Perfectly Plaid

Plaid Shirtdress on

We’ve been having the gloomiest fall days around here and all I’ve been wearing is easy fall layers. This plaid shirt dress was an immediate favorite at My Kind of Lovely and I’m kind of obsessed with how versatile it is! It’s the perfect little shirt dress but unbuttoned it’s the best lightweight fall layer. I’ve been throwing it over dresses, jeans and probably even leggings. Definitely one of my most favorite and versatile new fall pieces!

Loren Hope bracelets on Pearls & Twirls

Plaid Shirtdress on

Plaid Shirtdress on

Plaid Shirtdress on

Plaid Shirtdress on

Plaid Shirtdress on

Sole Society booties on Pearls & Twirls

Plaid Shirtdress on

My Kind of Lovely dress (worn as a top) | Old Navy tank | DL1961 denim | gifted Sole Society booties | Free People bag | The Giving Keys necklace via My Kind of Lovely | Loren Hope earrings | Loren Hope Sarra cuff & Carrie bangle

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Dress Code Blues

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So I have this thing where I almost live life with no dress code and it’s actually a little weird when you think about it. I work for myself and really have no need for professional dress clothes anymore so my wardrobe has become a little more casual. I’ve almost gotten rid of all my pencil skirts and all my stuffy work clothing but I’ve also realized when the time comes that I do need a more professional outfit I need a few go-to options. I scooped up this blue cocoon dress after I got and loved the printed one. (You can see how I wore it here and shop it here.) And while I work very, very, very part time I do have one last side gig that I do have to dress professionally for, so these two dresses are definitely going in my weekend job closet. They’re so comfortable and easy for running around in and they’re perfect for dressing down so that’s definitely a plus! I guess I know what I’m wearing this Saturday!

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Cobalt Old Navy Dress & Tied Up Shirt

Old Navy dress (on major sale but in limited sizes!)| Old Navy button down (tied) | J.Crew pumps (old, but these have a beautiful blue under $80!) | gifted Vera Bradely bag | Kendra Scott necklace | Moon & Lola bracelet

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The Stripe Type

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Whooops! So sorry for the abrupt silence over here! I had a lot of work to cram in last week before my quick weekend trip to DC and while I had outfit photos ready and content started I just didn’t have any extra time to get it posted. So I took a few days off and now I’m officially back! And with some fun, fun news today! Something I’ve been working very hard on is finally live! We did the official upgrade of over the weekend and I’m so happy with the result! A much better shopping experience and much prettier website is up and running! We’ll be adding lots of new items over the next month so stay tuned for new jewelry, handbags, gifts and new clothing arrivals every week! Woohoo!


So that’s what’s been going on behind the scenes lately, but now onto the outfit. This dress is a new arrival at My Kind of Lovely and I’m kind of in love with it! It’s perfect for now while it’s still fairly warm out but I also can’t wait to wear it with my over the knee boots and a leather jacket! It’s easy, comfortable and I know I’ll pretty much be wearing it weekly. Oh and it comes in black too. Get to shopping it on the new website! 😉 (Shop the nude & shop the black)

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My Kind of Lovely dress | gifted ASOS blazer |  Zara mules (very similar under $60!) | gifted Vera Bradley bag | Kendra Scott necklace | rented Elizabeth & James sunglasses via Ditto (get your first month free with code PEARLSANDTWIRLS) | Moon & Lola bracelet | Kendra Scott bracelet

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Blogging 101: Taking Photos With a Tripod

How to Take Tripod Photos

So probably the #1 question I get asked is, “who takes your photos?” And everyone is always shocked when I respond with, “me.” Yep. Almost all of the photos you see here are taken by myself! My mom occasionally takes them and I really wish I could be organized enough where I could take 5-6 outfits at once with my mom but I just can’t seem to get it together to do that. So I take them on my own schedule and I take them myself. It’s all just a part of it now. And honestly, it’s pretty dang rewarding too! I’m proud of my photos!

So how do I do this? Well I’ve definitely learned a lot after taking my own photos on a tripod for close to 2 years now so I thought I’d share the wealth with you guys! It’s a great and affordable way to do outfit photos if you own a DSLR. Tripods and remotes are pretty inexpensive and then it’s just a lot of trial and error from there. Today I’m going to share a few essentials & tips for getting great shots!

Essentials For Great Tripod Photos:

  • DSLR Camera with compatible remote
  • Tripod (doesn’t have to be fancy, I actually prefer my cheap one over my nice one! I use this $20 one from Best Buy.)

Tips For Great Tripod Photos:

  • Learn your tripod. It took me far too long to realize you could extend the base higher therefore eliminating cutting the top of my head off in waist up photos!

Chopped Head Tripod Photos

{So many photos like these! They’re not terrible, but I was much more limited!}

  • Learn how your camera works with the remote. I had heard about this magical 2 second delay setting but couldn’t get mine to work. When I realized it had to be set on the camera, not the remote it was groundbreaking! (and that was like a month ago)

2 Second Delay Tripod Photos

{Both hands are remote free!}

  • Even though the 2 second delay is great, I still like having the remote in my hands some for fast shooting and moving/posing. So learn how to hold that remote so it’s hidden.

Remote Behind Skirt

{I’ve mastered the right arm behind the leg/skirt.}

Remote Behind Purse

{And even the behind the purse, under the clutch!}

  • Try to shoot straight on. Like straight down a sidewalk, straight on a wall, etc. It’s much easier to align yourself dead center of something then it is at an angle! (I have hundreds of blurry photos to vouch for this!)

Straight On

{I focused the camera in the dead center of the stairs and the sidewalk and made sure I stood in the center and got to snapping!}

  • Find a few go-to shoot locations. I look for places that are shaded/in good lighting, pleasing to the eye, semi secluded and easily accessible. I love my go-to locations but am always on the look out for new ones! I have a few go-to’s in Knoxville & and Madisonville so when I’m in a bind for time I know I always have some somewhere to go!

Favorite Location For Tripod Photos

{One of my most photographed locations! A favorite in Knoxville.}

  • Last but not least, practice, practice, practice! It’s taken me quite some time to master my tripod photography skills and it’s definitely not easy. I probably have just as many blurry, out of focus, totally not working photos as I have great ones. Just like anything, keep working at it and they’ll get better!

I hope these have helped or maybe inspires some of you to try out tripod photos for yourself! As always, please feel free to email me with questions or leave them in the comments!

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Mix N’ Match Fun

Mixed Prints, Stripes & Florals from Old Navy

I got my latest Old Navy haul (you can see everything I got here) and decided to just make a complete outfit out of it! But I loved the way these stripes looked with the florals so I just went with it. I know mixed prints have been a thing for a while but if you’re still intimidated by it just remember to keep the color schemes similar and try to keep one a simpler print, like stripes, polka dots or even leopard. So here I took a simple blue and white stripe and paired with a more busy floral in very similar colors. Easy peasy!

Oh and the number #1 reason I love Old Navy, these pants and shirt combined are a whopping $24! And how cute is this outfit? That’s also not including the free 2 day shipping and additional 40% off promotion they’re running today. Hop on over and get to shopping!

Old Navy Stripe Top & Old Navy Floral Pants

Mixed Print Outfit on

Mixed Prints from Old Navy on

Mixed Prints in a Stripe Top & Floral Pants

Mixed Prints on

Old Navy top | Old Navy pants | My Kind of Lovely booties (restock coming soon! Watch on insta!) | Rented Sunglasses via Ditto (use code PEARLSANDTWIRLS for your first month free!) | Bourbon & Boweties bracelets via My Kind of Lovely

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