I've been working on expanding the Tryna Be Somebody series to include more tangible content on how to better yourself as an individual professionally. This episode is the realization of that vision.
've had a few people reach out to me via YouTube asking if I could make a video about my skincare regimen. As someone with acne-prone oily skin I was a little apprehensive and frankly self-conscious about it. I've always struggled with acne since puberty and I didn't want the focus to be completely on me.
As you all have seen, I've been traveling quite a bit for the month of June. Before taking off, I was approached by Hamilton Perkins to try out their duffle bag.
While in South Beach I made a short film (I'm debating between calling them film journals or docuvlogs -- let me know which you prefer). Before taking off, I had watched Moonlight and was on my artistic feels.
It was a nervous experience for me because I actually brought Jeff, my DJI Mavic Pro drone. This was the first time I had ever traveled with him and flown him in a new environment. After watching the film make sure to check out the commentary on my podcast or on YouTube.
With a national holiday in the middle of the week, it was incredibly difficult getting things done for work. Nevertheless, I still managed to take a portrait of my office mate doing her signiature derp face.
I had the supreme pleasure of attending #BlogHer17 this year in Orlando, Florida (shoutout to Jouelzy.com for providing the hook up). I must confess I was a tad nervous to attend. As a producer who often works behind the scenes at conventions such as these it was weird to be an attendee.
Thankfully, I ran into Cristina, current managing editor of NaturallyCurly.com and my introvert heart was immediately put at ease. Having at least one person you are acquainted with can make conventions a lot more manageable.
As a thank you for being an awesome wingman. I offered to take her portrait on the expansive balcony of the Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek where the conference was held this year.
As I continue to take more portraits and figure out a personal style I find myself gravitating away from styles like the photo to the right. Women are usually photographed like this, smiling, looking perfect. Wind at their back, hair in the breeze -- and it's great (I definitely included this one in the final download links), but to me it's almost too picturesque. Too virginal. Too innocent. For lack of a better word...too feminine.
The whole point of the #BlogHer17 conference is to be mindful and to also be as independent in your entrepreneurial-ness as you want to be. To me that screams strength. Not necessarily smiling because you have to, or because it's what you should do.
So I focused on a more centered stance for her and had her look directly at the camera. Relaxed. Confident. Above it all.
While visiting the Wolfsonian-FIU in South Beach Miami, Florida. We took the stairs to get to each of their 3 current exhibits.
Generally, getting a good portrait of myself requires a lot of work: I have to figure out placement, timing, posing, all while being in front of the camera. But sometimes I have an assistant (read: my husband, Mr. Hallease).
The goal for this photo was to try and get the window of the lifeguard tower directly in the center of the frame. Ideally, if I had an absurd amount of height (and time) I would also try to raise the camera high enough so the horizon line went directly through the center as well.
While my wifi was out last week (again) I spent most of my mornings at Indy Coffee right next to UTSA. Great wifi, delicious caffeinated drinks and beautifully designed bathrooms made for a pleasant work week.
If you’re a novice camper like myself, I think McKinney is a great first step, it’s close proximity to Austin and available amenities make it a great location. Check out the video to see our full experience.
Yes, she is better than us. Fight me.
We're halfway through August and I'm already over summer. The fall always brings more options for mixing and matching anyway, amirite?
I’ve finally decided to start dabbling in the artistry that is makeup...
Well not entirely...
It’s more like, sometimes I look just a little bit rough. Too many drinks the night before. Stayed up a tad too late...
You know, just living my life.
Anyway, decided to start using some light makeup to help with those off days. My goal with my makeup regimen is to achieve 3 things with my “look”:
- Make it seem like I got a good night’s rest.
- Make it seem like I drink enough water.
- Make it seem like I’ve always been a healthy eater.
To achieve these goals I’ve been using Glossier’s makeup products. I purchased their tint, concealer, boy brow, and Generation G.
Glossier made it really easy to figure out my correct shade, they provide an in-depth video library of different women trying each of their 5 shades. They also create a great graph showing a variety of different women with different variations of melanin and what tint should work best for them.
The game changer for me was the boy brow. I wasn’t expecting it to enhance my eyebrows as much as it did. It really does make them look a lot more full.
If you’re interested in trying Glossier, feel free to use my code to get 20% off your first purchase http://bff.glossier.com/eavzC and let me know what you think!
Check out the video to see my live demo of the products
It's summer in San Antonio, Texas! That means the heat is always on. With the highs regularly hitting the mid-90s now (today's high was 101 -- yikes) it's really important to figure out ways to stay cool and stylish.
The McNay is one of my favorite museums here in town. Created by Marion Koogler McNay, the museum is her Spanish-style mansion and sits on about 23 acres. There are some great permanent pieces that call the McNay home, including works by Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, and Georgia O'Keefe to name a few.
I find coming to a local museum is a great way to find inspiration for future projects, styles and ideas.
I really love to keep things simple, my goal is to exude an effortlessness to class. All that being said, you don't need to spend a lot of money to give the appearance that you care. Combining solids with fun prints makes any outfit seem more daring than it actually is. Pro-tip: find a color in your print that you enjoy and have your solid match. To revamp the same print, pick a different solid top.
Top - TJ Maxx $10
Shorts - J.Crew $40
Sandals - Ross $12
Because our trip was so short, we kept things pretty simple. We spent most of our time on the beach boogie boarding and relaxing. While there we did attempt to fish on their main pier back in Port Isabella (the last city before you cross the bridge into Padre), but alas we came home empty handed (although I do count the Pokemon I caught as a solid win).
I finally decided to get some new specs, it's long over due. The idea of not having to go to a traditional glasses shop was exciting to me, so I decided to try #WarbyHomeTryOn.
For Christmas last year, my husband bought me a FitBit Charge HR and I was immediately hooked. I mostly used it to track my step count, as a video producer and editor a lot of what I do for a living is very sedimentary and just having a constant reminder on my wrist to move helped me to become exponentially more active.