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On Film…

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I loved the experience of shooting with film. It forces you to actually think, be present and purposeful. There are only so many shots to take and there is no seeing what they look like instantly or trying that same shot over and over. I let myself get really into it, taking the time to think about what I wanted to convey.  I think the vibe came out just right.

 

Photographer: Jonas Denzel
Location: Cira Green

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This winter has been a struggle, to say the least. I’ve had some personal setbacks and definitely struggled to keep up with this blog. The winter can be especially hard on my emotions and being cooped up in the house does nothing for my creativity. I think God may have heard my suffering because we were blessed enough to have a few days in February impersonate the very best parts of Spring. 70-degree weather and lots of sun! I took full advantage and linked up with my new friend Jonas to snap these. Not only was it great to get outdoors, it was even better to style some original pieces from Good Samaritans. I channeled all my “cool girl” vibes and got some pretty great shots which personify my current laid back and “comfort first” attitude towards clothing.

Photographer: Jonas Denzel, @j_dnzl

Fashion Details:

#SHOPGOODSAMARITANS

Pullover: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Turtleneck: Unknown

Jeans: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Hat: Good Samaritans, @gscc.phila

Shoes: H&M

Glasses: EyeBuyDirect.com

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Progression…

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This shoot was FREEZING! Do not let my smize fool you, the wind blew so hard I ripped my falsies off after the first few shots LOL. But as usual I had a lot of fun with my photographer Bryce! We found some cool wall art in West Philly near the El and let that be our backdrop. This shoot was especially exciting because I was able to wear one of my custom pieces. The jean jacket I have on is the first piece created for Good Samaritans, a clothing collective started by myself and my insanely creative partner in love and life. Our mutual passion for vintage fashion and custom clothing led us to create our own brand. Good Samaritan Clothing Collective is a lifestyle brand that adds a personal touch to new and vintage clothing. All pieces are specially sourced, hand crafted, and one of a kind. Starting this brand was a major progression for me. It takes all that I am to put my creative efforts out into the world. I think we all get a little afraid to share our ideas with others but the world would be far less cool if we did not!

How have you progressed in life so far? Any projects you’re afraid to start?

Photographer: Bryce Lennon

Fashion Details :

Jacket: Good Samaritans @gscc.phila

Poncho/Hoodie: Vintage from Mexico

Pants: Vintage, Iguana Vintage

Shoes: Nike

Choker: Made by me!

 

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The Vibes are Always VINTAGE….

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Took these shots last month with Catherine. It was such a beautiful day! Using Olde City as our backdrop was perfect. I loved all the warm fall colors and the casual energy of the day. This look would have been vintage head to toe sans my beautiful Italian leather sneakers. I had never had a pair of slip on sneaks with a pointed toe. That little detail made them a must for my closet!

Photographer: Catherine, @CathAlyse

Fashion Details:

Jeans – Vintage

Sweater: Vintage

Trench Coat: Vintage

Printed Clutch: Vintage

Shoes: Head Start Philadelphia

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Pretty Street….

 

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This shoot was especially fun because I’ve been trying out new hairstyles and loving the diversity of my hair! My baby buns are life! Lol And despite the unexpected cold weather this day I clung to my vintage shorts and jean jacket with cutouts. I live in vintage denim, as I’m sure you can tell by my previous posts! This was the finale for my legs, which will be wrapped away until Summer and I meet again.  

For my makeup I kept it simple and focused on my favorite thing, skin and lashes. I almost can’t believe I used to go without them. Lashes complete any and every look. I’ve even worn lashes with no makeup at all! I stuck to my tried and true foundation Black Opal “True Colors”. I love the clean matte finish it gives my skin.

I’m hoping to share more of my skin and beauty routines with you soon!

Photographer: @BryceLennon

Fashion Details:

Shorts – Vintage Tommy Hilfiger by Good Samaritans

Top: Vintage

Jacket: Vintage GAP by Good Samaritans

Shoes: TopShop

Bag: Vintage

Headscarf: Vintage

Choker: Made by me

Makeup Details:

Foundation: Black Opal Beauty True Colors Matte Foundation in “Beautiful Bronze”

Contour: Black Opal Beauty Finishing powders in medium and deep

Eyes: MORPHE Cosmetics 350 Pallette

Lashes: Lilly Lashes in Monaco

Lips: NYX Butter Gloss

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Saying Goodbye to Summer…

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   With Labor Day past us Summer feels officially over. Yet, Mother Nature is taking her time. The 80 degree weather continues and I can savor short dresses and sandals for a while longer. This is something I would usually love but, for whatever reason,  I am ready for a night chill and leaves to turn color. I want hot cider and cinnamon. I am longing for jackets and warm sweaters. But as this shoot shows the heat still called for a less is more style. The off the shoulder dress, (which after some thought I have decided is a tunic lol) was a great find in one of my favorite boutique stores on South St. I paired it with my favorite gladiator style sandals and a vintage woven clutch. I’ve also been rocking my natural hair and loving it. The unrelenting summer heat won’t really allow for any other style, really. For beauty I kept it simple, as usual, and focused on making sure my skin looked simply clear and even. How are you dealing with the end of summer?? Are you ready for the Fall ahead of us?

Photographer: Catherine, @CathAlyse

Location: West Philadelphia/Malcolm X Park

Fashion Details:

Dress – Temptations Boutique

Sandals – Nine West

Woven Clutch – Vintage, Retrospect

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For Fools in April…

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Today, when Social Media is often at the center of our day to day activities, staying positive about who we are and what we have going on for ourselves becomes increasingly difficult. Days are easily spent leering through iPhone looking glasses, force feeding reality, and getting high on fantasy. Screenshots become adoration. Every ‘like’ says, “me too” or “I wish me too”…. I think it’s important to take a break from comparison and commit to living life on your own terms and in your own true color.

Shooting, this day in particular, I felt really good. The weather had broken and it was warm, too warm to keep my jacket on and the sun seemed to come down to kiss me in particular….It was AMAZING, like the Universe said, “I know you need this.” All the colors of the wall bled into me and suddenly the gray was gone. The stress I felt from trying to be anyone but myself disappeared. I was living in a rainbow of love and life. My love and my life. It was a long time coming and well deserved….

 

Photographer: Catherine, @cathalyse

MUA: Myself, @themarra_theory

Location: Olde Kensington, Philadelphia

Fashion Details:

Jeans: Vintage Calvin Klein textured by Me.

Top(leotard): Bar III

Shoes and Hat: Forever 21

Scarf and Jacket: H&M

Beauty Details:

Foundation: Estee Lauder Double Wear All Day Glow BB

Highlight: Ashunta Sheriff Perfect Face Foundation in Deep(lighter side)

Contour: Black Radiance Concealer Stick in Dark

Setting Powder: Black Opal Finishing Powder in Medium

Eyes: e.l.f Bronzer & Blush Compact in St. Lucia

Lips: Jordana Lip pencil in Brown, NYX Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi

Illuminator: Wet n Wild, megaglo Illuminating Palette

 

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