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My First T&J Designs Photo-shoot!


What’s really exciting about getting into the fashion field is all the of the new products you get to play with, the people you meet, and the fabulous photo-shoots you attend or are apart of! I’ve only been in the fashion/ social media field for a little over a month now, and I just know that this is who I am. Fashion has always been a part of my life even when I was in middle school and didn’t know how to dress LOL! Now I graduated college, and scored my first job with T&J Designs, and I could not be happier. One of the perks of my job is being able to prepare for photo-shoots and meet all of these beautiful models or bloggers, and establish a relationship with them! Another awesome perk is attending the photo-shoots! And I’d love to share my first experience doing the fall/holiday lookbook with T&J Designs.

Tuesday, August 30

We prepared a day before the shoot because time was so crazy and the only day we really could prepare was the day before! We hung all of our new products and started to piece them together for each model and in the order they will be standing (yes its that particular). It’s a lot more memorization that you think you would ever need. I had to remember who is wearing what and the faces of every girl, which I didn’t know any of the girls so I had to study their Instagram! Here is the not so glamorous picture of one of our layouts for our graphic tee shoot:


Once Jen and I finished preparing different looks for each shoot, we were ready to take on the big day!

Wednesday, August 31, AKA PHOTO-SHOOT DAY!

We started at 8:30 AM and went to this beautiful church in Chicago. It has the most gorgeous stairs and walk way that we just had to shoot our first look there. We shot our graphic tees and capes there and they turned out so pretty!



*all tees are on the site now , capes will launch in October

Helen was our official photographer, but her gorgeous self was involved in some shots so that’s where I took over. Let me tell you, those cameras are heavy and if you are not holding it the right way, you can seriously hurt your wrist!


After we took some pictures, boomerangs, and some selfies, we headed to the Langham Hotel!

We started off with taking photo’s on the second floor lobby! It was beautiful. The architecture was so modern and made the perfect photo. Plus I was in the shot which was so exciting and so fun to see the turn out!_mg_5727

*some looks available now but look out the next coming months for the tulle skirt and pleated midi

After about 30 minutes we headed up to the penthouse. We took a quick picture of course!

The penthouse at the Langham was BEAUTIFUL! The view was jaw dropping and I think the bathroom was the biggest hit. Let me show you why:



I had to take a picture here. The view was amazing and imagine taking a bath here while sipping some rosé. Heavenly! Plus it made the perfect picture.

During each look, I made sure every girl had their correct outfits on (of course some last minute changes) and accessories! It was so fun styling the girls, and keeping organized was totally key during that day!

Helen took some pictures in the master bedroom and they turned out so cute!_mg_6225

Great to meet those bloggers (left to right) Jenn (owner),  Mary,  Kelly, Ashley,  Jenn each of their blogs is linked and they have great style.

After about 3 hours of being in the penthouse, taking pictures, making sure all the girls had their correct outfits on, and organizing our products, it was time to go. I have to say that overall it was a blast and went by so smooth for my first shoot. I met the friendliest bloggers and gained the coolest experience of all, a photo-shoot with T & J Designs.

If you love what you see, you can get our products on our website!




Chic Summer Blogger Lookbook Shoot

Summer is officially here and so is our “Chic Summer Lookbook” for t+j Designs! You may have caught some behind the scenes shots if you follow us on instagram. With the help of some fabulous Chicago friends/bloggers (that doubled as our flawless models) we showcased some new styles and fun pieces for the season ahead. See a sneak peek below from the shoot and be sure to check out the full lookbook here, and shop all of the featured styles here!

summer-lookbook-1We designed our line to contain separates to take you from day to night! Think graphic tees, printed skirts, sequins, and jewelry/hair accessories to complete the look. Whether you are attending a wedding or special event, meeting up for rooftop cocktails or just want to feel effortlessly chic, these pieces mix and match to create a unique look that will reflect your personal style!

1Ashley from blog Sed Bona nails the classic vibe in this Red and White Striped Midi skirt and Red Soles and Red Wine tee!

2Tiffany from blog Apparel Junky looks great in this tee and trendy Star Printed Sequin Pencil skirt.

3A fab shot of Jen with Ashley and Tiffany! It was the perfect day for a photo shoot around the city.

5Monika from Chicago in Stilettos looked absolutely stunning in our new Gold Sequin skirt and best-selling tee!

6The ultimate duo. Jen is rocking the Stardust pencil skirt  and Tiffany looks adorable in the Polka Dot pleated midi! It’s always so fun when Tiffany comes into town.

7Our go-to ensemble: best-selling graphic tees, tanks and sweatshirts look paired with your favorite denim.

8Special thanks to these lovely ladies for a fabulous day and another successful shoot! Check out the full lookbook here, shop all of the looks here, and stay tuned for more Summer designs coming to the site soon.

Style It: Spring 2015 Blogger Shoot

t+jdesignsbloggershootWe launched a new collection of tees, sequin skirts and patterned pleated skirts and I gathered some cute Chicago bloggers to help me shoot some group shots for our site and for future editorials.  The best part about blogging?  Knowing these wonderful people through social media and blogging.  The hardest part about this shoot?  Man it was cold!  It’s Chicago, so it isn’t warm and as you can see there’s snow in most of the photos.  Well, these lovely ladies braved the conditions to show off our new arrivals and I can’t thank them enough!  These are some of my favorite photos (there were about 400); it was so hard to narrow down but you’ll be seeing more later.
t+jdesignsphotoshoot3Kelsey from Sequins Are A Girl’s Best Friend blog; this petite girl looks fabulous in our tee and stripe midi skirt.

t+jdesignsbloggershoot4Black and gold is one of my favorite combinations!  Our bestselling tee in black and our new sequin pencil skirt looks fantastic on Erica from Sequins Are A Girl’s Best Friend.

t+jdesignsbloggershoot5One of my favorite tees paired with our new sequin maxi posing with Erica :).


t+jdesignsbloggershoot7My lovely friend Johanna who blogs at 101 Things I Love wears one of my favorite colors in this pleated maxi skirt. The necklace and skirt launches end of March so stay tuned but the catchy tee shirt is available here.


Pink is a color we see trending for spring and we will be launching it in this adorable midi as well as a maxi skirt.  Anna from A Lily Love Affair wears it with our Bisou Bisou Tee and adds some color with our mint clutch.

t+jdesignsbloggershoot9Our holiday maxi sequin skirts did so well, my sister and I wanted to add some more to our spring collection.  I love this leafy pattern and we went with the black and gold classic combination and I loved the silver and white for spring.  These will launch in April.  
t+jdesignsbloggershoot10 t+jdesignsbloggershoot11Thank you to Erica, Kelsey, Anna and Johanna for joining me in a mini shoot.  With the sun beaming and our smiles you can’t tell we are cold at all!  And thank you to my team, Hope and Shannon for taking the pics, holding jackets, and getting us all organized.

We missed Tiffany but as soon as the weather gets better we will be shooting together soon.

What do you think about our new collection?  Check out all the new arrivals here.

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