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

Street Rat

My poor man sacrificed his knee and elbow for this shot, so therefore I must do this post justice.  

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I can go a little punk rock sometimes... that and I'm a sucker for plaid so I have no choice but to come off sort of grunge. Leave it up to me to wear a strapless dress when I know 75% of my readers are freezing their asses off right now. You're welcome.

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Plaid Dress // Urban Outfitters

Thigh High Socks // Target

Combat Boots // GoJane

The white daisies in my hair are literally silk flowers that I cut from a bouquet and bobby pinned in my hair last minute.

Innovation

 

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

It's Your Boy Spence

Hello there. I'm Michelle's boyfriend, Spencer. Nice to meet you. 

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I know, right? Not winnin' any beauty contests any time soon. I still don't understand why she likes me. But I digress.

Anyways, here's a little bit about me...

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I am a 24 year old professional photographer and musician. I play drums for a band called Moderne and work full time for an international clothing company taking web and lifestyle photos. You can see some of my work HERE. I grew up in sunny Southern California and for the majority of my adolescence I played club ice hockey 7 days a week. I am a loyal Red Wings fan and have been my whole life. Go ahead... talk your sh*t... our cup count isn't listening. ;)

I have one blood brother who is 7 years older than me and a "step" brother and sister who are both older than me. 

When I was 14 I went through rehabilitation for a severe drug addiction and have not touched the stuff since. God willing, I will celebrate 10 years of sobriety on December 7th this year. Ever since my incarceration I have done everything I can do to pay back the universe for my wrong doings and be the best person I can be.  

When I was 14 I joined my first band that would eventually be named Catalina Burning. I played guitar and as you can imagine... we were pretty awful. But we played shows for friends and family for 4 years and I loved every second of it. Shortly after that bands disbanding, I rotated through 3 or 4 bands, most notably playing drums for a very talented man by the name of Taylor Collins until I was offered the spot in Moderne last year.

Anyways, without boring you with my life's story, we will get to the stuff y'all really care about....

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I've never been much for fashion - or facial hair for that matter. But in the recent years working in the fashion industry I've had to learn trends and style pretty quickly. Before I met Michelle, I was the guy that would wear Levi's and band tees no matter the occasion. I didn't care too much about my appearance. The first time I grew my beard out it was due to sheer laziness. I'm blessed with European blood so my facial hair grows fast, thick and full with little to no effort. The length it's at now is about 3 months with a trim about a month ago. I've been able to grow a decent beard since I was 15. However, back then, facial hair was not so trendy so I was ridiculed a lot in school and social environments because of it. Which seems funny now.

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Michelle does a pretty good job of hunting down styles for me. I encourage her to buy things without asking me. I like being surprised. I get flustered in stores... mostly because I don't have a lot of money so picking one or two things out of an entire store can be daunting. But she has also opened my eyes to bargain shopping. Which I must say has been life changing. Why didn't I do this sooner?!

Anyways, she asked me to just introduce myself to you lovely readers. So here I am. The man behind the camera. I have very much enjoyed being a part of helping her with this blog so far, and I am very much looking forward to the future with her not only on the internetz, but in real life as well. 

In the future I will be featured on her blog with a beard care post, some style posts, and a few cynical rants about women's fashion. High waisted shorts aren't doing ANYONE any favors. Leave them in the 90's where they belong.

Instagram: @deejaybm

Ta-ta for now, friends.


Peacoat // Macy's

Pants // Forever21 Men's

Button Up // Forever21 Men's

Kicks // Dr. Martin

Hat // Target

 

My website: www.baldwinmediaphotography.com

My band: www.moderneband.com

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

Don't Be Scared. Sincerely, Velvet

I think people are afraid of crushed velvet; they think it's super fancy or impossible to match. 

I will respectfully disagree. Now please scroll down, I'll make this short and sweet.

I wouldn't let different materials like leather, velvet, and mesh frighten you. They match with more than you think they do and you don't need some edgy haircut to pull it off... or tattoos and a nose ring. I have 5 different velvet items in my closet and it doesn't need to be date night to wear them. ;) Just own it. You got this.


Striped crop top // www.forever21.com 

Blue Double-Slit Velvet Maxi Skirt // www.forever21.com

Statement Necklace // www.forever21.com 

Sandals // www.target.com 

All photos taken by Baldwin Media Photography