Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Visages Des Femmes

     These pictures go well with "Quelqu'un M'a Dit" by Carla Bruni if you're a fan of listening to music all the time as I am. Most forms of art can be enhanced by a soundtrack, as can one's life. Lately my soundtrack has been this one. In fact, the song "La Dernière Minute" came on last night as my flight home from California was experiencing turbulence and I thought to myself what a beautiful song to die to. You can always count on me for optimism.

     If you read or skim this blog you should recognize the photography aesthetic of Mark Laubenheimer by now. We got together for our second photo shoot and despite being unsure if we'd be able to create magic a second time I feel confident in saying we succeeded.  The last photo shoot was all about the concept of feminine beauty as a whole so I thought this time I would talk about les visages des femmes. 

     As a set, these photos are me. But, individually they are stories of different women and, in essence, personas. I am comprised of so many various whims and to visually manifest them as characters was really enjoyable. Perhaps you'll be able to relate to different nuances of these women. Afterall, all of us have many faces.

The greedy and insecure Princess who refuses to remove her fur and jewels even when in her underwear. She fears that without a clear indicator of status she will have to reveal parts of herself she has kept locked away. She lives in two castles: one physical and one that she's built within her that keeps her from ever truly connecting to other people. 

The ethereal artist; a woman at peace with her beauty. Free to create and experience life yet still learning to become comfortable with her overwhelming sense of doubt. Nothing she has made will ever be good in her own eyes yet she feels compelled to continue trying. A true romantic who views life as an imitation of art and love as a medium to work with. 

     The young, naïve school girl. Hopeful but hesitant. Confused about the line between loneliness and self-sufficiency. Filled with longing for things she thinks she wants. Reacts childishly to receive the attention she needs to keep her afloat. At risk for misunderstanding the power of sexuality and self-respect yet willing to accept wisdom from anyone. Optimistically melancholy.  

     Alors, c'est fin. It's a really October'y day out so I suppose I'll go for a walk and have lots of coffee. I might make a post about my trip to California but for today I'm going to be sleeping and reading often to recover from the weekend. Cheers everyone, happy Tuesday and remember to call your parents to say hi more often.  

Thursday, October 2, 2014

A Confident Chill


     Fall is upon us at last. October is my favorite month of the entire year and I couldn't be happier now that it's time for spooky stories and rich pumpkin stews. Yesterday I was out thrift shopping with my friend Charlie and as soon as I felt the chill of the air sweep through my hair I couldn't contain my excitement. He looked a tad worried when I didn't stop going on and on about what a beautiful time of year it is. I can't help it. Fall is candyland for me. In fact, since I hate my birthday so much (it's in August) I am officially moving my birthday to today, October 2nd. Happy Birthday self, go on and have a slice of birthday pumpkin pie. 

     This look is either reminiscent of pajamas (which wouldn't be too out of character for me lately) or of my favorite fashion blogger Lucy. The entire reason I started a personal style blog to begin with was because of how much I love Lucy's blog and though our styles aren't very similar sometimes I channel her minimalistic coolness. It's also a perfect look for curling up in a café with a mocha and reading, which is exactly what I intend to go do after I post this. 

     I feel sad that we are already on day two of this mois idéal. Only 29 days left. Better make every one of them count! Thanks for reading everyone, comment below about your favorite month and I'll be sure to comment on your blog in return if you have one. October is the month for community building, after all. 


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Last Call Dream Girl

     Is anybody else still recovering from Friday and Saturday? These pictures are clearly from a photo shoot but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a couple of moments similar to them over the weekend. My friend Sage (her page is here,) who is a Portland based model was staying with me last night and we decided to put our creative minds to good use. I asked her if she wanted to go out and shoot each other and then came up with the idea to do a "two girls leaving a club while way too drunk"concept. We tossed on some of our best faux-clubbing outfits (I'm 19 so I don't actually club,) smeared on makeup way too thick, and wandered around in the rain looking for cool alleyways to shoot in. 

     It's rewarding and fun to be a model but Sage and I both enjoy being behind the lens as well. The more you practice taking photos  of other people the easier it is to have yours' taken and visa versa. For me, concepts are always swimming around in my head waiting to be reeled in so I'm lucky to be able to execute and share them here. I texted my boyfriend a picture from this shoot and he replied back that he would title it "Last Call Dream Girl" which I adored. So ta-da, this post was a three-person collaboration after all. 

     I'm in a Starbucks typing this and I'm in the mood for some crazy party stories. Comment below about your shenanigans or message me on Facebook. In any case, tomorrow is October so pull out your cardigans and snuggle in for lots of cool Fall content to be popping up here at Ennui Mode. Mwah.