May 19, 2015

Unlock your wish

In the final chapter of my collaboration with Cartier, I hoped to explore the idea of unlocking a dream or wish with this personal talisman. It's a little hard to explain the meta-nature of this post, because it was the act of conceptualizing this post and making these photos happen that really WAS my wish. Having my wish come true is being able to express myself in my photography and to have the ideas in my head be translated into something I can share with others. I am the happiest when doing so. Sometimes my friends hear me joke that when I'm not shooting or shopping, I'm rather depressed, and the part about shooting really is true. If I'm not producing work, I feel lost and don't know who I am.

Here I tried to convey the simple act of falling asleep on the sofa, lost in the dream world that the Amulette unlocks.

Shot on a grey rainy day, the darkness of my living room was the perfect backdrop for this series.

So long as I can continue to make this dream my reality, I don't really need to wish for anything else.

Outfit details: Theory Top | Self-Portrait Skirt (find similar here and here)

May 13, 2015

A good Paris haul

How can one return from Paris empty-handed? I never can resist the shopping in Paris (see December's pick ups here). Last week, I found myself in this magical place again to shoot an editorial on Paris food (hello, dream job). I took the opportunity to extend my trip through the weekend and came home with quite a few goodies this time.

Where do I even begin? And how have I not stocked up on more photography books in the past? I wanted just about everything from Artazart but was worried my luggage would be overweight. It turned out I was still 2kg underweight, so I totally could have bought more books. As luck would have it, I'm going back to Paris in three weeks, so a luggage full of books might be coming back with me... I picked up these two immensely inspiring books for now and an issue of Red Visitor Magazine.

I also underpacked clothing-wise, so naturally bought a striped shirt (this one's from Saint James) to tide me over my trip.

This tank was a quick and easy purchase from Printemps on the last day. It'll be perfect for the impending humid summer and is surprisingly 100% cotton (it felt like a synthetic to the touch, but in a good way). And I'd been wanting to try this Flower Mask Gel Mask for years but always talked myself out of it as it'd be a total indulgence for my face. Let's see if it's as magical as people say it is.

Peeking from the edges are a green Goyard tote (needs no introduction) and a pouch/wristlet from a new-to-me (though it's been around since 1717) brand, Fauré Le Page. Kat from Feather Factor introduced me to the brand recently and I am super happy with this purchase. I think it will be either a great organizer in a larger bag or a great casual clutch.

Hello, beautiful ceramics. I may have to do a separate post on this ceramicist, especially if I can visit again on the next trip, but wow. Really really beautiful things coming out of Emmanuelle Wittmann's studio. I almost don't want to share this info because the pieces are so one-of-a-kind and I selfishly want to have my pick the next time I visit! The marbled egg and coral-looking rock are from a fantastic junk store in the 11th. I can't remember the name, but it's right on the Rue de Charonne near Clamato.

The perfect sling-black black flats are from none other than Hermes. The problem with their shoes is they feel too beautiful to actually wear. I seriously want to put all of the protection on them before introducing them to NYC concrete.

Another favorite shop from this trip was Ofr. Librairie . I was completely smitten with the Portraits de Villes collection they carried, which are basically little photo essays of cities around the world but seen from an inspiring and unique point of view. I think I had nearly a dozen in my hand before controlling myself to just start off with a few (at 19 Euros a piece, it adds up quickly!).

From Merci, I picked up napkin linens and a great hand towel. And from Buly 1803 (an old favorite), I got a lotion that's almost too pretty to use.

I think that about covers it. Scattered around are some food souvenirs. I may need to bring a small cooler next time to bring back all the things I really want to bring back (read: Bordier butter). Now if only my French were as good as my ability to shop in France.

May 7, 2015

Lincoln Black Label at Home, NYC

I first worked with the Lincoln Motor Company on a road trip from Nashville to Austin last summer to promote their new MKC. I'm happy to be partnering with them again to experience their new Lincoln Black Label collection, a new line of interior themes with unique ownership privileges. It comes together with the cars themselves, and with their Black Label at Home program—where houses across the country have been reconsidered with interior design inspired by the themes and materials of the new collection.

Each of the four themes in the Black Label collection was designed with a specific personality in mind, and I went straight to the source to learn more. Lincoln Design Manager Janet Seymour says, "The goal was to reach out and appeal emotionally to a customer and their own personality and taste. We've tried to create as much differentiation between these themes as possible so we can appeal to a broad cross section of customers out there." 

After visiting the space in Manhattan’s Union Square and seeing the interiors, I tried to visualize how these “emotions” of diverse personalities could translate into food. Theme-by-theme, I paired ingredients that I felt best complemented them.

The Center Stage theme transports you to a swanky post-theater lounge with its striking black, white and red scheme. You also might feel like you've gone back to the '20s. Black leather and suede contribute to the drama of this theme. Janet talks about how the intent was "to create an interior environment where there's a surprise and delight, with an accent color called Foxfire Red within a black interior." Of course, it only seemed fitting to find a fiery red pepper (these are bird's eye chilies) to illustrate this theme's pronounced red detailing as well as this theme's target customer who is expressive and isn't afraid to make a statement about themselves.

Probably the most elegant of the four themes, Modern Heritage is for those who appreciate clean lines and a modern aesthetic. It is Janet's favorite (and mine too). Although the overall color scheme felt similar to that of Center Stage, the proportion of white made the rooms feel much more airy and open. The simple furniture lines and graphic art in both the living room and bedroom also made this feel much more modern.

How does this translate into the culinary world? These breakfast radishes are classic but never boring. The surprising bite you get at the end of the radish is like the surprise of the subtle red stitching that punctuates the white leather interior of the Modern Heritage car. More needs to happen with radishes.

Indulgence is an indisputable nod to the pleasure and allure of chocolate. The car interiors are the very color of a chocolate bar. Likewise, the Indulgence bedroom and kitchen are rich with shades of brown and contrasting textures, from the fluffy stools at the edge of the bed to the striped wood in the kitchen. This customer is looking for comfort and a cozy dark interior.

Translation? While I love a good dark chocolate bar myself, I have more of a savory-tooth and my indulgent savory counterpart is some good old prosciutto. I consider it such a treat.

The Oasis theme also very much mimics its namesake, with the cream and tan colors of the car interior and open-pore wood appliqués inspired by an actual oasis. The rooftop in the penthouse space was quite a haven in this bustling city. It had its own pool and multiple seating areas. I felt like I could easily spend all my time up there with a good book. In the bedroom, the same soothing neutral shades are repeated. I'm a sucker for succulents (yes, still!), and there were little guys scattered throughout. I felt a combination of lemon verbena tea and a sweet melon would be ideal for this environment.

Janet says Lincoln is "constantly looking into the future" and has already been working on more Black Label themes to come. I'm excited to see what personalities will be added to the mix.

Disclosure: This post was created in partnership with Lincoln Motor Company.