The Right Words Were Always Hard to Find


Let me just tell you guys, these self portraits were beyond hard to take. First, I realized that one of the legs of my tripod was broken so I had to balance the broken leg on the side of a tree. Then, I realized I forgot the thing that connects my camera to the tripod, so I had to carefully balance it on the tripod, using the same tree for support. Then I had to use the tall grass as a focusing point to manually focus the camera, which made it difficult to decide how far away to stand since all the grass looks the same everywhere. And then don't even get me started on the heat. But with some editing magic I managed to salvage a few. :)


(shirt dress h&m [remixed], skirt forever 21, bangle forever 21, shoes kenneth cole reaction)

I think the heat started getting to me in some of these pictures. There weren't many normal ones. And I'm also super Asian in these pictures considering you can't see my eyes in the majority of the photos.


So I just got a job at a new store opening up at my mall: Love Culture. My interview was literally only about 4 minutes. It opens up in a week or two and I have orientation today! I'm pretty excited, especially since I'm low on cash and it pays a little more than my last job.

I'm craving a road trip this summer but I have no idea where to go. My dad said if it's over 6 hours there's no way in hell I'm driving (apparently that's what planes are for). Any suggestions? :) 


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70 comments

  1. Jen, these self-portraits are wonderful. You did well and you don't look like you had a difficult time setting up the gadgets. Your face didn't show any signs of being harassed... a true measure of a real pro. Have a great weekend sweetie! xoxo

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  2. the bracelet is just too cute! love it.
    you look wonderful in every photo jen. i love the poses :) :)

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  3. Road trip to Iowa! Just kidding... sort of. You're so funny--my friends and I always notice when we look extra asian in photos... I don't know how to explain it though. Self portraits are hard! But so is nagging my boyfriend to take my photos and being insanely anal about every single photo! You look really cute and you don't look phased by the heat at all!

    xo Jenny

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  4. congrats on the job :) erm..cant really think of anything lol i'd like to see what your room looks like though, i liked posts like these as i am nosey (and in the middle of a big room sort out!! lol)

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  5. I love them Jen! Your just so pretty.


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  6. look at you! such a doll!! love it.

    congrats on your new job!! :)
    j.

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  7. COME TO CALIFORNIA DUH!!!!!!!!!!!<3
    okay got that out of me...your comment on how the grass all look alike made me laugh :) oh the things we do for our blog...! i hope you get a new tripod soon! i am loving the location of this outfit. and i still don't understand how it's super hot there but here it's just...warm/breezy (no complaints, just confusion...). congrats on the new job dear! i can't wait to hear all about your first day!

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  8. Hey Lovely!
    Thanks for the ultra-sweet comment :]
    You look so awesome here, your posts are always so rad!! Hope your having a great weekend.
    paanda xx

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  9. I think you did a great job with the self pics - I like the ones where you're frolicking around.

    Good luck with orientation.

    ShopTOLive.ca

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  10. I love the first picture! I think they turned out quite well! I love your blue button-down! Yay congrats on the new job, I know you'll be fantastic at it! Hmm maybe you can drive down to Florida for the opening of the Harry Potter theme park (if you like Harry Potter)? I don't know whether that's more than 6 hours though. OR you could drive to DC! I'm such a nerd, but I LOVE DC and all those silly monuments and museums. God I want to go again.

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  11. You did a pretty good job with these pictures, you look great!

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  12. Love love love the bracelet!!!!
    And the pics are beautiful!!
    Looking good!
    Kiss from Spain

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  13. You did a great job! I always take picture on my own and I'm going mad! I NEED a tripod and a remote control at least!
    I haven't already planned my holidays (I don't know what I'm wating for!).

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  14. "super asian". Is that like Super Man?

    And these pics. turned out good. I think you have a new photographer...mr. tree!

    Yay! for the job! You get an employee discount, right?

    I would say come on down to the beach but it's more than 6 hours to here. Booooo!

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  15. really cute photos
    nice smile
    lots of leg @_@ keke

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  16. you look so cute! The pictures turned out great!

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  17. O hai, you're so cute when you prance. :) Your bracelet is so pretty, I like how you built around it.

    Only 6 hours of a road trip? Awww. Maybe you could go to New York, haha, I don't know actually. We had to drive all the way up to Montana a few summers in a row, which was 60 hours total there and back. It was fun, haha.

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  18. You could try to be more adorable but you would fail. I love this outfit! It's super cute :) Gosh I dunno where you should go on a road trip, you should give us like 5 options and we can all vote on it haha!

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  19. You would hardly notice that these photos were hard to take without being told, they look great. I love the casual outfit, its really cute.

    I can't be much help to telling you how to improve. I love reading your outfit posts so all I would say is keep em' comin'. :)

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  20. Ahhh you are just precious!!! I love your smile! It's contagious! You had me smiling! I want your skirt and i love how you paired it easily with your oxford shirt...it's inspiring :)

    You're cute. And I totally feel you on the self portrait thing. It's one of the most frustrating feelings in the world!

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  21. 'look so Asian' lol I totally get what you mean with the non-appearance of the eyes when smiling :P

    and you looked super happy in these pictures it's actually nice to see a fresh happy face (rather than the serious,sexy sultry pout look lots of people try to do). it makes it more real :)

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  22. you look so happy and CUTE! i love these :)
    congrats on the job!

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  23. lovely skirt and bangle:)
    nice photoshoot!

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  24. these photos are absolutely lovely, dear!!! love the carefree nature of the background! :D

    congrats on the new job!! :D

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  25. I adore this natural photos ! You look so amazing :)

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  26. love all the photos, so lovely! I love ur skirt too!

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  27. You are too adorable!!!! I would have never guessed you were having problems with your tripod, honestly. I'm a follower now! You're blog is so cute.

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  28. Ur pics turned out so lovely! Ur gorgeous hun! xx

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  29. Whoa, I can imagine the difficulties you faced when taking these pics, with tripod malfunction and so on.. They are great, though I love your outfit, too..

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  30. Congratulations on your job! The photos came out really nice besides all of your troubles, you can't even tell you had *any* troubles. I like the floral bracelet with the grass....juxtaposition ftw!

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  31. these photos are so so cute! they came out great :)


    xo,
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  32. Ah, I love how carefree, happy go lucky, and cheerful you look in these pictures Jen - so cute! And...I want your bangle!! :)

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  33. thanks! today was actually pretty chilly and windy because it rained, so i might have to take back that comment saying i miss winter. plus, i loveeeee the beach. :)

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  34. haha I actually lol-ed at the "I look super asian" comment."
    you look too cute! I know how frustrating it can be to get good quality photos alone. :oS
    also, don't you love how versatile so many H&M dresses are?! I can't stop wanting them!
    also also, thanks for the birthday wishes!

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  35. oh wow, these are awesome self-portraits...i love the movement you made in the photos.

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥

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  36. I like your running/skipping photos, too cute!
    I think i've gotten into a pose rut, I need to start mixing things up a bit more...

    Chic on the Cheap

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  37. so pretty :) i love the simplicity of your outfits!
    xx

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  38. boy, what a work!

    but I guess you had fun in the end, am I right?

    so I guess nothing to loose!
    plus, you look as cute as always

    "And I'm also super Asian in these pictures considering you can't see my eyes in the majority of the photos."

    LOL. I can't stop smiling reading that!

    Well, I'm Asian too. And I feel you, sister!

    Try use contacts. They're a big help!

    Keep posting
    Kisses!

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  39. oh, and I forgot to ask

    how was your volunteer work at Better World Cafe? would love to hear some of your stories! ;)

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  40. nice photo shoot..

    wanna exchange link and or follow me??

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  41. aww so vcute and gorgeous! i love the shirt and bangle and the scenery is amazing
    x

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  42. your pictures are so great!! love your blog!!

    xx
    Vicky

    feel free to visit my blog:http://vklbr.blogspot.com/

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  43. Jen! Your smile is infectious! I love it! You are adorable as always.. thanks for putting a smile on my face today. Hope you're having a fun day.

    xx Love & Aloha

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  44. wow talk about a lot of work!
    at least the pictures came out looking awesome!!!
    love your top and that floral bracelet is gorgeous :)

    xoxo
    Olivia

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  45. thats is the cutest bracelet ever

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  46. Take a bus to DC! Bolt Bus has the cheapest fares. boltbus.com

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  47. these are great photos, i can't believe they're self-portraits! you did a great job capturing a very cute outfit. and congrats on your new job! ~joelle

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  48. I'm so glad that I stumbled across your blog today! Great pictures and outfits!

    http://styleandcaffeine.blogspot.com/

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  49. Look at how cute you are frolicking through the fields. I love it!!

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  50. These are gorgeous photos. Such a simply beautiful outfit.

    I just found your blog, and I like it a lot. You seem to pull off all your outfits with such lovely ease.

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  51. love the look very simple and the colors go so well together

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  52. Love the bracelets !!

    Care to follow me back ?

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    Alice H :D
    xoxo

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  53. Omg, no way! These do not look like self portraits! You look stunning :D I really, really love your skirt!

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  54. The photos still look great though ! Haha . You look super happy in those photos , love it ! Yay for the new job ! ;)

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  55. Beautiful and effortless outfit!! I love your hair in the last photo! xoxoxoxoxo

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  56. Love this classic look!

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  57. I like it!!

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    If you haven't exchanged link with me, please contact me : icecreamyworld@gmail.com or comment my blog

    Thanks so much,
    Creamy
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  58. well you can't tell the images were hard to take you look happy as a clam and very pretty!

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  59. congrats on getting the job! i just applied at a store too and hope i get it. good luck at orientation!

    love your outfit! i've been mixing menswear pieces with my girlier stuff lately too! menswear can be so cute.

    <3

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  60. I want your hair, can I have them please? pretty please?

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  61. you look so cute and classy!
    x

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  62. cute floral bangle!

    jadepurplebrown.blogspot.com

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  63. These pictures of you are gorgeous! I love the simplicity of your outfit.

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  64. Haha you must have looked awesome running around a field on your own with your eyes shut and your mouth open, haha! The end photos look great though - such hair envy!

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  65. The photos are great, really beautiful! The outfits is very classy. Congrats about the job! Sorry about your tripod!

    its been a while since I have commented! I am dearly sorry!

    -kinsey

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  66. These totally don't look like they're taken with a tripod and self-timer. Girl, you must teach me HOW!!

    ps. I've had those "super asian" moments, especially when I'm facing the sun directly (stupid!) hahaha :D

    www.monochromachic.com

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  67. I love your bracelet!! And I love that you look so joyful in these shots. Congrats on the job!

    xoxo, Ashley @ freehoney.blogspot.com

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