It’s a new year and like everyone else, I thought about goals and things I want to accomplish in the new year. I really enjoy working on this blog; putting together outfits and ideas for shoots is fun for me. It’s one of my creative outlets. I don’t get to be this creative at my day job as a corporate graphic designer. But I’ve seen others burn out on blogging because of doing too much and I want to keep it fun. I’m not going to kill myself to post to an exact schedule all the time, and I don’t need to post a photo to Instagram every day.
This year, I want to keep getting better at taking photos and posing for them. I’m not a natural model and I default to a lot of the same poses. I also want to try more interesting shoots, to tell a story with my photos instead of it just being pictures of me standing around in cute outfits (not that there’s anything wrong with that!).
For my first photos of the new year, Ross and I went to a local library and discreetly took pictures. The children’s wing of the Pasadena Central Library is all beautiful wood furniture and vintage desks, but it was filled with people and employees, so unfortunately we couldn’t take any photos there. We had to settle for photos taken in other parts of the library and also the outside.
I’m wearing a new Miss Patina dress. I’ve mentioned before how much I love Miss Patina’s clothing, and they outdo themselves every season. I saw this dress a few months ago and thought the tiny print of scholarly cats reading books was adorable. The embroidered collar was the kicker! I bought the dress along with a couple others (including one that I left in a hotel room! I’m so upset about that one).
It’s pretty comfortable and I like the flared A-line cut of the skirt; I find this to be the most flattering on me especially when it hits above the knee. Is it a little annoying to button and unbutton the entire front of the dress every time I put it on? Yes. But it’s worth it because this dress is so cute.
By the way, the books I’m using as props in these photos are books I’m currently reading: We Were Eight Years in Power by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. I am purposely trying to read more books written by women and people of color as I think their voices are just as important as the typically white and male Western authors featured in the literary canon. It’s important to expose yourself to different voices. I think the quotation engraved in the library exterior below is a good way to think about reading. “The true learning that makes for righteousness.”
I hope everyone’s new year is off to a good start! Can’t wait to show you more outfit photos.
Dress: Miss Patina Kiterature dress
Cat beret: Forever21, old
Shoes: Carson boot by Frye, old
Purse: Luna cat purse, Amazon
I’ve spent some time researching interesting places to take photos. Los Angeles has a wide variety of beautiful locations but the frustrating thing is quite a few places charge you a fee or require a permit to take photographs, even if you’re not a professional photographer or affiliated with a film shoot. That’s a consequence of living in LA, where the film industry is headquartered. So I have to get creative when searching for places to shoot.
Luckily, I found this place! This set of outfit photos was taken in one of those open secret locations that is open to the public and as long as you’re not intrusive, you can take as many photos as you like. It’s a volunteer run public garden in Pasadena, right outside of LA. When I was there, I saw a couple doing an engagement photoshoot and a few kids taking photos of the flowers in bloom. It’s not a huge garden but it has plenty of little nooks and themed sections with different plants and flowers.
One of the neat things about writing for my blog and planning photos is that it has really encouraged me to explore more of my adopted city and its surroundings. I have found all sorts of new places, or looked at places I already knew about with an eye for what would make for good photos.
As for this outfit, well, I just love hearts! Are there specific prints or motifs you really love?
Sweater: Sugarhill Boutique, old
Skirt: Miss Patina, old
Shoes: ASOS, old
I love most animals, and I also love animal prints. When I bought a couple items from the Miss Patina after holiday sale, I noticed how cute their animal themed prints were, especially the cat ones. I had so much fun wearing this cat shirt and the detailed embroidery on both the shirt and skirt always get compliments!
We have two rescue cats; the older one was a stray that lived behind our first place in LA. She had a litter of kittens that were all adopted out, and she was spayed and left back outside. Ross and I felt so bad for her, and she was friendly with us so we eventually lured her into the house and she became ours. Our second cat we rescued when she was a tiny kitten, her and her siblings were found outdoors in someone’s backyard.
I never had pets growing up because my parents always said no. But once I moved out on my own, I knew I wanted pets of my own. Do you have a rescued pet? How long have you had him or her?
Shirt: Miss Patina
Skirt: Miss Patina
Shoes: Bait Footwear
Dressing “seasonally” used to be tough for me because the colors that are normally associated with autumn and winter never looked right on me. I’ve always admired dark and jewel toned colors on other people but not on myself. Sure, I have black dresses (that I never wear) and some red colored clothing for Christmas, but I have never liked wearing all black or dark colors.
My personal palette is pretty much all rainbows or pastels all the time. At this point, why fight it? I’ll wear what I like and what feels good on me, even if it’s not season-appropriate. Case in point- today’s featured outfit. It’s the middle of winter and I’m wearing lavender and yellow! It’s a little easier to wear bright colors all the time in a place like Los Angeles, where there is abundant sunshine most of the year here.
I’m a sucker for interesting collars. I love the scalloped edging along the seashells on this modified Peter Pan collar. It also echoes the scalloped detail on the skirt. Note: I love scalloped edges. They add a cute, girly detail.
The blouse and skirt are both from Miss Patina. I’ll have a more detailed haul post up soon because I got a bunch of stuff from their after Christmas sale that I can’t wait to wear.
Blouse: Miss Patina
Skirt: Miss Patina
Shoes: Bait Footwear
photos by Ross