I Love My Job

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As an artist freelancing her way through life, I have many jobs. Three….well four: actor, photographer, blogger, and mother….more if you add partner and producer…oh dear Lord! But right now I’m talking about photographer.  Sartorially.

As a photographer I get to wear whatever the heck I want.  Within reason of course.  No pasties and feathers…though to be fair I don’t usually wake up wanting to wear that anyway.  As long as I’m not too provocative and can move around, I get pretty much free reign.

For example, this day I spent shooting a lovely client, and I got to head into work in  casual shorts and a fun denim shirt. So I reiterate: I love my job.

Helps that I’m the boss too.

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Top & Shorts – Spell Designs  //  Tee – SheInside  //  Necklace – vintage  // Sunnies – Lace Affair

If I could Coachella…

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 ….I would.  If I could take the time off. If I had the finances. If I lived closer.  I totally would.  But I can be there in sartorial spirit.  In fact, I pretty much live there in sartorial spirit.  Here’s to all of us who wish to be there.  Here’s to the dreamers, the lovers, the make believers.  I’m right there with you.

Love. Peace.

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Duster & Tee – Spell Designs  //  Jeans – Dittosbrand //  Boots – Aldo  //  Necklace – bought in Spain   //  Belt – Lucky Brand  //  Sunnies – UO  // Bead Bracelet – Ruche  //  Silver cuffs – gifts from Poland. 

How I Despise “Must” Haves

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Xanadu Dress – Spell Designs  //  Sweater – UO  // Boots – Aldo  //  Sunnies, Necklace & Belt – F21  //  Bag – Target

 I don’t know if it’s my rebellious nature, or just my cynical view on things, but I seriously dislike when anyone posts articles on “Must Haves.”  It’s applicable across the board, but I’m mostly referring to fashion posts here.  The “Must Haves in Every Closet”, “Must Haves for Spring” etc., etc.  You know what I’m talking about.  Us women have seen them, and continue to see them every season.

Every magazine and blogger always has these “Must Have” articles.  Frankly, I think it’s ridiculous. Why ‘must’ you have it? What’s gonna happen if you don’t?  You don’t need to have anything except weather appropriate clothing to keep you safe from the elements.  That’s what you ‘must have’ and even then, if you don’t well, that’s at your own risk.  You’re a grown up and can make those choices for yourself.

Further, these must haves are not applicable to everyone, so why must you have them?  I don’t own a crisp button up white shirt. I haven’t owned one for about eight years.  It’s on everyone’s ‘Must Have’ list, yet I haven’t needed it for eight years.  So perhaps it’s not actually a ‘Must-Have’?

These are generic lists for generic people and they don’t reflect individuality. They should be called “suggested haves.”  Because not only do they paint you inside a generic box, but they also make you feel like you are somehow without or lacking if you don’t own these things. I call bullshit on that. I don’t own a set of classic black pumps.  And thought I do have a classic black blazer, I honestly have worn it for about nine years.  So why must I have these things? Clearly I don’t.

What must you have in your wardrobe?  Those pieces that define you and that function in your lifestyle. That’s it. That’s all you ‘must have’  and tell anyone who says differently to shove it somewhere.

Miami Outfit: Wynwood Walls

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Overall – Spell Designs via Turquoise Lane  //  Tank & Bralette – F21  //  Boots – DIYed by me  //  Bag – Target  //  Necklace – Monserat De Lucca via Beau and Bauble in Toronto

It’s the last of the Miami outfits today.  Then we’re back to Toronto, and the chillier weather.

These walls were so stunning, and every new one gave me a new idea for a shoot.  Basically, I could’ve shot in the area for a whole year with each new wall giving me new inspiration for a new story to tell.

How do photographers ever walk away from here?

*linking up with Style Sessions*

Miami Outfit: Travelling Between Climates

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Kimono/Cardigan – Arnhem  //  Queen top – F21  //  Shorts – Spell Designs  //  Boots – DIYed myself  //  Necklace – Vanessa Mooney via ThreadSence

The Miami outfit posts are coming in now.  Monday’s walk through Coconut Grove and along the waterfront was glorious. And I couldn’t resist changing into shorts at the first opportunity.  These Spell shorts are fabulous. I sized up in them just a touch because I wanted the extra length in the bum. As in, I wanted my bum fully covered when I was walking.

This Arnhem maxi cardigan was definitely perfect in the day to protect from the sun, and in the evening to protect from the cooler breeze. Plus, it stole the show everywhere I went.  People were constantly remarking on it.

I wore this while travelling from Toronto with Jeans.  It provided enough warmth in the snowy weather, and then with a quick switch out to the shorts was perfect in the higher temperatures of Miami.  When I’m travelling like this I like to think about what will easily work with both climates so that you’re comfortable and not freezing or boiling on one end.

Side note: it also makes the perfect thing to wear when your breezing through the hotel on the way to the pool and back.

Functionality and Personality

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Raglan Top – Spell Designs  //  Blazer – Zara  //  Jeans – Gap

A bad cold all week *read: snot, coughing, and other yuckiness* plus -24 degree temperatures outside meant that I’ve been living in PJs and fleece pants in the house.  And knitting. I’ve been on the couch binge watching Law & Order: SVU and knitting.  I know how to party y’all!  
Or I know how to sit on my butt and be sick.  
But, this blazer, jeans, and graphic shirt combo was something I wore a bit ago to work on a photoshoot.  I was shooting the promo shots for a web series, and there’s always that fine line that I have to tread in my wardrobe as a photographer.  
My clothes have to be functional – I move gear, balance, build, and twist myself into strange positions if need be to get the shot – but I also need to maintain a certain level of professionalism.  So, it’s that balance of professional cool and functionality. 
And hey, a little personality doesn’t hurt either. 
Here’s an action shot from the day that my assistant took. 

Evolution of Dusters

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Duster – Spell Designs  //  Jumpsuit – ThreadSence //  Tee – UO  //  Bag – Target  //  Booties & Necklaces – I forget *old*

Dusters were originally worn by horse riders as light jackets to, you know it, keep the dust off their clothing.  In the fashion world, they’ve evolved into light kimonos that are usually maxi length.  To me, the wild python print on this one hearkened back those days of cowboys and the wild west.

Being the sci-fi nerd that I am, it also brought to mind Firefly, and made me think this might be a duster that someone living in that verse might wear.  I guess it’s the dreamer in me that is drawn to the free and untamed feeling that this duster evokes.

Now all I need is a tall ship and a star to steer her by.

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