sabato 28 maggio 2011

update 13: flamboyant

good morning world! being alone out here gives me no more excuses to not write. so here i am again!
yesterday was a good day. i started off with a casting for Z!NK magazine, one of my favorite magazines, actually. i had already met the casting guy once before, and this time, he clearly remembered me and even noticed that my book has new pictures in it. extra points!
we then had a couple hour gap between the casting and my job. and both were in the same neighbourhood of town. so we wandered looking for the sandals my mom has been looking for. yep. and it started raining. no jokes. the sky was becoming that yellow that announces a storm, we took refuge in a coffee shop and ordered two capuccios. once we spent enough time there, we conitnued our quest for sandals in the rain (ironic i know).  it started to really pour, so we took refuge in another coffee shop for another cappuccino and a brioche, miam miam.
my job was an edtorial for Flamboyant magazine. it's italian and completely indepently owned and run by two guys who found italia's fashion scene too conservative. google their website, you can see the latest issue. it's amazing. i was already pumped because of the spreads i saw on the site, but when he told me the story for this one, i was extra pumped.
the spread was going to be seventeen pages long (aplit between me and two other girls). and about the history of photography. we were basically taking famous pictures of famous photographers and recreating them. i did three different photographers/pictures, but the best worth mentionning was Sarah Moon.

and this was the inspiration. Sarah Moon does creepy beautiful picures like these. we took four different shots to create a collage. i was wearing little doll dresses, and the makeup artist painted my eybrows out. the photographer sdid an amazing job on the lighting. even without post-production, the black and white and effects, they looked so amazing. gotta say it was the best teamwork i have witnessed on a shoot in a long time. oh and it HAILED. i mean, legit big pieces of ice falling from the sky! but don't worry it's sunny and very nice out today ;)
the oher photographer/shot i recreated was Nick Night. cool beans! and the third, i must confess i don't even remember.

i'll leave to get ready to go to the beach! yep, me and my mom decided to get out of town, since tomorrow marks the day of my birth :) so we decided take the train to Santa Margherita, little town huddled in the moutains at the side of the sea. have a good day to all! i'll take pictures to remind you all what nice weather looks like ;)


for an ending note: Jack Johnson is god. and this video is hilarious. Jack and Lonely Island guy? Who would have thought!

giovedì 26 maggio 2011

update 12: rossa o blu mi piaci tu!

ciaaaoooooo! yes, i'm blogging this early after the previous post. what news!
the main thing about today as that i feel in love. with a pair of shoes. as my dad said: that's a suprise. story is Aldo teamed up with Julian Louie, NY fashion designer to create this line of (stunning) shoes. and i fell in love with his wedges. and even if Aldo exists at home, the variety and styles out here are muuuuch more different (and fashionable) than at home. i might just get them here, but i'm scared my luggage might just be too heavy. then again, the website i no letting me order them. my dillemas in life are so important and life changing, aren't they.
for a different type of adventure. me and mom went out to a restaurant tonight. yes, that isn't different. but it was a mexican restaurant. in italy. no jokes.
we started off with nachos. and by wondering if the italians pronounce it "nakos" because "ch" is pronounced "k" in italian. they were no corn chips and monterey jack and salsa type of nachos. they were corn chips, mozzarella and paprika sprinkled all over. but it was good.
my mom had an enchilada and i had fajitas. it was really, really good. and now we're really, really bloated.

for you wonderig about the title of this one: my favorite advertising out here is for sparkling water. the company came out with two different flavours: rossa (red) and blu (you can guess). the blue flavor is "legermente frizzante" (a little sparkly) and the red is "frizzantissima!" (really sparkly!). and their catch line is the title of this blog and it's the cutest of all. translation: red or blue, i love you!


martedì 24 maggio 2011

update 11: paradise spread out with a butter knife

hmmm. sorry for the lack of posts lately! i've been overflowed with work and things to see, but i guess that's a good thing. that's a lie, i've just been lazy.
let's start off with the day of may sixth and it's amzaing castings. the first worth mentionning was at the Condé Nast studios, where i got to meet Glamour, Gas Jeans and Coccinelle all at once. the other one was for a Valentino show. booyeah!
may 8th, i really wanted to go to Monza to see the Superbike championship. but i got a phone call from my booker asking if i was busy and if i was free to do an editorial for Vice magazine. so i gave up the superbikes for Vice. they brought me, a redhead canadian model and an italian model in the mountains, close to Lecco, for the shooting. location shoots are in my opinion, by far the best. after driving through the mountains and little towns huddles in them, we got to a cute little stream to start the story. we were going to fill up around 8 pages where three teenagers escape from home, across a stream, in the woods, to finally find an old abandonned villa. the stream shot went great, until gravity reminded me it still exists by making me fall into the stream, bruise my knees quite badly and sprain my foot. oh well, to bad i couldn't escape gravity even in italy. we drove a bit more to find te abandonned villa. the view of it is amazing. it's deteriorating, nobody is taking care of it, it's sitting between mountains, it's huge, but it's abandonned. it has such an eerie feel, it was perfect for the shoot.

the villa! i also took some pictures inside, but with my holga.

on monday, i took the day to r.i.c.e. my foot. for those who haven't had enough injuries to know the acronym: rest, ice, constriction and elevation. tuseday, i started off slow with only one casting, but for American Apparel's online lookbook. whereas wednesday, i had an editorial all about shorts, nonetheless. let me tell you they had to slap on a bunch of concealer on my by then blue and purple knees! by thursday, i was back to the busy busy days with five castings. on that friday, the 13th! i got the Glamour editorial. it's a jeans story, where it was basically two portraits of myself and other models being chill in their good-looking jeans. from that one, i had to jet to the other side of town for a test shoot. good thing the next day was the weekend! against habit though, there was a casting on sunday. well, not exactly a casting. a Just Cavalli callback. talk about top of the line.
let me write about saturday. by starting off that i woke up at 1pm. mmmm. once up and ready to go, we headed to the Cimitero Monumentale.
the cemetary itself is huge. and the statues in it are works of art. some of the richer families even have their own little buildings for themselves, going to the extent of having their own private little duomo. i mean, they're dead. they don't know. ah, religion...

my fave statue of the place. it's long and lanky and awkward like me.

some families put their money in the wrong places, if you ask me!

another statue on a tombstone i particularily liked.

the sky looked great that day.

since we were in the vicinity, we went to 10 corso Como. you might have heard of it, a very very exoensive shopping place with only top of the line designers. it was great to look at. on the second story, we visited the Carla Sozzani photography exposition. this year, it was all world press photography. between tortured afghan women, mass graves, impaled toreadors and suicides, the expo was amazing. the timing, precision and guts it takes to be a journalism photographer is beyond me.  
we then found a nice looking restaurant where to have supper. mom's pasta was to die for, and me and phil's pizza were miles away from delicioso's frozen pizza we have back home. oh and, the beer is always good.

that sunday, my dad and my little sister Oasis came over for a visit :) against norms, i had a callback that day. but since it was for Just Cavalli i was willing to take the time. once home, we prepared the ''special'' pasta me and my mom had bought for the occasion: itlian flag coloured farfalla! along with salad and wine, we had supper on the back porch by candlelight.

monday started with an odd hair job. is was on two-days, monday being the ''preparation day'' where they just cut our hand planned what they'd do the next day, on the shoot. at first, they wanted to dye my hair blonde. i said no way. no no no no no way. they then called my agency, asking if they could change my hair colour at all, and my agency said not at all. i was relieved. so they only cut my shaved sides again (it having been shaved already the friday before at Glamour) and modified the top so they could do this mushroom-cut effect on one side. anyway.
the day of, tey asked me if they could put this thing in my hairthat would not chnage the colour byt make it shinier. because o the language barrier between us, i had to ask a bunch of questions to actually find out if this thing actually had colour in it or not. aparently, with what i could understand, this product was my colour and would wash off anyway ''the first time you wash your hair.'' first off, it had colour, and it's this reddish-brown colour i feel wierd wearing. and more than a week later, it's still there. meh.

during that week, mom, dad and the sister all went down to Cinque Terre. hiking up and down mountains in tiny trains from one village perched on the rocks beside the sea to the other. jealous! while me and Phil trotted along from metro stop to metro stop for castings.

on saturday, once they were back, we headed to lake Como. the tranport in Italy, and Europe in general, is so well planned out. complete oposite of the STO. we went to the closest train station, paid 4euros each for our ticket, didn't even wait for a train, and an hour later, we were in beautiful Como. we started off by looking fo this renouned pizzeria to eat lunch at. on the way, we stumbles upon what seemed to be a really nice hotel. but it's when we saw what the parking lot was filled with that me, dad and phil crosses the street to get a closer look. my friends, the parking lot was filled with lamborghinis. seven of them.

aw yeeeeeeeeah.

and this is what Como looks like! it's basically a little down at the base of Como lake surrounded by mountains. adorable.
after beer and piza (model food, i know), we decided to take anhour long boat ride on the lake :)

we went by numerous little towns like this one, perched on the mountain, right on the side of the water. many celebrities have villas on Como lake, actually.

this old man was cute.

and this one is m dad and he does the goofies faces on earth. but he's the best :)

the sun rays were amazing.

on sunday, dad, oasis and phil left, leaving me and mom alone in milano once more. to fill up the emptyness, or at least to get our mind off it, we went to a Michel Compte photo expo. that guy is so talented. one day, i'll shoot with him (:

yesterday and today are kindof slow casting wise. since i'm leaving in a bit more than a week, i can't cast for jobs i won't be in the country for. and since the rest of the family is away, things are feeling empty. so me and mom try to keep as busy as possible. sometime this week we'll go see the impressionist exposition, and since my birthday is coming up (sunday!) we're thinking about going to maybe Piza or some little town along the sea. we'll see (pun intented)!

ciao, M

oh wait! there's these couple pictures i wanna put on here.

now i don't know if i prefer colour of b&w. but i love skies (i think it shows).
this is the Sforza castle with a storm.

ciao for real!

mercoledì 4 maggio 2011

update 10: featuring shoes and lomo and brera (and no more typos)

today is a day to blog about. i mean, i slept in. on a week day. how much better can it get?
on a more serious note, i had a casting at two o'clock (for a hair salon, again) and then had the whole day off. we brought Phil to the ossuary (see pictures in a previous post somewhere lower) and walked around to find shoes for my prom. in a magazine a lady on the street gave me, i had ripped out the page featuring a marvellous, ideal pair of shoes. too bad they were Valentino and cost 620 euros. while window shopping, i spotted really nice shoes in a shop called Musto. and i got tem today. then have a retro feel and shape, while the fabric resembling lace gives a more modern, younger feel to them. oh and the dark champagne colour is just perfect to match with the emerald green of my dress.
walking some more in the adorable littlecobblestone streets resembling more alleys, we stmbled upon really nice shops. one of them we only noiced because of the old lady stepping out of it. she was wearing a classy skirt, a scarf, her little heels, her while almost purple hair curled to perfection and her cateye glasses. after i expertly took her picture without her noticing, she invited us into the shop. the clothes were designed beautifully. the fabrics used were flowy and soft and of the richest colours, it was to die for... at at least for your wallet to die of.
the next shop had a french name, which first caught our attention. stepping into it, it was full of recycled furniture and intricate artwork featuring animals. our favoutire pieces were the salt and pepper shakers, labelled as "heroin" and "cocaine". almost bought those. what we finished by buying though was a duet of guitar pics, labelled as "booze" and "drugs". we figured we'd make a neckale out of those.
all this walking was towards the lomography shop. Phil joined the family by buying a Holga135BC! i got a coloursplash flash, yay! we also got invited to their party tomorow nigh called "pictures and shots" where they'll be guessing games, picture taking and well, shots.
for supper, we stopped at the Bar Brera, known to be a studen spot hangout and one of the best places for the apéros. for those who are wondering what those might be: a very civilized thing. you buy a drink, you get a whole buffet of munchies.
time to head out, me and Phil are going to the movies to watch Fast Five in italian.

domenica 1 maggio 2011

update 9: milan entre amoureux

YES. things cannot be more perfect. on sunday, Phil arrived and we went to the airport to pick him up. after settling in at the apartement, we brought him downtown to take a look at the Duomo. sadly, because it was  easter, the staircase to the roof was closed. for supper we treated him to a restaurant on a terasse along via dante. on monday, it being easter monday, the agency was closed and we had another day all to ourselves. we did lots of walking as i showed him around to my favourite spots in town, including parco sempione, a beauuuutiful parc located quite close from downtown. on tuseday, things being still quite slow because of the long easter weekend (yea, italians are very fond of their easter holiday. quite catholic let me say) i didn't have any castings either. so we took the day as a shopping spree for mister who needed red pants. the italian men seem to all possess a pair. we didn't find the ideal one, but that'll come later in the post. wednesday was smooth also, having one callback, one casting, and another job at saldi privati. the main thing about thursday was that the owner of our apartement, sandra, invited us over to her place for a traditional italian supper. so me, phil and mom walked over to her (marvellous looking) apartement to eat (an amazing) meal. it all started off on the patio, with a glass of champagne and starters such as stuffed olives and parmesan and salami. we then moved inside for the bruchettas, the spaghetti bolognese and the tiramisu, all home made, all accompanied by local red wine. mmmm.
friday was busy. i started off early taking the metro away from town for an editorial in a magazine, to come back to town for a casting, to get a call from the agency to tell me to go work for saldi privati as soon as possible, and then go into the agency for them to give me the train ticket and the details for a test shoot i would have out of the the next day. the test, on saturday, was in Brescia, a town an hour or so away east. it's close to the mountains and the view was amazing. it was also with two other girls i knew from the agency, so we had fun all day. i even learned a bit of lithuanian, yes yes, by reading the back of one of the girl's book. at one point during the shoot, i got to wear a wig: a short bob with bangs in black. here's a picture for your pleasure.

bonjour, je m'apelle Amélie Poulain et j'ai un fabuleux destin.

oh also, somewhere n those days, we got the time to go the the top of the Duomo! so here are some pictures of the lovers on the top of milano. 

you can only see a tad of the Duomo in the pictuer above in the superior right corner but i swear we were on it. even if Phil looks a bit bored in the second picture.

i took this one from the train on the way back from Brescia:

you know that you can click on any picture in this blog to make it larger.
there was flowers and little yellow houses and a pretty sky so i snapped it. voilà!

today was spent sleeping in, walking around town, and buying red shorts for phil. a must-have in milanese fashion. tomorrow starts early!