On Shia.

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A couple weeks ago my course leader arranged a symposium for our Fashion Spectacle class. A handful of people in various parts of the industry came and spoke with us about their exeroences. About halfway through the day he said that we would be Skyping with UAL alum Nastja Säde Rönkkö and that she had a performance piece for us.
When the Skype call started we were all shocked to see Shia LeBeouf’s face pop up on the big screen! Afterward I learned that a few people thought it must have been a video. He introduced himself and then began reading from Guy DuBord’s The Society of Spectacle. It took a couple of minutes for me to catch onto what he was reading and to get my head wrapped around what was happening. To be honest it was hard to pay attention and not immediately start texting and tweeting about it!
It was a really interesting and exciting experience. I feel lucky that I got to experience it first hand and I am very thankful to our course leader for arranging it. We’ve been talking about how spectacle is built into our society and how necessarily fashion- particularly fashion photography- fit into that. Of course Shia is not a fashion photographer, but he is the best possible person to explore this concept of spectacle with. Because he is a well known celebrity his mere presence makes him a spectacle- the media attention and his ‘antics’ make the spectacular nature of his existence even more pronounced and obvious. However, to make it more interesting, the text he was reading decries the society of spectacle that we live in and his presentation was utterly boring and void of spectacle as it were. It was early morning in LA, he was dressed very casually, drinking coffee and reading to a bunch of students a text they should have already read. The spectacle ceases to be spectacular… But then one remembers again who he is and he just keeps reading and reading and reading for ages and the whole thing circles back around to being utterly spectacular.
The whole experience is a bit of a mind bender. Is he a brilliant artist? Or is he a wannabe cavorting with great artists? We might never know, but I absolutely love participating in the conversation.

Best. Week. Ever.

To say I’ve had a big week might be an understatement.

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Last Sunday night I went with some of my all time favourite Londoners to a secret Prince show in Shepard’s Bush where we got in for free. Prince?! For free?! Spectacular! The gig was freaking awesome and seeing a legend like Prince felt like participating in history. Plus, it was an awesome adventure with my friends. THEN we saw Funk Legend George Clinton walk into a kebab shop down the street… and suddenly we were all hungry. We went into the shop and got to talk to and take photos with him. SUCH an amazing night- especially because it was completely spur of the moment.

On Monday morning I started a new job at Univeristy- it went really well. I think it’s going to be a great fit!

On Wednesday the digital news editor of Dazed & Confused Magazine found my tweet about Shia LeBeauf doing a Skype performance for my class last week (yeah, that happened, too!) and asked to interview me. A few hours later… Dazed posted my interview. WHAT. Someone wanted to talk to me about something I am super interested in and publish my opinions!? It’s a dream come true.

On Friday I had all access to four London Fashion Week shows to photograph backstage and the shows. An actual dream come true. (!!!!!) It was a fantastic,exhausting, exciting, wonderful, rainy day. I loved it. I got to photograph some British celebrities and some really, really beautiful clothing (and people). And if that wasn’t enough, LOVE Magazine posted a photo of me shooting backstage at the Todd Lynn show!!! 

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On Saturday, amidst all my editing (runway shows = deadlines) I went to a Fashion for Christ prayer meeting at Somerset House, where most of the shows are. It was so so good to connect with people there! I then stayed up all night editing before heading back to LFW!

ImageToday I shot a show for a designer I hadn’t heard of, but while I was waiting for the show to start Lynn Yaeger walked in! That might not sound exciting, but she’s just one of the real fashion personalities! She’s been a staple in the American fashion press (Vogue!!) for ages and has a very distinctive look. I love her and I got to photograph her!!

I ended the best week ever back where it started: in the pub after church with the best people ever. All the amazing and wonderful and fun and exciting things happening in my life would be nothing if I didn’t have people to share it with.

London. Londoners… I love you.

“You make beautiful things out of the dust.” Gungor

I’ve been in London for just over four months. I am completely, utterly, fantastically, miraculously happy and in love with this city. Every morning feels a bit like Christmas and I regularly find myself looking out the bus window/coming out of the underground/walking out my front door and just marveling at this life I lead.

Albert Bridge LondonI expected to love it here (why would I move 5,000 miles otherwise!?), what I didn’t expect is for it to be so good. I didn’t expect to find the most amazing church and meet the MOST wonderful people so fast. What I didn’t expect was to see the hard things of the last several years (YWAM, my road trip, Haiti) to suddenly fall into place and make sense. What I didn’t expect is for God to “repay [me] for the years the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25). I didn’t expect restoration and such complete joy.

(I am, however, expecting winter to kick my ass.)

Today I started my graduate program at London College of Fashion. Today I was encouraged to blog and explore and collaborate, and ask questions, and to embrace life in London by the best dressed faculty in the world (probably). This week is induction week, so I won’t get to the brass tacks of my program for a couple weeks yet, but I am so excited to be here and to be embarking on this journey here and now. I plan to embrace it with every fiber of my being.

I can’t believe this is my real life.

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London, London. Where do I even begin? London is exactly where I belong. It’s a dream come true, a job well done. London is an exciting new place: new friends, new experiences, and old fires restored. London is my future. London is home.

GreenwichHonestly, it’s hard to even explain the wealth of experience and blessing happening in my life right now. It doesn’t seem fair. I live in a beautiful home with a wonderful housemate. I have several really wonderful friends- some old, some new. I found my church home and have already started connecting. And, most importantly, when I wander the streets of London I am falling irrevocably in love. The bustle, the busses, the quiet mews and the ancient trees, the bricks and the vines and the cobblestones… It’s all so rich and so right.

I am sure that eventually I will be homesick and will get sick of eating beans on toast (ok, probably not)… but for now, though I love my friends and family at home deeply, there is no where on God’s green earth I would rather be. I am quite literally living my dreams, and it is better than I could have imagined. 

Editorial: Hot & Dangerous

Hot and Dangerous

If you’re one of us, then roll with us


Cause we make the hipsters fall in love

We runin’ this town just like a club

And no you don’t want to mess with us

Got Jesus on my necklace

You know we’re superstars

 

Model: Brianna Scheff

Hair & Makeup: Hair & Makeup by Brianna Scheff

Styling: Casey & Brianna

Viva Las Vega$!

3 Nights

1191 Miles

9(ish) Hours of sleep

8 New friends

7 Sugar Free Red Bulls

5 Restaurants

3 Ke$ha bracelets

2 Movies at ‘Johnson Cinemas’

2 Home cooked Thai breakfasts

1 Sequin mini skirt

Lots and lots of laughs and dancing

 

I had SUCH a fun weekend in Las Vegas! I’ve only ever gone for work before (Trade Shows. Read: exhausting, stressful, catty), so I never really liked it there… this weekend changed everything!

Dana and I were supposed to go out to visit Dad, but she got sick. I figured I took time out of my schedule to go so I’d go anyway and have a relaxing weekend with Dad and Pat. When I got there I found out Billy was there with a bunch of friends! I was beyond excited! Billy is one of my all time favorite humans.

So I got the best of both worlds! I got to sit around with Dad and watch movies during the day, and got to dance with Billy (and his awesometown friends) all night!!

And now… I am exhausted!