I really enjoy collaborating with other artists. This is part two of three looks we collaborated on — can’t wait to share more soon!
When hair stylist Wyatt Strand (@hairdonebywyatt ) contacted me to do a shoot, I was all for it! But here’s the thing: I do self-portraits mainly for my blog. I received news there was going to be a makeup artist coming along as well and realized self-portraits outside or in the corner of my basement bedroom would simply not do. So I sent out the feelers on Facebook, asking for a photographer who was available for the set day and who might have a studio available. Enter Michael Lerch ( @mwlerch ). He’s a relatively new artist with a fine art and writing background whom I’ve modeled for a few times before. His skills improve each time he shoots. Before the actual shoot date, I had no idea who the makeup artist was — it turned out to be the incredible Haley Wight ( @cosmobyhaley, she is so talented and such a lovely person ). Both of the artists who worked on my head met at the Aveda Institute in Portland. They’re quite the delightful and gifted duo!
This lace dress is stunning. It has panels built-in at the… “sensitive” parts where one usually wants to be covered, which is very nice since it needs to be worn without a bra because LOOK at that open back!! Only since I’ve gotten my (“vegan feminist”) tattoo (in Celtic Ogham Tree Language), I have been looking for open back cuts right and left. What I especially like about open backs are that they’re usually met with a high front cut. The way the lace delicately climbs up my collarbones and neck ever so slightly and the quarter-length sleeves make this dress a rare, elegant find.
This gigantic black scarf from one of my favorite local shops in Portland, Adorn, is possibly my most versatile wardrobe piece. All vegan, all black, and for all seasons. I’m serious, this scarf will go through practically every season with me — it can be a shawl, wrap, cloak, and of course it can be a kickass oversized scarf. It’s lightweight but heavy at the same time. This thing is going everywhere with me, I love it so much. It’s a must-have in my eyes for people who tend to veer towards semi-uncontrollable physical frigidity.
Naturally, I wanted to add some warmth to this lace outfit, so I added some opaque black tights, my nice vintage heels and the oversized scarf. It became quite the whirlwind of a look once Wyatt added a killer faux hawk updo with some spikes to complement the frayed design of the dress. Haley and I wanted to do some fun makeup, so she went dark and edgy with me. This look kind’a puts the “edge” in “vedge.” (Padum-ch.)
How do you think the look turned out? Comment below! I’d love to hear more from you!
Thanks for reading!
WHAT I WORE: BLACK LACE MIDI DRESS FROM FASHION STRUCK; OVERSIZED BLACK ZINGO SCARF / WRAP / SHAWL / CLOAK BY LA MADE FROM ADORN