National Camera Day

Today is National Camera Day, so I decided to post something a little different because of the day itself and because of my love for all things photography.

Something you may not know about me is that I love Polaroids. The reason I format and edit my photos for this blog in the way that I do is because of my fascination with Polaroid cameras. Sometimes the color is blown out,  contrasty (it’s kind of a word), or muted but that is an artistic choice and completely intentional (I promise).

For those of you who are like-minded, or for those of you who would like to get into Polaroid photography, I wanted to mention a couple of awesome things that you may want to check out.

First is a documentary called, Time Zero. It is about the last year of Polaroid Film and has won several independent accolades and film festival awards. It is available to watch on both iTunes and Netflix. The documentary covers the history of Polaroid, various people’s fascination with Polaroid, and what happens now that Polaroid is virtually extinct.

The second amazing thing I wanted to mention, piggy-backs on the above mentioned documentary. Impossible is a company that picked up where Polaroid left off, and virtually recreated and revived the almost lost art of instant photography. The process of how this all came to be is also covered in the Time Zero documentary. They are the only people in the world that make original format instant film. The film comes in a variety of formats; b&w, color, as well as some very cool collaboration films.

If you have a love for Polaroid, or photography in general you will definitely want to check out these two artistic treasures. If you want to geek-out on Polaroid or photography, or simply pick my brain about getting into photography or instant film please leave a comment below 🙂

Happy National Photography Day!!!

Look of the Day – Orange is the New Black

In honor of the new season of, Orange Is The New Black starting today on Netflix, I decided to have a look of the day post to commemorate it 🙂

Photo Information: Top and Skirt – Forever 21, Bangles – Splendette, Necklace – vintage, and Heels – Kush Kouture.

Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick

Smooth, silky, and long lasting! Jeffree Star’s Velour Liquid Lipstick is one you’ll want to add to your ever growing cosmetics collection. This liquid to matte lipstick goes on velvety smooth, and dries to a soft matte finish, with no stickiness or clumping.

Available in 26 shades, from Drug Lord (bright white) to Weirdo (blackest of blacks), and every color in between. 

Each lipstick costs $18, and is well worth every penny. This is a product where you get what you pay for (and even at $18, it’s a bargain).

Photo Information: Top Photo – Jeffree Star Velour Liquid Lipstick in shades Celebrity Skin and Redrum, Middle Photo – Closeup of shade Redrum, Bottom Photo – Shade Redrum accented with NYX White Liquid Liner, NYX Black Liquid Liner, and NYX Vivid Brights Liner in shade Vivid Petal.

Bangle Bracelets

Bangle bracelets are one of the simplest and effective ways of adding a little style to your overall look. I am a firm believer in the idea of taking the time to build up a plentiful accessory treasure chest. A good accessory can add miles to an outfit with very little effort. Adding a few bangles to your jewelry collection is an easy place to start.

Bangle bracelets can be traced back in history to 2600 BC in the Mohenjo-Daro settlements. A statue of a young girl was discovered in an archeological excavation. The statue, entitled “Dancing Girl” is a nude figure who is wearing an armful of bangle bracelets. Based on this evidence, bangle bracelets are noted as the first accessory of the human culture. 

The bangle can be seen across Indian, Mayan, and Roman cultures throughout history and has come in almost every material imaginable, including: stone, glass, terracotta, shells, plastic, resin, and various metals.

With such a long standing history that the bangle has had, it is safe to say that this accessory isn’t going anywhere. Whether it’s day or night, or if you are wearing one or several; your arms are guaranteed to reach their glam potential when they are adorned with these little circular wonders.

Bangle on! 🙂