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!

 

 

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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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DIY: Dream Catchers

The past few months I have been on a dream catcher spree. Making them left and right simply because they’re pretty…They are all over my room as you can see:

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This week I decided to make yet another dream catcher, using the naturally dyed fabric I did a tutorial on a few weeks ago. The results looked like this:

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So here’s how to make your own dream catcher!!!!!!

Here’s what you’ll be needing:

Supplies

-1/2 of an embroidery hoop. (each hoop can make two)

-Any color Fabric strips. (In my case I used my beet dyed muslin)

-Feathers (bought or found)

-Yarn (any color)

-An assortment of beads

 

Phase one: Covering the embroidery hoop.

1. Take a piece of your fabric and tie it to the embroidery hoop

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2. Wrap the fabric tightly around the hoop until you have cover its entirety.

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3. Secure the end with a knot and tuck it under the fabric so it remains unseen

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Phase two: The inside

1. Take a long piece on yarn, about the length of your wingspan, and tie one end to the hoop

2. Cross the yarn to the outside edge

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3. loop the yarn around the back of the hoop and cross in front of the yarn. This is your basic knot for each stitch

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4. Continue the stitches around the remainder of the hoop. (The closer together the stitches the more elaborate the design)

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4. Once you have completed the first row make a stitch onto the second row. You can do this by looping the middle of one of your first stitches. That brings the yarn inside.

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5. Continue making stitches until you have reached the center of the dream catcher. Then you will tie a regular know to secure it in place

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Phase three : (And my favorite part) The Fringe

1. Take the strips of fabric and cut them into various lengths.

2. Secure them onto the bottom of the dream catcher

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The amount of fringe is up to you, I say the more the merrier!

After your dream catcher should look like this:

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It still looks a little empty so

3. Take the leftover yarn and cut it into various lengths.

4.Tie the feathers onto one end of the yarn

5. Add beads if you wish

The final product can look like this!

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Or one of these

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All of these were done with the same tutorial. With slightly different fringe, and hoop sizes.

Let me know if this helps and post your dreamcatchers in the comments so I can see what you all are making!!!!

 

 

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.

 

Not So Plain Tee

Tees are essential to any girls wardrobe however, I find my self lacking in the “plain tee” department. Why do plain tees have to be so well, plain? New silhouettes spice up the notion of “the plain tee” and still give your statement pieces their time to shine. I am personal fan of these three boho cut tops.

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Pair this top with a tight fitting skirt and some statement booties for a night out on the town. This look is perfect for evening and to think you’re still wearing a tee shirt.

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Put this tee over a dress for a casual summer day of errands or outing with the gals. The high-low compliments the dress perfectly for those cooler days summer when you need those shoulders covered.

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Throw on your favorite flowing top paired with floral shorts and a flower crown for the perfect festival look. Comfortable fabrics in longing flowing layers are perfect for concert hopping. Honestly, it’s like you are wearing your jammies.

 

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None of these looks would be complete without a necklace (or two). Add some jewels and the new plain tees are set for any occasion.

To get the night look: Top Free People/ Skirt Forever 21/ Necklaces, Thrift shop find/ Shoes Free People

To get the day look: Top Free People/ Dress Free People/ Necklace Thrift shop find/ Sandals Urban Outfitters

To get the festival look: Top Free People/ Shorts Free People/ Flower crown icing/ necklaces grandmas jewelry box/ shoes marshals.

* Photocred to Annie Howell

 

She’s so Fancy (Photographer Edition): Molly

My mom’s friend Molly a few months ago did a photo session with my sister and I for a project she titled Made to be Free. You can find the full gallery here

Here is my personal favorite from this series.

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She has such an eye for expressing a person’s natural, God-given beauty and of course all she has a keen eye for fashion as well.

Molly is a beauty and here are some interesting facts about her:

1. Her dog has been to the vet more times than any other dog. Included but not limited to the time her eat a bag of expresso beans.

2. She works at a pregnancy center serving pregnant women. She’s a star!

3. She always seems to find the BEST thrift and consignment deals. Her talent is unrivaled, hands down. Needless to say I need to take her with me thrifting because I am not so lucky in that department.

Molly came up for a business trip to good ‘ole upstate New York and we made time to fit in a little photo session in my back yard. Here is some of her best shots.

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Molly’s entire philosophy surrounding her series was to live in the freedom we have been given, and to embrace all forms of beauty. In the end that’s what  Proprium Floris is all about. Embracing and expressing many forms of beauty, no matter what size, shape, height, color, complexion. This type of freedom currently isn’t embraced by the fashion industry so I want to encourage the broadening of the industry to include more types of beauties. Everyone is free to be beautiful and fashion is not just for models.

To find Molly and her work check her out on Facebook and her Website

To get inspired see Molly’s inspiration Pinterest board for her Made to be Free Project

To get Annie’s look check out The Gap

To get Jhow’s look check out Free People here’s a dress similar to mine ( check this out)