OOTD: Dreamy Photoshoot with Stephanie Stein Photography

I am SO EXCITED to share this outfit post with all of you! I took a lot of time to reflect on the blog this past year when I was at the peak of my depression, and I pondered what I could do to improve the site's overall look and feel in correlation with my ideas.  After a lot of reflection, I realized that Cats in My Closet is honestly lacking quality photography, which is vital as a fashion blogger: we live in the age of competition, where everybody and their mother (literally, mom blogs everywhere) has a website, so photos are a strong indicator of the type of content readers can expect to see on your blog.  We're talking a window of mere seconds before someone either says "Oh my gawd, this girl looks like the anime ingenue of my dreams" or "Ugh, pink wig, NEXT."  Needless to say, photos are pretty important. 

Which brings me to this phenomenal photo set.  I had the pleasure of working with photographer Stephanie of Stephanie Stein Photography on my first ever professional photo shoot! As you all know, I have hella anxiety and I was super nervous about getting my picture taken by a complete stranger, but she really captured the dreamy vibe I wanted, and I felt so comfortable working with her.  She got exquisite shots of my outfit and my pink wig in all of its glory.  I can assure you that you'll see more of her work on my blog in the future, it was an absolute joy to have her on board.

See more photos and outfit details after the jump!

Style Icon: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

I swear, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is the coolest person to walk the planet.  

She's a 23-year-old Japanese model and renowned J-pop singer with a kooky kawaii™style inspired by the exaggerated fashion spotted in Harajuku. She's probably best known in the states for her single "PONPONPON" because that music video is totally bonkers in the most mesmerizing way.

Five Photo-Editing Apps for iPhone to Up Your Instagram Game

I've made it my mission to put more effort into my photos. Having a lot of time to myself these past six months since my major break-up (I can't believe it's been that long!), I rekindled a variety of my interests--most notably, my love of photography. I'm notorious for going on these Pinterest "sprees" where I fill my boards with beautiful editorial shots and eccentric-but-cute Tokyo street style looks--because let's be real, there's no fashion like Japanese fashion--but as much as I like curating my own space where I can cite inspiration for my next creative project, I realized that I wasn't contributing my own work as much as I'd like to due to time constraints and not having my camera accessible at all times.

Social sharing sites like Instagram have made it easier to take beautiful photos directly from my phone that I'm able to share with followers on days when I'm not active on the blog. Instagram has clearly stepped up its game since being acquired by Facebook, but I still like having a variety of options based on the mood I'm trying to capture that filters alone can't offer. Below, I've shared my five favorite photo-editing apps (in no particular order) which my readers can use to enhance their iPhone photography. Sometimes, I use them in conjunction with each other or with the filters on Instagram, or other times, I prefer to use them alone.  Versatility in apps is rad.
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