Fashion and Style

Spring Jacket with Vintage Jewelry

I am participating again in the “How I Wear My” by Adrienne and Jill. This month’s theme is “Spring Jacket.”

Paula Chan Spring Jacket |

Paula Chan Spring Jacket3 |

Paula Chan Accessories |

Paula Chan Jewelry |

Paula Chan Rhinestone Sandals |

I have accessorized with a glittery H&M cell phone clutch, beige peau de soie rhinestone sandals and red toenail polish, and my Grandmother’s vintage necklace paired with vintage Bakelite earrings I found to match in a thrift store!

What thrift store treasures have you found? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Ciao! Paula

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Asked someone to take a picture of you lately?

I originally asked my husband to take photos of me for the White Jeans post. I found it was not any easier than setting up the camera on a tripod and taking selfies with a timer, as he didn’t know what I wanted. At least when I took them myself, I could immediately take another after seeing the result.

When someone else is taking the photos, you are more likely to keep going for a few poses before taking a look and finding out you wasted your time because the angle etc was all wrong. When you take them yourself and look at the result right away, you can adjust immediately for the next shot. The first shot is what I used for my post:

Sheer Floral Top |

Close up of sheer floral top.

Paula MeshTop2 |

Oops! Too dark and blown out background.

Paula MeshTop3 |

Oops! Didn’t notice my hem wasn’t even!

Of course, the good thing with someone else shooting is you don’t have to stop after every shot to set up the camera again. The good thing about taking your own pics is you don’t have to coordinate with someone else.

The main thing harder about taking your own pics was figuring out how to do the prefocus and making sure you step into the same focal length or you will be out of focus. Then again, “soft focus” can be a plus…. Use the method you need to get the shot you need.

Do you prefer to have someone else take your photos or DIY? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Ciao! Paula


How Often Are You In Your Photographs?

OK, I was going to do the photo post of “My Love,” but my husband didn’t want to pose for a picture. So, I’m doing the question instead.

As previously mentioned, I am not a big selfie fan. I am not in most of my photos, as I like recording my environment, looking for something new in the everyday; a new angle/perspective to something ordinary, new lighting situation, new way of looking at something.

Lately, I’ve been trying to get used to taking photos of myself to post OOTDs. I suppose I will eventually stop feeling silly posing in front of the camera, waiting for the timer to go off. Or not. I bought a book with “1000+ Poses for Fashion Photographers” to get some ideas for how to pose.

Here are three versions of my pose in a hat for my White Jeans post:

Paula Chan Straw Hat |

Adding an H&M straw hat

Paula Hat3 |

Should I be looking down?

Paula Hat2 |

Or should I look at the camera?

Even when I find a pose I like, I still need to practice it several times in front of the mirror to a) figure out how to replicate the pose, b) get comfortable with the pose, c) do it several times when in front of the camera to get it right, as you can’t see what you’re getting until you run back to check.

Practice makes perfect….

What are your experiences with self-photography? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading!

Ciao! Paula

dance, photo shoot, modelling

My Good Side

Today’s NaBloPoMo topic starter is the question: Do you think one side of your face photographs better than another? My answer is a resounding yes! About 15 years ago, I started noticing that in some photos, one of my eyes looked “wonky.” When holding a pose for the camera, we all tend to “freeze” and try not to blink before the shutter goes off so we don’t wind up with pictures with our eyes closed. But I noticed one eye consistently seemed to be too wide open and thus “wonky.”

Even my sister asked what was going on. “You don’t look like that,” she said. So I tried not holding my eyes so wide open for a while. This didn’t work so well either, as it resulted in photos where I clearly looked self-conscious or my eyes just looked wonky in a different way.

Flash forward a few years, and I was finally getting married. There would be lots of pictures taken that day, and several wedding sites had articles advising practicing poses for the big day. So I did just that, checking out which angles, head tilts, smiles, etc worked best. It was one less thing to worry about, I felt much more at ease, and most of my photos come out great. Knowing how to pose also came in handy when shortly after, I had my first-ever photoshoot for my women’s performance dance group. The photo in my “About” section is one of the photos from that session, as is my sidebar intro and avatar photo.

So the answer to “Do you think one side of your face photographs better than another?” is…drumroll please…my left side.

Paula bridal veil |

Which side is your best side? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading!

Ciao! Paula

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White Jeans Styled Two Ways

Hello World! It has been some time since my last post. House buying, moving in and setting up a new home, and life getting in the way! Finally, getting back, and as an additional incentive, the NaBloPoMo for May involves photography. I have loved photography from an early age and miss being in the darkroom, winding a spool of B&W film and developing it; making my own prints. But I am slowly getting to know my iPhone, the various apps for editing photos taken with it, and learning how to use Instagram.

So the first topic for NaBloPoMo May is “You” and “Selfies.” Me, I’m not a big selfie fan. At least not yet. I haven’t practiced enough to really know. But I’m at a disadvantage right off the bat because I’m not tall. Which means I don’t have long arms. Which makes it a lot more difficult to put the phone a good distance or angle to take a decent photo of yourself. I’ve been looking into selfie sticks and remote/tripod setups for the iPhone.

In the meantime, I did need some photos of myself last week to submit styling ideas for the “How I Wear My…” feature of Adrienne Shubin’s blog The Rich Life on a Budget. This month’s theme is White Jeans. I’ve styled my white jeans with flats and heels. These were selfies taken with a regular point-and-shoot using the camera’s self-timer and a tripod.

1) With Cricket-style H&M sweater, Coach sneakers and H&M straw hat.

H&M Cricket style sweater, Gap straight cut slim fit white jeans, Coach kicks. |

H&M Cricket style sweater, Gap straight cut slim fit white jeans, Coach kicks.


Reformation Llama Skirt |

On the Fringe

Yay! I get to do another Holiday Fashion post! I finally completed my portfolio re-do–for the time being (more changes planned, but I can’t get to my data storage right now.) Now for some fun!

I had a dilemma about what to call this post, as I came up with several fun ones: Fringe Benefits, Holiday Fringe, All In Fringe, All About Fringe. I finally settled on “On the Fringe” as it denotes “being on the edge,” which just sounded more interesting!

I’ve gathered up a nice collection of fringe! Skirts, dresses, tops and accessories. And I’ll tell you a little about my new favorite clothing line, which has several fringed pieces. Check my Pinterest for shopping info!

On The Fringe |

Reformation Aurelie Skirt $198