La Vida Glamour

My favorite subject to photograph is color, especially when they stand out brightly. I’ve also always been fascinated by people and their various styles, especially how individuals can wear the same outfit in multiple ways and differently. Every person has their unique accent and what better way to capture the details in a person’s style than with a different camera angle— a different vision— of the same subject. Exploring my visions with Fashion blogger, Vanessa Santos, has been new and very exciting for me. 

Vanessa from the Bronx has her own style blend of city-chic and edgy street-wear. And, there’s no doubt that she adores the original “Jenny from the block.” Vanessa can trade in sneakers for stilettos, and still pull off the wardrobe from day to night,  blurring the line between traditional work-casual and the classic “girly” looks. We have been shooting in the Bronx for the past 8 looks, and what I love most is finding an apartment alleyway, corner garden, exposed brick wall, or public space, and creating what Vanessa likes to call, “a luxe environment where you least expect it.” The best part? Her website is also bilingual: English and Spanish. 

You can check out my photographs of Vanessa in her V-styled outfits featured on her newly launched website, La Vida Glamour.

Here are some of my favorite looks so far, but stay tuned for plenty more looks to come!


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Want to know more? Here’s some Vanessa Santos trivia. 

Style Icons: Jennifer Lopez, Blake Lively, Olivia Palermo

Superpower: I wish I had the power to heal diseases 

Favorite Color: Green 

Worst Nickname: Venis the penis :/

One Beauty Product I Can’t Live Without: Maybelline BB Cream 

Last thing you searched on Google: NY Giants Pre Season Schedule 

Last song you listened to: Best Mistake by Ariana Grande

Guilty pleasure: Shoes and Savory Food (Mac & Cheese!)

Biggest Pet Peeve: People who are unorganized, late and have lack of consideration 

Word you use too often: Fu$k

My “Dirty” Secret: it won’t be a secret if I tell you :p

View Vanessa’s full gallery below and under  ”People.” 

What Happiness is to You.

It took me awhile to understand what happiness is and was throughout my life. There is still a lot I don’t understand about it, but today I bring some clarity. I’ve had happy moments, and after I step back and observe it broadly, I am living a very happy life. But I am not happy every second, every minute, every hour of every day.

Happiness is a short-lived moment that you must enjoy whilst. The best part is that joy is unforeseen and in a moment of unexpected bliss, you are content to the core. It cannot linger and it cannot extend. But you need a little crazy in your life to live and that is why fleeting moments spark insanity that feeds the soul. 

I have to admit that since the moment I jumped out of a plane, something inside me changed—and it wasn’t just a brief adrenaline rush. I realized the many years I’ve let fear hold me back from a lot of living. That’s a lot of short-lived happiness missed. It’s a battle to be happy everyday, but it gets a little easier to fight every day when you learn to love yourself.

My cheerfulness is real and it will always be my front. Am I like that all day long? NO, are you insane? It was actually tough growing up a cheerful kid when I stepped outside my home. It’s been such a mixed reaction. Some people love it, some people HATE it. Some people judge it and find it a sham. Others believe it’s the sweetest quality anyone can hold. But the me today noted that the common denominator in the past few sentences is PEOPLE and what others think.  

Look, at some point you and I will snap. How could one be happy if all they want is to please others? A huge part of not being truly content inside has to do with caring about what other people think of you. It is never going to end and your life is not going to pause on the living and the breathing. So seize the day whenever, wherever you can. Forget what your consorts think.

There is truly no other more important person to please than your self.

 Thanks, Pharrell Williams! I’ll clap along now that I know what happiness is to me.

Love,
Me

PS: No, Krewella! Let’s not take this fleeting moment and make it last forever.

DISCLAIMER: I am not telling you to rebel, quit your job and regret those 5 tequila shots you take after reading this. Don’t be an idiot. Just find some happiness outside the uncontrollable things in life.  Decompress. :)

 

Art is subjective.
A self-portrait.

Art is subjective.

A self-portrait.

Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven”

Yayoi Kusama’s “I Who Have Arrived in Heaven” was beyond belief, an experience I’ll probably never have again. The line into the Infinity Room moved slowly, but it was worth it. My one wish is that I could spend more than 45 seconds in that Infinity Room.

  • Infinity Mirrored Room - The souls of millions of light years away

It took 4 hours to spend 45 seconds in here.

The room is small so go in by yourself so you can properly use all of your 45 seconds to take your selfies for Instagram. I admire the people who walk in and take ZERO photos…the ones that just lie on the floor and soak in every precious second. (I was clearly not one of those people)

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  • Love is Calling

There are 3 buildings attached to her one exhibit and the line of “Love is Calling” was a lot shorter and much quicker! I recommend that you make buddies with the person standing in front of the line and have them hold your spot. Then walk a few feet over to the entrance for this exhibit. It felt like I got at least a whole minute in this one.

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The David Zwirner Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10AM to 6PM, located on 19th Street in Chelsea (519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street). 

It is on view from November 8-December 21, 2013.

I highly recommend you go there when it opens in the morning because they stop letting people line up at 4PM even though the gallery closes at 6. 

Leaves change quickly.

Fall Foilage at Forest Park in Queens, NY
November 2013

Laura Chang

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For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.

Old Montreal #Canada #Canon60D #BlakelyFest #Montreal #latergram #LCphotog

Old Montreal #Canada #Canon60D #BlakelyFest #Montreal #latergram #LCphotog

Supporting my favorite Beauty #YouTube blogger, who now has her own line of make-up, @Michellefawn! Crazy as it sounds…my first red lipstick is in shade #loveme by #emcosmetics

Supporting my favorite Beauty #YouTube blogger, who now has her own line of make-up, @Michellefawn! Crazy as it sounds…my first red lipstick is in shade #loveme by #emcosmetics

My latest @JewelMint purchase has arrived!! #obsessed #gildedpointsnecklace + free weekend gift #sunglasses

My latest @JewelMint purchase has arrived!! #obsessed #gildedpointsnecklace + free weekend gift #sunglasses

A spiritual day for the mind, body and soul.


Chuang Yen Monestary, NY

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