(photo of Mt. Hood, taken on the flight into PDX)
I recently got back from an adventure to the West coast wherein it would seem at one point I transformed into a rabbit (and quite possibly a full-fledged member of cupcake_goth & Clovis' Evil Bunny Alliance) whilst believing in impossible things ~after~ a breakfast of Crème Brûlée French Toast made by the infinitely talented & hospitable Elisa (someday I really hope she opens up that fabled b&b at ocean's edge).
The backyard birds were curiously tilting their heads at the sudden appearance of a giant bunny... Elisa's husband Phillip came out, unaware of us doing this post-breakfast shoot in their backyard and started laughing with a sense of delightful resignation at the should-have-known absurdity of the scene.
Whilst in Portland, Visioluxus and I worked on several shoots together. The first day after I got in, we did an editorial shoot to be published later this year, for which I was to style approx. 10 androgynous looks. I made and brought enough for double to triple that because... options! This photo was from the night before, when Elisa & her family made a special trip to the studio to start unpacking a bottomless box o'wardrobe I'd shipped in advance & a game of dress-up with their utterly awesome daughter was probably inevitable:
Here's a behind the scenes shot of hair/make up artist Gina & model Van getting ready at the shoot the next day, and realizing how slippery they were together whilst wearing matching silk & satin charmeuse shirts ;)
It was a particularly heartening visit, because it happened to coincide with my birthday, which is normally a fairly quiet day. This year however, I found out my wonderful friends solstice_lilac, al_fredo & Elisa had planned a thoughtful surprise birthday tea party! Ironically, the surprise was inadvertently mentioned to me earlier that day, but I just assumed it was a joke & it still ended up being a total surprise when we pulled up to the historic hotel where it was being held :) We were all still a bit groggy from a late night at The Vampire Masquerade Ball where we'd vended the night before, so we ended up diving into the various little treats & pots of tea without taking any photos (& I ~might~ have shamelessly had to ask for a replacement cup after absentmindedly pouring some delicious "Citrus Nectar" hibiscus petal, orange zest, lemon balm, cloves, lavender, licorice root & sweet leaf tea directly into my cup w/o the strainer), but it was a relaxed & friendly, special, decadent, yet low key morning that I'll remember for many birthdays to come... Perhaps it should mark the start of a new tradition!
Travelling back in time to the night before at the Vampire Masquerade Ball ~ here's a photo Elisa took of me right before doors opened, after we'd set up our tables downstairs:
It actually became my birthday as the clock striked Midnight, when I quickly snuck back upstairs to watch the assembled crowd gracefully waltz in the new day... The pearled headdress is one I made from a plethora of broken antique pearl necklaces that my great-grandmother used to wear. It was wonderful to be able to make them into something new again! You might notice the rest of my outfit is from the bunny shot ~ because some of us prepare for Vampire Balls by hopping around friends' backyards in giant rabbit masks beforehand. *insert Bunnicula joke here*
After the big, full team/ten looks editorial shoot was in the can, we relaxed a bit (note: this is how artists "relax" ~ by making more art!) and did a just-for-fun shoot in the park ~ during which, we experienced various instances of "doggus interruptus". This photo is from when a crazed little pug ran up to me (don't be fooled by photos that freeze a moment in time & make over-excited pugs look "calm") ~ she kept running in these hilariously rapid whirlwinding circles like an animated Tasmanian Devil, complete with never-ending grunty pug noises. I couldn't maintain a "serious face" for the life of me, and didn't even bother trying ;) You can see a couple more shots & Elisa's funny take on it here: http://kambriel.tumblr.com/post/
Somewhere in all this I also got a total hackjob of a haircut (this was my big "treat" after having cut my own hair for the past two decades...). I'm looking on the bright side though ~ it will come back, and making a variety of massive hats like the one above will certainly come in handy in the meantime. I suppose I'm willing to sacrifice my hair to the Gods if it helped the fact that I made it through an almost 2-week trip, dodging illnesses left & right, *without* falling ill. That's probably worth at least half a head of hair ;)
After Portland, I traversed up to Seattle for some
Overall, this little embroidery sums it all up:
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