“Playing dress-up begins at age five and never truly ends.” —Kate Spade
Do you ever think back to the days when you were a kid, when the best part of your day was playing dress up and pretending to be someone completely different? Different name, different clothes, different life? I remember it well and if I’m honest, I still haven’t outgrown the desire to try a different style of dressing from time to time. For years I have been interested in vintage pieces, I can remember going through my grandmother’s dress up trunk and finding a pair of polyester bell bottom trousers which I promptly stole and wore to school.
For this shoot, I was inspired by a rhinestone headband that I purchased for my wedding and came across recently whilst looking through my jewelry box. After seeing that piece the “style-wheels” in my head started turning (as they usually do when I am inspired) and the outfit for this shoot started to come into focus. The particular look I was going for was a 20’s Flapper Girl theme, I’ve always been drawn to that period in time, particularly the fashion so this idea was a long-time-coming.
The second item that I thought of for this look was my floral Patrons of Peace kimono purchased last summer from Marshall’s, which I have gotten way more use out of than I ever thought possible. Next, I began mentally reviewing all the dresses I own to determine which one would fit in with this style. The one that stood out as the clear winner was my short, white, chiffon dress with gold sequin straps which I wore for my bachelorette party (I feel like being able to wear all these wedding-related fashion items more than once is a win).
“Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is find it.” – Diane von Furstenberg
I should probably mention that one of my rules for this shoot was that all the items had to come from my current wardrobe or that were borrowed. After putting the main look together, it was time to add in the remainder of the accessories. I wanted to incorporate some of my new accessories so I added in my black and gold Berg + Betts watch as well as my Jenny Bird Talitha bracelet. It was also important that I incorporate some vintage pieces characteristic of the time period I was trying to capture, so I chose a pearl necklace inherited from my great-grandmother and a fur stole borrowed from my step-mom. Lastly, the shoes were purchased and worn only once for (you guessed it) my wedding and I could think of no other bag to wear with this look than my deep violet Marc Jacobs Gotham bag (minus the strap).
I wasn’t entirely sure if all these items would work once I put them together, sometimes an idea in my head doesn’t necessarily translate perfectly into real life but in this case I was pleasantly surprised. I had hope to shoot at an Ottawa-area restaurant whose interior design is reminiscent of the 20’s and 30’s time period, unfortunately they were not into the idea of having a photoshoot in their space so we ended up doing the photos right in my photographer’s (also my lovely sister Megan) apartment which was likely built in the early 1900’s and still has the bones of that time period. This location worked perfectly and since the weather was very snowy that day, I am thankful that I didn’t have to venture outdoors with bare skin!
For my makeup, I took to Pinterest and searched “20’s Flapper makeup looks” and found a plethora of beautiful looks to ponder. I left the makeup application in the capable hands of Brittany from Leona Studios and let her have free-reign to create a look for me that would compliment this look. One thing I knew I wanted to use was my Esqido lashes in Oh So Sweet and I was so happy with the ease of application and with the effect that they created with the makeup look Brittany came up with.
My hair was a victim of the snowy weather that day, it started out very curly from using hot rollers but after a few minutes outside most of the curl fell out. Thankfully there was enough wave leftover to give the look the right complimentary hairstyle. The best part about this whole look and shoot was definitely the way I felt, it gave me the feeling of being a glamorous, movie star and I was so pleased with how well the shots turned out (I often feel awkward in front of the camera) but my sister & photographer Megan Cameron has the knack for capturing me at my very best.
Let me know what you favorite “fashion time period” is! Do you like dressing up or do you prefer to just wear your normal uniform? Share it in the comments below!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all!