#MODELMONDAZE W/ MIKE MARTIN

Having something dope to look at always helps make my Mon-daze easier. Mike Martin is an artist out of Oakland, CA and the creator of 6638. We shot these candid photos a few weeks ago as promo for some upcoming projects he’s working on.

MONOCHROME

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Ever since I saw NotJessFashion kill her version of a Power Suit in a badass head-to-toe red look, I’ve been obsessed with monochromatic outfits. My personal style fluctuates often, but right now I’m loving the easy sophistication of the monochrome trend.  This dusty blue blazer is one of my favorite pieces. It’s the perfect shade of blue to pair with light or dark colors and it’s oversize style makes it east to wear and move around in. Perfect if you want to look good and without sacrificing comfort.

This look was easy to put together, which is great if you struggle to get out the door in the morning like I do. And it feels really polished so I don’t have to worry about looking as frazzled as I feel.

Blazer: Forever21
Top: Similar
Bottoms: Similar
Shoes: Similar
Accessories: Anne Klein

#MODELMONDAZE: PLAYING IN THE SAND

Sooooo, I’m still tweaking my sites and content because I want to showcase a lot of my work in addition to my personal style. I see my work as being an even clearer depiction of my personal style. So to do that, and to push myself to work even more, I’m going to be revamping my content. The first revamp is a feature that for now I’m calling ‘Model Mondaze’. Model Mondaze will feature creative photo sets I’ve shot with different models. Mondaze are hard for me to get motivated and I know I’m not alone. So to help me, and maybe help some of you too, we’ll be starting off the week with some creative inspiration!

This beauty is Angela, and you have probably seen her on my site and social media accounts. She’s one of the first girls who really fucked with me creatively and she’s one of my favorites to shoot with. We make magic. The beauty of photography is that the pictures hold different meanings for every person that views them. Watching Angela grow and become more comfortable with each shoot is a beautiful thing. The first couple series we shot alluded more to the rougher side of femininity because that’s what I identify with most strongly. For our third collaboration, I wanted to do something softer and sexier.

My favorite thing about this shoot is that before we even started, Angela was having serious doubts about her ability to be sexy. WHAT?!  This presented a really amazing opportunity for me: to bring her sexy out. There is a huge part of photography that can’t really be learned traditionally, and that is the interpersonal aspect. People need to trust their photographer, they need to be comfortable and be confident that you’re not going to make them look crazy or unappealing. For women, this is even more crucial. Honestly, Angela’s reluctance made me even more confident in my ability to direct her. The moral to this story: Never be afraid to step out of your comfort zone because amazing things happen there! and Jessica always gets what she wants 😉

p.s. these are the sexiest pics I’ve taken, so I’d say she pulled it off just fiiiiiiiiiiine, don’t you think?

4 WAYS TO SPEND A WEEKEND IN SEATTLE

Since graduating, I’ve really been trying to take time out to do the things I enjoy. So when a good friend of mine suggested we take on Seattle for the weekend to celebrate our 10 year friendaversary, it felt like perfect timing.

Our stay at The Hilton Garden Inn, Downtown Seattle was great! Our concierge was the sweetest and helped us with everything we needed and because the hotel is brand new it had tons of great amenities like an indoor pool and spa and a 24 hour gym, complete with disposable earphones. We booked our flight and hotel in one shot with Priceline.com. If you haven’t used them, I would highly recommend giving them a look. They let you name your own prices and tweak parts of your trip that don’t work for you, like a 5:00 am flight, for example.

4 Ways to Spend a Weekend in the Emerald City:

  1. Grab a custom latte at Moore Coffee Seattle
    Moore’s latte art was so adorable, out of 1,200 coffee houses, we went here 2 out of our 3 days in Seattle. They have tons of unique lattes like a mexican latte with chili powder and Ibarra chocolate, as well as the classic flavors like vanilla and mocha if you’re not feeling too adventurous.  The decor is amazing, with tons of ornate gold decorations and a cool, neutral color scheme to balance the eclecticism of the café. The wonderland-esque bathroom was my favorite part, complete with a slanted ceiling and a fabulous red and gold chair fit for the Queen of Hearts herself.
  2. Take the Seattle-Bainbridge Ferry
    This was probably the chillest and low key coolest thing we did while visiting. The round trip ride is only $7 or $8 a person and has the clearest, most convenient view of the Seattle skyline.  The ferry is huge so seating wasn’t a problem and they have a decent snack bar that even serves beer and wine. It’s a super relaxing ride that takes about an hour round trip and offers amazing views of Seattle, Bainbridge and Washington’s majestic snow capped mountains. Hands down, my favorite part of the ferry was the car deck (!!!!). Our ferry’s in the Bay are pretty small so the idea of being able to drive your car onto a ferry sorta blew my mind. What was even more mind blowing was how many cars they were able to fit on that thing. It seemed like close to 50! The mind reels.
  3. Ring once and knock twice at Needle and Thread
    Granted I had tossed a few custom made cocktails back, but Needle and Thread was one of the coolest places I’ve ever been, period. Seattle’s best kept secret is a small speakeasy located above an inconspicuous restaurant in the Capital Hill District. You sorta have to jump through hoops to get a reservation but it’s sooooo worth it. The entrance is through A VAULT DOOR that you can only open after you’ve given the ‘password’ over a rotary phone on the wall next to it. Once we made it up, we were ushered into an intimate lounge decorated with prohibition era antiques. Probably the best thing about Needle and Thread was the way you order drinks. Instead of ordering off a menu, your bartender asks you questions to get a feel for what you like to drink. I told him I prefer to drink Tequilla, like light fruity flavors, and like a little carbonation. How he came up with the drink he brought me I’ll never know but it was delicious, had Tejan in it and was garnished with a bell pepper. Reservations max out at 2 hours but that was plenty of time for dinner and two rounds of drinks. You won’t regret this one.
  4. Take the Seattle/Tacoma Airport monorail
    A taxi from the airport to downtown costs about $45.00, had we known that, we probably would have taken this when we arrived, especially because it stops like 10 times all over down town and suburban Seattle. And instead of paying $45.00 we paid less than $5.00 a person. On top of everything else, the views on the way to the airport are pretty pristine. We got to see parts of the forests the Pacific Northwest is so famous for, and it even took us by the stadiums which we didn’t get a chance to see before we left. The ride is about 45 minutes, so you may want to give yourself an extra 15 or 20 minutes if you’ll be going this route.

 

SEGWAYING TOUR THROUGH GOLDEN GATE PARK

Believe me when I tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve ridden a Segway. A few weeks ago, I took my lil boo on a Segway tour through Golden Gate Park for his birthday. This was our second time so we were excited for the longer ride and more challenging terrain.

I’ve lived in the Bay Area my whole life and this was my first time really getting to explore Golden Gate park. We took our tour through the Electric Tour Company. Their adventures are great for locals or tourists and their guides are full of interesting facts and helpful hints about San Francisco. For example, did you know that Golden Gate Park is the largest urban park of it’s kind in the U.S.? 5 times the size of New York’s Central Park? Neither did I!

 
TOP: A teeny fairy door in a hollow tree. BOTTOM LEFT: The Shakespeare Garden, a popular (& inexpensive!) wedding venue tucked deep into Golden Gate Park. BOTTOM RIGHT: A greenhouse made of wood and glass, left over from one of the world’s fairs?  I can’t totally remember but I know they have a corpse plant and venus fly traps on display inside so it’s definitely worth the checking out. ABOVE: The highlight of the hike ride (…?) was when our guide brought us to this stunning waterfall. The waterfall came out of the side of a hill and flowed into a pool that dropped into the lake. The huge flat stones (LEFT) formed a walking path to cross the pool, which was about 30 feet wide – you can’t tell in either of my pictures
:{  I was shocked at the size of the waterfall when we walked up, it was so big. There was a bridge near the top we were able to walk across for amazing selfies with a waterfall right behind us. The weather was kind of against us that day and it rained on and off but they were nice enough to let us borrow jackets and gloves.

Disneyland Days

I love going to Disneyland. It’s like going someplace brand new and very familiar at the same time. The atmosphere is celebratory and youthful and makes you feel like anything is possible. I always feel compelled to shoot while I’m there because everything around me is so visually stunning. I’ve yet to really capture the essence of Disneyland in my photos, but I just use that as an excuse to keep going back. One thing I always love about Disneyland is how swaggy everybody is! Aside from the fanny packs, sunhats and ridiculous sandals, most people come with some of their best outfits ready show off their Disney spirit. Of course, the best pieces usually don’t come from the park. Hot Topic has a sick collection of Disney inspired pieces and some of my favorite things I saw were from there as well. One of my main focuses this trip was to photograph Disneyland Street Style in the style of classic street photography.

I failed miserably at capturing the essence of the photographic style, but I do know how to spot great style when I see it, so the photos aren’t amazing, but the subjects are sporting some seriously cool shit.

Theres just too much to appreciate at Disneyland! Disney is really good about finding actors who are truly committed to their roles. When you meet Kylo Ren at Disneyland, it’s not like meeting a character, it’s not even like meeting Adam Driver. It’s like stepping on to Star Killer Base and meeting Kylo Ren. It really adds a lot to the Disney experience.

Unfortunately, I have to wait till summer to come back. But my family will be coming, including two of my nieces and my nephew so I know it will be even crazier and more fun than this trip! What are some of your favorite attractions at Disneyland and California Adventures? And who is your dream Disney Bound? I’m trying to think of a really good group Disneybound that can include myself, my mom, sister, two nieces (15 &11) and my nephew (9), and would love to hear some of your ideas!

XO,

Jess