Beach in December. One of the many things I will miss about Sarasota when I move to Spain.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Photos by Petra Collins
Excuse me for my prolonged absence, but I've been busy frolicking in the forest. I swear, sometimes it seems like I live in the Suwannee, and although, in theory that sounds spectacular, I have this feeling that waking up in a musty dirty tent might get a little old after a while. Nonetheless, I just spent two fabulously funky weekends camping and dancing and being crazy with friends for Hulaween and Bear Creek (for the second year in a row). I'll post some pictures later; I've got an infamous Kodak just waiting to be developed.
But, enough about me. Let's talk about these awesome photos taken by Petra Collins. Collins is a Canadian fashion photographer and designer, probably most well known for the raunchy graphic tees she sold through UO. While I'm definitely on the more "conservative" side when it comes to expressing one's nudity or sexuality, I can most definitely respect a girl who's not afraid to flaunt it. Especially in today's society, girls are constantly being brainwashed into thinking they have to look, dress, or act a certain way to be considered feminine or beautiful. Women spend countless amounts of money on make-up, hair straighteners, curling irons, plastic surgery!--and for what? To impress the opposite sex? Each other? Ourselves? We are constantly looking for others' approval and we go to the most extreme lengths to achieve it. It saddens me to think that there are so many girls out there that wouldn't think of walking out the door without make-up, some are even straight up ashamed of what they look like when they wake up in the morning. You know that part in Mean Girls when all the chicks in the school had to gather in the gym to talk about their "girl problems?" I just wish I could gather every girl in the world into one big room and just scream at all of them, "YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! THROW AWAY YOUR MAKE-UP, LET DOWN YOUR HAIR. BE YOU!"
This is exactly Petra Collins' problem with society, and she strives to create a voice that can make a change through her art. While my favorites are her more experimental and double-exposed shots, so many of her photos are of raw, teenage scenarios, taken in the most simple and natural ways possible. Her pictures can make a pimple look pretty and pubic hair look utterly fascinating. She is woman. She is real. Hear her roar.
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Photos courtesy of purse n' boots
I'm not really certain how to put into words how obsessed I am with everything in this shoot. Once again purse n' boots hits a home run...actually, let's make that a grand slam. I'm making it my personal DIY-goal to recreate this chain bra. I don't care how long it takes. I may never be able to wear it because by the time I finish (if I ever finish) it will probably no longer be appropriate for my wrinkly old age, but that's not stopping me.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Photos by Enrique Badulescu for UK Elle June 2013
I'm posting this now even though it came out in the beginning of the summer. But hey, I'm a Floridian. Here, every day is summer, right? But on the real, these pictures embody everything I wish I could do with Afterlight and more. I love how not one of these images is just a clear shot; they all have a unique texture and colorization. And don't even get me started on the clothes. Each and every piece--right down to the floppy hats--can nestle their way right up into my closet, thank you very much.