Thursday, July 27, 2017

San Francisco: Travel Guide

San Francisco

Travel Guide

Picture Perfect Places


San Francisco is one of the most beautiful cities I've had the privilege to live near for most of my life, and along the way I've come upon some beautiful places to take photos. Some you may know, and some you may not, but regardless - here we go.



The first place is one I've seen all over pinterest, but just recently figured out how to get to:


Kirby Cove Swing







Here's how to get there:


1. Map yourself to the Vista Point lookout 

- Tip: There are many view points on this side of the bridge, you'll see many people crowded on top of the hill on the Sausalito side, this is where you want to be. There are three points to stop at on this road, you want the first one - it will likely have the most people on it.

2. Follow the sign for Kirby Cove

- To the right of the small parking space section is a sign pointing down the hill to the beach, theres a small hike (brisk walk) down to the beach.

3. Pass the camping site on to the beach

- You'll get to a bit of a fork in the road when you get to the camping sites, go toward the left and keep going down until you reach the beach. The swing is connected to a tall tree, you'll have to go up the side of the tree to get on the swing, but trust me the pictures are worth it.




Top of the Tiled Steps



I'm sure many of you have heard of the tiled steps :


However, if you climb to the top of the steps, and continue beyond the above street level, there's an incredible view. Many people travel to twin peaks for the same view, however twin peaks is becoming less safe than it once was - and is usually covered in fog that blocks the view. 
I suggest climbing to the top of the tiled steps - it's a great 360 view of the city.



Mission District





The mission district is full of colorful murals and restaurants to visit. There's not a ton of action in this area, it's a bit more residential and low key.





Hope this helps!






-J


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Twitter: @jen_marie_14


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Luxury is not fashion

One thing I've learned since I started studying fashion is how little people know about the industry. From an outside perspective, and even sometimes from an inside perspective, luxury and fashion are the same thing - because they are so often linked together that the distinction between the two no longer exists.
  Lets look at some of the most revolutionary designers in fashion, like Alexander McQueen and John Galliano. Their unconventional materials and silhouette are fashion, not wearable luxury. However, since they've done some exceptional work at luxury houses, and thus used luxury houses to be able to make fashion- the line gets blurred.
   Fashion is art. It's pure expression. Luxury is a regurgitation of similar silhouettes with small changes and an important label, with the intention of selling out to the market. It's pure consumerism. Fashion as luxury is assuming that a small group of people can participate in fashion. Not the case. You don't need to be rich to make fashion, or you shouldn't have to be. I read an article by Rob Horning in Vestoj about this, in which he stated, "Fashion is what is left when all pretence to consumer utility or social improvement is stripped away."

   If luxury has to meet a criteria of lets say five tops, four pants, and three coats per collection, then what about that is organic? A company comes out with a high dollar collection and suddenly everyone who can afford it is wearing the same things that were chosen for them by luxury fashion houses. As Elizabeth Wilson (a fashion scholar) once pointed out, "although many individuals experience fashion as a form of bondage, as a punitive, compulsory way of falsely expressing an individuality that by its very gesture (in copying others) cancels itself out, the final twist to the contradiction that is fashion is that it often does successfully express the individual," (vestoj.com).
   The problem with this is, in grouping fashion and luxury together, the consumer thinks they are making a choice that expresses their character, when really everyone is hoping on the same trends as soon as they come out, thus making everyone look similar, defeating the entire purpose of fashion - self expression.
  Now imagine you're me, and you've just started studying fashion. Every time you present something you're being trained to think like a luxury brand by being asked, "who would wear this?" "who are you designing for?" and so on. Suddenly I'm forced to buy the most expensive fabrics and come up with the best silhouettes so I can get picked up by a luxury brand. Instead of college being the most free time to explore, it starts to get stifling. To me, fashion will never be about that. I want people who buy my clothes to do so because they connect to it. How can you profile pure fashion?
   This is not an anti- luxury rant. I respect luxury brands. I just feel as if fashion and luxury should have a distinct line between them. Not all clothing is fashion.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Rooftops


7 / 9 / 17

Sacramento, CA

Golden hour, a rooftop, and a best friend.

Photos by me.















-J

Friday, June 23, 2017

070: Aidan Doyle

Artist Series 02






 Aidan Doyle: Sacramento based fashion and portrait photographer.

Instagram: @adoylee

To see his work, click here.







-J



Saturday, June 17, 2017

069: Jesse Uli


Artist Series 01
















Jesse Uli: Photographer, filmmaker, artist.

To see Jesse's work click here.





-J