By day four of our trip, we'd finally adjusted to the climate, had our camera routines down pat and were excited to see where the road would take us next. We got to tour a cotton gin, visited George Wallace's birthplace (where there is a giant mural of him, complete with a black cloud over his head) and drove countless miles in search of our next stop. Here are a few photos that I snapped along the way.
27 December 2013
20 December 2013
When we left our hotel room on the third morning of our trip, it was (of course) already impossibly hot and humid. Overnight we'd kept the air-conditioner running in the room to soak up as much cool air as possible. Our camera equipment was resting in the room with us as well, also soaking up the cool temperatures. As soon as we stopped to take our first photo the hot humid air flooded our cameras fogging up every lens, viewfinder and mirror, inside and out. We had to sit in the car, in 90 degree temperatures, with the heat on, holding our equipment in front of the vents to dry out our cameras and lenses. Needless to say, it was not the best way to start the day. But from there, things looked up quickly and we made our way across the state.
Once again, all of these photos were taken by me with one of three cameras: a Diana on 35mm film, a Canon Rebel T3i and a Fuji Instax 210. You can also see some of the photos Tom took on his Tumblr.
17 December 2013
After an unseasonably cold and rainy first day on the road, the second day delivered the sun and heat we expected when we planned the trip. Hot and humid! We drove through historic Tuskegee, explored old Cahawba and crossed over the Alabama River. Here are a few photos I snapped along the way.
16 December 2013
Our first (and likely only) Kickstarter project has officially come to a close. The funds were raised, the trip taken, photographs edited, books printed and rewards mailed. Now that the chapter is closed, I thought I would take this week to share some of the photos that I took for the project. All of the photos were taken with one of three cameras: a Diana on 35mm film, a Canon Rebel T3i and a Fuji Instax 210. You can also see some of the photos Tom took on his Tumblr.
15 December 2013
photo by Tom b.
Thursday night Tom and I headed to Hinesite Vintage for champagne, finger foods and some vintage shopping. Three of my favorite things at the same time! I had a chance to play dress-up in this gorgeous 1930s silk kimono and have my photo taken with a paper moon. I also came home with a pretty red kimono in an Asian cherry blossom print. More on that later...
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I'll interrupt the Alabama Black Belt series for a moment to let you know that I'm in the midst of updating the Etsy shop with a collection of dresses. There's a little bit of everything in here: 60s, 70s, mini, midi, florals, stripes and plaids. All available in the shop now...
13 December 2013
One of our favorite pastimes is traveling and almost as much fun is daydreaming about where our next trip will take us. In the past few years we've been from New York City all the way south to the Gulf of Mexico, from the east coast of Philadelphia to the west coast of Los Angeles and trekking through Europe from Paris to Amsterdam. Next year we've already planned another trip to California, including a couple of nights spent with dear friends in the Mojave Desert. Now I'm already looking ahead to 2015 and wondering where our wanderlust will take us. On the wishlist are Montreal, Portland, Nashville, Hawaii... and now Utah. Looking at these photos from the Documerica series has me curious about planning a road trip through the Northern half of the United States. We've toyed around with the idea of flying to Portland or Seattle and driving back to PA, stopping along the way in National Parks. I'll definitely be adding this to my travel wishlist.
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12 December 2013
As the holiday season is upon us, I realize that I don't need anything. But isn't it fun to make wishlists anyway? Here are a few things that I wouldn't mind Santa leaving under my Christmas tree (if I had put up a tree this year - which I didn't).
1. Zara Leopard Coat - It's so cold outside right now it's hard to find the motivation to get up and get dressed. A fun coat like this might be the kick I need to get going.
2. Delos Earrings - Not being much of a jewelry wearer, these simple, delicate earrings are right up my alley.
3. Tea Kettle - I'm not a coffee drinker, but I do consume copious amounts of herbal tea and hot chocolate to stave off the cold. A kettle of hot water on the stove would come in handy.
4. Sessun Boots - Do these really need an explanation? The perfect boots, really.
5. Woolrich Blanket - This blanket would come in handy for curling up on the couch with a good book or movie.
6. Scented Candles - With the windows closed for the winter, I miss the fresh air in the house. Some good wintery candles would get me through until the spring.
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11 December 2013
Photographer: Courtney Brooke Hall, Stylist: Emily Theobald, Model: Emily Theobald
I couldn't resist posting a few of the images from the new Mayflower Supply Co. fall lookbook. It's such a huge and admirable undertaking to open a new online shop. I wish these lovely ladies all the best of luck! If the first set of images is any indication, they're going to do just fine!
10 December 2013
Last week Tom and I headed to Union Transfer in Philadelphia to see Mazzy Star. I spent countless hours in my late teens and early twenties listening to Hope Sandoval's voice and tambourine. I never had the chance to see them live back then so I was really excited to finally experience some of my favorite songs in a live setting. While I am glad that we went, I have to say that the show overall was a bit of a letdown. After all these years, the band really had no stage presence and the performance seemed a bit half-hearted. I'd read that Hope tends to be really shy onstage and she lived up that, barely lifting her head and never addressing the crowd. I was hoping for more, but I am happy that I can checking seeing Mazzy Star live off of my list.
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15 November 2013
I usually try to add things to the Etsy shop in a somewhat organized fashion - grouped by color, or style or era. But I always end up with a pile of lovely things that didn't quite fit into one of my categories. So... this is what you have today! All the odds and ends that I've wanted to add to the shop, but have been waiting for the perfect moment. Why wait? All seen here are now available in the shop...
13 November 2013
I love these photos of Emily Theobald (of It Girl Rag Doll) on Boots & Pine. She's got that Brooklyn bohemian vibe down! I remember Emily as one of the first gals I noticed back in the early days of Wardrobe Remix (remember that?!). Now I see her popping up all over the place; from Refinery 29 hair tutorials to the Mayflower Supply Co lookbook that Erin posted yesterday.
04 November 2013
design + styling: Ale for Rosapina Vintage, photography: Alf, garments: Ale's mother, hats and headpieces: Atelier Carlotta Sadino, other accessories: vintage, Ferragamo, Orla Kiely, Max & Co, Chie Mihara, Lomography
The Autumn/Winter collection for Rossapina Vintage features garments designed by Ale and handmade by her mother using vintage fabrics from her grandmother's stash. I love the family connection! The lookbook shows off each look against a backdrop of perfectly hued autumn leaves. Doesn't it make you want to hear the leaves crunching under your feet?! To see the rest of the looks, be sure to check out Ale's blog and shop.
31 October 2013
21 October 2013
photos from my Pinterest
We are having unseasonably cold weather (after last week's unseasonably warm weather) and last night was the first time I've put on a pair of tights since last winter. We're now officially back to the land of layering. I wasn't quite prepared for the thought of wearing tights again so I looked through my Fall/Winter Pinterest board, in order to remind myself of what an outfit that involves layers looks like! As I was skimming over the photos, I happened to notice these pairs of images featuring the same gals twice.
I really like how they show the advantages of finding a silhouette that works for you and reusing the pieces in your closet. The photos above feature the exact same outfit with only the accessories changing. The photos below show some of the pieces being reused while creating a new outfit with the same silhouette. I'm definitely going to keep this in mind while thinning out my closet for the season.
17 October 2013
It's that time of year, isn't it? When all things pumpkin creep into our lives. Pumpkin pie, pumpkin lattes, carved pumpkins sitting on our front porches. So I've taken a moment to add a little pumpkin spice to the Etsy shop.
14 October 2013
I'm always excited to see what Ace & Jig has been up to for the following season. I haven't picked out a piece from the fall collection yet so I may be getting a little ahead of myself by putting several pieces from the Spring 2014 collection on my wishlist. But they are just SO good. I would love to have everything on the top row here!
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09 October 2013
I received a very sweet email from Gokce in Instanbul, Turkey informing me about her new collection for fall. You may remember that I posted about her previous work from Uttu. Now she has another pretty lookbook featuring her latest designs from her collection You Look Familiar. The eyelet dresses are my favorite pieces.
07 October 2013
A few weeks ago I discovered a lovely collection of vintage dresses at a flea market. They were all in need of a little love, so they've been soaked, mended, steamed and are ready for new homes. All of these have been added to the Etsy shop. Now I better get to work on the next batch!
03 October 2013
flats from Need Supply Co & Madewell
I've been on the hunt for a pair of very sensible shoes to wear on an every day basis. My default footwear for winter is usually a pair of riding boots (over very thick socks!). I've always marveled at the girls wearing their flats on bare feet in the freezing cold. Why?! I just can't do it. I've also never liked shoes with pointed toes. So, it's vexing to me that I've found myself so smitten with the idea of a pair of D'orsay flats. Cold, impractical shoes with pointed toes! But I want them nonetheless.
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26 September 2013
I have one of these woven market totes and it's surprising how often it comes in handy. I carry it with me most everywhere and it often comes home filled with fresh fruits and veggies from the farmer's market, vintage finds from the thrift store or odds and ends from the flea market. Do you have one? If not, here's your chance! All of these are now available in the Etsy shop...
Today's Etsy shop additions include these five pairs of winter boots. My boot collection is overflowing so some of these are from my closet! I hate to see them go but it's time to find some new homes for some old favorites. All available in the Etsy shop now...
24 September 2013
Sessùn Video Fall 2013 from jas000 on Vimeo.
Last week I binge watched Freaks and Geeks for the first time on Netflix. I'd always heard people raving about the show but had never seen an episode. Now that I've watched all 18 I'm definitely on the Freaks and Geeks bandwagon. I love me some Bill Haverchuck. Throughout the series, most of the girls can be found wearing really great late 70s / early 80s knits. You know, the colorful sweaters and belted cardigans that were popular at the time. I'm definitely keeping my eye out for more knit pieces as the weather cools.
I just found this beautifully shot, serene video featuring the Autumn/Winter collection from Sessun. The collection has a little bit of that early 80s vibe and so many great knit pieces in it. Yes, I love the knit pieces but the one thing I definitely have my eye on, hoping for a sale price, is this Lumberjack Coat. I can't get over that print. Oh, and I'd take a pair of these boots too!
12 September 2013
10 September 2013
As the nights grow cooler one by one, I find myself wrapped up under blanket on the couch. Why not just throw the blanket over my shoulders when I leave the house? If only I could and still look as good as this cape from Morgan Carper fall collection! I suppose if I feel like dressing up as an extra from The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, this will be my go-to collection. And I mean that in the best way possible.