Sep 2, 2015

Velvet and Suede

The last time I wore velvet was probably in, like, 5th grade and it was likely in the form of purple track pants or something – yikes. But as a still life photographer now, I really appreciate the richness of the fabric and how beautifully it shoots. I've already totally abused my blue velvet sofa in the sense that it appears in many of my at-home shoots, as a backdrop. And it works so well. With velvet, you have to really know how to light it. In the wrong light, it can be dimensionless and just absorb or reflect all of the light. There's very little I hate more than flat, blah lighting.

This mini velvet clutch is from Mary Katrantzou's latest line and can be found on Lyst. It's ridiculously cute (note, it will just barely not fit an iPhone 6+!) and has a removable strap, which is always a nice bonus. I love shooting accessories these days and I knew it would shoot well in the tiny bit of time my couch gets lit like this (basically between the hours of 6:00 and 6:15pm). It's always hectic when you have just that sliver of time to get your shots. Then the magic is gone. I wanted to highlight a sick (and slick) pair of suede tie-up heels in this lighting too. These have that minimal feel with an extra touch of femininity.

(Other: Self-Portrait Dress)

Disclosure: The clutch was a gift from Lyst. See their full line of bags here. The shoes were a gift from Alexandre Birman.

Aug 26, 2015

Wardrobe basics: white denim

It's a little late in the season to be getting into white denim, but who's really paying attention to the "rules" nowadays anyway? I have had my eye on this pair for months, but when it finally hit sale with an extra 30% off code, I pounced. There doesn't seem to be a code at the moment, but this pair feels well worth the regular sale price. I had pretty much given up on white denim after trying on countless pairs over the years that just felt incredibly unflattering. What I love about this pair is the relaxed fit through the legs and high-waist. And the material is thick enough that you don't have to worry about what color underwear you're wearing. Finally, white jeans I like!

I also feel like I can wear whatever shoes I want with it, though my current pick is this fun option from J.Crew. I've already waxed poetic about pointy-toed and slingback flats, so this pair is right up my alley.

Photographed at The Press Hotel in Portland, Maine.

Madewell Jeans // Old first-gen Everlane French Terry // J.Crew Flats // Larsson & Jennings Watch (or, better price here) // Mansur Gavriel Backpack

Aug 19, 2015

San Francisco Coffee

It's been a while since I've chatted about coffee in here, but if you know me well, you know that I like to explore cities via their coffee scene. This past time in SF, I hit up a few of the usual suspects, but also made it a point to check out new-to-me shops. Here are five relatively new shops that I enjoyed on my trip.

1) Snowbird Coffee
1352 9th Ave
San Francisco, CA 94122

2) Hearth
3985 17th St
San Francisco, CA 94114

3) Wrecking Ball
2271 Union St
San Francisco, CA 94123

4) Equator
986 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

5) Chapel Hill
670 Commercial Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Happy caffeinating next time you're in SF!