Thursday, March 17, 2016

Fresh Spark!

photo: Daniel Craig


After taking the longest break in the history of the blog, (over a year!) I have taken enough time to gather my thoughts and start fresh!

I have been thinking for a long time that I want to completely redo the entire feel, focus and reason for having this space, and after a long period spent mulling over a few different possibilities, I have finally come to a place where I feel pulled in a couple of directions that feel right to me.

I'm still working out the details of how it is all going to come together, but am feeling excited about getting this going again- mainly just to have a space for my thoughts and creativity to roam free a bit- and have ultimately decided that it's okay if I figure some (or a lot) of it out along the way- so please, bear with me.

...Which leads me to say, that even though I post in public spaces, it still truly astonishes me that anyone has ever read anything I have written here at all! I am so flattered by those who have come across this space and have found my silly life of creative experiments to be even remotely interesting to them. But I am so glad that you do!

I can't tell you how much the little bits of encouragement that I have received over the years have meant to me, and I am so grateful to have the chance to share pieces of my world with you.

But, even if no one read it at all, and if not a single person comes across these words now, that is absolutely fine by me too.

I find that there is something so freeing about getting all the chaos out of my head and stored in a place that chronicles the ups and downs of every attempt I make to examine the existence of myself, others and the world- and marvel at the beauty and confusion of it all. At the very least I can look back and know that even though I might have felt insignificant, messy, and totally lost at times, I pushed forward, I learned, and I tried something new. And then tried something else. And something else.

Because that is what it really means to be creative.

Stay tuned.

Love,
Camille


Thursday, October 30, 2014

"Eyeball Monster" Halloween Makeup Tutorial

The finished look on my housemate, Rose!


Halloween is almost here! Need a wild and fantastic costume that costs less than $10 and will be sure to impress (and freak out) your friends? Make yourself into an eyeball monster! 

This year my housemate Rose asked me if I would do her makeup for her Halloween costume, and of course, I said YES! The idea began as a way to honor Rose's love of all things eyeballs, and was inspired by this fantastic look, here

However, all the links I found for this and similar creations didn't show any tutorials of how to go about making this incredible creation, so I thought I would practice doing this look on myself before transforming Rose this Friday evening- and in the process, make my own eyeball Halloween makeup tutorial!

All you need is a cheap Halloween makeup kit and a some dollar-store black liquid eyeliner (I think Wet n'wild has a liquid liner for less than $2, as well as Forever 21) .

Let's get started! 


Step 1: Use a green face paint to create a base for the skin tone, avoiding the spots where the eyes will be painted. Fill in these areas with eye-shaped splotches of white paint. 

Step 2: Paint a circle in the middle of each white splotch for the color of the iris (I chose blue). At this point you may look like a confused clown, but don't worry, it will look better soon! 

Step 3: Using a black liquid eyeliner, trace around the outline of each eye, and paint a black pupil in the center. This may take a little patience, and you may need to use a blow-dryer to help the green and white face paint beforehand. 

Step 4: Paint eyelashes around each eye, using the liquid liner. (This is actually much easier than it looks, but takes a while! Be patient- the eyelashes really enhance the look!) Once you have finished the lashes, use the white face paint to paint a "reflection" splotch in each eye near the pupil to give the eyes more definition. You may also want to use the green paint to go fill-in areas that have rubbed off,  to refine the look. 

And there you have it! This look is actually much easier than it seems, but just takes a slightly steady hand and lots of patience to complete- I would give yourself an hour or so to make sure you have more than enough time to make it look as fantastic as possible. 

If you want to add a little extra flair, paint on some red lipstick as well, like I did! And if you really want to go all out, you can use false eyelashes to enhance the look like it is done here and here, but lashes tend to be very expensive, and fall off easily when applied over paint, so I decided to stick with just face paint for my version of this creep-tastic costume. 

I'm going to be doing the final version on Rose tomorrow, and will take a couple of snapshots then as well and post them below for a fun comparison. 

I hope you like this crazy Halloween makeup look, and have a wonderful and safe Halloween! 



The finished look I did on myself! 


Want a different costume idea? Check out some of my other tutorials!

I created a Skeleton/Skull Tutorial here, a "Black Swan" makeup tutorial here, as well as a "Magical Mermaid", and "Cannabis Cutie" along with an idea for an "Alien Maiden" and "Great Gatsby" look! And if you want to go super-comfy, go for this "Kawaii Panda" costume! 


Update: this is the finished look I painted on Rose! I think it turned out a lot better the second time, and was a little easier painting on her closed eyes rather than my own! 


Happy Halloween! 

Love,

Camille

Monday, October 27, 2014

Faux-fur and Flowers- Channeling Twiggy in FCM



This was another wild mod look for the Oct 2014 issue of Fashion Couture Magazine- inspired by Twiggy! I absolutely loved being a part of this creative and colorful shoot, and was so excited when I found out it was published! You can buy a copy here.

Check out the full set of photos from the shoot below:



Don't you think this would also be a really neat idea for an quick and easy Halloween costume??

Love,

Camille


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Neo-Goth Chic for Fashion Couture Magazine

Photography by Kenny Keneshiro, MUA by Nomi Nguyen


This is a bit of a belated announcement- but I am excited to say that this awesome set of photos was picked up by Fashion Couture Magazine for their October 2014 Issue! (Available here!)

I am especially fond of this particular set as I feel like it exemplifies my personal style so much more than most other shoots I have been a part of- in such a creative, radical, fantastic way! I love how extreme the makeup, hair and choice of jewelry is, and the look is a perfect blend of glamour, androgyny, punk and goth fashion, with a hint of avant garde SF/Tokyo-inspired street style.

There is one more set for the magazine that I will be posting soon- a wild, mod, fun tribute to Twiggy! I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!

Love,

Camille

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Goin' Mod for Fashion Affair Magazine



Photography by Camera Shock Photography, MUA: Nomi Nguyen 


Lots of great things have been happening this week, including the October 2014 publication of Fashion Affair Magazine, in which I appear as a featured model for their mod beauty spread!

I love the way these photos turned out, and it's so exciting to be published again! You can purchase a copy of their October 2014 issue here.

More publications are on the way, I'll be sharing those with you soon!

Love,

Camille



Monday, October 6, 2014

Witchy Woman






As promised, some photos to show you! This particular shoot was a lot of fun for me for many reasons- partially because I was able to do all of the styling and modeling along with choosing the setting (which was great because I can be a bit of a control freak!) and also because the location I chose was actually a familiar and nostalgic place for me, a place where I spent many summers swimming and playing as a kid.

I always have a lot of fun on photoshoots like this where I am able to just get creative and experiment- and I think that the vision of a sort of fairytale mysticism I had in my mind for these pictures came through just as I imagined they would! This was my second shoot with the talented Alex of La Donna Photography, and it was great to be able to collaborate with him after getting to know each other a little on our first shoot together a couple of months ago.

Since then, I have participated in a few other shoots including lots of boudoir sets, a fashion show and a couple of other creative endeavors, but I have been much better at sharing those photos through instagram in a timely fashion than I have on here! (I definitely become a bit more of a perfectionist when it comes to writing and composing a full post- but I suppose a little imperfection is better than a lack of updates!) These will be up soon, and are a little bit more provocative than the previous shoots-especially with the inclusion of all the boudoir photos I have been doing recently- but have been a fun way to act out a variety of alter-egos, ranging from a cheeky pinup girl to a smoldering seductress, to a vampy vixen, to a playful young starlet. This has actually been a lot of fun for me as I'm not particularly modest about my body and love to try new things however possible, but the results certainly appear to be a lot more scandalous than my previous photos, so take note that you've been warned!

I hope these pictures can help you escape the Monday afternoon blues and imagine the world through a different perspective- full of magic, enchantment, and fantasy and wonder!

Creatively yours,

Camille




Monday, September 8, 2014

Gettin' Fresh

gif by La Donna Photo

Did you notice...? I redesigned my ENTIRE blog! Whoohoo! Let me know what you think of this fun new look, and while you're at it, check out my new Facebook page too! I have so many new photos to show you, and now that I have this done, I can post them all soon! 

Get ready for some updates!

Love,

Camille

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wide Awake

Photography by Dante Miguel

It's been a very very long time... so much has happened since I last logged on and published a post here! People often ask me where the name "Spark and Fizzle" comes from, and my answer to them is that it is a way of accurately describing my relationship with creativity in my life. There are so many bright sparks of excitement and passion, always followed by the lull of a lack of inspiration, and I knew that in creating this blog, that was sure to happen. The name is a reminder to be easy on myself through all the sparks and fizzles, and continue to post and share even when the posting may be inconsistent and scattered to some degree. And always, with creativity and all pursuits that are not absolutely necessary for day-to-day survival, it is inevitable that one way or another, life will get in the way.

In the past couple of months I experienced the tragic death of a family member, the very sad end of my first lesbian relationship, and took part in lots and lots of photo-shoots- not to mention two runway shows! So as life may be throwing some punches into the mix, as least I have had the chance to explore quite a bit with modeling! This has been a way to unleash the overflowing rushes of creativity I experience from time to time through a completely new medium- using my body as the tool in which I create. And it seems to be going well so far- I've just been given the news I will be appearing in two magazines soon, and am lined up several shoots over the next few weeks, which, of course, means lots of great photos to show you!

There are so many things constantly running through my mind and so much that I want to say- I just need to find the time to say it all! Sometimes I forget that anyone else really reads any of this but me, but I am grateful to still have so many people interested in the various happenings of my life, so I will make a greater effort to share it all with you.

Now I just have to figure out what to say first- there's just so much to share...!

Until next time,

Camille









Thursday, June 5, 2014

Summer Surf




Do "Throwback Thursdays" apply to blogs? 

Last summer I met with the talented photographer Cheshire Dave for a surfing-themed stock photo-shoot, and I pretended to be a pro surfer for a day! I was reminded of this particular photo-set while preparing for my little getaway for this upcoming weekend to sunny Southern California, as I will be making a quick and fun escape to San Diego with my girlfriend!

I love the way the vibrant blues of the sky and water create such a beautiful contrast with my bright yellow blonde of my hair and the rich black tones of my wetsuit- and even though it wasn't especially hot that day (as it barely ever is on Bay Area beaches) I think the vibrancy of the pictures really creates a feeling of the warmth of a bright summer day.

I am really looking forward to Southern California sunshine, exploring the San Diego coast and a lazy day on the beach- I feel like I have been waiting for summer for so long!

Always,

Camille

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Back to blonde


With summer closely approaching, and after finding myself in a place where I was a few months from my last change, I decided that it was time to switch things up once again!

Platinum blonde was the color of choice this time around, but only after much deliberation, and many shades of pink, orange and peach in between! Originally I had planned to go for a rosy, dusty peachy pink color that I thought looked fantastic on so many people and made a bold, yet feminine fashion statement, but once I perfected that same color on my own hair I was horrified to find that it was the exact same color of my skin- and looked absolutely awful! It was the hair equivalent of someone with tan skin wearing a tan-colored t-shirt- which would otherwise be known as NOT a good combination.

All in all- even though it ended up somewhere totally and completely different from where I originally meant it to be, I think it turned out to be a home hair color success!

Always,

Camille




Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Looking Back on Seattle Adventures.







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I was just going through my photos from my trip to Seattle a little while ago- and found these lovely gems. It was so great to see my sister on that trip, but also to just explore the city- and discover all the small and unknown nooks and crannies that I had to find on accident to ever discover them at all.

I really loved stepping into all the little boutiques and cafes around the city, each time seeing something new and exciting to remember once I returned back home.

What's your favorite place to visit in Seattle?

Fondly,

Camille

Friday, March 21, 2014

Self-Expression through Personal Style, a fight against "Normcore" Fashion

A run-of-the-mill look for me: a giant faux-fur jacket, blue velvet leggings and studded fingerless gloves, taken in November of last year.


It's been all over the internet, in various newspapers and flooding through campuses of some of the country's most style-savvy universities. It's "Normcore" fashion, a quickly rising trend that combines elements reminiscent of early 90s Seinfeld-esque casual-wear with an attitude that projects a statement that says something like "I just threw on whatever was on the floor" and "I couldn't care less about my appearance".

The NY Post dubs "Normcore" as a fashion statement "for those who realize they're one in 7 billion", or in other words, would just rather blend in than stand out from a crowd. Though I understand the appeal of wearing shoes that are actually supremely comfortable over those that may give you blisters and mishapen toes down the line, watering down one's individuality so much on purpose for the sake of rebellion seems like an odd idea considering that this would cause the person rebelling not to be noticed.

Having had the experience of growing up in a small town where sweatshirts, jeans and flip flops were the unspoken uniform of everyone ages eight to eighty-five, it seemed somehow necessary for survival to break the mold with bright vibrant colors and unique style choices. One of my most memorable fashion moments was finding a pair of pink and white python-printed pleather pants at the age of twelve, falling in love with them wholeheartedly, and insisting on wearing them through the grey and blue flocked hallways of my middle-school. I relished in the attention- a mixture of compliments and odd looks I would receive every time I wore these pants, even when my legs would find themselves sweaty and stuck to the inside of the cheap plastic.

Although I realize that it is not everyone's goal to be noticed, I wonder that if a widely accepted style based on the idea of sameness might have a deeper effect on the middle-schoolers of the present, who might then apply this principle of beigeness to other aspects of their life in terms of individuality and creativity?

What do you think? When it comes to fashion, do you prefer to be comfy and blend in or stand out and be bold?

I guess I will just always be a flamingo.

Always,

Camille

Friday, March 7, 2014

Weekend Away

Pike Place Market. (photo by Emily Kelley)


Do you ever get the feeling that you just need to get on a plane and go somewhere? For me, if happens nearly every other day! But... luckily a fun trip thrown in the mix helps keep the travel bug at bay!

This weekend I am visiting my little sister Emily in Seattle, and plan to enjoy my time away with as much gusto as possible on this little excursion! If you know of any "must do" places to visit and see in Seattle let me know- and hopefully I'll have lots of lovely photos to share by the time I leave!

Xoxo,

Camille


Friday, February 21, 2014

Hiatus.

One of my favorite pictures from a showroom photo-shoot I did with a co-worker a few months back.

Hello again- it's been a while! It's been a rough road, but it's good to be back.

As you may know, the fashion showroom that I was working for (in my ultimate dream job!) closed down last month, and suddenly I was left, hanging- feeling like I was about to careen off the edge of a cliff and  tumble downward into the abyss of indefinite joblessness. But now, after about a month of the soul-searching, constant ups and downs and other struggles of being on my own, I feel like I can look back on my time at the showroom with a feelings of confidence rather than panic, knowing that the experience that I gained working directly with designers and buyers and understanding the market will help me move forward toward something else equally exciting, and possibly even better!

However, creating this shift in attitude hasn't been easy! Because of this setback, the last month has really felt like a difficult time for getting things on track , and sometimes this insecurity paired with my deep-seeded desire for perfection prevents me from actually making any posts at all! But, of course, the only way to actually keep updating is to go with the attitude, "okay, this is good enough, I'm just going to post it anyway!" and take it from there.

And so again, I remind myself:

PERFECTIONISM IS THE ENEMY OF CREATIVITY.

Think about it, mull it over in your head, let the meaning wash over you, and now...GO CREATE SOMETHING!

I am happy to say that even in my lack up blog updates, I have been drawing a lot more recently! I think I may soon be integrating some artwork into my posts. We will see!

Moving forward toward better things,

Camille

Friday, January 31, 2014

Fire Pixie



As you can see, just a few days ago I changed my hair-again!

Somewhere in the middle of trying to re-bleach my roots and add another coat of blue, I suddenly changed my mind and decided to go for red instead! And with the arrival of the Lunar New Year, I think that so far it seems that the red has been giving me good luck!

Today was filled with so many happy surprises, and I feel like after the difficulties of the beginning of the month, I am ready for a change! This morning began on a great note- a barista from a Starbucks I had visited a couple of times recognized me on the street and decided to bring me a free latte for no apparent reason, (right to the front desk of my work!) and the bakery and pizza place nearby also delivered a free pizza to my work as well! Food surprises are the best surprises, aren't they?

Have a wonderful Chinese New Year! 新年快樂! (xin nian kuai le!)

Wishing you health and prosperity in 2014,

 Camille

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Not Exactly The Best Week Ever...



I'm sure that we can all agree... some weeks just suck. This one was a hearty mix of both my own blunders and other unfortunate happenings all jumbled together into a rich and meaty stew of overwhelming stressfulness and sadness. I won't get too far into details, but will instead share this much more pleasant photo from Alexis Coram's Underwater Collection that she shot of me last year.

Staying Strong Until Things Get Better,

Camille

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Sailor Dreams and Retro Scenes





Nearly one year ago I returned to the United States from Taiwan, ready to finally "settle down" after many years of traveling, and establish myself in the world of writing, art and fashion. Though I was so happy and excited to be starting a new life in the Bay Area, at the same time I was was immediately missing Taipei, and the constant thrill of traveling and living abroad. I promised myself that even though it was important to try to stick in one place for a little while to start a career, I would never give up traveling and always fill my life with adventure. 

Soon after I joined a creative writing class- something I had wanted to do for many years but was too timid to actually attempt, and absolutely loved it more than anything else I had ever studied! (This led me to believe that coming back to live in the U.S. was a great decision in the end!) In the class I met a fantastically intelligent and vibrant girl- who intrigued me with her stories of sailing and life on the water. We became good friends almost instantly, and had a wonderful connection that I find is very rare with most people that I meet! 

It was then that Glenda mentioned that she wanted to go on another trip- (sailing through Southeast Asia) but this time she wanted to bring someone along with her....me! And just a couple of nights ago, on the eve of the new year we discussed the possibility once again, and may be making the trip in just a few months! 

It's still in the initial planning stages, but the possibility of sailing around the world sounds like the adventure that I have always dreamed of- and an opportunity not to be missed.

While going through my photos from the past year that I had taken but not yet posted, I found this little practice set I had created trying to style an ultra- kawaii sailor dress from Taiwan- super short, and totally feminine! I thought it would create a fun and silly contrast to the idea of actually sailing, haha! 

I will let you know more as the now- unsure plans become set in stone...hopefully soon! 

Have you ever been asked to be a part of a wild and exciting adventure?

Xoxo,

Camille

P.S. You may have noticed that I am playing around now with new blog header ideas...I don't really like this one, but I may end up with something similar. It's time for a new look! 







Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Celebration of the New Year




I keep on saying to myself that really, I have no resolutions for the beginning of the New Year, but one thing that I would like to do is make a full catch-up on all the videos and photos that I have taken in the past year and have still not yet posted! (And also, try to post future videos and photos sooner after they are taken!)

This is one particularly fun video that I just came across, shot one year ago in Taipei with my closest friends, talking about how happy we were to be together in the New Year and to share that moment of moving into the future as good friends. This New Year's Eve in celebrating 2014 was spent in a similar fashion, having a quiet night of drinks and a lovely talk with one of my very close friends- sharing our feelings and thoughts of what we would want to accomplish and focus on in the upcoming months. There was no loud party, no overflowing champagne or glittering gowns, just the two of us, taking a moment to reflect and look thoughtfully into our futures.

Looking back on 2013, I realize now that there are so many projects and photo-shoots that I was able to be a part of this year, and so much happened overall that I didn't have the time or energy to share it all with you! So, I have decided that the first order of business for this year is to finally post everything for you to see! Better late than never, right?

Happy New Year!

Love always,

Camille

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The End of 2013.



2013 has been a year of many changes- a time of so many overwhelming new tests and challenges. It has also been a year for growth and the building of strength in pushing past so many difficulties. For me, it has certainly been a time of struggle, but also a beginning of exciting new things. 

So at the end of the year I can now take this time to reflect on what changes I seen in the past twelve months, which steps I have taken to move forward, and the things I want in the year to come. And my only resolution would be that in the coming year I want to do whatever it takes to have as much happiness, creativity and love in my life as possible- which will mean a lot of experimentation, risk-taking, and throughout everything, letting myself be vulnerable and open (which I decided to start with this small set of intimate and emotionally revealing self-portraits that I took in my bedroom- and am very pleased with the result!)

I think 2014 will be full of so many wonderful things, don't you?  

Xoxo,

Camille

Monday, December 23, 2013

That Crazy Blue Pixie


Happy Holidays!

Are you finding these last few days before Christmas fun and exciting, or totally overwhelming and stressful? (I think I might be somewhere in-between at the moment!)

Although I haven't had the chance yet to snap up some photos of my new 'do on my SLR, I thought I would add these few close ups from my phone for the time being. After being mugged, I decided to get the iphone 5s, and it takes some pretty nice shots! I like how these are a bit softer than the crisp lines of the SLR, and produce images that look a bit more like drawings or paintings than higher quality digital photos, without being too pixelated and fuzzy.

People have been asking me a lot lately about how to dye my hair this color, so I think I will be adding a tutorial soon! I think it's really fun to play around with different colors- and am really enjoying the blue! It's also a lot shinier and more iridescent in person, changing from a bright turquoise to a vibrant royal blue to a sort of electric teal with different lighting and from varying angles.

But now I need to finish up my holiday gifts! (More coming soon!)

Merry Christmas!

Xoxo,

Camille

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Feeling Bluey.


So as you may know already from following my instagram and/or facebook account, at the end of this weekend, I took a chance, and decided to dye my hair blue!

Aside from the platinum with a few bright red accents I sported about a year and a half ago, this is the first time that I have really gone all out with a wild and unusual color, and so far, I love it!

I am finally just making the beginnings of a recovery after being sick with a terrible cold for nearly two weeks now, (ugh!) so I will be sure to post more photos soon once I am feeling a little better- so you can really see just how extreme the color is!

And now, I need to catch up on everything I fell behind on in that time! Off to work!

Also, if you are in SF, stop by and see me and the other ladies at Altitude Showroom for our Holiday Happy Hour Event, this afternoon!

Xoxo,

Camille


Monday, December 2, 2013

Battling a Cold? 5 Ways to Feel Better FAST!

Still frames from the film, "Antiviral"

Cold season has hit- and unless you have an amazingly resilient immune system, you're probably going to find yourself feeling congested and helpless at some point within the next few weeks (as I am feeling at this very moment!) but with these tips, you'll make it through soon- I promise!

1. Get lots of rest! 

Call in sick to work and treat yourself to an afternoon of movie-watching and relaxation. Let's face it- you weren't going to get much done anyway with those congested sinuses and itchy eyes. Rest your brain, and rest your eyes. Take a break from tv and internet surfing to just lie in bed and rest. 


2. Get yourself some drugs- the GOOD stuff.

If your symptoms involve a runny nose, itchy eyes, and sneezing, get yourself some Sudafed, ASAP! It does wonders. But-make sure it's the one with pseudophedrine- the one you have to get from a pharmacist that requires an id and sometimes your address. Why? Because this stuff is POWERFUL, and contains some of the components of methamphetamine. If acquired in large quantities, can be used to produce the drug commonly known as crystal meth. It can also be highly addictive. But don't worry, as long as you are taking the proper dosage of the medication for no longer than a week, you'll be fine. In fact, you'll feel a million times more capable to deal with life and all it's stresses, which is a HUGE bonus when you are dealing with a nasty cold!

3. Don't forget to eat! 

You may not feel like you have a particularly ravenous appetite at this time (partially due to the fact you have pretty much lost all sense of smell), but making sure that you maintain proper nutrition is essential in the healing process. What you choose will depend on personal preference, but for me, spicy food is the main thing that I am craving when sick, especially in the form of soup! If you are lucky enough to live in Taiwan, Japan, China or any major U.S. city, hotpot (or in Japan, Shabu-Shabu) is a great cold-busting treat! The delicious hot broth paired with a healthy serving of vegetables is a great combination to help fight congestion and get plenty of vitamins in the process! I am lucky enough to live right on the border of Chinatown in Oakland, so I just popped down the street this afternoon, and got a nice big helping of super spicy hotpot to go! Also don't forget to drink ridiculous amounts of water- it will only help you feel better!

4. Distract Yourself.

If resting is only making you focus on just how crappy you feel, how little you're getting done, and how mad you are at whomever you might be blaming your sickness on at this moment, take a couple of hours to distract yourself with some good ol' Netflix instant play. I even handpicked a few just for you that are great for a cruddy sick day!

If you like science fiction...I recommend Vanilla Sky (only the Tom Cruise remake is available on Netflix, but it's pretty good!) or Antiviral (which is slightly creepier).

If you like romantic comedies....I recommend Timer, Kissing Jessica Stein, and Love Actually. All cute, sweet, feel-good movies.

If you like just plain ol' comedies...I recommend or The First Wives Club, and Young Adult. Both funny, without being too over-the-top.

If you like coming of age comedies...I recommend Charlie Bartlett and Clueless.

If you like over-the-top comedies... I recommend Pootie Tang (possibly the most ridiculous movie ever made), Superstar (the second most ridiculous) Bruno, Zoolander and Death at a Funeral. All totally hilarious.

If you like dramas...I recommend Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and New York, I Love You. Both offer a creative new way to look at love and relationships.

If you like artistic foreign dramas...I recommend The Artist and Blanca Nieves. Both are a visual treat, and neither story is too heavy to deal with when you are already feeling down.

If you like documentaries...I recommend Diana Vreeland, The Eye Has To Travel and Animal Odd Couples. You need cute and fun when you're sick, not heavy and depressing!

5. Get Something Done! 

It doesn't have to be anything overwhelming and huge, but just forcing a little bit of productivity on yourself will help you feel less stressed with you've made it through your cold and your to-do list still stands without a single check! So check off one item, maybe two, then you can get back to resting!

And when you start to feel a little bit better, watch this video!

Which of these tricks works best for you? Have a healthy, happy holiday season!

Xoxo,

Camille

Friday, November 22, 2013

So... Today's My Birthday...

"OMG! someone put these leaves out here for me because it's my birthday!" (just kidding, just kidding)


         Birthdays in my days of childhood were always fantastic- and often meant new Barbies to play with, a fun themed party, and playing with lots of friends in a sparkly pink haze of tiaras and ribbons- but being an adult now, and so involved with fashion and the world of beauty and aesthetics, getting older can often hold a very negative meaning. 

         With the constant bombardment of the quest for eternal youthfulness in magazine articles, teenage models in ad campaigns and other media that you often find within aspects of the fashion world, getting closer to leaving my twenties has seemed a little frightening at times I'll admit. But, in a recent shift in mindset- for the first time in my life, I am actually no longer worried about leaving behind a title of "being young" or "youthful" or even being called "a girl". Though at 27 I still have a bit of time to go before I am officially "older" by nearly any definition of the word, I am still very aware that is it often regarded that at 30, frivolousness and playfulness and the limitless adventures of young womanhood must be left behind, for a serious focus on work and building a family. 

        And though I do want to build a stable career and a family- eventually, I can see now so much clearer than I did only a few years ago that our lives are not structured by age and specific numbers, but the experiences we choose to be a part of, and the things we seek out and pursue that let us move forward. And now, rather than feeling an increasing panic over getting closer to thirty, I am able to take this time to reflect upon what I am grateful for in my life the way it is now and how much I have accomplished so far! I also find myself really looking forward to things that I will experience in years to come- like building my career (as expected, but in the ways I want it to be!), having children, and watching the people that I love grow and change along with me, all the while knowing that things will likely not turn out the way I expect, and that's okay. 

       So many times I hear people say that it's really in your late twenties that you truly start to figure out who you are and become much more comfortable in your own skin, and after the past few years of confusion, realizations, and so much self-discovery, I really feel that this is true! 

       And as far as fashion goes, I think it's pretty obvious that no matter how old I get (and waaaaay past my twenties, thirties, forties, etc), my style will pretty much stay the same! 

       In the spirit of getting older (and only more fabulous with time), I leave with you with this, and the promise to myself that no matter what age I am, I will always be the same fun-loving, silly, adventurous person, and always take the same fashion risks!

P.S. Tonight I am hosting a party at my new place, which will be "gentleman" themed- (meaning everyone- women included, dresses like a gentleman!) Photos coming soon! 

Xoxo,

Camille





Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Leaving Old Oakland Behind

Oakland downtown 1922
Downtown Oakland circa 1923 in my Old Neighborhood


It never ceases to amaze me just how much can happen in such a short amount of time! Over the past week and a half, I finally found a fantastic apartment (after many months of searching!), I was violently mugged at gunpoint, I attended my boss' wedding, and also had quite a few difficulties and makeups with friends and other people in my life. Now I can take a moment to breathe!

Was it perhaps that Mercury was in retrograde? In that case, it may not have been the best idea for me to move into a new apartment with a housemate that I just met, but perhaps the next few days will tell if that was really a mistake! So far, it seems like a fantastic choice- (my housemate is great, and I love the apartment, and my lease is month-to-month, so it doesn't feel like there could be too much wrong with that! And I also feel a bit better knowing that I am moving away from the area where I was mugged!) But as for the difficulties in communication and misunderstandings that kept happening- that certainly did seem strange, and now that the retrograde is over, it feels like communication is suddenly back to normal! Weird. I never used to pay even the slightest bit of attention to anything that was even the tiniest hint of being mystical, but I find it fun to entertain the possibilities of things like that being true.

Over the past couple of weeks I had also been having a hard time moving out of the place I lived in before- a funky old building with bay windows and pink walls in the heart of downtown Oakland- that had been there for a hundred years! (The neighborhood is actually called "Old Oakland" for all the historic buildings that are there). But it wasn't just the cute and funky apartment that was giving me separation anxiety, it was also leaving behind my relationship of the past two and a half years that was particularly challenging- but still, very necessary. Though it took a while for us to finally be in separate living situations and finalize the break up that had been pending for months, I'm really glad that we took the time we needed, as now we are still close friends, and can both accept that though we make fantastic buddies, we don't really work out so well in a romantic partnership.

And now I writing this from my new apartment in a fantastic neighborhood in Oakland near Lake Merritt, and no matter what the astrological timing tells me, it feels right.

What do you think about the idea of mercury being in retrograde? Believe it or leave it?

Xoxo,

Camille




Thursday, October 31, 2013

Skull Candy.













Gettin' festive in a skull-rhinestone dress given to me by my dear friend Sharon, layered with a shirtdress by Mansoor Scott and a bag by REVEAL! (Two brands that are carried by Altitude Showroom- where I work!)

Happy Halloween! Do you have any fun plans for tonight?

Xoxo,

Camille
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