Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Outfit: Take Advantage of in Between Time

Sometimes things don't go as planned. Sometimes you end up waiting around for an hour after your husband was supposed to be done work so you can go home. That is when you need to be armed with a book to read (and a camera and tripod so you can spontaneously take pictures of your outfit while reading said book). Fortunately for me, Ben works near some beautiful places where I am happy to spend my time. But we can't always be blessed with good books and beautiful meadows to read in. Sometimes we're stuck in traffic, or in lines, or in waiting rooms. Waiting can be a dreadful bore. It can have us sighing and pacing and groaning inside. But at the same time, life is ticking on by. Fleeting moments are whispering away. How can we use the in between moments? What would you do if you had more time?

Monday, September 26, 2016

Style Portrait: Ben

Hello everyone, I would like to officially introduce you to my husband Ben. As you may have noticed, I hardly ever feature men on my blog. This is not because I don't enjoy men's clothing, but because I don't know anything about taking pictures of males. Over the past year of photographing women's clothing I have developed a very light, airy, feminine photography style that I don't know how to break out of. So in attempt to branch out, here is my second ever photo shoot of a man (the first being Brandon).
Special thanks to Ben who kindly volunteered to let me take photos of him.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Outfit: Anne of Green Gables

"I don't know what lies around the bend, but I'm going to believe that the best does." 
-L.M. Montogomery
Anne of Green Gables
When I first started this blog, I didn't realize how much it would fill up my life. Who knew that sharing something as superficial as an outfit could turn into a creative pursuit? But really this fashion blog is about the story that our clothing tells. So it only makes sense to have stories inspired by stories. My outfit today is a modern interpretation of the fictional heroine Anne Shirley. The lacey bodice layered with slightly puffed sleeves give a vaguely Edwardian feel but it's still very much an outfit I can wear in daily life. 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Wedding Style: Cody and Charity

My friends Cody and Charity got married at the beginning of September. I had the fun of being a bridesmaid and capturing moments of their wedding day. It was an excellent growing experience for me as a photographer. Ordinarily my photo shoots have no pressure because I'm just shooting for my own blog and I can give myself time for mistakes and exploration. But because this was a wedding, time was limited and each photograph had to be a lot more strategic. Fortunately, I was working underneath the incredibly talented Anni Glover who took care of the bulk of the day's photographs so I had space to learn from her and freedom to do my own thing. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Inside Her Closet: Nicola

Nicola is a Danish student studying to be a speech reading therapist and audiologist. She is very sweet and talented and has an excellent eye for fashion. When I asked her what she was attracted to in clothes, her response was something along the lines of "Basically anything I get to feel like princess in without looking like I'm dressing up in a princess costume." I adore this fantasy meets reality hybrid in fashion and if Nicola hadn't mentioned that is what she likes, I don't think I would have noticed how subtly she achieved this goal. Because she really does look like a princess. Not a princess in a tower detached from the people around her but a modern, relatable princess who can take on errands, classes, and early morning drives to the airport all while looking airy and beautiful.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Some Things Don't Change

Isn't it funny how we get older but there is always an essence of ourselves that stays constant? I have had these overalls since I was about fifteen years old and now I am twenty-six. I can clearly remember and understand the little fragments and moments and emotions that made up my fifteen year old self which share no relevance to my life today. We can change but we are still ourselves. I currently work in a preschool where I see children just starting to grow into their own personalities and I try to imagine who they will be when they are nine years old and again when they are nineteen or twenty-nine. What elements from these formative years will they take with them? Will they remember crying about being put in time out? Will they remember the joy I get see them share over playing pretend? How much of you is you and how much of you is the things that happen to you?

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Wear Your Fruits

The school year has started and I have been simplifying my wardrobe to a small capsule collection that I can rotate through weekly. My goal is to reduce getting ready time in the morning by having a select number of pieces to choose from that mix and match together easily. Working as a preschool teacher, flexibility is a must (we sit on the floor a lot) and I can't be worried about clothing riding up or sticking uncomfortably. I'm still in the process of deciding what to put in storage and what to donate, but I know for sure that my Krissyfied strawberry dress will stay in my closet. You may recognize this dress from this post when summer was new and strawberries were in season. And although the leaves are no longer the fresh green of springtime, and the strawberry crop has been plucked, I still feel comfortable wearing this dress. The navy base makes it quite versatile and paired with neutral leggings, I can easily meet the attention of tiny students. Wearing the bright strawberry print as cooler months unfold will be like savoring summer's preserves. I know I can enjoy them all year round.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Inside Her Closet: Tovah

Tovah is an all around beautiful person. If you follow this blog then you may have seen her younger sister Dara who I featured a few months ago. It's clear that both sisters have a flair for dressing well. One thing that strikes me about Tovah is how timelessly elegant she is. Whether I see her in church or just out and about running errands, she looks put together. One top of that, Tovah is an artistic and creative person. For example, she bought the dress she is wearing on clearance and modified it by taking the waist in, hemming it, and making the piece uniquely her own. It has a custom fit and looks stunning and pairs magnificently with her hat and heels. If you look through the photos, I think you will agree.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Style Icon: Vintage Roller Girls

The closest I have ever come to playing roller derby is elementary school floor hockey. I don't remember being particularly good at it but I do remember having fun. In my adult life, I enjoy strapping wheels to my feet and skating (in the morning when no one is around to see me wobble) around the park near my house. For me, skating as a relaxed and fun way to exercise. I'm not  at all competitive or aggressive, but there is something that appeals to me about the aggressive courage of roller derby girls. Looking through these photos I see strong women who are proud to be women. Ladylike and independent. I like their padded knees and stripes mixed with well done hairdos. I like the mix of feminine and feisty. They pack a lot of spunk and energy into their sport in best girl-power kind of way. So here is a small collection of photos I collected from around the internet of vintage roller derby girls. Enjoy!

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