On Shia.

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.

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


The best way to spread Christmas Cheer is singing loud for all to hear!!!

And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
And He shall reign forever and ever,
King of kings! and Lord of lords!
Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah! Hallelujah!

Steve (my amazing and wonderful step-dad) is in a chior that participated in a flash mob at Nordstrom at the Stoneridge Mall. I was so excited to be there for this and to experience the BEST Christmas activity EVER. Not only was it wonderful and magical, beautiful and exciting, but the Name of our Lord was proclaimed at the mall on the busiest shopping day of the year!

I like to think someone there in that mall asked God for a sign when suddenly, a hundred people broke into the Hallelujah Chorus! I am sure something like that happened- though I imagine I’ll have to wait until I get to Heaven to hear about it.

My video is really wibbly- I was so excited I was trembling! Enjoy!!

International Post Secret Exhibit

I went to the Post Secret Exhibit at the Bedford Gallery in Walnut Creek today (it’s there until April 19). It was cool, though I like looking at the site better. It was sort of depressing and quiet in the gallery and since so many of the secrets are so sad, it was hard to be there. Not as cool as I thought it would be, but I am glad I went.

Spotted: David Spade

I finally saw someone famous at The Grove. Ashley and I were buying tickets to see Twilight (more on that later… maybe) and Jessica says, “Don’t look now, but David Spade is right behind you.” So of course I turned around!
He’s really short… and look like… David Spade. 
I just love seeing celebrities… even fallen stars… We’ll always have Tommy Boy, David. 
Thanks, LA!