seattle fashion

It's a Vibe

I got to spend six beautiful days back home in Seattle this Thanksgiving and I'm so excited to finally share some of my adventures!

I wanted to take advantage of the warmer weather and beautiful backdrops so I set out to set up some photo shoots. Originally I reached out to Alisha hoping she could do my hair for a project- this photographer turned hairstylist is someone I've worked with in the past. Alisha started out taking photos four years ago and then found herself doing hair (she's really good at it). Sadly she wasn't available with all these salon bookings, but she mentioned setting up a photo adventure of our own.

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A date with Alisha was set and I took to Pinterest to get some inspiration and get a mood board together.

I don't believe in changing who  you are in a sense, but I do think that trying to fit in is something we as humans naturally try to do. What am I talking about?...my style. Living in Alaska, being a hipster: ripped jeans, beanies, felt hats, Docs; these are not what you'd see a lot of around town. I decided it was only right to go all out for this street style shoot in a place that is accepting of my fashion sense.

As I looked through the many images on Pinterest, I came to the conclusion that a male model could add something- but who? I don't work with other people often unless it's in a styled bridal shoot setting; it was so much fun working with Hunter. It was his first time behind a camera, but I sure hope not his last!

Scroll down to check out all of the looks from that day! Fingers crossed and keep an eye out, you may just see Alisha and I working together again this fall during NYFW.

Till next time lovely people.

I think I aim for a sort of androgyny. It sort of tones down some of my more masculine features...But overall I have never felt very masculine or feminine which allows me to feel free to play around with the clothes that I wear.
— Hunter Long

To the Motherland

I can't remember if I've ever shared the first place I ever called home, so this post is dedicated to Africa. Though I moved at the age of 4; Tanzania is where I was born and therefore will always hold a special place in my heart.

My collaboration with Sarauniya- an Africana inspired clothing line which is based in New York City and made in Ghana has been one for the books. It's been awhile since I've felt so at home, while being away. The story behind this look: my parents took a trip back to Tanzania summer '16 and brought me back various items, one of which was the fabric that I styled to be the headpiece in this look.

I was 19 years old, a freshman in college, no capital, no entrepreneurial experience, and no formal education in business. It’s been a quite a journey and I’m humbled at how far I’ve come.
— Hadiza

I love supporting companies that take the time to design and hand-make each item. The founder, Hadiza, is living in NYC where she sketches new collections and sends them back to Ghana to be made. The reason for this system is to make jobs in Ghana for women in hopes of improving their social and economic status.

So if you need some African print in your life be sure to check out Sarauniya!

Photographer: Stephen Klise

Rooftop Chillin

About a year ago I did a shoot on a rooftop for the first time. Since then, I’ve fallen in love with this kind of location shoot. I would say about half of my personal styled shoots have taken place on top of Seattle's many parking garages. It was only fitting that my second time working with Miranda Todd would include an adventure to one of my favorite spots in downtown Seattle.

I love styling outfits with a lot of black, so its no wonder why this skirt from Chen Burkett stole my heart. Not only is it my favorite color but it also has pockets, a stylish and functional piece. Spring fashion is in the air so I decided to warm the look up with some nude tones and a pop of color. You can keep an outfit simple while still having some fun with it. Simple doesn't have to mean boring :)

Look details:

Top- BeBe

Skirt- Chen Burkett

Clutch- Forever21

Shoes- BCBG

Photographer: Miranda Todd MUA: Sable Desiree