Thursday, December 31, 2015

༺ Top Ten Outfits in 2015 ༻

I really wished I could have done a “Twelve Days of Christmas” outfit count down, but I wasn’t organized enough. By the time I thought of it, it was too late! However, I’m still throwing in a Top Ten outfit round up à la Cici from Cici Marie.

I shalln’t count them down, because I don’t really think I can rank them, so here they are in order of apperance:

♡ Merry Frolic

Repro Vintage Tea Rose Shirtwaist Dress | Lavender & Twill

I just adore how the array of pastel color in this photo series matched with my outfit! I was so worried I’d missed all the good light and it was too late to take photos, but these turned out beautifully ~ a happy accident!

♡ The Dress & The Kirkyard

The Dress from the Sisterhood of the Vintage Dress visits Australia | Lavender & Twill

I didn’t realise how well the Traveling Dress coordinated with the sandstone of the church building ~ but it turned out to be a beautiful compliement of colors! I also really loved this dress ~ it made me feel slim again for the first time after Lottie was born, and trust me, that’s a gift beyond words for a mother with a newborn!

♡ Stitching Stories: Going Dotty for Spotty Cotton

Simplicity 1590 sewn up out of quilting cotton | Lavender & Twill

One of the easiest sewing projects I’ve had all year… It came together so smoothly! At this point I was still feeling optimistic that my sewing goals might be met for the year ~ well, that was not the case, but I’m so glad I made this blouse. I just love the fabric and the buttons and the cut!

♡ Mother & Daughter: We ❤ Mother’s Day

Vintage in pastels, white & lace | Lavender & Twill

I thought this outfit was too simple when I first put it on, but it’s one of those ones that ended photographing really well and that’s why it’s in my top ten. The pastels and the halo light probably have a lot to do with it…  : P

♡ Mother & Daughter: Lilac Sprinkle

Reproduction 1950's dress by Top Runway | Lavender & Twill

Vintage style for baby and mother | Lavender & Twill

Little Miss Lottie, 3 months old | Lavender & Twill

This dress featured twice in my Instagram top nine ~ and obviously, from the amount of photos here, I love it too. This is actually my favourite shoot of the year ~ I am absolutely in love with Charlotte’s gorgeous face in these pictures, and I really am glad that we took these photos together. They are super precious, especially now that she’s getting so big.
(♡ヮ♡) ∠ ❀❤❀!

♡ Story of a Dress

Dressing up in a vintage 1950's tea length gown | Lavender & Twill

I’m glad I finally got the chance to document this dress properly. It was one of my first pieces of vintage, certainly one of the most special pieces, and I really have never had the chance to do a shoot with it. That’s done now, and I’m so glad! 

♡ Mother & Daughter: Pretty in Pink

Vintage mama style ~ a practical shirtwaist dress with longer sleeves | Lavender & Twill

All the matchy matchy! Yes, my baby girls are living dolls for me to dress up… : P  When they are old enough to say if they don’t want too, they won’t be anymore ~ but at the moment, I just love how we can dress in harmony. Yes, I coordinate our whole family. Yes, I can’t help it. It’s too much fun!!

♡ Perfectly Pill-a-licious

Vintage winter style ~ a 1940's look | Lavender & Twill

This outfit is one of my favourites ~ not only does it feature a sweet gift from a new friend of mine that I met through this blog {how fun is that!}, but it also features a pillbox hat{incidentally, that post had the word “pillbox” in it 21 times!}.  I never thought I’d be a fan of the pillbox, but I sure changed my tune after wearing this adorable topper, and now I’m totally won over.

♡ Winter Blossom

A autumn color pallete with caramel, red & sage | Lavender & Twill

I didn’t get to wear this new-to-me vintage jacket very long before winter ended, but I think for about two or three weeks straight I wore it with every outfit when I walked out of the house! This was my favourite look that I wore it with ~ the camel, sage green, bright red and black tartan aren’t an obvious combination, so I was surprised with how cute it all looked together, but happy that it worked!

♡ High Tea for My Party

My princess moment ~ in a vintage ball gown | Lavender & Twill

Ending with a high note, and a high tea party I shall never forget ~ partially because I turned 30{!!}, partially because I still can’t believe these photos worked out in the rain, and mostly because this dress really is the princess dress of my dreams… I was floating in a cloud of tulle and I adored it! ✧・゚:*✧・゚:* \(◕▽◕✿)/ *:゚・✧*:゚・✧

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I hope you enjoyed this round up from the last year of outfits ~ do you have a favourite out of all of these? Or is there another outfit post that I missed that you liked? I thought it was interesting that as I was picking out the top ten, my choice didn’t revolve solely around what I was wearing as whether or not I ended up really liking a series of outfit photos.

For me, the crucial element is the photography. The co-ordination of the background color palette with the outfit, the complimentary lines and contrasts in the framing, and that all important lighting. Halo lighting is my favourite look, and while it’s not always easy to get it right, when it works it’s just perfect!

I’ve worked a lot on my photography this year, and I’m so pleased with how it’s been improving. My favourite thing that I’ve learnt? …

Don’t be afraid to use the automatic mode!

Usually I like to fully adjust my settings manually, but I’ve learnt that sometimes ~ particularly with indoor photography sans a decent lighting/studio set up ~ it’s easier just to flick it to auto, and not only that, most of the time you get better photos too.  It sort of feels like a step backwards when it comes to learning how to handle my camera better, but at the same time, if it works {and it does} there’s no reason not to do that. Maybe year next I’ll play with setting up studio lighting, and see how I get on with that.

xox,

bonita

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