Thursday, July 30, 2015

How To Make Good Summer Salads

I posted this photo last night on Instagram and it got me thinking about what makes a salad good, like really deliciously good: Variety (which is also happens to be the spice of life). Different flavors, different textures, and some heavier components so that you aren't hungry twenty minutes later, make a salad a winner in my eyes. I also think all that variety inherently gives you a salad that is more nutritious and nourishing than the usual old lonely lettuce. And keeps your taste buds happy. So here I've listed out my thoughts on the essential, delicious making elements that should go into a salad.

Thoughts after the jump...

Friday, July 17, 2015

Interview With A Prop Stylist

Lonny Mag did a little feature about me, my work and my thoughts on Instagram for their Instagram Stories column. So happy to have been a part, love the way it turned out! Thanks Lonny!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Ruinart + NYC Ballet

I get to do so many fun, beautiful projects with Alice. This shoot to promote the partnership between Ruinart and the NYC Ballet has been one of my favorites so far this year. Great color palette, great product, and I got to work with people as props in my still life compositions! That doesn't  happen often. Can't share all of the images yet, but here are a few of the ones that have been released.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Copy Cat

I've been seeing this too often. Generally, I've seen it happen to my peers, it rarely happens to me. But I just need a quick minute to say...

Copying is not cool.

Right? What the hell? I am incredibly inspired by my peers and mentors, all of you out there. I think we all swim in a pool of transference where we influence and inspire each other. But ultimately, we process that input and bring our own voice and interpretation to the table. I understand being inspired by others, I am constantly inspired by everyone around me, they teach me and change me, but copying is beyond that realm. It's a totally different thing. It's not ok. You would think that would be super obvious. But I guess for some people it's not. I know the saying goes that "Imitation is a form of flattery" but straight up knocking off someone's hard work and taking credit for it as your own is not flattering. Actually, it's plagiarism, and incredibly hurtful and disrespectful.

A friend recently pointed out this example, where my own work was the target, on Instagram. My image, this first horizontal one, has been on my website since the beginning of the year.

The copier's image, below, posted a few weeks ago.

I commented on the post saying "Woah! Inspiration is cool, but straight up copying is not." Yes, that was a bold move on my part but, you know what? You gotta stick up for yourself. And they took down the image immediately. Guilty conscience much?

I know people have questions about social media and what the rules are- But really? I think it's pretty simple. Any content or output or creation anywhere is subject to the same code of ethics, copying in one place or medium or industry is not more ok than copying in another. Ethics are ethics. Copying is not cool. Rant done. Just couldn't keep seeing it without calling it out, friends. If you see something, say something. You know?

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

DLF // StyleGrids

Turning my Style Grid column for DesignLoveFest into a regular thing! Two recent ones out now are all about cute work out stuff and a fun beach day. More to come!