Lookbooks are my Life…

…or so it seems. For the past two and a half months I have been drowning (in the best possible way) in lookbooks. I am extremely lucky to have a job that allows me to be creative (and by that I mean sit in front of Photoshop for 12 hours straight) on such a regular basis. Lookbooks, while completely stressful, life consuming and a little insane, are so much fun…especially when I get to work with such incredibly talented people.

The first lookbook we released was a collaboration with Zoe Boutique, The Dog Park and The Sugar House Day Spa and Salon. The four of us came together to make up Cobblestone Runway, and we have plans to put out lookbooks biannually with the help of the Alexandria Marketing Fund. Our first lookbook featured three local bloggers and some adorable puppies (who are up for adoption…tempting, I know). While the shoot was a little hectic, the photos turned out beautifully (all thanks to miss Susannah from Alumbra Photography) and I’m so excited to work on the next lookbook!

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Then, because we’re a little lookbook obsessed, we decided to shoot another one a week after we released Cobblestone Runway. We wanted to do something a little more conceptual, and we loved the idea of hiding the model’s face so the focus was on all the beautiful shoes and accessories. Susannah, our go-to photographer, did such an amazing job with the photos (which is no surprise…she is so amazingly talented!) and this is definitely my favorite lookbook to date.

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I really, really enjoy working on these lookbooks. They allow me to grow my graphic design knowledge, and playing on Photoshop for hours on end is one of my favorite activities. I have learned so much and working on these lookbooks has given me a newly invigorated love for graphic design.

I’ve added a few of my favorite shots from these previous lookbooks below….I really can’t get over how talented Susannah is. I want her to photograph my entire life!!

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No joke, this pup almost came home with me.

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This skirt from Zoe Boutique (similar here) is the perfect skater skirt!!

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This photo might be my favorite–this window seat overlooks a beautiful backyard with a pool and gazebo. Now if only I could afford this amazing Sotheby’s home

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Also, special shout out to our male model, Chase. He was such a good sport and even helped us carry heavy boxes at the end of the day! Charles, congrats on the start of your modeling career…I have a feeling you’ll be hearing from Tom Ford soon.

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“Reading” my favorite Jane Austen novel, Sense and Sensibility.

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Phew. Time to take off my heels and grab a big glass of wine…we’re through with lookbooks for now, but don’t you worry! Come fall we’ll be planning all new ones…we just can’t help ourselves!

Black {& white} Out

By now y’all are probably tired of hearing me talk about my black & white obsession. I’ve shared a few different ways to incorporate the look into your life (take a look back here, here & here) and I have no plans on stopping anytime soon. Muahahaha.

This Danielle Nicole bag is the perfect accessory for the black and white lover. It matches quite literally everything, and I love the shape and perforated details on the front. Not to mention the fact that it’s made with all vegan materials…cute & good for our furry friends? Doesn’t get much better!

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The heels. I mean, come on. They’re a perfect pointed toe pump with a pseudo-pinstripe pattern that pairs perfectly with any&everything. (How’d ya like that alliteration? Yeah? Impressive, I know)

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Look how happy I am to be wearing my favorite color combo from head to toe. Pure bliss.

Jacket: Target

Top: c/o Deb’s

Pants: Francesca’s

Heels: Ivanka Trump via Bishop Boutique

Bag: Danielle Nicole via Bishop Boutique

Green and Grey

I love shopping a great sale, and some of the best deals of the year are at the Warehouse Sale in Old Town. Bishop has participated for the past two years, and while it’s an insane day (think Black Friday madness but confined in a small space…) there are some killer deals to be found from all the Alexandria boutiques.

We are always right across the way from our pals at Zoe Boutique, and this year I had a really hard time stopping myself from buying everything they brought with them. Zoe is where I got these amazing pants, and (after much deliberation) I settled on these two amazing pieces at the warehouse sale. I am so in love with this Alice & Trixie silk top. The color is insane, and I think I’ve worn it once a week since I got my hands on it back in February. If we’re being honest, same goes for these leggings. Y’all know how I feel about leggings as pants (its totally acceptable and I will fight anyone who disagrees… OK, I actually probably won’t fight you, but just know that I strongly disagree) and these are maybe the most comfortable leggings I have put on my body to date. They me feel like “cool Sandy” from the end of Grease when she puts out the cigarette with her killer heels and makes John Travolta realize how lucky he is to have such a hot girlfriend.

“Tell me about it, stud”.

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Top: Alice & Trixie via Zoe Boutique (similar)

Leggings: Velvet by Graham and Spencer via Zoe Boutique (similar)

Shoes: Ivanka Trump via Bishop Boutique