I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. I hope it was filled with much love, happiness and joy. The holidays for me were spent with family and friends on the West coast. It was great to see family that my husband and I hadn’t seen in quite some time. As well as, spend some quality time with our immediate family too. As I’ve mentioned before, the holidays and the time of the year, gives me all sorts of the feels, and every year I’m filled with many emotions. Mostly good ones but as I’ve said the holidays and the time of the year always gives me the feels. In just a few days, we turn the page and close the book to 2016 and welcome the new year. Although 2016 was a year filled with much success, love, new friendships, and amazing memories I’m ready to welcome 2017 and see what it has to offer. One of the new things I will add to my blog is a section where I get a little more personal with you al. Although, I feel like I get pretty personal already, I wanted all of you to get to know me a little more. So, for 2017 I will get a little more personal and share more of my life with you all. While also continuing to inspire, enlightened and empower you.
With 2017 just days away, I don’t know about you but I always like to set goals for myself for the new year. Some may refer to them as resolutions, but I like to make goals for myself. Goals that are realistic, positive and ones that will be good for me in the long run. I hope you all can join me and set some goals for yourself as well. We’re all in this together, right?! Set goals that are realistic, ones that you do for you.
Here are my Resolutions/Goals for 2017:
Get to know me more, reasons behind the goals and resolutions:
One of the things many don’t know, and I will admit is that I wear my heart on my shoulders. I’m human, and someone who cares and one who has a big heart. And at times, I can let me emotions get the best of me. I often let things get to me more so than they should. I tend to “sweat” (so to speak) the small stuff and let it get the best of me. But for 2017, I will try my best to not to be bothered by things so easily and to not sweat the small stuff.
Sometimes, I can get too involved in my work (because I love what I do, and feel very passionate about it) that I don’t know when to step away. For 2017, I will learn to make more time for myself, my husband, my family and friends. Work will always be there, and I will remain dedicated to my life’s passion, while also making more time for the people I love and care about. I’ll also know when to turn the phone off and step away. For 2017, I will be more conscientious to turn off and step away ( the phone and computer and from work). I’ll live more in the moment and never let anything pass me by.
As a blogger, avid photo taker and IGer– I will admit that I have become overly obsessed in trying to get the “perfect shot.” Sometimes, I will admit I strive for perfection way too much. But I’ve also learned that it’s ok to not be so perfect. I mean, imperfections is what makes us all unique in our own way. So, maybe I won’t have the perfect photo every time, that’s ok by me. For 2017, I will learn to love my imperfections while continuing to stay true to myself.
I’ve always lived by the rule: It’s ok to indulge one in awhile. But like many of us, I too can get carried away with that saying. But I’m turning the tables and getting back on track. I truly believe that 2017 is my year, and the year for all of us. For 2017, I will commit to staying fit, being active and healthy. We only have one life and body so we gotta treat it right, right?! So whose with me?
I like to call myself an adventurous soul, who loves learning and trying new things. I want to continue this for the new year and years to come. I don’t want to limit myself and I want to be more open to new things. So for 2017, I will continue to be open to trying and learning new things.
And lastly, although I characterize myself as a very happy and content person. I always set this goal for myself every year. There were times in my life where I wasn’t so happy and content, but I left those dark days behind me and have been so much happier ever since. I mean it’s not hard to stay happy when you have the love of your life by your side, great friends who are like family and family whose been by my side through and through. So for 2017, I’ll continue to be happy and I hope my happiness can add sunshine to your lives too!
I look forward to sharing more about myself with you all, more on beauty, fashion, lifestyle and travel, and continue to inspire, empower and enlighten you in 2017! Let’s make 2017 AMAZING!!
What are your goals/resolutions for 2017?
As always, thanks for reading, following along and supporting me in my journey!
The Shopstyle Social House was one event that I was SUPER excited about this season. I was thrilled to get invited to the Social House again and experience it all this NYFW SS17. I started my day with the Dan Liu show at the Skylight Clarkson Gallery. Then I headed uptown to the Glasshouses for the ShopStyle Social House event. This was one event I was looking forward to since I got the invitation. I was so happy and thrilled to experience and enjoy it all with my gal pal and fellow blogger friend Loren. She’s the writer and creator behind the blog: Enlightened By Bravery. If you aren’t following her yet, you should. She’s just a great women, with great style and an amazing personality. Such a beautiful soul she has, and I’m happy to have met her. Check her blog out: www.enlightenbybravery.com and her Instagram: @EnlightedByBravery.
This look was my favorite outfit I wore during NYFW. Probably not the best choice for that particular day though, because it felt like a sauna outside in early September. But hey, it’s all in the name of fashion. And let’s be honest, I’m a slave to FASHION. Rock it and own it, which is exactly what I did. What’s great about this dress is that it still can be worn and style for the Fall months. Can’t wait to style and rock the look again soon.
We enjoyed getting our hair done by the hairstylist there that day. Sipped on champagne and Rose, browsed the clothing racks to borrow some FAB pieces to rock during NYFW. Thanks to Shopstyle, Sole Society, The Outnet Iris and Ink and Sam Edelman, for keeping me looking stylish and fashionably chic all throughout NYFW. We were also gifted great cross body bags by Gigi New York which were personally monogrammed for us by the Gigi New York staff. It was great to meet old and new friends as well as connecting with all the vendors at the event.
Dress: Tularosa (You can find the dress on this website as well)
Oxford Lace up Brogues: Kurt Geiger
Sunglasses: Quay Australia
Velvet Choker Necklace: Chloe and Isabel
A special thanks to Shopstyle and @altamiranyc for the mini photoshoot. It was such a pleasure shooting with him. Thankful to have been photographed by someone so talented and amazing. Check him out on Instagram: @altamiranyc.
As always, thanks so much for reading, following along and support me in my journey.
I hope everyone is having a great week so far. It’s almost over, but in the meantime enjoy my new Wedding Wednesday Series post. So, as many of you know I’ve shared photos from my wedding on my various social media accounts, advice, wedding decor ideas, and other details leading up to your special day. But what I haven’t shared is our Engagement Photo shoot session and how we chose our photographer + videographer.
Well, ask and you shall receive….
It been 3 years since our engagement shoot. And come to think of it, it was this same weekend and time when we had our shoot, can’t believe it’s been 3 years, feels like yesterday. The weather on that day was so beautiful. Thankfully, mother nature blessed us with good weather for our day shoot.
To start, let me tell you how we choose our photographer and how we got to our engagement shoot session.
First off, finding a photographer isn’t easy, especially one that you’ll like and get along with. After much research and many phone calls, we finally narrowed down a company to work with. And even to this day, we are so happy we chose them and continue to rave and recommend them to anyone and everyone.
After meeting with a representative from their company in our local area, hearing about their work, packages and their reviews we went home to discuss. After many phone calls, meetings, and reading reviews of various companies/photographers/videographers we narrowed down our search. We chose to work with George Street Photo + Video, and we couldn’t be more happier and grateful to them.
George Street Photo + Video specialize in Photojournalistic style of photography. They strive for excellence in executing all of their clienteles needs. They also cater and make make their clients feel as comfortable as possible and are willing to work with you and your needs and wants for your special day. I’m sure other companies do the same, but we felt most comfortable with them after our first initial meeting and going forward. So it just make it that much easier for us to decide to work with them . After you sign the contract and decide to work with them, you select a package, and then they send over their Style Quiz. The style quiz is designed to help best decide and choose the best and right photographer + videographer that best suits your needs and what you’re looking for, for the your special day. After that is determined they will then give you your results and a list of photographers+ videographers are sent to you, you can then view there work and decide from there. Our results for our quiz were : Romantic, Classic, Elegant and Modern. So we then chose our photographer and videographer and they sent us their contact information. From start to finish George Street Photo + Video were very accommodating and they were great to work with. Which is why there aren’t enough words to describe how thankful and blessed we were to find them and work with them. So if you haven’t checked them out I’ll be sure to leave their information below.
Engagement Shoot Advice
What I loved about George Street Photo+ Video is that they work with your needs and wants. So that the vision you have for your photos can be met and executed. What my husband and I also appreciated was that they gave us the contact information for our photographer + videographer. If you can, I’d suggest you contacting them and reach out prior to having your engagement shoot. I know you’ll initially reach out to them to plan out your engagement shoot day, but if you can meet with them beforehand, in my opinion it would make the shoot run even more smoothly. It was such a relief and great to meet out photographer prior to our Engagement shoot. We were able to tell him about us, as he did the same. And he told us about his work and the way he shoots, and we were able to give him our input and what we were look for, for our engagement shoot and our wedding photos. Our initial meeting went off with flying colors, we connected and jived so well. And come engagement shoot day, we were laughing, smiling, and just having a grand ol’ time.
Do your research…. If you have certain photo details or visions in mind tell your photographer beforehand Also, if you want to use props, bring them along. A huge resource and tool that I used throughout my wedding planning is Pinterest. It’s a great website that has an abundance of ideas, details, and decor references that can be useful for you for any occasion. If you haven’t checked it out you should. Check out my personal page and you can see all my vision boards : https://www.pinterest.com/SocFashBeaut17/
Lighting is very important when trying to get the perfect shot. Naturally lighting to be exact. So try and schedule your shoot for the early morning hours or early to mid afternoon hours if your shooting outside.
Try not to wear bold graphics. They tend to distract and lose focus from the photos aesthetics and main focus which is you the couple. Photographers notes: Everyone wearing the same clothing, tend to blend in together and leaving little to not much pop and life to the images. Coordinate VS. Matching…. let’s not get cheesy! Avoid large logo’s, emblems and graphics like “GAP” and “Old Navy” because again, these will typically distract attention away from the subject. We want your faces and emotion to show, not promote the clothing company you purchased from! Be timeless. If your planning on making outfit changes bring it all with your along with your props if you will be having any. You’ll be able to change but on the go, you’re models for the day go with it and work it!!
Remember photos tell stories.. Create a love story/story you and your partner want to display and tell. Show off your personalities and have fun with it. These are your photos for the world to see and to cherish for years to come. So, laugh, smile, make jokes, kiss, and have SO MUCH FUN! That’s the whole point of the session. Enjoy it all!
Please enjoy photos from our Engagement shoot. I hope they inspire and give you ideas for your upcoming engagement shoot. I’ll be sure to list the information below for George Street Photo + Video and our photographer. Congrats, Enjoy + Best Wishes!!
Robert Carlo Photography
19 Thames Street Suite #101
Brooklyn, New York City 11206
For all general questions and inquiries about purchasing prints please contact Robert Carlo’s Studio.
For all appointments and booking please contact Robert Carlo’s Studio.
Custom Packages Available.
Available For Worldwide Booking.
GEORGESTREET PHOTO + VIDEO
Where is your dream Engagement Shoot location or where did you have yours?
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