Out of The Box, Into The Park

Out of The Box, Into The Park


So you’re probably thinking that the photos above look a tad bit different than what I usually post. That’s because this shoot was styled and photographed by my incredibly talented friend, Jacque Lombardo.  Jacque and I met on her first day at our advertising agency and we soon found mutual comfort and joy in each other, despite both being assigned to a horrible project.  I’d like to think it was fate! And to be quite honest, Jacque had an instrumental role in helping me get started with this blog – so I’ll forever be in her debt and appreciate her unparalleled kindness and expertise.  Jacque was also the one who shot the first couple of looks for Brown Paper Doll before Jason took over the photography reins.


Recently, she mentioned she wanted to shoot me again, this time to create something more editorial. I told her to do whatever she wanted, and I was on board! For this shoot, we chose a formal Veronica Beard gown, my navy faux-fur stole, simple nude sandals and my new favorite earrings, designed locally in NYC.


While this hair and makeup definitely isn’t an everyday look for me, I thought it was great to be pushed out of my comfort zone and experience a different side of fashion and photography.  Actually, I felt like I was in an episode of America’s Next Top Model where the girls get styled for a high-fashion shoot! While I’m no model, I did my best in Central Park and felt like the setting was perfect to highlight the bronzy, nude tone of the dress.  And I’m pretty proud of us, because believe me when I say this was probably the coldest day of the year in New York! Brrrr!  Despite being reserved for formal occasions, I feel like the gown is a great addition to my wardrobe, as it’s glamorous but simple enough to be in style for years to come.


While Jacque and I don’t work together anymore, it was great to collaborate on this fun shoot.  So thanks for pushing me out of box and into the park…freezing as it may have been!


Silk Deep V-Neck Maxi Dress: Veronica Beard.  Dash Earring: Extra Medium.  Nudist Goosebump Sandals: Stuart Weitzman.  Fur Stole: Helen Moore.


  • Kim
    February 1, 2017 5:00 pm

    You look gorgeous, and your friend is very talented! Love the last photograph especially. This shoot must have been so fun 🙂

    Kim x

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 1, 2017 11:08 pm

      Thanks Kim! She really is so talented, and always captures the best photos. Sometimes it’s good to go outside your comfort zone I guess! Thanks for reading babe! Xo

  • angie at bobo design studio
    February 2, 2017 10:33 pm

    this is an absolutely stunning look! That dramatic lip and that blue fur? I love it! And random note, I also work in advertising. Im on the sell side, but yes, its nice to have a creative outlet so you aren’t going crazy working hard for your clients! Glad that you and photographers creative minds could collide once again!

    Love your blog!


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 4:15 am

      Hey Angie! Thanks for your kind words! No way…you can totally relate to the fun and sometimes pain of ad life!!! What a grind! But I’m so lucky to have amazing creatives and friends to work with. Jacque did such an incredible job, so I’m really glad you liked this post. Thanks for reading! Xo

  • Whitney V
    February 2, 2017 11:38 pm

    That’s so great that you stepped out of your comfort zone!! Doesn’t it feel amazing to do something completely different?

    Whitney V


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 4:16 am

      Hey Whitney! You’re totally right! And I liked posting something a little different on the blog…keeps things interesting. Hope you enjoyed this post. Thanks for reading!! Xo

  • Sharon Wu
    February 3, 2017 12:55 am

    Such a gorgeous look babe! Props to you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Something I need to do more often this year! xo, sharon


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 4:17 am

      Thanks Sharon! I just let Jacque do we thing and she worked magic on me! I’m happy I was able to post something a little different on the blog and have some more fun with fashion. Thanks for reading. I really appreciate you!

  • Paige M Strand
    February 3, 2017 12:55 am

    Wow you guys, great job! Your friend did a great job, and you are totally rocking it! Way to go 🙂

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 4:18 am

      Thanks Paige! Really appreciate the positivity! It inspires me to keep trying new things with the blog! Thanks for reading babe! Xo

  • Samantha
    February 3, 2017 4:34 am

    You are so absolutely stunning girl! love all these pictures and great post! And omg the styling of the outfit is great

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 3:18 pm

      Aw, thanks Samantha! You’re so sweet! I’m really glad you like the post. Thanks for reading! Xo

  • Joti
    February 3, 2017 4:51 am

    Well this is AMAZING! The photos are so magical! I love how you matched your lip colour with that fur shrug!


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 3:19 pm

      Aw thanks Joti! It was pretty magical to shoot! Despite it being absolutely frigid, we had so much fun! Glad you like it babe! Xo

  • peachessl
    February 3, 2017 10:58 am

    Je suis certes, pardon, la proposition d’aller selon une autre voie.

  • Kelly & alex
    February 3, 2017 2:24 pm

    You look so stunning love the fur and the lip color on you! Amazing photos


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 3:20 pm

      Thanks babes! Not my usual makeup look…but it turned out really pretty! Jacque is so amazing with makeup, so I’m glad I got the chance to work with her. Thanks for reading! Xo

  • ellie
    February 3, 2017 2:51 pm

    these photos are truly gorgeous!! I love that lipstick colour on you! I’m sorry that you ended up having to do that awful project but at least, as you say, you found a great friend in Jacques!


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 5:25 pm

      Hey Ellie! Thanks for your sweet words! Yes, that project was horrible, but I got a great friend. I think it totally worked in our favor! I’m really happy you like the photos. Thanks for reading! Xoxo

  • A Graceful Life Blog
    February 3, 2017 7:45 pm

    I love how you are brave to step out of your comfort zone and so glad you did! This photos are so stunning and she is an amazing photographer! Love the makeup!

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 3, 2017 8:13 pm

      Thanks so much for reading! I’m glad you like this shoot…Jacque really is amazing! I’m so happy with the photos and the decision to do something different!

  • Kusum
    February 6, 2017 3:16 am

    Your friend has done a great job capturing your beautiful pics hun! Love that dress on you too.

    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 6, 2017 4:33 am

      Thanks Kusum! The dress was one of my best finds of the year! Appreciate the love babe!

  • Leopard Couture
    February 6, 2017 3:45 am

    Beautiful shots hun, adore that dark lippie on you! You pull it off so well xx- Mitra


    • brownpaperdoll
      February 6, 2017 4:34 am

      Thanks so much! It was my first time wearing a color like that, so I’m glad people love it. Thanks for reading Mitra! Xo

  • Bailey
    February 6, 2017 5:11 am

    I can’t decide if I’m more obsessed with your hair and makeup or your outfit. You look gorgeous and these photos are magical.

    – Bailey | http://www.hotdresshotmess.com

    • brownpaperdoll
      February 9, 2017 3:51 pm

      Aw thanks Bailey! “Magical” is exactly what we were going for. Thanks for reading and all the love! Xoxo

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