Sweet Like Deadly Nightshade

Fun fact: When I was growing up, my father had major aspirations of my brother and I becoming child models. Every so often he would put up a white bedsheet on one of the walls in the living room, get some props and outfits together and we’d have our own photoshoot sessions right at home. I still have the albums full of the photos including the professional ones that he had done to send to modeling agencies. Neither my brother or I ever got a modeling contract as kids (Not for lack of trying, I mean we were adorable but I guess that wasn’t enough, hahaha) but at the very least we have the memories.

At the start of quarantine last year, my brother was actually the first one to point out that I could not use the pandemic as an excuse for not continuing to take photos and create content. According to him, I’ve been “trained for in-house photoshoots” and now I even have more space to work with than we did growing up. I initially disagreed because working in one space can be pretty limiting, but in time I took up the challenge, working around issues with lightening (my apartment is intentionally dark in certain spaces) and even did some much needed furniture/decor shopping which I had put off for the last 2 years.

I’ve done quite a bit of shooting at home as a result, some of which I haven’t shared yet, but I wanted to try my hand at something “different” for this new year. So armed with my trusty tripod, selfie light, new make up, new bedding and a lux velvet set I bought as a Christmas gift to myself, I figured it was time to try something way, way outside of my comfort zone – my own boudoir shoot. Continue reading

Perfect Diary Cardcaptor Sakura Makeup Collection Review

Along with Sailor Moon, I’m also a huge fan of the Japanese shōjo manga series, Cardcaptor Sakura. I was first introduced to the series via the English dub anime that once aired on the WB Kids animation block back in the late 90’s and got into the manga very soon after. For those of you who may either be to young to know about this series or may have just never heard about it, the story follows an elementary school student who accidentally sets the magical Clow Cards loose into the world and she must use magic to retrieve the cards to prevent catastrophe.

The show was quite popular back then, releasing 3 seasons, 2 movies, 3 specials and 12 volumes of manga from 1998 to 2000, though for some reason Sakura isn’t as well known a magical girl icon like Serena/Usagi from Sailor Moon today, at least not in the US. Even so the series remains on my top ten favorite anime list which is why I pounced once I heard about the limited edition Cardcaptor Sakura make up collection by Perfect Diary.

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Silver and Gold Christmas in the City

As you can tell I love holidays, Halloween and Christmas especially, and I consider myself lucky that I’m able to celebrate in NYC as we tend to go hard here for both. The lights, the decor, the holiday themed food – it all is truly amazing this time of year in NYC.In the past I would spend most of my evenings after work walking around, taking in the holiday sights while doing some my Christmas shopping in stores and in person. This year has been much different, with my holiday prep taking on the form of strictly online shopping as well as cleaning and decorating my apartment. This wasn’t at all as boring as I originally expected as I’ve even managed to do bring in more decor than I ever have which has definitely helped me get out of a depressive stupor.  Continue reading

City Winter Plaid

As the song goes, “these boots were made for walking” and that’s exactly what I decided to do by making the trek into Lower Manhattan this past weekend. Honestly, it felt odd to be back in the city after spending so many months away, but it was a welcome change of scenery, which is pretty ironic since back in January I was complaining to my best friend about how much I hated my winter commute. If there is one thing most of us have learned this year is how much we appreciate even those things that once gave us grief. Anyways, I figured if I’m going to be in the city, I better look like the city girl I am, hence this outfit.

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Pretty Batty For the Holidays

We’ve finally made it to December and that means that the holiday season is truly upon us. Things may be very different this year but I figured that this shouldn’t really stop any of us from stepping out in style to mark the occasion – even if it done with an alternative and spooky twist.
After all, traditionally Christmas calls for some spooky vibes. I mean there is the often ignored Christmas tradition of telling “scary ghost stories” that is even mentioned in a popular carol; though in everyone’s defense, it is glossed over in a blink and you miss it moment in the song. Anyways,  while this tradition is no longer in the mainstream  we do still have some remnants, like “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, which in essence is a ghost story where the protagonist, Ebenezer Scrooge, is literally scared (to death) by ghosts in order to change his selfish ways. Hence, while it may seem a bit it “out there” or even chaotic by some to do so, mixing in spooky aesthetics with the more “holly jolly” festivities isn’t totally off-brand. That said, historical-nerdiness aside, I can’t take much credit in saying that this concept is what fully inspired this outfit as it actually came together because of multiple online purchases being done at about the same time. Continue reading