Thursday, June 16, 2016

The Jazz Age Lawn Party 2016



There is one event every year that really is "all that jazz", Michael Arenella & His Dreamland Orchestra's Jazz Age Lawn Party. You may have missed it in June but dont fret, its so the bees knees that once a year isnt enough. This two day jazz festival is held one weekend in June and once again in August on the scenic escape from NYC, Governor's Island. 

The festivities include some of my favorite things; vintage shopping, vintage cocktails by St Germain, swing dancing lessons, tons of great food, performances by Gregory Moore and The Dreamland Follies, Roddy Caravella and The Canarsie Wobblers, Queen Esther and so many more, picnicking on the lawn and maybe drifting off for a quick afternoon nap under the breezy trees.

This year I photographed the party in digital, 35mm, some expired and medium format film. Its all mixed together and I hope you enjoy! Pictures really arent enough to convey the spirit of the afternoon, but we hope to capture a moment, So, dress in your 1920s best, board the ferry and transport yourself into the past with me. 

Photography: Laura Okita
























This year I wore my vintage 1920s cloche hat and did my makeup inspired by one of my favorite runway looks of all time, the Dior John Galliano Couture 2007. My favorite Miu Miu glasses have such a 20s feel but kept my look modern. My dress and kimono were also both vintage from the 1920s.






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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Impossible Project Film



As a photographer and a vintage blogger, I have always been in love with the look of film. From my analogue obsession, I have had the opportunity to try out different types of film from 35mm to 120mm, instant, color, black and white from many original film brands to new and exciting brands. 

Over the past 6 years or so, one type of film has slowly been disappearing, the instant film. If you have a chance to view The Polaroid Book, you will find a extensive variety of now discontinued cameras and film types in this genre. The most recent to face extinction, the Polaroid 600 type film. This was until the Impossible project reinvented the 600 type instant film. 

I finally got a chance to try the film which comes in color, black and white, square frame and round (black, white or colored frame). I have to say, I love it! I usually use a different instant film (also discontinued) peel apart film. I cant say which I like better, the 600 type or peel apart because the actual cameras are much different and the images are pretty different as well. One pro for the Impossible Project film is that it is dry instantly so I dont have to worry about dirt and dust ruining the picture on location. The fun part about the film is that you get to watch the image develop. Depending on the camera you use, it will also be more prone to fun light leaks and unique variations. I had so much fun shooting with this film. I am really happy about the end results after I scan the images. 600 type cameras are really easy and convenient to use and this new film is keeping them alive. My hope is that the Impossible project might make peel apart film as well. 

The Impossible Project shopping experience was great and very helpful. If you dont have a store near you, you can get both the camera (several different vintage options, would love to try the new I-1) and the film on their site. This is not a sponsored review. Ive been really excited to try this new film out and I cant wait to share more images with you! I will be taking my Polaroid camera to the Jazz Age Lawn Party this weekend. 

xo



Some digitals of my look 






Thursday, June 2, 2016

Pieces of Vintage



Photography & Styling Laura Okita
Model Carmen Bruendler (Women 360 Management)
Hair Shoichi Ishida
Make up Miho Ishida



Shoes Marni


Dress Jill Sanders



Glasses Gray Ant, Sweater Anna Sui, Skirt Anna Sui