Friday, 31 December 2010

Farewell to 2010

2010 has been for the most part good to me. ib*p has grown incredibly in the last few months and i have so many people to thank for that.

for my last post of the year, i just want to let everyone know that big changes are coming! for the new year i will be implementing (and using) a more comprehensive editorial calendar. i think that it will help me to always have something to write about and give everyone who follows ib*p something to look forward to. i think that sounds like a good idea. :)

instead of giving a rundown of what the calendar and features will be, i've decided to reveal them over each of the next few days. i'm excited to see what kind of response i will get from this new format and the new things that i plan to incorporate into the blog. all things permitting, 2011 will be a big year for ib*p. i'm excited to see where this take me, and equally excited to take you all with me. 

here's to leaving 2010 behind, and running headfirst into 2011.

PS. here's a hint as to what's coming tomorrow: oh na na, what's my name?

jumping jacks and giggles,

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Campign: Max Mara Spring 2011| Karolina Kurkova by Mario Sorrenti

Karolina Kurkova by Mario Sorrenti

I love how sleek and professional this looks. it reminds me of when anne hathaway's character in the devil wears prada finally starts dressing like she works at a major fashion glossy. love it.

Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Photo of the Day: Tasty

i'm so in love with this picture i almost do not have the words for it. it is so simple, but so stunning at the same time. it really reminds me that a little goes a long way sometimes. 

i love the contrast between her skin and the shadows in the crevices around her neck. the way her pores stand out is so incredibly.... sensitive. i don't know, the way everything comes together is a little bit magical to me.

Friday, 24 December 2010

A Holiday Treat: Marcel the Shell with Shoes On

MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON from Dean Fleischer-Camp on Vimeo.

this adorable video is my gift to you my amazing readers. merry christmas! i'm off to watch tv and do my nails until tomorrow.

I Might Have a Problem OR Iconic Photographs

it's christmas eve and the only thing i really want to do is blog. 

most blogs are on hiatus for the holidays but i promised to be obnoxious about this blog once finals were over and i don't intend to break my promise. i haven't post in the last few days though because i have been severely jet-lagged and therefore temporarily hibernating, but i [am very lame and so] don't have any plans for the entire time i'm home other than try not to get any more whale like, so i shall be posting consistently through the holidays.

and it begins.....NOW!

since this is technically a superfluous post i decided not to post a fashion shot, but a more subdued more well known photograph. most americans know this photograph as V-J Day in Times Square. the photograph (shot by Alfred Eisenstaedt for Life magazine) is iconic and quickly became a cultural symbol for the end of the war. continue after the jump to a little piece of trivia about it!

there's another version! this one is (obviously) less famous and it was shot by Victor Jorgensen for the new york times. he titled it kissing the war goodbye. i prefer the famous version because of the better view of times square, but what do you think? which do you prefer and why? did you know about the second version?

Friend Friday: Holiday Traditions

it's friend friday christmas edition!

1. What is your favorite holiday memory?

Hmm.... I have lots I think :) Mostly my favourite memory is going to my grandmother's house for Christmas lunch. I go every year with my brothers and my dad, and we drink peardrax and eat tons of potato salad. i'm actually really upset because my grandparents have gone to tobago so celebrate with my extended family there which means for the first time in LIVIVG MEMORY i won't see my grandmother on christmas. i actually got upset when i came home and my mum told me they were gone. it makes me cry.

also, there is a house in valsayn that overlooks the churchill roosevelt highway that puts up this ridiculously cosquelle display of lights every year, and when i remember i ask her to drive by so we can behold their plastic santa. 

i also love singing all the hilarious trini christmas songs that come on the radio every year that i can guarantee you'll never hear anywhere else :)

2. Were you ever a vict
im of those family Christmas party photo shoots? What do you think about them now? Care to share an old photo? 

umm, no. but my aunt always take a group photo of my mum's side of the family when we go for brunh at my great uncle's house every boxing day. i'd share one, but i have no idea what ever becomes of them...

3. Best Christmas gift you ever gave: 

i really don't even know. i'm actually not huge on giving christmas presents which is weird. you're more likely to get something amazing from me for your birthday. one year i organized a surprise birthday dinner for my best friend, and i even spoke to her dad and asked him to tell her she couldn't make plans because he and her mum would take her out. however because of how her b'day fell that year she wouldn't have been able to do anything with us for about a month (this was back in high school, we were 16 and not yet mobile), and she got SUPER upset and cried the whole week before that she couldn't be with friends on her birthday. it was TORTURE on us to see her crying! but it was worth it when her parents brought her to the restaurant on her b'day and she saw all of us screaming for her :)

i do birthdays in style. christmas, not so much.

4. Craziest/funniest holiday family tradition: 

well this doesn't happen on christmas exactly, but every new year's day my mum refills our stocking with random smaller gifts and buys me and each of my brothers a new pair of pajamas. i don't know why, and even she says she doesn't remember how it started, but every year like clock work i have a new pair of pjs. i still have most of them too! (granted they don't fit, but that's on me...)

5. Favorite type of Christmas cookie: 

I'm changing this one to "christmas dish" because although i like cookies, i'm not into themed food.

i LOVE pastelles! people only make them in trinidad around christmas and they're AMAZING! they're basically like a little pie made of cornmeal filled with minced meat and other seasonings. then you wrap them in banana leaves (YES, banana leaves) and serve them. they are the bomb. 

i used to hate them when i was younger because of the cornmeal, but my mum has a friend who owns a restaurant with her husband, and they would make for their friends every year. after i tasted uncle moses' (not really my uncle) pastelles i was hooked!

i also really love potato salad. my mum makes amazing potato salad but she hates to do it since it takes so long. the best part of xmas for me is eating all the leftover food for the next few days.

i really can't even name the amount of food that i love for christmas. food is such an integral part of christmas in trinidad that i really don't know what i would do if i ever find myself out of the country on any given december 25th.

with that i bid you adieu and wish you a very merry christmas from inkblot*photography and everyone at friend Friday!

Monday, 20 December 2010

The Stylish Blogger Award!

so as i was up late last night trolling my own blog instead of estudiando por mi examen final de espanol like a good girl, i saw  a comment telling me that i had been given the stylish blogger award!

yay! my very first blogger award! :) lmao. the award is courtesy ushi sato of the shades and scarf. i'm not really sure if i actually qualify since i don't post outfit photos, but i guess he thinks my blog layout is stylish? (brr... :s)

but anyway, i've been blogging for myself for so long now that it really is nice to have someone come out and say that they like what i've been doing. it makes my heart warm. that and the fact that my exams are finally done, i haven't failed and i'm leaving the country in the morning :)

in any case, the award comes with a few stipulations:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Post 7 facts about yourself.
3. Pay it forward to 7 bloggers you admire, and contact them to let them know they've been chosen.
here goes:

1. Well, thank you to Ushi Sato! I've been following his blog for about a year now, so it really is an amazing feeling to have him say that he likes my blog. he's also an amazing designer so you should check out his work :)

2. are you sure you wanna know? i'm kind of lame :)

  • i am addicted to chewing gum. some people drink coffee when they're up late studying. i chew through packs of gum. seriously. like 2 packs of 15 in a night. it's a problem.
  • dreamgirls is my favourite move. i love it SO much. i have the soundtrack on my ipod and i listen to it all the time. when i'm sad, when i'm studying, when i'm taking exams... it's my feel good music.
  • i am in the process of dreadlocking my hair.
  • i have 11 piercings and one tattoo. (the word 'hope' on the inside of my wrist) i've pretty much just pierced something new every year i've been in college. my latest was a tongue piercing. i want to get 3 more piercings though so i can bring the tally up to 14 because i don't like the numbers 11, 12 or 13. not a good reason i know, but i'm weird like that.
  • i decided to pursue fashion photography after watching ugly betty freshman year. i love that show SO much and i actually cried when it got cancelled. i want to shoot editorials, but ultimately i want to be running a major fashion magazine. (preferably elle or marie claire. not even kidding)
  • i have 5 magazine subscriptions (vogue, w, elle, vanity fair and marie claire) and piles of past issues cluttering my apartment. i can't bear to throw any of them away!
  • i am the crazy person you see in the street dancing to the music that no one else can hear. i do entire routines in public by myself because i cannot tame the rhythm in my booty! lols.
3. now onto my nominees! i'm actually really excited to be able to do this. i nominate the following blogs (in no particular order):

katy-rose of modly chic: katy is the mastermind behind friend friday and it's because of her that i've really gotten more involved in the blogging community.

yani of vainglorious and proud: this is possibly my favourite blog of all time :) yani blogs about fashion, food and kanye west. she's entertaining and uncensored and i love it!

"gray" of gray37: i don't actually know this blogger's name (i suspect this is intentional on her part) but i stumbled upon her blog after she posted some photos taken by my favourite photographer friend and i've been hooked ever since. her blog explores black beauty and it's really given me an amazingly new perception of my own beauty.

mel of trinidadlookbook: mel's blog is an offshoot of her amazing digital magazine of the same name. the mag features stories on local desigers and fashion shows and is pretty much THE source for trini fashion.

lisa-marie of au courant daily: au courant is a cool and easy look at fashion from a local and international perspective. 

heidi of ms. fashionista: is the only person that i knew was actually reading my blog! she comments all the time and every single time it makes me smile :)

sabrina of trinifashionista: sabrina is a local (as in trinidadian) blogger and designer whose blog has seriously given me TONS of inspiration. (look out for her spotlight interview coming soon!)

so proud and excited about this. but now i have to go force all my clothing into one suitcase. you know how it is... :)

Friday, 17 December 2010

Friend Friday: Perfecting Holiday Attire

so i said i wouldn't be posting again until my finals were over, but my boots came in the mail today but they're too small around my calf and i'm highly annoyed. the boots turned out to be a LOT nicer than advertised and now i can't wear them. AND they're sold out in a bigger size. why do the shoe gods hate me? *shakes fist*

in any case, i wouldn't have been wearing the boots during this holiday season anway, which is a shame because they would have looked amazing. but onto what i will be wearing. this week #FF is all about holiday attire. short and sweet for finals week :)

1. Which holiday party are you looking forward to attending this year?
I don't usually do holiday parties, but I decided last night that I would try my hand at hosting a new year's bonanza. it will really be more of a lime than a bonanza, but i like the word bonanza. i've been living in my house for 15+ years and somehow I've managed to never have friends over. This year i'm gonna try to get all my friends who are home from college in my backyard and pump them full of alcohol and pizza.

2. What is your go-to holiday party outfit?

Well, honestly nothing holiday themed. I'm kind of a Debbie Downer that way. I don't like reindeer antlers or Santa hats. the whole holiday season is really just a reason for me to see my family and my friends and drink all the alcohol i can't drink when i'm at college. i lost my 'christmas spirit' a long time ago. i'm only 20 and already i'm a disillusioned cynic. 

but pointless history aside, i love to wear little minidresses. I think that for semi-formal parties, nothing is better than a cute little dress that cuts in all the right places and makes you feel confident and sexy. match that with killer heels and a carry all clutch, and you'll be the best dressed chickadee no matter what anyone says. I've also really been into hair accessories recently. I think a well placed hair bow or headband can be the only statement that an outfit needs. Jewelry is also an important concern. Even if you just wear a classic LBD, a great piece of jewelry can really elevate your outfit.

3. Do you go dressed in something that would be impractical to wear at any other time of the year?

Well I don't think it would be anything impractical as much as inappropriate. Like I said, i tend not to do themed clothing, so that's never an issue, but i do like dressing up, so it's possible that i might get a little TOO dressed up. but then again, it's always better to be over-dressed than under-dressed.

4. If you are going to a house-party what gift will you bring to the host/hostess?

i didn't think i was quite at the age where gifting was required, but my friends are easy to please so a bottle of vodka and some chasers? we're simple people really. 

5. If you could buy only one trendy piece to update your holiday party wardrobe, what would you get this year?

well i don't think this would quite be considered 'trendy' but i'd really like to get a brooch. i've never owned owned before, but my mother wears them all the time, and they really can help to add a simple touch of maturity to an outfit. i've seen some really fun brooches that i think i would make great additions to my wardrobe. and i don't know why, but i respect women who wear brooches more.... i'm strange like that. not lame old lady brooches, but interesting ones like the ones my mother pins to her jackets. i think in my mind it makes me think of trendy professional women.

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Editorial: Crystal Renn by Derek Kettela for Paper Planes F/W 2010

Crystal Renn by Derek Kettela

every time i see a Crystal Renn editorial it reminds me of just how messed up the fashion industry really is. THIS is PLUS-SIZED?!?!?! No it's NOT! Crystal is so incredibly gorgeous and talented and it kind of makes me mad that she's been specifically categorized as separate from other models. the funny thing is, she's still smaller than 50% of the women in America. oi... it just rubs me the wrong way. i'd kill to look like her.

but unnecessary outrage aside, doesn't she look a little like Catherine Zeta Jones in these shots? it's uncanny and i love it :)

Campaign: Freja Beha Erichsen by Patrick Demarchelier for Harry Winston Jewelry 2010

Freja Beha Erichsen by Patrick Demarchelier

i almost hesitate to say this, but i've never seen Freja look so... normal! she looks absolutely amazing as usual, but i'm not sure if i've ever seen her smiling, which is a shame considering how gorgeous she is.

i get that it's supposed to be more commercial, but i'm practically in shock by how ordinary the shots are. not in a bad way of course (in my mind she can do no wrong) but it's such a different mood. but i guess that's why she's so successful. she can fit any mold.

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Editorial: Chantal le Fevre by Wee Khim for L’Officiel Singapore

Chantal le Fevre by Wee Khim

Editorial: Your Hair By Ben Cook for Dazed & Confused #92 Dec 2010

some of these are a little 'subversive' as much as subversive means anything that i can't really categorize, but i actually really like them. i wish i could find people this interesting to photograph. i never meet anyone cool... *harumph*

Oyster #90 Cover | Meghan Collison by Pierre Toussaint

i'm always saying i don't post covers, but something about this cover really captures me. i love the way her eyes are hidden and she has this whole 'i dare you to fuck with me' thing going on. love it :) plus i love all the baubles. i never used to like the ring on every hand thing, but it looks amazing here.

Sunday, 5 December 2010

Editorial: Charlotte Benson by Michelangelo di Battista for Vogue Italia

Charlotte Benson by Michelangelo di Battista

i'm so in love with the cat eyes look. i JUST found a really great liquid eyeliner and i can't wait to try this.

Friday, 3 December 2010

Friend Friday: Battling Blogger Burnout

This week, the friend friday family is addressing an issue that seems to be becoming more relevant as the days go by. All over the blogosphere, fashionistas are deciding to quit. that's it. just STOP blogging. toni of fashion butter actually wrote a farewell letter to her readers earlier this week. so what's the reason behind all the burnout? with fashion bloggers slowly transitioning into business men and women and making careers out of their craft, it's easy to see how the thing that once served as a way to unwind has become just another thing in our lives to stress about. So how do we as bloggers keep chugging along? How we make sure that our blogs don't become another weight on our shoulders?

1. How many hours a week do you spend blogging? Has that number changed since you started blogging?
I'm not really sure. I tend to spend little burst of time each day so I'd say maybe 2 hours at a time each day maybe? the number has definitely changed since i started blogging. when this blog first started, i was lucky if i post once a week.

2. There is always more you can do, write, read, comment on... how do you limit your time spent on these tasks? 

I have a tendency to skim a lot of material. i read quickly and get through stuff fast, but i only comment if i see something that i have a very strong opinion about something that hasn't already been expressed. because i try to focus mostly on the photography side of fashion, i don't really have a lot of writing to do (save for #FBFF) so i rarely get sick of that. but i think generally i just quit when i get bored or my eyes start to burn...

3. Have you experienced Blogger burnout yet? How have you dealt with that? 

i think i experienced it early on with my blog. pretty much when i first started. around last november i think my heart wasn't in it, and i hadn't discovered the larger blogging community yet. then i started writing for College Fashionista and having to write my posts each week got me interested again. i think i really got my second wind around may of this year though while i was interning with fashion week trinidad and tobago. being around all the shows and the business of fashion really reminded me why i loved it so much. since then i haven't had any problems. i love my blog and i've really been enjoying watching it grow. it's like a puppy i get to play with, except the puppy couldn't give a shit about if i came back or not.

4. This time of the year is always a lot busier than any other time. Will your blogging change as a result? 

Well... maybe? but i think that since getting back into my blog i've actively been trying to make it a priority. i try to post at least once a day. and honestly, i love it. i might get a little swamped during christmas week, but after that i'll be at home, bored, so ib*p might start getting obnoxious with its ubiquity :)

5. Could you forsee a moment in which you are not blogging anymore? How would you you identify that it's time to walk away?

i actually can't. i can definitely see a time when the blog will become less of a priority. (since i plan to be shooting all kinds of famous people for all kinds of famous magazines and all that jazz!) but i think that this blog has been my direct avenue into the things that i love about fashion, and i can't see myself every wanting that to change.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Editorial: Miranda Kerr by Carlotta Moye for Vogue Australia

Miranda Kerr by Carlotta Moye

sorry for the nakedness. i know that the naked-while-pregnant thing has been done over and over again, but i'm just kind of in awe that this woman STILL looks like a model with a baby in her tummy. she doesn't even look preggers! well, she does, but i mean in the sense that she doesn't look like she's gained weight anywhere other than in her uterus... no fair.