How to Wear DIY: A fave dress and perfect beach weather!

Whew! Finally done editing all the pics from our little mini-vacation to Long Beach and out favorite Oregon coast places.  Here's some pics here, but I also had a chance for a little How to Wear DIY and am sharing it now!

We had THE perfect Oregon coast beach weather, we got really lucky.  I brought quite a few clothing options but luckily got to wear the nice-weather ones.  Which included this dress, seriously one of my faves ever.  Made it a couple years ago now and it's definitely just one of the most wearable, easy-cute summer dresses I've owned.  Guess that means I should make more that are sort of like it!


Got to wear it walking around Downtown Seaside, one of our fave places to go.  Love the pedestrian-friendly layout of the downtown area leading up to the boardwalk.

I also rocked my new hat for quite a lot of the trip.  I'm pretty late to the fedora trend, but I really like this one!  This is super new for me, so I experimented wearing it with several different outfits! Yellow jeans one day, homemade dress the next... hope it worked ok.  I have a huge head, too, so usually hats off the rack don't fit.  But Forever 21 had about 15 different styles I swear, and this one fit the best.


P.S. Sorry for the blue, shady hues of all the pics... sunny day = harsh shadows and I don't know how to make that look good in a photo.  But, check out the coolness of my new lens!
Hat and sunnies: Forever 21. Jacket: Nordstrom Rack. Flats: Land's End. 
Watch: AE. Necklaces: Forever 21 (similar/similar). Dress: DIY, one of my faves!

(Hey, that reminds me... anyone have any tips for taking quality pics in full sun?  Know of any great posts or tutorials?)

22 comments

  1. Very cute; love the fedora - I haven't seen straw ones! Maybe I should get out shopping more.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Great outfit!
    Love you dress
    Xx
    Callie

    ReplyDelete
  3. I love the outfit too!!
    as for a nice photo series, Delia from delia creates finished a mamaratzzi series... ill try to link you up, it was great basic photography!
    http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2012/04/mamarazzi.html

    Enjoy!
    -bobbi

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, awesome, cute name and great info! Thanks!

      Delete
  4. To fix the coloring, you would adjust your white balance. What do you use to edit your photos? The process is a little different within each program. I would check out Digital Photography School. They are an awesome blog filled with tutorials about everything from the best way to use your camera to editing photos. http://digital-photography-school.com/

    If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the link! I normally use Picasa but sometimes Photoshop Elements. It's not so bad when I don't shoot in the shade! Eek!

      Delete
  5. Anonymous6/26/2012

    Unsubscribing from RSS :( Don't know why you're turning this into a style blog peppered with unidentified affiliate links instead of focusing on sewing & home decor like before. Bloggers have to make a living, yes, but at least be up front about it & the changes in your content.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for your comment, wish it weren't anonymous though! I still focus on sewing and home decor, but have always linked to fave products, although in recent months I've joined an affiliate site. You can choose to click on them and buy from them or not, as you like! I still post about 4 sewing-related posts a week, and How to Wear DIY is my way of sharing how I rock my homemade clothing.

      Delete
  6. I'm rubbish with photography but I've found A Beautiful Mess's tips quite useful, I can't remember if there are any specifically about full sun photos but their photography page is here!

    ReplyDelete
  7. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sorry, I managed to post the same comment twice! It came up with an 'error 503' message so I tried again and then it posted twice!

      Delete
  8. These photos look so good!! What photo editing program do you use?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, thanks!! Picasa, normally. It's just rough cause they were in the shade!

      Delete
  9. Such a cute outfit, and I love the pics!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Anonymous6/26/2012

    Hi Suzannah!
    I've been a reader for a while and I just wanted to say that I love your blog. Seeing how you wear your sewing creations is my favorite part of your blog! I have a closet-full of dresses I've made, but always struggle with how to wear them in a cute and trendy way. You are such an inspiration...keep up the awesome work!!

    -Katie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Ohh, thanks so much! That's what I love about How to Wear DIY, too. Always fun to put together outfits but even more exciting when it's something I've made, and I'm so glad I could inspire!

      Delete
  11. There are such cute pops of colour with this outfit! Love the pink and the orange!

    ReplyDelete
  12. I always use the flash in sunny weather. It helps prevent "raccoon eyes" from the harsh shadows. Keep the subject with their back to the sun and turn on the flash. If you have the capability to use and edit RAW images, it can also do a world of good for your photos, and it's worth it to learn.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for the tip, I'll try that! Not sure how to use RAW but worth a look... thanks!

      Delete
  13. This outfit is adorable! I love the denim jacket with the dress!

    Helen
    Blue Eyed Beauty Blog

    ReplyDelete

Leaving a comment is easy, and I love to read them! No annoying word verification required. =)

© Create / Enjoy • Theme by Maira G.