If this current weather was a pop song, it’d be called something like “Almost Spring feat. Dirty Snow” (maybe Durty Snow?). It’s been really nasty out continually, but today it was actually pretty warm. Though it got windy when I was shooting, I wanted to get something in after work before the light ran out. Saratoga Springs can’t seem to make up it’s mind on what it wants to be right now, but I am pulling for spring. The snowstorm coming later this week begs to differ.
I love this jacket. It’s only from Forever 21, but it’s really great. It’s black of course, but it can be zipped two ways, and has two textures. It’s not the warmest thing, but I’ve been able to wear it all winter with layers. Today? No need for those! 45 felt almost tropical.
Contrasting the coat, I’ve got on my new favorite shirt from Anthropologie. Black and white is a classic to me, but this one has a little metallic taste to it. To bring out that silver and gold shine, I’m wearing a chain mail necklace.
Let’s talk about the leggings now. Keeping me warm all winter, and shiny in the sun today, is Black Milk’s new liquids. They’re a taste of PVC, and yet they’re easy to put on. They’re shiny, and they totally invite envy. My co-worker told me they reminded her of Catwoman, and that’s totally a compliment.
Paired with these leggings are my first pair of Black Milk shoes, brand new, and shiny too.
These shoes are fantastic. They’re a classy cut, and I’m not usually friends with flatter shoes. But they’re not really just classy, they’re wild, a bit baroque, and just a touch boho (note the tassel zipper). That’s a lot of things for a shoe. And I’m LOVING it.
I am hoping that the snow will melt soon so I can continue to wear exciting footwear without fear of salt or falling on my ass. Spring officially starts on the 21st, but let’s see what follows. Cross your fingers, fellow northerners!
Jacket: Forever 21
Necklace: A gift, ???
Leggings: Black Milk
Shoes: Black Milk x Solestruck
Wondering why you haven’t seen me? This might be why.
I love shooting outside, but it’s simply been pretty cold and snowy to wear anything decent. Or at least, have a place to shoot anything decent unless you guys would REALLY like to see the apartment complex stairwell. I love my apartment itself, but it doesn’t have great lighting for a shoot.
Anyways, we’ve had quite the winter. I haven’t been to work in days. The snow is very exciting, but I will admit, I’m ready for light jacket weather. However, we will probably be enjoying these large snow plow mountains for some time to come. The only thing I’m thankful for this time is the opportunity they provided me with to shoot some quick shots of snow and my mountains leggings (with snow on them).
Though it’s been a crazy winter, hopefully I will get around to shooting a few more things before the weather is nicer again, and I can once more go out. For now…. enjoy the snow? Hope for the warmth? Do whatever you gotta do to get through the day.
Below is a more comprehensive shot of what I was wearing.
Crystal necklace: Brooklyn Flea
Long sleeved shirt: Zara
Shorts: American Eagle
Leggings: Black Milk Clothing
Boots: Forever 21
I am about to walk into the new year feeling like a fairy! I found this dress at a local boutique and had to have it. At the time I had pink hair - and it was perfect! But time passed, my hair grew darker, and it sat in my closet. Now that I’ve got color in there again, I decided it was time.
Complete with a last minute shoe purchase I am ready to dance! These heels are great pizzazz! I found them on sale at Macy’s along with several other glittering heels on display just about as soon as I walked in. Saving me from the fate of mum’s sandals and my ugly toes (I hate feet), I was glad that shopping trip was painless.
One of my great grandmother’s clips on a chain completes the sparkle, perfect for tonight’s festivities with my family.
I’m not big on new years resolutions, especially ones no one follows through with, but I’m hearing that everyone’s anxious for a fresh start. Have a happy evening, and a great new years day!
Dress: Terani Couture
Shoes: Betsey Johnson
This past Sunday, I took on a creative endeavor with a friend who needed a model. Equipped with neon stickies, paper, and several blacklights, we traveled to my studio to shoot in the dark. I dressed into a catsuit and began to cut up his stickies and paste them onto myself. I admit this is less of a ‘look’ and more of just another shoot, but what can I say.
It was a while before we really got the feel of the shoot down, but it was a blast once we did. With both his camera and mine combined, we came out of the shoot with many, many images. I combed through them and still decided I have too many to share. It has been a long time since I’ve done something so absolutely colorful that I’m excited to share Aaron’s photographs!
Photographs: Aaron Osher
Last week, I was approached by a co-worker and a large garment bag. She told me she had been trying to sell a lovely 1870’s gown, but was failing to do so. Since it would otherwise be sitting unloved in her closet or office, she offered it to me to shoot with, knowing well I adore old clothing, and that I’d fit it well.
Despite it’s occasional tear, it’s really in gorgeous condition. With a few repairs, it would be truly wearable. She claimed it wasn’t selling because people had complained that it was brown. I’d like to point out that there’s nothing wrong with brown, though while that color sure isn’t for everyone, this dress shows as more of a lovely copper outside in the light. I love these tones, anyhow, I was meant for the earthy colors.
After putting it on and parading around the apartment, I thought of the perfect house to shoot it with. Located near the heart of Saratoga Springs lies Franklin Square, a small block of a few businesses and apartments. Sitting in an abandoned lot is this tired house, which has been left to rot for many years. It’s sad really - it once was a gorgeous place. It hasn’t even been for sale all this time. It makes me wonder who owns it. Nevertheless, I felt the colors and the period fit well with my dress.
It was a brief but beautiful shoot. Manny passerby were curious as I took shots in front of the house. I’m sure it’d been a while since anyone had seen activity at the house - the street it is on is well traveled.
An yet, perhaps this whole time, I was just a ghost.
Dress: Original 1870s
I’ve been meaning to post this shoot for a few days now. I modified yet another vest to sell, and of course fell in love with it. What’s new? Such is the problem with making things you enjoy. To assure I could part ways with the article instead of stealing it into my closet, I took it out for a shoot first (if only to promote it…..shhhh).
You can nab this beauty for yourself here!
Vest: Forever 21, Modified
Tights: Who knows?
Socks: Penn Station, NYC
Boots: JC x Nasty Gal Riot
It’s been over a month since I have shot and written here, and for that I apologize. It’s been a crazy end of the summer. However, with the end of summer comes the fall, and that I welcome. In the spirit of the earth tones now back in season, I’ve been modifying vests. I have had the brown vest below for years, but I don’t find myself wearing it often. It’s a great vest, don’t get me wrong - but it was lacking something. So what did I do? Well, you’ll just have to see.
I recently acquired more of my favorite fabrics with new patterns and colors alike. I have many plaid samples from last year, and with new tapestry samples, I was set to go. Sure, tapestry fabric and the curtain tassels you see on my shoulder are meant for interior decor, but it gives the vest a new life it didn’t have before! This time I not only added fabric to the back panels, I also added pieces to the collar as well.
Along with this vest are some of my favorite fall accessories - back to the season of boots! And with those jingly things, I wear several bands. I am not sure why I am attracted to watchbands, empty ones at that (I have taken out the clock innards for jewelry), but I do love them. Perhaps it’s because these are the only types of “bracelets” that fit me.
And with this, I conclude my short entry on how much I love vests and fall and things. There will be more entries on vests, by the way…
Vest: Refuge, modified
Shirt: Forever 21
Jewelry: Necklace - gift, Earrings - Etsy
Let me cut it to you straight - this entry is going to be mostly pictures. As if my entries weren’t already heavily visual, this one is going to be mostly evidence of my amazingly fun shoot.
I would have been insane not to buy this dress.
A new vintage shop opened down the street from where I work not too long ago. After getting out of work early one day, I wandered in after finding an eight dollar Prussia war-era hat look-alike. Many things were beautiful, but expensive. Once I got to the counter and it was time to decide, my competing desire to the dress had been a pair of earrings. I had misread the price as thirty-nine dollars, when in fact they were really one hundred and thirty nine dollars - the dress suddenly seemed like a bargain.
It happened to even match my crinoline perfectly! To edge it up for the shoot, I wore old hole-filled fishnets and a pair of boots, and tromped around several abandoned sites.
Usually, I’d be out at these places by myself with a tripod and the occasional staring passer-by. This time I had the help of a friend, who shares a similar love of abandoned places. I left my tripod at home, and had fun posing in front of both her lens and mine.
We drove around and explored sites from car lots to old mills, and even found cool school sites, junk lots, and parks.
Dress: A Ballston Spa vintage boutique, Gunne Sax
Crinoline: Reruns Consignment, vintage
Fishnets: NYC Penn Station
Boots: Harley Davidson, second hand
Photography: Siwei Song
Editing: Carolyn McGraw (myself)
It seems like I am always looking forward to the next season. When I tire of the long winter cold, I wish for summer. When I tire of the heat, I am anxious for fall. I know I’m not the only one, and I am definitely excited for fall weather to be back in swing. It may be a short season for us and I wish it lasted longer, however the season to goes on and on in stores, and I’m ok with this. Rusty reds and pumpkin oranges emerge, along with mustards and creams. Boots come back, my favorite type of footwear, and light layering is possible again without potentially of keeling over.
Taking a look at the upcoming season, I took out one of my old favorite outfits that reminds me of fall but is still wearable in the warm weather, perfect for the transition from summer into the new season. The beginning of August, you say? Yes, it’s kind of early, but as I said, I can’t help but to look forward to it.
I wear boots during all times of the year, but I find that these fit every season in some way without looking utterly out of season. I admit this isn’t a problem I care about (though others may) - I think my winter-like Harley Davidson boots look great with cutoffs - but these FRYE boots are really fantastic. They are light and go great with earthy summer dresses. They are meant for fall, but continue to survive through the snowy winters. They even last during rainy spring with only so much as a damp toe. Best of all, they rank in my top 5 of most comfortable footwear I own.
The cardigan above is another old favorite - it goes with a lot I have (yes, even though it’s a print), and it’s lasted me years with perfectly retained color and softness. It has been to many occasions, and sat with me at home - perhaps it’s the perfect traveler’s cardigan, as the print might suggest. I am glad when the evenings grow cool once more, and I can dawn this old buddy again (though not cold enough to shiver indoors, a nice dinner outside in a dress and cardigan is perhaps my perfect happy medium of weather conditions).
Hat: Forever 21
Nautical Necklace & Chevron Earrings: Etsy
Fishing Lure Mouse Necklace: DIY
This week has been truly brutal. On Friday it was 97 degrees fahrenheit here, which was the hottest recorded July 19 of all time for the Saratoga Springs area. To those of you out west or even in the south, that’s probably pretty normal. Maybe even small fry. But to those of us up here? That’s really f***ing hot.
Prior to today, I had been wanting to shoot for ages, but the heat had kept me indoors as much as possible. Yesterday would have been prime time - I was off work early, but when I left, I couldn’t bring myself to go back out once I’d gotten home, even though I was desperate.
Thankfully, I picked up a few cheap summer pieces the weeks prior, unknowingly setting myself up for a week in the sauna I called the outdoors. Someone had told me American Eagle Outfitters was having a big sale on shorts - and considering my old basic denim babies were maybe seven years old, it was time for a new pair. With bum-showing shorts being the popular trend online these days, I set out hoping I’d find a decent pair of shorts that actually covered me up, and weren’t $60+. I came back with these - modest, not boring, and under $30.
I also received this silly crop in the mail earlier in the week, preparing me for this hot afternoon. Just in time!
In other news, I’ve also been playing with my hair some more (what a surprise). After trials and tribulations, this total fluke has made my hair into a pastel rainbow. Once my 4th of July blue had faded, I sought to get back to the original mint color I had wanted. Bleaching the blue out, I was surprised to see pink appear after my shower. Surprised in a good way - I love my new pastel rainbow, and I’m going to try and keep it as close to this as possible even as my hair grows and fades.
I also was desperate to shoot here. This lot is a short drive from where I live, and after passing it numerous times, I had to come check it out. Upon reading signs and discovering this massive machine was meant to cut down large trees, the conclusion was that the lot was going to be cleared for apartments at some point in the future. But the machine was just so amazing, so naturally I had to climb it a bit. As a result, I got a little dirty. But hey, sometimes you have to get a little dirty to have fun.
Shorts: American Eagle Outfitters
Belt: Fiancé’s old.
Boots: Harley Davidson, second hand.