Monday, September 1, 2014

What's Happening Now










     I'm incredibly excited to let everyone know that I've officially moved up to Seattle, WA from my last home in Portland which is something I've been craving for a long, long time. Seattle represents a lot more to me than grunge music and the space needle. This city has taken on an ambitious attitude since the early 2000s (I'm guessing that has something to do with the success of Microsoft) and is the fastest growing city in the US; something that is clear when you glance outside and see four or five construction sites in a row and a skyline littered with cranes. There is an abundance of experimental and expert cuisine, plenty of avant garde clothing stores (and a ZARA, woohoo!) and more cafés selling my favorite coffee drink (iced mocha with coconut milk) then you can even imagine. This city is gorgeous and a quick jot around my apartment fills me with enough inspiration to want to be a better fashion blogger every time. I can't see myself leaving any time soon. 

     These photos were taken in my new neighborhood and feature more gorgeous jewelry from Modern Renaissance Man. I'm also wearing a dress I am currently obsessed with from ZARA which I bought during my last trip to New York when I needed something fancy to wear to see a broadway show. The heels are simple and thrifted and the glasses are from ROMWE. 

     My mom and I have to get back to putting together furniture for my new apartment so I have to get going. Hope everyone has a gorgeous night and that you'll all be lucky enough to be able to fall asleep in your dream city someday soon. Mwah. 






Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Heat Wave









  

     Oh, what a hot day it was today. For any of you in Arizona or Florida you're going to think I am a total wimp when I tell you it was 90 degrees Fahrenheit today and I was absolutely dying, but I'm a Pacific North-westerner and anything over 70 feels uncomfortable and suffocating to me. Enough of my weather-related complaints though, today I want to talk about the gorgeous jewelry I am wearing. 

     Modern Renaissance Man is a hybrid vintage, modern, and restored accessory shop which not only makes fabulous pocket squares, tie bars, cufflinks and so much more for men, but also earrings, bracelets, and necklaces for the ladies. On top of all this they have created their own accessory called a Mag TAK which is basically a piece of stunning crystal or gem art that uses a magnet to stay on. This is wonderful since it means no more holes in your hats, scarves, or, in my case, bandeaus and it's very easy to take on and off. I'll be posting more outfits in the coming weeks incorporating more of their jewelry since I am absolutely enamored with it, but for now I recommend you take a peak at their Etsy shop for yourself (link is above.) 

     The rest of my outfit is quite minimalistic which is what I'm drawn towards more and more. Nothing is more exciting to me than the thought of Fall approaching so I can finally start wearing layers upon layers of glorious fabrics. Cheers for now, happy Tuesday. 













Tuesday, August 19, 2014

BL(A)CK (BEAUTY)








     "Life is beautiful but you don't have a clue..." coos the melancholy songstress, none other than Lana Del Rey, in her Ultraviolence track "Black Beauty." I'm going to be making this blog less personal from now on as it shifts towards a more professional platform, but something that will never change is my habitual use of music as inspiration. Nothing gets me in the writing mood better than a darkly lit room and a good song on repeat.

     I had a hard time choosing which song to pair with this post since it's not often that I have all black-and-white photos to share. Something about pictures in a monochromatic scheme elevates their artistic status, so I needed an equally dim, brooding type of song to go along with them. For those of you who throw dinner parties, my dilemma was akin to deciding which brie would glide the most effortlessly onto a baguette or, though it's way over my head, the type of wine that should be served. Food, music, and photography are all arts, after all, and when properly aligned alongside each other magic can be created.

     These photos are from a photo shoot I did a while ago with a photographer by the name of Damon Waters. He's incredible at what he does and told me that he draws a lot of his inspiration for lighting from cinematography. During the shoot we tried out many different lighting fixtures (and outfits) so I might come out with a few more posts featuring his work in the coming month. I should also note that my makeup artist for this shoot was a joyous lady by the name of Brittany who I always adore working with.

     PS. I've been sick for a few days and have been stuck inside eating soup and watching Netflix. To my delight I saw that the 2 part film Nymph()maniac by Lars von Trier had been added and I instantly began watching it. As a cinephile and perhaps a harsh critic I can say in all honesty that the movie is a masterpiece and certainly one of the best I've ever seen. To appreciate this film takes a bit of open-mindedness, maturity and certainly the ability to follow long story-lines. This movie has many scenes involving sex (if it didn't than the title would be a waste,) meaningful violence, gorgeous stylistic editing, rich characters, witty and intelligent dialogue, a few bits of dark humor, and overall an honest commentary on female and male sexuality, friendship, relationships, and oneself. I would rave about it and write a detailed post about how much I appreciate it as a film, but alas, this is not a film critics blog. It is for fashion. Sigh. In any case, watch the film from start to finish in one sitting and let me know what you thought.