Many strangers to the art industry would think that photos can turn out the same no matter the photographer, but the more one looks at photos, the more he or she can see the slightest changes and unique styles, especially between each photographer and model; the atmosphere and the way the model expresses herself will change ever so slightly with a different person behind the lens. Of course the subject can control her laugh or remember sad memories, but the atmosphere and relationship between the model and the photographer whether assertive, shy, giddy, or relaxed, will completely change the photograph, something I’ve only realized after studying photos from individual photographers. Even though I love working with different photographers in hopes of greater new creations, I tend to work again with the photographers who I have the best chemistry with. They let me be myself, or allow me the comfort to be someone else without pushing me to distress. For one of my last shoots, I wasn’t wearing anything special, but I love the romance in these solo shots using film, not digital.
Photography by Dante
My lovely UR.GE.rs!
It’s only been over a month of UR.GE. and thousands of you have already connected, with very kind messages too. To thank you, I am holding a giveaway with Different Colors and Styles! We will be picking two winners to receive either a genuine handmade stone and chain bracelet or all-natural handmade LUSH l’eau de parfum. You may enter until December 1st. Good luck!
Not all of us are obsessed with perfumes, but no one can say that he or she isn’t affected by scent. Perfume is an art of its own as each shade brings about different emotions or memories. But, we can’t always throw our beautiful little glass bottles of perfume in our bags, so I thought I’d share my own little secret: LUSH’s all-natural stick perfume. It spritzes a perfect amount and its size is to die for. I carry mine everywhere and I’d like to share it with you! Unlike most perfumes it is NOT tested on animals and has no chemicals and I love it.
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Blue is definitely considered a safe color that’s not always so fashion forward. I love it nonetheless, and it’s really not a color we can avoid if its every slightest change in shade can change one’s style. On this chilly gray day I wore my royal blue side-pinned jacket from Sweet Soup. I wear it whenever I want to give a pop of color during chillier days when I don’t feel like being a raging red, orange, or yellow.
My knit gray poncho peacoat from ValleyGirl. If I pull down the neck, the top section turns into a poncho! I love the toggles on knit which is quite a rare find, as well as the waist cinch which gives the billowing jacket more of a line. This is probably the best fall/winter item I’ve ever found.
Knee-high black suede boots that have lasted me three winters and of course, look great with anything.
Photos by differentcands.
Before the chill takes over with gray skies, I thought to share some swimsuit photos in the sun’s warmth. I don’t do bikini shots often, not because I don’t feel comfortable with my body, but because I usually don’t feel comfortable baring lots of skin. However during this shoot I had a wonderful time; it wasn’t just about showing the suit, advertising the pool, or being sexual. Even though it was completely my pick of what kind of suit to wear, I chose a two piece bikini that I thought was one of the classiest I had seen in the bikini category. I loved the simplicity of the halter bandeau and the engraved gold pieces really made the suit shine.
I also love this two-piece swim apparel. For some reason I feel that the term ‘bikini’ is too slang for it’s edgy cut and high design. It’s sporty and I especially like the extra bands on both the top and bottom as well as the wide cut of the suit bottom. This is by Substance.
Color photography by Dante Dante
Today I thought to give you guys a look at a couple pictures from last fashion week so you can also see some previous style. Actually I didn’t think I had a specific style until recently. I guess dress according to how I feel every day, but often dress to be more like the person I want to be. When I’m in a phase of dreaming of my future self as a career woman I wear long coats and neutral colors. When I wish I could be more outgoing, I dress in brighter colors, but mentally it’s quite hard especially when it’s grey out because I get so many double-takes. Of course, my go-tos are black and white, no matter how much I try to avoid them.
This long sweatshirt is something I would never have worn on a normal day back then. Animal faces and bling aren’t my style but since the colors were neutral I gave it a go and so glad I did.
Now that I’ve seen photobloggers capture a history of my fashion, I’ve realized that weather I go casual or dressed up I definitely put an edge on feminine. Like this white dress, I love the girly cut but the black and white with the square pattern gives it a sharper look. I love the one black square and overlay cut.
Me with the biggest and most respected designer at Seoul Fashion Week, Lie Sang Bong. Actually I was just sitting at a table in the pressroom eating a sandwich while he was reading his phone in the chair next to me. We started chatting and he was the sweetest old man. Of course I knew who he was but didn’t realize he was so famous in the fashion world until my Parisian friend next to me told me designer Lie was the biggest designer there. Now that I’ve seen him get flocked with a mob of photographers at every step I realize that he’s probably the most modest of all the designers I’ve met.
Considering I use down covers even in the summer, any friend of mine knows I get cold easily, which is why everyone wonders how I grew up in a place that’s known for freezing temperatures and snow. Despite my inability to withstand the cold, I actually love winter, because inside the atmosphere is always so warm. Anyways, before it got too cold, I wanted to get out of the city so I left on a whim to Jeonju. As soon as fashion week ended, the temperatures plummeted but the weather was perfect down south. I visited the hanok village and stayed in one too! The first picture is the hanok house I stayed in with a couple UR.GE. team members.
I dressed comfortably in some of my favorite go-to pieces for lots of walking. My GAP corduroy jacket from a while back. I rarely see people wearing corduroy anymore but I always get compliments on it. Since it’s simple and dark with brass silver buttons, it goes well with any outfit while adding nice detail. I wore it with a felt checkered button down I found at a no-name, and my current favorite pair of Giordano jeggings. They’re sewn with real denim but are so comfortable that I bought a couple more in the same color for later. I seriously dislike jean shopping but I recommend you get these.
Jeonju is famous for bibimbap, a mix of rice and cooked vegetables with a sauce of sesame oil and Korean red pepper sauce. It’s probably the most popular dish of Korea and famous around the world. Easily veganized!
I climbed a mountain and hung out in a temple.
This is one of my assistants falling asleep after a long day, especially because I tried to sneak in work haha
This was so pretty so I had to buy it but delicious too. It’s vanilla bean ice cream wrapped in a Korean pancake with blueberry compote and strawberries. I got to pick the color of the flower 🙂 The dessert was sold in a piece of bamboo with scented stones that I can hang up for decoration. So creative.
The last day of Fashion Week fell on a Wednesday. As expected, there were fewer crazy, or may I say, creative outfits that would show up in the next day’s newspapers. But the day went by with smiles all around as the last buyers, bloggers, and models said their goodbyes as they flew to the next fashion forward cities around the globe.
While sitting front row for Judy and Joshua, which had a real band playing whimsical lullaby music to compliment their romantic collection, I saw some familiar faces. I was just mesmerized by the beauty of one of the tallest models in a white dress when I realized I knew her and a few of the other models promenading the runway. We had done a summer photo shoot together for an outdoor pool and I was so happy to see them again. Even though we shot the pool scenes six months earlier, it felt like it was just the other day. We promised to work together again soon and took the pictures below.
The week made me more aware of how many connections are made in the fashion cosmos. Even though many may be just that, ‘business connections,’ so many of us bond over our passions, not for fame or money. I’ve met people with only their cameras and a bag who live off whatever beautiful pictures they capture, because they live through the art of fashion. While many criticize the fashion industry, I think it’s not so different from the music scene. Why is creating clothes so different from painting a portrait, playing a sport, or making music? It’s just another art that we photographers, bloggers, and journalists love to share and a way to express ourselves.
I finished off the week in a DEWL polygon dress in one of my favorite colors: champagne! It’s so classy but can still be dressed down. Polygons also compliment any body type and they give off a fun vibe which is why I picked this dress. I paired it with my Aland clutch and nude ALDO shoes, which go well with just about anything.