Thursday, August 21, 2014

Throwback


So I realize that I've sat on these photos for almost a year, and am now presenting them in non-chronological order. Not sure why it took so long. Perhaps it was knowing  that once I hit publish, I no longer have any photos left to share from my favorite spots in Georgia! I love living up here, but I do get homesick every now and then for my old haunts. But alas, in order to move forward, I'd like to empty whatever's left in my archives and move on. 

This first dress was a dream vintage find from Portobello market in London. It is a World War II-era dirndl dress from Munich, Germany, complete with (what appears to be) a homemade tag dating it to 1944. It's become a treasured item and I love that it's not overly costumey with its heavy cotton and tiny buttons down the front. I wore it down to Georgia during a trip last October to Athens, and took photos in one of my favorite spots at the University of Georgia -- the Fine Arts theater, which was built in 1941 and was the last project to be built by the WPA.
So though it took more than 70 years and thousands of miles for these two to meet, it seemed completely fitting to wear this dress in front of a building from the very same era. I wonder how many women have owned this dress before me, and what kind of lives they led. I'd love to go full period-style and wear my hair in a soft wave and hat with this dress at some point.


This second dress is also from London, but its origins are much more contemporary (Topshop). I'm really kind of in love with white dresses with dark flowers or embroidery for autumn. The print on this dress kind of reminds me of those mushroom cookie jars that everyone's mom seemed to have in the 90s, so it seemed appropriate to wear a mushroom brooch with it.

The cloud cover on this day was beautiful. It was from the same trip to Georgia last October to visit my family.



Not much to say about this thrifted vintage dress, except that I've had it for years and finally got it altered. It's one of those dresses that's awesome when you're just laying around the house and eating potato chips and don't actually have to answer the door, but is super terrible to be photographed in without a belt because it gives the illusion that you're a circus tent.
These photos are from the weekend I moved to NYC, and so this was the only presentable outfit I had not packed away in boxes. I snuck away that Friday morning from packing the Uhaul to take some photos as a farewell ritual to visiting my favorite park. For whatever reason, the blue heron that lived around the park would only be out in the open when there was really spectacular natural light, so it always felt like a good photography omen when I'd round the bend and it was there. And it was there that day, for about 30 seconds -- before it flew off across the lake and somewhere unseen into the grass. It was a nice, brief farewell visit before I went my own way too.

And so, goodbye to all that -- onto new adventures up north.

credits
outfit 1 - dress and shoes, vintage
outfit 2 - dress, topshop | sweater, target | shoes, vintage | brooch, cath kidston
outfit 3 - dress, thrifted | shoes, target
outfit 4 - dress, spense | sweater, banana republic | shoes, target

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Linkfest

Happy Wednesday! I've decided to mix up my content a little bit and start including links to things I've been reading lately -- a smorgasbord of fashion, technology and pop culture. Hope you enjoy!

- Advice to my teen self.
- The Internet is one giant orange.
- Are millennials Generation Nice
- How much $100 is really worth in every U.S. state.
- I love The Billfold's financial essays of how fictional characters may spend their money. Here, a look at Draco Malfoy and his post-Hogwarts life actually makes me feel sympathy for the Slytherin.
- Thinking small when it comes to good deeds.
- The British Library's flicker set is full of beautiful illustrations, maps and more -- perfect time-waster for the design lover or history buff.
- And finally -- rom-com BFFs, ranked.


(photo by me, from Portobello Market-wandering last year)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Orange crush

Hello again! I didn't mean to take such a long break, but life stuff caught up with me, and I spent some time away from photography and things in general that I normally love. But now that I've gone through a few transitions in the last couple months, hopefully that will change and I'll spend a little more time here.


  The biggest life change includes switching jobs. I am now working in cable news research as a digital analyst. I love it. I really ended up enjoying quant/qual research in grad school, and television consumer habits have fascinated me for a while, so I think this role is a perfect fit. I like knowing how people watch their favorite shows they obsess about, and what kind of screens and technology they use to watch. This new job allows for some more schedule stability, which is so welcome, and I love my new team.
 But other than that, things are awesome. Still living in the same apartment in Hell's Kitchen with Jeremiah, and we've just been exploring our city and traveling abroad (namely London again, so I'll have to share pics soon)! These photos are from a recent night out -- we were on our way to dinner and walked by the NYPL so I played tourist for a minute.
  I've missed this blog. I'm not sure if anyone is still reading, but hoping to take baby steps to post more. We'll see. My views have changed a bit on blogging, and I waver back and forth on whether the whole endeavor has been narcissistic and pretentious (I am certainly no expert in fashion or writing). But it's been a fun experiment in photography, and I like having this space as a record of the last few years.

credits - dress: topshop | skeleton key necklace: vintage | shoes: target. photos by jeremiah

Monday, December 9, 2013

Georgia photo tour with Sunira Photography

Before I left for NYC, I had a chance to spend an awesome day in Athens with my wonderful friend Sunira to take some photos for her photography business. For as long as I've known Sunira, we've bonded over the outdoors and photography (in fact, we found out we both lived in the same town and were photographing the same farm park before I moved away and then met her through a mutual friend). I've always admired that she isn't afraid to get the best creative shot -- even if that means going into the deep woods or climbing over barbed wire to get it. Or doesn't mind when her subject starts to fly away ...




For years, we've talked about doing an epic photo tour of Athens, in which I'd play guide to some of my favorite parts of town, and we'd explore old Southern Gothic ruins together with our cameras. We finally were able to make it happen last spring, and here are some of those photos! We had a chance to explore some places I've captured before -- the Oconee Forest Park, the REM Murmur Trestle, the University of Georgia's north campus, and downtown Athens. We also visited a park I've never gone to before -- Hurricane Shoals Park in Jefferson. That park had a lot of opportunities -- historic buildings and cabins, as well as beautiful fields, a covered bridge and a creek.


Since I've been blogging, I've mostly taken my own photos. While I relish that kind of creative freedom, it can get lonely and scary sometimes going to locations on my own. With Sunira behind the camera, I was able to do some things on my Photography Bucket List that I would have difficulty doing solo (climbing trees, levitating in the air and balancing precariously over streams). Plus, it was great fun to share some of my favorite spots in the world and see them captured with reverence by a friend. Now that I am a few months removed from these photos and have moved away to NYC, I treasure these photos even more as mementos of my time in Athens.

Thanks so much Sunira for a wonderful time! And if you are in the Atlanta/Athens area and need a photographer for your next event(or if you're like me and just want to capture and remember How Things Are Now), I highly recommend Sunira.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

The fourth year in pictures

Today's my blog's fourth birthday! In honor, these are my favorite outfit photographs of the last year. In years past when I would do these compilation posts, I would choose a lot of photos to celebrate a year's worth of work. This year I thought I'd do something different, only choosing shots that were difficult for me to capture on my own, and reflect the second (or 22nd try) at nailing the right composition, pose or lighting. 

Thank you for being a part of this blog (and therefore, a part of me) for the past four years. 





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