1. I photoshopped a fan-made poster of Hogwarts, a History to make this pleasant thumbnail. I was very amused.
2. James Laver, British fashion theorist and curator for Victoria & Albert museum in the early 1900's, studied trends and the fashion lifecycle extensively. He conceived the Laver's Law, which is very cool information for anyone who consumes fashion (basically all of us.) Wouldn't you say Elsa Schiaparelli was way ahead of her time? Also, really think about it before buying into that new fad that everyone is wearing, and before throwing something out just because it "hideous" or "ridiculous" (I'm talking specifically about generating lesser trash, not discouraging you from donating clothes.)
3. Get used to my videos and my voice. You'll see a lot more in the coming months ;)
Sharing the end result with you isn't half as fun as sharing the journey!
Outfit: Behind The Seams India | Jewelry: Dipti Choker Set, The Polki Box (shop here)
Fun fact: Grier Cooper is a full-time wedding photographer, before which she spent 7 years doing fashion photography!
Fun fact #2: The Asian Art Museum is a popular wedding venue. The long marble steps you see in the video make for a phenomenal aisle - the lighting is impeccable, and the grandeur really comes through.
To add to the video, I thought it might be fun to let you in on my pre-editorial process/ narrative. Here goes:
Preamble: I usually begin with one key element that I want to feature: outfit, style, color, or an accessory. Then, I style the outfit with complementary or contrasting colors, at least one piece of jewelry. I always like to come up with two variations of an outfit - one festive and one casual/ high street.
Location, location, location: Okay I guess I messed up my order. I’m pretty sure I stumble upon a breathtaking location and centre my editorial around it. By now I have a decent understanding of how light may interact with my outfit (based on indoor v. outdoor, time of the day, artificial lighting in the venue etc), and naturally, I turn to Yelp and Instagram for more visuals on the location.
Vision: I put together one all-encompassing moodboard to give the photographer an overarching idea of the editorial. This includes inspiration for poses, lighting, colors, outfit/ silhouette, and location-specific photo ideas. And then I ask the photographer to do the same :)
Finishing touch: Iron my outfit. Occasionally, I’ll pick up something as random as a bindi or a bag I didn’t see earlier on my way out just to test it without trying it. I don’t know why, but it feels nice to give in to creative impulses. I also try to scrawl a 3-piece video script that clearly defines a conflict, resolution, and call-to-action/ conclusion. This helps me split my time between front of and behind the camera, and helps me avoid taking unnecessary footage.
...And you know how the rest of the story goes! I just wanted to let you in on this side of the content creation journey since we were on the BTS topic any way. Of course, Grier's photos are to follow <3
Finally, here's a link to the Complex video you saw playing on our TV, where DJ Khaled was showing his glorious sneaker collection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvZB8S5maEA
Video shot on iPhone, Canon point-and-shoot; edited on Final Cut Pro
Every time I get asked where I see myself in 5 years, my answer is inevitably “hopefully not outside of the Bay Area.” I love this place like I love home. Even after four years here, I lose my heart to SFO every so often because there is just an abundance of subcultures to indulge in. Not too long ago, this I-cannot-believe-my-eyes situation happened at the eclectic Mission Street. Here’s my camera roll of Mission highlights in the form of a DIY itinerary to help you cover the historic #BaeArea neighborhood by foot, complete with Yelp, Instagram, Google Maps and website links.
*Take the BART to 16th Street Mission.
Murals: The Mission is home to the largest amount of street art in the world, and these are some truly poignant, powerful, and poetic pieces of work. Dated between the 70s and 90s, these murals show how San Francisco’s art evolved. Visit Clarion Alley, Lilac Alley, and 19th & Mission for the Carlos Santana mural. Refer to this SF street art guide for more amazing street art.
Mexican Food: This one is a no-brainer. The Mission is a hub for the best Mexican restaurants in the Bay Area. La Taqueria (in my video, 2889 Mission Street), Taqueria El Farolito (2779 Mission Street) and Taqueria El Castillito (2092 Mission Street) are three mainstream albeit crowd-favorite establishments. Did some extra digging to find these underground ones: Yucatasia (strongly recommended for avocado lovers; 2164 Mission Street) and Chava’s Restaurant (for tortillas, tacos, and an assortment of beers; 2839 Mission Street)
Vintage Clothes, Souvenirs, Cards/ Gifts: Frida Kahlo aficionados, head straight to Luz De Luna (in my video)! The kitschy, quirky Serendipity (803 Valencia Street) lives up to its name - you’ll love every card, journal, candle, and gag gift you see. As a proponent of the sustainability movement, I’d really like to recommend these vintage/ consignment stores: The Painted Bird (1360 Valencia Street) and Schauplatz Vintage (791 Valencia Street.)
Dolores Park: Is it even a Mission District list withoutDolores Park ? I won’t say much, but this is the place to be for doing just about anything while soaking in terrific SF downtown views. Also, just Google Michael The Coconut Guy.
Bookstores: While Borderlands (in my video, 866 Valencia Street) is the perfect way to wind down the walking tour; they also have an extensive zine collection (coffee makes this a winner for me)Christopher’s Books (1400 18th Street) has an old-fashioned, cozy vibe, whereas Dog Eared Books (900 Valencia Street) is thoroughly inviting and inclusive of genres, therefore pretty packed. They opened a new store in the Castro, btw.
This post is not sponsored by Impossible Foods, and all opinions are 100% honest and my own
Remember that How I Met Your Mother episode where we learned that Marshall Eriksen spent a good chunk of his NYC years trying to find The Best Burger In New York? The one he ate when he first moved there? I’m not going to tell you that the Impossible Burger at Gott’s Roadside was the Marshall burger, because we all have our The Best Burger in New York story (and because you’re not going to believe me until you taste it.) But I’ll tell you this - the Impossible, genius of a patty is the cleanest (nutrients wise), healthiest, and the least disastrous (for the environment and cows both) burger you’ll ever eat. Fun fact: Bill Gates invested in this Redwood City-based startup for the third time this year.
It doesn’t include any artificial ingredients or hormones. According to the Impossible Foods website, the patty uses 95% less land, 74% less water, and creates 87% less greenhouse gas emissions compared to a regular hamburger patty. I took mine without the sauce, cheese, or butter to make it completely dairy-free!
I’ve never tasted meat so I can’t tell you how and if it compares to the real thing, but I can guarantee that it is absolutely scrumptious!!! Go on, give it a whirl at one of the many locations across the Bay Area and New York.
Jumping on the bandwagon is hardly my thing, you know that. But three trends I haven't been able to resist are ruffled blouses, off the shoulder tops, and denim skirts. However, I'm your average girl who doesn't live a glamorous life 24x7, so I thought I'd make a quick video to show you how to embrace a great fashion trend without getting out of your jammies. All you need to master is three fashion editor's tucking techniques; in order of my outfits:
• Middle tuck: Works great for off-the-shoulder blouses and slouchy sweaters, that way the silhouette doesn't look loose top to bottom and it accentuates your waist
• Full tuck: Perfect when your pajama-outfit needs a little seriousness, more so with a slinky/ short blouse and high-waisted pants
• Half tuck: Literally works with any button-down shirt and pants (trousers, jeans, skirts, shorts) and is a sure-shot way to avoid look too prim or formal
I linked all the jewelry featured in this video at the end of this post.
Big shoutout to Neptune's Coffee, a new eatery and my favorite lounge + work spot in good ole' Alameda.
Marble City Contemporary Earrings
Luxe drop earrings with stones and marbles set in an ebony backdrop
Color: Ebony and marble white
Composition: Zinc (polished)
Black to Basics Coin Choker
Out of stock
A contemporary take on traditional Indian coin chokers, featuring a black braided band
Length: 16" (including 11" extension)
Diameter: 4.5" (adjustable)
Composition: Raw silk, silver, and alloy
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Miraya originated as a concept magazine for a Publishing class, but much of it now exists online and has been adapted for this blog. The core remains intact, and that is to explore the changing landscape of contemporary Indian fashion through the international lens, engaging readers in a creative juxtaposition between tradition and modernity. Spearheaded by Founder and Creative Director, Namrata Loka.
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