Apple Picking like Snow White



LIKE SNOW WHITE
Here in Canada, we may not have the cherry blossom pink winds like in Japan, or the night glowing plankton seas like in the Gulf Stream, but we do have the apple tree season, with the delicious apples ready to be eaten on the spot in the bloomed orchard! It isn't more or less exciting than elsewhere, simply exciting in a different way and much more adapted to our traditions.

It is all about finding THE right apple... that perfect shiny red one... the ultimate Snow White's apple.

That actually reminds of the time I used to work in a grocery store, when a little 5 years old girl pointed at me saying to her mother I looked like Snow White... She's not my favorite Disney princess but at least she's got some style... I guess.

I finally decided to embrace my inner princess and accept the Snow White compliment. It's been a few times that I've ben told I had a "snow white" skin tone and I do love to put bows in my hair. I'm not already living with 7 men and singing to aninals, but at least I love apples and the woods!

Going to the Petit & Fils orchard for a special event with Gogo SqueeZ, Alex and I had the perfect opportunity to capture some beautiful images and recreate the Snow White story our own way. I hope you'll enjoy the way I disposed the pictures and understand the story line!

The Chartreuse Outfit



CHARTREUSE
A Summer outfit to celebrate this announced heat, in this lasting Indian Summer.

As mentioned in my last article, I had the chance to model for three students from the Marsan school of photography, last June. Among the looks we shot, there was this one: a typical warm summer outfit, with these mini shorts and flaming colors.

Indeed, the chartreuse color is so flamboyant that you can probably still see it in pitch black darkness! Its extravagant brilliance gives it a certain ambiguity... or you love it, or you hate it.

Having a quite colorful personality, I do like the brightness of the chartreuse color. Since I already had my snake-print NELLA BELLA bag of that same color, it was then easy for me to create an outfit and match the bag with this shirt.

To enhance this bright yellow, we thought it would be fun to shoot in front of a colored background... and that's how we decided to go in front of these purple church doors.

I must confess: the place was closed with fences and was almost inaccessible, but we still decided to trespass on the forbidden venue. It wasn't very holy from us, indeed, but I must say it was totally worth it for the visual result!

The Lovely Mysterious Hidden Bookshelf



MYSTERIOUS BOOKSHELF

The strangest things and most amazing discoveries really do happen when you expect them the least. 

It was back in last June, while doing a collaboration photoshoot with three amazing girls, student at the Marsan school of photography that, while strolling around the city to find some nice places to shoot we discovered the lovely mysterious hidden bookshelf!

Set in what we call a "green alley" here (well maintained and ecofriendly alley-way), the bookshelf was tiny, cute, red (I love red!) and surrendered by a nice little garden with wood logs to sit on. 

This lovely venue was the ideal place we've been searching for to do our pictures and we spent almost half and hour there, relaxing and enjoying the simplicity, yet the amazingness of this beautiful little place.

After a while, a lady came out of her house and started talking with us. She was the owner of this fabulous little project and seemed to proud that some young people would finally appreciate her work.

I found amazing to see how some people care for others and are generous enough to make time and create spaces like this one in order to make strangers happy. If everyone was as careful and generous as this lady, the world would truly be a better place.

P.S. Like I said, I worked on this shoot with 3 different photographers at the same time, which explains the difference between each picture and editing.

Pink Vibe



PINK VIBE
It is officially cold outside and I am sincerely not trying to bother you with my Summer outfits, but I still have a few summery looks left to show you!

This very outfit is not very complicated and totally falls into the "street" category, with these short jeans and these little Palladium sneakers.

Even if I love to dress up and find it quite fun and uplifting to wear something bold and fancy, I sometimes do like a much simpler outfit, with some great basics.

I cannot tell you how many times I have worn these cute little ballerina-sneakers from Palladium this Summer. They probably won the title of my favorite pair of shoes of the season, equally with my white monochrome boots, also from Palladium

As for the rest of the outfit, I'm still not sure if I was lucky OR crazy enough to have jewelries to match my pink, turquoise and chartreuse open-sided tank-top, but I did manage to cover my forearm with bright colors!

Like I said, this is a quite simple outfit, but simplicity doesn't mean colorless... at least not according to my colorful personnality!

Night at the Opera: NABUCCO



OPERA NABUCCO
Being a lover of beauty and art, I was truly excited when I was invited for a night at the Opera, for the NABUCCO show.

Last time I went to the Opera, I was about 8 years old and I cannot say I understood much of what I saw. However, being a musician myself, with many scene performances, and also being a fan of musicals, I was very thrilled to have a second go at the Opera and attend the general practice of the NABUCCO troop and the orchestra.

What is very interesting about operas is the fact that the adaptation of each play respects the author's vision and initial lyrics. If the opera was first written in Latin or in Italian, it should, therefore, be sang in Latin or in Italian.

Not speaking or Latin or Italian, I thanked the technology we have nowadays, giving us the chance to have the translations, both in English and French, live when each lyric would be sang. This language bridge could seem as a turn-off for certain people, but I found it added a special touch and sens of immersion into the play. On the other hand, I thought it was quite ironic to watch a story taking place in the Arabic countries, with a population singing Italian lyrics. 

Also, if you were told musicals and operas were over-dramatic or sometimes cheesy, well... they are. But it doesn't make them less fun or enjoyable. Contrariwise, I think these characteristics help to give a more palatial vibe to the show and also make the characters more lovable! I honestly simply LOVE these kinds of shows!

Operas are to me a little similar to Greek tragedies: over dramatic, with wide gestures and intense emotional faces. 

Thinking of going to the opera to find some kind of intensity is a very legitimate thought. But make sure you aren't going there just for the ingenuous tragedy, but really for the richness of the voices, the sensitivity of the orchestra, the extravagance and amazing detailing of the costumes and the breathtaking settings.

Watching and listening to an opera fully brings you somewhere else... immersing you in fabulous settings, in the heart of a transcending music. It really makes you travel to another place and era. You will understand what I mean by looking at the beautiful pictures below!



Photos: YVES RENAUD