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 !


Friday Updates

Friday, July 25, 2014

morning still | photo by me | iphone
bracelet gifted by shashi nyc

SO.... I'VE been a little absent from the blog this week. But I'm back today with some pretty exciting news- as I'm sure you noticed when you landed on this page! Well, here it is right in front of our eyes- I've finally, finally updated the design of my blog (Ahh!!!) 

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a perfectionist to a fault, and like most things, it took me a long time to decide on a new layout... it's been MONTHS since I first saw this design, and fell in love! Really, I owe the thanks to my friends who pushed me to keep blogging and make the upgrade. I love it, and I hope you do too! Bear with me as I tweak it over the next couple weeks :)

moments found

Friday, July 18, 2014


Search for beauty in stillness. 

And time

without the delicate limbs of a wristwatch.

Search for form 

illuminated by the contrast of nature.

Hold onto moments 

of impermanence. 

of fragility.

of fear and love.


A fog that lifts your thoughts. 

A muse that looks, feels, discovers 

like you.

Like us. 


-a Michelle x June concept-

white sheer top by Evan - Picone 
mom's vintage watch
shashi bracelet 

words by Michelle and me
photos by me


pairings : dark bloom

Monday, July 14, 2014

images found here

HERE IS THE second set of photos I've created in the "pairing" series! The last pairing I created, titled "noir", (which you can see here ) 
was also inspired by darkly beautiful blooms... but what can I say - their mood, their form, their visual power intrigues me endlessly. 
Dark florals, peonies in this case, and pure human movement in the simplest of style. 

Other images I'm inspired by this week: 


Now, I'll share with you a few things to get you through the week! 

1. This video might be the most unoriginal thing I could post as a blogger, but I can't help it. Time and time again, Zara's video campaigns
 stun me with their simple power. And out of all their videos, this is the one I come back to every time. I also thought their summer 14 
campaign was brilliant. And a little hint: a photo shoot inspired is in the VERY near future!!

2. Lusting after these black loafers from totokoelo, one of my favorite stores for menswear inspired looks. 

3. Currently reading: East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Admittedly, it was a little hard to get into, but I am absolutely loving it now, and 
somehow, even with the numerous recommendations I heard, I never quite anticipated his writing to be this good. With that said... next 
on the list: Girl Boss and The Man Repeller (hey, its summer- some lighter reading is necessary.)

4. I recently resurrected my tumblr from the dead, and gave it a big makeover. Do take a look if pinterest isn't enough for you :) 

Have a lovely Monday!


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