Pink and Gray Hues

Hey lovelies! Today I’ll be sharing what I wore to a small birthday party. Since its wasn’t a huge event but also wasn’t casual, I opted for a simple heather gray t-shirt dress. I paired that with my pink motor jacket, black ankle booties, and a long bar necklace.

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Makeup of the Day:

  • NYX Blush in Mocha
  • Estee Lauder Pure Color Eyeshadow Palette- Sugar Bisque, Nude Fresco, Wild Sable, Chocolate Bliss
  • Anastasia Brow Palette
  • Studio Gear Brow Gel Set
  • Studio Gear Gel Eyeliner – Onyx
  • Estee Lauder Mascara – Sumptuous Bold Volume Lifting Mascara
  • Revlon Just Bitten Lipstain – Flame

Outfit Details:

Dress: Sheinside.com http://us.shein.com/Grey-Short-Sleeve-Casual-Dress-p-230744-cat-1727.html

Ankle Boots: Forever 21

Necklace: F21

Cross Body Bag: Michael Kors

Pink Jacket: Gap Factory

Hair of the Day: Used the NuME Curling Wand 32 mm

Fall OOTD – green and neutrals

On this crisp fall day, it wasn’t too chilly but wasn’t hot either. I thought it was the perfect time to bring out my new olive shift dress from sheinside.com! 

Since the main focus which is the dress, I included many neutral colors to balance it out. The black in my ankles boots, the brown in my leather jacket, gold in my necklace, and tan in my bag really bring the look together. 

  
Dress: shein.com

Ankle boots: Forever 21

Bag: Longchamp Le Pluage Large Tote

Brown leather jacket: UNIQLO (2 seasons ago)

Necklace: Forever 21 

Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤

How I Edit My Instagram Photos (Tips + Tricks)

Happy November!

Fall is the perfect time to be playing with different themes because of the variety in weather. So today, I’ll be walking you through the steps I take to edit my Instagram feed (@style.stargirl). Nowadays, Instagram “themes” are super popular because they make a gallery of photos look cohesive in color scheme, brightness, subject, etc. It’s like the photos are in a “family” – for lack of a better word.

Some tips on taking the perfect photo:

1. Lighting is KEY! I always try to take my photos at around 3-4 PM, because the sun is not super harsh/shadowy but there is still enough light. This is great for OOTD pics, so people can see your outfit details clearly.

2. For OOTD pics, I always remind the photographer (Usually my mom) to take the photos from an angle like this:

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Since I am fairly short, I want the photo to elongate my legs. With this angle, it appears as if I’m taller.

3. Choose a good background that won’t distract from the subject of the photo. Some people prefer a clean, white background but it’s also fun to choose interesting scenery to keep the feed looking colorful and lively.

Onto Editing!

My favorite apps to use are AfterLight, VscoCam, PhotoWonder, and Aviary:

1.Afterlight

Afterlight

This is what I primarily use to give my photos a rustic, bright, colorful theme. In Afterlight, I first clarify the photo to make my photos more HD. Then I increase the brightness and exposure to give my photos more light if needed. Finally, I add the filter, RUSS (located in the Guest tab) to give my photos a smooth but “rustic” feel.

For example:

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2. VSCOcam

Vsco Cam

Sometimes, I’ll go into VSCOcam to upload the edited photo onto my grid. (You should go follow me @itssherylok).

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If I’m not yet satisfied, I will increase the saturation and use the filter, A5 to give my photo a touch of cool tone.

3. PhotoWonder

Photowonder

If sometimes, I forget to tell my photographer to angle the camera, the photo ends up making me look really short and disproportionate. I’ll use the app PhotoWonder (which is free!). It comes with a lovely feature called, “Shape Leg” which lets you adjust the length of your legs.

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4. Aviary

Aviary

Lastly, I will use Aviary to add text on the photo. To trademark that the photo belongs to me, I’ll just add (@style.stargirl) in the corner.

And that’s it! My feed is by no means, perfect, but I love the process of taking and editing photos. Instagram is a really fun and easy way to express yourself, so don’t worry if you don’t have the “perfect theme” yet. Those were just a few tips to get you started.

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Signing off,

Sheryl C. ❤