Spring Break 2017 Blog
Hi guys, I realize that I mightttt be a wee bit behind, but better late than never. Right? You know how finals week is… need I say more. So in that case, I can’t bear the thought of letting this bangin’ week go by without documenting and sharing with you in more deets. So you have already seen my Spring Break video and now it is time to recap. One of the best parts of my junior year is when the bell rang to release us into the arms of Spring Break. Teenagers pooled out of the classrooms jumping and screaming for joy. I have been planning this moment for months on end. So now it’s time to break free from tests and homework and hit the beach.
My SB2K17 consists of many adventures with several of my A-list pals. First up was a Funday Sunday with my boyfriend CJ, which just so happened to be Easter as well. We decided that the beach didn’t sound like such a bad idea. I sported around my new bubble gum pink “Bae Watch” onesie swimmie from Forever 21 while we played games and lounged amongst the hot sun. http://www.forever21.com/
Not to mention all the fun activities such as water balloon fights, beach baseball, and my sig, making murals in the sand for a creative way to mark the special occasion.
Next on my Spring Break agenda was a quick visit to the sunny state of Florida where I met up with the ND Photography crew on Clearwater beach to get some savage pics under the sunset. I know it sounds crazy but it was actually my first ever beach shoot. No doubt one of my favs to date & I had a fit over the outcome. So kudos and many thanks to my peeps at ND.
I saved the best for last… There is no way that I could take a trip to Tampa and not hit up the mall, so I moseyed on down to the International Plaza and racked up on some hot ish at the Urban Outfitters and sweet sweet Zara. Not only am I in love with Urban Outfitters’ clothing, but I am a sucker for their old school home décor and vintage record players/records, just to name a few. Everything about this place inspires me.
After a longgg day of shopping till dropping, it was time to grubbb. As we all probably know, I am a health nut, so I ran over to Fit 2 Run and grabbed an acai berry bowl with loads of fruit piled on top. Fit 2 Run is a runners superstore and it has this super cute little fitness bar called Fit 2 go that offers healthy choices. Their acai bowl is by far their best seller. http://www.fit2run.com/. This hit the spot. So not gonna lie, I do have a sweet tooth. I know I know… I just said I am a health nut, but there is the occasional cheat day and when I see Le Macaron, I have to stop by and take a look. http://lemacaron-us.com/. Their gelato and macaroons are to die for! Not only are they delish, they are just downright beautiful. I def recommend giving them a shot.
The next morning I hoped on a plane to Jersey to hang with my bud Daniel Dai.(Instagram @danieldaiii) BTW, he is the crazy one you see me with bouncin’ and jumping in the pit at Skyzone. https://www.skyzone.com/ He is just a bundle of joy to say the least. You can always check a thing or two off your bucket list when you are with Daniel.
Aside from all the shenanigans, it was time to get down to buiness. Time to take it to Zeelum photography’s studio and snap some shots for my clothing line, Lacey Jade Designs. http://zeelum.com/.
I met some amazing people from this company and loved working with them. Not to mention the yummy “skinny girl snack bar” filled with tuna wraps, muffins, cheesecake, and fruit. The digitals were absolutely breathtaking and my day was jam up. I definitely look forward to working with them again in the near future. Thank you Miri for making it an experience to remember.
Believe it or not, it was already time to wrap up my week. What a way to start my summer. Just a taste of the beach and seasonal travel to make fun memories has me pumped! It was a Spring Break to go down in the books, that is for sure. Comment below and let me know what you did for Spring Break 2k17
<3 Lacey Jade xx
What to pack for a photo shoot
Now that you’ve got a photo shoot booked, let’s get you ready for it! Getting ready for a photo shoot may seem overwhelming… organization is the key! Being organized will keep you calm and cool. Speaking from experience there are certain things that are a must regardless of the type shoot. The first thing you will need is a nice spacious bag, my personal favorite is the rac n roll. It’s a large duffel bag style suitcase that has plenty of pockets with telescopic side rods for hanging your clothes to help prevent wrinkles. It’s literally a dressing room on wheels.
At this point you have probably thought about the looks you want to capture. If not, you could hit your local book stores and browse through the latest copies of teen mags to get the ideas popping. You could also check out Pinterest boards or ask your photographer if he or she has any thoughts.
This is my checklist… it is by no means written in stone, you do you!Let’s move on to clothing. Options are a good thing always bring more than you will need. Stray away from crazy patterns and large logos. Coordinate but don’t be matchy matchy, layers are always good.
1. Little black dress (LBD)
Your LBD should be a staple piece; it doesn’t necessarily have to be black, just keep it simple. Try knit or polyester to prevent wrinkles. Here are a few of my favorites to get you started.
Choose your favorite jeans, shorts, and/or capris, the ones you feel most comfortable wearing. Make sure they fit you perfectly.
Assorted colors and styles of tanks and shirts are a must. American Apparel is the perfect place to purchase these items they have any style or color you could imagine.
Coordinated flesh colored or nude bra and panty sets are best. There’s nothing worse than seeing colored bras and panties through your clothing in your beautiful photos. I suggest you bring a robe and flip flops to wear in between changes.
High heels in black and tan are the way to go. You can’t go wrong with neutral colors. Casual flats and sandals are another good choice for shoes. It’s best to have a variety to choose from, just in case the photographer has a different idea.
6. Hair/Hair accessories
Be sure your locks are clean, styled, and ready to shoot. An assortment of hair accessories such as, a brush, comb, straightener, curling iron, styling products, and hair ties will serve you well. Headbands, head pieces, and hats are a big hit for a fashionista these days.
7. Make up
Even if your shoot involves a makeup artist you will need a complete make up kit with a mirror. Be sure to have several different shades of lipstick. Don’t forget your bronzer; you will be under bright lights with a very precise camera!
Your photos will benefit greatly when you incorporate super fly accessories. The bigger the better in my opinion, but this is something that has to be your choice. It’s a personal preference. Just remember, it’s a camera and if it’s too small you won’t be able to see tiny accessories. But, I also suggest keeping simple. You don’t want to overdo it. Necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and rings are at the top of my list. Amarilo and Freepeople are my jam.
Now that we have the ground work done here are a few additional items. Body butter for smooth and glowing skin is a good idea. Sunscreen, insect repellant, and eye drops are smart items to pack, especially for an outdoor shoot. Pack lots of snacks and water to keep your energy levels up, and my personal fav is a playlist for some tunes while you work. If you want to look good packing properly is a must! Most importantly, bring a good attitude, as it reads through the camera. Best of luck with your shoots…. I look forward to seeing your fabulous pics. Tag me on Insta… I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE FINISHED PRODUCT! @laceyjadeevans
So, chances are that you have heard of a little app called Instagram, or the gram. It is merely one of the biggest social media networks out there, no big deal. People are raving and striving to grow their Instagram page each and every day. The idea of growing your followers is the ultimate purpose of the gram. Your popularity is in the hands of others and is basically stated in raw numbers (followers and likes). But how do we actually gain fans and followers? Here are a few tips to help ya out…
First and foremost, post consistently. Posting once a day or every other day will guarantee followers to come your way. Believe it or nah, it is proven that accounts with the most followers tend to post with a higher frequency. Now with this being said, don’t be obnoxious and post four times a day. This will drive away people, which defeats the purpose. Top instagramers such as Gabby Epstein, Rocky Barnes, and Jay Alvarez lean towards posting every day. This point leads me to my next tip.
To keep people intrigued, generate content that your followers like. This means taking unique and desirable pics for everyone to see. For instance, instead of posting a basic half-hug and smile pic (the everyday pose in today’s society), try coming up with a different pose that no one thinks to do. Also, choose a setting that is easy on the eyes. A beachy environment would be considered as a desirable setting that gives life to your page. No one wants to follow a deadbeat page. To go along with your edgy pics and poses, you should edit them. Choose and maintain a chill vibe to your gram. It is also important to keep the same color scheme throughout the page.
To draw attention to your page, use hashtags! Hashtags are used to connect people with common interests. Once you hashtag a word, it automatically goes to a page along with millions of other pictures with the same hashtag. If you are a teen like myself and into fashion and trying to grab the attention of other people with the same interest, then you may want to hashtag things like “teen vogue” (#teenvogue). This allows for a bigger chance of being noticed and gaining followers. Also, tagging the company of the clothing that you are wearing grabs the attention of that account and everyone who is interested in that account. One of my pictures that I posted, I was sporting some Fossil sunnies. When I uploaded it, I tagged Fossil and they liked my pic and started following me. I have various brands like Alex and Ani, Fossil, Hangout Fest, Amarilo, Minimale Animale, Brandy Melville, Secret Scientist, and many many more just because I hashtagged and directly tagged them in my post.
Now that I have preached to the choir, you can start building your empire over social media! Sounds good to me. Looking cute for a living is not a bad idea. Be sure to keep up with me on Instagram @laceyjadeevans