Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Introducing My New Clothing Brand...

If I ever had the chutzpah to start my own clothing brand, I'd call it Phoenix Clothing and the advertisements would look a little something like this...

As you know, my whole blog is an expression of my creativity, and so far I've shown you guys my sketches and my dance moves. Today, however, I wanted to use fashion as my medium, instead of paint or music. I found these geometric concrete blocks lying in the prairie grass and asked myself, "if I were to shoot a fashion campaign here, what would that look like?" And the images above are what resulted. Voila!

I can't really tell you how I arrived at "fringe shorts + diamond print + denim + boho + cowboy". All I had in mind was that the sun was really bright, the blue sky needed to be reflected in a piece of clothing, and that there was a certain wild exploration feeling in the air.

I've always been impressed with fashion editorials and advertisements in magazines, and now I am even more appreciative of what fashion editors, photographers, and stylists do on a daily basis. Shooting these pictures today made me realize that the process of making a great magazine image is not easy: there's a reason that an entire team of people have to help with outfits, posing, shooting countless angles and editing the final product. But this whole experience has left me exhilarated---would you guys like to see more "editorial" looks on my blog in the future? I'd love to experiment some more, instead of just taking pictures of me standing in one place!

So far, Phoenix Clothing is just a made-up concept in my mind, but if I ever wanted to capitalize on this idea, I would already have some preliminary pictures. How would you characterize this clothing brand? What kind of girl do you imagine this brand catering towards?

Special credit goes to my sister, for letting me play dress-up with her, and my boyfriend Andrew, for subjecting himself to our demands and still taking some damn good photos. Thanks, guys!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Thrift Shop Gown

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If Macklemore invited me to an awards show, this is probably what I would wear. In case you didn't know, Macklemore is the singer/rapper behind "Thrift Shop", that catchy song on the radio embracing low-end shopping and clothes recycling.

I have mad respect for Macklemore, not only because he is rocking those batman pajamas in the video, but because he raps about important, inspiration topics in his other songs, like his addiction problems and consumerism.

As to why I would be a perfect date for Macklemore, it's because the evening gown I'm wearing in these pictures came from a store whose name starts with "Good" and ends in "will". In light of the Oscars on Sunday, I wanted to style this gown as though it was going to walk the red carpet. I like to imagine that someone was donating their mother's old clothing and accidentally tossed out this gem. What kind of event did the previous owner wear this dress to? What was the owner like? I love vintage items because they always come with a story, and I wish I could hear about all the places they've been!

By the way, do you remember when Alexander McQueen's skull clutches were all the rage?
alexander mcqueen skull clutch

The gold clutch I'm carrying is in a similar style, but without the beautiful detailing in the original. Still, I bet the knuckle protectors on my clutch would serve me well in a bar fight---if I will ever need to knock anyone out at a fancy awards show, that is!

This photoshoot is the surprise that I promised all of you on Wednesday, so I hope it lived up to your expectations---I certainly enjoyed the challenge of photographing a thrift shop dress so that it looked like a new evening gown. Let me know in the comments if you want more posts like this one!

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Best and Worst Valentine's Presents

January is over, and you know what that means: every store you visit will be overflowing with hearts and candies. Plus, those teddy bears with lifeless, glassy eyes that are just waiting for someone to end their suffering.

valentine's heart covered teddy bear
Kill me.

If you are single, Valentine's Day is an awkward reminder that you are one year closer to adopting a basketful of cats. However, as anyone in a relationship will tell you, it's no fun figuring out what to get your significant other for Valentine's day. That's why I've decided to make it easier for everyone: behold, the worst and best valentine's gift ideas, for you or someone else:

The Worst Valentine's Day Gifts

#1: Chocolate Candles

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Look at these scrumptious, dark chocolate truffle cupcakes, covered with drizzle and full of red velvet cake goodness----wait, you can't eat them? They're just candles? Screw this.

#2: Heart Gelatin Mold
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Har har, here's my heart. On a plate. Made of Jell-o. What do you mean, you lost your appetite? It's anatomically correct!

By the way, notice that you only get the Jell-o mold when you buy this gift. Which means you aren't even buying an edible present. You just get half of a biology student's plastic organ set.

#3: Puzzle Valentine

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Worst-case scenario: You present him with this puzzle first-thing in the morning and force him to piece it together right away, because your Valentine's message is buried somewhere in the puzzle pieces. He spends the next hour on the floor---struggling to remember his first-grade motor skills---while still in his pajamas, with his stomach growling.

Best-case scenario: He looks at the box and sees that there are 100+ pieces standing between him and breakfast. He thanks you for the present and hugs you, distracting you from the fact that he has discreetly tossed your gift in the corner with the gym socks.

The Best Valentine's Gift Ideas

#1: Toast Messenger

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This nifty little invention lets you write a message on your toast. Just use the pen and scribble away on the top of the lid, and the toaster will burn that message onto your bread! Valentine's Day breakfast suddenly got a lot cuter and more personalized.

Bonus: Once Valentine's Day is over, draw your ex's face onto your toast AND CHEW THAT TOAST UP.

#2: Dictator Valentine's Cards

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Offensive? Of course. But to a comrade with the same political/satirical views as you, it's a goldmine of historical references.

#3: Chocolate Fondue Fountain

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On a budget? No problem. At only $35, this chocolate fondue fountain is the investment gift to beat all Valentine's gift ideas: just be sure that your valentine isn't going to be jealous of the fact that you will be  spending more time guzzling down chocolate than watching a romantic movie.

If you are asking yourself, "Will I have an occasion to use this fountain in the future?", the answer is yes. It is a fountain that spouts pure chocolate. You can make up an occasion to utilize it.

And there you have it, folks, my picks for the Valentine's season! If you actually buy any of these products, let me know how it goes!

Note: Brittney does not assume any liability for the damage caused to you or your property upon gifting the items above; casualties not limited to getting thrown out of the house, yelled at, or broken up with. Although if any good things (i.e. hugs or kisses) occur as a result of your gift choice, Brittney will gladly take full responsibility.