Friday, September 24, 2010

The Photographer Hunt

My brother is an unbelievable photographer. He’s been shooting since he was in his teens and I’ve always been amazed at how he can take something very simple and create a magical perspective on it.  If I had my way, he would shoot my wedding. However, there are two reasons why this won’t happen. One, I don’t want to put my brother to work on the most special day of my life. Two, I still haven’t seen the photos from my college graduation, which was over ten years ago. It’s like that saying about living with a plumber, yours is the last toilet to get fixed. Same with this.

I have been trying find someone who can create those magical moments in an artistic and creative way. Through this process of reviewing wedding photographers, I’m finding an underlying theme; they are all the same.  I am not trying to be uniquely different, not at all, I just want to find someone who can capture this day in a way that reflects my personality. I mean, I am going to have these forever! The website OnceWed has really caught my eye; the wedding stories told  through images are so beautiful and ethereal.

The wedding of Kyla Piercey and Kevin Curley.

Joyelle West is a photographer I came across recently as someone who will get in there with you and create a story behind the camera. What I don’t want to do is tell the photographer what angles to shoot and where we should stand, I think I will be pretty busy that day and the last thing I want to do is organize a photo shoot. Joyelle is one of those creative women that will create the scene for you.  She takes the time to get to know who you are so she can be on your team.

I love this photo, it struck me immediately.  I don’t know what it is;  the clarity, the simplicity, the joy. It’s all of those things together that create a beautiful shot. Her website is full of portraits, editorial, and her travel shots are incredible!  Joyelle is based out of Boston but travels all around. Her website is

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Academy of Art University at NYFW

Once again I am impressed by the unique designs and detailed numbers that come down the runway at the Academy of Art University shows for Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week. I’ve gone for the past few years and I always walk away impressed with these students and the clear vision for their collections.  Models come down the runway in sets of six and each grouping is completely different, which is so refreshing. Oh, latex! Fun, leather! Ooh, look at all of those prints! You get the gist.


I did indeed forget to bring my camera and my phone camera is a joke, so  I am going to hand it over to Chictopia for the photo coverage. One of my favorites was all the beading from student Maria Korovilas. She  hand beaded all of her pieces which took over 600 hours to complete. Think about that, 600 hours. Well worth it, the pieces were gorg.

Click here for Chictopia’s coverage.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy Socks equals happy feet.

A few weeks ago my fiancĂ© passed on the Happy Socks website he found through He kind of sent it as a joke,  but I later found out that he was actually serious about these multicolored and multi-patterned socks.


Out of context, I couldn’t quite accept these. I mean, you absolutely have to display serious confidence in wearing these or the whole idea of them goes down the toilet.  I told him he was being silly and I put them out of my mind, until this morning. On the subway there were two men, not together, donning a pair of Happy Socks and man did they look awesome! Indeed these break up somewhat mundane ensembles that men tend to wear to work.  Conservative to the ankles and then it’s a party the rest of the way down to the toes.

I rarely say I am wrong, but for fashion’s sake, I am willing to take the hit.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Fall 2010: Elva Fields

I have been such a fan of this Elva Fields collection and I have mentioned it a few times in this blog before. Emily, the talented designer, brings alive vintage jewelry and accessories to make the most amazing and unique designs.


Today on her website,, she is launching her Fall 2010 collection for pre-order.  I LOVE all of her new pieces, and she pairs up some of her pieces with cute apparel from some fall ready-to-wear items.  I am sure we can all find something from our closets to compliment these magnificent baubles!