Monday, February 20, 2017

Winter Mix Tape: Couple's Photography

This winter has given me much needed time to listen to music. Long evenings have me reaching for my headphones to get lost in the intricacies of new albums as well as enjoying the comforts of old favorites. So more often then not, I find myself making playlists. If you follow my blog, you may remember this summer mix tape post I put together at the end of August. In the post I talked about feeling nostalgic for a car with a cassette player. Cute, right? Fast forward 5 months and we're now the proud owners of a 2002 Honda accord complete with a tape deck and CD player. Thank you very much. Pfffft. Ok, ok, I know it's really not something to brag about (especially because the only reason we have this car is because we totaled our old car in the snow) but hey! No judgments here! While I'm at it, I might start bragging about my flip phone as well! Jk everyone. Jk. I do own a smart phone. Anyhow, Ben and I took our new old car on a little date to the park this evening (60 degrees in February. Crazy. Loving it) and ate pizza while I buzzed around taking pictures to practice more couple's photography. It's a tricky thing. Being in photos and being the photographer. Constant running back and forth, adjusting settings, tripod, poses. Despite my continual practice taking outfit photos, I'm still much more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. But photography aside, Ben and I had a most excellent time. Pizza, music, being outside. What's not to like?
Skirt patch by Tatooit

Winter Mix Tape
  1. Survive by Dr. Dog
  2. A Century of Elvis by Belle&Sebastian
  3. January Hymn by The Decemberists
  4. You Were Never There by Diego Garcia
  5. San Francisco by Foxygen
  6. Only the Young Die Good by Saintseneca
  7. Nothing Matters When We're Dancing by The Magnetic Fields
  8. Can't You Tell by Vetiver
  9. Your Arms Around Me by Jens Lekman
  10. The Cracks by Wild Child
  11. You Only Live Once by the Strokes

You can listen to this list my visiting my Spotify account here.

Outfit Details
Everything is old or thrifted

Monday, February 13, 2017

Library Love Notes

I like using Valentine's Day as an excuse to do random acts of kindness. This year that meant leaving encouraging notes in library books. Do you like doing anything special for Valentine's Day? I know hearts and doilies aren't for everyone but I still think it's nice to recognize the holiday in some small way (even if it has nothing to do with romance).

Monday, February 6, 2017

Winter's Garden

My father says the most beautiful gardens are grown in January. When the ground is frozen and your mind is aching for color. Seed catalogs arrive. You daydream about raspberries, lavender, and summer squash. When the air is warm. When the earth is soft and rich. This is where my mind is. Winter feels so long. So unrelentingly gray that I wish I could take a nap until the birds return. 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dior Spring 2017

I'm not in love with high fashion. Most of the time I find the pieces so detached from anything I would actually wear that I get bored with them. I can window shop ready-to-wear designers for hours but just can't relate to runway fashion. Dior is often an exception to this rule. This year's spring couture collection stood out to me especially. I enjoy the dreamy, fairytale quality of these pieces. The runway for the show was designed after a garden maze with hedgerows and flowers. It's a lovely combination don't you think?  

Monday, January 30, 2017

How You Can Help Refugees and Immigrants

 Ok, some crazy things happened this weekend that I could not ignore. The government banning immigrants and refugees with green cards and valid visas is not acceptable. As American citizens, we are gifted with the liberty to participate in government. Right now I believe it is vital for us to get involved and make some noise for the people who are not able to stand up for themselves. The United States is a country founded on immigrants. If you look at history, each new wave of immigrant people was disliked to some extent (think brawling Irish, filthy Italians). But after a generation we all become Americans. It's part of what makes the United States so awesome. Below are five different organizations that stand up for immigrant rights that you can get involved with.

For Immigrant Rights and Assistance:
  1. American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend and preserve the rights and liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution. 
  2. American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) promotes peace and justice for a variety of causes including immigrant and refugee rights.
  3. National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to expand and defend the rights of immigrants.
  4. The Young Center works specifically on behalf of immigrant children's rights.
  5. Amnesty International is a global human rights organization which educates and gives clear plans to activism for a variety of causes including refugee rights.
Other things you can do:
  • Make your voice heard: letters and phone calls make a difference. Let the president know what you want. Let your state senators and representatives know what you want. I'm writing a letter to the white house asking President Trump to lift the immigration ban. You can too. 
President Trump
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave
Washington D.C.

For my fellow Pennsylvanians, Pat Toomey and Bob Casey are our senators.
Email Pat Toomey here.
Email Bob Casey here.

Here is the list of Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
Write to your district representative voicing concerns.
  • Petition: Sign this petition mandating congress to help refugees.
  • Join the Community: Attend (or organize your own) protest or rally. Share the videos on social media. Let immigrants know they are not alone. 
  • Donate: Donate money or supplies to organizations that fight for immigrant rights. Even $5 makes a difference.
Each one of these actions is just a drop in the bucket. There are thousands of other people putting their drops in as well. Taking action is so important. 

 Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door. 
Lady Liberty

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Monday, January 23, 2017

Stay Inside.

I love being outside. I love going for walks. I love exploring the woods. I love fresh air. I love observing nature's finite details. But yesterday, I didn't want to do those things. The sky was gray, the air was damp, and I just didn't feel inspired. On such days, I run circles on the internet. I stretch. I check the pantry for a snack. I feel restless. It was that kind of day. A day of feeling restless and unproductive. These are the times when I want to give myself permission to relax but don't feel like I'm able to. I'm usually so driven to do do do that I forget that it's okay to loose myself in a book for a while or watch a tv show. I love the idea of relaxing but I so rarely make the time for it amidst work, socializing, and planning. So this photo shoot is a little reminder to myself that it's alright to take breaks from real life once and a while.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Amy Friend's Exploration of the Past

I've found myself enamored with the artwork of Amy Friend. This particular series explores the relationship between what is visible and non-visible. Using pinpricks of light shining through old photographs, the images remind us of how beautiful and delicate life is. I find Amy's pictures quite thought provoking and I hope you enjoy them.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Designer of Note: Paolo Sebastian

I recently discovered Paolo Sebastian, an Australian fashion label that uses intricate details to create dreamy, almost fairytale-like women's wear. The designer, Paul Sebastian Vasileff started the label in 2007 when he was only seventeen years old. In the past ten years, Vasileff's independent label has flourished into an international couture house. His dresses have been seen at the Academy Awards, the Grammy Awards, and at numerous other red carpet events worn by numerous celebrity clients.   

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Wedding Anniversary Shoot in the Snow

Wow did I feel lucky to do this photo shoot. This month marks Gael and Kier's two year anniversary. Today we received the snow that their wedding day did not provide and celebrated with a wedding themed photo shoot where Gael got to wear her wedding dress again. Despite the cold and wet, photographing a wedding dress in the snow was absolutely dreamy. This wedding dress is particularly special because it has a story behind it. Before their engagement, Gael began pinning images and planning for her wedding day with a specific dress in mind. She knew she wanted long sleeves and a lace neckline that came up on the neck. After Gael and Kier got engaged, Gael's mom pulled out the dress she got married in to show her daughter. It was identical to what Gael dreamed up for herself without any prior knowledge of what her mom had worn. So with a few alterations and a extra stitches, Gael got married in her mother's wedding dress.