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how to take fashion pictures

The true beauty and workmanship of a garment is very hard to show on pictures. Therefore, the way you pose and how the light hits the outfits is crucial in reflecting how the clothes looks in real life. While looking through my pictures you’ll see that I very rarely stand in a cold stance and look directly at the camera. In fact, many times I am walking, and the movement of my steps affect the appearance of the clothing. Other times, I am looking down at the ground and my face is away from the camera. This shows the delicacy of the details on the clothes and the pleats on the dress (for instance) shows how the dress truly fits, rather than looking at the fit on a model or mannequin.
I also think that the background of the image impacts how the clothing looks. For instance, bright backgrounds such as the park or the sunny beach have a different affect than grey concrete streets. For all outfits that you post online I would recommend making sure that the background of the picture compliments the outfit. For instance, a beach cover up on the streets of New York doesn’t jive, so why do it? When focusing on the actual outfit, rather than were you are wearing it, I would suggest having a simple background rather than something with many details.
When the background is overwhelming it takes away from the clothing itself. As I’ve been developing my blog I’ve learned more and more about how clothing looks online and how it often doesn’t look the same in person. Therefore, I try to show the clothing in motion and in scenarios that it would likely to be worn. The natural light only enhances an already beautiful piece of clothing, so if you’re starting with some exquisite all you can do is go up from there.

thank you for reading me

XOXO LenLenStyle

 

 

 

Celebrate

The best kind of party is one where you can enjoy yourself and make others around you feel the same way. Last week I had the pleasure of throwing my daughter a birthday party at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. It was a beautiful setting for a very important occasion. This space came to mind when I realized that it was the main setting for the show Gossip Girl. My daughter invited all her friends and for me it was an excuse to invite all of mine as well! And, what better reason to wear a beautiful gown than that?

I wore a teal and black Elie Saab dress with gold detailing on the top. The bottom of the dress flared out and gave it volume without distracting from the intricate designs. I felt like a modern day princess and while I was happy with my look, I was smiling the whole night not because of how the party turned out but because every time I turned around I saw a big smile on my daughter’s face; that’s when I knew it. I knew that regardless of what I’m wearing, her smile is what will make me feel the happiest and the most beautiful.

Fitzerald put it best, “I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties there isn’t any privacy”.

XoXo LenLenStyle

Hamptons- best places and things to do

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Let me start by the history and where is exactly located The Hamptonts:

The Hamptons refers specifically to several villages and hamlets in the towns of Southampton and East Hampton on the east end of Long Island, New York. These townships occupy the South Fork of Long Island. The Hamptons form a popular seaside resort, one of the historical Summer Colonies of the American Northeast. The Montauk Branch of the Long Island Railroad, Montauk Highway, and the Hampton Jitney provide connections to the rest of Long Island and to New York City, while ferries connect North Haven and Montauk to Shelter Island and Connecticut.

The Hamptons include the hamlets and villages in the town of Southampton:

West Hampton Dunes (village)

West Hampton Dunes is located on a barrier island in the Town of Southampton. The barrier island was part of Fire Island until a Nor’easter in 1931 split the island creating Moriches Inlet. The inlet created a geographic oddity whereby the Town of Brookhaven actually has jurisdiction on land immediately west of West Hampton Dunes although Brookhaven land access to it involves a nearly 20 mile drive through Southampton.

Westhampton

Westhampton is in the Town of Southampton.

Westhampton Beach (village)

Westhampton Beach is a village in the town of Southampton

Quogue

Quogue (pronounced kwog) is an incorporated village in Southampton, Suffolk County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island.

East Quogue

East Quogue is in the Town of Southampton.

Hampton Bays

The hamlet was settled in 1740 as “Good Ground”, which became the main hamlet of eleven in the immediate area. The area where Main Street, also known as Montauk Highway, is located today, was the approximate area of the original hamlet known as Good Ground.

There were ten other hamlets in the area. The other hamlets in the area were called Canoe Place, East Tiana, Newtown, Ponquogue, Rampasture, Red Creek, Squiretown, Southport, Springville, and West Tiana. Most of these hamlets were settled by one or two families and had their own school house. Many of the names from the former hamlets are still featured as local street names today.

As a result of the growth of the surrounding hamlets and villages in the Hamptons and increased tourism from New York City, the eleven hamlets, although generally called “Good Ground” collectively by the early part of the 20th century, amalgamated under the name “Hampton Bays” in 1922. The motive behind the name change was for the hamlet to benefit from the “Hamptons” trade that the hamlet’s neighbors were experiencing.

Shinnecock Hills

Shinnecock Hills is a hamlet (and census-designated place) in Suffolk County, New York, United States. It is the home of a leading golf club, Shinnecock Hills Golf Club. This is the highest point on Long Island’s east end. At its highest point it is the only place on Long Island, where two shores are visible. Many court battles were fought: this being an authentic and large ancient native North American burial ground. American Indians Tribes people were taking claim to the top of Shinnecock Hills, also used by Dutch and English sailors as a whaleing look-out station. Locals Proclaim good spirits of days gone by still enchant the region.

Shinnecock Hills is in the Town of Southampton.

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Southampton (village)

Southampton is a village in Suffolk County, New York, USA. The village is named after the Earl of Southampton. The Village of Southampton is in the southeast part of the county in the Town of Southampton.

Southampton is arguably the commercial center of the southern “fork” of Long Island, serves as the home base for several region-wide businesses and has the area’s only hospital. It is part of the summer colony known as The Hamptons, and is generally considered one of the area’s two most prestigious communities. A large number of wealthy and influential people have homes in the “estate section” of the Village, the area immediately north of the Atlantic ocean front. The presence of this group provides Southampton with its reputation for affluence and exclusivity.

The Village of Southampton, settled in 1640 and incorporated as a village in 1894, historically began with a small group of English Puritans who set sail from Lynn, Massachusetts and landed on June 12, 1640 at what is now known as Conscience Point. It is the oldest English settlement in the state of New York and is named after the British Earl of Southampton.

Water Mill

Water Mill is considering incorporating as a village following the unsuccessful attempt by Dunehampton, New York to incorporate. Dunehampton’s incorporation would have cut Water Mill off from the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Sagaponack, New York incorporated for a similar reason.

Noyack

Noyack is located on the South Fork of Long Island in the Town of Southampton. The community is at the edge of Noyack Bay.

North Haven

The Village of North Haven is in the Town of Southampton.

Bridgehampton

Bridgehampton is in the Town of Southampton.
Shortly after the founding of Southampton in 1640, settlers began to move east to the area known by the Shinnecock Indians as Sagaponack and Mecox. At the head of Sagg Pond the hardy Pilgrims established a settlement called Bullhead, later renamed Bridgehampton—after the bridge built across the pond. Sagg Bridge was built in 1686 by Ezekiel Sandford. The Bridge was the link between Mecox and Sagaponack and gave this locality its name of Bridgehampton.

Sagaponack (village)

Sagaponack is a village in the town of Southampton in Suffolk County, New York, United States. The village incorporated on September 2, 2005, in the wake of the failed attempt by Dunehampton, New York to incorporate. Dunehampton’s incorporation would have blocked Sagaponack from Atlantic Ocean beaches. The villages are seeking to address various beach issues including erosion arising from groynes at Georgica Pond in East Hampton village.

The name Sagaponack comes from the Shinnecock Indian Nation for “land of the big ground nuts.” The big ground nuts were actually potatoes. Potato farming continued until late in the 20th century and many of the huge estates in the village were built on potato fields. Its first settler was Josiah Stanborough in 1656. The village was originally called Sagg.

Sag Harbor, just north of Sagaponack, is believed to have derived its name from the village. Another village further west was called Mecox. A village that formed a “bridge” between the two was called Bridgehampton, New York.

Sag Harbor (village, shared with East Hampton)

The Hamptons include the following hamlets and villages in the town of East Hampton:

Sag Harbor (village, shared with Southampton)

Sag Harbor is an incorporated village in Suffolk County, New York, United States.
The entire business district of the whaling port and writer’s colony is listed as Sag Harbor Village District on the National Register of Historic Places.

Sag Harbor is about three fifths in Southampton and two fifths in East Hampton. The dividing line is Division Street which becomes Town Line Road just south of the village. Most of the defining landmarks of the village—including its Main Street, the Whalers Church, Jermain Library, Whaling Museum, the Old Burying Ground, Oakland Cemetery, Mashashimuet Park, and Otter Pond are all in Southampton. However, almost all the Bay Street marina complex at the foot of Main Street is in East Hampton as are the village’s high school, the Sag Harbor State Golf Course, and the freed slave community of Eastville.

Wainscott

Wainscott is a place that roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) with the same name in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island. Wainscott can be referred to as Midhampton although the name is not used locally.

Northwest Harbor

Northwest Harbor is a place named for the bay on the South Fork of Long Island connecting Sag Harbor, Shelter Island and East Hampton town to Gardiners Bay and the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The bay derives its name from being northwest of East Hampton village. The name Northwest Harbor is applied to the Northwest Woods neighborhood (sometimes shortened to simply Northwest) of the town of East Hampton. It is also applied to Northwest Landing at Northwest Creek (a salt water outlet from the inlet to the harbor) which was the first port for East Hampton and became a major whaling port in the late 1600s and early 1700s until it was replaced by Sag Harbor two miles to the west of the landing where the water was deeper. Ships of Sag Harbor must pass through Northwest Harbor at the Cedar Point Lighthouse in order to reach Gardiners Bay and the open ocean.

East Hampton (village)

The Village of East Hampton is an incorporated village in Suffolk County, New York within the Town of East Hampton, on the South Fork of eastern Long Island.

The village, part of The Hamptons, is a wealthy community known for its green farmland next to scenic beaches, and for its many famous residents.

Springs

Springs is roughly corresponding to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Fork of Long Island.

Springs is known in art circles as the cradle of the abstract expressionist movement. Artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, John Ferren, and Randy Rosenthal worked there. Many important writers live or have lived in or near Springs including Kurt Vonnegut, Joseph Heller, Philip Roth, Nora Ephron, and John Steinbeck.

Artists and writers were attracted to Springs because of its rural nature, despite being within 100 miles (160 km) of New York City, and because housing prices “north of the Montauk Highway” on the bay side of the East Hampton peninsula have traditionally been lower than those closer to the Atlantic Ocean.

This has created a blue collar neighborhood of people who support the mansions closer to the ocean. Locals are referred to as “Bonackers” which comes from Accabonac Harbor in Springs. East Hampton High School has adopted the Bonacker name for its sports teams.

The main roads connecting Springs to East Hampton are Springs-Fireplace Road, and Three Mile Harbor Road.

Amagansett

Amagansett roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) by the same name in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York on the South Shore of Long Island.

The area is sometimes referred to as Skimhampton. However this specifically refers to the area south of the Montauk Highway along Skimhampton Road. The artist Childe Hassam, who lived on Egypt Lane in East Hampton village, painted the area during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Portions of Skimhampton and the area on the northwest side of Amagansett hamlet are within the census-designated place of East Hampton North.

Amagansett derives its name from the Montaukett name for “place of good water” from a water source near what today is Indian Wells beach.

Montauk

Montauk roughly corresponds to the hamlet (unincorporated community) with the same name located in the town of East Hampton in Suffolk County, New York, United States on the South Shore of Long Island.

Strategically located at the tip of the South Fork peninsula it has been used as an Army, Navy, Coast Guard and Air Force base. Located 20 miles (32 km) off the Connecticut coast, it is home to the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York State.

The Montauk Point Light was the first lighthouse in New York state and is the fourth oldest active lighthouse in the United States.

Montauk is a major tourist destination and it boasts six state parks. It is particularly famous for its fishing (claiming to have more world saltwater fishing records than any other port in the world) and surfing. The Deep Hollow Ranch is the oldest cattle ranch in the United States.

Getting There –

Charter a one-way helicopter trip to Southampton, East Hamptons (private for $3,420, or Charter for $500 )

take the Hampton Jitney from midtown NYC to Montauk for $53 dollars round trip, or the Long Island Railroad from Penn Station to Amagansett for $44 peak-hours round trip, Train for 33$ each way)

Staying There –

Most of people rent a house if they stay for a long term or with a friends who has a house… Even we have a joke: You never realize how many friends you have until you get a house in Hamptons)

The Hotels:

Here is a link where you can choose the best place to stay

Where to Eat:

Here is a link for Southampton Dining

Here is a link for another Hamptons area

I tried most of them and would confirm you from my experience its a perfect places they recommend

NightLife:

Beautique

Social Club

perfect place where you can have a dinner before as well

1AOK night club in Southampton

Here is a Jet Set report where you can see the full list with clubs

Yes and Guys be really careful with speed while driving and Do Not drink and drive as there is a Police everywhere.

Thank you for reading me let me know if you have any questions)

xoxo LenLenStyle

You can never go wrong with black

Summer time is busy in New York… Dinners, Parties, and we also know that picking an outfit for the numerous event have to attend at the same night sometimes, can be a nightmare.
Enter the little dress. This classic item that you probable already have in yourwardrobeis a perfect for any occasions , because its so easy to wear and can be dressed up and down any where…

While it may seem easy to dress in all black , there is a few rules to keep in mind : very the fabrics and texture not to have it to classic look as it can age us. On a fabric note, make sure the fabric selection is a season appropriate. When putting together black-on-black, fit becomes even more important. Thats why I chose a different shape of vest to put over . Add interest with accessories. Bold, colorful jewelry becomes the statement piece of your outfit. And the last thing girls keep in mind make your outfit more dressy or casual with the simple change of lipstick color. My choice for tonight was deep red lip. And yes girls don’t forget about the heels)))

Stay happy and be loved , have a nice weekend xoxo

LenLenStyle

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