This blog post comes to you straight from….Amish Country! Not exactly the capital of the fashion world (by any means) but I’m spending my Thanksgiving break away for the hub-bub of St. Louis and in the heart of Ohio with relatives. I don’t know how long this “borrowed” internet connection will hold out but I so wanted to update about last weekend.
It was another busy one! My work-weekend really started on Friday. I missed my CAD class to model at the Creve Coeur Camera Expo on Friday afternoon. I’m with a small local agency in St. Louis that hooked me up with the gig. I had the pleasure to assist an internationally-renowned photographer, David Guy Maynard, with a free class he hosted. I have to say, the logistics of photography was mostly lost on me. Photography is something I haven’t caught an interest in yet. The idea of capturing your own, beautiful images is intriguing but the costly equipment and complexity of so many electronic devices has scared me of so far. Seems like something I might delve into one day when A. I have money and B. I have time. Ha! Both are not in my immediate future.
Saturday morning started bright and early around 8:30 am with another shoot with Elizabeth Wiseman and company. Attached are some preliminary images. More to come. Ashley was a bombshell! But the look was Juniors, due to her age, so we played down her innate Victoria Secret Angel look. The shoot went great, albeit a few chilly moments for a couple city-sleek pics.
Saturday afternoon I modeled again for Maynard after the early shoot. And oh yeah, it was my anniversary weekend too! Matt, my husband, successfully surprised me for the first time ever! I’m usually pretty good at figuring out what he’s up to. And I don’t even try to find out stuff, it just happens : / So I got all fancied up and went out that night. After a scary little drive up towards North St. Louis (I’m pretty sure we saw a drug deal or two) we finally stopped at the Bissell Mansion for a fun and interactive, murder mystery dinner. The play was “It’s a Wonderful Death” and it was a great 1 year celebration!
Then on Sunday I had the opportunity to secret shop. Secret shopping is basically doing just that-secretly shopping at a store and reporting back to an agency about your experience. It wasn’t the first time for me but it was my first time to secret shop a movie theater. I highly recommend secret shopping! What is better than seeing a movie with a friend for free (after reimbursement for 2 tickets) and then getting paid an additional small fee on on top of it?!
Answer: Not much.
I’m a believer that the best things in life are cheap or free. So, I enjoyed a free afternoon Twilight showing with a good friend while Matt was working at SLU, where he is a PhD candidate. When he got home we celebrated our true anniversary (11/20/10) and popped some champagne and thawed our anniversary tier from our wedding cake. The cake was surprisingly delicious, maybe better than the first time we ate it! I have to recommend Gwenn with Exquisite Cakes in St. Louis.
Thanks for taking the time to read. I want to put up some more pictures later, including an interesting outfit I wore to Bissel and maybe some celebratory pics from the anniversary.