For years I thought that NYE is supposed to be a day that we should have THE MOST fun. What we are going to do on that night was the cause of big fights among our friends so after a while it became meaningless. Now all it just is an excuse to get together with all my friends who just want to get together. And I don’t care if we are having the most fun at the best party with the most amazing Instagram photos because I refuse to get sucked into this pressure and FOMO. Guys, we already missed Studio 54 days, there isn’t anything in this world that would make me want to be there instead of our small local bar with my friends. The spirit is always up for grabs though; so I wish you a genuinely fun NYE and an even more wonderful 2014 where you always party like it’s 54.
It’s been one year since I’ve moved to Montreal. Last year, after NYE, I packed (almost) (ok not nearly almost) everything I had and moved in with my then boyfriend to start a new life. Without a job, without any French and without any conscious about how cold a winter can be. Now, a year later, I’m married, enjoying the unbelievable cold because I love my life and I love Montreal more than any city I’ve ever lived in or ever visited. It’s brought me so much joy and happiness as well as wonderful new friends, gave me new points of view about life, career and people. So, I would like to dedicate this end of year post to my year in Montreal with the photos of my friend Ali İnay who basically rocks urban photography. I wasn’t with him when he took all of these photos (above 3 is us, obviously) but each one is a stamp to the amazing architecture and carefree life in MTL. I really hope all of you can get to enjoy it some day.
Are you sad? Do you, like me, feel an incredible emptiness inside you and are in a quandary, not knowing what to do everyday when there isn’t any major fashion week going on? Do you regret checking Instagram every hour only to see the regular old food/shoe/building shots instead of runway shows and still can’t get over it? Worse part is the surcease of the street style photos we at one point thought were endless, right? Yeah. So here is a reminiscence of the fashion month we just left behind, with 30 photos that best captured the details and wonderful moments from the shows.
Mikkel Vang is a Danish photographer who studied at The Danish School of Photography. Upon graduation he was awarded The Outstanding Achievement Award in Photography,by the Danish Queen (whoa!). Combining the Scandinavian esthetic and the light he found at Australia; he developed a truly unique style of photography. Adding the ability to frame an image and give it the magic of a cinematic moment, was what provided Mikkel with exactly the type of photography opportunities he had been searching for. With clients including Conde Nast Traveller, Starbucks, The New York Times Magazine, Ikea, Ralp Lauren, Vogue Living and such, it’s no surprise that his photos are all Pinterest worthy and mouth watering. Oh interior inspiration, my favourite.
It’s been a long time since I’ve touched my whimsical side; dealing with wedding details made me so much “fluff and glitter” oriented that all I ever searched for was center pieces or head dresses. That was until I stumbled upon Li Hui‘s work; a self taught photographer who uses natural elements and efects such as double exposure and light leaks to express people and nature from her point of view. The fact that you never see any faces is because she thinks people change their faces too fast in the real world and body language is the only way she can know about what’s going on inside of them. An odd and non-profitable thought for someone who works in fashion (that’s me, not her; she’s not a fashion photographer), but I’m in love with the angle and the depth of the photos.
I told you at the beginning of the post that I was going weird today.
Hey there! As some of you – the ones who actually read the posts – already know, I got married last week to my boyfriend of 7 years. It was an unforgettable wedding; not just because our families worked so hard to make everything perfect while we were away in Canada, but also because the wedding took place right in the middle of the Turkish rebellion. Not that it made anything harder tough, luckily the day of our wedding wasn’t such a hard day of clashes, but there are signs of riot everywhere, even in our wedding video where all of us stop the dance to shout out slogans to support the resistance. Resistance against fascism, against dictatorship, against anything that restricts one’s freedom just for the sake of others’ wishes.
And apparently against the rain that poured down right in the middle of the ceremony, but thank god later stopped and made everyone more energetic and eager to have fun than they usually or possibly are. So if you ask me, it may not be the perfect wedding; but it was the perfect wedding.
(My slinky satin wedding gown and tiered veil are from a local Montreal boutique called Anne Jean Michel, shoes are from Nine West and bag is vintage. Gold & emerald necklace is specially crafted by a wonderful jewelry artist in Istanbul, based on a design I found online and updated a little myself. It’s a wedding gift from my mom and dad. Hubby’s slim fit suit is from Tiger of Sweden.)