Meet Studio Mucci Photographer Lauren and Win Her Camera Bag!

If you follow me on any social media platform or read this blog, then you have definitely seen the work of full time Studio Mucci photographer Lauren Comes.

Lauren and Amina flower crownToday she is sharing what’s in her camera bag and a few insights on how to become more comfortable behind the lens. PLUS We are giving away an adorable coral camera bag, just like hers from TheIt!

Lauren has been holding a camera for nearly half of her life, which becomes more impactful once you learn that she’s only 23! She received her BFA in Professional Photographic Illustration from the Rochester Institute of Technology in 2014 and shortly after joined the party here at Studio Mucci.

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So what does she carry in her camera bag?

Weapon of choice: Canon 5D MKII

Essentials: lenses, lens wipes, extra memory card, extra battery, and her favorite red lipstick

The Lula Bag in Coral

She also shared some valuable insights for anyone who is looking to improve their photos or just become more comfortable with a camera.

“Learn how to use your camera!”

Sounds obvious, but if you’re like me and tend to pounce on any technology or new task with a ”learn as you go” approach, this is valuable! Lauren suggests taking the time to familiarize yourself with every setting and option by researching and reading the manual. Because the more familiar you become the less you have to rely on auto mode and then thats where the magic will really happen.

Like any creative endeavor mastering photography really is about volume, as Lauren’s favorite Henri Cartier-Bresson quote suggests “Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”

Now that you’ve seen whats in her bag, here is your chance to win it! Lauren LOVES how cute and versatile her Lula bag is, Enter to win your own below!

The LULA in Coral

 

 

 

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Fun Flattering Mini Dress + Unicorn Hair Tutorial

 

Besides the fact that I’m pretty sure I wore this outfit already in the 90’s, this is totally one of my favorite silhouettes. Easy, flowing, short dresses with a little bit of structure at the waist or under the bust are super comfortable and universally flattering.  Throw on some sandals or cute boots and you’re set for any season! Get the outfit details on this entire look as well as the highly anticipated  tutorial for my unicorn hair below!

Babydoll cutout dress

Babydoll cutout dress

 

Babydoll cutout dress

Babydoll cutout dress

SHOP THIS LOOK! 🙂

 

unicorn hair

I’m so excited to share my first ever Tasselfairy Tutorial! After many questions and requests, I’m sharing all the deets on how I achieve my signature unicorn hair! Spoiler Alert: I use yarn! Check out the video below for more info. 🙂

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OOTD: Easy Breezy Maxi Dress

Plus Size Maxi Dress w/ Cutouts

Plus Size Maxi Dress w/ Cutouts

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See my OOTD in action and don’t forget to subscribe!

 

Labor Day Sale Roundup: Amina’s Picks

There are so many amazing sales going on this weekend! Here are few of the ones that I am currently shopping, including links to some of favorite picks from each sale!

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Saks is having their “Summer Sunset Sale” with items up to 80% off. My favorite things from the sale are definitely all of the fun graphic footwear. I just snagged those super cute pink Moschino zebra flats for $65!

Anthropologie is taking an additional 30% off of their already marked down sale items with coupon code EXTRA30. These are some of my faves from their sale section.

 

 

I’m kind of living for all of these adorable Kate Spade dresses that are currently on sale. They are taking an additional 25% off of their sale items with code: DELIGHT.

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Plus Size retailer Fashion To Figure is doing a BOGO 50% off full-priced items and an extra 50% off of all sale items using code BYESUMMER. I can’t wait to try the super cute Alaina knotted dress, I got one in yellow 🙂

 

 

Studio Mucci is totally getting in on the Labor Day weekend action. Get 40% off of your favorite party decor using coupon code LABORDAY

I can always count on GAP for super cute comfortable dresses that are easy to layer and wear in just about any climate. Use code LABOR to get 40% off of all items.

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I will be totally adding to my novelty purse collection with these super cute cross-body bags from Torrid. That cupcake bag has my name all over it! And how cute are these adorable Disney dresses!? Looks like I have my outfit picked for our next trip to Disneyland. Use code BYEBYESUMMER for BOGO 50% off on all full priced items and BOGO free on all items. These are some of my favorite items below.

Nasty Gal is taking an extra 30% off of all sale items (discount will be taken at checkout)

 

 

 

There are so many cute Ted Baker dresses in the Nordstrom sale! Tons of great items are marked down for  up to 40% off

 

Happy shopping! Let me know what sales you’re hitting this Labor Day Weekend.

Farewell To Summer LookBook

 

Summer is one of my favorite seasons (only second to spring) and every time it comes around I never want it to end!  Even though the weather in LA will be “summery” most of the year I  always miss the fun that accompanies the actual summer season. Everyone is a little more carefree, the fashion is brighter, the fruit is sweeter and having fun is a top priority.

Before we head back to school, home from vacation and look ahead to the fall holidays, I decided to bid summer a proper farewell with a fun little lookbook.

The farewell to summer lookbook showcases some of my favorite swimwear and fun in the sun outfits and accessories. View the lookbook on my new Youtube channel, and don’t forget to subscribe!

Video and photography by Lauren Comes

Amina Icecream skater skirt

SoSo Happy bag can be found here.

Amina Icecream Skirt

Amina Ice Cream Skater Skirt and Bikini Ice cream skater skirt and dress can be found at Lace and Lore

ferris wheel skater skirt

Amina Post Card Skater skirt

Amina Mermaid shirt

Amina Burger Shirt and Bubbles

Amina milk bag and burger shirt

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Amina cha cha

Amina hot pink ruffle bikini

Amina tropical bikini Lemon bag by Cycochik

Amina Donut float and Bikini

Shop the entire lookbook below

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Wildfox Sample Sale Plus Size LookBook

 

Hi Unicorns! We found so many amazing items at the Wildfox sample sale a couple of weeks ago and we decided to shoot a lookbook in addition to the haul video so that you could see some of the styles in action! I had so much fun styling each look!  Check out the video here,  shop the looks below, and don’t forget to subscribe to my new youtube channel!

Amina Wildfox lookbook
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Amina Wildfox lookbook

 

Amina Wildfox lookbook

 

 

Amina Wildfox Lookbook

Amina Wildfox Lookbook

 

Amina Wildfox Lookbook

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Amina Wildfox Lookbook

 

Amina Wildfox Lookbook

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Photography video and editing by Lauren Comes

Get the So So Happy Rainbow socks here

Shop the rest of the looks below 🙂

 

BeautyConLA Recap

I can’t believe that 2 weeks have passed since BeautyConLA! It totally feels like it was just last Saturday!! I had so much fun trying new products, hanging out with friends and making new ones. And course seeing everyone go crazy for their favorite internet and YouTube personalties is always entertaining… I may have even had a few fan girl moments myself!

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I love our faces in this pic! She is definitely my kind of unicorn!
I love our faces in this pic! She is definitely my kind of unicorn!

I ran into Chrisette Michele and was so shook that she asked to take a photo with me, that I didn’t get to tell her that her amazing style and beauty inspired me to take more risks with my hair and go blonde back in 2011 or how I would sing her first album at the top of my lungs back when I was a one woman tassel factory.

I also got to meet so many of you.. the amazing people that buy our items and support us on social media and basically make Studio Mucci possible!

These babes were SO sweet!
These babes were SO sweet!
I took self many selfies... or usies?
I took self many selfies… or usies? dd
Not sure why my sunnies on still on but we look super cute!
Not sure why my sunnies on still on but we look super cute!
And yes, I do always travel with an amazing balloon bouquet!
And yes, I do always travel with an amazing balloon bouquet!

My gal pal and fellow curvy fashion aficionado Marcy joined us for the festivities and we pretty much had an impromptu photo sesh every chance we got!

So much fun!
So much fun!
Amina and Marcy BeautyconLA
So many laughs!

And duh!! look how cute we are!

We even ran into some of Marcy’s friends outside along with a much needed breeze I snagged this cute pic from Chauncea’s insta! 

 

 

Slayage!
Slayage!

Although I had a blast, it wasn’t all play! Studio Mucci was definitely in the building with tons of cute piñatas, balloons and tassel garlands. My favorite thing that we did there was a super cute selfie wall! How amazing is this emoji piñata?!

Studio Mucci Emoji Pinata

So many cute pics were taken in front of this backdrop!

Studio Mucci at Beautyconla

We even helped our friends at California Donuts spruce up their sweet display with a few custom tassel garlands!

We love California donuts!
We love California donuts!

 

 

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I had so much fun! I can’t wait until the next event!

Photography by Lauren Comes

Be sure to shop my look from beautyconLA below!

 

 

#IAMUNIQUE

 

Earlier this year, retro inspired dress heaven Unique Vintage launched their #iamunique campaign that’s all about body positivity and celebrating what makes each of us unique. I was honored to be included in their latest lookbook for the campaign, along with a group of other fabulous ladies. Check out how I styled the candy colored floral dress for the lookbook and then head to UV and do some shopping of your own. Use coupon code UNIQUE10 to get 10% off your purchase

Retro Seafoam floral dress#iamunique means that I can celebrate the things that make me different instead of hiding from them. I’m a pastel unicorn mermaid from another planet and I wouldn’t have it any other way. 

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Retro seafoam floral dress

Retro Seafoam floral dress

Retro seafoam floral dress

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Retro seafoam floral dress

Photography by Lauren Comes 

Shop this look below

What To Do When You’re Longing To Be Yourself? Just Start Anywhere!

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I am totally one of those people who probably share too many things on the internet. There are a lot of reasons for this, but I think one of the biggest is the fact that I pretended and hid my true self under my illness for so many years… I just don’t have it in me to fake anything anymore. I almost don’t really have a filter (for better or worse).

I’ve been doing a lot of interviews and collaborations lately, in addition to my blog and daily posts on social media. And something kind of weird is happening…. people are actually reading this shit!

So bizarre!

So yes I am an internet overshare-er… but the other part is that I’m also kind of in this bubble of constant work and very little real interaction with the world outside of my Tasselfactory. So whenever I meet someone who say… follows me on Instagram or reads my blog, it always feels so shocking and surreal.

Sooo when I googled myself a few minutes ago (yikes) and stumbled upon this blog post by the lovely Cierra  (a reflection on my very open and honest interview with Urban Outfitters about Studio Mucci and past struggles) I was kind of moved to tears… almost ugly cried. I guess this just goes to show that we all have the potential to impact others in this world, even if its just a tiny bit.

I just wanted to find Cierra and give her a big hug and tell her that what she’s experiencing (from what I’ve learned) is basically mandatory as a 23 year old creative.

So… since a hug from a rando yarned-haired lady might be weird, I decided to write this post.

Dear Cierra,

I want to assure you that your feelings of frustration with yourself for not being more robust in your artistic pursuits are very very normal. At least I think they are based on what I’ve heard and experienced. I am so grateful that you took some inspiration from my story because that is literally the reason why I’ve decided to tell it so candidly. I want young women like you (and anyone who is willing) to learn from what I’ve been through. And hopefully they won’t have to find themselves standing on a ledge before they can truly accept and love themselves and do what brings them joy. I don’t know your life or what exactly you want to do with it, but I do recognize an intelligent, sensitive, thoughtful and creative person, with a great deal of potential when I see one. I don’t really have any advice, because I’m still trying to figure this shit out myself… But I will say that I think your blog is awesome and that anything that you can do (artistically and otherwise) that makes you feel more like yourself is totally worth investing time in. You should do as many of those things as possible. Also, one thing I’m still learning is how to be patient with myself… in case that info helps 😉

Thanks so much for writing about me and my Urban Outfitters interview, I hope this isn’t too weird.

xx

Amina

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Summer Fun Lookbook With ModCloth and Studio Mucci

I partnered with whimsical fashion purveyor ModCloth to share some of my favorite summer looks! I was so inspired by the fun frocks and pastel prints that I designed a new Summer Fun Collection for Studio Mucci! To celebrate we are having an awesome sale! Head to our shop and use coupon code SUMMERFUN to get 35% off your entire purchase! This lookbook is your official summer guide to everything cute and inclusive! Looking for an outfit to wear to an ice-cream themed pool party? Throwing a summer watermelon-strawberry bash and need amazing decor? ( because who isn’t these days!?) We’ve got you covered!  Get ready for foodie balloons and prints, patriotism and of course pastels! Boardwalk Babe: Inspired by fun times walking the pier and carnival food Skirt | Tank | Wedges | Rings | Necklace | Clutch | Boardwalk Babe - ModCloth Studio Mucci Decor: Rainbow Balloon | Hotdog Balloon | Pizza Balloon | Don’t Worry be Happy Balloon and Tasselgarland  Amina Emoji Shirt Patriotic Pinup: The tasselfairy take on red white and blue Dress | Scarf | Bag | Necklace | Sandals Patriotic Pinup - ModCloth Amina Patriotic Pinup - ModCloth Studio Mucci Decor: Patriotic Tassel Garlad and Balloon | Tassel Wands | Bomb Pop Balloon Amina Mucciolo Patriotic Pinup - ModCloth Ice-Cream Dream Girl: Pretty in vintage inspired pastels and sweet as can be! Swimsuit | Bag | Wedges | sunnies | Necklace Ice-cream Dream - ModCloth Amina Ice-cream Dreamgirl - ModCloth Ice-cream Dreamgirl - ModCloth Dress | Necklace | Wedges | ring Studio Mucci Decor Minimalist Ice-cream cone piñata | Vintage ice-cream Tasselgarland (Ice- cream cone bean bag can be found here) Ice-cream Dream - ModCloth- Amina Ice-cream DreamGirl - ModCloth Sad Amina ModCloth Nautical Kitten: Red white and Mew Top | Shorts | Wedges | Bag | Sunnies | Scarf Hello Kitty Nautical ModCloth ModCloth Nautical kitten Studio Mucci Decor: Lets Get Nautical Tasselgarland | Metallic Diamond Piñata | Mini Crystal Piñata | Hello Kitty BalloonNautical Kitten ModCloth Cupcake Cutie: Pastels, and hearts with sprinkles on top Skirt | Tank | Scarf | Sandals Cupcake Cutie - ModCloth Studio Mucci Decor: Cupcake balloon | Cupcake Kisses Tasselgarland (Cupcake beanbag can be found here) Amina Cupcake Cutie - ModCloth Watermelon Straw-baby: A casual summer look thats sweeter than natures candy! Top | Shorts | Scarf | Sandals | Bag | sunnies Amina Strawberry x ModCloth Amina Watermelon x ModCloth Strawbaby - ModCloth Studio Mucci Decor: Watermelon Balloon | Strawberry Balloon | Pastel Watermelon Tasselgarland | Geometric Watermelon SliceWatermelon Strawbaby - ModCloth To see more of the Studio Mucci Summer Fun Collection, head to our new shop! And be sure to check out the rest of my favorite items from ModCloth Makeup by Amanda Bourne: www.mandyapplemakeup.com Photography by Lauren Comes: www.ellelaurenphotography.com