Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Personal, Phnom Penh, Travel

The History of Things to Come.

Vintage Pinup

Amanda Bloom is a triple threat. She’s known in Phnom Penh particularly for her music, composition, and stage presence along with her authentic, dress-up fabulous vintage pop-up sales she has been hosting for the past three years since she has lived in Cambodia, gorgeously titled “The History of Things to Come”, along with a compelling mind rich with knowledge on the projects she’s involved in. Amanda is passionate when the topic of vintage arises, as it truly is her lifeblood, an integral part of her personal history, and has been in a way methodically soothing to her in many ways which is apparent as she softly says in one part of our discussion, “I love the little details of vintage, the things that surprise you. The details in the buttons…the pleating… the garment…”

I had a chance to sit down with Amanda over a glass of white wine, raw almonds, and kittens to discuss why she conducts The History of Things to Come and what sparked her initial interest in vintage. One of my dear friends back home, Brooke Casanova, is a vintage connoisseur of sorts and loves a great find- so it was of particular interest to me in how Ms. Bloom runs her business, why she does it, and how she manages her product and client base with an increasing, sometimes fraudulent, vintage market growing in The Charming City.

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Art, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, Phnom Penh

KITTENS, INSPIRED BY KITTENS.

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I’ve been wanting to incorporate my favorite (cats!) into a photo shoot for some time now. While they’ve made guest appearances in other shoots like one I did with Jeremie Montessuis of Film Noir Studio for WUPP, this was the first with two little guys.

Thanks Philippa for letting me borrow Simba and Atticus for the evening and props to Montana Rakz of RAKZ Photography Studio as the guru behind the camera.

Ryan Drewe Taylor of The Dollhouse Salon mastered my hair and was a perfect cat wrangler in between shots.
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Fashion

Live Long (Dress Well) and Prosper. June 3, 2013.

Slick

JJ Abrams and Keenser on set of Star Trek: Into Darkness

Into Dorkness, more like it.

I got to see the long awaited Star Trek: Into Darkness this weekend and not only thoroughly enjoyed the movie itself (Trekkies, argue all you want-it delivered wholly on an entertainment level, even if it didn’t entirely follow precious plot lines). While Gene Roddenberry’s technology driven future flashed across the screen with the signature JJ Abrams light flares, many movie-goers may have been focused on the slightly altered communicators or Chris Pine’s corn-fed face. I, however, was enthralled with the wardrobe. Not normally overly interested in fashion or wardrobe when it comes to films (or in real life, for that matter), I was surprised at how much the costumes caught my attention. Spoilers ahead, I guess?

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