This May, I envisioned monochromatics, so to continue in this literal fashion, I packed my bags and headed to New York City! This trip to New York was spurred by a myriad of events. Me and my husband had an opportunity to dog sit for some of our dear friends who live in Brooklyn. Also, as fate would have it, one of my roommates from college art directed a film that got picked up and premiered at TriBeCa film festival which we were able to support her by getting tickets and attending!
Having a few friends that live in New York, I arranged to catch up and plan this recent photoshoot with one of my friends who I knew back when I studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. Megan (the model) is a composer of music and I must say an INCREDIBLE one. You can listen to her music here. Along with composing music, Megan also models. I was beyond excited to get to work with her for this shoot. Two days before, my husband, and another friend from New Orleans, who happened to be in New York for the TriBeCa Film Festival, hopped on a subway, chased me around SOHO to acquisition the outfits and accessories I curated for the shoot. I was so thankful for their helping hands and being such great conductors of direction for the day so that I could get in my creative headspace. (Short for "I'm not a multi-tasker and would have been lost if I would have attempted this alone")
The first tone on tone look, we allowed the models beautiful, natural red hair to play a part with the red jumpsuit from French Connection and Pink Mari Giudicelli slides. The makeup was also created using monochromatic tones of rich sandalwood for eyes and cheeks and deep peach for lips.
- Red Crepe V Neck Jumpsuit- French Connection
- Icon Trench coat- J.Crew
- Earrings- Laura Lombardi
- Pink Slides- Mari Giudicelli
The second look, is a classic white-on-white. With use of the models own white button up shirt from '& Other Stories,' I combined it with classic off-white skinny trousers, and white leather ballerina flats from Mango.
- White Button Up- &OtherStories
- White Suit Trousers- Mango
- White Leather Ballerina Flats-Mango
- Earrings- Laura Lombardi
The final look is another white-on-white jumpsuit from Club Monaco paired with the white leather ballerina flats from Mango. The jumpsuit features a cutout in the back with a wrap-around bodice providing a dynamic silhouette.
HAIR: The inspiration for the hair derived from my recent viewing of the movie 'The Graduate.' I loved Elaine's (portrayed by Katharine Ross) late 60's half-pinned up hairstyle with big round curls and volume.
- The model's hairstyle was created at Amika Style Blow in Brooklyn, New York.
MAKEUP: This look remains with the monochromatic theme by using similar tones for eyes, cheeks, and lips.
- Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. Applied all over the face and eyes.
- Nars Sheer Glow Foundation. Applied all over face with a damp beauty blender.
- Ultra HD Concealer. Applied under eyes with smaller damp beauty blender for soft coverage.
- Anastasia Brow Powder Duo in Auburn.
- Becca Cosmetics Pressed Highlighter in Champagne Pop.
- Smashbox Step-By-Step Contour Kit in hollows of the cheeks.
- Glo Minerals Blush in Sandalwood.
- Tarte Full Face of Gorgeous Palette. (No longer available) Get a similar palette here. Apply 'Charmer' all over the eyes, then apply a mixture of 'Flower Child' and 'Smarty Pants' just on lid area then carry those shades faintly on the lower lash line.
- Revlon Colorstay Liquid Eyeliner Pen 'Classic' in Blackest Black- applied to create a classic wing tip.
- For Mascara, I started with Benefit's 'They're Real!' for the first layer, then I applied Too Faced 'Better Than Sex' Waterproof Mascara.
- Lucas' Papaw Ointment. Applied to lips for added moisture and healing.
- Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in 'Peach Me.'
- To finish, I applied Hourglass' Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light-Cool Translucent.
- I also sprayed Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray.
SOME NEW YORK STOPS WE EXPERIENCED THIS TRIP (MOSTLY FOOD):
- Levain Bakery, to devour one of the best, most ultimate chocolate chip cookie I have ever laid eyes on. Good news guys! (you can order online!)
- Insomnia Cookies, Greenwich Village, another favorite cookie spot where I had the best sugar cookie on the planet. Also, you must try their lemon/white chocolate cookie. (Order online here!)
- Dean and Deluca, SOHO, to grab tasty snacks and coffee as you stroll through SOHO.
- Brushstroke Kaiseki, Tribeca, for "modern interpretation of kaiseki cuisine and sushi. Based entirely around tasting menus that change seasonally, kaiseki uses fresh ingredients to build a progression of flavors and sensations, with courses designed to be beautiful, delicious and surprising." Must check this place out!
- Trinidad Golden Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn. This was one of the most unique experiences and interesting tasting food. It's chinese food with a caribbean flair...and so much more! You are greeted with amazing aromas of fresh baked breads and sweet rolls that look like a blend of French bread and a cinnamon roll. As you wait in line, you find out quickly that you are one of the very few English speaking citizens...thats when you know you are in the right place and you are in for a treat. I don't remember what I ordered but I mimicked what the gentleman ahead of me ordered and I was not disappointed. One of my favorite things to experience is to be culturally outnumbered. From my experience, I am never more present and aware of the beauty that cultures have to offer.
- The High Line, Chelsea, NY. The High Line is a public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is a wonderful way to experience the city from above.
I hope you enjoyed this blog post! Feel free to comment below and tell me about your favorite New York spots or if you have any questions about the styled shoot above! For collaborations, Contact Me.
May you always light up your life.