Mark my words I might be something, someday.

Z!nkFashionBWshot©PatrickMcCue2009

Z!nkMagazineTiltColor©PatrickMcCue2009

It’s been a while since I last did a photoshoot with one of the students in OU’s VisComm school. Patrick McCue, the photographer for this shoot, hit me up on Facebook one day and asked if I’d be interested in taking part in what turned out to be a really fun project. While he contributed his immaculate photography skills and direction, I brushed the dust off my artistic eyes and had some fun with wardrobe and make-up.

The shoot was for one of his classes, and the assignment was to duplicate the style/shoot of a magazine and create a cover and one of the pages of the magazine with the photos from the shoot. He chose Z!nk Magazine, a NYC style magazine that merges street smart style with high fashion. So we went for t-shirts, relaxed outfits, and tights galore. We tried to incorporate a lot of movement and attitude, and I think we’ve succeeded to capture that and the youthful radiance that the Z!nk shoot encompasses.

You can check out more of Pat’s work here.

Photo one: Old Navy ruffle sleeve long tank, byCorpus by Corpus sleeveless button-up, tights and hand-me-down belt
Photo two: Converge t-shirt with collar cut off, thrifted gold-painted bracelet, American Apparel tights, *not shown* Vince Camuto Karl oxford booties.

Make-up: MAC Hello Kitty collection (lipstick, eyeshadow) & studio concealer, Covergirl exact liner and Lashblash mascara

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Let’s Wang Chung Tonight!

Photo provided by Elle.com

Photo provided by Elle.com

The long-anticipated Alexander Wang spring 2010 boasted positive praises from just about everyone in the fashion industry.

Even bad girls can sport high-end because of him, including these double-zipper lace-up bootie. I’m POSITIVE these are going to sell out once it reaches the public markets and I’m equally positive that it’ll be one of the first picks for editorial shoots by many fashion publications. Personally I would love a pair – almost enough to sacrifice a month’s worth of going out and spontaneous spending in exchange for them.

Source: Elle.com

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Project Runway in Retrospect

Photo take from Realitytvworld.com

Photo take from Realitytvworld.com

On the patio of a modest house located in Athens, OH, I had a tête-à-tête with the lovely Angela Keslar. You may recognize that name from season 3 of “Project Runway” as she was a contestant who got booted towards the end of the season. PR fans may also remember her especially from the conflicting relationship with the season’s winner Jeffrey Sebelia, duly exposed in the episode where each contestant had to doll up the mother of his or her competitor.

On the other hand, she’s also a small town girl who lived just miles away from my humble abode. She encompasses a small town girl with a love for the big city,  yet no sharp identity to either juxtapositions.

No signs of distress and agitation marked her face; in fact she was glowing like the white sands of Clearwater, Florida. Looking simple yet striking in a cotton tee and jeans, Angela and I had a pleasant conversation over a glass of raw cranberry juice just days before her appearance for a style contest at Ohio University – which I had to write about the following night. I closed the interview with a question that apparently no one has bothered to ask, “When you did your first challenge, did you feel that you were completely over your head?”

The answer: just about everything that falls under the latter description. Here’s an exclusive scoop that the cameras were unable to glean:

That’s a good question – no one has ever asked me that. On the very first challenge, I was blank. Actually on the DVD they just put out in extended footage, they actually had me saying this: “I was like, ‘I forget how to sew!!’” I was completely blank. I was thinking,“God, please don’t let me get kicked off. PLEASE do not let me get kicked off of the first challenge.” I had no idea how I was going to get through this. And I mean up until the last, I would say, four or five hours, I had NO idea what I was going to do the whole entire day. I was playing around, fluxing around, while everyone was sewing, draping, etc. I just felt like at a complete lost. It was like a deer caught in headlines.

After that first challenge, the block disappeared and everything I knew clicked back in. But that was such an interesting sensation to feel so disconnected and unfamiliar to something I loved so much, but it was about being shocked. They flew us to NY, they put us in the Atlas apartment – you’re in this completely new environment, being filmed nonetheless. One day your life is like this, and the next thing you’re like this. It took me a couple days to get into the groove.

I remember when I threw together the leather skirt for the first challenge, I didn’t know how to put zippers in so I was screaming, “Oh my God, I don’t know how to do this!” And my friend was like, “Well first of all, use hot glue gun to do the seams and then just pin it. And I was like, “What?!” He was like, “Trust me the judges aren’t going to see through.” There was a lot of safety pinning going on, a lot of glue gunning. You weren’t selling these stuff in stores… well eventually it did get auctioned off. But the judges don’t really question this unless it’s obvious. Now if they could tell, you could get kicked off depending on their mood, or get ratted out. What did we call it? Being “Lambasted,” for sure.

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‘i-D’ me, Mr. Bouncer



I’m loving this. Four breakthrough models on the cover of Britain’s sweetest magazine. It looks like they’re meshing the ferocity of Grace Jones with the femme fetale edge of Rob Palmer’s ladies in the “Addicted to Love” video.

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Lovin’ my: thrift store finds

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Assorted bangles, Anne Klien gold and black belt, leopard belt, chain necklace, Cole Haan boots and Cassis bondage flats = $6.14 y’all.

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Chic remedy: good finds at the thrift store

C'est parfait!

C'est parfait

The shoes shown through the “fantastic” lens of my Toshiba laptop’s webcam were purchased for a mere $1.25 at a local thrift store. I can’t believe ANYONE would want to chuck these beauties but whatever, I’m a proud owner and I couldn’t be happier. Like any good thrift find it’ll need some gentle cleaning. I also found a pair of Cole Haan knee-length boots and some fantastic 80s era chain jewelry. Who knew that a thrift store in a middle-of-nowhere college town  would house some fashionable pieces?

Living in Athens for almost my whole life has influenced my bittersweet attitude towards the return of OU students for the ’09-’10 school year. Granted, I am a student myself, but the drunk hollars and sudden human infestation on the streets mean that summer is officially over and that in t-minus six days I will be a junior college student trying to survive the daily grind. Junior year also means I need to tighten my boots and focus on what’s beyond college: internships, interview preps, networking, etc. But what I’m truly excited about – and on the positive flip side – is the opportunity to be a fashion/beauty writer for SpeakeasyMag.com. I’ll post preview articles on this blog for my readers to check out.

Stay fabulous and rebellious, my friends.

Disregard my 1:30 a.m.  jammies attire and the two-days-without-a-shower look.

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Leather skin, poof du jour, making me go *whistle*

Source: NYMag.com

Source: NYMag.com

The haus of Gaga has taken over the cover and spreads of V magazine’s September issue and what better way to celebrate than marvel over the fantastic plastic goggles you can rip off and stick to your face for an euphoric night out!

The twin across the Pacific, the Yamamba girl.

The twin across the Pacific, the Yamamba girl.

Other than that clever perk to this well-awaited issue, the additional factor that had my eyeballs turning backwards and scooting through my mind is the wonder of what influenced the cover shoot and the spread. The decadent, frills-infested Studio 54 era is one idea; mixing that with the skin-sighted tendencies of Yamamba (or Ganguro) girls in the Shibuya district of Tokyo seems to sum up my guess perfectly with a twist of a bow.

Jokes aside, the spread for this issue has showcased a more tamer, not-so-heart-wrenching outfit choices for one to thumb through — well, except for the groomed poodle inspiration on this one, but for a magazine spread and the sake of art I’ll accept. I’ll just cross my lucky stars for fear of it transferring to the streets of Milan. Knowing Gaga, she’ll most likely prove me wrong.

This issue hits newsstands September 1st.

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