Black and Navy [Pinterest Parallels Vol. 18]

Office Appropriate Outfits - Winter

A few weeks ago one of my blogging buddies shared an event on Facebook. For $60 you could get hair, makeup and two hours with professional photographers in a location not that far from my apartment. I’d never paid for professional photos for my blog before, but I thought this might be fun.


And it was! I was originally a bit stressed about what to wear because the location, Boutique Photo Loft, isn’t my normal aesthetic. However, the photographers had a plain white photo backdrop set up, too.  I decided this was a great chance to try out a black and navy outfit I’d saved on Pinterest.


Sweater – Forever 21 (similar) | Skirt – Langford Market (similar) | Tights – Target (similar) | Scarf – Dry Goods (similar) | Booties – Liz Claiborne via DSW (similar)

I showed up to the venue after work with a suitcase full of clothes, shoes and accessories. The venue was in this old warehouse, on the third floor, behind a hidden door. I felt pretty ridiculous walking up and down the hallway over and over again trying to find it! Finally, I figured it out and went on in. After a short wait, it was time for make-up and hair. The artist asked if I wanted anything in particular and I said that I wanted my hair to have volume and my eyes to have drama. I’d say she delivered on both!


The photographer got some great shots and was pretty good at telling me where to put my hands, where to look, and how to angle my feet. I need that kind of direction because I never really know what to do. But, I did learn I’m much better at acting playful than I am at acting serious.


I had a fun time and would definitely do it again now that I’ve had the experience!

I have a few more photos to share of other outfits so those will be coming up in the next few weeks. Don’t want to overload you all at once 🙂

Also, in case you’re curious, I did actually wear this outfit to work. And later that week a coworker told me I should be nominated for the best dressed employee in our office. I’ll take that kind of compliment!

13 replies on “Black and Navy [Pinterest Parallels Vol. 18]

  1. Mike

    It’s funny that you used the term “blogging buddies”. That’s exactly what I call all of you (the SIA team), even though I don’t have a blog of my own. I consider myself a sort of “guest blogger” because I’ve participated in so many discussions and posted many replies in my effort to support everyone’s blog. I couldn’t help but think, “how awesome is that?!” 🙂

    And these are great photos Erin! I think I only had professional pictures taken twice in my life (once for my high school graduation and then once at my church).

    And like you, I needed that kind of direction as far as where to place my hands, how to stand, how to angle my head, all of that, because it was something that I never really had done before. I was nervous, especially when having my senior pictures taken because I couldn’t help but think “one of these is going to be in the yearbook for everyone to see! It has to look just right!”. But it worked out well in the end.

    I’d say that your photographer delivered too Erin because all of these look great! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Thanks, Mike! I was hesitant to even take advantage of this at first because it was billed as an event for models but my blogging buddy said I would be fine since I take pictures for the blog all the time. I did learn a few tricks, too, so that was nice!

      And, yes, blogging buddies is a great term! That’s what we are!

      1. Mike

        Thanks Erin! Yeah, I totally get that. Despite my consistent SIA appearances, I’m actually quite camera shy. I really used to hate getting my picture taken, even just for fun, let alone getting them taken professionally. But everyone here has been so nice and eventually, I “came out of my shell” And now I look forward to each challenge that is held!

        It is a great term! I met so many wonderful people since my discovery of the blogging world. I’m debating on whether or not I should start my own but I’m not sure I’m ready for that quite yet! 🙂

  2. Emily @ Out and About

    You look fabulous!!! The entire team pulled together quite the masterpieces!!! When I heard about your experience, it reminded me of a documentary I once watched on modeling. They covered how people think it’s really easy and glamorous to be a model and to get your picture taken all day. But in reality it is a LOT of work, with much focus on technique and detail. Sounds like you got a nice taste of what modeling is like! =)

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      Also, there was no food! Well, I mean, we had some potato chips and Red Bull. Apparently that’s how models eat? No wonder they’re so thin! I couldn’t be a model. I would demand pizza 🙂

  3. Maggie

    $60 for hair, make-up and TWO HOURS with a photographer????? I can’t even get that kind of deal from my friends. Who are photographers.

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      I know, right??? I think this might have been a “first time” type thing to gauge interest. I told them they should promote to WCBC and they’d get a ton of interest if they want to do it again in the future.

  4. Bri Marie

    So fun!!! I love the way the colors in your eye makeup match the highlights in your hair, which really stand out with these curls. I’d jump all over an opportunity like that – so fun!!!

    1. Erin @ Loop Looks Post author

      When the make-up artist was doing my eye makeup she said she was doing it to match my hair and that I was probably thinking, “Is this crazy lady putting red eye shadow on me??” But, I trusted her and I think it turned out great.

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