Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Of Milkweed and Thyme Consumption

H&M monarch butterfly cropped top (Euro 4) // H&M yellow lace tank (Euro 4) // 
H&M ruched mid length skirt (Euro 4) // BCBG Generation metallic foldover clutch //
American Eagle brown peeptoe wedges (5) // H&M polka dot socks // 

Photography: JJ

Vintage wash oh-so-good. Today I timed myself for exactly how long does it take to produce one outfit post. This little experiment will help streamline posts in the future and gauge where I need to speed things up. The not-obvious-til-now bottleneck lies in photo editing. Although Lightroom makes my life sooo much easier, it still takes time to get everything perfect. The vibrance this time took forever to tweak since I don't want to oversaturate but I want all the colours to snap crackle POP. Maybe I should stop being such a perfectionist. If only it were that easy. The lesson learned here is the less photos, the better, faster, harder stronger. I cannot afford 2.5 hours of my day to update every day, so I should top it off at 10 photos max, aim for 8. Maybe I can write a program too to speed things up in LR. Here is the breakdown:
  • Makeup: 10 min
  • Outfit: 5 min
  • Shoot with JJ: 15 min
  • Upload: 1 min
  • Choose photos to edit: 6 min
  • Lightroom to perfection (12 photos): 47 min
  • Upload to Blogger and format order and size of photos: 32 min
  • Write content: 15 min
  • Title, add links, finalize format: 10 min
  • TOTAL: 2 hours 21 minutes
Also, I just noticed that my outfit was almost completely H&M. I am dying to try out the Conscious collection and finally get my grubby little paws on some scallop hems! My black hair has also faded again to this weird orangey colour and hopefully one last dye will correct this once class ends. I am so ready for this semester to end so that summer can be here and I can frolic (when I get off my 9 to 5). I am very excited about working in lab full-time but sad that I'll have to wear pants and normal professional people clothing. Tights and slacks shopping, here we come.

By the way there's a freaking deluge going on outside. Tornado season, the sky is ominously purple-greyish and I get the feeling that my ceiling's going to cave in from all the hail. Can I just have one normal day of spring, pretty please? These photos were taken only 2 hours ago o_0


Unknown April 19, 2011 at 9:39 PM   said...

I love your cropped top! The shape of it is really flattering on you - the shorter hem makes you look a bit taller actually :D At first I thought it was Cat Woman in the middle of the shirt but then I saw the wings LOL I think I need to get my eyes checked.

Ahh I want to check out the conscious collection too! I really really really want that scalloped hem bubble dress I keep seeing in the ad campaigns! :(

Winnie April 19, 2011 at 9:40 PM   said...

Cant believe I have been missing so many entries of yours :( and unfortunately it takes me about the same time for each entry too. I am also trying to cut down the time I need to prep for each post, but its hard! Reading what you wrote, I want to go check out some scallop hems from h&m soon! I like all the fun vibrant colors on you. Very springy (now just waiting for the tornado season to be over haha)

Meagan April 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM   said...

That butterfly top is so beautiful! And blogging outfits takes *way* more time than people realize!

Liana April 19, 2011 at 11:48 PM   said...

angie you're so cute! love the socks...lol i know your frustrations too, sometimes it takes me allllll dayyyy to get one post done!

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the nyanzi report April 22, 2011 at 2:20 PM   said...

i absolutely love this post and your style especially the soc and shoe combination.

Sarah April 22, 2011 at 3:53 PM   said...

Hey Angie! I haven't been on blogger at all in a really really really long time but I just felt like stopping by your blog to say hi! I love your butterfly top and your hair looks really good! I'm going to attend Cornell U this fall for undergraduate to study biology, and hopefully go to medical school when I graduate. You were so supportive of me during my SAT's and school year so I just though I'd share that with you :)

Kata April 23, 2011 at 7:58 AM   said...

What a lovely outfit! :D

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