Saturday, July 9, 2011

Carolyn Braden, Finding Deals at T.J. Maxx Again

Last night I found a Michael Stars tank that was originally $40.00, for $9.99. I love Michael Stars shirts. They stretch to slimly fit many body types. They are perfect for layering too.
I also bought a pair of crop jeans (mid rise, summerstretch, slim) that are New York and Company for $9.99. They are dark and not a typical jean material. They are very Audrey Hepburn. I've never bought anything from New York and Company, but I will definitely be looking in there from now on for pants that fit me perfectly. That's what I love about T.J. Maxx. It introduces you to many brands, helping you find ones you will love!

Carolyn J. Braden
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Friday, July 8, 2011

Carolyn Braden's Polyvore Summer Wedding Look

I love these retro sets that I would proudly wear to a summer wedding or anywhere!

Carolyn Braden is loving Polyvore

Fun website where you get to make outfits from fashion items that are currently for sale. Here's a set of clothing I call "Tough Ballerina." I wish I had these things in my closet!

Carolyn Braden says "Dorthy wore Ugg's?"

If it was cold in Oz, Dorthy would have worn these!

Ugg Classic Sparkles - UGG Australia

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Carolyn Braden's eHow Article "What Does A Bridesmaid Do Before a Wedding Ceremony?"

Carolyn J. Braden
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Carolyn Braden's Ideas for Character Photo Shoots

Planning a photo shoot for a party or any occasion? Be creative and add a unique theme to your photo shoot.

Dress as famous historical movie characters for your photo shoot. Dress in a southern belle-style dress and become Vivien Leigh from "Gone With the Wind." Dress in a long, pink strapless gown and wear pink gloves and shimmering jewelry to become Marilyn Monroe from "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes." Dress in a long, black sleeveless dress and wear black gloves, a pearl necklace, diamond earrings, and a tiara to become Audrey Hepburn from "Breakfast at Tiffany's." Your photos can be turned into movie posters and hung at the party venue. You can also dress as a movie character for your party and have your guests do the same.

If your birthday falls close to a holiday, your photo shoot can have a holiday theme. For Valentine's Day, dress as cupid with a bow and arrow, about to make a couple fall in love. For Easter, dress in a bunny costume and pretend to hide eggs in a field of flowers. For the Fourth of July, dress as Uncle Sam and point directly at the camera. Under the photo, print the  phrase "I want YOU to attend my party."  For Halloween, dress as a witch, ghost, or the Bride of Frankenstein. The witch can appear to be riding on a broom, the ghost can appear to be haunting a graveyard, and the Bride of Frankenstein can be in a stone walled room with chains and lights hanging from the ceiling. For Thanksgiving, dress as a pilgrim, searching for a turkey. You can have someone dress as the turkey or use a stuffed animal. For Christmas, dress as an angel and have a Christmas tree and presents surround you. The photos can be printed on party invitations.

Try replicating a film noir look for your photo shoot. Noir is a french word meaning "black." View film stills from Alfred Hitchcock movies. A horror film director and producer, Hitchcock used high contrasting blacks and whites in various scenes in order to scare his audience. Take silhouette photos of your face and body. Your shadow should be black against a white background. Include these photos on your invitation, hang them at your venue, and play famous scenes from Hitchcock films for ambiance.

Recreate famous works of art or become the artist in your photos. Become Frida Kahlo in her 1940 painting "Self-Portrait." Become Georgia O'Keeffe in Alfred Stiegliz's 1920 photo, "Georgia O'Keeffe." Recreate Andy Warhol's "A Shot of Marilyn Monroe" by turning your portrait into colorful pop art. Become your own crazy character like in one of Cindy Sherman's many "Untitled" works. Include your photos on the invitation and at the party venue. You could also enlarge some of the artist's original works to hang among your own photos.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Carolyn Braden's InStyle Cover

A really fun website where you can give yourself a makeover and put yourself on the cover of InStyle magazine.  I added some makeup to my look. It even gives you the product brands and color names so you can purchase them if you like how they look on you. It's a  great free way to try new products!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Carolyn Braden says "New Bridal Bouquet Trend"

A friend of mine was a photographer at a wedding recently and the bride's bouquet should have had it's own photo shoot. She made the bouquet out of vintage flower pins. The base was styrofoam. This bouquet is one that will last forever!

Carolyn J. Braden
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