1st (and hopefully not last) Men’s Styling Attempt

Dear Long Lost Blog! You are not very long, and you are not lost-errrr, any longer! I am returning to you after a long winter’s sleep. Actually, winter vacay is done and I’m  essentially a wayward woman to returning to her first love. Bwahahaha. Not much material to keep you few readers interested due to school break, holidays, and a cruise  trip. But I’ve been working very hard to change that! What I wanted to post about today was some styling that I’m doing with a local, up-and-coming photographer/genius Constantiono Schillebeeckx (Website: http://www.photocs.net/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Constantino-Schillebeeckx-Photography/121881317862617). Check him out. Lent a master’s studio in the Central West End (http://www.johnfedele.com), Constantino is looking to boost up his portfolio and technical skills with some fashion-forward edginess.

So I came over to style a test-shoot with West Model, François. Fran (for short) is a super cool waiter-turned-model who is majoring in Agriculture. Who knew? Check him out below…I incorporated lots of G-Star items to create very Euro-centric looks, per Constantino’s request. Maybe too stylized or a Midwest model’s portfolio, but definitely some “out-of-the-Missouri-box” images. Love. Hope you will too. Comments always appreciated!

I think my favorite ensemble is the denim.  So in right now *snooty fashion voice*. And see those shorts? Yeah, they were started as pants that day. Ended up cutting and taping them on set! Worked with what we had! Haha.

Hoping to post again soon!

Presenting: Eva

More stylying! Phew, I’ve been busy with it! I’ve graduated from toting my things in a laundry hamper and show boxes to a full-blown suitcase. The wheels are worth it! This past Friday Elizabeth Wiseman had a full day-long shoot for 2 new finds from Centro Models-St. Louis. I had time in the afternoon to work with one of girls, Eva. It was a full portfolio shoot, meaning she had several different looks. Everything from natural to beauty to edgy was shot. It’s essential to have a variety of looks in a models portfolio. If you’re a model you want to book as many gigs as you can so it’s beneficial to you to fit in multiple fashion categories. Eva was such a natural! Her agent was hoping that with these pictures she might book something with Abercrombie & Fitch over this December or January. I have no doubt that she will! Half of these photos she had zero makeup on. Zero! Crrrrazy beautiful. Thanks to Elizabeth and her assistant, Matt, for the stunning pictures! I love playing dress-up with you!

Better Late Than Never

Oh you poor, little blog! I haven’t seen you in so long. Forgive me!

Ok, so I promised more photos. I definitely believe in the impact of the visual. That’s why I love that I have more pictures than words on my posts. I recognize the interest in sites like Pintrest and I hope my blog acts kind of like an ode to that. Except I want to offer all my readers/viewers some content as well as images. Let me know what content you are interested in and I’ll write about it. Inspire me and I will dedicate a post to you!

Below are some additional photos of two gorgeous models from West Talent: Ashley and Abby. Both girls were so wonderful, so young, and SO talented! And may I include another shout-out to Elizabeth Wiseman Photography (http://wisemanphoto.com/), Emily Miller for Abby only(http://www.delicatelybold.com/), and Lei for Ashley only with Mac Cosmetics-Chesterfield?! Thank you for letting me be a small part of these wonderful photographs!

Love to all,
Elizabeth

P.S. Fashion images for me are like candy. So don’t get a cavity with the latest upload!

Last Weekend, Destination: Fashion

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.

Thursday 11/10-A Blog is Born!

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G’morning world! Errr….or the one person reading this.

Today is going to be a busy day! I’m up early (yes, 9:30 is early for this girl). I’ve got a lot going on that I want to let you all know about. This morning I’m styling a photo shoot with the oh-so-talented St. Louis-area headshot photographer, Elizabeth Wiseman. Elizabeth times 2 today! Two Elizabeths are better than one, no? Not sure who the model is yet, but Elizabeth almost exclusively works with agency signed girls. So I’m assuming someone from West or Centro.

Got some inspiration pics from her early in the week and the tone seems to be fun,Editorial Juniors. Think Teen Vogue. I’m envisioning a lot of color blocking perhaps. Spent a couple hours last night going through my closet of goodies (as well as some borrowed pieces from my model-sized sister,). I threw in a little bit of everything into the to-go laundry basket, including sparkleys, patterns, high-fashion labels (Prada sweater my mom found w/ tags at a garage sale), low-fashion labels (aka stuff I found at Goodwill yesterday). Some items I had to alter a tad last night. So yeah, the bedroom is disaster but this shoot is going to be great!

This is actually only the second shoot working with Eliz W. My schedule is so busy with school and marketing work and normal life that it’s been a couple months since the last shoot together. The first shoot was a portfolio session with Amanda from Centro. From what I understood, she’s a college Fresh-y from the Midwest hoping to make it in a bigger market (NYC?LA?). We styled her in a cornucopia of looks and below are pics from that first shoot:

 

Elizabeth Wiseman’s photography including my wardrobe styling work and Emily Miller of Delicately Bold’s makeup artistry. Cred to those talented ladies! Heck of a collaboration!