Friday, August 30, 2013

Bonne Nuit

Sunglasses: Marc by Marc Jacobs
Hat: H&M
Belt: American Apparel
Necklace: Charlie Rows
Dress: Tobi
So today my post revolves around a lookbook contest. Next week is Mercedes Benz Fashion Week and is sending 2 lookbookers to New York City for it. This was my entry into the contest along with this written response as to why it would be my dream for them to choose me.. I moved to Santa Barbara two years ago. Originally, from Colorado, I came out here to pursue my dream of being a fashion photographer, which started by attending Brooks Institute of Photography here in SB. As time went on I found myself falling more and more in love with Fine Art Photography-all the film and alternative processes-I go nuts for a great dark room :) 
Slowly I became so in love with fine art that I decided, hands down, starving artist or not, it’s what I love so I was going to do it. I’m coming to find that being able to make my art and do what I want is almost worth the starving artist life. And I won’t lie.. being in Santa Barbara helps a little too.. 
Now to tie this all in with fashion. Like I said, I originally moved to California with the intent of being a fashion photographer. For years I’ve studied fashion photography and how it has progressed, changed, and evolved, which sparked my instant love for fashion, and the powerful art that it is. Through Lookbook I’ve been able to incorporate my love for photography and fashion, along with discovering a new love for blogging. This is an amazing opportunity for me as an artist and simply such a lifelong dream to be able to see the art I’ve loved for so long in such an incredible city. 
I’ve got rolls of film ready to go :) Just say the word! 

Take a look and hype it for me if you like it :)

I must give all photo credit for today to my lovely photographer friend Ashley Robinson. She does amazing artistically crazy stuff, that is out of this world in the most wonderful of ways.  Check her out!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Long Skirt, Long Day

Skirt: Tobi
Belt: American Apparel
Necklace: Charlie Rows
You know those days where you just go, go, go, your head is spinning, you’ve got millions of things to do, lists written, but somehow lack the slightest clue where to start…You spend the entire day in a frazzled dash and at the end of it you sit down, and still feel like you barely made a dent in your long list of lovely obligations..Well this has been my past couple weeks, until I realized that I just might be exhausting myself more than I need to. For today’s post I would really like to pull up a chair and have a quick chat, or at least a reminding talk about the importance of relaxing. In life we are taught that hard work pays off, and we must work for the things that we want. Now I fully believe that hard work is a necessity to success, but I also believe that you should be happy working hard for what you want. Hard work is character building, but we have been engrained to think of work as such an integral part of being successful, that I think it sometimes gets in the way of happiness. Today was a great reminder that when I start to plunder through life (and fail to notice what I’m pushing aside to get where I need to go) I leave a messy trail behind me that only helps to overwhelm me more. If you’re working hard and happy doing it, then don’t forget to stop, smell the roses, and give yourself a nice pat on the back, because that means you’re doing exactly what you should be. We’re too hard on ourselves and must learn to appreciate our own hard work and accomplishments in order to create positivity for future successes!
I wanted to share a quote by one of my favorite authors, Ralph Waldo Emerson. He is a master of self reflection, and simply life.
 “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.”           
I need to remember this on days like today when I feel like I didn’t get enough done, and am already dreading a day that hasn’t even arrived yet. Deep breaths, and patience for another day of possibilities.
Now to talk about the outfit of the day quickly :) I wanted something simple, comfortable, and easy to get around in. One thing I have zero patience for when my patience is already lacking is an outfit that needs to be adjusted every time I get up or sit down. Maxi skirts, especially high waisted, have become staple pieces in my closet. They’re easy to make any outfit look fashionable. This particular skirt is my favorite though. I paired it with a simple white crop top. The crop helps to balance out the long skirt, elongating my entire body, while the white is still simple enough to handle the bold colors of the skirt. I added a brown belt to give the outfit a little bit of styling and put on a thick gold necklace to tie in the gold belt buckle. When it came to my hair, I wanted something pulled back, as to be out of the way, but still girly and pretty to go with the look. 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Window Light

Bought at Melrose Trading Post
Pants: Forever 21 
Backpack: Vintage Fendi
Heels: L.A.M.B.
Necklace: Made by Myself  (Up for sale soon on my shop!)
I’m back! Like I said in my last post I was moving. Now that things are finally starting to settle down, I’m back and in business, bigger and better than ever! This is my first post shot in my new home. These windows were the first thing I noticed about my place. I don’t want to brag..but I can see the ocean from my kitchen :) if you know anything about me, then you know that is my absolute dream come true. Therefore, I had to do my first post in front of them! 
I bought these pants for such an amazing price at Forever 21, and they’re so comfy! I fell in love with the contrasting floral print and put a pocket on a comfy pant, skirt, or dress and you’ve won me over. Since these pants are so bold and the fit is baggy, I paired them with a simple, white, formfitting, turtlekneck crop top..that was a mouthful! The crop top adds just enough uniformity to pull in the pattern of the pant, while still showing off enough skin to make the outfit, cute, young, and sexy. I added a vintage fendi backpack, which is a treasured piece of my wardrobe. This backpack was my first piece of designer anything bought by myself when I was 15. It’s had it’s fair share of rough encounters in it’s time, which is shown in the wear and tear. It’s from the 1960’s and I bought it for an absolutely silly cheap price. My 15 year old self was thrilled to the core, I have to admit I still am. I then topped the whole look off with some thick nude heels to tie in the nude backpack. Lastly, I added a necklace from my own line of jewelry soon to be released!

Sorry! I Moved..

Okay…So I’ve got some explaining to do. I’ve taken quite the break from my fashion blogging, photography, art…everything, to get some very necessary things taken care of. So this is my “I’m sorry, but I’ve been moving!” post :) It’s been quite a whirlwind of finding a place in time (my lease was up at my old spot) and this is not an easy task in Santa Barbara…Especially with a medium sized extra fluffy dog, but luckily for us something worked out right in the knick of time.  This was a great situation to remind me to always be grateful for what I have and be extra grateful when magical things work out! 
I’m still in Santa Barbara (it’s going to take a lot to get me to leave this heavenly place) in fact I’m in a rather lovely spot. Mika (that’s my wonderful dog) and I are quite pleased if we do say so ourselves. I took these photos right before I moved everything out of my old place, so these are my last memories, and they very much explain all of my emotions of how I was feeling at the time…Stressed, tired, excited, a little loopy from my nonstop two days of packing…which I can only blame on my own procrastination.. Alas, I'm moved in and at home... Oh and also I just have to point out my wonderful vintage Oscar De La Renta tapestry bag sitting next to me. It is my all time favorite carry on for flights. I found it tucked in a corner of a catholic thrift store here in Santa baarbara.
I just wanted to announce a few things I have coming up to look forward to!
1. I’ll be posting a new look very soon here that I shot in my new home :)
2. I have some new fine art that I’ll be putting up on my photo site, along with an entire store of my own prints-details later on
3. And lastly I want to introduce a new project that I will be coming out in the next couple weeks. I’ve been working on handmade jewelry for the year, learning about wiring, metal working, and leather. I’m very excited to announce that I will be coming out with my own line of accessories. I’m wrapping up some loose ends with my brand and store and will have more details on the shop soon!