Monday, April 14, 2014

NEW IN: Converse + Ten Hundred

So I bought a pair of shoes the other day. They're pretty sweet, right?
I saw Seattle Met post an article about the collaboration of local artist Ten Hundred with Converse a couple weeks ago, and I thought - hey way a minute I know that name! Ten Hundred actually designed the new logo for the music blog I write for, Back Beat Seattle. Small world.
Also come to find out that Ten Hundred is also known at P Smoov, a local musician that has been in the Seattle scene for years. The world is even smaller.
So when I had some time to kill before shooting an acoustic session in Pioneer Square, I stopped at the downtown Nordstrom to check out the Converse Pop-Up shop to see if they had any pairs of Ten Hundred's handpainted shoes left.
Turned out, they had plenty left! So I picked up a pair, not only because they're freaking rad, but also because I love supporting local artists. I'll just have to find some water repellent shoe protector spray to coat these bad boys so I can show them off with a pair of jeans.
Seriously how awesome are these?

If you like Ten Hundred's designs, you can check out his online shop for shirts and framed artwork.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Good Country People

I officially opened up the box of clothes that have been hibernating under my bed since September, and the first thing I grabbed was this dress. Where did I find this majestic little sun dress? At a hipster's yard sale in Tacoma last summer - for $1. I felt pretty proud of myself. When I got it last summer it didn't quite fit me across the chest, so now either I've lost inches under my armpits, or this thing stretched. Either way, I'm happy that I get to wear it. Plus, it's white! So I can wear it to work!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The Girl with the Camera

I had a conversation with a friend recently, one that made me come to many realizations - but one particularly sticks out to me. It's something that's been subconscious for years, but it took a 3-hour drunk conversation for me to finally say it aloud to myself. 

I photograph because I have to. I photograph because I physically need to do it. I photograph because without my camera at a show I feel like I'm missing a limb. I used to feel naked without my camera, mainly because I had the self-confidence of a teenage boy at his first makeout party. I hid behind the guy, let him speak for himself - either in starting a conversation with someone or giving me an excuse to not to talk to someone because I was "working." And yes I refer to my camera as a "he." His name is Sebastian.

It's not like that anymore. My photography has become part of me, in the same way that songs become part of a musician. I'm not defined by my photos, but rather, I define my photos.

I used to call myself a writer, which I still do, but now after doing this for close to 5 years, I think I can call myself an artist. That's a thing, right? It's weird hearing my own voice say "artist" when referring to myself. Mainly because I've spent so much of my life respecting and admiring other artists' work that I can't fathom putting myself in the same category. 

That 3-hour drunken conversation wasn't necessarily the only thing that knocked this into focus, but rather it was the last push. Recently I've had everyone from close college friends to local musicians say to my face, "Your photos are awesome. You're awesome." Nothing feels better than when people you admire give you that same admiration back. Or even better yet, when they give you genuine friendship back.

Like I said before, I've been doing this for almost five years, and I've always felt like I fit into this local music scene somehow, but I've never really felt like I belonged. Granted, the only place I've ever really felt wholeheartedly like I belonged was in student journalism, both in high school and college, but when I found local music, I knew where I wanted to belong.

And it wasn't until so recently when I met the guys from Ravenna Woods that I felt that genuine reciprocated friendship, that I was more than the girl with the camera. I've never felt more welcomed by a group of guys before that I can't thank you all enough for making me feel so good about my work, and about myself. 

This fall will mark my 5-year anniversary of photographing live music, and I'm thinking it's about time I put together a show. A gallery. My portfolio is big enough so I've got plenty of stuff to choose from to print. I have spent so much time loving what I do, and I just want to be able to share it all with everyone. I love what I do so deeply that I cannot physically not do it. I do it because I love it and it makes me feel good and not because I'm trying to impress anyone. If anything, I'm trying to impress my younger self. 

Like, "Hey 19-year-old Abby, I know life sucks right now with your crazy disease and your stupid college and horrible roommate, but guess what? You're going to spend the next 5 years of your life falling head over heels with the Seattle music scene. And you're going to get that whole love affair on camera."

I guess there should be a moral to this story - that would make sense. 

Do what you love because you have to. Whether it's music or writing or science or social work or teaching or photography - do it because you can't do anything else. Love what you love just because you love it, and nothing else.

And that's what I finally realized at 2 a.m. after a couple of beers.

Saturday, April 5, 2014


We haven't even reached Easter yet, and Mother's Day products are already upon us. Lush hasn't released them on the US website yet, but the UK is already gearing up for Mum's day. And since we get a little sneak peek at the products as employees, I thought I'd share my thoughts with you to get you even more pumped for these limited edition goodies.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Make It Easy

This has nothing to do with April Fools Day. But this has everything to do with making life easy - whether it's your makeup, your outfit, your job, or anything else that comes your way. I'm not saying to take the easy way out, but I'm saying to not over think things. I tend to do that a lot, but I've found recently with my outfits most apparently - I want a no muss no fuss life.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


It's that time of year again.

Since I work at a huge mall, I've been seeing spring fashion in all the shop windows. But I've only started seeing a whisper of spring weather recently. I've been literally itching to break out the sandals and retire my tights for the season. Seriously, winter weather really does a number on my eczema. I want the warm weather. I want it all. 

And since the Sasquatch lineup was announced, I've started planning my festival outfits again. So I gathered up some styles that will hopefully be making their way into my wardrobe this season. 

Basically, I'll still be rocking the denim still (because denim is always in style), florals, and lots of flowy shit. Revolutionary, isn't it?

Life Lately | Liquid Courage

I haven't done one of these life update posts in awhile, but something so cool happened last weekend at a show that I couldn't not write about it. Plus, I really like how the photos from said show turned out. 

Monday, March 24, 2014