Monday, 21 February 2011

Hold It Against Me Video Premiere

i meant to post this on friday (thursday?) when it premiered, but somehow it didn't seem important enough to make sure i got it done.... :s

but anyway, it has finally arrived. BritBrit's video for her newest single HIAM debuted on MTV tonight just before jersey shore. it was.... fun. i didn't hate it. and i reserve the right to criticize because i have never been a diehard britney fan. please watch it below before you read my semi/kind of/not really/but almost rant.



honestly, i didn't hate it. i'm not sure if i really know what was going on, but it was cool? :S as a whole, i really did like it, but i was bugged out by the fact that Beezus was not dancing. some people are saying that she used a dance double in the video, but frankly, i don't believe that. a dance double would have danced. i really did like the fight scene though. i know it's been done before but i really tickled me pink. the wedding dress thing was.... eh. but despite my creative chagrin, she did look amazing overall.

my thing is this: britney is not the most talented cookie in the jar. she does not have xtina's singing chops or gaga's vision. her fame is based solely on her amazing ability to give a good show. this was not a good show. well... not her best show. i feel strongly that if she had danced full out, the entire video would have been elevated like a bajillion levels. but frankly, Beezus hasn't really danced since her circus video. since then it's just kind of been arms flailing/booting jiggling and/or animated videos. (case in point, 3if you seek amy and kill the lights)

that being said, i still think that brit's new album is going to be incredibly sucessful. she's proven that she has incredible staying power in this industry, and  i wouldn't be surprised if her fans suddenly started showing beiber-esque devotion. hopefully her next video will truly dazzle, and i can't wait to see what a great year she has.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Kemi Alabi

I posted one of the shots of Kemi before, but i've finally edited it down to the ones i love. the album is here, and below is another preview.


Lauren Pyes

my love of gingers is well documented. today i shot lauren pyes who is in my journalism class. i have been obsessed with her for two classes now. i was actually shooting her for my JO305 class, but the shots didn't come out they way i'd hoped, so i'm just posting the salvageable ones. that way i don't feel like standing in the freezing cold for 45 minutes was a waste. the album is on facebook, but below is my favourite. do enjoy my ginger :)








Saturday, 19 February 2011

All of the Lights- Kanye West ft. Rihanna & Kid Cudi


i might be exaggerating a bit if i say that i love this video, but i love this video. i think it's minimal, but it works. i'm not pleased he cut fergie's part though, but w/v. this video is beautiful, and i have to say that over the last few months i've really begun respecting kanye as an artist. i've been a fan since he first debuted, but i feel like with this last album, he's really stepped it up and started to create pieces of art. this video is a little bit visual masterpiece. (but rihanna's looking a little useless though. i love her, but what was that?)

Friday, 18 February 2011

Friend Friday: Body Image Blues

i recently wrote a post on body image and the very real problems that it can cause. it's something that has really affected me personally over the years, and i'm thrilled that #fbff is tackling it this week. most of us in the network are women, so i think it's safe to say that very few of us have escaped the claws of 'the body image machine' unscathed. the only thing that we can really do (short of commandeering the fashion industry wholesale) to combat this is to talk about it, and keep talking about it, until we can change the norms.



via everyday people cartoons
1. Since you started blogging has your image of yourself changed?
I think I'd be lying if I said that blogging about fashion didn't influence my personal body image, but the sad fact is that I had issues with body image long before i started this blog. focusing on fashion has just exacerbated what was already there. some days are better than others, but i'm learning and i'm growing, and i'm starting to accept myself.

2. Are you self-conscious about any aspect of yourself? If so, do you go out of your way to avoid it or do you post it/talk about it anyway?

I'm self conscious about my weight and shape, but it's not like i'm the only one. I try not to post too much about my personal life on my blog aside from personal projects and whatever might be relevant to these #fbff posts. i do whine a lot about it to my best guy friend though. he's the only person who can tell me that i'm not fat a million times without making me feel patronized.


3. Based on how you are feeling now, what do you think the future holds in the evolution of your body image?

Based on the way I feel right now, i think that things will get better. i complain a lot about not liking the way i look, but realistically, i don't really do much to take care of myself. i actually started going to the gym again the other day. i went because i was angry and i needed to blow off some steam, but i think that maybe that works for me. i think that for me, simply wanting to be 'model skinny' is the wrong motivation. i need to want to be healthy and active as opposed to just skinny.

4. Do you photograph yourself for your blog? If so, how do you feel about the experience when you're having your picture taken? If you choose not to post pictures of yourself, what prompted that decision?

I don't photograph myself for my blog, and that's a conscious decision that I made a long time ago. i'm a photographer. i generally prefer to be behind the camera. additionally, i'm very sensitive. my position is that by putting my picture online, i'm putting myself out there and opening myself up for criticism. the internet is a big mean place. i'm not willing to take the risk that some mean troll with nothing to do decides to target me for the way i look. i'm good thanks.  

5. What would you want every person who struggles with body image to take to heart? 
i would want everyone to know that body image is about you. your body is only a problem if YOU don't like it. and that's not the same as feeling bad because someone else says you should. different people are comfortable with different things. once you're comfortable with you, then there's nothing to worry about. 


Sunday, 13 February 2011

Editorial: Mila Kunis by Craig McDean for W Magazine

Mila Kunis by Craig McDean

I CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS ISSUE TO COME IN THE MAIL.

no offense to everyone rooting for Natalie Portman for the Oscars, but Mila Kunis was easily my favourite part of black swan. it's that whole sex kitten/she-devil thing she had going on. she's like the definition of 'smoldering'.

Mila looks amazing in the march issue of W. she's sexy without the unecessary vamp. and those EYES! i cannot get enough of them, they really draw you in. she's like a porcelain doll. 

i'm so excited to see what projects she's going to continue onto now that black swan has wrapped. omg, i love her.




Friday, 11 February 2011

Friend Friday: Colour Me Fabulous

This week at #FBFF we're talking about incorporating colour into our wardrobes. i'm not a personal style blogger though, so i'm afraid my answers are a bit uninteresting :(

1. What color dominates your closet? 
Oh my. black, black, black and more black. i'm into the whole 'black is slimming' thing. when i'm not wearing black, i'm wearing something obnoxiously bright. i just bought a bright yellow scarf and i love it :) i definitely think that i wear too much black, but the fact is, it's a safe bet since no one looks bad in black!

2. If money weren't an issue how would you change the color emphasis in your closet? 

If money weren't an issue, i think i'd try more blues, pinks, yellows and reds. i'd also try to add more prints. i'm very wary of wearing non-solid colours because i don't know how they would lay across my body, but i think it's important to experiment with your wardrobe every now and again and step out of your comfort zone.

3. What is your mantra about mixing colors?

for me, i try not to include more than two colours at a time (excluding black). i think that this helps to make sure that you don't end up with outfits that are visually confusing or busy.


4. For you, how do you incorporate color into your outfits? 
Because i'm so into black, i tend to do all black, with incorporating highlights of one or two colours. I find that things work better for me that way, and I feel more confident about making sure that my combinations actually work. It's simple, it this way i can make sure that i have control over where what falls on my body.

5. Which blogger(s) do you think do a good job of incorporating color into their wardrobe? 

honestly, i follow very few personal style blogs, but for right now my vote goes to Leandra of the Man Repeller. i quite enjoy the way she combines, man repelling, layering, sartorial spermicide and colour mixing all at the same time :) she's most entertaining.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Editorial: Lady Gaga for Vogue US March 2011 by Mario Testino

Lady Gaga by Mario Testino

i can't promise that i'm in love with the pink wig missing eyebrows thing, but Gaga does look beautiful, and i'm definitely digging this dark lips and matador look. it's a lot more sophisticated than i'd expect.







Wednesday, 9 February 2011

The Ninth Floor by Jessica Dimmock

In an apartment above Fifth Avenue, some thirty young people live in a vortex of drug addiction and despair. In The Ninth Floor, Jessica Dimmock enters this world, exploring, in human terms, what has been lost and what may be recovered. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/publication/the-ninth-floor


i saw this film in my photography class today and it really struck a cord. it's such a dismal story that thankfully ends with a glimmer of hope, but it was very hard for me to watch. it's a 13 minute 'film' consisting of still images of a group of addicts in 2004 and the years that followed. i encourage you to watch it, as it's very powerful, but be warned that it contains graphic portrayals of sex and drug abuse. if you can sit through it, i guarantee that you will come out changed and more compassionate for having done so.

Model of the Moment: Anja Rubik

Anja Rubik by Tyen

this week's MOTM is Anja Rubik. Anja has been on my radar for quite some time now, and she's slowly been growing on me.

this 26-year-old polish model has been featured on at least 4 different editions of Vogue and has stomped the runway for designers from Missoni to Ralph Lauren. She's also ranked as #3 in models.com's list of top #50 models. 

i'm partial to this lovely lady as our birthday's are a day apart and she is a brooding gemini like myself, but in the end rubik holds her own, and she is sure to continue to have a highly successful career, and produce stunning images like the one above.

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Editorial: Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova & Lea T. by Mert & Marcus for LOVE S/S 2011

Kate Moss, Natalia Vodianova & Lea T. by Mert & Marcus

Lea T has made a huge impact on the fashion industry since she burst onto the scene. as a trans-woman, Lea's rise to fame is fantastic for all people who might not be of the traditionally binary genders. 

with all the problems in the fashion industry, i'm glad that gender discrimination isn't one of them.











Saturday, 5 February 2011

Soundtrack Saturday: Lost in the World

Lost in the Worldthis week's song is lost in the world by kanye west, off his latest album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy. I'm not really sure why I love this song so much, but I've been playing it for three days now. 


with this outfit i was going for a kind of ethereal feel. i don't think i accomplished it though, but i do like what i put together. the colour that really kept coming to me was blue. i was originally thinking a flowing blue dress but i eventually decided this cowled top would work better practically. i added in the lipstick and polish, because i don't think i wear enough pink. i'm not a huge fan of pink, but i look good in it, so i thought it would be a good idea to incorporate it in small amounts. 


anyway, tons of work to do. heading out now. will probably keep playing the song though :)

Lost in the World by inkblot*photography featuring skull jewelry

Friday, 4 February 2011

Friend Friday: Small Fish, Big Bandwagon

Fashion blogging is a huge bandwagon. There are so many promotions going on at any given time that it can be hard to decide what works for you and what doesn't. essentially bandwagoning drives the fashion industry. that's how trends evolve. but how do we know when we should stop following blindly? this week at #fbff we're talking about bandwagoning and knowing when to get off. 


editor's note: these pictures are irrelevant. i just thought they were pretty.


1. With all the blogging events out there how do you determine which ones to participate in and which ones to avoid?
For me it's easy. I participate in the ones that I think will help me to grow closer to the goals that I have for myself and my blog, and simultaneously fit within my aesthetic.


just because something is popular doesn't mean it's going to work for me. that's why i've as yet resisted the urge to migrate to wordpress or become a personal style blogger. (not quite the same thing but you get the idea)


2. Be honest, have you ever jumped on the bandwagon of some blogging movement/event for the wrong reasons? How did that turn out?
Unfortunately yes. I feel like a lot of us are going to give this answer, but my blogging bandwagon mishap was with the coach poppy project. i just kept seeing all these pretty poppies everywhere, (and i'm probably mistaken, but i think that may be how i stumbled upon ModlyChic) and i figured that if so many people were doing it, it had to be something that i should get in on as well. then i read the ifb post on how the pros and cons of participation stacked up for the bloggers involved (my comment is the first one!) and realized that i hadn't really considered the fact that i was essentially doing tons of work and marketing for a brand i didn't really even support. after that i learned to think more critically about the ramifications of these kinds of things before jumping in head first.


3. How do you give your own flair to a blog event while still maintaining the general mission and purpose?
To be completely honest I don't do a lot of blog events. I feel like maybe 85-90% of fashion blogs are in the personal style category and consequently most promotions are geared to that demographic. I try to focus my blog on the photography aspect of fashion, and the market for that is slightly smaller, and doesn't always allow for that kind of diversification. i'm passionate about becoming a renowned fashion photographer one day, and i feel like changing the focus of my blog to suit what happens to be trendy is only going to dilute the brand i'm trying to build for myself.


4. When determining the best content for your blog what criterion do you keep in mind?
Well firstly I try to decide if it's in line with what i want my blog to be about: the photography aspect of fashion and its role in the industry as a whole. Then i just decide if it's something that I want to spend my time and energy on. i'm in college and i don't have time for everything, so i have to pick and choose the things i want to invest my time in.


5. While everything will not suit your blog, how do you try and support your fellow bloggers who are participating in something worthwhile but not your style?  
I think the only way to do this really is just to keep commenting. I mean, this isn't a personal style blog, but that doesn't mean that I don't admire the work that personal style bloggers do. I don't do personal style because that isn't where my interest in fashion lies, but I do like seeing the way that other bloggers put together their outfits and work with what they have. It has inspired me to be more creative with my clothing even if I'm not documenting it on my blog.


In the end, I think that when it comes to events and promotions, you have to decide what works for you. don't shy away just because other people are doing it already, but don't just jump in because other people are doing it either. take the time to practically think about what you and YOUR brand are getting out of the exercise and then make an informed decision.


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Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Cover Wars: Keira Knightley by Terry Tsiolis for Elle UK

Keira Knightley by Terry Tsiolis

this is fabulous. that is all.

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

S&M Tuesday

remember that soundtrack saturday post i did for rihanna's S&M? the video was released today! excuse me while i go dance around my room.