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My great mistake, the fault for which I can't forgive myself, is that one day I ceased my obstinate pursuit of my own individuality // Oscar Wilde

Tag: photography

// Kelsey & Jacob.

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The night before, I had ever intention of telling the people who do not know Kelsey and Jacob very well my take on how they met and how their relationship has grown over the past five years. Of course, the tears took over, and I mostly rambled about coffee shops.

So here, for all of you, is what I saw of Kelsey and Jacob, before they dated, before they engaged, and now, before they were husband and wife–

I had a difficult time trying to decide what to say about Kelsey and Jacob. Part of me wanted to focus on my relationship with Kelsey, through the arguments over emptying the dishwasher, the hide-and-seek games that usually left us lost in the woods, the games we played that involved being too harsh on our Barbies and ended with “SURGERY! DOCTOR, WE MUST RE-ATTACH THE HEAD!” 

But I really had a hard time coming up with what to say about our adult lives that would be separate from Jacob. I remember when they first met–Kelsey rushed home and read out loud (mostly crying from laughter) the emails between she and a new customer at work. They were full of references and witty remarks, and Kelsey could not wait to respond.

And from that moment on, Jacob was a part of everything we did. He became just as much my friend as Kelsey’s. He would pick me up when I had a bad day and drive for hours. We would pick up coffee (which he apparently didn’t even like, but my sister and I have always loved), we would watch tv and look through magazines for hours, and we would talk about Kelsey. He was not shy about telling me that he knew he and Kelsey would be together some day. He knew that first day five years ago, and he’s known it all along.

Kelsey has always been my best friend. And over the years, Jacob has become one of my best friends. And I do not think that I could have let her go if that were not the case.

These are just the behind-the-scenes photos and the ones I took before the ceremony began. The photographer’s photos haven’t been posted yet, but I can’t wait to see them! If you have any questions about what products we used, let me know!

// personal style x 3.

IMG_0039 IMG_0044 IMG_0060 IMG_0184 IMG_0186 IMG_0199 IMG_0203 IMG_0210The interns at Gabriela Moya are pretty stylish, no? Up first, Cameron. A design student and fellow classmate from Auburn! And second, Tatiana. Tatiana is visiting from France and is studying international business. We’ve all become fast friends and are making tentative plans for things like the beach, a barbecue, and some rooftop sitting time.

All of the photos were taken with Cameron’s Canon Rebel. My poor Nikon’s battery is officially kaput. Gone. Bit the dust. DEAD. And therefore has been rendered useless until my care package (eeek!) arrives. Please excuse the lack of camera knowledge here–apparently switching cameras is nothing like switching bicycles. There is quite the learning curve. The result? Lots of out-of-focus images & extra exposure. It makes the photos look so much more summery, I think.

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Outfit details // Chiffon beaded top, Urban Outfitters // Black silk skirt, thrifted ($10 in ATL) // Red heels, Bandolino // Watch, Kenneth Cole NY // Bracelet, Madewell // Photos taken by Miss Cameron, post-coffee date.

// Philly on a Sunday.

On Sunday, Yoolee & I packed our day bags and took a trip to Philadelphia. Of course, in usual fashion, there were dozens of mishaps, from being dropped off in the middle of nowhere from a bus whose seats were decorated with a fabric that can only be described as something from Saved by the Bell, to getting lost while wandering, to eating french fries with what the bartender claimed was “cheese dip,” to splurging on a great vintage necklace.

By the end of the day, while we sat in a pungent bus with screaming children, the scent of someone else’s leftover seafood pasta (GROSS), mixed with the poor plumbing (pretty sure it was leaking), all we could do was laugh. And the first thing we did when we returned to Manhattan? Eat. Peruvian food, of course. Because in what other city can you find great, authentic Peruvian food at 11 pm?

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Things I’ve learned since my trip: there is actually a train that will take you to Philly, that will take less than 2 hours (we were on the bus for 5 hours total + taxi time), you probably should follow your taxi route on your smartphone if you have one; we paid $10 more than we should have to get into the city, check on public transportation options before you leave, pack a LOT of snacks, and last, but certainly not to be left out–MUST HAVE COFFEE PRIOR TO TRIP. NO EXCUSES.

Where did we go? The Irish Pol – don’t order the cheese fries; beer selection is great, though! // Art in the Age – adorable store; sells Imogene + Willie denim, Warby Parker glasses, and this necklace I fell in love with. // Bodhi Coffeeamazing. Baristas were very knowledgeable and made great recommendations for future wandering. // Mostly Books – so many great finds for really cheap! I got a copy of A Clockwork Orange and a photo of someone I don’t know (I collect them) // Wilbur: Vintage & Designer Clothing – this is by far the best stop of the day! All clothing was 50% off and the guy working was super helpful. //

 

Photos of my thrifted finds coming soon.

 

// a little afternoon walk.

Today, I continued designing the textile for the pajama line we are working with. Did you know that when you make your own print for a fabric and you want it to look like wood grain, and you stare at it for approximately 5 hours, it begins to look a lot like this? Long lines leading to nowhere, attached to blobs that seem to be moving.

The weather today was so beautiful today that I took a walk to see more of my neighborhood. I finished the day with a little picnic and reading. The elevator window looks like it belongs in a submarine. There is a beautiful cemetery close by. I’ve met three people in my building, so far. This part of town has a lot of interesting architecture. So far, everyone is very nice. Even the people who had to walk around my tripod.

DSC_0005 DSC_0006 DSC_0010DSC_0048 DSC_0018 DSC_0020 DSC_0022 DSC_0015 DSC_0034 DSC_0035 DSC_0036 DSC_0040 DSC_0042// Dress, thrifted: Eddie Bauher // Belt, J. Crew // Ankle booties, Sam Edelman // Leather jacket, Tommy Hilfiger // Necklace, gift from mom: Eclectic Nashville // Glasses, Warby Parker //

// identity project

I was recently asked by a friend to be a part of her photography project for a class. Sounds easy enough, right? Well. Sort of. She didn’t give too many details, but said that you should choose your own location, your own styling, and do whatever you want in the photos. Got it. So I chose a parking garage. A blue dress that I like. And pulled my hair back.

The results of Jennifer’s project showed what people view as their own identity, when given the chance to completely control the environment in which they will be perceived. Or rather, it allows the subject to create a perception of themselves for others. I’d say, mine was spot on. Her entire series was very well done–some people smiled, some people smirked, some people chose buildings. But no two photos were the same. Or very similar, really.

So here is what my photo says about me–I tend to fidget and slouch and sometimes only smile on command. The colors came out sort of cold. But aside from the colors and my seemingly bored expression, I think you can see a lot in my eyes. I’m thinking about something or another and they are happier than my facial expression says. I decided to wear my hair back partially because I’m growing it out and partially because that’s the best way to see all of me. My makeup is minimal. I’m wearing my favorite boots and necklace.

It’s odd. I’m not entirely certain of who I am as I age and who I want to become, but I think she literally captured me. In this rectangle. It’s a little disconcerting to see that much of yourself. But in a good way.

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Sorry it’s so late–Happy birthday, Allison!

So what brought me to ATL three weekends ago? It was Allison’s 25th birthday, of course! I didn’t take pictures of EVERY thing, but I did get photos as soon as we met up at Condesa, a shot of just how much effort it takes to pack for a weekend together, some of the great shops we visited, and a new friend–Mary Ellen!

I had such a great time and it was a ton of fun to celebrate Allison’s birthday IN PERSON! We haven’t seen each other in so long, and getting to meet Mary Ellen (whom I had previously only heard about) was such a fun way to spend my weekend.

 

 

Here’s to my best friend. It was a beautiful trip.

 

Alyssa & Elaina // sister post.

Last time in Huntsville, Alyssa (my roommate) and her sister just so happened to be dressed adorably. And I therefore insisted that they pose for photos. Which neither of them were too keen on. Also of note: we just visited Sephora. Everyone’s lipstick  is fantastic.

Outfit details for Alyssa // blue dress, thrifted / wrap-around belt, Rag-O-Rama / vintage Coach purse, thrifted / brown oxfords, thrifted //

Ninesday.

9. My Avett Brothers obsession hasn’t weakened in the least. I’ve seen them twice this year, but will probably see them a third time, if I can manage.

8. Now, I don’t have nearly enough hair for one of these. But this is cage for your bun. Yes, ladies. There’s an answer to too weak elastics.

7. Another find from Trendland-Ana Rajcevic, Animal: The Other Side of Evolution. “The possibility of re-shaping the human silhouette and exploring new forms leads me towards questioning our ideas about beauty and normality.”

6. Coming out of the swim season, I still have my sights set on a high-waisted bikini. Either that or a cute one-piece like this Zimmerman suit.

5. Some Etsy loving. This skirt would be cute worn casually or dressed up. The store has other cute things–fitted dresses, galaxy glow in the dark tights, and the like.

4. Refinery 29 has a great tutorial for pattern mixing (without looking crazy!).

3. How am I just now finding Osborne & Little wallpaper?! I want to cover everything–sides of dressers, single walls, my refrigerator (too far?), my bathroom walls, my shelves, my drawers…I think you get my drift. First, Clarendon(photos below); second, Accademia; third, Best in Show.

2. Man Make Home is a new blog I’ve stumbled upon. I was hoping to find a bit more information about the title origin, but regardless, they feature some amazing work related to design of all types.

1. Lately, I’ve been thinking about blogging. There’s a huge difference in blogging personally (like a journal, solely for a place to keep things for yourself) and blogging for readers. It is such a difficult balance…on the one hand, it would be a ton of fun to gossip to the few of you who are reading with things about dates gone awry (er, pie incidents), arguments with those close to us, and more embarrassing things (ripped pants, zipper down at a meeting, something in my teeth all day)…but on the other hand, don’t we read blogs to get away a little bit? To focus on positive things and creative ideas? Or that was my beginning, anyway. What does one do now–how do you keep the personal balanced with the consistently distanced? Marvelous Kiddo & My Favorite and My Best have delved into this topic recently. Blogging is a lot of fun. Bottom line, though–a ton of work. I won’t be taking a hiatus or anything. I’m curious about everyone else’s thoughts on this subject, is all.

Ninesday.

9. This is what I listen to when I workout. Nearly on repeat. The rest of the album deserves a good listen, also.

8. Have you checked out American Craft Council? They have a great article, “In Defense of the Art History Major,” that focuses on our society’s money-driven discourse, which will eventually die out. “What endures in a civilization is not its spreadsheets and financial instruments but its plays and sculptures, its sonatas and paintings.” I think a balance is essential.

7. Petite Taupe, these are just the prettiest little lockets I ever did see. I’m also fond of your little headphone charms.

6. I have a pretty hefty confession coming: I have not read Wuthering Heights in its entirety. I’ve had two classes that required it, but with everything else I had going on, who wants to read Victorian prose? Well, I’m reading it now. In my leisure time. And admittedly, I love it. The limited edition Penguin Classic cover (illustrated by Ruben Toledo) caught my eye. I realize I, as an English major, should maybe not point that out. But what’s wrong with a great book that also has a great cover? Also of note, I want ALL OF THE PENGUIN CLASSIC INSPIRED MUGS I CAN HAVE.

5. Completely in love with this series by Amy Friend. “In a literal and somewhat playful manner, I aimed to give the photographs back to the light, hence the title of the series, Daré alla Lucé, an Italian phrase used to describe the moment of birth.”

4. I miss using white charcoal on black paper. Or using charcoal at all, really. When I take it back up, this will be at the top of my illustration list.

3. I am a huge fan of Matt Wisniewski’s collage work. The silhouettes combined with nature are lovely.

2. MON POMPADOUR: a blog dedicated to a love of Rococo. Look at this intricate beading! What a bustle. I found it while pinning this absurdly large hair photo.

1. I need some movie recommendations. Not that I have very much free time. But who’s watching what?

Ninesday.

9. Quadron.

8. I WANT ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. FOODIE CRATES. STATIONERY CRATES. BETTER LIVING CRATES. ALL OF THE LOST CRATES. I like mail. Call me old-fashioned.

7.  This is at the top of my “I wish I could afford this” wish list, currently. I can think of at least 718615761571 outfits involving this one dress.

6. Well, isn’t this just the cutest blog you’ve ever seen? Upon a fold, you’ve captured me. Check out this embroidery post dedicated to Yumiko Arimoto. What a find.

5. Am I the only one who hadn’t heard of Julia Frakes until recently? This fashion show enthusiast is a writer/editor, has a degree in psychology, oh, and she models. I can’t decide what I am more impressed with–pulling off those shoes or those socks. Really, I’m probably most impressed with the combination. Let’s be real.

4. Check out this kitty love from The Small Object’s Flickr. My goodness. And while you’re at it, check out their blog. And this quilt. Dying to make one with a similar color palette. Sean thinks I should make some of these cooling neck scarves.

3. Salt Water Cure.

2. Here‘s a lovely Fashion Sketchpad. And a video tutorial to boot.

1. Oh Sully, this just might be one of my favorite photoshoots. Ever. Did I mention that I’m in love with all of your work? And also your horned lion branding?