Summer's nearly over (boo!), and though I'm not ready to give the season up yet, I will admit I'm ready to slow things down and refocus. As you might've seen from my fewer-and-farther-between posts, the last couple months have been bananas. Thankfully, the last couple weeks, Kate and I were able to get away and spend some time at the beach. It's been relaxing, and has given us time to breathe and regroup. For me, it's finally time for me to move in a new, non-theatrical direction-- I've been hanging on too long, as my idol Duffy croons, and moving into autumn, I'm actually getting excited about trying to find something new. But before we slide on out of summer, I wanted to share a shoot I did a while back: Grease!
While I was in Providence, one of my haunts became the Classic Cafe. The decor is pure retro kitsch, and the French toast is one of the top two I've ever had. (It's the same breakfast I had before trying to squeeze into a Dior wasp-waisted jacket. Not the most comfortable experience, but that stuff is so good, it was worth it.) Seriously, I'm a bit of a French toast connoisseur, so. Take my word for it.
After a couple visits to the cafe, Kate had the idea of doing a Grease-themed shoot, and the cafe's manager, Rob, very graciously allowed me to shoot early one morning. I loved the concept of shooting both ends of the Grease lady spectrum: good girl Sandra Dee and Pink Ladies leader Rizzo. Though I still don't jive with the major theme of the movie--change yourself for someone you like!--I'll take any excuse to play dress up in a location as awesome as the Classic Cafe.
One thing I found really exciting about this shoot was how much the clothes really did make the lady. It's hard not to feel a little badass in a leather-look jacket; it's hard not to feel a little prim in a beaded cardigan and circle skirt. The fact that both diverging looks come from one wardrobe--and many are pieces I've shared before!--speaks to both the varying identities every woman's got under her belt, and how, with a little mix 'n' match, you can create just about any look you want with what you already have.
I have to give a big, big thank-you to the Classic Cafe, to manager Rob, and waitress Jillian, who was very patient with me while I totally disrupted the start of her day. THANK YOU JILLIAN!
If you find yourself hungry in Providence, please check out the Cafe at 865 Westminster Street!