Feeling Fall | Taupe Off the Shoulder Sweater

casual fall outfit idea

holding red fall leaves

taupe off the shoulder sweater

casual fall outfit idea

taupe off the shoulder ruffle sleeve sweater

casual outfit idea for thanksgiving

taupe off the shoulder sweater for fall

Sweater (sold out – similar) | Denims (on sale under $30!) | Earrings (c/o) | Rings (here & here) | Turnlock Crossbody Purse | Booties | Lipstick – Lancôme: Inconspicuous | Nail polish – Revlon: Checkmate

Hello lovelies!

I write this post with an excited energy and renewed hope! Last week, I bought a new camera. It was an unexpected purchase. I knew my old camera had issues (David and I couldn’t get a consistently clear image!), and I’d been thinking of sending it off for a cleaning/diagnosis. That’s a very expensive process. In the neighborhood of $200. At that rate, I was like, I’d rather just buy a new camera.

My aha moment was using a rewards certificate at Best Buy. I went to purchase a cleaning kit (something I’d never done for my DSLR) and while I was browsing cleaning kit options, the camera guru lady came to help me. She started chatting about how to properly clean a camera and she explained a “horror” story about one of her previous customers, who’d been damaging their camera by blowing on the sensor and wiping the sensor with a tissue.

She indirectly and unintentionally told me that basically, I was completely ignorant to camera care and I had a realization that I’d been damaging my camera sensor for years. I used to have a Nikon D3300 and I bought it in early 2014. I’d done exactly what I shouldn’t have. What I imagined to be “cleaning” my camera, was actually damaging the sensor.

After that visit, I spent a couple weeks trying to determine if my sensor was truly damaged. Ultimately, I caved, brought my old camera to Best Buy, and bought a brand new one. After several days of waiting for the rainy weather to stop, David and I finally had the opportunity to go out yesterday and put the new cam to work.

I wore this taupe, off the shoulder sweater to celebrate fall! This sweater is so cozy and soft. I love the ruffled sleeve. This look also doubles as the perfect casual outfit to wear on Thanksgiving.

What have you been up to lately? Have any recent aha moments?

xo, Amber

Amber is a 20s-something Chicago creative who loves writing, shopping, designing, feeling good + looking good + living good!
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  1. November 6, 2017 / 9:34 am

    I LOVE the photo of you holding the leaves- it’s perfect! What kind of camera did you end up getting?

    • Amber Shannon
      November 20, 2017 / 10:58 pm

      Hey girl!

      I bought the Nikon D5600, although I wanted the Nikon D7200. I just couldn’t afford the price point. Maybe in a few years! 😉
      Aside from the kit lens, I also use 2 prime lenses, 35MM f/1.8 and 50MM f/1.4.

  2. November 6, 2017 / 10:13 am

    Congratulations on the new camera! That must be so exciting! I’ve recently tried to become a better photographer and it’s amazing how much there is to learn, I’ll add cleaning to the list, thank you for the tip! xxAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

  3. November 6, 2017 / 3:59 pm

    Oh wow that is good to know about the camera. I don’t generally do this but good to know not to start. And these photos came out great, and picked an awesome outfit to try out the new camera.

    Allie of ALLIENYC

  4. Shannon Jenkins
    November 6, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Obsessed with this sweater! The sleeves are just the cutest!

    <3 Shannon 
    Upbeat Soles

  5. zarrah
    November 7, 2017 / 1:24 am

    You look so chic dear.
    I love your off shoulder cardigan
    Much Love,
    Zarrah | The Bandwagon Chic

  6. November 7, 2017 / 9:10 am

    A new camera is so fun- love the colour of that top!

  7. Amy Arnold
    November 9, 2017 / 11:48 am

    Love the sweater. Such fun fall pictures!

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  8. November 11, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Your sweater is really lovely dear. Love how you paired it with those heeled booties. Such a cute casual look.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  9. November 12, 2017 / 7:28 pm

    Amber your off the shoulder sweater looks incredible on you… the ruffle looks so feminine… xox

    I have never owned an expensive camera as I know I would have no idea how to look after it… I just take pics with my phone now… before cell phones, I always had cheap cameras… My son in law Paul that is married to my oldest daughter Andrea, has a very expensive camera but he has a photography studio on the side and uses it to make extra money… he takes amazing pictures xox

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