Recent obsessions ~ For the dark boudoir

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I’ve long neglected this poor blog, and there are a multitude of reasons for it. In a nutshell: Posting began to seem more like a chore, people just don’t blog anymore, I’m a bad writer, no one reads it, I’m lazy, and the list goes on. But for some reason I can’t get myself to delete it. This blog has become a source of nostalgia for me, which is not something I’ve ever felt for a blog before. So I’ve decided to just keep on with it, even if it means sporadic posting and continuing to basically talk to myself. Haha!

So.

As temperatures drop and the holidays approach I’ve been preparing myself for what will probably be another 7 month winter. As a creature of warmer climates, I am not looking forward to this coming season.  I really dread stepping out into extremely cold air, so it’s safe to say I’ll be staying inside quite a bit as I have in years prior.

So how does one like myself try and improve such a bleak view of the upcoming months? Well, aside from forcing myself out of the apartment and getting tons of heattech from Uniqlo (while dressing in nothing but turtlenecks and pants) it’s important to make one’s home enjoyable to exist in. I’m happy to say mine is getting there, but I’m still far from feeling completely comfortable.

Because this is a journey I myself am on, I figured I’d devote this post to ways you can improve your boudoir.

It is usually the first thing you see in the morning. It’s also the last thing you see at night. It’s often your most personal living space and others have already noted the correlation between a tidy bed and happiness, so it should be of no surprise that updating your bedroom can have surprising mental benefits. Now imagine pairing that feeling with things which can help you live your life as the hollywood starlet or femme fatale of your dreams. Sounds amazing right?

The first step to making your bedroom a place you’re proud to sleep and wake in is to tidy it up first. I’m not a home reno expert, so this part is up to however you see fit. For some tips check out the following links:

Bedroom organization tips on Pinterest   ||    Martha Stewart bedroom organization Tricks 

Once you’ve clean up and reorganized your room, it’s time for the little details which can help make your home more  visually glam.

Check out this link to 10 ways to have an affordable, DIY canopy bed.  This detail adds a lot of character to a room, and is a staple in glamorous retro bedrooms.

Next, either create a special place for all of your beauty rituals or improve what you have by adding proper lighting.  Don’t have a designated beauty place in the bedroom? A table, bench/small chair, large mirror, and 2 track lights will do the trick such as in this tutorial. I’ve done this in my photo studio, it’s great! Also, if you’re a DIYer you can take this further and put together the perfect vanity mirror with this tutorial.

I’ve created a list of things from my personal wishlist, some of which I’ve already been able to purchase since I started writing this up (this blog post has been in the queue forever…).  They are pieces which I personally feel would allow me to step more into the fantasy-filled, glamorous lives of old hollywood starlets. It is not costuming, but rather amazing details which can help you bring out your inner femme fatale.

If black isn’t your think, you can definitely find these in other colors. Just click the links and take a look around the shops for alternatives.

 

“She loved mysteries so much that she became one.”

― John Green, Paper Towns

Ok, so the following garment is pricey and I’ll probably not have access to it for a very long time. But it’s gorgeous, and a must have for the day I’m able to live in an early 20th century house. ;)

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Black marabou feather robe by Boudoir by D’lish. <3 <3 <3

Budget shoppers fixated on feathers can opt for either this feathered robe from Yandy. I personally option for this feather-less one.

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Boudoir noir, pour la femme fatale

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Photo of the stunning Rosabelle Selavy by STUDIO REZIN

Blog Post Soundtrack: Duke Ellington Orchestra – Harlem Nocturne

If there’s one thing  people know me for, it’s my love of film noir, and my obsession with emulating it in every way possible. It’s been a longstanding obsession which has infiltrated my artistic direction. I’m enamoured with the intoxicating darkness, the smoke fills my senses and the mystery adds a much needed spice to life. But as much as I love the visuals of film noir, I have the say I love its femmes fatales even more.

If you look up the term, this is what you’ll find:

Femme Fa·tale

ˌfem fəˈtal,fəˈtäl/ noun

  1. an attractive and seductive woman, especially one who will ultimately bring disaster to a man who becomes involved with her.

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Holiday Gifts for the Dark Home

I have to come to terms with the fact that I’m not fond of writing. I am a visual creature who often feels frustrated by the fact that communicating does not come easily to me. So I’d like to share a bunch of the dark and pretty things I’ve collected on my wishlist and include very little writing cause… I just don’t feel like it. :)

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Anatomy of Digestion Cup & Saucer – Lobules

I am so enamoured with this cup and saucer set! If money was no question I’d definitely be spending a fair amount on this china.

 “This unique range of fine china illustrates the anatomy and histology of the digestive system in graphic black and white with hand gilded detail. The range portrays the intricate anatomical pattern and detail from the teeth to the stomach, intestine and liver.”

The plates are 30cm (10″) diameter made of bone china. Each plate is handmade and hand gilded in Stoke on Trent, UK.Anatomy_Boutique_Anatomy_of_Digestion_1-1

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Kirameki Magazine Feature

So I recently managed to score my first cover image! Ok, so it’s the backcover… but I totally don’t mind. :D

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It all started when the editor of Kirameki Magazine asked if I’d be willing to design a back cover for their November GIRL POWER issue. I of course happily obliged! I was honored to take part in an issue surrounding a subject I feel so strongly about (feminism). In addition to landing the back cover, I was also granted an artist spotlight where I answered a few questions on things regarding my background, art, feminism, and media. Delphina-Luxe-illustration-spotlight

I am hoping that this step inspires me to take my fashion illustrations further. Over the last 8 months I’ve been devoting most of my time to my photography business – which has been great. But my art has unfortunately suffered significantly.

Anyways, should you be interested in learning more on this magazine you may find them at: https://www.facebook.com/KiramekiMag

The issue I’m featured in may be found here: http://www.magcloud.com/browse/issue/837927

Mes photo recents ~ More than T&A

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Blog post soundtrack: Bohren & der Club of Gore – Prowler

A few things have been bothering me lately.  As most of you probably know, I do female-focused portraiture that includes boudoir, outdoor lingerie, fetish-themes, and striking head shots.  My original direction was boudoir-specific, but I’ve since dumped that idea and have begun to expand into other realms. Anyway, my aim is to provide beautiful photography of empowered women, or women seeking empowerment.  While I’m very happy with with my current progress, I’m a bit irked by things that have begun to crop up.  Specifically, how many of the male half of our species enjoy reducing the imagery to comments on breasts and butts.  I’m not photographing rears and busts specifically. No, I’m setting a mood, creating themes, and asking each subject to dominate the camera… so I’d hope it would be obvious why reducing it to body parts is extremely annoying.

 

As you can probably imagine (or maybe you can’t. Whatever the case…), I’ve already had to start worrying about quickly deleting inappropriate comments, despite not having been going in this direction all that long. Some people even have the audacity to request access to private albums of models/clients’ photo shoots (invasion of privacy much?). I can only assume that this will get worse as things move forward.

 

 

For those of you who have an eye for photography, you might note that my work isn’t even highly sexual. Sensual – yes, but overtly sexual? I think not. I tend to make a point of capturing women in poses that make them look mysterious, confident, thoughtful, or powerful – in a feminist light. It might be hard for people to wrap their minds around, but my photography is for women, not men. Yes, that’s right. Just because something is feminine and sensual DOES NOT mean its intended for men.

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I know a lot of people will say things like, “What did you expect?” or “Just ignore it” or “Who cares?”. With regard to what I expect … while I’ve actually come to have low expectations of people, I still do wish they would interact at a slightly respectable level. As for the ‘who cares’ angle – let me just say that many of us do.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to a youtube tutorial (for construction DIY a lot of the time) with a female speaker only to find a slew of sick comments like “nice tits” or “hot rack”. These comments will in most situations always be inappropriate so, excuse me while I take offense to these things! It clearly doesn’t matter what sort of art or incredible information we’re trying to share, or what amazing feat we’re doing. The only thing that seems to matter to many people  (men in particular) is what our bodies are like, or how our faces range from 1-10. It’s tiring. Very much so.

I know a solution won’t come overnight, next week, or even in the next five years. I’m too realistic to fantasize such things but I would like to say that if you find yourself summing down people/places/things into body parts, it’s time you stop. I mean, really – no one ever comes off as intelligent with of that sort of mindset.

Till next time,

M

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Visualizing and Illustrating Feminism

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Well, it would make for a nice change, no ? :)

 

Recently I’ve been making a point of trying to publish my art in different places. As a result, I’m now to produce imagery for a particular publication that is currently developing an issue focusing on feminism.  I’m quite excited about this. This topic is obviously quite important to me. Why is that? Well,  if you really need an explanation it’s because duh – I’m a woman.  I am so very tired of seeing people post things like, “Why do we need feminism?” or “We’re fine, we can work!”. Women with these opinions are clearly don’t get it. Although it’s 2014 women still have to deal with a glass ceilingconstant harassment,  misogyny, and continue to be the primary targets of abuse (1 in 4 women will experience domestic violence during her lifetime [source] and 1 out of every 6 women in the US has been the victim of an attempted or completed rape in her lifetime [source]). Until these things have changed, feminism is extremely important in my book.

So how exactly does one illustrate  “female power”?

I already make a point of making my female characters look serious, and depict them as “looking down” at the viewer. The latter is a technique I often employ as a general suggestion of power. But this alone doesn’t exactly get the idea across. Sure, it could be because I don’t use extreme perspective. If I did, it might communicate this more directly. But the real answer to my question is that an image needs to have several elements communicating this theme to make it truly speak.

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This image, unfortunately, does not communicate female strength. :/

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