NYFW in Times of Quarantine and Social Distancing

New York Fashion Week is happening! But just like every other major event of 2020 that wasn’t canceled, it looks nothing like it did in the past. The “new normal” of everyday social-distancing is pushing the organizers behind NYFW to get more creative than ever. On the CFDA website, shows and presentations are streamed live … Continue Reading

Announcement: I’m Giving Away Lightroom Presets

BEFORE AFTER – Snow Day BEFORE AFTER – Smooth + Shadowy BEFORE AFTER – Rose Gold City BEFORE AFTER – Retro Beach Day BEFORE AFTER – Crisp + Bright BEFORE AFTER – Country Chic 6 Fashion/Lifestyle Adobe Lightroom Presets – OpalbyOpal Collection Free We all know how important it is to get that perfect edit … Continue Reading

Announcement: Let’s Shoot Together!

Hey Gems! Many of you have asked me how I shoot my photos so today I am showing you a little behind the scenes of a typical photoshoot. Maxim shoots all of my photos and our creative journey together started when we first began dating and I pretty much forced him to take my photos … Continue Reading

My Visit to the Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C.

There are experiences in our lives that stick with us for a long time after they pass. This was the case with me on a cloudy spring day in Washington, D.C. some 2 years ago. Me and Maxim were visiting the beautiful cherry blossoms and decided to visit the new Museum of African American History … Continue Reading

Masks Save Lives

Masks save lives. From my own experience, February – April in New York City was tough. Everything that makes New York great was shut down – bars, museums, nightlife, restaurants, comedy clubs and Broadway shows. From a mental perspective, the first 3 months in a full lock-down were tasking, especially as I still saw some … Continue Reading

Do You Know Your Brain Type? According to Project Evo, I Am an Oracle!

Today let’s talk about creativity and different brain types. Do you ever wonder why some people are obsessed with taking notes and others operate much better in their head without putting anything on paper? Or why some people are morning people and some are night-owls (??‍♀️)? Some people rely on constant feedback from others and … Continue Reading

10 Fashion Photography Tips

So I’ve been asked by some of you to share my typical photoshoot process – what exactly goes on behind the scenes of an OpalbyOpal photoshoot and how I go from an idea to actually taking the photos and posting them on Instagram and my blog? So today, I’m going to share with you my … Continue Reading

Mental Health during Coronavirus

The weather is getting nicer, cherries are starting to blossom and spring is in the air! But we are stuck at home during this Coronavirus quarantine with what seems like no end in sight. As long as social distancing measures are still in place, it’s normal to feel fear, anxiety or just loneliness. Many of us … Continue Reading

My Tips for Staying Social in a Time of Social Distancing

Hey Gems, April is almost here and I don’t need to remind you that we should all be staying home for at least another month practicing social distancing to help our medical workers, grocery store workers, the elderly, those with weak immune systems, and everyone else on the front lines of this pandemic. Social distancing … Continue Reading

My Work From Home Essentials During Covid-19

Hey Gems! I hope you’re staying safe and not forgetting to keep up with the latest guidance from CDC amidst this Coronavirus outbreak. As more people starting to work from home, keeping a consistent routine and staying productive can be a challenge. So today, I wanted to share with you some of my tips on … Continue Reading