The grande finale / tour de force of our photoshoot with Christie Pham. Whew! Just putting together this post was exhausting. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to indulge myself with these photos. What an amazing day to partake in living out my childhood dream of dressing up and romping through old towns, forests, cafes and fairs. I finally got to wear the incredible vintage furs that I inherited from Mark’s grandmother – I was told my 3/4 length coat is mink and the fur stole that Liz is wearing is fox. Not sure when I will ever get another chance to dress in such luxuriousness since Hawaii hardly has the climate to get away with it. Thanks to Liz and Aaron for joining in on the fun and to the out-of-this-world talented Christie and her husband Matt for offering this chance.
Here’s to wishing every gal gets to dress up like (their own version of) a princess soon!
vintage furs – inherited from Mark’s grandmother, originally purchased in the 1960′s from Nakamura Fur in Ginza Tokyo, Japan
dress – from Ross
peep toe slingbacks – Marc Fisher from Macy’s
necklace – vintage
headband – jcrew
On Mark: shirt – Ben Sherman, slacks – Kenneth Cole, tie – borrowed from Aaron, Chucks & Tag
On Liz: top, necklaces – Club Monaco, skirt – from Japan, headband – Aldo, shoes – Cole Haan
On Aaron: not sure…
Remember that band The Cardigans? The swedish group that got their fifteen minutes of fame from their song off Leonardo and Claire’s ‘Romeo + Juliet’ soundtrack,”Lovefool”. I admit I was one of the giddy girls who loved that movie and soundtrack tremendously. But, my favorite song by The Cardigans was actually “Carnival” – in reference to the title of this post. I think I even had it play at our wedding. Something about the song was catchy, but it certainly didn’t have the most riveting lyrics by any means. What’s interesting is that rereading the lyrics now, they are actually much darker and have a sadness about them that I hadn’t noticed before.
The same thing can be said about these photos that we took at a real carnival – The 50th State Fair. We were more than happy to be there posing with our wonderful photographer Christie Pham, in fact it was our last stop on our amazing whirl wind photo shoot day. But we couldn’t help but notice an unspoken sadness reverberating throughout the air. The fair itself felt dilapidated and had lost some of it’s luster. The families looked more rundown and their happiness strained. We still had a lot of fun, so maybe we were just reading more into it that we should have. But, it all felt kind of quietly tragic. We were at the fair right at the end so the crowd was thinning a bit. I actually love how the photos seemed to capture the muted tragedy with our expressions and the lack of people. It feels deserted, like our own private playground.
dress – Make Arrangements Dress from modcloth
tights – jcrew
shoes – theory
rose brooch – vintage
strand of pearls – grandmother’s
On Mark: Levi’s 505, Penguin polo, Chuck Taylors, Tag Heuer Carrera watch
I am so so so sooo excited to be able to show off photos from my one year anniversary shoot with the best wedding photographer ever! The lovely and talented Christie Pham (I feel like I always refer to her as that – maybe that should just become her full name – LATCP for short) took these photos of my husband Mark (I think this post may be the first time I’ve used my hubby’s name) and I a couple of weeks ago. We chose fun locations and just went for it – changing clothes, hair and accessories in the car along the way. It was such a fun day and I was also so excited to show off some vintage pieces that I have been hoarding for a while.
Among those vintage pieces was this blue polka dot silk top. It was one of the treasures that belonged to Mark’s grandmother. In it’s original state, it was rather large, but I sewed in the seams and voila! Perfect fit! Also worn for the first time were my $5 vintage, thrifted tiger fur wedge heels. I don’t have any close ups of them, but believe me they are fabulous. You can see detail photos from a previous post here. And finally, another first was this lacquered coral and gold chain that I also thrifted.
I have 3 more looks to go so get ready for a bombardment of photos from this crazy shoot!
blue polka dot silk top – vintage
high-waisted shorts & belt – Forever21
tiger fur wedges – vintage
necklace – thrifted
sunglasses – max mara
On Mark – J.Crew polo and shorts, Chucks, Versace sunglasses, Tag Heuer Carrera watch
Yesterday was a dream come true for me. The hubby and I spent the whole day playing dress up and running around the island taking photos with our favorite photographer, Christie Pham. It was her idea to do a one-year anniversary photo shoot and since we always have so much fun with her and her husband, Matt, we jumped at the opportunity to hang out. We invited some friends and the 6 of us bounced around the island posing and doing frantic wardrobe changes in our cars. It was amazing!
I can’t wait to see Christie’s photos. She is so talented, I know they will be wonderful (hopefully in spite of the post-wedding weight gain for the hubs and I). She will be processing the photos in the next few weeks, but I wanted to show a little sneak preview in the meantime. All of the photos below were taken on my husband’s new iPhone 4. (We have some funny videos as well). BTW, the iPhone 4 is brilliant!
The top photo was taken on my poor iPhone 3GS with an app called “Shake It”. Christie told us about it and it’s great. The app simulates an old polaroid camera complete with the sound effects and wait time. The photo itself is of my little sewing area right on the coffee table. I was rushing to finish altering some of the outfits for the photo shoot right before we met. Glad I woke up at 6am on Sunday to get them done!
Here I am trying to blend into the wall. We were waiting for the actual shoot to take place – our friends were on the other side of the building, thankfully in nice contrasting colors. But, I am already thinking of outfits that will work here for future blog posts.
I was extremely excited to finally wear some of the vintage items that I inherited from the hubby’s grandmother. Among those was this polka dot, silk top (one of the alteration pieces from the morning) and the amazing mink fur coat.
I’ll save the ensemble details for later.