Monday, August 31, 2009

new news (semi-importantish)

Hello, lovelies. I'm sure you've all been dying to know what's been going on in my very exciting life lately...

My parents and I have been discussing (at great length) the prospect of me making a big move. It's been brewing since last winter, after I graduated, but it seems like the "right time" is approaching at an ever-increasing pace. In the last few months, I've grown to really love (some of) the greater Nashville area, but most especially the city, itself. It's perfect for someone like me. There is always something to do, eclectic options, and some really good people. It's not too big, not too small. Nashville's porridge has been just right.

Not to mention, the people I'm closest to in the entire world are in and around the area.

But, I'm 23 and I need something different. I need to get away from my childhood. I need to get away from all the things that I'm comfortable with. I need to be uncomfortable for a while.

This stagnant feeling is really making me resent things and people that I shouldn't resent. I recognize that's not fair and that the only one I should focus those energies toward should be myself, but that's not the case.

I am only human and these moments weigh me down.

So, the compromise has been reached that I need to travel. It was a decision not suggest by me, but oddly enough by my mother. She and my dad met in Lakenheath (outside London) in '84, got married six months later and have been together for 25 years last March. They've been to more places than I can even think to list. They moved to the UK when my dad was only 19 and my mom was 20. They've been to countries in Asia, all over Europe, Africa, South America, Canada and almost all of the US states between them. We (their 3 kids) got to enjoy some of this travelling early in our lives, but we were way too young to really appreciate it.

I can dig this. It seems about right. And yes, I would be getting off to a later start than either of them, but these times, they are a-changin'. Not to mention, jet setting is not necessarily recession-friendly, and I am exponentially less mature than either of them probably were 20+ years ago. This, I am fine with. This, I can deal with.

So, in January (which is much closer than it feels right now) we'll see what happens. I've got money in the bank, good credit, a job that is pretty much geared toward frequent travel and singular experiences all over the world, and no reason not to.

I know where I want to go, I know where I want to see, and I know what I want to do. Let's just see where all of it ends up.

In the not so distant future, I've got a photoshoot with Jim of UBU Photography that's tomorrow morning at 10 in the Boro. I'm looking very much forward to it. He takes beautiful photos and I'm looking forward to shooting with him. I can't wait to show you what we come up with. [So, if you're one of the luckies who does not have class tomorrow, let's have margaritas at La Siesta for lunch].

This weekend, I'm taking part in that pretty big fashion shoot (you might have heard) on the Shelby St pedestrian bridge downtown. Tyler Spears is the photog and I am ridiculously excited about that. There are 7 of us, I think (models). It will probably be pretty ridic.

Next Tuesday, I am shooting with Kevin of Kayelless. He takes beautiful photos and I LOVE the concepts he's thrown my way. Stay tuned for that.

On top of all of that, I am walking in the Legacy Fashion show on Thursday night (this Thurs. COME SEE US ROCK THE RUNWAY!), working on the pilot for the tv show, driving to Atl to meet with Lois @ Elite, and trying not to completely lose my mind for lack of sleep, rest, or social activities.

I love you, I miss you, I want you.

Cheers,
-j

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

daddy, don't freak out, but...


this is a fuzzy picture of model (and Texas girl) Erin Wasson's closet door. and edita, another model from her shoot for Interview Mag. Dig it.

You know me. I love my body. I have nothing to hide, nothing to be ashamed of. I am proud of my body, as I wish everyone would be (proud of their own bodies, not necessarily proud of mine). I haven't always been, but I am now. I have to say, things are much better now.

Get healthy. It's not about being skinny or thick or whatever. It's about being healthy.

The only reason I'm talking about any of this is because I shot with Gavin this morning. He's Coco's stepbro and he's a really talented fashion photog. Since I met him, though, he's been unsuccessfully trying to get me naked.

...And today, we did a photoshoot. Gavin 1, Jenn 0.




the first series is a set for his book (hitting stores in november) and the one below (with the leggings) is for the Legacy Apparel f/w campaign.


Here's the first official ad for that:






Friday, August 21, 2009

choose the reaction with the least amount of serial killing involved. Then react.

You'll all be happy to know that I survived my birthday. It didn't go like I planned, but nothing ever does. I had a good time, though. It wasn't a bad day, although in an attempt to be honest, I'll tell you, I did cry. Weird, right?

It's my party, and I'll cry if I want to.

This is partially because I watched the film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and if you haven't seen that, you should know that you'll probably cry when you watch it. Especially if movies do that to you sometimes. But it's good. Very. And in moments of hysteria, I find that I am able to reposition my life into its proper perspective. Crying, I think, is a much healthier response to things than could be had. I choose the reaction with the least amount of serial killing involved. In the long run, everyone wins.

I got a new phone. It's incredible. My brother thinks I'm bragging. I'm not. It's just cool and I'm happy about it. That's all. Still no dress (the anna sui one, as if i needed to remind anyone) but it's because I bought a phone, which I think was a more responsible choice. And I thought, "Since I'm going to buy a phone and I've made quite a bit of money, I should get a ridiculous phone, because my old phone sucked so much" in those exact words. Come uppance, I think we'll call it. And I got a new computer, which I have already broken-- and unfortunately, I am not kidding about that, so I won't even get into it right now.

I've got a shoot tonight with Ryan Gift from nyc. It will be fun.


*And congratulations to my beautiful friend, Valerie, who's getting married to a really great guy, Jim on Saturday. I love you and I wish you all the best!

This also got me to thinking some weird thoughts. I'm officially "grown up" as it goes. Like, all the way. Everyone I know is having babies and getting married and buying houses in "good school districts." It's weird. It's weird because 1. I am not one of those people. Yes, I live among them, but I'm not doing any of those things and I'm really okay with that for right now. I'm glad they're doing it, though. As my mom says, "maybe seeing your friends do it will show you that it's not so awful."
I don't think it's awful, though. That's the point she's missing. I think it's great. I dig it. I'm just not in any rush to have a husband or a feeding schedule or a mortgage to think about. I'm still too reckless.
It's not like I think there's nothing else to look forward to other than turning middle aged, then old, and eventually dying if you're lucky. I don't think it's a bad thing, I just think it's a thing.

Alas, moms and grandmothers all over the world are whispering about people like me in kitchens everywhere like we've got the word "spinster" stitched on our foreheads.

and 2. because if everyone else is doing it, why is it that I had no desire to do it at all? Maybe I am really the crazy one.

but on Twitter, badass dude Karl Lagerfeld said,
"Don't look to the approval of others for your mental stability."

And I was reminded, yet again, of why he and I would be the best of friends.




but, like we all already know, POTENTIAL IS ACHIEVED MORE EASILY WITHOUT POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

it's my party.

NOW, NORMALLY I DON'T DO THIS KIND OF THING, BUT SINCE IT'S MY BIRTHDAY, I'LL INDULGE MYSELF A LITTLE BIT. 23 PEARLS OF WISDOM, ONE FOR EVERY YEAR I'VE BEEN ALIVE TODAY.

I'M ABOUT TO SHARE SOME OF MY SECRETS TO A FUNCTIONAL AND ABUNDANTLY HAPPY EXISTENCE.

1. APPRECIATE THE IMPORTANCE OF YOU, AS A PERSON. TAKE A SHOWER. STRAIGHTEN OUT YOUR RUMPLED CLOTHES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE. IT'S A SCIENTIFIC FACT, THE BETTER YOU LOOK, THE BETTER YOU FEEL.

2. DON'T TAKE THE PEOPLE IN YOUR LIFE FOR GRANTED. WHEN THEY'RE GONE, THAT'S IT. AND WHY WOULDN'T YOU SAVE YOURSELF THE TROUBLE OF WONDERING IF YOU COULD?

3. BOYS- DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES EXPECT TO HAVE ANY SEX OF ANY KIND IF YOUR JEANS ARE TIGHTER THAN MINE. SORRY. NO NEGOTIATION.

4. WHEN YOU FIND SOMETHING THAT WORKS FOR YOU, STICK WITH IT. MAYBE THAT'S WHAT YOU WERE SUPPOSED TO BE DOING ALONG. MAYBE IT'S YOUR "THING."

5. STOP SAYING THINGS LIKE "I KNOW HE'S PROBABLY NOT CHEATING ON ME, BUT IF HE WAS..." THAT MEANS "HE IS CHEATING ON ME AND I KNOW IT BUT I DON'T WANT TO ADMIT IT TO MYSELF." NOT A GOOD LOOK ON ANYONE.

6. IF YOU'RE GOING TO LISTEN TO THE MUSIC IN YOUR CAR LOUD ENOUGH FOR ME TO HEAR IT IN MINE, AT LEAST PLAY SOMETHING WE BOTH KNOW.

7. IF YOU GET THE OPPORTUNITY TO GO SOMEWHERE YOU'VE NEVER BEEN BEFORE, TAKE IT. AN ADVENTURE IS GOOD FOR THE SOUL. JUST THINK ABOUT ALL THE COOL SHIT YOU COULD DISCOVER.

8. IF YOU ARE GOING TO DRIVE A FERRARI, IT SHOULD BE RED. IF YOU HAVE TO WEAR LIPSTICK, IT SHOULD NOT BE RED.

9. NATURAL FLAVORS DOESN'T HAVE TO DO WITH ANYTHING NATURAL WHEN IT APPEARS ON A FOOD LABEL

10. THE GRASSY KNOLL THEORY IS CORRECT

11.PLANES ARE SAFER THAN CARS

12.YOU CAN JUDGE A PERSON BY THEIR SHOES WITHIN A CERTAIN DEGREE OF ACCURACY.

13. BOYS WHO WEAR EYELINER ARE PUSSIES.

14. GIRLS WHO WEAR TURTLE NECKS ARE TRYING TO HIDE SOMETHING

15. THE FIRST AUNT VIV WAS BETTER

16. POTENTIAL IS ACHIEVED MORE EASILY WITHOUT POINTING OUT THE OBVIOUS

17. SMALL TALK REALLY IS A WASTE OF TIME

18.BIG TALK TAKES A LOT OF WORKING UP TO IF YOU'RE NOT FOND OF PISSING PEOPLE OFF

19. STAY RIGHT, PASS LEFT, THEN GET BACK IN THE FUCKING RIGHT LANE YOU ASSHOLE.

20.ON IN THE HAND BEATS TWO IN THE BUSH, BUT NONE IN THE HAND SUCKS EITHER WAY.

21.BLUE EYES ARE MORE SENSITIVE TO LIGHT

22.FALLING FROM THINGS HURTS MORE AND MORE AS YOU GET OLDER

23.WE NEED TO SPEND LESS TIME ON THE INTERNET AND MORE TIME MAKING LOVE.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

the anna sui dress i've been raving about


(Ann Sui)

..and let's not kid ourselves-- I would look phenomenal in this dress.

your friend and lover,
jenn

Saturday, August 15, 2009

after the smoke clears

Here I am, running to-and-fro, hither-and-yon trying to get everything all sorted so I can get back to relaxing and other leisurely activities. I've booked a couple interestingly themed photoshoots with some pretty interesting anf fancy-type photogs.

I've relinquished the day-to-day operations of all Legacy Apparel related events back to Carter (Donovan, designer/founder Legacy Apparel). Thank god. 'Running' a company is very tough, even if I just housesat and sent pictures of me in their clothes to people. It was still hard.

I've seen the photos from a couple weeks ago by Jon Warren, too.
This:
.
is my favorite so far.








just to name a few.
Click on them to get a better look.


I've been working nonstop for the following reasons 1. I need this Anna Sui dress that I can't buy with a good conscience unless I make some extra money, first. 2. I am moving again soon and moving is expensive. 3. Monday, I have a shoot and interview at 4am (the best light of the day) with Kyle Cohen for ARTUnderground Magazine. I am also working on some projects with Tyler Spears including his charity art showcase (to be held at Sal's Italian Restaurant) benefitting breast cancer research (I'll also be featured a featured model)! And there's another shoot with Tyler for a model showcase/fashion campaign. There's the Legacy Fashion Collective stuff I've got to do (find a male model, find a photographer, styling, etc) for the Muse Collection [I like being able to collaborate on the concept of shoots, but I definitely don't envy the people who have to cast, style, search, beg, borrow, and steal]. I've also got some work with Kevin Kayeless and David Farrell here in Nashville (hopefully) soon. 4. My birthday is Tuesday. Please make special note of that.
Thursday, I'm going to see Geist at The Muse in Nashville and then, finally....a weekend.

I did see Incubus last night in Atlanta. It was exactly like it was supposed to be.


I love you.


Thursday, August 13, 2009

speak free


I suggest you listen to the song Speak Free by Incubus. It's on Fungus Amongus and it will help you understand a little better where I'm coming from. http://www.imeem.com/punkedude/music/rRojlgiP/incubus-speak-free/





Also, I'm buying this Anna Sui dress. I'll post a picture of it as soon as I get my hands on one. The only reason I'm even working right now instead of taking a actual vacation is because I want this dress. But I do really want it.

Throw in.

Photos with sophie + stella. tonight. probably some shenanigans, too.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Nylon Blogs » Blog Archive » Good Idea or Bad Idea: MJ Hair Tribute

I'm in support of paying homage to MJ, but I am not in support of this kind of tomfoolery...unless that guy's barber 'forgot' to mention he was shaving Micheal's likeness into the back of his head. Then, I'm in totally down for this.

Posted via web from Her Life On Display

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

I Cut Like a Buffalo

Music:
If you haven't been listening to The Dead Weather, you're missing out. For those of you who don't already know, it's a super-group formed here in Nashville this year. Why a super-group, you ask? Because the members of the band are Alison Mosshart (The Kills, Discount), Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (The White Stripes, The Greenhornes).

Their album Horehound was released last month on Jack White's label Third Man Records.


I'm into the entire album, but I especially can't get enough of the songs 'Are Friends Electric,' 'Treat Me Like Your Mother,' and my personal favorite, 'I Cut Like a Buffalo.'

I got to see the band a few days ago in Nashville at the War Memorial and they blew me away.
I love rock and roll.

Fashion:
I've been working my ass off for the last two weeks. The fine folks at Legacy Apparel are in the beginning stages of the formation of a fashion collective in Nashville. Since I'm currently under their employ and they're in LA, I'm left with the reigns and only a very vague clue what I'm supposed to be doing.
*special hello to Carter Donovan and Sascha Morello - Legacy Apparel design team
Callen Kane - Legacy Model Manspiration (lol)
Micah Willis and Gavin Trump- Legacy Photographers
have fun in LA, wish I were there.

Also, I've done quite a few photoshoots in the last few days. Yesterday (8/3) I did a shoot with Tyler Spears of Spears Photography. It was really great. We got some incredible shots and had a wonderful time working with some wonderful people who I am excited to be able to call my friends.



Photography: Tyler Spears/Models: Jenn Blake + Abby Christy/MUA: Katrina Smith

The day before yesterday (8/2) I had a studio shoot in Nashville with Jon Warren of Jon Warren Photography. I styled myself, so let me know what you think.


these 3 haven't had any editing of any kind yet, in case you were wondering.


More to come. For now, lunch.
Enjoy!

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Nashville Fashion/Art Collective

I am trying to find interested models, photographers, MUAS, designers, stylists etc to showcase their work for an upcoming Nashville based project. This project will be used as a member search for the Nashville Fashion Collective headed by Carter Donovan and Sacha Morello of Legacy Apparel. We are looking for all fashion and art industry professionals who may be interested to take part. Stay tuned to the 'Legacy Report' and my blog 'Her Life On Display' for upcoming info on the Fashion Collective.

Right now, we're in the beginning stages of the formation of a Fashion Collective in Nashville which would serve all fashion professionals (models, designers, photogs, muas, stylists, scouts, agents) of all types. We're hoping that it allows industry professionals in the area to network with other area professionals to begin collaborations.

We're hoping to find some faces to add to the effort.

We plan to work with a variety of models, photographers, stylists, designers, muas, etc on many projects throughout the year to create a showcase of all the collective talents.

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