Over the summer, Lady K Loves, a vintage inspired, ethically made clothing company based in the UK, reached out to me and asked if I would like to style an item from their shop. I chose this sweet little set, which sort of reminded me of a Girl Scout uniform. I decided to wear it Wes Anderson style and have my friend Adam be the Sam to my Suzy.
There was a little mixup with my order, and they accidentally shipped the longer skirt first, when I really wanted the shorter one. But they were kind enough to ship me out the short one too. Which one do you like better? I'm really more of a short skirt girl, but I love the rick rack on the long one. After I put it on I actually really liked wearing the longer one! The length is definitely different for me, but sometimes it's fun to try new styles.
If you want to shop the top, you can find it here.
If you want to shop the short skirt, you can find it here.
If you want to shop the long skirt, you can find it here.
Top and Skirts: c/o Lady K Loves
Beret: old; Socks: Amazon; Saddle Shoes: Eastland Shoe
Location: Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Now that the weather has cooled down slightly, I've been able to have more fun with fashion. Even though I'm always sad when summer ends, I do love September weather because it means I can wear some of my favorite things like berets and ankle socks and pair sweaters with skirts and bare legs. I also switched my hours at work, which has allowed me to optimize my time more and let me to take photos easier. Since it's been easier to document my outfits due to extra time and mild weather, I thought, why not do a round up of some recent looks in one blog post. You know I've mentioned this before in recent blog posts, but I've become more adamant about sharing my work on other platforms aside from just Instagram. Maybe I'll make this monthly series?
Aside from my usual favorite fall fashion items I mentioned above, this September I've been loving this Kelly green color that's been popular for a while now. I've been gravitating more and more towards late 60's and 70's floral prints too. But I still continue to mix in some of my classics like polka dots, print mixing and pops of red.
What is it about September that always makes me want to dress like a school girl? Maybe it's because I always wished I wore a uniform when I was back in school, so now I'm trying to make up for lost time. I had been on the hunt for a red cheerleading skirt forever, and I finally found one at an estate sale I stumbled upon last weekend. I paired it with a 70's short sleeve deadstock sweater I scored the previous weekend. I decided to go to the local high school before work this morning to shoot photos in this look. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find the gate to the track and field was open, so I ventured inside and headed to the bleachers. At first when I arrived, there was only a woman walking the track for exercise, but eventually a bunch of students came out for gym class. One girl told me she liked my outfit then asked what I was taking photos for. Honestly I'm surprised the teachers didn't tell me to get out or think I was some sort of weirdo for taking photos, but luckily I was able to get what I needed before I had to head out for work. I usually try to avoid shooting in direct sunlight, but I actually really like how these photos turned out.
Labor Day was a few weeks ago. Unfortunately it wasn't a great "last day of summer" as it was a rainy day with bad storms, so I decided to stay indoors and shoot these photos. Ana Luisa, a jewelry brand, was kind enough to send me these earrings and necklace, so I centered the shoot around these pieces. The heart on the jewelry reminded me of a playing cards, so I decided to incorporate those into the shoot. I also got inspired of a photo of Brigette Bardot in the 1960's playing cards and smoking. The combination of the rain and Lana Del Rey's new album playing in my room made me really get into this shoot, so I spent a good chunk of the day trying to bring my vision to life.
Lately I've been changing my approach to how I take my photos and share them on social media. It's no secret that the Instagram algorithm can suck, and over the summer I felt like my engagement was low, and it made me not want to post or even taken photos as much. I'm starting to feel inspired again though, so I have been brainstorming ideas for shoots. However, I've begun to change my approach more as I move forward with these ideas. In the past, when I was trying to get to 10k followers on Instagram, I posted almost every day. I would post "filler photos" of things even if I knew they might not perform as well, just because I figured any time I would post was a new opportunity to gain followers. Now I'm trying to post fewer, more impactful posts, rather than posting something every day just for the sake of it. I've always tried to post with intent, but I've started embracing carousels and Instagram stories to really tell a story, rather than posting just one off photos.
I also want to continue adding as many of my photos to my blog and cross promote on Pinterest as well. Instagram is still fun, but to me, it feels like it's beginning to loose momentum a bit.
Jewelry: c/o Ana Luisa
If you'd like to check out the brand, you can find their website here.
Beret: old; Dress: Dolly and Dotty
This month I had the opportunity to collaborate with Fujifilm to promote their new instax mini LiPlay camera. It's a camera and printer all in one. I took it out for a day in Brooklyn to snap some little moments that inspired me. The camera was so fun to use. It's great that you can see the photos right on the screen after you take them and actually pick which one you want to print. You can also choose from a bunch of filters, effects and borders to add to your photos. Once you're done, you can print the photos out right from the camera. It's such a cool little gadget, I highly recommend it if you're looking for a fun camera to take photos with!
1. Open the photo in Snapseed.
2. Go to the grainy film tool. I always use filter X05. Turn the style strength down (I turn it down anywhere between 35-65, depending on the photo) as well as the grain to 0.
3. Go to the tune image tool and adjust the saturation. I usually turn it up to about 30.
4. Go to the curves tool and select red. You can see where I moved the line to for this photo, but you can adjust depending on the photo. I like adding red because I think it makes the photos warmer and more vintage looking.
5. Save a copy of the photo, then open it in Afterlight.
6. Go to the highlight tone tool, select red, and adjust to about 25.
7. Select the grain tool. I usually like grain 01 and turn it down to about 30.
8. Select the dust tool. I usually like Dust 1 here, then turn the effect down depending on the photo. For "mood" type photos like this one, I keep it higher, I have it on 70 here. Outfit photos I usually lower it to about 30.
9. Select the light tool. Light leak 11 is my favorite. Rotate the effect if needed and turn it down to about 40.
10. Select the contrast tool and increase to about 25. Save the photo.
11. Lastly, open the photo in Instagram.
Before + After!
Last Saturday afternoon, my friend Emily and I headed to Coney Island to take some photos. We both had some colorful and quirky dresses we wanted to photograph there, and Coney seemed like the perfect backdrop. Aside from taking photos, we also rode The Wonder Wheel, even though we were both a little scared ha. We also stopped into the Coney Island History Project. It's a hidden gem with photos and artifacts from Coney throughout the years, if you want to learn more about the history. They also have postcards and some other little knick knacks you can buy and the proceeds go to keeping the history alive. The weather was beautiful this day we went, plenty of sunshine and not too hot. I'm glad I made it back one more time before the summer ends. I'm looking forward to fall, but I'm already sad about summer coming to an end soon...
This Saturday my friends Emily, Katie and I went to check out the Mrs Maisel pop up at the Paley Center for Media here in NYC. The exhibit is a combination of interactive sets, costumes and screenings from Season 2 of the show. The exhibit is FREE and open until September 6th. Read on for more information about our experience there.
The first room was definitely my favorite and where we spent the most of our time. It's the set from when Midge performs on the telethon. Not only can you stand on the set and take photos, but there is a camera that is hooked up to 2 different monitors, so it looks like you're really on TV. I did my best attempt at doing the bop dance performed in the episode.
As you continue through the exhibit, you'll see some of Midge's costumes, and mood boards for different parts of the show. My favorite outfit was definitely the black dress Midge wears on the telethon. I loved the mood boards too, they were honestly probably my favorite part of the exhibit. I especially loved the boards for the Stage Deli and Steiner Resorts.
Next you'll see some more mini sets, like Rose's apartment in Paris and the beauty counter and switchboards at B. Altman's. We had fun sitting in the seats pretending to work the switch boards. They even had a voice talking into the headphones, which was a nice little touch.
Downstairs, there are some more mini sets, like the beauty parlor in the Catskills and a booth at the Stage Deli. There's also some more costumes, including Susie's uniform when she pretends to work at Steiner. There is also a theater where they are showing episodes from Season 2 everyday.
The exhibit is free, but if you can RSVP to guarantee entry. We went at 12pm right when they opened on opening day. There was a line, but it moved quickly and they monitor how many people can come in, so the exhibit never got over crowded. It's open Wednesday-Sunday 12pm-6pm and until 8pm on Thursdays. They are closed on Monday and Tuesdays.
If you want to learn more or make a reservation, you can check out their website here.
The Paley Center is located at 25 W 52nd Street. It's just a short walk from the Rockerfeller Center subway station.
I guess I didn't have enough 1960's last Friday, because the next day after visiting the lounge, I made the trek back to the TWA hotel at JFK airport. I recently found a TWA bag when I was out vintage shopping, so there was really no better place to shoot it than the TWA hotel, specifically outside of The Connie, the airplane turned bar.
Since I really had my heart set on shooting photos of this bag here, I didn't want to wait around for anyone to go with me, so I packed up my tripod and headed to the airport on Saturday afternoon. I guess since I was alone, people assumed I was part of the hotel, especially because they have people dressed up in the TWA uniforms throughout the years walking around the hotel. I shared this anecdote on my Instagram stories how one woman even told me she thought I was "a little nuts" after I told her I wasn't part of the hotel and just dressed up that way because I like too...
After taking my photos outside The Connie, I headed inside the plane and ordered a Roy Rogers mocktail. I also brought along some vintage drink stirrers my aunt recently gave me to photograph. They had a new vintage car parked out front and a new seating area that wasn't there the first time I went. I also stopped in the gift shop and picked up a few little things for a giveaway.
Visiting the TWA hotel makes me so happy, it truly feels like going back in time. I can't wait to go back again. If you want more information about it, you can check out my post about my first trip here.
Last Friday, my friend Katie and I headed to the TWA lounge in One World Trade Center for a Peggy Olson + Joan Holloway inspired photoshoot. We've both been to the lounge before, but Katie just recently started watching Mad Men for the first time, so we wanted to do a shoot that paid homage to the ladies of SCDP and we thought the lounge would be the perfect backdrop.
The lounge serves as a showroom for the newly opened TWA hotel but also as an office space for their corporate team. There are a few small meeting room areas that feel straight out of SCDP, complete with midcentury modern chairs, a typewriter, and vintage magazines.
The lounge is open to the public, you just have to email in advanced and get an appointment. Now that the TWA hotel is open, I recommend just making the trip there instead. We decided to take photos in the lounge because it was closer to my work plus it had more of an office feel instead of an airport vibe. However, when we got there, they told us they were going to close early for the day, so we really had to hustle as we only had about 20 minutes to get our photos done. You can really make a whole afternoon of going to the TWA hotel at JFK airport.