Monday, June 12, 2017

Sparkler Engagement Photography

Full confession, this is not an engagement shoot. It's an anniversary shoot. David and Rachel have been married for two years (Go them)! I've been wanting to do a photoshoot in a field at sunset with someone wearing this dress for years and finally got around to organizing it. And how lucky were we with this light? It was a perfect golden hour.
The photo above was taken by holding a sparkler in front of the camera (something else I've wanted to experiment with). After sorting through a lot of rubbish photos where the couple is obscured by sparks, this one looks pretty good don't you think?
Thanks David and Rachel for modeling. You guys are the nicest and I feel lucky to have you as friends. Happy Anniversary!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Trend Watch: Embroidered Sneakers



I'm not really one for following trends. They change so fast that it hardly seems worth it. But everyone once and a while something catches that I genuinely like and want to try out. 2016 brought us embroidered jeans and now 2017 is making way for embroidered sneakers. While I don't have seven hundred dollars to drop on a pair of Gucci's, I do have some embroidery thread and a pair of old canvas flats I can try to dress up. Not sure if I'll actually get around to it but it's still nice to appreciate the creativity brought forth by designers and street stylists.
Do you have any favorite current trends?

Monday, June 5, 2017

May Review



A lot has happened this spring: I completed my first full year teaching, I joined a rock climbing gym, and more importantly (in regards to this blog), I've come to some realizations. After attending a blogger conference in April, I decided that career blogging is not for me. This time last year, I was putting all my energy into gaining followers and trying to set up brand partnerships. I was working to turn my blog into something lucrative, but the entire process zapped the joy out of the experience. It made blogging stressful and unsatisfying because to make a living blogging you need to advertise stuff. And despite the fact that I run a fashion blog, I'm really not into stuff. Or at least, I'm not into sending the message that you need stuff to feel fulfilled.

For me, fulfillment comes from doing creative work, from long bike rides on local trails, and from spending time with the people I love. I don't want to curate a perfect looking life driven by clothing sales. Ya know?

So where does that leave me?

I want to create images. I want to express myself in the way I dress. Sometimes these things meet on my blog. From now on, you can expect posts as I feel like making them (no more regular Monday updates) because I'm not trying to run a business here. I'm just hobby blogging. But with my extra time, I'm building a photography portfolio website. I'm photographing more events, more portraits, and practicing the craft that Outfit Zest has let me explore. My photography website is set to launch at the end of June. I'll keep you posted as the details unfold but that's it for now!

Love, Joy

Outfit Details
Thrifted jeans, thrifted shoes.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Blogger Break


mori girl reading in the forest

Hey friend,
Thanks for stopping by today. I have a lot of fun running this blog but I've been feeling a bit scatterbrained lately (you may have noticed I've been steering away from traditional outfit posts). To give myself time for rest and regrouping, I am going offline for the month of May. If you like my content, you can still follow me @outfitzestjoy via instagram.
See you Monday, June 5th!
Love, Joy.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Happy Easter


Here are some pretty spring photos I've taken recently for your enjoyment! 
I hope your Easter was lovely.
Cheers, Joy.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Inspo-Board: Mushrooms

It is on my 2017 bucket list to try growing mushrooms in our basement. The winter temperatures were too cold down there, but as spring is warming up, it might be safe to start the project. Liking mushrooms is a relatively new thing for me. I've always thought that they were interesting to hunt for outside but I only recently started to enjoy eating them. I'm a little nervous to hunt for edible ones in the wild but I do think it would be fun to try growing some nice white button mushrooms at home. Do you have any spring goals to start planning for?
-Joy