Weekly Photo Challenge | Family

It’s been some time since I’ve participated in one of The Daily Post‘s weekly photo challenges, so I figured I’d get back in the swing of things. The above diptych is of two sisters helping each other clean their riding boots at horse show. They were so adorable I had to snap some shots!

{Source: Photograph by me. Please do not use without prior permission.}

Weekly Photo Challenge | Flowers

To be honest, flowers are not my favorite thing to photograph, but I still find myself with tons of flower pictures anyway. I think it’s because I often find that flower photography can be all too common, and that bugs me a little — it’s almost too easy to take a decent picture of a flower. Above is one of my favorite flower shots, and I like it because it focuses more on the architecture of the petals rather than the flower itself — I find it to be more about lighting and composition than the subject of the image.

A Few Thoughts On Style

I regularly find myself needing to “clean up my desktop” — meaning, the home screen of my computer, which gets cluttered with random photos and word documents from time to time. It generally becomes quite a time-consuming process (just as long as it would take to clean off a real desk), and I inevitably find myself reading old writings, flipping through pictures, and playing around on Photoshop.

It’s a tiring process, but one that is usually inspiring. I love finding old things that I saved years ago —  it’s like finding a lost letter in piles of papers on your desk. I also found tons of quotes — and one in particular that I would like to share:

I am not a fashion snob, nor do I consider myself a particularly “fashionable” or “stylish” person. I do have personal qualms with the last phrase, “everybody thinks fashion is attainable.” I believe that fashion is attainable to everyone, if they really want it to be. (Buying a few “trendy” pieces every season doesn’t count.)

I would re-word this quote, however. I would say that it is style that is not always attainable (and which I believe Louise Wilson was referring to), and, furthermore, having style need not be based on personal wealth or connections to the fashion industry. You have to have a knack for it. You know those girls that just have that “it” factor? That dress simply but well, know that less is more, always seem comfortable, happy, and radiant? That, in my opinion, is style. The predisposition to choose simple pieces, wear them with confidence, and make them look stunning. The ability to take black jeans and white t-shirt and make it look like the chicest thing in the world.

I have a confession: I actually hate the word “fashion.” Maybe it’s stupid, but it makes me think of pure trend-following (of which I am guilty, I’ll admit it), and dressing just to fit the times. I think it’s fine to bring trends into your everyday wardrobe, as long as they are still a part of you — and your personal style. Wear what you love, and pull it off with confidence.

That is style.

P.S. I know my blogging schedule has been a little erratic lately. I will do my best to keep blogging regularly, I promise! Your support and feedback means the world.

{Sources (from top to bottom): Holly Garber on Jak & Jil Blog; photographed by Scott Schuman for The Sartorialist; photographed by Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil Blog; photographed by Tommy Ton for Jak & Jil Blog. All images are property of their respective owners; I do not claim to own these images.}