Fashion, lifestyle, Personal, Uncategorized

Casanova.

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Watching someone you love and respect work on something passionately with focus, drive, and serious intent makes you want them to achieve the success they’re reaching for that much more. In this case it’s been one of my best friends, partner in crime, and influencer Nick Casanova.

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Personal

Blindly.

AJ Ragasa Photography

I can’t be sure if it’s the glowing orb of a moon hanging in the sky like a bowl of gold, Barcelona radio playing in the background, skimming through my amazing nephew’s recent travel photos (Luke Mattson), or being surrounded by moving boxes again that has me feeling overwhelmed. Overwhelmed with gratitude, overwhelmed with wonder, overwhelmed with questions, overwhelmed with histrionics, overwhelmed with my surprising ability to be so surprisingly present in the simple moment of now.

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

Not en vogue: human props.

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I understand the thrill of traveling, particularly for a photoshoot. Even moreso if that photoshoot is somewhere exotic, new, and unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. When you have a strong bond with the photographer- which I definitely appreciate because many of my best friends are photographers-  it makes everything even more fun: the locations, the wardrobe, the styling, the props!

But the props…the props I’m noticing more and more in fashion are actual humans. Not like “here we’re posing together for this campaign, lookbook, or magazine” but “let’s use these kids or this withered man in the shot because they add such local flavor!”

Blegh.

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Art, Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Abyss through the lens.

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Congrats to Jeremie Montesuiss of Film Noir Studio for getting his Glamazon: Abyss images published in HUF!

Take a peek (and read a little snippet I wrote)!

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Beauty, Cambodia, Expat, Fashion, lifestyle, Phnom Penh

Model behavior.

Photo: C. Nation Studio

Photo: C. Nation Studio

As I edged awkwardly out of my preteens with overly dry skin, lank hair, and standing about 4 foot 8, I had a strong desire to become a model-cum-actress after spending hours upon hours of flipping through glossies. I begged my mom time after time to enroll me into modeling schools, take me to LA for auditions, and avidly read seventeen like it held the truth to the universe. Luckily she had the wits about her to say “no” to the thousands of dollars it would cost to enroll me in what was likely a farce of a class, see that I wouldn’t be shooting up the eleven inches it would take to reach international modeling standards, and that like most things I had taken interest in- ballet, horseback riding, the viola- my passion to be a supermodel would peter out in due time.

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Expat, Fashion, Food, lifestyle, Travel

So long, Hong Kong.

Photo: Aimée Han

Photo: Aimée Han

Last weekend, I spent a few days in Hong Kong curating and styling for an upcoming project spearheaded by a very talented friend. I got to work with the spirited, chocolate-loving Aimée Han, a brilliant photographer and overall interesting person. I have thought about what I would want to do or where to move in Asia if it weren’t Phnom Penh, and Hong Kong had been mentioned a few times as somewhere people could see me living.

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Art, Cambodia, Expat, Food, Phnom Penh, Travel

Sharing “a.hä”

Photo Credit: Nataly Lee

Photo Credit: Nataly Lee

The times are few nowadays when I can or want to sit down and look at the same photos repeatedly- especially if they’re of places, people, or things I see recurring in my day to day.

I do cherish going through old photos of friends and family, I always have. As a little girl and to this day, would sit with the thickly bound photo albums my mother so carefully crafted and kept throughout my sister and my childhoods to reminisce and create stories and simply be back in each moment, whether in Albania with my skinny cat, gathering sticks at the Oregon Coast, or placing a set of Minnie Mouse ears atop my dad’s head.

A few years ago, I was a tumblr fanatic- looking, posting, reblogging, looking more- into the wee hours of the morning. Now, I prefer to scribble and plan and write and sleep. However, when Nataly Lee launched her photo blog today- I was enthralled by the stories she managed to tell through the lens. She brought the viewer in, and wouldn’t let them go. Each detail, each soft nuance- makes me want to go back and look one more time…just in case I missed anything.

Visit her page, a.hä! for whimsical yet rich photos, bound to pull you in to a world you may just have skipped over.

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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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