Easy Spring Style

Fine and Feathered - Easy Spring Style

A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to get to meet the amazingly talented Samantha Jay. We got together and she shot some photos of me in three of my favorite spring outfits at one of my absolutely favorite places, Longwood Gardens!

Fine and Feathered - Minimalist Spring Style
Fine and Feathered - Spring Style

This is such a simple spring look, but one of my favorites. I love that it can easily go from work to out to drinks with friends without feeling too stiff or dressy, but still completely pulled together (I guess as long as you can wear jeans to work, which shouldn't we all be able to wear jeans to work by now??).

Also I'm not sure if I should apologize that almost everything came from Target? But I mean, come on, their spring stuff has been on point! Also, just to clarify, I am in no way sponsored by them, I just seriously spend way too much time in there - they're my go-to these days.

Details
Top : Target
Jeans : Target
Bag : Madewell
Hat : Urban Outfitters
Shoes : Target

Fine and Feathered - Easy Minimalist Style

Watch out for more of my favorite minimal style spring looks coming over the next few weeks! I also am planning on sharing some big personal changes going on :)

All photos by Samantha Jay Photography

New Tricks

Fine and Feathered Blog

Lately I've been getting this itch to play around with something new. That's one of my favorite parts of having a blog, the excuse to try something new and just say "oh, I'm doing it for the blog!" even though my blogging is sporadic at best these days. I love learning new tricks. Even though teaching yourself something new can be a little frustrating at times, it's always so rewarding when you finally break through and start understanding something you couldn't even wrap your head around a few days before.

Some of you may remember I played a tiny bit with video in the past, but never did much with it. I've really been loving diving into youtube lately and learning new things, and I have just been amazed at some of the things you can do with video these days. Now that there are tons of people already doing it, I thought it would be fun to learn a little from them and play with my own videos.

I love the idea of including little videos with outfits because I always wonder how bloggers outfits really wear in real life (is that comfortable? Can she even move in that?). So here you are. My favorite go-to outfit this spring. It's one of those ones that certainly isn't groundbreaking, but I really do wear it all the time and feel great, and totally comfortable all day long in.

Jacket : F21
Tee : Madewell
Jeans : Free People
Boots : Target
Backpack : Madewell
Sunglasses : Free People

Let me know what you think! Do you like seeing outfit videos or are you just all about the pics? I am really going to try to push myself to make more videos and share both on here and on my youtube!

Day in the Life of a Stylist

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

The last year I've been working more and more as a freelance stylist. I've always loved styling and it's honestly been a dream come true for me. However, I've realized that most people have absolutely no idea what a stylist does, so I thought it would be fun to share a little bit about what a stylist really is and a little of what what my days look like.

Let's start with the specifics - I actually specialize in home-wares. I style anything from little things like mugs and spoons to big things like beds and sofas. Most people I talk to seem to think stylists are some type of photographer. While we're not photographers, we work very closely with photographers. That said, there are generally two different types of styling I do when I go into work:

One type is referred to as "flats" (some studios also call them "seamless") these are the more basic type of product photos. We shoot them typically on a very simple backdrop, and they serve to show the customers exactly what the products look like. My job is pretty simple with this type of styling - make sure the product is clear and that the photographer gets all the angles and detail shots we need.

The second is the fun stuff - Lifestyling! Lifestyles are about building a whole little world for the products. So if I need to do a lifestyle for a blanket I set up a bed, I grab a rug, a side table, maybe a dresser, some artwork and mirrors, and of course tons of plants (cause every room needs a nice collection of plants). Lifestyling is all about helping the customer see how a product could look in their own home. It's definitely the most challenging and most fun part of my job.

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

So what do I actually do in a day? The truth is that it can vary pretty wildly. I've had styling jobs where I don't go in to work until 3pm and I spend the whole night fluffing artificial Christmas trees, and other days where I've spent hours cooking mini waffles or cat-shaped eggs (true story, bro). On an average day though I typically work 9-5 in a photo studio doing a mixture of flats and lifestyles, and drinking my weight in coffee.

Fine and Feathered Blog - Day in the Life of a Stylist

It's a fun, challenging, and sometimes physically exhausting job (especially when you spend all day moving beds and dressers around), but I absolutely love it.

P.S. You can also see a little more of my styling work over here!

Flurries

Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style
Fine and Feathered Snow Day Winter Style

Hollister Sweater // Target Jeans, Boots & Hat // Urban Outfitters Jacket //
Habitual Threads Necklace

March is always such a tease. It's definitely one of my least favorite months. I'm well past any good feelings about winter and am waking up everyday desperately hoping it might be warm. But the truth is, March is rarely warm, and usually piles plenty of snow on top of our blooming daffodils. Of course, I still can't resist running out in the snow to take a few pictures, it definitely has a little magic to it that you can't beat, even if you would much rather be running around 80 degrees and a bathing suit instead.