Editorial: Glitterati

il·lu·mi·na·ti noun (plural) /iˌlo͞oməˈnätē/
People claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of something.

glit·ter·a·ti noun (plural)/ˈglitərätē/
People claiming to possess special enlightenment or knowledge of glitter. Attractive, exciting, often superficial.

Model: Meesha Jones

Hair & Makeup: Brianna Scheff

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Coffee: Coava Coffee Portland

Admittedly, I am an overzealous coffee drinker. I drink between 6 and 9 shots of espresso per shift at work and I can’t stop blogging/tumbling/tweeting about the delicious coffee I get to drink.

I have no intention of stopping.

So I am in Portland and the one and only thing I really wanted to do while I was here was go to Coava Coffee. I went last time I was here (but never got around to blogging it- oops!) and loved it. Friends of friends run the place and I was recently informed that one of their baristas, Sam Purvis, won the Northwest Regional Barista Competition. Having witnessed a day of the Southwest competition I know that is a big deal. Fingers crossed he would be working! I was just dying for a cappuccino at the SW competition last weekend and here was my chance to get a campion cappuccino!

What luck! He was working! And to be honest, I felt a little starstruck! This guy won the competition in (what I imagine is) the toughest region in the country. Best Barista in the Northwest! Amazing! I decided to go for the gold and get two drinks like I did at Intelligentsia last week. A cappuccino for here and a latte to go. I got their Costa Rican espresso in the cappuccino and the Honduran in the latte. A good choice, I think.

Everything about my cappuccino was just right. It was perfect and creamy, the espresso was rich and smooth and not too vegetal… and, as always, didn’t last nearly long enough. The latte was sweeter and the espresso even mellower- in a good way. It just tasted like perfection. The milk was steamed right to the sweet spot and the proportion of milk to espresso was spot on.

I was so into my coffee I hardly noticed my surroundings. Although, I do wish Coava had more seating. It’s a pretty big, open space but it feels awkward when there is nowhere to sit. Trevor and I ended up standing and drinking our cappuccinos near the bar- it was fine, but I think it would have been weird of I had been alone. I rank quality of the coffee far above the feel of a space, so if I lived in Portland I would make Coava a regular hang out, but it’s not hard to see why some people wouldn’t.

In conclusion: I hope we go back tomorrow! (And also, this is not the last time you will hear about this cappuccino.)

This last photo is from my visit in January- I really love this image and couldn’t bear to leave it out!

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

Editorial Shoot

I don’t generally post my photography on this blog, but I am just so dang excited about this image I can’t resist!

I did a shoot this afternoon with one of my coworkers (model) and my next door neighbor (hair/makeup). I’ve only gone through about 50 of the 588 images I shot and I am already so so happy with them! It feels good to stretch the creative muscles and not alays be shooting for ‘pretty’ or for family photo albums.

Expect to see more from this shoot in the very near future. Expect to see more Casey MacKenzie Photography/Hair & Makeup by Brianna Scheff colabs in the next few weeks, too!