On a snow-melting kind of spring day, my friend Dan and I drove out into the country to visit the site colloquially known as “the insane asylum.” Urban myths speak of ghosts, leftover possessions, and more. But it isn’t actually an insane asylum, and there’s barely anything left inside (whether you believe in ghosts, I’ll leave that to you). It was a location for local Saratoga County residents with TB to come heal, named the Saratoga County Homestead. Later, before it was abandoned in the sixties, it became an infirmary.
Once inside, it was clear that in the warmer weather, this kind of place is a popular hideout and hangout for local teens and twenty-somethings like ourselves. Beer cans and graffiti line the walls, but on this day in the shade, the interior of this great building chilled my fingers nearly numb by the end.
What’s visiting a place like this without looking at least slightly post-apocalyptic? I dressed in layers to warm myself from the ice-covered halls, complete with leggings, shorts, multiple shirts, and a jacket I stripped for these photos. In shades of grey and black, I thought it completed the look of a wanderer in a decrepit building.
These boots have become my favorite exploring boots. They may look a little worse for the wear, and I’ve only been urban exploring about three times this spring, but I think they almost look better this way. This new shirt, the top most layer, is from Brandy Melville. I spotted their store in New York City earlier in the winter, and fell in love with everything. They have all the tones, colors, and simple graphics I like, and fit great. This tank is a newer online addition to my collection.
By far the most picturesque location in the Saratoga County Homestead is the amphitheater. Used to entertain the patients as well as often give lectures, this old hall is now covered in newer memories that other visitors like myself have left behind.
Dan and I spent most of our time in here, a room lit by enormous windows that span from the ceiling to nearly the floor. Pigeons coo from the roof above, and the empty room is a quiet chorus of leftover graffiti and bird calls.
I’ve been enjoying my time exploring. I was never exposed to buildings of this wonder until I came here to upstate New York. Where I grew up was far more manicured than the properties up here, where neighbors live with abandoned barns in their back yards, and down the street from long abandoned historic sites.
More to come, for this was last weekend’s journey, and I have only just begun editing yesterday’s exploring!
While I took all the location shots (and the one above), I’d like to thank Dan for photographing me on the old stage! He’s got a great new blog (with pictures up from yesterday’s adventure already!) here.
Tank: Brandy Melville
Shorts: Hot Topic
Leggings: Black Milk Clothing
Boots: Steve Madden
Things have been crazy since vacation ended, but I wanted to drop by for a quick blog. After going back to work, Max and I moved into a house (just last weekend)! So yeah, surprise, we’re homeowners! As a result, I haven’t found most of my clothing until a few days ago. I have put together my hope of spring in this outfit, a 50’s circle skirt fitted for the 50’s styled kitchen in our new house. It’s not actually warm enough to wear this out (and still wet, as April will be), but I’m hoping my spirit might raise the temperatures a little. Not only has it been chilly outside, but inside as well - the furnace at work gave way after a sudden basement flood, so I’ve been dressing like it’s January again.
Max’s grandparents sent us these lovely flowers next to me, which coincidentally go great with the skirt! I have styled it with a vintage crinoline bought thrifting, and a red dress worn under the skirt as a top. I can’t wait until it is warm enough here for bare legs!
I don’t wear color like this nearly often enough, so I am hoping once the sun decides to shine up here, it will inspire me! I also miss my summer nautical clothing, so it will be great to go back to all my striped shirts and sailor collared dresses.
Skirt: Gold Stitches
Despite my phone’s gloomy predictions, we’ve had fantastic weather this trip. On this hazy day, I headed down for a stroll on the beach to soak in the warmth of our last few days here in South Carolina.
I bought this floral vest-like article at a thrift shop not far from me in upstate NY in the dead of winter, so it hasn’t seen the light of day until now. I feel very beachy and relaxed wearing it, and love just how well it went with this woodgrain. My top is actually a dress folded up to be a shirt, and was custom made for me by the lovely Kaitlin who owns Gold Stitches.
These pants are new as well, recently purchased while I was in Charleston before we ventured out to the beachy islands. Unlike my usual skinny cut, I am enjoying the comfort of these cuff-rolled straight jeans.
To top it all off, I am in more crystals again! My shorter necklace is one of those $5 ones similar to the piece in my last post, while the longer crystal is raw quartz from the Brooklyn Flea, mined in-state.
Though I will soon be going home to the cold, this vacation’s fashions have set the tone for my spring and summer to come.
Crystal Necklace 1: Black Market Minerals
Crystal Necklace 2: Brooklyn Flea
Floral Vest: Thrifted
Woodgrain Top: Gold Stitches
Pants: Urban Outfitters
The past few days I have been down here in Charleston enjoying what it feels like above forty degrees fahrenheit where there isn’t snow and ice. It’s been a really lovely vacation so far, and I have been reveling in the sun and weather that seems almost tropical. To celebrate I’ve been wearing dresses galore. This is the first time my legs have been bare since my time in Florida during new years eve, and even though that was only January, it fees like eons.
I love mixing pretty things like this flowy dress with items like my favorite dirty boots. I got this sheer purple dress for Christmas, and am finally getting to debut it here in the warmer weather over my clouds dress. I predict this spring and summer will become really boho for me, based on the things I’ve been buying. Crystal jewelry is my new favorite thing, and I found this cheap five dollar amethyst necklace at a place near the famous market during my visit in the city. I couldn’t resist!
Though I usually shoot all my photos myself, I did not lug my tripod down here with me, so I’d like to thank my fiancee Max for shooting these this afternoon!
Necklace: Black Market Minerals
Dress: Free People
Dress Underneath: Black Milk Clothing
Boots: Steve Madden
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