Pinspiration Monday: My Better Homes and Gardens Photoshoot

Yup, you read that right! I’m so excited to announce that my smiling face will be featured in an upcoming issue of Better Homes and Gardens! Definitely a “pinch me!” moment, one that hasn’t really even hit me yet…I’m not going to give away too many details because I so love surprises, but I will tell you that my feature will be published sometime this summer and will show me alongside a project that you’ve seen on my blog in the past. Have fun guessing!


Spring Cover

So with this incredibly exciting honor comes a full fledged photoshoot! A stylist from LA and a photographer from New York are both flying in at the end of the week and, as I’m sure you can imagine, I’ve been losing sleep at night drafting up my to-do’s before Friday rolls around: mop the floors, vacuum the bedrooms, dust, declutter, prepare an extra room for equipment. And the most important to-do of all?

What the heck am I going to wear?!

I’ve been studying my “Style” Pinterest board with a figurative magnifying glass ever since I heard from the magazine, doing my best to visualize options. Do I try to use what I have? Do I go shopping? Do I have time to pull all of this together?? In the end, I’m succumbing to the fact that I need help…

Mint and Mustard

Inspiration Outfit
Mint Sweater | White Button Up | LoafersMustard Pants | Shades | Bag

Obviously my focus is on an outfit that will photograph well (I dread those camera-added extra 10 pounds…) – The BHG editor I’ve been back and forth with let me know from the get-go that pants and form fitted tops were the best bets. As soon as I spotted that outfit above on Pinterest, I felt like it was on the right track. I already own a similar pair of mustard pants that could be a fun pop of color, alongside a simple white button up and mint sweater. It reads “summer” to me without revealing too much skin. (P.S. No, I don’t plan on wearing shades or a bag, but I included them just in case you want to recreate the full look on your own!)

Jeans and Blazer

Inspiration Outfit
Blazer | WatchJeans | Necklace | White Button Up | Flats

Another thought was to wear a blazer. Blazers tend to curve in at all the right places, giving your body some shape on camera, and this camel tweed version is a gorgeous execution of that trick. To achieve the same glitzy gold look as the “Pinspiration” image, I added a sparkly gold necklace. A few more gold accessories, skinny jeans and a pair of Madewell polka dot flats that I already own, make this look a definite contender…

Navy and Coral

Inspiration Outfit
Navy Cardigan | Leather Belt | Canvas Tote | Boyfriend Jeans
Floral Pin | Suede/Leather Flats

Here’s a simplified option – Rather than the navy blazer in the inspiration outfit, I chose a tailored navy cardigan with gold buttons that’s cinched in at the waist with a thin leather belt. I adore that pop of coral color at the lapel with a floral brooch, so I tracked down a similar option on Etsy. Nude peep toe flats and a canvas tote finish this springy look.

So. What do YOU think I should wear? I’m hoping that the photo stylist can help weed through my closet and come up with just the thing to make me look like, sayyyyyy, Gwyneth Paltrow in the magazine. Finger’s crossed! ::wink::


24 thoughts on “Pinspiration Monday: My Better Homes and Gardens Photoshoot

  1. Emily

    Soooo exciting! I would definitely stress if I were in your shoes. I like the last look, specifically for Better Homes and Gardens. The cardigan and jeans just feels like something I would frequently see, but maybe you should be different. Sorry, I’m not help at all, but excited for you.

  2. Katie

    Wow, congrats!! I’ll be keeping an eye out for you in BHG! As for an outfit (the most stressful part of all?) I vote #2. 🙂 Huge blazer fan here. Best of luck with the photoshoot!

  3. Jackie

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while now and I’ve never commented, but today I HAD to! How exciting! Congratulations! I vote for outfit #1 🙂

  4. Suzanna

    Congratulations on your great news! Personally, I would wear option #2, but I’ve got to vote for option #1 for you. I think you’ll rock it and it is completely seasonably appropriate! 🙂

  5. Fran

    You have great style . . .so you’ll look fantastic in whatever outfit you choose! Can’t wait to see the magazine article.

  6. Jackie | Daydreamer

    That is AMAZING, Carrie! So happy for you, and I cannot wait to see the magazine this summer. As far as style goes, I’m personally drawn to look #2, but I also love look #1 and am totally and completely obsessed with the Michael Kors flats in look #3. Basically I don’t think you could go wrong. 🙂 Good luck with the shoot on Friday!


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