Sep 29, 2014

Villa Catalana Cellars

Two weeks ago, I had the pleasure of exploring the Willamette Valley with Travel Oregon. We had three glorious days of biking (so out of my element!) and endless amounts of wine and food (ahh, much more my element). On our last day, we had a beautiful lunch at the Villa Catalana Cellars, a winery just a half hour or so south of Portland. The site is also home to a number of rare plants and the Romanesque architecture transports you to some bucolic European countryside. It's hard not to be completely charmed by the ponds, olive trees, gardens, and the dreamy owner Burl Mostul – as always, I'll have to let the photos do most of the talking for me.

Villa Catalana Cellars
11900 S Criteser Rd
Oregon City, OR 97045

Sep 24, 2014

Fashion Week Accessories

It was such a pleasure to work on these fashion week accessories spreads for Yahoo Style with amazing prop stylist, JoJo Li. We shot one for each city: New York, London, Milan, and Paris. I don't really have a favorite, but do love the chaos of the Milan shot.

Sep 9, 2014

The Navy Trench

In case you haven't heard – read: stalk Everlane's new arrivals like I do – their swing trench is back, and now comes in navy and tan. I love a good trench coat, and my favorite feature about this one is the A-line shape from the profile view. In typical Alice fashion, I'd wear this with the sleeves pushed up and probably unbuttoned. Now if only trench weather would last more than what, all of two weeks, in NYC?

Everlane trench / Protagonist tee / MiH jeans

Thank you to the Everlane team for letting me preview this color before launch. Their products are really a second skin for me at this point.

Sep 1, 2014

Playing with Fire

I'm excited to share some of the images and outtakes of The Burned Food Menu for Kinfolk Vol 13 (out tomorrow) that I worked on with Kate and Diana. I think we were all slightly nervous when the shoot discussions veered into talks of "how do we not burn down someone's place." I told my assistant he would also be playing fire marshal that day.

But in all seriousness, we were lucky no one got hurt when the bananas foster coupe exploded and the flames almost went out of control. Of course, this was before we got the final shot so we ran with it, because what else can you really do in that situation. I hope you get a chance to flip through this issue because it's a good one.

(A little behind the scenes action – can I add hand-modeling to my resume now?)

Aug 25, 2014

Paper & Clay Ceramics

I happened upon the Paper & Clay studio in Memphis by chance back in June, while we were driving around aimlessly early one morning. Since I only had a half day to spare there, I frantically called and emailed Brit McDaniel (the owner), hoping to stop in and shoot her space if she would be around. Brit was super sweet and welcomed us in, and even let me shoot her in action. I really admire what she's doing and was so happy to find this little space. Turns out my friend Kira (who has styled more than a handful of my shoots for me – including some of the ones on this blog) totally knew of her work already and had ordered things from her before. Hello, small world.

Brit makes beautiful, simple and modern pieces that are inspired by Scandinavian designs, plus she makes all of her glazes from scratch. You can find a selection of her work for purchase here.

Paper & Clay
The Art Factory
777 South Cox #8
Memphis, TN 38104

Aug 17, 2014

Ode to white shirts

I've been on a huge white shirt kick recently, and now they're all I want or care to wear. For the longest time, I thought they were stuffy and connoted going on an interview at some financial institution. Now I look for an oversized fit, leave the top few buttons undone (who cares if a little peek of a pretty bra shows?), roll up the sleeves, and suddenly feel casual but put together and sophisticated at the same time. Here are two in particular that I've been wearing the hell out of in the past week.

This Theory shirt is just so easy. It's crisp, but not stiff, and there's a nice thickness to it that will make it appropriate for fall and so on. I'm always a fan of a little pocket detail as well.

A little less friendly on the wallet, this Acne version makes up for it by just feeling so nice to the touch. It's much thinner than the Theory, and way more oversized. It really does feel like you put on your boyfriend's shirt.

And for some more bang for your buck, Everlane's white cotton lawn and long-sleeve poplin would be my top picks for sure. I think if I had a whole closet with only white button ups, I wouldn't be angry at that...

Aug 12, 2014

Red Rocks Park

Earlier this month, I found myself in Denver again for a quick bachelorette weekend. This was no stereotypical bachelorette (thank goodness), and the ten of us spent a large chunk of the weekend at Red Rocks Park enjoying the outdoors and "hiking". I was clearly the most out of shape in the group, and I lagged behind a little to take photos and catch my breath.

I didn't even bring a second camera other than my phone on this trip, which was super refreshing. It was a clear blue day, but I thought the photos were more striking in black and white, allowing you to really focus on shapes, lines and textures. Plus, I admit it's hard to shoot landscapes at high noon in color. I can only imagine what this place looks like at golden hour!

Red Rocks Park
Jefferson County, CO 80401