How bold are you? Go with bold colors.

24 Sep

I have been dressing mostly in black, white and navy. However, the bold color has been in for a while, and the bold color really adds freshness to the streets and one’s personality.

If you don’t know how to dress in color, please read this article on

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If you would like experiment, just get the tank in the picture from Urban for $9.99. It comes in bright yellow, plum as shown above and red. It’s so affordable, and essential. You can definitely start to play with bold color by matching this tank with skirts or shorts.

The hot pink Skirt is by UO as well for $9.99. The skirt fits true size and absolutely shows your curves. You can also pair it with an oversized blouse or sweater.

How bold are you? If you haven’t played with pastel color, maybe you should try it now.

Fashion blogger Aimee Song in color action(Photos below were not taken by me.):

Underwater Experience

5 Sep

This was my first time doing editorial underwater shoot.

It was abnormally cold for Texas early fall. My friends were using Nikon D90 with underwater housing, and I was using Canon PowershotD10.

It was an amazing experience. I enjoyed spending Sunday afternoon being in cold water and shooting. Since I am not scuba dive certified, I was holding my breath with a waist belt on when shooting the photos.

I’ve learned, you need to be extra cautious when you are underwater, because the moment is more spontaneous under the water. Camera recycles slower than on the land.

Our amazing model Bridget Farr  shot for three photographers. Each of us (photographers) was able to take more breaks than she did. I really have a lot of respects for her. She is very ethical, and down to earth. I really hope she will go very in her career.

I feel lucky to have known both Marco and Marina. They are both driven, and have a great passion for photography as much as I do.

I hope we can keep getting together and working together. Overall, although it was cold, but it was so worth it.


Thanks everyone!


4 Sep

Art has no boundary, neither does fashion.

Dress by Free People.

You can always wear a slip under.:)


21 Aug

Featuring Model: Sanetra Stewart

Photographer: Nikki Qiao(Me)

Assistant: Marco Gutierrez

Camera: Nikon D90

Light: Alien Bee 800

Location: Austin

Outfit: Free People

MUA: Nikki Qiao

Stay tuned for more from this shoot…

DIY (2) Long skirt short and asymmetrical

19 Aug

(This photo is from Free People Catalog)

I got this skirt from Free people on sale for $29.99 instead of the original price $79.99.

It’s sheer, flowy, and pretty; however, it is too LONG for a petite girl like me(I’m only 5’1).

So I decided to alter it to make it fit.

I lifted the front of the skirt, and pinned it as you can see. By lifting the skirt,

it give the skirt an asymmetrical look. Since the skirt is sheer, the lifted skirt

part was doubled (laying on top of each other), so it made the front of the skirt less sheer,

so front the front, they can no longer see the shorts you are wearing under. It also shows

some of your legs, and the skirt still flows nicely from the back.

After that, I sew the shirt by my singer sewing machine, and removed the pins.

Please see the final result below. So for $29.99, you get a unique look skirt, that you

can pair with a cropped top, or a oversized cropped tee.

The top I am wearing.

Photos are all taken by me except for the first one from free people catalog.

Please stay tuned for more DIYs.

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What is SAPP?

16 Aug

I had a pleasure interviewing the founders of South Austin Portrait Party (SAPP)Juli ApplewhaiteJonathan Garza, and their partner Val Pereziden.

SAPP is a rising photography community where Juli, Jonathan and Val organize events for talented photographers, models, makeup artists to have creative photo shoots. All they expect from you is for you to have a great time, be yourself, and live your dream as a photographer, model, or makeup artist. SAPP is a pot of opportunities for everyone. It’s a platform for creating art, building up your portfolio, networking, getting connected with those who motivate you, getting more exposure, and most importantly it’s like a family. I love how well those three work together. They are people with great energy and great passion for what they do.

Let’s get to know them.

1. What exactly is SAPP?

It’s a community where photographers, models, interesting people, makeup artists, designers can make creative and fun photo shoots for themselves.

2. Who came up with this idea? And what inspired you to make it happen?

Juli and Jonathan came up with this idea (both photographers). We are tired of making something boring for others under the pressure of making a living, so we decided to create a community where we could take creative and fun photos for ourselves.

3. How did you guys get connected? What are your roles in this group?

Juli and Val were high school classmates. Juli met Jonathan at a charity event.

Juli: Founder/Photography coordinator/Photographer/Model


Jonathan: Founder/ Photographer
Val: Event coordinator/ Model scout/ Wardrobe /Photographer scout / Art director

4. What’s the purpose behind this group?

Our purpose is to help Photographers, models and makeup artists build up their portfolio; to get people connected; to have fun and take creative photographs, to give local store more exposure.

5. What did it take to get this group up and running?

Passion, interests, creativity, connections and networking.

6. What problems or difficulties have you encountered while starting this group?

It was difficult to coordinate events and people, because everyone has jobs, school and social life. They need to be passionate and interested enough to show up.

The idea of bringing money to this group for makeup artist was a problem. We thought that would suck the fun out of this community, so we dropped that idea.

7. Tell me what are the benefits of joining this group? Why would photographers, makeup artists, models want to join this group?

It’s a no pressure zone. People get to create their own vision. It’s about whatever they want to do, and they don’t need to please others but make their dreams come true.

8. Do you have any sponsors?

Precision Camera, alcohol Deep Eddy Sweet Tea Vodka will be our future sponsors.
9. What do you want to achieve through this group?
Val: Network. I like to bring people together.
Juli: Build a portfolio as model, and photographer.
Jonathan: Take more epic pictures, meet more epic people.

10. What’s the goal of this group in the near future?

More people, more and better pictures, and bigger events.
11. Where do you see this group in five years?
In an established event business.

12. What’s your personality individually and what makes you work well together?
Juli: I’m a pusher.
Jonathan: I just want to have fun!
Val: Networking guru.

                              (Val and Juli)

Artistic energy, different skills in different area, knowing different network of people make us work well together.

We are all driven, and have high energy.
13. What’s your business slogan?
Creating and capturing events that you can’t remember but don’t want to forget.
14. What would you like to say to our readers?

Juli: Come join us.
John: Be creative and have fun.
Val: Just show up.

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DIY (1)

15 Aug

I have got these boots a while back from Urban Outfitters. They are super comfortable,

but I have never worn out once. There is something missing…

Maybe they are too plain, so I decided to embellish them and give them more personality.

I found these lace and cut them equally into four pieces.

(Lace was actually used to tie a group of panties I bought from Free people, that I didn’t throw away.)

So I used glue gun to glue the lace along the edge of shoe lace to give it a more girly look, not as boring.

The reason I used glue gun instead of super glue is, once I don’t like the lace anymore,

I can easily peel it off without hurting the boots.

I hope you like the way they turned out! I will def wear those out one day.

Hope I have inspired you to style your old pair of shoes, and rock them again!

This is green and saves us money.:)

Stay tuned for more NQ DIY tips.


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