The House of the Angel

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THE HOUSE OF THE ANGEL

photographer SUZANNE SPIEGOSKI

stylist SUZANNE SPIEGOSKI

hair STACEY PALANCIA

makeup STACEY PALANCIA

model HANJING (ANGEL) ZHENG

Clothing credits

Look 1 Sarah Swann Two-Piece Track Suit

Look 2 deux A White Shirt Dress

Look 3 & 4 Layana Aguilar Black Dress // LELET NY Butterfly Necklace 

Look 5 & 6 Floriane Fosso Winter Shearling Coat // LELET NY Silver Earrings & Bobbies

Look 7 Sarah Swann Detachable Green Fur Hood

Look 8 Sarah Swann Grey Marl Coat 

Look 9 Forever 21 Burgundy Dress // LELET NY Poppies Wide Headband 

Look 10 deux A White Shirt Dress (Styled differently from Look 2)

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Aphrodite – The Goddess of Love

WEARING: LELET NY SEASHELL HEADBAND | GET FLOATY PINK SEASHELL | LELET NY GOLD BODY CHAIN

THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY GET FLOATY & LELET NY.

It's not always easy to constantly have to explode with creativity and ideas, not to mention everything else that comes with what I do, such as marketing, meetings, photo shoots and then some. And particularly in photography, such as it goes in life, the magic won't always happen. On some days, you will not be able to achieve what you envisioned. It can't always be the greatest work of your life. And that's a tough pill to swallow for someone like me, who has become a bigger perfectionist than I already was – if that was even possible! 

For the longest time, I had the idea to photograph my perspective of Greek & Roman goddesses. I've been fascinated with mythology since I was a child and wanted to put a modern twist on these women. At first, I kept scouting for friends, models, even strangers... anyone that would fit the bill, so to speak. But for whatever reason, nothing seemed to click. I couldn't get into the groove of things. And then one day, while in the shower of all places (because that's where I seem to put my thinking cap on – literally) a lightbulb went off. Why am I not doing this myself? Because I have had many photographers advise me on focusing on self-portraits, I figured why the heck not, right? And so I bring you one of the most familiar goddesses: Aphrodite or Venus. 

Whenever I think of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, I am immediately drawn to Botticelli's painting, 'The Birth of Venus'. She is depicted being born straight from a seashell. I definitely wanted to somehow embody this cute symbolism into the photo shoot. I styled my hair (even braided my own hair for a change!) with a gorgeous headband from LELET NY. They are a modern luxury hair accessory brand that really juxtaposes the feminine and fierce, what is modern with what is nostalgic and creates accessories to match the dichotomy of today's woman. I knew they would be perfect for a photo shoot like this! I also fell hard in love with one of their body chains, simple yet ultra chic and even decadent.

As for the other accessory, I found the most adorable floaty brand online while searching for seashells! Get FLOATY carries it all, whatever you want (in terms of floaties) and super quick on delivery! I also really appreciated how convenient it was to inflate it, I did it with my hair dryer in less than three minutes! When it came to what Aphrodite would wear, I initially was going for a bikini, but it just wasn't working in a studio setting. So going back to the Botticelli painting, Aphrodite is nude, and because this is kind of a birth to a new project I will be embarking on with depicting different Greek & Roman goddesses in the next coming months, I found it (eventually) to be rather fitting to shoot with nothing but the accessories on. Lastly, makeup was also done by me and I kept it screeching hot pink. Why? I guess to add a bit of punch and play to color, but also to try something different since I don't normally wear pink eyeliner on any given day, and you know what? I kind of like it! What do you guys think of this new series and this photo shoot? Leave your comments down below! I always (may not always agree) love to hear from you guys :)  

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The Crème de la Crème

WEARING: F21 GRAPHIC TEE | HOLLISTER CO. RIPPED DENIM MINI-SKIRT |

VINTAGE BLACK SATIN RIBBON | THE SAVVY HEART NECKLACE | BLACK BANDANA PAISLEY  


My intentions today were to delight you in a wonderful new gastronomy recipe, but it was one of those Monday's where some things just didn't work in my favor. Especially this morning. After mistakingly thinking Windfall Farms (where I get edible flowers) was stationed at the Union Square Farmer's market on Monday's, I quickly came to realize they were only there on Wednesdays and Saturdays. So I went with plan B, looking for other gourmet-type of grocery stores (I mean, you can't find anything on the island of Manhattan, right?!) that had available edible flowers. I've been wanting to incorporate them into my dishes not just for taste, but also for styling/plating. I searched through several Whole Foods where at my last one, and my FIFTH store, I called before heading over because of the heat. I thought it was my lucky day! They had a few left and they were going to hold them for me! Win! No. When I arrived to customer service where they had told me to pick up my reserved flowers, the poor woman's face immediately changed when I told her what I was there for. She informed me that the second the guy got off the phone with me and went to go get the flowers to hold them for me, someone had already grabbed them in the store! WHAAAAAAA! I walked over 20 blocks to get them. So I may not have a new recipe for you, but I'm tanner and not getting fatter so there is truth to always staying positive! Ha ha ha! 

Since I had such an awesome response from my 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' story, I wanted to share a little more on the subject, like this crème de la crème graphics tee I've had over the years from Forever 21. When it comes to a lot of pieces from my closet, they've been around. Ha! Of course, I love updating staple pieces but I'm a little bit of a secret hoarder! I just can't throw any of my clothes out! I can't even give them away, which I've been doing a lot of this year, in terms of cleaning out my closet (sorry for the Eminem phrase). But I'm like Carrie in the episode where Aidan has moved in and she has to make room for his stuff, which proves to be rather challenging for her. This is exactly me! I just can't bear to part from any of my clothes. Why? I think it's because I get my clothes from all sorts of places and they carry memories and special meanings within them. Like the Hollister Co. ripped denim mini-skirt? I fell hard in 'em with my first love while in college. And while I still wear them because not only do they still fit, but because more importantly, they're a reminder of who I was and who I still am today. 

Like most other girls, I've really been into the 90s comeback vibes lately, especially in the last year. I'm all for chokers, platform shoes and gothic emo looks. When I collaborated with The Savvy Heart almost a year ago, I was immediately drawn to their flair & style. They were one of the first brands I worked with when embarking my journey into the world of blogging. The black satin ribbon I'm wearing around my waist as a belt? This is the exact same 'belt' I wore when I married my husband! I love wearing satin, and when I wear this one in particular, I can't help but feel closer to my boo. Wearing it makes me all mushy, but I don't care, I love how I feel wearing it! And that's what really matters when it comes to what you put on. 

Coming up this week? Definitely my gastronomy post, recipe included, you know I'm all on it! Wish I could give you a clue, but for this one I'm keeping it a surprise. I also have another anniversary coming up, my very first 'blogversary'! I will be doing a special giveaway, along with a post reflecting from the past year, so keep your eye peeled! Lastly, I'd love to hear some of your shared memories with pieces of clothing in your closets! Comment down below. Thanks for stopping by! We hope everyone has a wonderful, 'cool' week! :) 

Photos by: Suzanne Spiegoski (Self-Portrait) 

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I Put a Spell on You

WEARING: CALVIN KLEIN MODERN COTTON LOGO BRALETTE & BIKINI |
NORDSTROM RACK TRIM FIT COTTON DRESS SHIRT 

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Hey, everyone! Happy Friday Eve (Thank goodness, if you've had anything like the week I've had!) With New York City's weather this past week being extremely uncooperative, I wasn't able to shoot outdoors in the rain. So, instead, we shot indoors and did a very different take on our weekly editorial videos! Yay! I wanted to do something with much more mood, a little bit of film noir, but a little bit of glamour/boudoir. And the result? A bedroom shoot, with what I normally wear on a casual Sunday at home.

Since I'm a lover of film & movies, I've been wanting to expand the tone and feeling of our videos. Just to give a better all-around theme and to make them cohesive. I like to think of this video this week as a rainy day kind of concept shoot, incorporating sexuality and desire. But not in an over-the-top sensual way. Let me know what you guys think! I love, love, LOVE hearing from our readers, still need to catch up on replying to each and every one of you! (Don't think I've forgotten about ya!) 

When it came to adding music to the shoot, I had trouble picking out a song this time! In case you didn't already know, I do ALL of the edits for every shoot, video and photos included. Anyway, I went with Nina Simone's, "I Put a Spell on You" because it's romantic yet quite emotional. How can you not love, Nina Simone, anyhow?!


photos + videography by Gilles Decamps | director, editing, styling, hair + makeup by Suzanne Spiegoski

Since it's been raining nonstop this week here in New York City (today was the first sunny day in what felt like weeks), we did a rainy day editorial series and shot indoors! I'm expanding more into moods and tones, and not just fashion. Trying to capture more feeling and sensibility.

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Music:

+ARTIST: Nina Simone

+SONG: I Put a Spell on You

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