Sunday, 31 October 2010

Soundtrack Saturday: We R Who We R by Ke$ha

We R Who We R

I was going to be Ke$ha for halloween, but then i realised that i don't have any plans for halloween! but if i do so say so myself, my Ke$ha costume would have been epic. when biddy first debuted i thought her music was rubbish. and the thing is, it IS rubbish, but that's the joy in it. i'm in LOVE with her new single and can't wait to get her new album Cannibal. yum! :)

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Editorial: Lara Stone by Craig McDean for Interview October 2010

Lara Stone by Craig McDean

Lara Stone is impossibly exquisite. I'd love to work with her one day.

Editorial: Crystal Renn by Philip Riches for Avant Garde November 2010

Crystal Renn by Philip Riches

Isn't she a sex bomb? And while we're talking about Crystal Renn, go read this article I wrote for the Quad about digital manipulation in fashion.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Editorial: Edita Vilkeviciute by Camilla Akrans for Numéro (September 2008)

Edita Vilkeviciute by Camilla Akrans

I'm a little bit obsessed with this editorial. It's pretty much amazing. It's so high fashion i can't even take it. I wish i could have been on set for this shoot. There are some editorials that just hit all the right notes, and this is one of them.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Editorial: Liu Wen by Greg Kadel in Wild Dreams | Vogue Germany November 2010

Liu Wen by Greg Kadel

I think this might be one of my favourite editorials ever. i don't usually like editorials that have an overtly ethnic slant since they generally tend to fall in the "clueless racism" category, but for some reason, this one really draws me in. i don't know if it's the orange cheeks, or the really tangible sense of movement, but i really love these shots and i can't get enough.

Friday, 15 October 2010

Editorial: Valerija Kelava by Lachlan Bailey for Vogue China November 2010

Valerija Kelava by Lachlan Bailey

sooo... this is what an editorial SHOULD be.

Portrait: Nathalie Edenberg by Bruna Castanheira

Nathalie Edenberg by Bruna Castanheira

i can't explain it, but i've developed this thing for faces over the course of populating this blog. i love this girl's face and i really can't get over it. she kind of reminds me of jessica stroup from 90210.

Editorial: Gisele Bundchen by Carter Smith for Elle France February 2005

Gisele Bundchen by Carter Smith

so even though i am eternally jealous of the entity that is Gisele, i think the reason that i actually really love her is because she brings this weird personable-ness (?) to all her pictures. after i get over her amazing body, i kind of just want to get to know her. is that weird? probably not. i figure that's part of what makes her such a good model. she's hot so she automatically appeals to men, but i guess that 'thing' is what makes women love her too.

well played Gisele. well played.

Editorial: Caroline Ribeiro by Renam Christofoletti in H. Stern for Vogue Brazil October 2010

Caroline Ribeiro by Renam Christofoletti

this is amazing. Caroline looks like a not ugly Lea Michele. same jawline and mouth and all that.
but seriously, her SKIN! oh my! i really want to lick her. her skin is like caramel. 

Editorial: Ymre Stiekema by Marc de Groot for Glamour Netherlands November 2010

Ymre Stiekema by Marc de Groot

grunge chic. love it.

Friend Friday: Blogger Beginnings

Here we are again with another Friend Friday. I shall not delay; let us get to the questions.

1. How has your blog changed over the months/years you've been blogging?

Well not including the drastic template changes I've made over the last year, I think the biggest changes have been in content. I initially started out with two blogs; one for casual photography and photojournalism and one for fashion photography. This past summer I had the bright idea to merge the two (duh...) under the umbrella of the fashion blog, which makes life SO much easier. 

When I started my fashion photography blog it was supposed to be a place for me to post photos from shoots that i did, but i'm in college and i rarely have the time to do full blown shoots. It was more often than not  that the pictures I had were of random things I found interesting while trekking up and down campus. Now however, i've expanded to cover all aspects of fashion even though i do mainly focus on editorials. after all that IS where my heart lies :) but writing for two different fashion columns in addition to keeping up my blog made me want to expand my content to incorporate everything i do, and reflect my changing inspirations. 

Now I look at my blog as place not just to promote the work that I do, but also to post the work that inspires me, mention photographers I love, models I'd die to work with etc. I honestly love what my blog has become and I'm proud of it. it's a labour of love.

2. What was one thing you did wrong in the beginning and how have you changed that?
Well I don't really think that I was doing anything wrong per se, but one of the changes that i've made for the better has been to really get engaged in the fashion blogging community. i didn't really realize that blogging was such a big thing until I started writing for College Fashionista in November 2009, and began paying more attention to my blog. (it had been severely neglected until then) Since then, i've joined IFB, started discovering and following blogs on bloglovin', joined lookbook, started writing in the fashion department of the BU Quad, and writing fashion related articles for Outlish Magazine. Additionally, i've started really trying to engage with other fashion bloggers. it's really helped me see that as a blogger, i have more power than i think, even if it's just to start compiling a body of work to show to a future employer. 

3. When you visit a blog what's the greatest turn off? The thing that makes you close the tab?
For me, it's loud music that I hate and/or can't figure out how to turn off. It startles me, annoys me and generally gets on my nerves. Don't do it, otherwise I will actively tell people not to visit your blog. (well, not really, but i'd want to.)

I also hate really bright or confusing template. I really shouldn't talk considering my ridiculous colour scheme, but I try to make up for it with the black background. When you have all the crazy colours plus a distracting background PLUS the irritating music? OI! patience!

But honestly, the thing that bothers me the most, is bad spelling or grammar. i'm kind of a grammar snob and i try to proofread my posts often before i publish, so i don't appreciate when other bloggers don't. the only thing you'll get away with is lazy capitalization. i hate caps so common 'i's' don't bother me.

4. How did you find your voice?

I think i really have to credit College Fashionista for this one. (I know, this is like my third shameless plug! go click the like button and tweet my posts!) Having to report on fashion trends every week that are essentially new to me for all intents and purposes (I'm from Trinidad going to college in Boston) really force me to actively start learning about fashion. I've learnt more about how the fashion industry works in the last year than I did in all my years before that, and i'm glad for it. It's really helped me to develop my passion for the industry and intensify my desire to be an active part of it. 

I think I also realized that it was okay that a lot of my content is just examples of the things that I would like to be able to do. I don't do a lot of article writing here because I write for so many other things right now,  but when I do, it's on a topic that is meaningful to me, and that i think is relevant. i don't cover things just because that might be what the buzz is about at that moment. if i don't care about it, i'm not gonna talk about it. 

Right now i'm on the hunt for a New York magazine internship for this summer. If anyone reading this post has a hookup, let me know. It will be ETERNALLY appreciated.

5. If you had three pieces of advice to give to a new blogger what would they be?
Umm, it would have to be write about what you know, don't compromise your opinions and don't feel obligated to your blog.

Don't try to cover something that you know nothing about. not only will it probably be difficult and boring, it'll show through in your article, and people will take your bad coverage in one post as a gauge of all your content which is unfortunate.

Secondly, don't feel like you have to like everything everyone else does. There's lots of times, i see designs from amazing designers and i have to stand back and say "there's no way in HELL." stick to your OWN voice. if you hate something that's okay. different opinions are what help to create and drive trends. 

Lastly, if you have nothing to say, then you have nothing to say. it's okay to take a break from your blog. if you start looking at it as work then it isn't fun, and you start to resent it. nobody likes a bitter blogger :)

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Portrait: Sofie by Dmitry G. Pavlov

Sofie by Dmitry G. Pavlov

she has a quiet but intense mystery. it really intrigues me.