Sunday, December 19, 2010

Poncho Honcho

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
H&M camel hooded poncho (S) // F21 harem pants (XS) // 
F21 leopard wedge boots (6) // Shopruche leather messenger bag //

Photography: JJ

In a little over 24 hours, I will be home stuffing my face with my parents' amazing homecooking, done with finals, and 63% done with college. Where has this semester gone? I'm a bit sad that SoCal won't have the pretty snow that we get in St. Louis, but I'm thrilled because I won't have to go everywhere looking like an overstuffed marshmallow. It's kind of ridiculous that some people can't go home because of finals until Wednesday. That's 2 days before Christmas D: ... all this time just rushing on by. I'm feeling the effects of time dilation and Lorentz contraction and their inverses and all of a sudden it's almost 2011.

I wore this outfit to the singing contest last last Friday to support my friends and basically this is the look with a poncho over my cropped top. You can't see the harem pants as well this way, so I separated the outfit into two lookbook posts. I absolutely can't get enough of the poncho and would wear it every single day if I could. I'm going through a heavy poncho/capes obsession recently and honestly, who needs arms when you can hide them away inside your cozy top? 

Lightroom update: Finding that clarity, brightness, vibrance, and contrast are usually the things I want to increase the most. These do a ton to bring colour back into washed out photos. Also I want to figure out how people create beautiful light in their photos - the overwash that lightens the entire frame ... PC Vignette Edge Effects 1 and 2. I had to bring out Photoshop CS4 too (must find time to explore with CS5 as well because I hear it's awesome). My skin turns tomato red if I use Direct Positive or Old Polar, but I liked the effect on my clothing so I just magic selection tool'd my face and hands and decreased the vibrance. Over break I hope to sit down with some tutorials and get my BA PS skillz on.

Last but not least, it's a very bold endeavor to instate an everything ban right now, especially during the holiday season. I figure it's time to revamp my closet and experiment with all my old pieces instead of throwing away cash on similar new pieces. In fact, right now I've become quite obsessed with un-shopping and finding ways to scrounge up funds for a nice lens and SLR. Right now I'm eyeing a nice prime lens (Canon EF50mm f/1.4 USM) and the Canon Rebel T2i body. Checked my bank and realized I'm going to have to spend 100 hours+ torturing myself with psych experiments. Anything for the blurrrrrr. Meanwhile, I'm going to be revamping my layout a bit so I can make my pictures even bigger and expand my sidebar too. For now, it's back to memorizing the properties of five million types of channels and toxins that stop them in their tracks.

29 comments:

Michelle-esque December 19, 2010 at 9:07 PM   said...

My boyfriend wanted me to switch over to Light Room, but I didn't want to do leave Photoshop, especially having been used to working on it for just about anything digitally related.

I love the shoes and the poncho! I still need to get my hands on a cape poncho :(

Elle December 19, 2010 at 9:17 PM   said...

I love your outfit, that poncho's so cute (didn't see it in store though...I was just there). It goes surprisingly well with the leopard booties (which you already know I love).

I am on a non-essential clothing ban...so only things on my list can get bought. I feel your pain though because there are so many great sales going on. The new camera + lens are worth it though...I am thinking about replacing my Nikon D40 but am hesitant to spend money on a fancier model.

The Little Dust Princess December 19, 2010 at 9:39 PM   said...

Love the colour of your poncho :D I've been meaning to figure Lightroom out but I'm just too busy for it. Gah. My bf is actually selling a Canon 40D, but I'm not sure if he's interested in shipping it or just selling locally. If you're interested, let me know : )

xx The Little Dust Princess

Ken December 19, 2010 at 11:38 PM   said...

this is an awesome outfit
especially the shoes

Natali December 20, 2010 at 12:21 AM   said...

Love your shoes!

Really Petite December 20, 2010 at 2:03 AM   said...

That B/W photo is awesome! You totally can pull of this poncho!!

Stylepint December 20, 2010 at 3:10 AM   said...

I always enjoy your poses, they're so lively! And the updates on Lightroom...keep 'em coming cuz I'm learning so much from you! As for the SLR, I'm in the same boat saving up for something nice but I keep pulling money out of it for something else. Happy Holidays!

Rainy Days and Lattes December 20, 2010 at 3:54 AM   said...

You look GREAT! I'm curious about Light Room. I barely even know how to use Photoshop, but I am working on it :p If you have any good recs, I'd love to learn from you... any websites or other programs :)

Yay for being done w/finals!!!!!!! :D You get to be back in Socal for awhile. It's gonna be nice! And you will be back in St Louie in no time! :P I do find the snow amazing looking though :) Postcard-esque pics all winter long :)

L4pinkpetal December 20, 2010 at 4:14 AM   said...

everything is perfect, loved it all. :D

MINAKICHU December 20, 2010 at 4:16 AM   said...

Those boots are Fierce!!! love the black and white kicking shot:-)

☆(´∀`)李兔子RabbitoBonbon☆ December 20, 2010 at 5:32 AM   said...

The poncho and leopard printed boots look awesome! And you're as pretty as usual, Panda girl! (^O^)♥♥♥

Nelah December 20, 2010 at 10:25 AM   said...

our poncho and hair are so adorable. I like your poses too, very fun and lively.

bubblistyle December 20, 2010 at 12:08 PM   said...

Congrats on completing finals! I know how you feel- it's like a big sigh of relief! (: & I totally adore your outfit!
http://www.bubblistyle.blogspot.com

Anastasia December 20, 2010 at 3:49 PM   said...

WOW! This is one of my favorites of you! ^^

Nikki December 20, 2010 at 4:20 PM   said...

you look lovely as always, love! <3

Ping December 20, 2010 at 4:57 PM   said...

what a cute poncho and booties! as you're flying out, i'm flying into missouri tomorrow. hope the weather isn't too dreadful!

sugar sugar December 20, 2010 at 6:01 PM   said...

Love the 4th picture! =)

Lovely as always Angie. I hope you enjoy your holidays at home. ;)

Reg December 20, 2010 at 8:21 PM   said...

yay for being with family again! i love your poncho and your shoes! i'm definitely gonna try lightroom :)

xx
heyrocketgirl

Ping December 20, 2010 at 9:53 PM   said...

angie-- i am visiting bf's family! too bad i missed u. :(

Rinny December 20, 2010 at 11:26 PM   said...

Great outfit as always! I like the pom pom detail on the poncho :)

herwaisechoice December 21, 2010 at 12:51 AM   said...

Angie, I swear you're the first person I've seen to really rock a poncho. Usually it just ends up looking a bit odd, but you really look like a cute Japanese girl that would be stopped for a street style photo!

Anyway, that being said... wish you the best of luck in your journey to save up! Take refuge in the fact that a new body and lens will be soo worth it!

Have a great day girl!
Jen

Silkybow December 21, 2010 at 4:24 AM   said...

Thanks for your comment!
I love your outfit here and those leopard shoes are mad hot! XD

Dolce♥Bunny December 21, 2010 at 12:32 PM   said...

Yess! The poncho is back! i really love this ponco on you and love how to matched it with the leopard print <3
Being a student is hard, since we all have limited amount of cash, but love the idea of reusing the clothes you have and making a different combination on it! You go girl!
Your pictures are so nice already, and it will be totally awesome when you get your new lenses > <

Jenny December 21, 2010 at 3:40 PM   said...

love the poncho! it looks so warm! and the fluffy pom poms teehee! and the leopard shoes! only you could pull them off! ;)

Anonymous December 21, 2010 at 7:04 PM   said...

Keep posting stuff like this i really like it

blivbook December 21, 2010 at 11:40 PM   said...

we love the poncho! its so tacky! and you paired it up well with the heels!

Cheers, B & Liv
www.blivbook.blogspot.com
B L I V B O O K: darling&diva ♥

Amy Stewart December 22, 2010 at 3:36 PM   said...

I think shopping your own closet is a super duper idea. I do that every so often. It's tough but sometimes you get the best outfits that way. :)

kileen December 23, 2010 at 1:28 AM   said...

wow, you make this poncho look so chic!! i love the little hood and the tassles. and of course, your poses are the best!

cuteandlittle.com

Oreleona December 25, 2010 at 5:01 AM   said...

LOL at the psyc experiments!! ooh i love ur hair is that a ribbon updo?

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