On Refinery29: Jordan, Lots of Layers

When I’m out looking for people to photograph I’m actually searching for personalities. When I saw Jordan on Walton Street I instantly had that zing like “yes! this girl is amazing!” Some people have this really intoxicating energy where I feel happy just being in their presence. I hope I captured that with my camera because Jordan definitely had that magical aura. We chatted for a while and it turns out that she’s a huge fan of my blog, which is always the biggest compliment a stranger can give me.

She explained to me how she likes to mix vintage (her earrings) with new (Zara shirt, American Apparel shoes) for an updated, modern interpretation of the 1940s. Even her hair is coiffed like Rosie The Riveter. A lot of girls who are into vintage style stick to gorgeous day dresses and the Betty Draper look, which always looks stylish. It intrigued me to see how Jordan drew upon a different element of the era, namely that World War II and the 1940s was the first time in American History when pants-wearing by women became really widespread.

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Vintage Chanel Pumps, Damen & Milwaukee

Lauren Gabrielson Chanel Shoes

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Matt "The Gaudy God" Kasin’s New Website

Matt Gaudy God
Today Matt Kasin’s much anticipated new GaudyGod.com website is launching. You’ll be able to find all things Gaudy God here, but don’t forget to follow him on his Tumblr to see what inspires him. Matt has been one of my favorite street-style subjects since the very beginning of this website. I was super excited to  photograph his nail designs for the Refinery29 story, “14 Nail Art Snaps that Give Us Major Envy because I knew it’d give me an excuse to photograph his street style too. Several of the nail designs featured were painted by him. Although Matt is best known for selling vintage clothes and original designs under the Gaudy God label, he’s also a manicurist at the Strange Beauty Show salon just south of Division on Ashland. For proof of his amazing skills check out the photos I took of his work for Refinery29 in their entirety (and un-Instagramed) below.
Strange Beauty Show is located at 1118 North Ashland. Call 773-252-9522 to make an appointment.
Follow Matt on Twitter, @GaudyGod.