Autumn Attire

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Fall is here and Plaid is back folks, and better than ever! With the weather cooling down, and the leaves changing colors, it’s time to talk fall. This year, Clean lines, free flowing tops, and black chelsea boots are a great foundation so you can layer on those accessories.  Fall is all about layers, layers and more layers. Grab you’re favorite dark colored pieces and layer with some light neutrals and you will be on par with the current fall trends.

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Ox blood, mustard, emerald green, and deep earth tones are in this time of year, along with taupe, and white to keep the mood light and fresh.

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Fall this year is about taking it back to the basics, with clean lines, simple silhouettes mixed in with statement, patterned pieces.

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To get Jhow’s look: Boots Urban Outfitters / Pants Free People/ Tee Urban Outfitters / Necklace Free People/ Hat Free People/ Sunglasses Free People/

Photos by the ever fabulous Curtis Mason.

 

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He’s So Fancy: Curtis

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Meet Curtis. My best friend.

Here are some fun facts about him:

1. Curtis has a strong hatred for cats, to the point where sometimes I believe he’s afraid of them…and I like to make fun of him for it. (Even though, I myself, am not a fan of cats but, he doesn’t need to know that.)

2.  He is a man, who owns his very own Tardis. Honest.

3.  He loves a good independent film, no matter universally terrible independent film endings are. ( I highly suggest After the Dark. That is our favorite).

Curtis and I live in the same hometown and now go to the same college. He has been my companion for about three years now and actually, we first met at my senior prom (insert Awwwww).  His style is almost as killer as his heart. And let’s face it, the camera loves him.

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Curtis loves bold patterns and man accessories, which I am a personally a huge fan of. He shows off his style in a tribal button up, gray pants, combat oxford boots paired with a pocket-watch necklace, ring, bracelets and a corduroy cap.

To see more of Curtis find him on Instagram here

Check out his band, called twisted vibes. (He’s the lead singer) They have an ep out! Find out all about them here

To get the Curtis look raid your nearest thrift shop or vintage shop.  Also check out these fine retailers ASOS, PacSun, and Urbanoutfitter.

Lastly, this note is for you Curtis. Thanks for being my sunshine on cloudy days. Sometimes I make my own clouds and you make them go away despite my sass. Thanks for being my best friend and model. I love you dear.

Flashback Friday: Insane Asylum

One of my favorite places to take picture is an abandon state school in my hometown (state school is a humane term for insane asylum). Rumors have been more or less confirmed that this place was shut down in the 80’s for suspicious detainee deaths. Since its closed this building has been abandoned. Its eerie decay and old style architecture sparks my interest and inspiration.  I am incredibly blessed to have willing participants for these shoots, and such great backdrops minutes away from my home. I have done several shoots at this site, so here’s a throwback to the first time I discovered it last summer (back when Annie still had her pixie).  It is for sure on of the sites I will miss now that I have relocated.

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Thanks Curtis and Annie for being my faithful companions and putting up with so many photo shoots. Thanks for dressing nice and working with me! I love you all. Look out for some amazing shoots this year in my new location of Philadelphia! Many photo shoots to come!

 

 

Flower Crown

A few weeks back I order the most adorable crown from the Flower Crown Society. check out their Etsy here. They have the most adorable so I decided to show it off.

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I added my flower crown to a plain black hat, and paired it with one of my favorite dresses and a pair of chunky heels. This outfit is perfect for a concert, garden party or sunday brunch.

To get Jhow’s look: Check out the Flower Crown society, Free People and ASOS for similar pieces.

*** Photos taken by the ever talent Annie

 

 

 

 

 

With Glittering Eyes

” And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”

-Roald Dahl

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy, so I have been searching the archives for some of my favorite throwback shoots to show you all. This photo shoot was part of a motion study for my photography class two semesters ago. This is one of my favorite shoots of all time because the results came out different than I intended, and well I spent a few hours throwing glitter at my sister (what could be more fun?) This project I believe was the launching point of this blog. It got me focused on the beautiful reality we live in and shifted goals on entering the fashion industry. The fashion industry can reveal the beauty in everyone no matter what size, shape, or in this case age you are. Fashion can be used a tool to boost confidence and narrow the gap between women by breaking down competitive walls. Fashion can only do this if its focused is shifted because right now the industry sometimes is doing quite the opposite. The world needs more magic, or maybe a few more people watching the world with glittering eyes.

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Land of the Free

Now, I am usually not the type to jump on holiday ware, or the over eccentric holiday enthusiast but I was listening to the radio on my way to work one morning and the radio announcers were explaining a study recently conducted. The results of this study showed that approximately 1 in 4 Americas don’t know why we celebrate the 4th of July. And 1 in 4 of the people who do know, cannot tell you what country we received independence from. This saddens me. To be honest, I took a citizenship  test in participation in government class just to see if i’d pass…and well let’s just say I’m glad I was born here. History is not my thing. But the 4th of July is at the core of our countries foundation. How can 25% of the country not know what happened on that day?

So I decided this fourth of July to grab my sisters, and some flags and really celebrate our freedom. To spend some time not only goofing off in the field but really remembering the people who still fight everyday to keep our freedom. So thank you to those who are serving and continue to serve.

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To get looks similar to our 4th gear check out Free People and Urban Outfitters

 

She’s so Fancy: Throwback

I am dreaming of some cold weather right about now so I searched the archives for some winter weather style pictures.  Yes, I dragged my cousin and sister out into the woods but the results I think were worth the risk of frost bite.

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Now I’m not saying I’m ready for snow already however, I do miss going outside without sweating. And jackets….I miss jackets!!!!

Thanks to Emily and Annie for putting up with my crazy ideas.

The best way to achieve these looks are LAYERS! Layers, layers and more layers. Something that is not needed in upstate New York right now but definitely a trend I am currently missing.  Tie a flannel around your waist grab your favorite bomber and this look is yours. Its never too early to start searching for good transition pieces from warm to chilly weather.