Fashion- The Burgundy Series- Part 2

October 5, 2017

“The leaves are going to change. The leaves are going to spiral to the ground. The leaves are going to return better than ever before & darling, so are you, so are you”-The princess saves herself in this one

I recently read The princess saves herself in this one- a book of poetry by Amanda Lovelace. It’s an intense read that deals with issues such as bullying, trauma, death, suicide, grief, cancer and much more. I really love this quote because it reminds me that when you fall and go through hardship, you can change through the pain and get back up stronger and better than ever.

On a lighter note, fall is also my favourite season for fashion- the colours, the layers, and let’s not forget the beautiful backdrop it provides for photoshoots!

I had the wonderful opportunity to work with Sarah McPherson for this look, who is an up-and coming photographer in Thunder Bay. I heard about her through word of mouth and after seeing the amazing portraits on her Instagram page, decided to collaborate with her. I loved hearing about Sarah’s passion for photography- how she’s constantly experimenting, learning and creating. I love her perspective too- how  constructive criticism can be a good thing- because that’s what helps you grow and develop your craft. Couldn’t agree more!

In keeping with the burgundy theme, I decided to use this deep, rich colour as a complement/accessory to the outfit, instead of the focal point. I kept the outfit fairly neutral with a denim top, black felted hat, black leggings and boots. To add some colour, I chose this fun-patterned scarf (which also has blue and black to tie in the outfit), and burgundy purse. I kept the jewelry minimal and chose one of my favourite rings (it’s handmade by an artist in Northeastern Ontario)- I absolutely love the abstract design of this ring.

Here’s to “falling” and picking yourself back up my friends!

Location: Tree Farm, Thunder Bay, ON


Where to find the items pictured:

Hat: ASOS, find similar here:

Scarf: Aritzia, find similar here:

Bag: Kate Spade, find similar here: ID=4754898&CategoryID=26846&swatchColor=Plum#fn=sp%3D1%26spc%3D20%26ruleId%3D78%26slotId%3D14%26kws%3Dpurple%20kate%20spade%20new%20york%20handbags%26searchType%3Dac%26ackws%3Dkate%20spade%20pu%26searchPass%3DexactMultiMatch

Denim Top: Urban Outfitters, find similar here:

Leggings: Zara, find similar here:

Boots: Michael Kors, find similar here:

Ring: Critchley Browne (artist), find similar here:

A bit more about Sarah McPherson:

1. What got you interested in photography?

My family has always been pretty dedicated to arts & culture, especially because my sister is well-established in the art scene in Thunder Bay. When I was in grade 9, she taught me a little bit about manipulating light on her DSLR. In grade 10 I met my good friend Riley Urquhart, who showed me the basics on how to use my camera. His continuous support keeps me motivated and pushes me to get better.

2. Who inspires you?

I’ve gathered inspiration from a number of very different artists over time in order develop my own individual style. The most prominent at the moment would be Petra Collins, Sophie Mayanne, George Muncey, Rachel Gulotta and James David March (highly recommend checking out all of their work on Instagram).

3. What’s your next goal/future career plans?

I’m currently working on an HBA in English. After this, I hope to get into Ryerson’s photography program. Until then, I’m just going to keep working and honing my craft!

Check out more of Sarah’s work: