It’s the middle of winter and there’s nothing I want to do more than stay in my house layered in a hoodie and leggings with the heat turned up. Currently Toronto is in the midst of a blizzard and polar vortex and there isn’t much that will get me venturing out in it. I guess that makes it the perfect time for The Bay to launch their new vibrant art exhibit, #The7TO.
The last time I explored Asian fashion was maybe about 10 years ago. My love for anime and J-pop poured over into a fascination with fashion hubs like the Harajuku district in Tokyo. These days it’s places like Seoul, South Korea that have caught my attention for their youthful, modern styles.
As I’m sure you’ve heard by now last Friday, the 13th, really did live up to the day’s notably negative reputation. Tragedies in Paris, Beirut, Baghdad, and Japan had us all collectively reeling in disbelief.
I don’t know about everyone else, but I tend to be pretty emotionally sensitive to hearing about sad current events happening around the world. Living in such a connected era within minutes we hear about everything that’s going on around the globe, good and bad, and sometimes that can be overwhelming for me.
Are you ready for some life inspiration to go along with this requisite fashion inspiration I’m about to slay you with? Keep reading, I have some honest and wise words for you…
Yesterday I received a token of sound advice from the last person I would expect to. Yes, a former boy band member dropped some knowledge on life and it was so poignant to where I am in my journey right now that I felt like I should share it with you guys for anyone else dealing with similar growing pains.
About two years ago I stopped shooting fashion photography. I had only been shooting for about a year and a half when I got to a point where it just wasn’t fun anymore. I had originally gotten into photography through my music. I was writing and releasing songs and they needed visuals to go along with them so I decided I needed to learn to shoot myself. Not particularly surprising or new as I had been used to doing everything myself from songwriting to producing, recording, and mixing. I had a little basic experience and from there I just taught myself using my only camera, a point and shoot. At the time I was going to a school called Ontario College of Art and Design and I remember being able to spend hours upon hour by myself in this little makeshift studio with two studio lamps trying to make art out of myself. I didn’t get lonely and I didn’t feel bored.