Behind the Scenes: Novelstyle Shop Photoshoot


{Driving into the city, ripped jeans and an iced latte in tow, for the Novelstyle photo shoot!}

In yesterday’s post, I promised to detail the modeling photo shoot that I was able to participate in on Saturday. The photo shoot was for an online boutique called Novelstyle. This boutique is owned by Ileana from Novelstyle blog. I first had the opportunity to connect with Ileana back in January when she reached out to me to feature an item from her shop, which I did, wearing this blouse.

Shortly after that post, Ileana let me know that she was coming to Chicago in March to do a photo shoot of the Novelstyle shop’s spring and summer collection. She asked if I would be interested in modeling along with other Chicago, fashion bloggers, and I thought it sounded like a cool opportunity, so I agreed.


{Picked out my 3 outfits for the shoot!}


{Rack of outfits from the Novelstyle shop’s spring and summer collection}



{Kristen getting her makeup done}


{Ileana and Rachel hanging out between shoots, how cute is the dress Rachel has on!?!}


{Getting my makeup done by the professional artist… seriously, SO cool!}



{After getting my makeup done}


{Group shot}


{Kristen and I modeling together; loving Mackenzie as the focus of this, she was so awesome to work with!!}


{Having a blast with the girls during a group shoot}


{Selfie with Christina after the shoot ended}


{Headed to dinner with Sara, and new friend Christina!}

I am so happy I agreed to this modeling shoot, because not only is Ileana awesome in person, but I had the opportunity to meet a few other awesome Chicago, fashion bloggers including: Christina from A Sentimental Adventure, Kristen from Chic Little Secret, and Rachel from RD’s Obsessions.

The day was awesome! We all met at a space that Ileana rented in Wicker Park. When I arrived, Christina was getting her hair styled; and Kristen and Rachel arrived thereafter. We all had time to meet, chat about our experiences with fashion blogging, and we were able to select 3 outfits to wear for the shoot. As we got dolled up and took turns in between photo shooting sessions, it was a blast chatting and getting to know all the girls. (Sorry that some of the images aren’t the clearest, many of them were quick snaps using my phone… that being stated, click to add me on Snapchat: prettyperfect89!)

A particularly cool moment for me was getting my makeup done by a professional artist. On the day to day, I don’t wear makeup. When I do put on makeup, it’s minimal: eyeliner, eyeshadow, and lipstick only. I don’t even own mascara or any kind of foundation or concealer! So getting to have my makeup done, like full makeup, contouring and lashes included, was exciting!

The photographer, Mackenzie, was really friendly and I was surprised at how at ease I felt during the shoots. Us models were all photographed in our outfits individually, and then we also took some photos together as a group… and we had a lot of smiles and laughs during the fun!

After the shoot, I met my friend Sara for a night out in River North. Christina joined us, along with her husband and some of their friends, too! I’m super thrilled to have had the experience to model for the Novelstyle shop’s upcoming collections. I cannot wait to see how the photos turn out, and I’m grateful to have made some new blogger friends in Chicago!

With Style & Love,



  1. Amy Ann

    How fun!! I love getting to connect with other bloggers. I love Rach! Your makeup looks amazing. I cannot believe you don’t even own some products. Good for you! You have amazing skin. Glad you got to do this. I love when local shops and bloggers can connect.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  2. This looks like an awesome project to take part into ! Lucky girl you got to play model and show off your style skills aswell as your amazing skin :)
    That’s what I like about blogging even if you’re from the smallest town on Earth you can connect w/ people next to you and make the step to meeting easier ;) Cool post x

  3. Amber it looks like you had so much … I’ve always wanted to have my make up done professionally. .. yours turned out lovely. It’s so nice that you were able to connect with other bloggers ♡

  4. Congrats on this wonderful opportunity! So happy and proud of you! The photo shoot looks so fun and I love your make-up! So cool that you got to meet Rach too! She is one of my fave’s! Very sweet indeed!
    Can’t wait to see all the pics from the shoot!
    xoxo, Vanessa

  5. This looks like so much fun, girlie! You looked absolutely beautiful and it must have been awesome having your makeup done by a professional! All the clothing pieces are so cute, too! Thanks so much for sharing and I hope you’re having a great day so far, beauty!



  6. Such a cool experience! And from the pics, one can really tell that you had a superb time. Hope that you get more such fun and fashion-related opportunities!


  7. Love this, you look gorgeous in the pictures! I love the skirt! I think your blog is lovely, let me know if you would like to follow each other!

  8. Hon that is super cool that you were asked to take part in such a fun project- well done you!: what a great way to meet other bloggers and collaborate on something creative. Have a great wkend! ( :

  9. It looks like you ladies had so much fun – what a great opportunity! And your makeup looked amazing, I know it’s nice being pampered once in awhile, even if you don’t do it everyday.

    I just commented back to you on my blog but I’ll say it here too. I follow Christina’s blog too and I would love to meet up with you ladies – city or suburbs, it would be great to finally meet in person!

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