Seeing Red.

You know those bright bold colors just get me. They hear me, they understand. 

There's probably nothing I love more than a solid color skater dress. I think I have one in every single color. Dress it up (like so) or dress it down with a flannel and boots. As much as I love throwing on jeans and a t-shirt, I will always feel most comfortable in a casual little dress. 

This was actually my look for Thanksgiving. I felt like Christmas the entire time. *facepalm* but no regrets.

Own it, Michelle.

Get this look:

Red Skater Dress // forever21

Gold Necklace // forever21

Black Cutout Platform Heels // jeffrey campbell

35mm Gold.

There's nothing I love more than gritty, old fashioned semi-out of focus film photographs. Okay, maybe a few things, but not much. Spencer just recently hit up a local camera show in downtown Anaheim and snatched a pretty Welta 35mm baby from the 1940's. Unsure if it even worked or if the expired film from Walmart he rolled would even come out, we took our chances.

I'm so glad that we did.

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

35mm Welta

It’s how we see the world that keeps the darkness beyond at bay. Keeps it from pouring through and devouring us. I think all of us might know that, way down deep.
— Unknown
35mm Welta

35mm Welta

The whole reason I got into photography was because of film. Fifteen years old basically closed my eyes and chose an elective. Best choice I ever made. It makes me sad that many schools these days don't have it as a choice. I'd love to have my own dark room, hold on while I dream. 

The more I see Spencer play around with all these different cameras makes me want to get back into it more... and it makes me love him more, actually. He never ceases to amaze me. Who knew two photographers would work so well together. but that's for another blog post... ;) 

This post is also featuring my dear internet friend's new clothing brand Three Leaves Co. I've known Annmarie for years. She's followed my silly mixed up life and I've followed her sweet adorable one.  (It's true.) It's also quite unreal the connection you can make with people without ever meeting face to face. We will meet some day soon though, I swear on it. Some of my closest friends I've met that way. She is the sweetest soul.

I'm stoked for her and her new brand and I gotta say, this tank is probably the softest one I now own. Jackpot. Go check out her shop and follow her on the Instagrams: @threeleavesco


Mtns Tank // Three Leaves Co

Black under shirt // NastyGal

Leather leggings // Forever 21

Maroon pea coat // H&M

Suede cutout platforms // Jeffrey Campbell

All photos taken by: Baldwin Media Photography

Pastel Perfect

There's something about layering that's just so comforting. Even though this isn't a "winter" at all, because let's be honest this is southern California we're talking about... that doesn't mean layers are out of the question. I'm all for it! I surrender to layers, give me all of them, I am not worthy.

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I will never turn down anything that's fringe, lace or "strappy".. and this, my friends, is all three.

I think I'm in heaven. 

You'll rarely find me in super bright colors and/or flashy floral outfits, it's not really a thing for me. Same with pink, her and I don't get along so well. But when it comes to pastels and soft colors, I'm in love... tha's what I'm talkin' 'bout. 


Floral slip-dress // forever21

Bralette // urban outfitters

Knee high socks // Target

Combat boots // GoJane

White fringe kimono // topknotgoods

 

All Photos by: Baldwin Media Photography

Cabin Fever.

Breathe in that mountain air.

I grew up my entire life having a cabin up in Big Bear... it's my home away from home. The past two years we haven't had one... and I feel a bit empty. But Spencer and I took a day trip over the weekend because it needs to feel like winter, damnit! Thanks a lot California. It was so crisp and so heavenly. We didn't want to leave.

Sometimes color block outfits are best. When you're in a place as pretty as Big Bear, you can't clutter yourself with patterns and polka dots. It's all about being a 'warm ball of cuddles' as I say. That's what I strive to be. Spencer knows. ;) 

I'm definitely a mountain girl. Give me immaculate views and hikes all the way to the top, please. I vow to forever make my house as cozy and cabin-y as possible because I just love that feel. 


Get this same outfit:

jacket // nordstroms

knit long sleeve top // forever 21

dark blue skinny jeggings // forever 21

floral tennies // vans

hourglass knit beanie // moderneband store  

reader glasses // amazon

 

Photos by: Baldwin Media Photography

No Thanks.

There's nothing that I love more than sassy passive aggressive t-shirts. They're just, so, me

I'm sure you will end up seeing 90% of mine throughout my blogging lifetime. I will gladly show them off. ;) 

A garter belt and thigh highs will always spice up an outfit, I'll never say no. It's a simple way to make an outfit pop and be different. Just have to make sure they aren't necessarily fishnet material as that tends to come off rather halloween costume/go-go dancer.

You can get thigh high socks virtually anywhere and they don't have to be tights. It's Fall and it's a great way to still wear dresses and skirts yet keep your legs warm at the same time. 

Go big or go home. 

"No Thanks" t-shirt // forever21

Burnt Orange Skater Skirt // forever21

Garter Belt & Thigh Highs // fredericks

Black High-Tops // vans

All Photos Taken by Baldwin Media Photography

Support Your Local Tattoo Shop

The most frequent question I get on my blog is "Where do you get your tattoos done?" And while my specific and literal answer is, "lots of places, really", I do have a place that my tattoos call home. 

White Lotus Tattoo in Laguna Hills, CA. 

I definitely plan on doing a post explaining all of my tattoos in depth and what they stand for but I felt it was appropriate and well deserved that I give a shoutout to the place that has taken care of me for the past few years. One person in particular, Max Klapp. (@maxradness for all you instagram lurkers)

Max has tackled every idea I've thrown at him with flying colors. Literally. His use of color is ACES. Everyone that works at that shop has treated me so well and like family, sometimes I would go in there and bring lunch and just hangout. It's that type of place. I love it. 


I've been getting tattooed by him for about 3 years now. He's done... 7 pieces on me, including my sternum piece which is my favorite. Can't get enough of those bold traditional tattoos, man.

My boyfriend, Spencer (who will be a guest blogger frequently on here) is also an amazing photographer/videographer. What a team we are. I could never make videos as pretty as he does. But, this last week I got a tattoo from Max and he came along with all of his camera jazz. Did a little video, (I'm sorry his tattoo machine literally sounds like the wrath of Thor if that was a sound) but if you listen carefully you'll learn something. ;) It's a fun video and I'm really glad he made it. I hope you enjoy it.

If you're a local reader I highly suggest you book with Max PRONTO as he plans on moving up to Washington state in April 2015. (biggest sad face f**king ever) But I mean, if you live in the Washington area, look up Max and book him! He's a gem, so take good care of him and his pretty lady. I will miss them so.


P.S. Spencer felt it completely necessary to shove a camera in my face when Max was drilling my elbow and snapped a photo every time I made a face or did a thing. For your viewing pleasure, I call this politely... "f**k off, I'm in pain mother f**ker" 

Go support your local tattoo shops!

All photos & video taken by Baldwin Media Photography

No Rest For The Rad shirt //topknotgoods