Taking photos, thrifting, reading, writing, or blogging. I received a sewing machine for Christmas so I suppose that I will soon add sewing to the list? We’ll see how it goes!
Was your Mum a vintage collector like yourself?
No, not at all! She has some mildly terrifying remnants of her 80s wardrobe, but alas, my lovely mother is not nostalgic for clothing quite like I am. My maternal grandmother was said to be very stylish in her heyday and I’ve managed to acquire a few of her best hats!
Any photography skills you would like to share?
I’m certainly no expert, but photography is my first love so perhaps I will share with you some of my “wisdom” from over the years! To begin- practice, practice, practice! Get out there and take pictures of everything and everyone. As you develop an eye for composition and gain a better understanding of what strikes you aesthetically and emotionally, your individual photographic voice will emerge. Be inspired by other artists but don’t let your admiration consume you. Know your gear! Read about your camera and its functions, you’d be amazed how much more you can do artistically when you’ve got a firm grasp on its mechanics. At the same time, don’t fret over equipment. It’s not about having the best camera out there, it’s about you, the artist. It’s your vision. Don’t let it be spoiled by self-doubt. I’m happiest when I’m shooting with my old Minolta on haphazardly bought film from the supermarket!
I am very meticulous about my skin because it was so terrible when I was a teenager (photos of my younger self are always quite humbling), at which time I developed a routine for taking care of it as best I could under the circumstances. I don’t shell out a ton of money on products, but I do own a basic cleanser, exfoliating cream, moisturizer, and lots of lip balm. I love trying out natural remedies as well! I've been using Vitamin E oil on my face recently and its been doing wonders for my brittle skin in the dry Canadian cold. It makes my makeup go on so smoothly. My go-to look is a cat eye, blush, dark brows and lightly red stained lips.
Three materialistic items you could not live without;
My camera, my vintage clothing collection (I know, I’m cheating!) and my laptop.
If you could go back in time to any era, what would it be?
Although I do often romanticize the past, I very much enjoy living right here in the present, where I can can take bits and pieces of inspiration from any era I choose with the added benefits of air conditioning and women’s rights! Fashion-wise, my favourite era is changing all the time. Right now I love the Victorian era for those elaborate, ethereal ensembles depicted in paintings. I’m also loving the 40s and 50s for classic glamour, lots of volume, immaculate hair and makeup and of course, the New Look!