April 23rd, 2014
|06:37 pm - “How long is forever?” “Sometimes, just 1 second.”|
(photo of Mt. Hood, taken on the flight into PDX)
I recently got back from an adventure to the West coast wherein it would seem at one point I transformed into a rabbit (and quite possibly a full-fledged member of cupcake_goth & Clovis' Evil Bunny Alliance) whilst believing in impossible things ~after~ a breakfast of Crème Brûlée French Toast made by the infinitely talented & hospitable Elisa (someday I really hope she opens up that fabled b&b at ocean's edge).
The backyard birds were curiously tilting their heads at the sudden appearance of a giant bunny... Elisa's husband Phillip came out, unaware of us doing this post-breakfast shoot in their backyard and started laughing with a sense of delightful resignation at the should-have-known absurdity of the scene.
Whilst in Portland, Visioluxus and I worked on several shoots together. The first day after I got in, we did an editorial shoot to be published later this year, for which I was to style approx. 10 androgynous looks. I made and brought enough for double to triple that because... options! This photo was from the night before, when Elisa & her family made a special trip to the studio to start unpacking a bottomless box o'wardrobe I'd shipped in advance & a game of dress-up with their utterly awesome daughter was probably inevitable:
Here's a behind the scenes shot of hair/make up artist Gina & model Van getting ready at the shoot the next day, and realizing how slippery they were together whilst wearing matching silk & satin charmeuse shirts ;)
It was a particularly heartening visit, because it happened to coincide with my birthday, which is normally a fairly quiet day. This year however, I found out my wonderful friends solstice_lilac, al_fredo & Elisa had planned a thoughtful surprise birthday tea party! Ironically, the surprise was inadvertently mentioned to me earlier that day, but I just assumed it was a joke & it still ended up being a total surprise when we pulled up to the historic hotel where it was being held :) We were all still a bit groggy from a late night at The Vampire Masquerade Ball where we'd vended the night before, so we ended up diving into the various little treats & pots of tea without taking any photos (& I ~might~ have shamelessly had to ask for a replacement cup after absentmindedly pouring some delicious "Citrus Nectar" hibiscus petal, orange zest, lemon balm, cloves, lavender, licorice root & sweet leaf tea directly into my cup w/o the strainer), but it was a relaxed & friendly, special, decadent, yet low key morning that I'll remember for many birthdays to come... Perhaps it should mark the start of a new tradition!
Travelling back in time to the night before at the Vampire Masquerade Ball ~ here's a photo Elisa took of me right before doors opened, after we'd set up our tables downstairs:
It actually became my birthday as the clock striked Midnight, when I quickly snuck back upstairs to watch the assembled crowd gracefully waltz in the new day... The pearled headdress is one I made from a plethora of broken antique pearl necklaces that my great-grandmother used to wear. It was wonderful to be able to make them into something new again! You might notice the rest of my outfit is from the bunny shot ~ because some of us prepare for Vampire Balls by hopping around friends' backyards in giant rabbit masks beforehand. *insert Bunnicula joke here*
After the big, full team/ten looks editorial shoot was in the can, we relaxed a bit (note: this is how artists "relax" ~ by making more art!) and did a just-for-fun shoot in the park ~ during which, we experienced various instances of "doggus interruptus". This photo is from when a crazed little pug ran up to me (don't be fooled by photos that freeze a moment in time & make over-excited pugs look "calm") ~ she kept running in these hilariously rapid whirlwinding circles like an animated Tasmanian Devil, complete with never-ending grunty pug noises. I couldn't maintain a "serious face" for the life of me, and didn't even bother trying ;) You can see a couple more shots & Elisa's funny take on it here: http://kambriel.tumblr.com/post/83638574062/kambriel-avecpug
Somewhere in all this I also got a total hackjob of a haircut (this was my big "treat" after having cut my own hair for the past two decades...). I'm looking on the bright side though ~ it will come back, and making a variety of massive hats like the one above will certainly come in handy in the meantime. I suppose I'm willing to sacrifice my hair to the Gods if it helped the fact that I made it through an almost 2-week trip, dodging illnesses left & right, *without* falling ill. That's probably worth at least half a head of hair ;)
After Portland, I traversed up to Seattle for some
empyrical scheming rarified downtime with cupcake_goth Not quite sure how I made it home actually, as I detected her minions were plotting the many ways in which I could "accidentally" miss my flight. I also suspect she slipped some Washingtonian apple-magic into the Dutch babies she baked for brunch *three days in a row*! I think Jillian needs a special flambé version called Dragon babies.
Overall, this little embroidery sums it all up:
|Date:||April 23rd, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)|| |
Happy birthday, lovely, and all of these gorgeous photos are AMAZING!!!
Thank you! Hopefully the birthday (& occasional unbirthday!) tea party tradition can continue for future years so you can join in too.
I really neglected my shutterbug duties this time around, so it's fantastic that Elisa captured so many moments :)
I hope you'll have a blast in Chicago this weekend ~ please give an abundance of hugs on my behalf!
|Date:||April 24th, 2014 02:48 am (UTC)|| |
I haz a sad that you were so close and I missed you! Found out the day after you saw a Libby!
I know! It was a *doh* moment. I so would have loved to get together with you and Nathan to romp through the rain forest too... I even bought some plum heather Pacific Northwest hiking socks whilst grocery shopping w/Jillian & Pete ~ because apparently I am ~always~ thinking of Nature walks! Happily, I've a feeling we'll be back soon ~ the reward points we'd hoped to travel out on didn't come through in time, but on the bright side that will help a future trip :)
I really enjoyed meeting Libby & Stephen... they even promised to lure me out again with homemade biscuits & vegetarian carbonara. I promised if they come out this way, we'll go panning for emeralds ;)
Edited at 2014-04-24 10:57 am (UTC)
Plotting! All the plotting!
It was so wonderful having you visit, and I hope it helped recharge your spirits.
You were wonderful, thank you for ~every~ little thing you did, said, *are*. It's nice because I've been reading the book you gave me which feels like a way to stretch our time together out a bit more too.
There shall be a small colony of bats awaiting your arrival tomorrow... It just seemed right that there ~should~ be a bat welcoming committee ;) Please be sure to pick your favourite and use it as a travel pillow for the flight home!
You, yourself, are a rare jewel! It was so wonderful to see you! You must have brought the fine weather, too, because as soon as you left, it was rain and gloom.. couldn't have had a backyard sale on a day like today.
This post is the first I've seen of the hunormous tulle hat. You were not exaggerating. It looks like it would tip a person less experienced with unruly hats right over.
I'm so glad to know that you made it safely through the flights and back home without picking up any illness, especially not that voice-stealing thing I had. I'm sorry your haircut was not what you wanted, though. The salon seemed so promising, but it seems like the location had more of a creative vibe than the people working there.. hmm.
I am missing you and I am glad you enjoyed Seattle.. a dutch baby sounds pretty delicious right now, even though it'd be breakfast for dinner! I hope I have more opportunities to share tea with you on your birthday!
Thank you friend! The weather indeed seemed to flip places ~ when C came back, it was a dreary 34 degrees. I'm glad we had such beautiful Spring weather to enjoy sparkling drinks of strawberry-infused water in the equally sparkling fresh air.
I'm already wistful for next time and haven't made matters better by scouring the pages of an Ore-gone (sorry) travel magazine I picked up at the car rental place. Normally a big trip wears me down, but this one, probably thanks to a healthy counterbalance of downtime, just left me looking forward to the next time :) My immune system earned a big high-five this time around (+ credit to wonderful tea & magic Zinc).
I told you the hat was huge! Alas, the perils of leaving a Kambriel alone with oodles of tulle and nothing better to do... ;) I kind of miss it (it was ceremoniously left atop a shelf in Elisa's studio since it was her on-hand materials that it was created from) ~ my original version now looks a tad anemic. It's probably a good thing it wasn't windier that day or you may have caught sight of me flying through the air over the Willamette!
One bright side regardless of style, is my hair's much more lightweight for Summer. I can coax it in the meantime, so while it wasn't what I'd asked for, it grows fast & I can deal :) That said, I'm now imagining a story wherein a building possesses more creative energy than those dwelling/working within it ~ seems like the basis for an altogether different kind of haunting...
I support your mad plan of breakfast for dinner. Speaking of which ~ we never had those late night waffles! Ah well, something for next time ;)