June 19, 2013
(graphic by + for Grown-up Shoes)
Hello readers! Ana Davidson here to talk to you about turning a styling or costuming concept into a reality. Whether you’re working on a shoot or film (or just want to know more about the process!), I’ve written down some notes to guide you through the basic steps of taking your ideas from concept to real life.
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June 18, 2013
(despite the title of this post, I love these photos of me, Candice and Chelsea from a photobooth)
Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought you were totally not photogenic at some point in your life. Everyone, right?
When I first started doing casual shoots with friends, I began noticing how almost all girls claim to be un-photogenic. And admittedly, when I was in shoots I hated seeing the photos afterwards (I still sometimes do). The high-res pictures highlighted all of my perceived flaws: beady little eyes, a bumpy nose, an asymmetrical face, awkward expressions. When I saw the pictures, I didn’t look how I thought I was going to look. In the beginning, seeing these photos took me right back to my freshman year of high school and to one photo in particular:
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June 17, 2013
(Photo by Go Forth Creative for Grown-up Shoes from this shoot)
To know me is to know my love of hopelessly cheesy, sometimes ridiculous, contemporary country music. But I will say this in defense of the genre: every now and then there’s a real gem of a song, or in this case a lyric, that reminds me of what draws me to this kind of music. It probably started with the Dixie Chicks’s Cowboy Take Me Away, a song I imagine is impossible not to love, followed shortly by anything from Tim McGraw (every night be tucked in close to you!). I love country love songs for their ability to take a simple life and a simple moment and show you the magic in it. That’s where this quote comes from:
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June 14, 2013
(photo by + for Grown-up Shoes)
A little belated Love and Links today. I was up early this morning shooting with an amazing crew—Candice, above, photographer extraordinaire miss Kate and makeup/hair wizard Chenoh, so I’m just now sitting down to post. This week has me totally beat—it’s been incredibly busy and fun and now I’m just ready to settle in with a pepperoni pizza from East Side Pies and watch a little TCL Friday Brides Day (Say Yes to the Dress, I Found the Gown, Randy to the Rescue). We’re dogsitting Chelsea and Cameron’s adorable dog Alice (of instagram fame) for the weekend and it’s been really fun to have her trotting around the house and snuggling up with us at bed time. She’s so sweet!
We’re also doing our first week with a CSA box from Johnson’s Backyard Organics starting tomorrow! We’re splitting the boxes with Meagan and Bill so it ends up being really affordable for fresh, local, organic veggies that you get weekly—something to look into if a weekly trip to the Farmer’s Market sounds as daunting for you as it does for me:)
Your links after the jump!
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June 13, 2013
Cute, casual guy’s vintage is hard to find. I feel like oftentimes a lot of vintage stores push the women’s stuff and let it take over most of the store, then give the guys their own small, neglected dude’s corner (see what I did there?) with some weird fitting jeans, a couple of pearl snaps and some super short, patterned swim trunks that a lot of dudes would probably never wear (although I love those and totally tried to get Adam in a pair of them once—did not work).
That being said, here’s what I love about Sam Hill, located right here Austin:
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June 12, 2013
Hi there! This is Leigh, chiming in to share some thoughts and advice about the Internet and how you can be better at it—today, we’re focusing on SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Most of the jobs I take on involve websites: advising about them, writing content for them, designing and building them, and/or maintaining them. In time, I’ve learned a bunch of easy SEO tricks that most people don’t know (but definitely should!) So, friends, please read on:
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June 10, 2013
Chelsea and I spent yesterday morning in a big field shooting some gorgeous clothes that my friend Kelsy sent me from her clothing line Carleen (check out her latest look book on refinery29!). For some reason we both loved this shot above and I wanted to share it with you as a little sneak peek: I’m actually taking this photo of Chelsea with her phone while this one is being taken of me. I love this sort of low-res version and the way it adds to the dreaminess of the photo.
This shoot was fun because…
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