Monday, July 30, 2012

lookbook shnook :: peter pan collar dress.

 Johann Earl dress, F21 sandals, F21 belt, Urban Outfitters rings. 

These outtakes were squeezed in after wrapping up a personal photoshoot project, catching some of that beautiful milky sunset light. If it weren't for the 100+ degree Texas weather, I would have tried to layer this dress and add more arm candy! But another time and another place. ;-)

besos ... jin.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

maternity photoshoot // liz + lance.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

A little outside my element with these nature shots, but we had to give this round to Lance. And you know what? It turned out not as bad as I had expected, considering we got lazy with the location research and settled with an okay choice: a doggie park / running trail besides Lady Bird Lake. >.< My main fear was that the drabby park didn't offer enough inspiration to work with and that I would be limited to normal and cliche shots. It was a bit tricky with all the morning joggers and their dogs, pooch poop all over the place, patches of dying grass, tons of cars in the background, rising temperatures, along with the morning dew on the grass that refuses to evaporate.  All those factors combined probably nixed 50% of the shots/angles that I had in mind!  But there were some surprising finds in the area. A weeping willow tree and a few bridges with really pretty wood of various hues.

The last photo session I had with Liz and Lance was their engagement shoot and I'm with Liz on this one.  It was full of color and dynamics, urban eclecticness and city imperfections, which is more me and Liz's style. But I'm game to step outside my comfort zone and test my camera eye! Challenge accepted!

Anyways, Liz, being 8 months preggy, was a trooper during our 1.5 hr long session. But then again, she did travel to London, Thailand, and Tokyo a few months back!  Wow! With Lance's sense of humor and Liz's creative non-mainstream style, mixed with both their sense of adventure and unconventional lifestyle, I have no doubt in my mind that Baby Avery will have one heck of a childhood. I'm kinda jealous of her already! Congrats Liz and Lance!

besos ... jin.

Monday, July 23, 2012

indonesia 2012.

 Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.

7 months later and I'm finally DONE plowing through 500+ visuals of Indonesia!  D-O-N-E. Huzzah! So here it is, the third and final leg of our epic Eat Pray Love journey in Bali, Indonesia. And what better way to celebrate new year's than to experience it in another country and culture with a loved one! This was def a more leisurely trip compared to India and Sri Lanka, where we did over a month of nonstop adventure trekking and getting down n' dirty with the local customs, so by the time we hit up Bali, we were ready to chillax, breath, and enjoy the good island life. Oh! I must share one of the more memorable moments in Bali - I had the pleasure of dining at the table NEXT to Miss Tyra Banks. Nevermind that she caught be staring at her, gawking, really.  But, wow! Indonesia of all places! IloveyouTyra!  And I love you, Indonesia!

besos ... jin.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

[diy] simple brunch + tea party decor.

I've mentioned in the last post ago how I had co-hosted a small brunch/tea party with my sister back in May.  Since it was just a small gathering of 9 gals, I opted for a fairly simple Alice in Wonderland-inspired DIY decor.  Here are the little touches that gave our Saturday morning eats a hint of whimsy.
1. DIY Fabric Bunting Banner - Yup, it's as simple as it looks!  Fabric, string/ribbon, and scissors - voila! That's all you really need! 
 2. DIY Mustache on a Straw - My last post featured a short tutorial on how to make these snazzy straws/photo props.
 The biodegradable paper straws can be found on Amazon and they come in different colors.
 3. DIY Ribbon Flags - Looks easy enough, right? Ribbon, skewers, scissors and 5 minutes of your time is all that is required.
 4. Tea Bag Cookies - I'll admit, these cookies took a bit of time. Most of the effort went into shaping, dipping and labeling. But hey, they make for cool table food and interesting convo starters!
 5. Perrier Bottles as Flower Vases - All those fancy European water you've been drinking, save those bottles! Not only do they add color to the decor, but also double as vases for various anything.

So there you have it, a few simple DIY decor to give your next brunch/tea gathering a bit of pizzaz.  Your food may even taste better because of it. ;-)

besos ... jin.

{Pictures by Jin Chu Ferrer of Contradiction of Sorts.}
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