string of pearls

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It has been quite sometime since I took self-portraits. I mean, actually dedicate time to simply photograph myself in a theatrical sense. I forgot how much I missed doing this, I used to photography my outfits almost everyday a few years ago when I first starting blogging, and I feel I should take more time to do so. I packed up my camera bag and headed to Hotel Savoy today, which the employees are so kind and always let me photograph there, and headed down my favorite hallway.

I found the veil and dress I am wearing at a thrift store in Kansas. I feel like it might have been some short of Bollywood costume in the past, but I fell in love with the pieces when I saw them on the rack. Honestly, I have been wearing a lot of black and neutral colors lately, but I couldn't wait to wear this dress out and about. I was very inspired by the pieces I was wearing, the worn walls in the hallways, and the chilly haunted feelings I was get being in a room at the Savoy alone.

 

made at home: mint thumbprint blackberry cookies

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Mint Thumbprint Blackberry Cookies

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 2 tablespoons of corn starch
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/4 cup of raw sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh mint, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup of blackberry butter (jam can be used as well)

Combine the flour, corn starch, oats, and baking powder in a medium sized bowl. In a separate bowl, mix together the olive oil, sugar, and mint. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and combine until a dough forms. Take a spoonful of dough, roll into a ball, indent the cookie dough with a few thumbprints, and place about a tablespoon of blackberry butter in the center to bake. Heat the oven to 350 degrees and bake on an oiled cookie sheet for 12-15 minutes.

Blackberries are my absolute favorite berries. They are also my absolute favorite thing to snack on during the summer, and since I have been doing my "raw until four" diet this summer, I have been eating them quite frequently. I thought about making a cake with a blackberry butter frosting, but I opted for cookies because I hardly make them. I munched on these cookies with some earl gray tea yesterday, and they made for quite the snack on a chilly summer afternoon.

ceremonial summer (& feathery fuzzy shoe diy)

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The West 18th Street Fashion Show is one of the most creative fashion collbratioins displayed in Kansas City. Every year I see so many pieces from the designers that inspired me and beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry that I would love to wear. This year I was invited to attend the fashion show, and I came home with a gift bag that was given to those who sat in the front row.

For the evening, I wore a vintage sheer nightgown cover-up, an old dress from H&M (and I reversed the dress, so that the back was in the front), my favorite pom-pom heels, and a flower crown. The show started a little later than dusk, then all of the designers clothing graced the runway. Although all the designer's pieces were very inspiring, I was blown away by We Are Tribe's collection, mainly focusing on the fuzzy sandals. It made me want to make a "diy" version of them.

Photographs from The West 18th Street Fashion Show website, by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography

Photographs from The West 18th Street Fashion Show website, by Landon Vonderschmidt Photography

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And... these are my fuzzy/feathery shoes! The diy is simple, quick, and a little bit messy. You simply take a boa (color of your choice, purchased at any party store), and cut about a 5 inch piece off  (this also depends on how long the thickest strap is on your shoe, measure the length to be completely accurate). After the boa piece is cut, warm up a hot glue gun and carefully glue the boa piece onto the shoe. When dried, trim the feathers along the side of the shoe (so they will not pick up access dirt when walking) and along the top to create a more wearable piece.

I added two pieces of 5 inch boa pieces to each of my pairs of shoes here. I can't wait to wear them out this summer, and I even finished making my friend a pair as well. Thanks We Are Tribe for the inspiration!

chantilly lace

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The Hotel Savoy is one of my favorite landmarks in Kansas City, and one of the most haunted as well. When thinking of a location for photoshoots, this hotel is always first in my mind. I did a shoot last Halloween at Hotel Savoy as the photographer, and this was my first time being photographed here. I did a shoot with Kait Dowling Photography, she has just recently moved to Kansas City, and I fell in love with these images selected above. For the shoot, I dressed myself in my favorite vintage nightgowns (of course, I seem to always be wearing them), and brought along two of my most treasured hats. Although wandering the Hotel Savoy wasn't as mysterious as it was around Halloween, there was still the feeling of being surrounded by history in the grand hotel.