Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Twitter for the Fashion Inclined: 5 Accounts You Have to Follow

Every fashion blogger worth their salt knows how important social media is, and how it helps them stay connected not just to their readers, but also to other bloggers who share the same digital space. Even though the medium is close to bursting, there are always those personalities who shine through, and manage to make their mark. Each platform is different of course, and twitter is unique because of it's micro-blogging format, but it still has its stars. Here in no particular order, are the five twitter accounts that every fashion blogger should be following:

Sit, bitter kittens, and listen to the wisdom that TLo has to bestow upon you. I first discovered this amazing blogger power couple during a live blog session of an episode of last season's Project Runway. I have to say, they are intense, and they are almost always right. Although, they blog about a lot of television, there is MORE than enough fashion interspersed between recaps of Downton Abbey and Revenge to keep even the most rabid fashion fiend happy. From runway shows and red carpets to full fashion editorials, TLo has an opinion on everything, and you better listen. Folow them on twitter @tomandlorenzo for updates on their latest posts, and inside reports on the various fashion shows they get to attend every season. Also, follow them live during an awards show. Laughs for days. Trust me, after a week of TLo, you will be a bitter kitten too. (PS. If you're in NY next week, go hear them speak at the IFB Conference on February 8th at Milk Studios!)

Are you in college? Do you wish you still were? Do you just want to see how people on other campuses are dressing? Then College Fashionista is for you. I'll admit I'm a little biased since I was a Style Guru for 2 years, but if you're a college-aged fashion addict, there's no reason you shouldn't be following this account. Run by CF's founder Amy, the CollegeFashionista twitter account is a great way to sift through the dozens of posts that go live every day (in over 100 campuses!) and see the very best of the best of campus street style. From east coast campuses like my very own Boston University, to warm weather campuses like Florida International University, there's enough fashion inspiration for every day of the week. Follow Amy @CFashionsita, and looks out for the monthly #fashiontalk hosted with various industry insiders.

3. Eva Chen (Beauty and Health Director at Teen Vogue):
Though, not strictly fashion, Eva's twitter feed is a fun and whimsical look into what's it's like to be an editor in the industry. From pictures of the fan mail she receives to the new manicure she's sporting, following Eva's feed definitely makes you salivate to be on the other side of the proverbial glass! Eva also routinely posts answers to questions she receives via her tumblr blog so there's tons of valuable advice to be absorbed about making it in the industry (if you're paying attention that is!) Follows Eva on twitter @evachen212 and enjoy!

A recent find of mine, TBD is THE ultimate source for all things beauty related. The TBD twitter feed features links to the most recent hair, nail and makeup tutorials, as well as different styling tips. There's also a familiar face or two lurking in the twitpics! TBD is great for quick tips on how to get out of the house quickly and STILL look put together. They also feature fun new ways to experiment with your makeup. Follow TBD on twitter @TBDOfficial and pick up great manicure and makeup tips. If you're feeling frisky, head on over to their youtube page for fun video tutorials to supplement your beauty needs.

If you are in fashion, (or want to be) you have heard of Leandra Medine. Even if you think you haven't, I promise you that you have. Drop crotch? That's her. Excessive layers? That's her. Arm Party? That's definitely and originally her. And if for some reason you've been under a rock for the last year and you don't know what a Man Repeller is, here's a definition. Hilarious? Yes. And her twitter feed is even more so. If you've ever had a questionable sartorial moment, Leandra's got your back. And she's probably already been there. Follow her on twitter @ManRepeller for intermittent updates on the state of man repelling and how to best accomplish it. 


What about you? Which accounts do you follow to get your fashion fix? Whose updates can't you live without? Let me know in the comments below. I'm always on the prowl for more fashion inspiration in 140 character bites!

Cover Wars: February Cover Girls

Because I've been slacking off, there are a tons of great covers backed up that I meant to post, so I'll just post them all. These are my favorites for February. Fairly simple, somewhat minimalist. Always fabulous. All photos via fashion gone rogue.

 Mirte Maas by Hugh Lippe | Russh #44 February/March 2012

Adriana Lima by André Passos | Vogue Brazil February 2012 

Eniko Mihalik by Sofia Sanchez & Mauro Mongiello | Numéro #130 February 2012

Laura Kampman by Steven Meisel | Vogue Italia February 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #17

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Photo #17: Mother and Son

They were watching a guy make Spiderman out of balloons. It was awesome. This kid was SO excited. You just can't help but laugh at kids when you see how excited they are about life.

Monday, 30 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #16

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Photo #16: Sierra, again
I promise, no more from my SVA shoot. But I really do like this.

Editorial: Justine by Terry Gates for Glamour France

Justine by Terry Gates

I  love how easy and simple this shoot is. Straight beauty. No muss, no fuss.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #15

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Photo #15: Gabby, again
So cute :)

Editorial: Alícia Kuczman by Manuel Nogueira for Elle Brazil February 2012

Alícia Kuczman by Manuel Nogueira 

This probably won't make any sense, but what I like about this is how clean it is. It's just so PRISTINE.  Clean strong lines and bold colours. Exactly the way an editorial should be.

Saturday, 28 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #14

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Photo #14: Reah again

Reah has AWESOME skin. Like, stunning. It's not fair. I'm jealous.

Photo of the Day: Punk Chic

Natalia by Lindsay Drennan

I love the simplicity of this shot. There's not a whole lot going on, but it still manages to make an impact.

Friend Friday: Trend Woes/Wars

I haven't participated in FBFF in months, and I'm happy to get back on the train for the new year. Friend Friday is not going to be monthly instead of weekly, and for January, with Fashion Week around the corner, we're talking about reacting to new trends. Onto the fun times!

It's pretty, and I actually really like it, but I could never go out in public in this getup. 
1. With Fashion Week around the corner we're all beginning to focus on the upcoming trends for fall. But what are you coveting right now?
Honestly, not much. Although I love shopping, I've never been one to follow trends religiously. I tend to get new pieces if I happen to be in the vicinity of something cute and affordable, or if I need something specific. I haven't been shopping "just because" in months. There are a few pieces I'm looking to add to my wardrobe however. Currently I have my eyes on patterned stockings of some variety, a good blazer or two, a pair of white jeans/leggings (haven't had a pair in years...) and really solid, clunky, stylish boot I can knock around in. The only trend that I really REALLY want to try is colour blocking. It almost always looks amazing, and it's impossibly chic. I think it's probably the one thing I could try with a reasonable measure of confidence that I wouldn't look ridiculous.

2. How do you incorporate new trends into you wardrobe?
Sparingly. That would be the word! I don't usually ease into any trend if I can't immediately picture the way that I would wear and style it. Because of that, it's pretty easy for me to know what would and wouldn't work with the pieces I already have and my body type. 

3. What trend are you seeing and not loving?
Sheer skirts over awkward panties. I know, that sounds really crass, but I bet you know what I mean! I get the idea behind it, kind of... but I feel like in a practical sense, it NEVER works. It looks dramatic on a runway, but outside of that context it's.... kind of gross. My two cents.

4. Do you feel pressure to constantly update you wardrobe with the latest trends?
Yes, but considering that the pressure is coming from me, not really. As I said earlier, I'm not a huge shopper, and never have been (I still like to shop with my mom actually) but I do like nice things, and I pay attention to the new things that pop up. Luckily I'm also a person who is totally fine doing without. I'll probably never put myself in debt buying designer items simply because I'll decide that the price tag isn't worth it. Every now and again I treat myself though. I'll splurge on the one thing I REALLY wanted. It seems to work for me.

5. Where do you find inspiration to take trends and make them more accessible to you and you personal taste?
I'm not sure... magazine, television. General internet media in various sources. I can't really say there's on particular source. I do definitely get a lot of inspiration from other people on campus. As much as I hate boston, there are a lot of impressively dressed people here, and especially on campus. It made my two years at CollegeFashionista very fun! 

What about you? What trends are you loving or loathing? Let me know in the comments below, then head on over to Modly Chic to see what other memebers of FBFF have to say.

Friday, 27 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #13

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Photo #13: Dominique again

And again. Because I can. I really have taken a very strange liking to this photo though. I'm not sure why, but it's really growing on me...

Thursday, 26 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #12

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Photo #12: Rachel again

Because I can. And I like this picture. I think I'm going to definitely use this one for my portfolio.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #11

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Photo #11: Sierra

Sierra is awesome. She's also my cousin. Her birthday is coming up soon. She's a much more disciplined model than I expected. I love this picture. I should probably stop posting these and finish my application already.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #10

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Photo #10: Gabby

This is Gabby. She is Rachel's sister. They are gorgeous. That is all.

Monday, 23 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #9

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Photo #9: Reah

Another SVA portfolio shot. Hopefully by today I'll be finished editing all 5 sessions and I can post some more of the work that I did. I can't wait to be finished with this application!

Sunday, 22 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #8

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Photo #8: Dominique

Another shot from my SVA portfolio shoot. There are better ones, and i'm going to post more previews in the coming days, but I haven't had time to really sit and edit yet. Going to have a marathon edit session tomorrow evening in the lab though so when they're all done I'd probably post a complete album on facebook. Application woes!

365 Photo Challenge: Day #7

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Photo #7: Rachel

This was taken over break as part of my portfolio for my application to SVA. As soon as I finish editing everything I can finish my application and post all of the pictures! Can't wait to get it over with.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #6

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Photo #6: Tattoo Portrait

This photo is from a shoot I did for the BU Buzz last semester. I wasn't able to post any of the shots before because the magazine hadn't been published yet, but thankfully they'll be on sale sometime in the coming weeks. It's so exciting to see your work in print. For this issue I got an entire spread because this was a feature story. It feels so amazing to see the hard work you do pay off. Excited to start working on the next issue!

Thursday, 19 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #5

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Photo #5: Making Strides
I used this photo in my portfolio last semester and I really like it. This is Jordan Diaz. You'll probably see him hosting E! News someday. He's my designated famous friend.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #4

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Photo #4: Spoken Word

I love spoken word. It's this awesome intersection where music and lyrics decide to go separate ways. My friend Kemi Alabi is a poet and amazing spoken word artist and I love listening to her and understanding the craft of it. It's SO hard to find that place where poetry becomes just a little bit more, but not quite anything else. It's a delicate balance. If you're up to it, you should definitely try to catch a spoken word performance sometime soon.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #3

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Photo #3: Kids of Occupy

This little tyke was soaking things in at the Audre Lorde to Howard Zinn Library at the Occupy Boston camp. His parents had brought him and his older sister down to try to explain to them what the movement was about and why it mattered.
Awesome parents are awesome.
Seriously, I think it's so important for parents to teach their kids to be aware and inquisitive and to care about the world around them. If everyone did that we could make assholes extinct in 20 years.
In any case, what I remember most about Tyler is that when I asked him if he understood what was happening, he couldn't articulate what he meant. It's one of those frustrating moments of childhood where you know what you mean, but you haven't yet learned the words you need to articulate the sentiment. It was cute, but it made me feel good that at 12, he had an opinion in the first place.
Like I said, awesome parents are awesome.

Monday, 16 January 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #2

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Photo #2: The 99%

This is a photo of a couple who was occupying full time at Dewey Square during the height of the Occupy Movement. I interviewed them for a class assignment and there story was so moving. Being down at the occupy camp really made me aware of just how difficult life was becoming for ordinary American citizens. How can it be the land of the free when there are so many people who can't even afford to maintain the lives they've been building for 50+ years? It's made me pay attention to the politics of things, and I've been getting rather worked up about the election process this year even though I don't get a vote.... But vote aside, it's so important to be aware of the issues, and to know how they affect the people around you. There's so much inequality, and it really opens your eyes when you first experience how deep the rift between the rich and the poor really is.

365 Photo Challenge: Day #1

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Photo #1: My Workspace

I'm starting this challenge. No excuses. I don't know how easy it'll be to keep up with, but I'm STARTING. For day one, I'm copping out and posting a photo of my workspace. This is my dorm at BU, and it's where I spend 3/4 of my time, and where all the (not quite) magic happens, whether it's writing essays, posting to my blog or trolling through facebook. It's a tiny space really, but I love it, and it's the best place I've lived in the last few years. I love this room actually, and I'll be bummed to leave it when the semester is up. But, if all goes according to plan, I'll be moving that awesome lamp of mine to NY soon. YAY!

Friday, 13 January 2012

Refocusing for 2012

This year will hopefully be a year of milestones for me. If everything goes according to plan, I'll be graduating university, starting grad school, and moving to New York all before the year is up. I'm excited and hopeful, and I can't wait.

Rachel Roy sketch for The Hunger Games. I promise to be this awesome in 2012.
In addition to finally taking on adult responsibilities this year, I'm going to be trying to make some serious changes to this blog. I've been blogging for almost 3 years now, and in that time, I've learned so much about the fashion industry and about the blogosphere, and the relationship between the two. I've made mistakes, and I've learned from them, and for 2012, I'd like to be more active about defining this space in a way better matches up with my interests in the fashion industry.

In October when I was at TVFU, I got some great advice from Teen Vogue EIC, Amy Astley. She said that in writing a blog, you should try to "create what you would want to see." As a fashion blogger whose focus is photography, there are a very limited number of blogs that focus exclusively on photography that I can emulate. Most fashion/photo blogs are street style blogs, and not necessarily what I want to aspire to. So for 2012, I'm changing that. I'm rebranding, defining the new Promiscuous Lola, and dedicating myself to being more creative about narrowing my focus.

So far, I have a number of things planned. I'm excited and nervous and freaking out, but the anticipation of finally being sure of what I want this space to be is as overwhelming as it is exhilarating. So, here are my blog resolutions for 2012. Two weeks late, but just as valid!
  • Refine/Rebrand/Refocus: I'd been thinking about rebranding for a while now, but I only just found the courage. So, now that I'm basically starting over this blog with a new identity, I have to spend some time refining what that means, and how drastically I will be changing direction. In changing over to the new URL, there were some glitches with the photographs. I have no idea what's happened or why, but since I haven't figured it out, I've decided to abandon the broken posts. In the next few weeks, I won't be posting anything new, just going through the archives and deleting all the broken posts. I'm going to try to salvage my more important posts, but my archives will be severely be gutted. I haz a sad now. But, at the same time, it's a new opportunity to start fresh, with all the information that I've learned about blogging and fashion in the last 2 years. We'll see where it takes me. 
  • Street Style Photography: I've been saying for ages that I want to post more street style shots. Now that I have the time, the equipment and the experience, I really want to make a bigger push to develop my eye for street style. I've missed doing this for College Fashionista, and there's no reason why I shouldn't continue, even if it's just to keep my "approaching strangers and photographing them" skill nice and fresh!
  • Editorial Style Writing: Over the last few years, I've written for a number of online publications in order to build my writing experience, however in the last few months, I've found that there are a number of things that I want tot write about that aren't necessarily appropriate topics for those forums. I have a lot to say about a lot of things, so where better to say them than in the space that I've cultivated for me? This year, I'd like to take more time to expand on the issues that affect me, and are important to me, and to continue developing my writing skills at the same time.
  • Regular/Manageable Schedule: I've changed the posting schedule several time over the last few years, but this year, I'd like to develop one that is easy to follow even when I get overwhelmed with classes. I love this blog and my few faithful readers, and I don't want to alienate them by being unreliable. I have a number of features I'd like to retain, and a few more I'd like to introduce, so I'll be rolling them out by the beginning of February.
  • 365 Challenge: I've been meaning to start a 365 challenge for a couple of years now, and I've decided that this year I'm going to DO IT! As a photographer, I should be training myself to be ready to capture any and everything around me, and I think that a 365 challenge is the best way to do that. It will force me to see the places around me in a new way, and to look for the interesting things in my environment. It will also help me train myself to always be ready to capture the things that are going on around me.
So there they are. Five, manageable goals for the new year. Here's to hoping I keep them!

Friday, 6 January 2012

Starting Over

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UGH! it's been ages since I've posted. there's been so much going on in the back end of things that I haven't had a chance to sit down and talk about the changes that have happened here since the new year began.

basically, i decided that for the new year, I wanted change.
so I changed.

inkblot*photography is now Promiscuous Lola, and that's going to mean a lot of different things in the coming months. for right now, however, it means I'll be on hiatus for a while. In switching over to the new URL, there were some problems, specifically with the pictures, and before I move forward, I'm moving backwards to make sure that everything is as it should be. it doesn't make sense to me to keeping building on top of a shaky foundation. i've been having to manually tread through my posts and re-edit each one, so as you can imagine, it's taking some time. the goal is to be back up by the time I leave trinidad on the 14th, so I can start the new semester fresh and renewed. By tomorrow I'll have another post up explaining my plans for this *new* space, so that my readers know what to expect going forward.  I'm excited by what I have planned, and I can't wait!