Friday, 30 March 2012

FBFF: Burn After Buying OR One-Time Wear Disease

This week at FBFF, we're talking about One-Time Wear Disease. Sound scary? It's not, but it might be scaring your bank account. In the blogosphere, many style bloggers never seem to wear the same thing twice, and it's given them a bad rap. Today we're talking about our own habits with clothes, and how we get around the predictability of a static wardrobe.

1. Are you a one-time wearer?
Ha! I wish! I can't afford to be a one time wearer, and even if I could, I don't think I'd want to be. When you find that perfect piece that flatters you and complements your wardrobe, you want to work it in as many times as you can. I love finding pieces that I know are versatile and can work with what's already in my closet. As you make you new purchases, you increase the number of fashionable combinations you can come up with. Why would you want to limit yourself to a specific season's haul?

Not to mention, where would all the clothes you've worn GO exactly? Not very many of us are blessed with endless closet space (but oh! how we wish!) so eventually whatever we're not using has to go somewhere. You could always give it away (or sell it) but eventually you'll end up taking a significant loss, because you never got your money's worth out of any one item.

2. Do you feel the need to purchase something new for an evening out or a special event?
Yes, definitely. My real problem is that I don't go out nearly enough, so I don't have very many things in my closet that are appropriate for a night out. Then, when I do go out, it's such an event (since I never leave home) that people remember what I've worn. I guess when it come to dressier things I'm a one-time (or two-time) wearer. I should look into that!

On the other hand, digging up a really old piece that you haven't worn in ages is a great work-around to getting something new for a special event. If you plan far enough in advance, you can resort to buying new accessories to complement an old piece. It's cheaper than buying a new dress, but you still get to create a new and memorable look.

3. Remixing is something that a lot of bloggers are proud of being able to accomplish -Are you a remixing pro or do you shy away from posting items frequently?
Well, I'm not a OOTD blogger, but in my personal life, I definitely try to remix my wardrobe. I'm not very good, I have to admit, but I try to supplement my choices with accessories and new hairstyles. Finding new ways to style my dreadlocks has become my recent pet project. It's been almost two years and my hair is getting long and heavy. Piling it on top of my head is getting boring, but I have discovered that it changes my look dramatically. Now it's all about figuring out what looks work for me.

4. Do you have a clothing budget or are you an impulse buyer?
Definitely a budget shopper. I don't go shopping often, but when I need something specific, I definitely try to ensure that I get what I need for a reasonable price. I tend to impulse buy beauty products though. I have so much makeup that I don't use. It's becoming a bit of a problem...

5. Do you find yourself bored when reading a blog in which clothing items are often remixed and appear frequently?
I honestly don't read very many personal style blogs, so I wouldn't notice if they recycled items frequently. However, I think that for most style bloggers, finding innovative ways to remix their outfits is pretty much the point, so unless they aren't thinking far enough ahead, I don't see how it would ever become a problem.


What about you? Are you a one-time wearer? How do you keep your wardrobe fresh and interesting? Let me know in the comments below, then head over to Modly Chic to see what other members of FBFF have to say.

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Editorial: Alyona Subbotina by Yossi Michaeli for Dazed & Confused Korea

Alyona Subbotina by Yossi Michaeli

I'm loving the colours in this shoot. From the backdrops to the dusted makeup, it's all working for me. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Cover Wars: Iris Strubegger by Peter Lindbergh for Vogue Germany April 2012

Iris Strubegger by Peter Lindbergh

Clearly this is what Rooney Mara will look like in 30 years.

Saturday, 10 March 2012

Soundtrack Saturday: Covergirl by Rupaul Charles

I realized yesterday that I haven't done a soundtrack saturday post for the new year yet! How I managed to go two months without getting to my all time favourite feature is beyond me, but it's back bitches! And with Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent, no less.

Soundtrack Saturday: Covergirl

In any case, here we go. March's first set is based on Rupaul's dance hit Covergirl from her Champion ablum. In the last 3 days I have been overdosing on drag queens, and I have to say I LOVE IT! I can't get enough of Rupaul's Drage Race. I've watched 3 seasons in three days and all I want is a wig and a compact.

That said, this song is seriously amazing. I heard it long before I started watching the show, and it's been in my itunes for a while now. It's and amazingly fun song, and it's so girls' night appropriate. Seriously, I dare you to not dance wildly while you listen. Every time I hear this song all I can do is tap my feet, jiggle my shoulders and bop my head. It's incredibly catchy and SO much fun.

That said, this set is a hot mess! It wasn't meant to evoke drag queen so much as represent some of the bolder fashion choices I'd make if I were as confident as some of the stunning queens on Drag Race. (Seriously, most of these ladies, put actual women to shame. Their bodies are SICKENING. Carmen Carrera anyone?)

There really isn't that much to say about this set except that I had tons of fun jamming to some Rupaul REALNESS while putting it together. But watching Drag Race has taught me some important lessons about femininity and accepting yourself for who you are. One of Ru's (many) taglines is "If you can't love yourself, how the hell you gonna love somebody else?" and it's true. To some people Drag Race might be about ladyboys prancing around in makeup, but for me, it a really profound message about self acceptance. Just to listen to some of the stories of these queens makes you realize how much some people have to sacrifice to be able to truly be who they are.

But anyway, put this song on the next time you're getting ready to go out, and see how much more confident you feel strutting down your imaginary catwalk! So, put that bass in your walk. Head to toe, let your whole body talk!

I think my spirit being might be a drag queen...

So take a listen to the track above, and  if you haven't seen Rupaul's Drag Race, you need to get on it. Catch up on this season at I promise, it will change your LIFE!

Aaaaand what?

Photo of the Day: #Cake

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just because I really like cake :)

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Photo of the Day: IndePAINTdance

Brittany Hollis by Jeff Tse

I'd love to do some more work with a makeup artist. When it comes to fashion portraiture, the makeup is almost as important as the photograph if not more important logistically.
MUA's do all the heavy lifting so that photographers's jobs get a little bit easier I think.

Cover Wars: Numèro #131 March 2012 Covers

Karlie Kloss by Karl Lagerfeld

Cover Wars triple header this week. I've always said that Numèro has some of the best covers in the business, and as usual, they don't disappoint. Shot by Uncle Karl and featuring two of my favourite models, I'm loving this month's offering. What about you? Do you have a favourite cover this month?

Aymeline Valade & Daria Strokous by Karl Lagerfeld

Saskia de Brauw by Karl Lagerfeld

Monday, 5 March 2012

Portrait Session: Portia Ross

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Portia Ross by Cate Young

I LOVED shooting Portia.

Do you ever have those moments where you see something and you just HAVE to have it? That's what I felt like when saw Portia across a room one day after a class. She was sitting with a mutual friend of ours, and I absolutely fell in love with her style and her look.

So, like the creeper I am, I looked her up on facebook, got her email address and shot her a quick email asking her to sit for me. (Privacy settings y'all! Check'em) Anyway, because she's awesome she didn't run away screaming and we met up on Friday for a quick session. 

It's so refreshing as a photographer to find a subject who just knows. Not a lot of people are fully aware of their body, and it's one of the reasons why modeling is so hard. You have to be aware of every inch of yourself, and be able to manipulate it in pieces. Contrary to popular belief, it's a real skill.

Needless to say, shooting with Portia was a dream. She has a stunning face and I can't get enough of her. She's so effortless in front of the camera, and you'd be surprised how hard that is to come by.

In any case, here is a small preview of the shoot we did together. I haven't gotten through everything, and I hadn't even meant to start editing yet, but I wanted to start while the tone was still fresh in my mind. As I'm prepping my portfolio for grad school it's getting clearer to me that I need to have a clear vision of the kinds of stories I'm trying to tell through the faces I shoot, and shooting Portia really helped me to recognize that. I love that I'm defining my style. Feedback is welcome and appreciated.

Sunday, 4 March 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #50

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Photo #50: Preview 2

Tomorrow the big reveal! 
Or you can head over to facebook now and see them early.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #49

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Photo #49: Preview

The entire photo set is coming soon. The shoot yesterday went really well, especially considering I went in with no game plan other than "OMG, she's gorgeous...."

Friday, 2 March 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #48

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Photo #48: Casual

It's always adorable when people just don't know what to do when faced with a camera.

Thursday, 1 March 2012

365 Photo Challenge: Day #47

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Photo #47: Fashion vs. Art

Shot a fun little story for the Buzz today. Went pretty well.