s style with a Canon 5D Mark III.  When we have enough room we prefer to use a “Canon 70-200mm 2.8 IS L” lens (it just works well for fashion), but when we’re in close quarters we use a wider “Canon 24-105 4.0 IS L” lens

What other equipment do you use?

Amos: When I’m on the ball I remember to use a grey card to get an accurate white balance, but I often forget and try to correct the color later.  For indoor shoots we use Paul Buff Einstein flash units with diffused PLM Umbrellas attached.  We’ve been setting up a simple white cloth backdrop for indoor hair shots... but with any luck, I’m planning to do the next set with some “seamless background paper”.

What are your username(s) on instagram?  

Kristian: my instagram username is @withoutastyle. Feel free to follow me there!

What editing software do you use?

Amos:  I use Adobe Lightroom for most of my photo management and basic edits.  Lightroom is fantastic for quickly picking the best photos from a set, applying crops, and synchronizing color and other basic touch-ups to make sure all images from a shoot have a similar “look and feel”.  After we select and process a set of photos from a shoot, Lightroom makes it easy to export a folder of jpegs perfectly suited for publication on the blog.  Lightroom is a relatively affordable tool with an amazing amount of power... I recommend anyone who processes sets of photos on a regular basis to at least download the free trial and give it a shot.
In the occasional case when I really get obsessed with a particular photo of Kristian I bring it into Photoshop CS6 and tinker with it until I get the look I want.  This can involve anything from detailed stray hair removal to complex background texturing and selective color enhancements.  Photoshop is a complex and infinitely powerful tool which can produce amazing results... but be aware that it has a steep learning curve and can be frustrating while you are mastering it.

What do you use for making collages?

Kristian: I currently use Picmonkey, an online site. It is quick and convenient for me. For images with words, I use Photoshop CS.

What do you do for a living? Is it connected to photography?

Amos: I support a unique local organization dedicated to reducing drug-abuse among students.  It’s a privately funded incorporated charity literally run by high school students (they form the Board of Directors and sign my paychecks)... and the donors are generous in terms of budget for support and equipment.  I help with all the technical stuff (equipment maintenance, in-house software development, DJ setup), photograph all our events (thousands of photos a year of dances, parties, dodgeball tournaments, sporting events), and create media for promotion and education (event posters, local trading cards, brochures, newspaper ads).

tldr: Basically I am the Tech and Media departments of a small company run by students.

Where or how did you go about learning to take photographs?

Amos: I’ve had no formal training, but once our anti-drug organization realized that students loved photos of themselves I acquired some equipment and started shooting.  I tend to be a stubborn workaholic and have tried to overcome my lack of training with lots of experiments and lots of practice.  At a normal event I take 300-500 photos per hour then spend several days culling, processing and publishing them.
I’ve learned to take decent “candid” shots and have done a few weddings and traveled with groups as a photo documenter.
However, I never did much in the way of posed or fashion photography before Kristian decided to start her blog.  It has been very much a learning process for me and I feel like I am slowly getting better at capturing a bit of her style.  Eventually I hope to be able to take the shots she deserves to have, but in the meanwhile I’m glad she lets me practice on her :)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

What I Wore: In Paris

Red Dress, Trench Coat, Paris, green scarf, Never Fully Dressed,
Red Dress, Trench Coat, Paris, green scarf, Never Fully Dressed,
Red Dress, Trench Coat, Paris, green scarf, Never Fully Dressed,
Red Dress, Trench Coat, Paris, green scarf, Never Fully Dressed,
Red Dress, Trench Coat, Paris, green scarf, Never Fully Dressed,

What I Wore: Dress (Chicwish), Scarf (thrifted), shoes (Old Navy), Coat (ASOS)

I'm gonna be real honest and say that- this one outfit shoot aside- Never Fully Dressed did not come on our honeymoon with us. We ate many croissants  saw a lot of artwork, strolled the cobble  stone streets hand in hand and, well, the blog did not. So, sorry-but-sorry for the lack of Old World backdrops. Even this is just our apartment's courtyard (behind the doors is where the trash is collected. Even the trash is fancier there.)

We loved Paris though, and a year of blogging did mean I was always looking at what people wore ."Did you see that girl's outfit?" I'd whisper to The Boy as we stood in the Metro. "Her (shoes/scarf/blazer) was so great!" Yes, yes, I realize you are supposed to keep your head down and Not Notice the other million people (no, literally, 4 million people ride the Paris Metro each day) standing on the Metro with you, but what can I say? We're from a place less people live in the state than ride this metro system. People in such quantities is a novelty in and of itself. Who knows why the Boy never noticed said shoes/scarf/blazer. Maybe he's better at the Ignoring Other People thing than me. 

So, what were they wearing in Paris? Hint: Black. As in, all black, all the time, every time. My red dress and jaunty green scarf, worn to a fancy dinner gifted us, might have stood out a bit. The trench coat and black flats (thanks for the tips on what to pack to Paris, Nikki!) were a bit more in line with this city's style. Everyone had these items. Actually, this city and its people seem to have mastered the art of understated elegance, and it seems to be because even the smallest of things are made into pleasurable and beautiful things. Clothing, the idea of leisurelly dining- heck, even where they keep their trash. 

P.S. Even though there's no more Parisian outfit shoots, you'd better believe we've got some fantastic travel shots coming up! 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Love (In Paris)

Paris is the City of Love, so it only seems natural to honeymoon, there right? The Boy (My Husband!) had his camera along, so don't worry; real pictures were taken too. From the artworks in the Louvre, to strolling along the Seine, from the broad boulevards of the Champ-Elysee to the quirky storefronts in Montmare, here  are some of the snapshots of our time in France, carrying some of the romance back with us to quiet Wyoming.

Love, Paris, locks, lock bridge, love in paris,
Paris, boulangerie, eiffel tower, champs de Mars, Lourve, Louvre Museum, Musee D'Orsay, clock,
light, Paris, nighttime, moulin rouge, eiffel tower, skyline, statue, saint chapelle, altar,
Arc de Triomphe, beautiful mess, Paris, honeymoon, adventure,
Luxembourg Gardins, boy, sailboat, french window, glaces, ice cream truck, sign, frustrated novelist, Paris, France,
eiffel tower, nighttime,lights, paris,Montemare, Grand Palis, Oz, emerald city, sacre Coeur,  Seine, bridge,  river,

Row One: Locks on a Bridge. Lovers use them to "lock" in their love

Row Two: Paris Skyline viewed from behind a clock face at Musee D'Orsay | Eiffel Tower as seen on the Champ De Mars 

Row Three The Louvre | Boulanger Des Invalides
Row Four : Moulin Rouge | Paris Skyline
Row Five: Statue at Napoleon's tomb | Alter at Sainte Chapelle
Row Six: Arc De Triomphe
Row Seven: a neighbor's window | ice cream truck
Row Eight: Boy with a toy boat at Jardin Luxembourg | Sign on the English Bookstore Shakespeare Company
Row Nine: View from a bridge of the Petit Palis | Sacre Coeur
Row Ten: Eiffel Tower at Night | The Seine River  

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