SHOP SPOTLIGHT // Urbane on The Considered Lifestyle

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Scott and Ben, owners of URBANE on Broadway in Oklahoma City bring their “considered tastes” to the downtown heartbeat of OKC. With a passion for sourcing all things “considered” for your thoughtfully curated surroundings, URBANE thrives on meeting new clients and friends and bringing new perspectives in interior design. Here’s our Shop Spotlight Q+A with Scott and Ben!

OM: Passions of the Owners?

U: We love to find unique items that will excite our clients, and we love to make people feel at home when they are in shop.  We will always do our best to help clients find exactly what they are looking for, at a fair price.

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OM: Some of your favorite designers / brands you carry / why?

U: Precedent is the designer of the chairs above and we love a lot of their designs for their originality.

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The curved wood chair is Gus Modern and we are the exclusive dealer for this amazing company.

Gus Modern’s pieces are simple and elegant, with clean lines. Gus Modern also strives to be as sustainable as possible, and uses foam made from recycled bottles for their cushions and reclaimed wood for their frames.

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Schott Zwiesel is a line of crystal stemware and barware made in Germany. The crystal is infused with titanium instead of lead, making it more resilient to breakage. The stemware is delicate and beautiful.

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We carry some wonderful throws, blankets, scarves and pillows from Faribault Woolen Mill Company, the oldest wool mill in the United States.  The company has made the military’s wool blankets since the Civil War, and their experience shows in the beautiful quality of their goods.

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The wood is Mango and olive wood from Be Home and they are both wonderful.

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We adore the Chilewich brand for placemats and other interior textiles.

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OM: Some favorite designers of both of you?

U: (without hesitation) Steven Volpe and Robert Stilin

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OM: Do you work directly with interior designers?

U: We do work directly with designers and other professionals, and we provide a discount for project work. We also provide consultations and are happy to bring pieces to a client’s home to help them visualize how a piece will ultimately work or source and style the right fit for the home and environment.

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OM: What you love about what you do?

U: We love the people we meet through the shop.  We have become good friends with so many people we may have never met if it were not for Urbane.

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OM: Single best piece of designing advice to clients from YOUR expertise?

U: “Ready for it?? Less is more, buy the things you love and love them. If you have to wait a month or two so you can afford it, then wait. You are going to be happy you did instead of settling for instant gratification on a mediocre piece.”

YOGA FOCUS // Inversions for Transformation

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Sirsasana (headstand) is a transformational posture. 
Anytime we are looking for transformation in our life’s it is helpful to start by shifting our perspective. And there is no better way to shift our perspective energetically and mentally than to shift our perspective physically and get upside down.

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Inversions are certainly one of my favorite things about the practice of yoga asana. Practicing inversions in yoga offer physical, mental, emotional, and energetic healing and support. Physically and mentally inversions supply us with more oxygen to our brains. From this radical increase in oxygen supply the gravity of aging is reversed. Inversions support us in our life’s longevity by increasing the immunity of our bodies, supporting our mental functioning, increasing our physical and mental energy, and improving our concentration and memory. They also assist us in nervous system healing by encouraging relaxation as our parasympathetic nervous system is allowed to be present so the body, mind, and spirit can truly receive the fruits and healing that the yogic practice offers.

 

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Emotionally and energetically inversions allow us to shift our perspective. When we shift our perspective physically we can eventually also begin to shift our emotional and energetic perspective. As we manifest this deeper level of healing through the physical part of our practice we also begin to heal our self-worth. Through these techniques the healing of our first three chakras are supported. The inversion practice offers us a greater sense of balance and strength in our root chakra. Our second chakra is nurtured with the practice of playfulness and the pleasure that either restorative or more advanced inversions give dependent on the practitioner. And finally our solar plexus chakra is strengthened as our will and confidence are empowered through these asanas. In this process we build heat within which the yogis call Tapas. Tapas is the process in which we use discipline to create an internal fire to begin to burn away old impressions or as the yogis say (Samskaras). As we burn away the Samskaras (old thought patterns, habits, and behaviorism’s that no longer serve our highest good); we make space for new thought patterns and behaviorism’s that serve a higher vibration in our lives. I give thanks to these ancient postures and how they have blessed me in my life. I invite you to get on your mat today to experience the bountiful fruits that an inversion practice offers. And may you always take what you breathe in on your mat off your mat and into your life’s.
 
A modification of the headstand above is for those who may still be working on core strength and balance. It can be performed near a wall if support is needed.
YOGA FOCUS provided by Catie Coon of JAIA Yoga (formerly Yoga at Tiffany’s) in Norman.

EXHALE // Daytrip to Your Downtown Getaway

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Often when Artists’ give a piece a name, the audience begins to see their vision come alive with clarity. This is also true in the naming of businesses such as “udånder”, an urban spa and bathhouse –which translates from Danish to “breathing out” or simply “exhale”.  Founded by Entrepreneurs Katie O’Brien and Andrea Mason with the intention to do for guests just that, as well as become  “A place where people could come to unwind and simply relax.” Udånder also offers the opportunity to press reset on your day or take a daytrip to break away from the oh too normal routine.

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With a modern conceptual layout where industrial meets luxury, udånder breathes a resort like atmosphere into OKC’s own concrete jungle.

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Inspired by the simplicity of Scandinavian spas and girl trips taken by the Founders — these soaking tubs offer a private moment of relaxation with modern zazen style reflection. The baths can be infused with aromatic oils for healthful benefits or guests can also add on their exclusive Indie Lee skincare line for a special spa mask while soaking, to make the most of their holistic self care experience.

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After a quick 15 minute natural detox in the white aspen cedar sauna or stunning steam room, guests are invited to refuel with a cup of tea that warms, or a healthful snack selection for a mere $3.

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Keeping things simple was embedded in the concept, and experience and was extended to the menu of offerings via udånder. Offering facials, and massages in 30-60 minute increments or longer, as well as bath soaks, separately from steam or sauna use. Another option is a traditional copper foot bath with fresh rosemary, which almost takes you to the Scandinavian farm with it’s subtle nostalgic play on the senses. Whether you are an Entrepreneur, Executive, Super Mom or Dad, Athlete, Go-Getter, or in some cases, all of the above–udånder offers one hour and beyond for all people to press pause on the outer happenings of life. Be prepared to be inspired and walk away with a relaxed perspective. There’s more than one reason Scandinavians are consistently ranked some of the happiest people in the world–they know how to stop and breathe.

More on udånder and its Founder’s story coming soon in ISSUE 4 // The Beauty Within.

To learn more about Gender times of service and pricing on all offerings, check out their stunning website HERE designed by COOPERHOUSE.

Photography + Story by Editor In Chief — Aimee Tietze Adams

GIVING GUIDE GIRL

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When looking for a Model for the 2014 Holiday Giving Guide, my intuition floated to the beautiful Yogi Spirit of Catie Coon.

During the shoot preparations, we talked about her guiding life principles via Marianne Williamson and The Course of Miracles, and how Catie spends 2 hours a day in her spiritual ritual to keep her mindfulness in check. She works diligently to stay in the positive flow, and be a force of kindness in flexibility at every turn. We talked about her very real absence amongst the realm of social media, and what I inherently loved is that when we talked about her taking a “selfie” to send the Photographer for prep work, she humorously admitted, “I don’t know if I have ever taken a selfie?…”

I wanted to take the audience somewhat “beyond the frame” of image in the Holiday Giving Guide to give others a glimpse at what makes this Influencer truly lovable.

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Where were you raised in OK?
I am originally from Amarillo, TX and my mom and I moved to OK when I was 7. I grew up in Norman and stayed until I was 19. Then moved around for several years to Nederland and Boulder CO, Hilo Hawaii, and Austin TX. Moved back to Norman in 2006 and have been rooted here ever since.
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What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Honestly, I really wanted to be a model until I was about 14. Then I was unsure until I was 17. It was yoga from then on out.
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When did you feel called into YOGA as a career / lifestyle?
I felt called to yoga one afternoon as I was working at a little shop on campus corner called Jungle Jim’s. Andrew Eppler walked in and asked to drop off flyers for his yoga classes. I was like — “absolutely!” I checked it out and fell in love. I knew Yoga was my Dharma. Yoga has been my life path over the last 15 years. Yoga has brought me healing and transformation in very auspicious ways. I am Eternally grateful to be called on this path. So much love and infinite blessings to all.
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A favorite quote you try to live by: 
“When you are inspired by some great purpose some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds; your mind transcends limitation, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be” Patanjali
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 What do you love about living in Oklahoma?
I love being in the heart of the country. The community and people here are so full of love and kindness. I love being close to so many beautiful people that I love. Home is where the heart is and my heart is in Oklahoma.
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Any favorite Holiday traditions or practices you try to have in place for this time of year?
Absolutely, I love performing a ritual on the Winter Solstice. I host a calling forth of the light ceremony. A gathering coming together in intention setting, meditation, a full mala (108 Sun Saluations), and pranayama. It’s a beautifully sacred way to celebrate the darkest day of the year and the coming of the light. At home we do more traditional practices and decorations for Christmas. We also love to share our service in Seva (selfless service) this time of year. Black Eyed peas are always welcome on New Years as well.
Introduction by EIC // Aimee Tietze Adams, Photographs by Contributing Fashion Photographer // Josh Welch

MONDAY MANTRA // Mary Beth Babcock on Happiness Rituals

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If you don’t know Mary Beth Babcock, you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past 5 years. Owner of Tulsa’s Dwelling Spaces, this jovial spirit is likely the most well known cheerleader for the arts and music culture across the state. Spend a minute gathering some insight on how this Driller girl brings mindfulness into her morning practice with a ritual rooted in self love.
A quality you have come to love about yourself: 
 PASSION: If I am going to be involved in something I put 110% into it. I love how I’m affected by people who are passionate about what they do and it’s just a quality that I can’t help. I hope that more people follow the fire in their heart.

 

 When the surrounding waves get heavy — how do you lift your spirits or vibe to stay positive?
When the waves get heavy I plan a getaway to a very peaceful place. I also go talk with Lisa at The Canebrake! She is a strong woman who I admire a great deal.

 

Any rules or rituals you have for yourself or bring into your day?
Lisa Bracken from The Canebrake Resort has helped me with this. Every morning I drink a cup of hot water, I sit in front of my alter that I put together of things that are of great importance to me and I meditate for about 10 minutes. Followed by Yoga.

 

Advice or mantra you believe to be truth to be passed on: I say this Mantra every day:
I am happy, I am healthy, I am safe and I am free from all suffering. Advice to be passed on: Believe in your heart…follow your own personal dreams and don’t stop.

 

A favorite person or quote that keeps you going?
A favorite quote: Do what you feel in your heart to be right; for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t” –Eleanor Rooselvelt

WINTER READS // Transform

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The cold Winter months breathe change into our existence whether we are ready for it or not. A season to mirror the reflection of transformation that occurs in nature surrounding us, we are able to discover the new paths that lie within our potential or outside on the horizon. These reads were selected to bring mindfulness into practice, as well as an intention toward purposeful self love which will lead to us living our best lives.

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Piero Ferrucci wrote the Bible of Kindness here with The Power of Kindness / The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life.

 With a foreward by The Dalai Lama himself, this book is one to be worn out and on hand for reference. Discussions of mindfulness, flexibility, respect, compassion and more, it brings attention to areas you may have sensed but never heard someone testify so eloquently leaving an imprint of authentic truthfulness in the human experience.

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Yes, Cameron Diaz wrote a book, well, she had some help in Sandra Bark, but The Body Book delivers holistic goodness rooted in self love.

Learning to authentically love ourselves is a process. Cameron shares the link between nutrition and movement, and finding the best way to shape a body we will love living in with a mindful approach to details.

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Julia Ross is a Mood Goddess with her resourceful book “The Mood Cure”.

Ross is a popular and compelling speaker who has made hundreds of presentations to introduce the public to the extraordinary benefits of nutrient therapy and biochemical rebalancing, with the specialized use of vitamins and supplemental amino acids. For those who suffer with a case of the blahs, to mood swings, to sleeplessness, addictions and  depression. Ross addresses the importance of knowing about “false emotions”. False emotions are essentially living blindly by your emotive response, when authentically there is a minor neurotransmitter issue that can be corrected often with over the counter supplements. Jim Carrey talks about his success with supplements in helping raise his serotonin, which essentially assists in working to where more melatonin is present, leading to more solid rest. Happy people are people who sleep. A little more about Julia Ross is below, as the Awards of her research and work is a testament to the positive intention behind her work.

“Julia Ross is a pioneer in the field of nutritional psychology and a specialist in the treatment of eating disorders and addictions. She has founded and directed six successful recovery programs since 1980 in the San Francisco Bay Area. Some of her favorite achievements include starting Northern California’s first treatment program for food addicts and the area’s first programs for drug-addicted adolescents and their families. Receiving a state award for her work with diabetes and addiction in California’s Native American tribal clinics is another of her most treasured achievements.”

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85 weeks on the New York Times Bestseller List isn’t by accident and the movie starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern is now in theaters worldwide.

Cheryl Strayed recounts a memoir from the lowest point of her life (17 years prior) where she decided to take a solo trip hiking the Pacific Coast Trail following the recent death of her mother.

Smitten by her fearlessness and courage to bring the recollections to real story, it’s a must if you haven’t already. A stellar review and recap here by the New York Times. There is a mild backlash occurring within the Hiking Community in regards to Mrs. Strayed’s authenticity amongst her path, as she did not check in many main stations amongst the PCT, regardless of this new found criticism, her story is still worth telling.

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To transform within the Fall and Winter seasons offers a chance to surrender to the power of miracles. Showing up to serve and do the work, Marianne Williamson writes in her guiding tone of experience to awaken the possibilities that remain should we be open, willing and aware to live our gifts. She brings the practical approach to bringing love into your work and having faith God has your best interest at heart.

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I used to have a quote — ” I have never met an Amy I didn’t like”, and this book is next on my list. A super Creative, I am stoked to indulge in her mix of mantras, pseudo-essays and righteous blend of biographical context.

All book recommendations provided by EIC // Aimee Tietze Adams as Editor Picks.

STYLE SESSIONS // Beth Jansen Talks Photoshoots Made Right

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So, we all know family photo shoots can be absolutely dreadful.  It begins with the styling of the entire family. You may have this unattainable desire to somehow appear like the Beckhams, where coolness just oozes through their effortless clothing selections. More realistically however,  you’re probably finding yourself lost, as you stare at your children’s daily selections of Under Armour and Old Navy clearance items. So you ask yourself, “How in the world do I make everyone appear cool and comfortable, gorgeous and amazing? ” And that is the goal right? Let me help!  I’ve done a shoot or two (thousand) and I can give you some tips on ‘gorgeous’ and ‘amazing’ or at least ‘cool’ and comfortable’.

First and most importantly, go shopping!

Photo shoots are an investment–so invest in them.  This is not the time to say, “this will probably work..”
You won’t regret falling in love with the outfits you get for the kids.  It will make the images more beautiful with great outfit selections.
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1 // MIX DON’T MATCH

Homogenous photo shoots were very 1980-1990s – I don’t remember the last time I dressed our family of 4 in the same exact outfit, so why in the hell would you do if for a photo shoot?
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2 // KEEP PATTERNS + COLORS IN SAME GENRE

So bolds go with bolds (patterns and all), don’t mix bold colors with your son with pastels with your daughter!  But patterns and solids go just fine together.  Don’t fear that the floral on a dress will trump the gingham on your son’s shirt!
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 3// GO WITH FLOW
Allow your eye to flow up and down the entire body.  If everyone wears jeans or khakis your eyes will gravitate to the waist – where the change is so obvious.  Let it flow, dresses and skirts are perfect for girls, especially because if you have sons they’ll likely be in jeans or shorts (unless you are Scottish of course;).
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 4 //LAYERING

I always say more is more, so this is the time for jewelry, jackets, cute scarves, great shoes, hats etc.  Since clothing can be pretty basic for boys adding layers creates dimension and interest.  And I PROMISE it won’t take away from their gorgeous faces! Same goes with styling up the house.
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5 // PLAY IT NATURAL

Unless you’re at a wedding or Easter mass there is no need to be incredibly formal, kids will feel more natural in casual clothing!  And if the kids feel like themselves – they may actually smile like themselves. Playing dress up also comes natural- so follow your wee one’s lead and it’s likely that is likely where the magic will be made.

BETH RECOMMENDS: H&M, NextDirect, Zara, CrewCuts (and when all else fails Target puts everyone else to shame with their cuteness).

Beth Jansen is OKC’s Premier Children’s Photographer, and can be booked for Fall Sessions NOW HERE.

EMBRACE + RELEASE // A Little Bohogypsy Wisdom

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You know those kismet encounters wherein you meet someone who says exactly what you’ve been thinking? A couple of months ago, after a first introduction (2012) when we both began our ambitious pursuits, hers in jewelry and accessories, myself in publishing –we met again. After a discussion over the phone which felt like our energy was literally mirroring one another, we decided to meet for a quick editorial opp.

Both being truth-seeking Sagittarius, we dove into the normal Archer ways with rapid fire inquisitiveness, while simultaneously divulging expressive positions on broad cultural topics. Some of those being the trite and seeming ridiculousness of self obsessed social over-sharing, the “real deal” behind ditching that “meek inherits the earth” belief and ignoring the fact that being “everywhere” can actually cause people around you to tune out of your channel. I know– a mouthful AND a news flash?!

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After shooting with every last bit of available light, we decided to carry our conversation further and grab a quick bite. Annah Chakola, is the inspired beauty behind mindfully crafted — BohoGypsy. A Sagittarius, as i mentioned before, she spends most of her time now in initial land of origin -Kerala, India. Having built a network of support for her brand and talents in OKC, while living abroad, she keeps one foot in Oklahoma, while operating as a global boutique. Offering both online sales, and commissioning her pieces thru stores in Chicago, New York, London, Austin, Oklahoma City and upcoming collections in Los Angeles, she is following her Indie Designer dream pursuit– straight to the bulls-eye.

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While discussing the world problems at large, we spoke candidly on which issues we saw flourishing upon the Oklahoma front. What truth-seekers know is that change and progress are brought about via discussion, awareness and action to make things better. Annah spoke of a dear friend in India who had provided her with the recent wisdom of, “Embrace then release”. With the recent universal themes of “Let it go”, being played over and over in our social reality, we went a little deeper. If something bothers us, if someone bothers us, embrace the issue, mirror it for it’s inner lesson, hold it near and analyze it. If one can learn from it, do that and then — release. By embracing and releasing, we can sit with things as they come, address them with intention then move forward with trust. In releasing concerns, we find our clarity in how we proceed with a joyful perspective.

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Annah’s tattoo reads: A Prayer for the Wild At Heart Kept in Cages.

 

In doing a quick research on the topic, I came across a book that is used for people who may be seeking treatment in disease related crisis, and it gave this simple advice, and offered further wisdom I found in alignment. Modern times prove challenging to step away from the media and the ills of global society to exact change in one’s individual perspective. Learning to be connected in a healthy way is a very good thing, to see oneness in the collective, but failing to realize your own needs to step away and “disconnect” at times is not. We often wait until we are sick or in a state of healing before being proactive with our energetic and emotional self.

Take a few moments today to think about how you can stay afloat or tuned in to those things that are important to your life’s moving trajectory, but also call to action– healthy habits to detach. For when we detach from the mass “unconsciousness”, we can find our happiness and bring strength and hope when returning to bring aid.

Check out Annah’s bohemian inspired brand HERE. Read more about Annah’s mindful and stylish creations in upcoming Issue4 — The Beauty Within.

Find more inspiration on how to remain joyful during difficult times via an excerpt from the book Embrace Release Heal HERE.

Photography and Writing by Aimee Tietze Adams, Editor.

 

HOME // An Artful Representation of Oklahoma Icons

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Come “HOME” with talented Tulsa Photographer Jamie Alsabrook and Stylist Stacy Suvino in their edgy artistic representation of Oklahoma Icons of the past.

What was the basic “inspo for the show”: Oklahoma Enthusiast –Mary Beth Babcock (Owner of Dwelling Spaces) saw the fashion blog images Stacy and I have done on Stacy’s fashion blog and contacted us about doing a show together. She said she wanted to feature more female artists. We decided what Stacy and I do best is fashion, and what Dwelling Spaces does best is Oklahoma. So we knew it needed to incorporate the two. That is how we decided on doing fashion portraits of famous Oklahomans. I kept thinking about how Mary Beth said she wanted to feature more women. I thought it might be fun to do mostly male characters played by females, therefore androgyny arose as another goal. The characters are: Will Rogers, Woody Guthrie, The Outsiders, Lee Hazelwood, Brad Pitt, Mickey Mantle, and Wanda Jackson (yes, there is one female).
What did you hope to Achieve: Hope to achieve a likeness of the character but also keep an element of that woman’s femininity. I suppose its a bit of an empowerment thing.
Who was involved? Stacy and I have done all of the planning, styling, etc. We’ve had Jordan Best, Tony Li, and Dana Ferguson involved in make up and hair. And we’ve had a total of 9 models- some professional and some friends.
What have you learned in putting this together? Making someone look masculine is very easy, making someone look feminine is very easy. A combination of the two is tricky. Also, I have learned that women aren’t a huge fan of stripping their femininity away (big eyes, big hair, tight clothes).
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Join the Tulsa creative community in celebrating the edge these Creatives are bringing to the scene at Dwelling Spaces in Tulsa Saturday August 16 (6:00pm) -Sunday August 17th (8:00pm).
You can join the Facebook invite here.