Last Light in Big Sur

Thursday, September 18, 2014

-golden hour in Big Sur, 9/16/2014- 

WEST COAST, you are all kinds of wonderful. Took the scenic coastal drive down Highway 1 to help at a Tiny Atlas shoot this past Tuesday. 24 hours of beauty, from dusk to dawn, surrounded by nature. Endless water on one side, golden mountains on the other... I couldn't have asked for a better get-away, as the last days of summer approach. More photos soon! 


for the love of: stripes

Thursday, September 11, 2014

- photo by Felix Lim -

IT'S BEEN SOME time since I've shown my face on the blog, hasn't it? Recently I've gotten far more used to being the one behind the camera, but if there's anything that will shed away any traces of camera-shy, it's a really well-designed striped basic. There are many obsessions I can admit to in life- dark chocolate, rainy mornings indoors, the '20s, and Scott Fitzgerald... Muji notebooks I'll never finish, and stopping before every plant in sight. Stripes will always be at the top of that list.

I can't pinpoint the reason I love this classic so much. Maybe the answer is in the way the icons wear it (Anna Karina, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jean Seberg). Maybe it's the way stripes match everything, from loose fitted boyfriend jeans, to sheer tights. Or maybe my attraction lies in the art of finding the perfect stripes. The top I'm wearing here is the navy Le Breton, and it's possibly one of my favorite finds this month. Not only is the top stretchy enough to easily move around in, it gets bonus points for the handy little front pocket! If I'm not careful, this top is going to be worn 7 days a week (and possibly some nights when I go back to university, and all bad habits kick in, once again). 

A few more photos...

Boston on Film

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

A FEW FILM photos from a morning in Boston. You might remember I posted similar photos not so long ago, but isn't the difference between the two incredible? On film, the sharp precision (too sharp, I often feel) achieved on the camera phone is softened, and there's an entirely new depth created. The focus isn't always consistent, and my film photos are far from perfect, but maybe they don't try so hard to be, and maybe that's the beauty of it. With the dusky hues from the film camera, the entire room just feels a little moodier, a little more sentimental, like a moment not so forcefully captured...

two, together

Friday, August 29, 2014

- image via -
HERE'S THE USUAL Friday pairing... minus the -ing. I love this image for a couple reasons. Its contrasting tones, the little bits of skin, two anonymous people, together and still. Most of all, I like the grainy quality of the photo- it appears to be shot on film, which brings me to my next little endeavor. Earlier this morning, I finally dropped off my second roll of film from NYC, and I'll go pick it up in just a couple hours. Ah, the anticipation. I'm really hoping they turn out ok, and we'll know soon enough, I guess! On another random note, lately I've been so inspired by menswear magazines. Fantastic Man, Hello Mr., and Fucking Young! are all visually powerful- they bring something that a lot of lifestyle quarterlies alone don't satisfy. I think a menswear inspired post is in store soon, don't you?

Have a great weekend!


bits from the city

Friday, August 22, 2014

- a few memorabilia collected in NYC -

1) Muji striped socks and notebooks... Ah Muji. I never walk out from this store with empty hands. At this point, I've been to the one in Tokyo, in LA, even here in SF every time I need (want) to buy a few new basics. Each time I'm just as enamored. 

2) Ticket Stub from the Met. It's truly one of my favorite museums in the world. Walking in through the glass doors, and staring up to the textured gold dome while standing in the huge entrance way- it leaves you a little breathless. The Egyptian room is by far the most incredible to me. Its slanted glass walls reflect in the indoor pond, and green palms line the white vastness... you just want to sit here for hours, drawing, reading, thinking about nothing. Its one of my favorite places in all of NYC, actually. 

3) Granola bars from Grand Cafe Lafayette. Makes me nostalgic for mornings in the city...

4) Postcard from Cafe Collette in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Had the best shrimp tacos of my life here!

5) Oxfords from Zara. Ah, I can't even describe how long I've been searching for a good pair of summer oxfords. I love how slim fitting and menswear- inspired these are. Not to mention, they seriously weigh close to nothing! Perfect for taking the city by foot.

Many thanks to Victor for adding his lettering above! 


Mornings in Boston

Sunday, August 17, 2014

mornings at Charles Mark hotel, Boston

AH... WHAT A LONG TIME it feels like, since I last got to sit here and write away into the am! Well here I am now, feet barely functioning, and mentally worn out (nyc, you wonderfully exhausting city!) but so happy to be home. What can I say about my experience in NYC this second time around...

For the love of: writing letters

Saturday, August 16, 2014

CUPS OF COFFEE + letter writing + endless summer playlist - sounds like my ideal morning. This is a photo I took behind the scenes at my internship, Apartment34's shoot a few weeks ago! The idea here, was to create a kind of "ode to the art of writing letters", something that we hardly seem make time for anymore. Of course, being a total nostalgic, I love the idea of writing letters to others- I would gladly turn off my phone for a week if it meant re-capturing the anticipation of finding a letter in the mail. I was so happy to create the moodboard, and help conceptualize and style the shoot- we had a great time! 

Check the full shoot out here, and if you see an arm clad in black wristwatch- that's probably me;)

P.S: Next post- everything NYC. 


Friday pairings: une film camera

Friday, August 1, 2014

- image 1 here, image 2 by Michelle -

JE PEUX VOUS prendre en photo? Another pairing for a Friday- it's very similar to this one, actually I think it's the femme version. How lovely that flora works for both a male and female subject. This time, the one in the photo happens to be me! We shot this with a few images in mind- one was of course Freja Beha Erickson's Zara vid circa A/W 2012. Audrey in black and white film, always. And I guess just trying to capture the feeling of staying indoors on a foggy, hazy afternoon, and taking photos all day long. Just talking and doing nothing, really.

wednesday quote: a natural high

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

- image 1 found here -

RECALL THAT SUMMER film list I created a while back? I've actually finished almost all of those titles- so this weekend it was onto uncharted Netflix territory. I have to admit, the film title "Sex of the Angels" didn't sound very appealing to me. The cover art actually slightly repelled me. But Astrid Berges-Frisbey is pretty high up on my girl crush list, so I thought- why not give it a chance? 

And this Spanish film turned out to be beautiful. Seductive, effortlessly moody, like another version of The Dreamers ... meets The Weekend (Ok... didn't make that one to the end). It wasn't a perfect movie by any means- it felt draining and repetitive at many points. But certain moments in between the dramatic tears were just lovely, in a youthfully reckless, exhilarating kind of way. Astrid plays Carla, a photographer working at a small, up and coming magazine (bonus points), who gets caught in a twisted love triangle with her boyfriend Bruno, and his love interest, Rai. 

There's a scene where Carla wakes up one morning, and with white light streaming in, and a Nikon film camera in hand, she takes photo after photo of her sleeping boyfriend. After witnessing everything they've gone through together, it's such a perfectly intimate feeling. And the quote above (a conversation Carla and Rai had while walking the streets of Spain together) was probably my favorite scene from the whole movie. I had to replay the scene about five times to get the words right, it was rather mesmerizing. It's a sinful beauty, a breathtaking kind of natural high. There's nothing perfect about it, but it's so true, and so captivating. The best kind of romance, no?  

Have you seen this film, or any that make you feel this way? Let me know! 


New In: Totokoelo!

Monday, July 28, 2014

- photos by me -

EARLIER last week, I mentioned a certain store (Totokaelo) that carried loafers (Dieppa Restrepo) that I fell head over heels for (hah). They were absolutely gorgeous, and... about $100 over my budget. And then they went on sale. Long story short, my willpower is virtually nonexistent sometimes. And before I knew it, I was entering numbers and info faster than my mind could say no. 

Well, here they are in all their glory- my first official Totokaelo purchase! I'd been looking for two things in a shoe: nude tone, clean cut loafers. I just love the wooden heel with the black trim against the light pallet. I've yet to wear them outside the house, but from what I can tell, they are plenty comfortable. (Let's be honest though, I would wear Dieppa Restrepo if the shoe was two sizes too small, because what's a little pain in the name of a good shoe). I wanted to take time to photograph the pair because 1) they're wildly photogenic 2) the lighting in my room this day was so dark and moody, I couldn't resist. 

Visit Totokaelo here !



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