This outfit post is all about things I brought back from Austin: the neon-and-nuts bracelet I made during the TxSC Prom, the skirt I bought at Buffalo Exchange, and the bag I got on a previous trip. It's made from one of those neon plaid totes you get in Mexico. My family always used those for laundry when I was a kid.
The other thing I brought back from Austin was a desire to try to take better self portraits. Too often, I get frustrated by time constraints and the difficulty of setting up a shot (focusing on a subject that's not yet in the frame, etc.) But Elizabeth of Delightfully Tacky, who takes amazing self portraits for outfit posts on her blog, gave me lots of great tips that I've been dying to try. She posted a really helpful tutorial on her blog too. So, if you weren't at TxSC but are interested in improving your self-portrait skills, fear not.
Once I came home, freshly inspired and informed, I headed to Spring Grove Cemetery and Arboretum to try out all of Elizabeth's tips. I also shot in full manual mode for the first time, something this book helped me prepare for. (Thanks to Ruche for bringing it to the clothing and book swap last Friday!)
It was a challenge. I didn't get the focus perfect on every shot, and some are a little over exposed. But I'm still very excited and proud of the outcome, and, most importantly, I'm looking forward to my next outfit shoot.
Yellow blouse - The Limited
Yellow and pink floral skirt - Thrifted from Buffalo Exchange in Austin
Suede ankle boots - Target
Neon chord and metal hardware nut bracelet - DIY
Bag - some little shop in Austin, years ago