Friday, June 1, 2012

Ketchup and Mustard

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______My citizens, thar be big news for this blog: I, Ali, hath gained the almighty power of... a funkyfresh new camera lens! An 100mm f/2.8 macro lens, to be exact. And my, am I pleased with it already. Pleased to the point where I have been squeeing at the thought of one day being able to take even better pictures with it. I won't lie, taking this first set of pictures frustrated me a bit, as does anything new that makes its way into my life, but the fact that most of the pictures ended up being in focus was more than enough to satisfy me. I'm super happy that they ended up having bokeh-licious backgrounds, too. That was exactly what I wanted in my new lens--sharpness and good bokeh. It seems that my amateurish research tactics paid off. Though a macro lens, I think it will prove to be quite nice for fashion blogging. Anyway, please bear with me the next few posts as I learn to use this new lens!

______So yep, this week has been just swell. I began work and a summer Biology course this week, and so now my Friday feels like a real Friday opposed to just another day of summer. I rather like being busy during the summer--I feel so much more productive, and days off are so much more relaxing than they normally would be. Right now, I'm on my patio, blogging, drinking a scrumptious mug of blueberry tea, and silently jamming out to my favorite Pandora stations. 'Tis a wonderful Friday, and I hope yours is, too!

______Until the next post, lovely citizens!


Top: from a $3 shirt shop aharhar
Skirt: Moon Collection via Lulu*s
Necklace: flea market stand
Socks: Forever 21
Heels: Chelsea Crew


WearAbouts said...

DANG! I really like that skirt, Ali! And wow your pictures look GORGEOUS! I am thinking about getting a new lens too--I want the same things: Bokeh and focus. My photos turn out being not in focus enough and then the background is TOO much in focus... :/
How much did yours cost and where did you get it? Can't wait to see how awesome yours pics are when you know how to use that lens! The claim that you don't seems pretty false though...these pictures are kind of perfect! They're going to be so awesome when you DO know how! :D
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Anonymous said...

Thank you for your very nice post ! I just started following you ! Love your skirt and very cute blog . Follow me back if you would like :) - kelsi

Kelly said...

i love the combination of red and yellow! :) such great photos :)

Well... said...

Ah, it's such a nice feeling to just relax and enjoy yourself, isn't it? Haha, and seriously, we really do think alike. Whenever I'm blogging I have a window open for Pandora and just listen to whatever music I'm in the mood for!
Anyway, LOVE this bold outfit Ali. And I noticed the quality of the photos right away. Before I read you'd gotten a new lense I was already thinking "Wow, these pictures turned out so clear!" :)
I love that you used yellow socks with your heels. So cute.

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Antonella Leone said...

you are so pretty :D

Antonella Leone said...

ps: I'm a new follower :D

Asia said...

Hey, great skirt :) love that colorful look :)
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monica said...

no one pulls off coloured socks like you

Candice said...

I'm always a big fan of red and yellow. Some people think it's too ketchup and mustardy but I think that's exactly what makes it awesome.

Love the bokeh, it makes everything looks better :)

Outside Looking In said...

Love the look and congrats on the new lens! Thanks for your comment on my blog and I'm following you! I'd love it if you'd follow back!

Daria said...

Thanks for your honest comment. It really helped me.
I really enjoy reading your blog, because you´ve got a great style and so lovely outfits. Haaaa...I´m totally in love with ALL your looks. That´s true, and I don´t say it often! :D I will follow you and I would be glad, if you like my blog and maybe follow me too!

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Polly said...

Amazing outfit! I love skirt!


Polly said...

Amazing outfit! I love skirt!


LyddieGal said...

okay, well now i am just having some serious lens envy and i demand that you just come here and start taking all of my outfit photos so that i too can have such a bokehlicious background.

I also love that leopard skirt. its so cute and flirty and fun.

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Nikki said...

Your outfit is lovely, and you're so pretty! Xx

Sophia Sanchez said...

i love your outfit here! the color combination looks great! i really like watching people wear socks in heels! you look gorgeous! :D

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Jelena Dimić said...

You look so gorgeous! I really, really like the outfit, it's so fluttery and feminine. :D
A big + for daring to wear open heels with socks, it looks really cute. ;D
I'm definitely following you and looking forward to your next post. Keep up the good work and I wish you a lot of luck with further blogging!

Natalia said...

What a pretty outfit, so colorful and the socks are a real looker! I very much like the combination, it looks great!

sonia de macedo said...

Congrats on the new lens! Love the amazing boldness of your outfit and the gorgeous clashing of the yellow socks is just stunning!

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Kaleido Mind said...

such a fun look!

molly said...

You look stunning! I am in love with that skirt and want it so bad. I would like to also have a new lens or a new camera haha! Have a wonderful weekend.

chocoandpink said...

hey dear
i just to wanted thank you for your lovely comments.
Following you on GFC..
and Hope you do the same..:D


Elanor said...

your photos look great! :D that's awesome that you got the new lens. hopefully i'll be ordering mine this next week. :)

your skirt is so cute! and i love the sock with never works that well when i try it...haha!

Chelsea Elizabeth. said...

Yay for the new lens! I am sure you will get the complete hang of it soon.
And I LOVE how vibrant your outfits always are! It's so nice that you have really found YOUR style! Those shoes, ah I'm in love with them!

<3Chelsea Elizabeth

Sabrilett said...

I LOVE your skirt, is gorgeous, love that print and how you styled it <3 the mustard socks are a great complement to it all :)

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Sienna said...

you are gorgeous and look so lovely in red

larissa said...

Nice styling.

Bonnie said...

This skirt is absolutely deee-vine. I love the colors in it, and the style is so cute. It's girly without being overly girly -- you know I am more edgy than anything else, so this works for me. I also love that you wore bright yellow socks with your shoes. You don't see much of that, and I adore uniqueness.
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Marie McGrath (The Joy of Fashion) said...

Congrats on the new Lens!!! Before I even read that you bought a new lens, I was just thinking "dang, her photos turned out great today. I love how the background is blurry and she is in focus, I wish I could do that."... haha, little did I know that you had bought a new lends, good for you! Love the outfit too btw, the red and yellow combo is unexpected but looks fantastic!

Isquisofrenia said...

you look so prety here, and yeah i got those for like 70 %off such a good deal

Rin Handika said...

Omh im in love with your outfit, great photos, you know.. its really really great photos i swear :)
Following you now <3 Love.
Mind to follow back? Kisses.

anton belardo said...

first of i miss you!
thank you for the last comment
i really do miss tangerine but i'm sure he wants me to be happy too :)

lovely outfit you are getting a little skinny and i mean it in a good way :D

congrats on the new lens hope you have lotsof fun taking outfit posts with it

kisses A.

Marella said...

amazing dress dear! Gorgeous blog!
Following! Follow back? <3

Pins, Needles & Fashion said...

wow I love the color combinations in this! That skirt is adorable, and I love those shoes.

You look absolutely stunning.

Anonymous said...

WOW! Fantastic!!!

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Katie said...

I adore absolutely everything about this outfit. And I could totally never pull it off. But you look simply gorgeous!

Francesca said...

love this skirt and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D

jess said...

I love that skirt.

Fydez said...

Nice skirt you have there. The combination of colours in your outfit are great! X