The end of my senior year definitely didn’t go as planned. While I wasn’t able to finish out my undergraduate career at the University of Oklahoma on campus with my friends and peers, I knew I at least wanted some photos to commemorate my 4 years as an undergraduate. Since social distancing procedures were already in place by mid-March, I was unable to hire a photographer for a senior portrait shoot.
Luckily, my time blogging has given me loads of experience with iPhone photography, self-timers, and tripods! I got ready and loaded up all my gear early one morning and headed to campus. I love how they turned out, although trying to wrangle all the props with the addition of a cap/gown/stole/hood on my own was a hassle. (Also, do you realize how hard it is to take a cap-throwing picture on your own with a 10-second self timer? REALLY hard.)
I’m proud of my work on these pictures, and over the past 4 years as well. I can’t wait to experience virtual commencement and graduation with my family this weekend!
One of 2020s standout trends is supposed to be denim-on-denim. While I’m not quite ready to dive headfirst into a full-blown navy-on-navy ensemble, I dipped my toe in the water today by pairing my navy denim jacket with my black jeans. Baby steps!
I found this amazing Lauren Ralph Lauren white turtleneck at TJ Maxx the other day, and I am obsessed with it already. I love turtlenecks, sweaters, and especially combinations of the two, so I’m guessing I’ll be wearing this one a lot this season. I think it looks super classic, especially when paired with other neutrals and closet staples.
Have you ever had pose-block? It’s when you need a cute pose for a photo, but your mind is suddenly drawing a blank. Every cute idea you’ve ever had is suddenly escaping you, and so you resort to something completely and utterly basic.
Been there? Me too.
There’s so many cute poses for group shots out there, and I hope today’s post will help you be prepared when the time comes for your next group photoshoot. My friends and I love taking pics together (and clearly I love taking solo ones as well), so I feel qualified to show some of my favorite poses to do as a group. Hopefully these ideas will help during your next case of paralyzing pose-block!
1. group hug
This is a classic one. While sitting (or standing), wrap your arms around the center people like you love each other. This pose makes for a really wholesome shot every time!
2. Staggered step sitting
If you’re blessed with a cute set of steps to take pictures on… utilize them! Place different members of your group at different heights for visual variation and interest.
3. LEan against a rail
I like railings in pictures because it easily gives people something to do with their hands. This particular railing allowed for full-body and close-up shots, so this pose is super versatile!
4. Candid laughter
We took our candid laughing shot sitting staggered on the steps, but this pose works no matter where you are sitting or standing! Candid laughter (real or faked) is super cute and will make it look like you’re having the absolute best time. Definitely Instagram-worthy moments!
5. Lap lay
This is a fun pose for groups of four or more. Nominate your most attention-hungry friend (or yourself!) to lay across the laps of the rest of the group. Getting into position can lead to some fun candids, too.
6. crazy limbs
Wanting a silly one? This pose came to be by me yelling “everyone do something crazy with your limbs!” This gets everyone laughing and completing the challenge to various degrees of commitment. Megan won this round, for sure.
7. family photo
Similar to the staggered step sitting, a bench can provide varying degrees of visual interest. We felt like this one looked like a family Christmas card photo (or for me, a sorority big-little reveal photo.)
8. College Hand Signs
If your college has hand signs, this is an easy one! My high school friends and I are split between 3 different colleges, so this is one of our go-tos whenever we are short on pose ideas. It’s always super cute and spirited.
9. unnecessarily dramatic
This is one of our favs just because it’s such a different vibe than all the other ones we’ve taken. For maximum dramatic effect, everyone spread out and look in a different direction. Are you intimidated yet?
I hope these 9 ideas help you next time you’re in a group photo-taking rut! I love taking pics with my friends whenever we’re all in town together, which doesn’t happen much anymore.
Do you have a favorite pose that your friend group always goes to? Let me know- I’m always looking for new ideas as well!
The weather in Oklahoma is finally starting to feel like fall, and I could not be more excited. However, that does mean one thing: cold mornings and hot afternoons. While this #OOTD was perfect around 12 p.m., it was a frost 44 degrees when I went to take my photos this morning. They still turned out cute, but I sure was freezing.
I’ve been excited about this outfit for a while because it gives me strong Gossip Girl vibes. I used to be an avid headband-wearer, but don’t wear them as much anymore. However, I picked this one up on sale at H&M over the summer and have just been waiting for something to pair it with. It matches my skirt (and the pretty fall leaves) perfectly!
When I chose my newspaper-print crop top for Thursday’s #OOTD, I knew exactly where I wanted to shoot it. Gaylord College of Journalism and Mass Communication, which sits right at the entrance to the South Oval, was my prime background because of the breaking news banner wrapped around the outside. I’m usually in more secluded spots when I take my #OOTD pictures, but this was too good of a backdrop to pass up.
This has been one of my favorite tops ever since I found it over the summer, and I always get so many compliments when I wear it. As a former journalism major (and someone still in the field of mass communication) it’s perfect for me. I’ve mostly just paired it with my black shorts, but I hope to try something different soon- keep checking my Instagram stories to see!
Also, taking pictures in front of a continuously moving banner? MUCH harder than you might think. Getting the timing right when you have to start the camera timer 10 seconds in advance is pretty difficult- shoutout to the people walking down the South Oval who saw me attempting this. I promise the end result was worth it.
Happy game day, Sooner fans! Today OU is taking on UCLA in Pasadena, and I’m super excited to watch this game. I haven’t missed an OU away game since my freshman year, so it’ll be kinda weird watching it unfold on the TV screen, but I’m looking forward to watching it with my friends.
Today’s game is at The Rose Bowl, which pairs perfectly with this past Thursday’s #OOTD! I love this fun bodysuit and the rose embroidery on the sleeves. I’m also a sucker for pieces with a white hem, I think it makes them look so classic and put together.
What a crazy week! From an unintentional 15 minutes of fame on Twitter to an unanticipated sickness, this week has taught me to always expect the unexpected. Despite not knowing what this week was going to have in store, I made sure to always put the utmost care into my outfits. I pretty much live by this Gossip Girl mantra:
“Whatever you wear, always dress to kill.”
Gossip Girl, Season 3: Episode 16
I’ve found that even the worst days are more tolerable with a fantastic outfit. And yesterday’s #OOTD is definitely one of my favs! Despite still being super hot (thanks for triggering my asthma, Oklahoma,) my breezy white top still kept me super cool. My “Hello” drop earrings have been one of my favorite statement pieces lately, and I love how the gold tied my whole ensemble together.
If you’re new from Twitter: welcome! I hope you’ll stick around and follow me on Instagram @selfiesandootds. I love expanding my audience and meeting new people! Keep an eye out for my next #OOTD, I try to post my outfit details at least twice a week. See you soon!
Wakey, wakey Upper East Siders. Welcome to the first day of senior year, and the onset of a new social dynasty.
Gossip Girl, Season 2: Episode 4
I almost can’t believe it- today is my last first day of my undergraduate career! I still have one first day back in my future, but somehow I feel like the first day of senior year is an even bigger deal. This time next year I’ll have a bachelor’s degree!
I’m always just as excited to pick out my first day of school #OOTD as I am to start a new school year. (AKA very excited- I actually love the start of school!) When I first did my H&M haul a few weeks ago, I put together this outfit and immediately fell in love. I knew it would be the perfect look for my first day back on campus, especially after a full week of basically existing in athletic gear for Pride Camp!
Happy August 1! If you’re like me, then you know that it’s also the first official day for the new Lilly Pulitzer academic agendas, which run August – July!
Since school is right around the corner, I wanted to spend some time talking about how I stay organized using my agenda. As a full-time student/part-time blogger, my time is really important to me. Because of my meticulous agenda skills, I’m able to make the most of it!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty, let’s talk about what agenda I choose to use. For the past 4 years, I’ve been a Lilly Pulitzer agenda girl, and I don’t see that changing any time soon.
Color coding is essential for me. With one glance, I can see everything on my list for the day, and where my priorities should be. I like to divide my colors up by class during the academic year. This is my color-coding system for fall 2019:
I’ve used the Paper Mate® Inkjoy ballpoint pens since I got to college, and those from the original pack are still going strong despite their heavy use. I don’t use black or brown in my agenda (the design is too bright for bland colors) and I don’t use orange. On principle.
Stickers are the fun part! Beyond getting to make my space colorful with ballpoint pens, I also use bright stickers. I use stickers mainly on the monthly spread pages, since they’re able to give me a quick run-down of my most important events for the upcoming month.
I also try to make them related to the activity I’m scheduling- footballs for football games, music notes for band-related events, roses for sorority events, and little cameras for things I had to do as historian. For other important events without a specific set of stickers, I usually used stars!
It used to be hard for me to easily distinguish between things that were on my schedule and things just on my to-do list. Now, I use triangles to designate things with a certain time (ex. “Brunch w/ Lexi @ Neighborhood Jam @ 10:30”) vs things I just have to do that day (ex. “Go grocery shopping”). Here’s an example week from September of last year that shows these symbols in action! (Bonus incentive to use symbols: checking them off is so satisfying!)
Write it down. Write everything down. I don’t care if you think you’re going to remember something- write it down anyways.
Make sure your agenda has your name, phone number, and email inside! I’ve never lost mine- knock on wood– but if I did, I would want someone to be able to contact me and get it returned ASAP.
Use a paper clip at the top of your current week so you can easily flip what to what day it is. No more scrambling to find the correct day when your professor is giving out the homework instructions!
Is there anything I didn’t cover? I would love to answer any of your unanswered, burning questions- leave a comment down below or shoot me an email!
I’m a morning person by nature, so I wouldn’t say I need coffee to function. But every morning, without fail, I make my breakfast that always includes an iced coffee from my roommate’s Keurig machine. When I’m wanting to treat myself (or just needing an extra boost a caffeine,) I hit up a campus Starbucks on my way to class.
Full disclaimer: I drink coffee for the taste, which means that my drinks need to taste like 80% sugar and 20% coffee. Black coffee or dark roasts are not my thing, so when you notice that my favorite drinks all stray from the genre of “traditional” coffee, that’s why.
1. Iced Caramel Macchiato
I am definitely an iced coffee type of girl. Unless the temperature outside dips below 20, you’ll probably only see me with an iced coffee in hand. My go-to drink at Starbucks is an iced caramel macchiato, since the milk and caramel sauce disguise the espresso when mixed properly. If I’m going to be up late studying at the library, this is usually the drink I pick.
2. ICED CARAMEL Cloud MACCHIATO
This Starbucks x Ariana Grande collab had me skeptical at first, but I quickly got addicted to these fluffy beverages once I tried one for the first time. (Yep, I said fluffy.) The iced caramel cloud macchiato is similar to a regular iced caramel macchiato, except it comes with layers of foam instead of milk. Personally, I think the foam is the best part and would easily order a whole cup of it if I thought I could escape without judgement from the baristas.
3. caramel frappuccino
This was my first introduction to coffee, so it’ll always hold a special place in my heart. When I was in middle school, the “cool” thing to do on a Friday night was to go to the mall with your friends. It was during one of those escapades where I tried a caramel frappuccino for the first time. To this day, I’ll still order a caramel frappuccino if I’m on campus and my sweet tooth decides to show up in full force.
4. vanilla bean frappuccino
I warned y’all, I don’t actually like the taste of coffee all that much, and this one is a perfect example of that. The vanilla bean frappuccino doesn’t actually contain coffee, so I like to order this one when I want a sweet treat without the caffeine. It’s also something I discovered in my pre-teen years, so it’s a great nostalgia bomb as well!
5. hot CARAMEL MACCHIATO
Remember how I said I was an iced coffee gal? Well, on the rare occasion where it dips below 20 degrees, the hot caramel macchiato is my drink of choice. Like its iced counterpart, it also masks the espresso taste very well, which I greatly appreciate. If I’m wanting a caffeinated beverage before making a walk across OU’s freezing campus, I think about the well being of my fingers and opt for a hot drink instead.
In other news, this is my 50th post on Selfies & OOTDs! That’s crazy to me because I feel like I started this blog not that long ago. Thanks for reading, and I can’t wait to keep sharing my fashion and lifestyle content with y’all!