Friday, October 20, 2017

Why I've been M.I.A / Personal and Creative Struggles

Hey guys! So I haven't posted in a while and I apologize for that. The past couple of months I felt lost as to who I was and the direction that I was going in with my creativity. I pushed off certain projects of mine (such as The Streetwalker) because I was unsure of the direction I wanted to go in with my content. You see, when I love something, or am determined to do something, I will put my all into that until it is absolutely perfect. I'm slightly obsessive and a huge perfectionist- problems that all creatives seem to have.  On the other hand, if I'm feeling unsure or uncomfortable about something, I back off to the point where I may even push that thing further away from me. That is sort of what happened with blogging.

Self Portrait pt 1
My entire life I've loved writing, fashion, documenting, and creating. Art has become my favorite means of communication with the outside world. It's how I relate, and I truly believe that this is my purpose. However, my first year at FIT was one of the hardest and most amazing years of my life. For the first time ever, I was away from home, living my 'dream' in New York City. I had professors pushing me, forcing me out of my comfort zone, and I met people that I loved, and people that I... really, really did not love. I had so much on my plate, bit off more than I could chew, convinced that I could do it all. And don't get me wrong! I still believe that I CAN do it all! Just maybe not all in my freshman year of college.

The summer gave me time to think and to collect myself. I really had to pick and choose the projects that I was going to take on this next year. I set rules for my sophomore year: be organized, make work, surround myself with positive and driven people. I've been following those simple rules for myself, and I feel happy, balanced, and headed in the right direction.
Self Portrait pt 2
I love photography, however there are so many aspects of the fashion industry that I want to explore The truth is, I love blogging and I love fashion. I love taking photographs, modeling, styling and making mood boards, and I love analyzing trends. I want this space to be a place where I can explore my own creativity, document and share. I do not want to over-analyze my content or direction to the point where I don't post at all.

I hope you want to hear more from me, and are ready for me to get completely real about my experiences in the city. I plan on telling more personal stories, morals and lessons that I have gathered, while also sharing my outfits, lookbooks, and moodboards that I've been obsessively compiling on Pinterest and Instagram. I want to include all aspects of my life and passions in this blog.

Self Portrait pt 3

Also, I want to hear what YOU want to hear about; like if you want me to answer questions about the city, FIT, art school, if you want my opinion on certain topics- or even if you jus want to say hi! Feel free to contact me via the comments section or Instagram!

Alright, I love you guys,

XX

Lizzie
personal IG: @lizdonohuee
photo IG: @elizdonohuee



Sunday, August 20, 2017

80's Barbie Vibes


Who says fall has to be boring?! Make a statement with a bold vest. 80's Barbie Vibes.

Detail shot



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Interview with Photographer Oliver Jaskowski




Recently I came in contact with an artist I have admired for a while: photographer Oliver Jaskowski. Oliver Jaskowski, aka @Olie_Jas on Instagram, is currently based in Portland, Oregon. He is finishing his first year at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and I had the honor of interviewing him.

What inspired you to choose photography over other artistic mediums?

Honestly, I don't think photography is my only medium of choice. I've almost finished my first year of art school. It really has opened me up to new things that I had no idea I'd be into such as sculpture or 3D design. But photography is always the one I come back to. I'm not sure if there is a real flat out reason why but it just brings me joy. It keeps me active and exploring and on my toes always looking and observing. Film photography does that and more for me because I can physically work with my hands to get the end result I'm looking for.

Is that why you shoot mainly film? Because it's a very hands-on process?

Yes, I enjoy the process from trying to imagine what you have just photographed and trying to judge how to capture, it so it turns out the way you want. Most of all I love developing. I enjoy that a lot. The excitement to finally find out what you really captured is fascinating, but printing in the darkroom, however, is not my thing.

I totally understand that.  The darkroom is a very technical and controlled environment, and one mistake can be detrimental. Similarly, when shooting, are you a planner, or do you shoot more 'in the moment'?

Usually in the moment. It's a little weird to explain, but I kind of see photos while they are happening, rather than having a specific idea and a plan ahead of time. If I do plan a shoot, it might just be like a location or an outfit or model.







You can see more of Oliver Jaskowski's work at: oliverjaskowski.myportfolio.com
Follow his Instagram: @olie_jas

Thursday, February 9, 2017

#OOTD: Vintage MTV Bomber


My best friend Kay was gifted this gem by her aunt: an MTV satin bomber jacket from the 80's. I am currently obsessed.








What I'm Wearing:
My friend Kay's vintage MTV bomber
Black jeans from Free People
Silver booties from Zara
Silver bag from Victoria's Secret

XX

Lizzie

Friday, January 27, 2017

Skirt Suits + Silver Booties + a Pop of Red



We have a busy month ahead of us! After a very relaxing January, there are a lot of exciting events to take on. February brings the beginning of a new semester, New York Fashion Week, and Valentine's day.  I wanted to style two romantic, sophisticated, and practical looks inspired by this busy upcoming month.

The 1st look:


A matching red and black jacket and skirt, paired with silver booties to bring a more modern touch to an otherwise retro look.


A note on skirt suits...

Karl Lagerfeld made one thing for sure at the Chanel Couture Spring '17 show: the return of the skirt suit is among us. In the 80's it was a powerful symbol for ladies entering the work force. 2017 is the perfect time for women to bring back this empowering, retro look.

The 2nd Look:

Add a pop of color on a rainy New York day with this classic red windbreaker. I love it paired with these metallic boots.





XX
Lizzie

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Field Photoshoot with Nat

Hey guys! This post is going to be a little different because, for the first time ever, I'm going to be sharing a bit of my fashion photography work with you.  For me fashion and photography are closely related. They both help me express and understand my personal style. Styling models, scouting locations, experiencing unexpected surprises along the way, are all a part of the magic that is behind every single photoshoot. It is for these reasons that I continue to take pictures and document my world.

 I want to share with you my most recent shoot, which is one that I did with my friend and talented model, Natalie Belluccia.








Let me know what you think!

XX
Lizzie