Haus Obsessed… The California Coast

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A few weeks ago, my family and I took a road trip up the California Coast to Mendocino, Fort Bragg and Westport. Along the way we stayed in Sonoma, Napa, Half Moon Bay, Carmel and many other quaint little towns. The California coastline is a magical and dramatic stretch and the further up the state you are, the more beautiful it is. We took a bunch of pictures and stopped into some cool shops. Check out the pictures and places below.

Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, heading north from San Francisco.

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Domaine Carneros – Pop in here for a glass of bubbles, and sit on the grandiose patio. You will feel like you are lost in the Champagne region of France.

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Yountville, CA – The sweetest little place just north of Napa. The trees were changing colors to dramatic reds for fall.

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The animals at Castello di Amorosa outside Calistoga, CA. This castle vineyard is more of an adult playground with a traditional 13th century Tuscan castle full of wine, cool trinkets, and great gifts for family and friends.

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The lady of the castle and her dog.

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Mom and Dad enjoy wine tasting in the dungeon of the castle.

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Walking on the beach in Little River, CA in a vintage ball gown. Just a normal Tuesday.

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This giant tree stump was ideal to climb on top and take pictures.

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The cliffs in Fort Bragg were dramatic and beautiful. A perfect contrast for my feminine dress.

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Driving back down the coast.

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Poor little bird didn’t make it, but its body looks quite beautiful still.

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Rock climbing on the beach in my painted overalls.

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My little sidekick, Wolfgang Benedict III.

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Intense clouds on these beautiful fall days made for amazing photographs.

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The Lighthouse at Point Arena looks like a painting, but this is a photograph I took.

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Vultures on the rocks overlooking the ocean at the Timber Cove Inn.

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Drive by photography.

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The views overlooking another California beach. You really can’t find a prettier coastline.

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Another lighthouse at Pigeon Point. This location is actually a hostel where you can stay.

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My new friend, Barry Marshall, painting the beaches in Carmel. Check him out here, or go check out his stuff at the Chapman Gallery in Carmel, CA. He is a friendly, fun, and quite talented guy.

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The beaches of Carmel.

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The love of my life with crumbs in his beard.

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Some cool shops that we visited along the way.

 

Senior Coastsiders Thrift Store – This shop has a small selection of stuff, but there are some awesome finds here if you dig.

535 Kelley Ave

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019

650.726.9056

Mon – Thurs 8Am – 4 Pm, Fri: 8 Am – 3 Pm

 

La Sirena Antiques & Gifts – This shop is a little pricey, but have a drink at the really cool beer hall right next door and the prices won’t seem to bad.

328 Ingalls Street

Santa Cruz, CA 95060

831.427.2766

Wed – Mon 10 Am – 5 Pm

 

Yellow Brick Road Benefit Shop – Lots of stuff and it is worth it. Carmel has very wealthy people who donate to these shops.

26388 Carmel Rancho Lane

Carmel, CA 93923

831.626.8480

Mon – Sat 10 Am – 4 Pm, Wed 10 Am – 6 Pm

 

SPCA Benefit Shop – Filled with amazing treasures! Carmel is a great town for thrifting.

26364 Carmel Rancho Lane

Carmel, CA 93923

831.624.4211

Mon – Sat 10 Am – 4 Pm, Sun 12 Pm – 4 Pm

 

Editorial Time… Christmas is Here

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Each year, the holidays come and bring a wave of joy to my heart. Though I could do without the colder weather and shorter days, I just love that everything is festive, covered with sparkly lights and red ribbons. So, I decided to grab some friends and go take pictures at the Avila Valley Barn where there was an abundance of Christmas trees and farm equipment to play with. After traipsing around the property and jumping on their rustic tractors, we headed out. En route home, we stopped at a random spot on the side of the road selling more trees. This little farm had giant stacks of wood, a beautiful old beat up fifties car and even a goose that started attacking us. It was love at first sight though for Noah and “Luanda” the goose. She kept by his side for most of the shots until I got to steal him away. In the end, my feet were filthy, but it was all worth it. The winter afternoon lighting was beautiful, and it was fun playing dress up to run around in the mud.

First look: Red coat: Vintage Saks Fifth Avenue, Dress: Vintage Talbots, Boots: Hunter, Earrings: Forever 21, Belt: Vintage.

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On Noah: Coat: Burberry, Leggings: Gucci, Shoes: Sperry Topsider.

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Second look: On Alexandria: Coat: Vintage by the junk haus, Dress: Vintage by the junk haus, Shoes: Zara, Earrings: Forever 21.

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On Noah: Coat: Burberry, Pants: AG, Shirt: Obey, Tie: J Crew, Shoes: Sperry Topsider.

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Love at first sight!

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It’s a hard job churning butter on the farm, but somebody has to do it.

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Dirty feet mean a job well done!

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Haus Obsessed… Broste Copenhagen

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There is something that the Europeans do better than Americans. It is design. For some reason, they are just on the forefront. Most importantly is Danish design. It is kept so minimal, modern, yet with a flair of classic and antique without being too pretentious. While I was browsing the internet one day, I stumbled upon this shop, Broste Copenhagen. Their products are beautiful, but also their photography is quite captivating. The way they display their items in each picture is an inspiration. From the wall treatments to the dark mood lighting, and even the accessories, this company knows how its done! For the best pictures check out their in the news area. This is filled with Pinterest worthy photos of dreamy tables capes and interiors. Want to shop their stuff? Check out their catalogue, here. They sell in Chicago and Beaumont, Texas in the US and all over the world. For any of the items, just contact them.

BROSTE Copenhagen

Sydholmen 9-17

DK-2650 Hvidovre

Copenhagen-Denmark

T: +45 36 39 03 00
F: +45 45 93 12 55
E: info@brostecph.com

 

These beautiful vases are eye catching and interesting. Stick one in a small corner with some giant dried flowers and that is all you need.

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Simple and understated is the best way to be elegant.

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Check out the bugs! These whimsical little pieces are perfect to stick in random places in your house!

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Check out these wicker lamps. They are beautifully geometrical and yet simple.

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Table scape inspiration for the holiday season! The stacks of dishes are just too cool.

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Check out that mood lighting and the wall treatment. Never thought I wanted an blood orange textured wall. Now I need one.

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Prepping for the holidays? Check out some inspiration here. They do a cool wall advent calendar, and a simple tree.

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This picture blows the others away. From the black wall treatment with that gorgeous texture to the linen tablecloth. It looks like holiday heaven.

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The art on the wall is a great piece and often modern minimal art makes a great backdrop for photography.

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Never have I wanted giant branches as much as I want a wall that looks like this!

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Haus Obsessed… Intrepid Treasures

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This week we are excited to announce a new partnership! In an effort to expand the shop and supply one of a kind gems to you all, I have partnered with my dear friend, Roz Crew. She recently decided to clear out her late father’s garage and get rid of some of the treasures he accumulated during his wonderfully fulfilling life. Henry traveled all over the world, taking with him these memories as he went. He worked as a physicist and oceanographer, and in his free time he explored as much of the world as he could. By traveling all over with an impeccable eye, he was able to collect these “treasures”, that he would bring back to add to his collection and share with his family. With a radar for the odd piece, he slowly started to fill his home with amazing gems. Over years and years, the quantity of curiosities expanded to fill his garage. So what secrets is he hiding in that garage? He has everything from antique fishing baskets to binoculars, cameras, beautiful old glassware, trunks, and so much more. Roz and I spent one night entertaining ourselves as we unpacked and repacked so many of these absolutely astonishing gems. As we dig through all of the boxes, I will be posting items to the shop. Check out some of the things that we have uncovered already.

This antique wooden tobacco drying rack is quite a rare piece. It would make a great desk paperwork organizer. Check it out hereIMG_2276IMG_2275

Check out this beautiful assortment of figurines. Some are bronze and some are brass or marble. Love the Asian feel of these pieces. Soon they will be added to the shop.

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This pair of maroon velvet Japanese Tabi slippers remind me of the heels Maison Martin Margiela made a few years back. Check it out hereIMG_2258

Check out this beautiful set of billiard balls perfectly sitting in their wooden box. Check it out here.

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Pewter makes a great addition to a rustic table. Here we have a collection of different pieces.

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Check out this copper vintage Starboard ship lantern. These things are pretty valuable and this has a beautiful blue glass.
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Haus Obsessed… Neon Signs

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So the eighties are calling my name. Lately, I have been noticing lots of posts on Instagram and pictures in my Pinterest feed of these awesome custom neon signs with fun and inspirational phrases. These pieces are great for living rooms, offices, bedrooms and even commercial spaces, like restaurants or art studios. They can be quotes that motivate you, or sarcastic phrases. I want to put “Just Do It” in my office, “Too weird to live, too rare to die” in my living room, and “She’s a Maniac” in my bedroom, just to sarcastically scare any potential suitors that make it inside. In my quest to find these signs (it is not as easy as it looks), I discovered two sites. The first will quote you based on how you fill out the form. Check them out at neonandmore.com. For smaller pieces, check out notonthehighstreet.com. The longer the phrase, the pricier it is unfortunately. For more ideas on neon signs, check this out! Some are beyond my wildest imagination.

I love a bright neon pink and the simplicity of these two phrases. They are perfect for above your bed or in a conspicuous place, like over a door or window. For longer phrases on larger walls, the outlined letters are a perfect way to make the piece stand out.

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Ethereal phrases are good for the bedroom, like this pink “dream” and “you only live once”.

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Cheesy phrases are fun. I love the irony of putting a “no vacancy” sign above a bed.

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Whimsical pieces like “Bacon has electrolytes, too.” and “Fuck” will bring a smile to anyone who enters the room. The glowing neon just makes it that much cooler!

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Phrases don’t even have to make sense. If I walked into a room and saw either of these, I would have to laugh.

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Even go a little darker and edgier. I love the phrase “beautiful disaster”. That would make a great piece for a walk in closet.

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Each of these calls to my inner wild child, party girl.

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The first picture is the banner for my Facebook page and completely defines me. If I had a blank wall, this would find its way up on it.

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Let’s say I could have one sign though. This would be it. Curtis Kulig’s Love Me print is a New York icon and would be an amazing piece to have in my living room. You can purchase an original on 1stdibs.com for $13,000… if you want to drop the big bucks.

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Editorial Time… Jessica Roselius, Actress and Singer

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I have been blessed to have some beautiful and talented friends in this small town where I now call home. It’s even cooler when they want me to photograph them. A few Sundays ago, the subject of my shoot was my dear friend, Jessica Roselius of itsallhiphop. Check her out on SoundCloud here. Her voice is magical, she writes her own music, and she is quite a talented actress. I got the pleasure of meeting her in an acting class at the beginning of the year. Sadly, she is moving down to LA, but her humor and talent will take her far there. Can’t wait to visit!

 

First look: Simple makeup and an American Apparel Bodysuit were an easy blank canvas to start. We decided to do some back shots, showing off beautiful curls, and her tattoo, a cancer symbol with the initial D in the center as a remembrance to her mother. We moved around to take some close ups and played with angles for a bit. In the last shot, you can really see Jess’s eyes and the different colors that they are. One of them is blue and the other hazel. I have never witnessed this so prominantly before and it is absolutely incredible.

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Second look: To switch up the feel from innocent to sultry, Jess added a darker cat eye and used red lipstick by MakeUp Forever to accentuate her lips. This was perfect for some serious shots and even a few playful ones. Check out those cool rosary beads she got at a swap meet and now wears as a necklace.

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Third look: We decided to shoot in my vintage purple chair with a cigarette for that badass bitch look. Into the equation came my antique knife from the Korean War to add even more edge. When you add a knife, things are bound to get interesting.

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Fourth look: For these shots we used some dried roses that I had sprayed with black paint. We ripped the flowers off of the stems and showered Jess with the petals to add pops of red in the pictures as well as on her body after they stuck. The empty stems were a haunting contrast to the fragile lace and soft curls in her hair.

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Editorial Time… Children of the Corn

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The junk haus has finally started to put together photoshoots in different locations using our clothes and antiques. This is one of the recent ones we did. Right before Halloween, my friend, Gabrielle Rivera, and I decided to spend one afternoon getting lost in a corn maze. What happened in that sunny afternoon turned into some beautiful pictures and a short movie that will be posted soon. We used two vintage negligees that I had in my closet and some other fun accessories. If you are interested in purchasing either of these white nightgowns, shoot me a message in a comment or email, alexandria.car@gmail.com. They are not on the shop yet, but others like this pink one are. We also used this beautiful pair of deer antlers to add a sense of wildness to some shots. They are available here. Check out the raw shots from the day below. I picked a few of my favorite quotes out to go with them. That day we were just two girls: young, wild and free. No one could try to control the fire in our souls. Inspiration was burning, and the camera just followed.

“Children of the Corn”

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“You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you.” ~ Isadora Duncan

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“Chaos, leave me never. Keep me wild and keep me free so that my brokenness will be, the only beauty the world will see.” ~ RM Drake

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“We all carry these things inside that no one else can see. They hold us down like anchors. They drown us out at sea.” ~ Bring Me the Horizon

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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“She is just some wild thing. Let her laugh, live, love, and roam free on her own terms, and she is sure to come back to you.”

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“She was never crazy, she just didn’t let her heart settle in a cage. She was born wild… and sometimes we need people like her. For it’s the horrors in her heart which cause the flames in ours. And she was always willing to burn for everything she has ever loves.” RM Drake

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“She’s a mess of gorgeous chaos. You can see it in her eyes.”

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“She was free in her wildness. She was a wanderess, a drop of freewater. She belonged to no man and to no city” ~ Roman Payne

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“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead.” ~ Charles Bukowski

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“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile, even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.” ~ F Scott Fitzgerald, Beautiful and Damned

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Today the junk haus bought… The Clear Gummy Bear Anatomy Kit

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Sometimes you just need to feel like a kid again, and take a peek around the toy shop just to be reminded of those glorious worry free years. My reason for being in the toy shop was that I was looking for goofy presents for my good friend’s birthday. As I was checking out, I spotted this gem, and just could not resist. I have quite an obsession with skulls and anatomy that this hilarious take on a gummy bear would be a great addition to my collection of oddities, even if it was made by a toy company this year. After I purchased the item, the sales clerk told me there was some assembly required. The label said “made for the ages of 8+” so I felt that I would be up to the task. Funny right, a 28 year old woman with an engineering degree having trouble putting together a 4D puzzle made for adolescents. Yeah… well I did have trouble. It took me hours to get through the assembly part and then hours trying to put it back together after it kept falling apart. With the help of some trusty super glue, my giant gummy skeleton was complete, and ready to be on display next to my ram skull, boar head, and magpie taxidermy. This little piece definitely kept me amused for a few hours.If you find yourself with some time, extra super glue, and a need for a gummy bear skeleton, purchase this little beast here, or head down to Tom’s Toys in San Luis Obispo to get it in person. You might regret it, or get frustrated trying to put it together, but heck, isn’t that the fun of being a big kid at heart!

Tom’s Toys

682 Higuera St

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

805.541.2896

Mon-Sat: 9:30 Am – 6 Pm, Sun: 11 Am – 5 Pm

 

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This 4D feat was watched over by my pup, Wolfgang, while I was watching The Mindy Project on my laptop. Just a normal Tuesday at 11 AM.

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Haus Obsessed… the play haus Painted Converse

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A few weeks back I had the pleasure of shooting Emily in a pair of custom Converse that our sister Etsy shop creates. Photographing children is never an easy feat. They usually are very nervous in front of the camera, shying away with stage fright. That or they are too antsy to even capture the moment. Emily was neither of these things. Her youthful exuberance, radiated throughout every picture and her ease in front of the camera made for comfortable and cool pictures. These custom shoes were the target of the photographs. Each pair is custom made in my studio and sold through our sister Etsy account, the play haus. Colors are chosen based on works of art, the shoes are painted, and then they are sealed with a canvas weatherproofing spray. The paint lasts a lifetime even if the shoes are thrown in the washer. Check them out, and if you want to order a pair, please contact me at theplayhausoc@gmail.com. Emily’s jacket was custom made by her mother, Jessie. Thank you so much David and Jessie Sokol for this experience. It would make sense that Emily’s spirit is free and comfortable coming from the two artistic, intellectual people that you are. Your daughter is a ray of sunshine!

Converse Shoes: Custom painted by the play haus

Denim Jacket: Custom made by her Mother, Jessie.

Location: The Mission of San Luis Obispo

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Haus Obsessed… Haberdashion

The junk haus is doing some interesting things lately. I have been working for a start up fashion app called Haberdashion. If you have an iPhone, check it out. If not, you are going to have to wait until November for it to come out on Android. The app is a mix of Pinterest, Instagram, and Pandora with a built in brain that literally tailors its feed according to your taste. It pulls from your many social media profiles, because we know you have them, and then shows you what you would want to be looking at. As you scroll through the feed, you can save images and products to different boards or you can swipe left, a la Tindr, and never see that item again. The app links to the website to purchase any item that truly calls your name. So I would have to recommend you download this app and start shopping. If you don’t have space on your phone, at least check out the blog. It is full of interesting content and pretty pictures from photoshoots that I have been putting together. A few weeks ago Haberdashion asked me to create some editorial content to draw people to the blog. With a plethora of clothing and a mind full of ideas, I thought it would be the perfect partnership. Here is a photoshoot I did a couple weeks ago.

This shoot was all about two girls who made a picnic and hiked up to the top of a hill to set up camp, but when they got to the top they were so inspired by the beauty they saw that they left their bags under a tree to go frolic. In today’s world, we never fall so deeply in love with where we are that we forget about our lives and fully live in the moment. I wanted this shoot to show two girls blissfully enjoying their time together in this free space, not tied down by the ding of a phone or the pressure of a schedule, but living with the full enjoyment of the moment. Carli and Melissa did a great job being those girls.

“Time for a Picnic”

HairBrittani Roltgen (brittaniroltgen@gmail.com)

Makeup: Livi Ramirez (liviramirez@gmail.com)

Photography: Alexandria Carter

Photo EditingBrittani Roltgen

Clothes and Accessories:

First Look: Our pink dress, Ferragamo sandals, Woven hat

Second Look: Melissa, Skirt: Charlotte Russe, Top: Urban Outfitters. Carli, Skirt:  Top: Vintage.

Models: Carli Roth (carliproth@gmail.com), Melissa Beach: (melissa.beach@yahoo.com)
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