Nov 21 2013
Growing up, I had an unhealthy obsession with espionage. My spare time was spent reading up on morse code, writing messages with lemon juice and spying on my neighbours. After school, my friends and I would run around on secret missions, complete with imaginary bad guys who we always managed to escape from just in time for dinner.
Although I’ve long given up the dream of one day piloting a stolen helicopter away from an exploding, mountain-side lair (while looking hot in a high-tec black catsuit, no less) I can still live vicariously through my spy-girl, Jaq, right?
Nov 8 2013
There isn’t a single fall outfit I can think of that wouldn’t benefit from a huge, fluffy fur stole like this bad boy here. It’s magical ability to instantly glamify anything it is draped upon–be it a chair, a wool coat, or your bare shoulders in a cocktail dress–is an impressive feat, never mind that it’s also completely practical in this increasingly chilly weather. Well, practicality is subjective…but you can’t deny that being warm has never looked–or felt–more luxe.
Glam as it, there are still ways to style a fur stole for everyday scenarios. Cue BFFs leather and wool. This no-nonsense mid-length coat that I thrifted last-last summer is a classic piece that I totally lucked out on, while the leather pants are a vintage treasure (last worn here) that my roommate, Brianna, and I recently revamped with simple tailoring and ankle zippers. Together, they create the perfect outfit back drop for a standout stole–a put-together look searching for a little bit of fun.
Photographed by Brianna Tosswill
Wearing a vintage fur stole, Babaton tank, altered vintage leather pants, Zara shoes, vintage clutch, and gifted jewelry.
Oct 27 2013
Model: Katerina Koza
MUA: Dana Atkins
Hair: Jherome Tagaca
Styling, Direction and Photography: Raezavel Argulla
I thought I’d share one of the photo shoots I did over the summer because it’s been a while since I’ve showcased my personal photography on Cheap Thrills. The creative direction for this shoot came about when my friend and model, Kat, contacted me about getting together for a shoot since I was in the city. Given her contrasting features of pale skin and raven hair in combination with her mysterious gaze, it’s no surprise why Kat’s body of work is inclined towards dark, ominously themed shoots. I wanted to challenge that by casting her in a role where she had to balance her darkness with innocence–hence this fallen-angel-themed shoot, Angelic Corruption.
Oct 12 2013
Fall is just the best, although I’m sure it doesn’t need to be said with all the artistically filtered photographs of fall leaves, pumpkin spice lattes, and teenage girls in Uggs (#UggSeason <<3) floating around on instagram. So I shall keep this ode to autumn brief, as I’m sure you’d rather be outside enjoying the crunching of leaves underfoot of your new fall boots and throwing clumps of pretty leaves in the air as you twirl around like a make-believe Disney Princess. Or maybe that’s just me?
My friend Brianna and I took these yesterday morning when the weather was just absolutely gorgeous. With the sun filtering through the trees, everything was thrown into a golden orange light. It didn’t take us long to find a beautiful backdrop in a quiet part of the neighbourhood–this quaint brick townhouse with its cast iron fence was too charming to pass by without a few snaps. Fun fact: in the middle of our shoot, a passerby commented that Suits was actually filming at our exact location just a couple weeks prior!
I definitely had a laugh shooting my new favourite outfit (I am a guilty repeat-outfit offender), as the slit in this maxi dress, while beautiful in motion, was so tricky to photograph! I guess it’s just one of those garments that needs to be seen in action–gliding through leaves as the autumn breeze artfully makes the hemline dance in favour of showing off the perfect western-meets chealsea booties.
Photographed by Brianna Tosswill
Wearing: a thrifted dress, Wilfred top, Costa Blanca leather jacket, Franco Sarto booties, vintage leather bag, and vintage and gifted jewelry.