Unmentionables, a brand based on the South Coast UK, has an undeniable bohemian feel, with interesting twists and details added to your typical vintage styles. I think my favourite part – and what initially drew me into this brand – is the floral appliques adorning bralettes and knickers. I could see some gals sporting these at something like Coachella, especially the fringed halter crop. They are clearly pieces mean’t for show and not so much practical everyday wear, but I think that’s the fun of intimates. There is so much to find for all sides of yourself – the practical and the frivolous, the sexy and the sweet, the naughty and the nice. I think Unmentionables has most of these covered.
I quite often get compared to the women in Pre-Raphaelite paintings, solely based on the fact that I have long red hair and pale skin (I’ll take it though!). So it only felt like a natural and fun challenge to really and truly try to emulate the beautiful women from those paintings. This actually ended up being extremely enjoyable for me. When I was a teenager, I absolutely loved makeup ( I still do) – I’d try out different styles, colours, you name it – the crazier the better. But as I got older I fell into a routine with my makeup, and rarely change it up, so it was fun for me to look at images from Brotherhood’s art and recreate the hair and makeup.
The wavy, crimpy red hair is probably the most discernible feature of the Pre-Raphaelite look. To achieve the waves I used my hair straightener. I sectioned my hair with an elastic, working from the bottom of my head to the top to ensure I get all the hair as wavy as possible. Take a section from your hair and using you straightener, clamp it near your scalp and turn the straightener towards your head and hold for a few seconds, then pull the straightener down the hair ever so slightly and this time turn the straightener away from your head. Your hand should be doing a sort of rocking motion that is folding the hair under itself and over itself. Repeat this all the way down, until all of your hair is done and wavy baby. Also, to keep the look as authentic as possible I center parted and crimped my fringe since most of the girls from the paintings do not have a fringe.
The Pre-Raphaelite look is a pale one, with glowing skin and slightly dark, sunken eyes with a rosey-red lip. I used this image as my guide. To create this look I did my normal bb cream/concealer/pressed powder routine, and instead of adding blush, I used a light shimmery cream shadow on my cheek bones with my finger in a dabbing motion. For my brows, I tried to make them a bit thinner than usual (although maybe not successful) – I use an angle brush and shadow for my brows and a pencil to sharpen them. For the eyes, I used a mix of a neutral flesh tone shadow and a white shadow on my lid to create a light, glowing base. To create the sunken look I used a mix of brown shadow and blush pink shadow and blended around my top the lid and under my bottom lid, creating a sickly, but striking look. I finished off the eyes with my angle brush and black shadow along the top lid, creating a faint eyeliner. For the lips I used my favourite red “So Chaud” by Mac, although a little less tomato red and more rosey red colour would feel more authentic, but we work with what we got.
One of my favourite things to do is browse Etsy and other online vintage shops for vintage hats. I very rarely actually buy said hats because they just feel out of my price range (it’s way smarter to buy a lot on ebay – more bang for your buck and you can sometimes come away with gems), but looking does no harm, and if I do ever feel like I can’t live without a hat I come across – even if it feels a bit pricey – I’ll buy it because some things are just that special.
Since the warmer months are now upon us, I thought it would be fun to share some of the hats/fascinators I have been eyeing of late that feel oh so perfect for the season – florals, bright hues, straw, airy pastel tones…all things that feel quintessentially Spring/Summer to me.
It seems insane to me that until this shoot I had never taken pictures with Kristen for this blog. I mean, it sort of makes sense since I started this blog after she left Toronto for Montreal, but she’s such an important part of my life, it’s crazy it took me so long to get my act (and tripod) together for a bff shoot (plus Didi!) while in the same city.
These photos are so telling of our friendship – it’s just constant laughter and absurdity. It also worked out perfectly (maybe some would argue not) that the wind was so insane this day. I think it really added to the sillyness of this shoot and our priceless facial expressions while our hair was being blown in every direction.
As for our styles, they are pretty different (unlike our personalities). I think at one point we dressed fairly similar (Kristen’s boyfriend definitely used to mix us up from behind), but my style took a more definite vintage girly turn, while Kristen’s went more 90s grunge queen. Pretty polar opposite styles which I think look really fun when put together, kind of like night and day.
Blouse: thrifted vintage
Skirt: vintage via Public Butter
Shoes: Sylvie and Shimmy
Jacket & belt: vintage via Public Butter
I found Jenee Larson’s artwork through instagram quite a long while ago and was instantly taken by it. The first thing that struck me was her adorable little illustrations of toy poodles. If you have been reading this blog for a long while, then you know how much I love little fluffy dogs, so someone drawing them as adorable pink cutie pies is right up my alley. But once I started to browse her works, I found I loved so much about it- colourful, feminine, painfully cute, dark humoured, vintage-inspired, sexually suggestive – a mix of so many wonderful things, it’s hard not to fall head over heels. Now the difficult task of deciding which prints I would love to have for my own.
Here is part 2 of my Montreal photo diary! The photo above has reminded me that I want to eat fresh baked treats more often. Sitting with Kristen at Rustique, relaxing, sipping coffees and eating those delicious sweets was a real pleasure, and something I never think to do here in Toronto. So, noted! Cafe chill times is a must for me.
It seems as though I pulled out my iPhone far more than my DSLR on this trip, mostly out of convenience, but also because I didn’t want to be the gal constantly pulling out my big camera and taking time to get a perfect photo everywhere we went. Most of my Toronto friends know I try to document as much as possible with my DSLR when I’m out and about, but when you only get to see your best friend a few times a year, focusing so much energy on what would be good content for the blog seems insignificant, so my iPhone felt like the more reasonable option. I guess it really doesn’t matter, but I feel like I have read something similar on other’s blogs, that iPhones feel way more convenient when you are running about town, but still want to document the day.
What do you guys think? Do iPhones (or any other smart phone) seem like a legitimate photographic tool. Or are we just succumbing to the fast paced nature of our society?
I had such a busy, wonderful time in Montreal. It seems each time I visit I have a different experience that suits all aspects of myself. I’ve had some of my most memorable moments whilst in Montreal – making new friends, letting loose and staying up way past my bedtime because there is too much fun to be had. This time around it was a bit more laid back and relaxed, which is just as well because I wasn’t only there for pleasure (dancing is an exhausting thing, guys). Getting to spend an entire week with Kristen was the best. Going from living with someone and seeing them each and everyday to seeing them only a few times a year is a big bummer, especially when it’s someone as awesome as Kristen. As cheese as it sounds, whenever I spend time with her I feel like the best version of myself. I wish I could take a piece of her with me back to Toronto (okay okay, enough of the sappy sap).