Monday, December 22, 2014

Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Im off on my way home to Colorado for Christmas. I wanted to share my favorite holiday look from last year with you. Lets take a break, relax and enjoy our friends, families and loved ones.

I will be back in the new year with more vintage, videos and photos. I love all your comments and inspirations. Thank you for sharing a wonderful 2014 with me!


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

6th Annual Winter Ball II

This past Saturday, December 13th was the 6th Annual Winter Ball hosted by Michael Arenella and the Jazz Age Lawn Party. After attending the summer lawn party, the perfect relaxing afternoon for jazz, tea and gin, I knew that this night would be an evening filled with glamour, and the excitement of cocktails fashioned by Julie Reiner and dancing fit for the prohibition. 

A ball with no dress, I was feeling distressed... but was really excited to get to wear this stunning art deco inspired dress from Bariano and am all too sad that it shall disappear at the stroke of midnight. Flower headpiece gifted by Fairytale Flower with pearls gifted from Halcyon Fair.

Not to be alone at the ball, especially on my birthday, my charming husband joined to collaborate taking pictures with me. You will spot him as the handsome guy later in the photos ;)

If you were not able to join us this past weekend, pencil in February 14th on your calendar for ththe 6th Annual Sweetheart Soirée at Norwood.

Photography by Yusuke Okita
Color correct and retouch editing by Laura Okita

The Winter Ball

Swinging jazz got the party going by The Michael Arenella Band, joined by Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, The Minsky Sisters and Nicole Renaud. 

What would the holiday party of the season be without Kris Kringle? I got my very own dance! I guess I have been good this year.

A fantastic evening, sure to put you in the holiday mood. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

Friday, December 12, 2014

Story: Jennifer

A short story I photographed while in Texas of my sister Jennifer Harvey. I really wanted to photograph her because I love her skin tone. She is a shade or two lighter than me and has about twice as much hair. Thank you for being my model for this shoot and letting me do your hair and makeup! xo

I wanted the above picture to feel cross processed on negative film and the below on color positive film. The last two images were show in medium format with 120mm film. 

Photography Laura Okita 

120mm film

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Gold in the Desert

Here once again! We are fully in the holiday season now. How was everyone's Thanksgiving? I was in Texas for turkey day and will be in Colorado for Christmas. I dont always make it home for Christmas, but its my favorite time of year when I do. When I was home last, I picked up this fun midcentury dress from Goldmine Vintage in Colorado. As soon as my plane touches the runway in Denver, I cant wait until the moment I get to their doors!

While I was in Texas I took a lot of pictures! The weather in New York City gets really bad in the winter, muddying up the streets and locations in doors are not always hospitable or willing to allow photography either, so I was glad to be in the sun for a few days. I have another 60s inspired set and also had the chance to photograph my sister.

Included in these photos are a few of the new Gucci cosmetics that just launched this year. I love them! The casing and designs are so much fun just to have, I try to remind myself that cosmetics must be used and not saved.

On a side note, I wanted to mention the purpose of my blog and talk about features and sponsored posts. My blog was created for and remains a personal outlet for me to express my designs and photography, a place to support the vintage community, share things I like and hopefully to inspire. For sometime now and going forward, I do not post any product or experience on my blog that I do not strongly believe in. I only accept projects and features that I honestly love and know that you would also like. Sponsored items are always stated as care of or gifted from, so no secrets there. This blog is not meant as way of income for me and so my reader's trust and the content of my posts are most important to me. Always read on with confidence that I am not just another shop here buy this blogger, and will always try to uphold a standard worthy of vintage fashion. xoxo

Photography Laura Okita

These last few photos are some self portraits done in 120mm film. It was my first time using a new medium format (vintage) camera. I loved the texture and contrast from the film!