Saturday, January 8, 2011

Dear Blog, Meet My New Tripod... (OOTD)

Happy weekend, everyone! Here's my OOTD from yesterday (and I'm sure you must think I live in this skirt. I don't. At least, not exactly...):






Skirt: Peppered and Striped Skirt, Anthropologie (similar here and here and here)
Shoes: Miu Miu Covered Platform Pumps (similar here and here and here)
Necklace: Idesia Necklace, Anthropologie

The other day, while catching up on my blog reading, I commented to Kathryn, (via instant messenger. I love instant messenger) that my OOTD photos would be much prettier if I still lived in upstate New York. There were wild wooded areas all over the place (right outside my door), ponds and streams and rivers at every turn, and I'm sure that right now, everything is blanketed with snow, cold and white (and later gray and slushy - see? It's true, I did live there), and all kinds of old brick buildings that would have made the most beautiful backdrops for photos. Here in Southern California, land of concrete and stucco, tract housing, and millions of people, there's not a lot to recommend itself to being utilized for a quick set of fabulous OOTD backdrops. Kathryn was sympathetic, reassuring me that she loved that guest bedroom closet door and green chair that always features in my photos (she's a very good friend). But still...

Then I remembered! There's a very short trail behind our neighborhood, not too far from my house. And if I had an actual tripod, maybe I could take some pictures back there, from time to time. So, yesterday, while out running errands, I checked out Target's camera section, and found a totally workable and inexpensive ($15!) tripod that I could buy without overburdening my conscience (I got the Targus TG-50TR 50-Inch 3-Way Pan Head Tripod) and took it out for a try. The hardest part? Walking down the block in high heels. Next time, I'm walking in flats, and carrying the heels.

P.S. Yesterday, I impulsively (compulsively?) bought this plum Merona cardigan (such a beautiful color!) and this lavendar Merona cardigan (it'd go so well with so many of my skirts!) while I was at Target, getting my tripod. I actually made it all the way out to the parking lot with them, before I came to my senses, turned back, and returned them. Baby steps, people. Baby steps.

24 comments:

  1. Yay for your new tripod Carol! I'm going to miss those photos taken in your guest bedroom! These pictures are lovely, and the natural backdrop is the perfect setting. The last time i used a tripod, i had all sorts of issues, starting with erm, how do i actually attach the camera to the tripod itself? - took me a while!
    And good to read that you're still sticking to your ban - man that is a tough thing to do!

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  2. Yay for the new tripod! Jonathan got me one for Christmas and like Jen, I had to figure out how to even extend the legs...but now I'm ready to find some cool backdrops too! I love the pretty green spot you found, and you look like an absolute doll in that skirt. I'm impressed that you returned your cardis on the spot! I re-boxed the reordered Bow-tied Beauty Boots, turns out after I tried them on with several outfits they are shaft is still too high, the ankles still too big and basically they still aren't right for me no matter how badly I want them to be and with the enticing sale price tag. The good news? I can pretend like I'm just being all responsible with the $$$ and taking them back because it's the right thing ;) Liar, liar boots on fire, but dh deserves a moment of hope...

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  3. Yay for the new tripod! I love the outdoor photos, although I quite liked the indoor space too. I was just thinking to myself that I also needed to get a tripod because my new camera doesn't stand up well on it's own. Plus, I don't have someone to take my photos for me so I'm kind of limited.

    Great job returning the cardigans after you already purchased them and left the store. You are showing tremendous restraint. You husband should be very proud of you!

    Lisa
    www.sweetlaundry.blogspot.com

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  4. I have the same tripod, but mine is set up in my office. It is the only place that I exist during daylight hours right now. LOL! :) You look adorable and congrats on having a new Tripod!

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  5. Yeah for baby steps! I am in the same boat. My January shopping ban has me somewhat obsessed with what I can't by. I have gift cards burning a whole in my purse and a Kate Spade bag in my "cart" (on sale) that calls to me in my dreams. We CAN be trusted with the financial well-being of our families. Be quiet, Kate Spade!
    Mechelle

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  6. I bought an inexpensive tripod from Target, too. It works just fine for my needs. I love your outdoor photos!!! And if I looked that good in that skirt, I'd be wearing it at least 3x week to work. The fit and length are just perfect on you!

    I love that kept to your promise and returned the cardis. I've often walked around the store just thinking about what I DON'T need in my cart and then end up doing a u-turn and putting things back. I get so caught up in sale prices on Target clothing that I end up putting everything in my cart and in reality I know I don't need a darn thing. Kudos to you! You give ME strength!

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  7. Outdoor pictures! Yay!! I actually traded some old lenses that I never used for my tripod, on Craigslist, and I must say, for the first few weeks, it was so much fun being able to take pictures with the shutter open for longer, like at night. Love these pictures :)

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  8. Good for you for returning those cardigans! I had that plum cardigan in my hand the other day too (how cute would it look with the Peppered and Striped Skirt and the Southward Stop Shirtdress?), walked all around the store with it, and then put it back. I'm so tempted to go back and get it this weekend though! Sigh...I sure hope this gets easier as the year goes on :/

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  9. I love the new photos and I'm inspired by your baby steps! I've decided to take a cue from Tien and write some of our upcoming big expenses on a post-it before sticking it on my credit card. Looking forward to more outdoor photos!

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  10. This outfit looks great (I LOVE your new shirt)! Tripods are essential...congrats on taking the plunge.

    I'm also incredibly impressed with your discipline. I don't think I could handle a full-on shopping ban, but a budget wouldn't be a bad idea.

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  11. So cute! I just found a tripod and started taking pics with it but just inside. I guess those are my baby steps right now..I'll try outdoor pics when the weather gets nicer since I'm in the windy city.

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  12. If I didn't have my tripod, I would have no blog photos. Stay strong, Carol! I look forward to seeing more way you'lll remix the items you do have.

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  13. Wow, you are strong! Way to go on those returns!! Your photos are lovely - good buy on the tripod!

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  14. Carol: I am impressed that you returned the cardis. As I read your post and saw that you bought them, I said to myself "isn't she on a shopping ban?" and then saw you returned them. I'm returning something today that I bought prior to the ban and love in concept, but each time I put it on to wear and cut the tags, I realize it just doesn't look great. I got caught up when it got marked down and bought it again after returning. You are showing me it can be done.

    I love the Peppered and Striped skirt and am looking foward to wearing it again next week.

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  15. Yay for tripods! That's when my photos on my blog started being at least moderately respectable (though you've definitely bypassed me in my tripod-less days already :)). And I love that you're wearing your new JP tee with the Peppered and Striped Skirt! They look great together.

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  16. These are lovely, yay new tripod! Also well done on returning the cardigans, stay strong Carol! I was planning to wear my P&S skirt with a white shirt next week in honour of Emma Pilsbury as Glee starts over here on the 10th - I literally cannot wait :)

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  17. I love outdoor shots and you look really darling in this skirt! The tripod was an excellent buy and it will take you to many new places full of possibilities! I should do the same and take my tripod out for a spin....hmmm.....

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  18. The backdrop is lovely, but I really just enjoy the outfits that you and Kathryn put together! Good for you on returning the cardis. I'm sure it will get easier. :)

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  19. WOW...now that is some willpower. I'm just surprised they allow same day returns. Haha...I think Nordstroms or somewhere don't allow that. But anyhoo...yay for the tripod. I'm looking forward to your OOTDs.

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  20. Carol - I love your & Kathryn's blog & love this outfit. This is my first time posting but I wanted to let you know that your post about your shopping ban touched me so much. I'm on a shopping "ban" so to speak myself. i also want to save money for house improvements etc. & my husband is so wonderful & never encourages me to feel guilty just to make "wise" decisions for us.

    I made a list of 3 things that I really want & I am trying to stick to just getting one of those of month if I can find them. These are older items & I think the "fun" will be looking for them & sometimes when it takes me awhile to find them...I not longer want them. I think this will also let me "shop" with some limits.

    I like you am trying to "shop" my closet & hate Tuesdays when I'm on this ban. I'm trying to keep my "semi-ban" until March...yikes! ; ) Your post was such an inspiration. Thank you!!!!!

    SKV/Sarah Kate

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  21. yay, congrats on your tripod purchase - and economical, too!

    while i'm not putting myself on a shopping ban, i am trying to be very selective in my purchases. i'm happy to say i was able to walk away from some sale dresses at anthro and cargos at j.crew :)

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  22. hooray for your new tripod. and nice work on returning the other items from Target. i've had to talk myself out of buying items so many times recently too!

    cuteandlittle.com

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  23. I love these outdoor pictures! Figuring out tripods can be tricky indeed. Just a pointer from one former-Californian: if there are ever Santa Ana winds blowing, be sure to use a weight to hold down your tripod. Mine is a bit flimsy, and I've definitely had a few scares induced by high-speed gusts of wind (luckily, this was before the BF got his new, fancy-schmanzy camera....and luckily, my point and shoot seems to have 9 lives!).

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  24. You look great! I love the blog and the excellent and inspirational styling.

    Question: Have you taken the Peppered and Striped skirt to the dry cleaners yet? How did it hold up?

    Thanks, Marina

    P.S. I am from Troy, NY - brrrr

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