Sunday, April 19, 2015

Easter Sunday

I often will take a series of photos and keep them on my external hard-drive until I have a chance to edit/download/write a post. So a lot of the outfits are a few weeks old. Such is the case here. I took these photos with my tripod on Easter but haven't had a chance to write a post till now. Although there is a slight lag, I really don't think it matters that much since every outfit I make, I'd still wear right now.

This post was fun because it was cloudy and overcast with the chance of thunderstorms approaching the next day. I was really hoping to find a place to photograph, so I pulled over onto a random exit off the freeway on my way home from church, and magically found this little abandoned patch of land with a derelict building?house? with parked tractors and signs scattered around it. I think it all belonged to the farm across the road, but the place was totally open and ripe for exploring. I simply couldn't resist such splendor, but I did try to make my photo session quick.

What I also really enjoyed about this series was that I was really trying to use my tripod in artistic ways, and was setting it up to catch certain viewpoints and angles. Using the tripod still feels like a hit or miss when I use it by myself for my own photos, and it was nice to finally feel a certain mastery with it. Hopefully that will be a continuing trend. 

I love how faded and worn look everything looked, and how my soft yellows and blues really stood out against the pale walls, but also seemed to match the colors around me.

Dat buttery yellow though.

Now that I got the tripod stuff down better, I just need to work on my awkward posing. 
Poser alert!

Cardigan - Target, skirt - thrift store, necklace - thrift store,
shoes - second-hand boutique store, tights - Walmart or Target

<3 The Magpie

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blue Velvet

She wore Blue Velvet
Bluer than velvet was the night
Softer than satin was the light
From the stars

She wore blue velvet
Bluer than velvet were her eyes
Warmer than May her tender sighs
Love was our

Ours a love I held tightly
Feeling the rapture grow
Like a flame burning brightly
But when she left gone was the glow of

Blue Velvet
But in my heart there'll always be
Precious and warm a memory through the years
And I still can see Blue Velvet through my tears

I love the song Blue Velvet, namely the cover sung by Lana Del Rey, and thought it fitting to incorporate into this post. I went on an online shopping spree a few months back, during all the Christmas and Near Year sales, and snatched up this little blue velvet dress I had been eyeing for awhile after it suddenly went on sale. I think it would look great for the holidays, but it was perfect for a week that had been windy and cold. I paired it with black tights, black boots, and a black scarf. The bright blue eyeball earrings seemed to complete the outfit, and I love their weird quirkiness. My hair was still curled from a wedding I had attended a few days before, so I tried to showcase them with a simple black ribbon.

The clouds were incredible that day.

Dress - Modcloth, boots - DSW, earrings - flea market
tights - ?, scarf - Charmin Charlie's, coat - gift, bag - thriftstore

Video of the song inspiration

Full lyric song

<3 The Magpie