Cute Fall Outfit + Self-Photography Troubles

It's been quiet on Earnestyle lately! I went on another road trip last week (pictures will be up in November), and the week before that I lost my remote so I couldn't take new outfit photos. Speaking of remotes...


My remote provides me with full control over each pose and shot and makes the process go by faster. Thus, taking my own blog pictures is generally very enjoyable. Other times, however, it can be a real "mission," as we say in Miami. And this time it was proving to be Mission Impossible, with fickle lighting and Chicago grade winds working against me.


This spot is in Downtown Coral Gables and it was around 4 pm so people were starting to get out of work, and they mostly stared curiously or admiringly. I've grown used to the stares and don't feel self-conscious anymore. But after a good 35 minutes of mediocre shots, I see this man coming out of the bank across the street and he asks, "What are you doing? A group of us have been watching wondering, 'Is she just taking selfies of herself?'" So embarrassing. For like a minute. 

I laughed and explained that no, I'm not crazy, and no I'm not "a model." I handed him my business card and we got talking fashion. I learned his name was Alexander and he's an investment banker and he loves men's style-- not fashion, but style. Alexander has a particular penchant for suits, especially pinstriped ones. Eventually he offered to be my photographer for a few minutes and, though initially hesitant, I gave in because hey, who was I kidding. I was having a tough time out there.

Alexander the fashionable banker.

But actually, most of the pictures I ended up using today were taken by me and my tripod. The lighting was just more favorable. Sorry, Alexander. But I did appreciate the help!

Banana Republic floral lace tank | LOFT mustard pants | Shoemint "Meredith" three-tone heels | Agaci "Falling for Floral" kimono | ModCloth "Nature's Finest Necklace" | LOFT "Dangling Coin Charm Toggle Bracelet" | Guess Watch" | Love Shopping Mia "Pam Sunglasses in Tortoise"
Tank: Banana Republic | Pants: LOFT | Heels: ShoeMint | Kimono: Agaci | Bag: Vintage | Necklace: ModCloth | Bracelets: dangling coin, LOFT;  tortoise bangles, unknown | Watch: Guess | Sunglasses: Love Shopping Mia

P.S. I'm wearing those divine "Meredith" heels featured in my last Fun Stuff Friday post!

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  1. Wow you are so brave taking your own photos on the street by yourself. I would feel so shy especially as my city is so crowded.
    I have taken my own photos on two occasions in Ibiza this summer where I had no choice and yes people stared haha.
    You did an amazing job on the photos and I am loving your total outfit.
    Alexander the banker looks very handsome in his suit and what a fun story;)

    Have a great day xx Tamara ChloƩ

  2. I hate taking photos with my tripod. When you work with someone good, you get spoiled. You can of course get the best out of yourself BUT it takes so much longer.

    1. You're right. I've only worked with professional photographers a handful of times. Though it's definitely faster with the right person behind the camera, most of the time I find myself wasting time explaining the angles and shots that I want. I appreciate anyone's help in taking some pictures, especially those detail shots which are harder with a tripod, but ultimately I find the tripod works well for me.

  3. very nice outifit. i like everything :)

  4. I can so relate. We all have those days wherein the weather just doesn't seem to cooperate. You still look fab in your photos, though ;)

    A new post is up on the blog. I'd love to hear your thoughts if you are able to drop by:

  5. Wow, way to rock these bright yellow jeans - I love what they added to your look! Great kimono and heels too <3

    The Dragonfruit Diaries

  6. Beautiful outfit, Nathy! And girl, you've got the most incredible smile - I hope you know that :)
    You are definitely braver than I am going out there and taking outfit photos with so many people around. I was so spoiled back in Canada with my older sister being the awesome photographer she is. Now I'm stuck with my tripod and remote, trying to find semi-secluded spaces where I can take my photos without human interaction - ha!

    1. Thanks so much for that, Carley!
      Trying to find semi-secluded spaces is no joke! And then working up the courage to actually take the photos... It definitely gets better with time! :)


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