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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Running right into Daddy’s arms.

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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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Haus Obsessed… Favorite Things For Fall

A new season means a change in weather, daylight, and a time of transition in our souls. Fall is usually when we start to nest and prepare for winter. Even in California where the weather is nice year round, the desire to stay home is just as strong. It starts getting darker earlier, a little colder at night, and the leaves do at some point start to change. Though we still have a month till Daylight Savings Time, I thought it would be appropriate to post about my favorite things this year for this fall. Most of them are quite romantic, as I seem to be embracing that emotional and sometimes dark side of my soul.

 

Beaded Everything:

I am having an embellished moment. I want anything and everything that is littered with beads, rhinestones and sequins. The more the better and the heavier the piece the more desirable. There is something about the way that these items drape on a figure. My closet is becoming filled with jackets, long gowns and cropped tops that sparkle like its 1972. Maybe I am drawn to all that jazz is because I started singing cabaret and need eye-catching vintage outfits to complete my look, or maybe it is because I have been watching too many old movies lately. Whatever it is, I want to sparkle like Rita Hayworth in Gilda.

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This red tunic on Etsy:

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This dress on Ebay:

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And this 1920′s flapper dress on Etsy:

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Dark Textured Walls

There is something so moody about dark textured walls, and that feel is perfect for a new season. Wiki How has a great article on how to get that texture. Then, once you have it, you paint right over it. Think of this as a DIY project for a weekend. You don’t need to do every wall in a room, even a dark accent wall can add character and depth.

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Dried Red Roses

Looks like I am becoming quite a moody romantic on this post, but doesn’t that just scream fall. Halloween is the perfect time to display old roses, or make new dried ones. It is quite easy. Just take a bouquet and hang it upside down in a dark, dry closet for a few weeks. You will know when they are done, and they will last forever.

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Antique Portraits

To add to the moody walls, why not choose a cool portrait. These pieces are easy to find online, or if you frequent estate sales or auction houses, they always seem to have a ton of them they are just begging to get rid of. Sometimes local thrift shops have them for really cheap, but this is always hit or miss. Whatever you find, it adds a bit of masculinity and heritage to any room.


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This innocent one of a girl on eBay:

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Or this one of the Duke of Wellington also on eBay:

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Milk Thistle

Let’s be honest, this fall is going to be full of parties, champagne cocktails and scotch nightcaps. So we might as well nip our hangovers in the bud by taking Milk Thistle before a night out. I swear by this stuff. If I know I am going to have a boozy one, I pop two pills. When I wake up in the morning, I feel like I had a relaxing night instead of a raging party. The bottle at Trader Joes is the one I use, and the cost doesn’t break the bank either.

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Deep Burgundy and Purple Lips

Though I am quite loyal to MakeUp Forever, I find myself straying now that I found YSL Rouge Volupte. Even though it is $10 more per stick, which is so expensive, the lipstick is so hydrating that you don’t need a gloss or chapstick to go over it. The Forbidden Burgundy color is all I want to wear for fall and Violet Incognito. These dark red and purple hues are so enticing and exotic. YSL-2439-RVShine-3-1000x1000-v1tumblr_mcdm0rlYtj1qejkq4o1_500 tumblr_mc4m2lbBEa1qhy2xro1_500 af2e5a3d3a4ffee89eb10941872d7f8a burgundy and dark lips (7)

Arnold Newman

A couple days ago, a friend asked to photograph me in my home for her school project. She wanted to channel Arnold Newman and his portraits of artists in their homes. His shots of Picasso and Capote were always two of my favorites. I can’t wait to see all of the shots that she took. Two that she sent me are previewed below.

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Menswear

As the weather cools down, the necessity of layering is becoming a reality. I have been gravitating towards men’s baggy wool pants and tweed vests. I still need to find some vintage suspenders and three piece suits. Let the search begin. dfddd24979f0095e4aad774ab8554fc8 866525c02a23ab4e1e330faa01ce185f 68d44c5c282c41d22ead2835407cf575 470f3aadc0fff05a7b22a2b9f9eec421 a22ccee2704f1da601855f1ff711808c

 

The Civil Wars

Though the band is no longer together (my heart is broken), I find myself with this album on repeat. The depth of every song is heart wrenching and yet so lovely. They make the pain of every lyric sounds like a beautiful journey that you want to tumble down.

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Round Ice Cubes

There is something so mature about having round ice cubes, and these from Amazon aren’t expensive and easy to make. I want to sit in my room with dark walls, drinking scotch on my one round cube and listening to The Civil Wars. How perfect does that sound for fall?

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Shantaram

Fall is the perfect time to pick up a long book and get deeply engrossed it. Days of rain and a cup of good tea is all you need to fill the time. This novel was recommended to me by two different people with the promise that I would find myself saying “Ok, just one more chapter.” I was so excited by that promise that I bought it and intend to finish all 900 plus pages once I finish Beautiful and Damned by Fitzgerald which I am rereading for the second time.

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Today the junk haus Bought… A Vintage Wedding Dress

Most little girls dream of their wedding day. They make plans of getting all dolled up and walking down the aisle to their Prince Charming. They fantasize about their wedding dress, which they will wear only one day of their life. I however was not one of those girls. There were no thoughts of marriage and kids in my mind ever. I never wanted to walk down an aisle, and I never wanted to spend a ton of money on a dress. To this day, the thought of marriage makes me a little uneasy. But the other day while I was out thrifting, I saw this beauty. This very Victorian, Marie Antoinette, beautiful silk off the shoulder gown called to me from the rack of discarded wedding dresses. I looked at the tag to see “Priscilla of Boston” which I knew from working one of their fashion shows in New York years ago, that this dress was worth a pretty penny. Better yet was the fact that it was in flawless condition. I didn’t care that it would probably be too small for me. I would make every effort to contort my ribcage until the zipper was fully up. The gem went home with me, and an hour later, I found that even if I removed some ribs, and lost 20 pounds, I would never be small enough to wear this dress. So now it is available on the shop here. If you are getting married and are a size 0-2, this piece is a one of a kind gem, made even more special by the fact that Priscilla of Boston closed their doors in 2011. No more custom silk dresses from them. This might be the last chance you have to own one of their pieces.

A Peek in the Attic

2640 Broad St

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

805.544.0720

Mon – Sat: 10 Am – 5:30 Pm

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Haus Obsessed – Polaroid Walls

Over the years, my Polaroid camera has been put to good use. So much so that I have stacks of these pictures. The only problem is that they are buried deep in drawers and not on display where they should be. Walls of Polaroids are perfect for showing off the great memories that you had over the years, and on top of that they just look plain cool with their grainy nature and vintage appeal. What I would do is try to find a giant frame, something simple and not too expensive (maybe Ikea), It would also be smart to have something with fade resistant glass. This way the shots will be able to last for years. Put the photos in rows in the frame and hang that or lean it on a wall. If you don’t have the money, it is always easy to just double stick tape them up. Because why not!

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Today the junk haus Bought… A Vintage Doll

 

There are some things that you spot and you just are drawn to them. You don’t know why, but you love them and you have to have them. While antiquing around New York last week, this little doll caught my eye, and I couldn’t stop staring at her. With her bright red hair and her beautifully vacant eyes, she intrigued me. Then I picked her up and flipped her over. What stood out to me the most was her white leather legs and the stitching. There was something so delicate about her construction, yet something so haunting. Right now she sits on the back of my antique settee, thoroughly creeping out every visitor that dares to walk through my front door. Expect to see the two of us on Antiques Roadshow next year! I get this feeling that she might be worth a little something.

Housing Works West Village

245 W 10th St (At Hudson St)

New York, NY 10014

212,352.1618

Mon – Sat: 11 AM – 7 PM, Sun: 11 AM – 5 PM

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Haus Obsessed – Wall Moulding

At some points in our lives, we buy or rent boring apartment or homes with plain white walls. We stare at these blank canvases everyday and then at some point we cover them with frames filled with art or photographs and we smile and think we are done. What we don’t realize is that there is another option for that wall instead of just hanging things to fill the space. Any boring wall can be made into its own artistic piece with the addition of ornate plaster moulding and or picture frame moulding. Crown moulding, plaster moulding and picture frame moulding are not complicated to install, and the added effort changes a room entirely. They just take a little bit of extra elbow grease, a steady hand, and some paint before or after. This added feature can add so much polish and glamour to the space, just check out those chic Parisian apartments that we drool over on Pinterest daily. Most of these moulding pieces can be purchased at Home Depot. So before you start hanging a bunch of frames, take a quick trip to the hardware store and check out your other options. You might fall in love and turn your home into quite the glamour pad.

 

My quick tips:

If you want the look that they blend in a little with the wall, paint the entire wall and the moulding after the installation.

If you want different colors, paint the moulding pieces and the wall before installation. Gold or an off cream is always a chic option for a colored or plain white wall. Also think about the glassiness of the moulding. A glossier crown moulding looks better next to a eggshell wall. If you are going for flats, Keep the wall flat and the moulding eggshell.

Don’t forget the crown moulding. If you have a beautiful wall and the transition from the wall to ceiling is nonexistent, this void will be an eyesore.

Keep the scale. You don’t want an ornately large crown moulding in a house with normal ceiling heights. It will just make your room look shorter and oddly proportioned.

Floor transitions are not necessary whatever a designer will tell you. Baseboard is not necessary.

 

Check out these installation guides for a more in depth procedure.

How to install picture frame moulding, thanks to Southern Hospitality.

How to install wall panels and crown moulding, thanks to HGTV.

How to install specialty plaster bits, thanks to AA Plaster Ornaments.

 

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the play haus was Featured in Altered Couture Magazine

It is always an honor when small pet projects that I do are featured anywhere. This month Altered Couture chose our shoes, a side project called the play haus, to be featured in their magazine. Through this article you learn a little bit about the process, the inspiration, and what cute options these shoes are for baby shower gifts, kid’s birthdays, and back to school presents. I want to thank Stampington and Company for coming to me with the desire to showcase these cute works of art. Adult sizes are available as well. Check out the magazine here. The article is written up on page 82 with a two page spread! The shoes are available for purchase at this Etsy shop.

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