Lately, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with Instagram. I even find myself pausing moments with friends and stopping on the street for long periods of time just to get the perfect shot. So when celebrity stylist, Jen Rade, aka The Wicked Witch of Wardrobe, pulled together her top five tips on how to get “InstaFab” for Instagram, I immediately took notice. Jen makes a living out of helping people look their best in photographs. So not only does she feel right at home when determining what works and what doesn’t as a Project Runway: Under The Gunn judge, she can also show you how to take the perfect selfie. Enjoy her InstaTips:
Red lipstick is the one statement piece that can take your look from average to great – even jeans and a t-shirt look better with red lips.
Show Your True Colors
Any color is the best color to wear for a selfie – that’s what filters are for! The whole point of a selfie is to express yourself so there’s no right or wrong.
Less is more
When it comes to makeup and accessories, everything can’t be something!
If at first you don’t succeed…
Play around and take 10 selfies until you find the right light and angle. Lighting is the most important!
Filter or no filter?
Sometimes I use filters, sometimes I don’t. I go for whatever makes the mood of the picture look cool.
When entering a New Year, it’s just as important to look back at the years gone by and reflect on the world as time moves forward. As you may already know, it’s a small world that we live in and this is more than just a fashion blog. A couple of weeks ago, I was honored to receive an invitation to The Alexia Foundation‘s exclusive gallery event, Alexia: Images & Issues. When I looked closer at the invitation, I immediately realized the personal connection I had to Alexia Tsairis for whom the foundation was founded in memory of. On December 21, 1988, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed by terrorists and went down over Lockerbie, Scotland leaving no survivors. Among the victims of this horrible attack were 35 Syracuse University students returning home from a semester abroad. Emerging photojournalist, Alexia Tsairis, was one of them.
I too attended Syracuse University where I pledged Pi Beta Phi, the same sorority Alexia was a member of. I can still remember how four of her photos hung prominently in the Pi Phi house as a memorial to Alexia and two other sisters we lost to the Lockerbie bombing. I even met her parents once when I attended the annual memorial service at the Remembrance Garden on campus with my Pi Phi sisters. Upon seeing our letters, Mr. and Mrs. Tsairis came up to us to thank us for coming and to tell us how proud Alexia had been to be a Pi Phi. In memory of their daughter’s tragic death, Alexia’s parents founded the The Alexia Foundation, to continue Alexia’s legacy and love for photography by promoting the power of visual journalism as a means of exposing social injustices worldwide.
The Foundation has been working ever since to provide major grants and funding of up to $50,000 a year for photojournalists documenting humanitarian and social justice issues. The Alexia Foundation showcase I will be attending later this month will feature the work of their award-winning photojournalists and will include approximately 35 images from the Alexia Foundation Archives, featuring recent winners Justin Maxon and Katie Orlinsky. I so look forward to honoring the legacy of my sorority sister and her passion for photojournalism that still lives on. Click here to find out more about how you can support The Alexia Foundation.
The Alexia Foundation is committed to supporting the work of photojournalists and their powerful ability to communicate through images and move each of us forward to a better understanding of the social injustice that exists around us. See the project at http://alexiafoundation.org/
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But, when you have famed American portrait photographer, Annie Leibovitz, behind the lens, it’s probably worth a million. My office in Soho looks out into this alley that has recently become my favorite place in the city to people watch. Literally everyday everything from a fight to a photo shoot is going on in the alley. Today, however, I got the true New York experience when an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot broke out in the alley. If you don’t know her, you probably know her pictures. She’s most famous for the Rolling Stone cover she shot of John Lennon the day he died and her photograph of the pregnant Demi Moore in Vanity Fair.
If I ever get engaged, I hope Annie Leibovitz is available to take my engagement photos. I adore how she always manages to capture a person’s true identity at that exact moment. From what I gather, today’s Leibovitz photo shoot was also for Vanity Fair featuring some of New York City’s most prominent Internet entrepreneurs including Arianna Huffington, FourSquare co-founder, Dennis Crowley, and who I believe to be one of the Gilt Groupe founders. Mayor Bloomberg also made an appearance for a few shots, but left after less than five minutes. Watching an Annie Leibovitz photo shoot from start to finish was truly an exciting experience one which makes paying crazy Manhattan rent totally worth it. As more and more security, agents, PR people, and paparazzi showed up, the anticipation of who would be the subject of this shoot grew and grew. However, I must say that the most baller moment of the day was when Leibovitz decided she didn’t want a stop sign in the shoot and within 10 minutes the city came and chopped it down proving New York to truly be a city dedicated to art.
Here are a couple of my favorite Annie Leibovitz shots:
Scarlett Johansson as Disney’s Cinderella – Cinderella was history’s first Aspiring Socialite.
The fall after I graduated from college, I posed for these pictures for my friend Greg. We got together one Saturday afternoon to shoot some fab pics for no reason at all, but the love of art and photography. I can’t believe this was three years ago, a total of six months before I started Aspiring Socialite. My hair looks red because I had just dyed it back to brown after a few months of being blonde.
I so need to get new headshots now, but it’s fun to look back. I love the use of shadow in the second photo. It gives it a dark and mysterious quality that the artistic side of me loves. I always wonder how other fashion bloggers always seem to have perfect professional-looking photos of them in the cutest outfits on a daily basis. Do they just have professional photographers following them around at all times? That would be kind of awesome. Pose on socialites!