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3 Fab Style Tips: What to Wear to Your Engagement Session

Hey guys! I am SO excited to be featuring a guest on the blog today, this is a first for me! In recent months, I've really wanted to blog about wardrobe ideas and help answer the question 'what to wear to an engagement session'. So, I decided to reach out to an expert in fashion and style, Marianne Humburg, fashion correspondent and style blogger.

If you have been following my blog regularly, you would have recognized Marianne, as she has been featured in many of my posts in the past and has even helped me revamp my own wardrobe, something that I truly believe every woman should do every so often (it's so much fun!). Anyways, today, Marianne shares with us about wardrobe styling for an engagement session! 

Hi everyone! I'm Marianne, a wardrobe consultantstyle blogger, and lover of all things pretty. I'm guest blogging today here on Kristen's fabulous blog all about what to wear to your engagement shoot. I know this is something that people are dying to know so Kristen and I teamed up for a little mock e-sesh to shed some light on what exactly couples should wear.

Let me start off by saying there's no one size fits all when it comes to dressing for a shoot. Keep your and your future spouse's style, likes, and hobbies in mind. For me and my boyfriend we're a little preppy, a little Florida when it comes to life and style. We dress casually most days, but do enjoy getting dressed up for date nights and such.

Let's dive in!

We shot three looks to give you a broader range of things to wear.

1. A Vintage Touch/Casual Cool

For her: I know we've all seen those heavily vintage-inspired shoots around on Pinterest, and although we appreciate the creativity that goes into them we don't want to go that far. We've got the perfect solution. Pick a dress with vintage details in a modern and flattering cut. We picked this one up locally from Two Sisters Boutique, but I bet you can find one you love at any Anthro.

For him: Mix it up! Is your guy not much into getting dressed up? There's no reason to dress him up to match you exactly. His look just needs to complement yours. Ease him into this whole thing with a classic fit linen shirt and shorts. He'll feel comfortable and confident.



2. Keep it Colorful

For her: Living in Florida there is color around all year long. Take advantage of it by wearing a colorful frock from your favorite shop! I snagged this one from our local J. McLaughlin and can't wait to wear it again. Add in some more color with a fun clutch and call it day.

For him: Dress him up! Does your beau own a suit? Break up the monotony and pair the jacket with another neutral. Add a pop of color in the shirt and a fun pocket square to complete the look.



3. The Show Stopper

For her: Go big or go home. Did you find a dress that you are utterly obsessed with and is a complete showstopper? Wear it for your shoot! We scooped this one up on sale at J. McLaughlin, but there's more showstopping dresses out there to be had.

For him: Since you're looking all glam have him wear his suit. Make the look more casual by ditching the tie and unbuttoning the top button. If he's not averse to pink, add it to the mix! Another pocket square completes the look.


That's it! I hope this post inspired you for any kind of upcoming photoshoot. Remember to have fun and show your unique personality through what you wear!

Need help finding an outfit? Get in touch! I'm always up for a style challenge!

Special thanks to Shelley at J. McLaughlin and Sarah at Two Sisters Boutique for lending us the clothes for the shoot!

MANY thanks to Marianne for her hard work and fabulousness! Be sure to reach out to her for a style consultation!



Beach Fashion: Featuring Marianne

Most of my summers were spent at the beach, IN the water surfing. Even if there were no waves that day, I would somehow talk my mom into dropping my friends and I off for the day and picking us up later, like it was some sort of institutional daycare. If there were no waves, we would carefully examine the tides and usually paddle out anyways in hopes of a miracle. We were that committed. By the end of the day, the beach left us sunburnt and worn out. But we loved it. And I still love it to this day! Most recently though, I have found that my time is being spent out of the water. My husband keeps prodding me to get back in and go surfing. He is right, I know I will have to do it again soon! 

At a recent shoot with Marianne, she brought a super colorful tunic, which screams "Take me to the beach!":) We lucked out with some pretty amazing morning light for this shoot! I love the bold "happy" colors, perfect for summer. To find out where you can get this tunic, check out Marianne's blog post here!

Happy July 4th!!


Downtown Stuart Photos: Marianne Fashion Blogger

One warm spring afternoon in a quaint riverside area of downtown Stuart, Marianne and I met up for one of our fashion photo shoots.  I always look forward to these shoots in eager anticipation! In fact, sometimes before we meet up, I prep myself by rummaging through my own closet and piece together a somewhat spiffy outfit. After all, I want to impress the fashion correspondent, of course!

When we are out on these shoots, I am always excited to see which outfit she will feature, what accessories she will wear, and what shoes she will stroll around in. I always get lots of inspiration from her style! 

Take away tip for me: Wear more skirts! Right now I own three skirts. Just three! I don't wear them nearly as often as I probably should, but when I do, I instantly feel "dressed up".

Also, note to self: go out and buy some cute black sandals :) These are SO cute!

Read lots more about this outfit on the Fashion Correspondent, Marianne's blog post! And be sure to check out more amazing styles on her Happy Closet Blog website :)