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Suited Up with The Black Tux

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"Dressing well is a form of good manners."

-Tom Ford

Since my I was a boy and my mom dressed me up in suits and bowties, I've enjoyed getting fancy. As a music major in college, I always opted for the 3-piece-suit for recitals and performances, even at 9AM--often with matching ties that matched my shirt. Extra, I know. It was 2009, cut me some slack. 

I like to think I've added a little more nuance to my wardrobe and style preferences since those college days, and my latest discovery is the genius of The Black Tux. Instead of buying a new suit every time I have an event, TBT makes it easy to rent the perfect look for nearly any occasion. Excited to share some photos from two different looks: a trip to the opening night at the Lyric Opera, and a trip to Paris. 

A Night at the Opera

Final checks in #Studio1037.

Final checks in #Studio1037.

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Red Carpet looks with the always fabulous Daina, AKA @agentlewoman. Photo by @mushroomstew

Red Carpet looks with the always fabulous Daina, AKA @agentlewoman. Photo by @mushroomstew

Photo by @mushroomstew.

Photo by @mushroomstew.

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Intermission. Photo by Greg Birman  (@gregbirman)

Intermission. Photo by Greg Birman  (@gregbirman)

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Greg & Nika. 

Greg & Nika. 

Bravo, Lyric Opera! 

Bravo, Lyric Opera! 

Time to go.

Time to go.


Away in Paris

In search of something a little more casual, I rented the Tan suit from TBT and paired it with my favorite dress shoes, and (inspired by a bouquet of roses I got for the week) a floral print scarf from the Bastille Market. Voila, an ascot!

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Photos by @trelawnydavis

Photos by @trelawnydavis

Playlist: paris in the fall

paris in the fall, a playlist

I put together some of my favorite songs from my last trip to Paris into a short moody, night-time playlist, featuring some favorites from The Band Joseph, Moses Sumney, HAIM and Denai Moore.

Start at the end of rush hour with a rousing (and my favorite) version of Rhapsody in Blue by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, and by the end, enjoy a walk along the Champs-Élysées as you retire to bed with mellow tones from Sleeping At Last. Also enjoy a couple favorites from the classic songbook, including Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole.

Listen on Apple Music or Spotify

Flying Solo In France

Whenever I've traveled overseas in the past, it's been with a large group--often for a choir trip, traveling throughout a small area and singing at various schools, churches and events. This summer I had the chance to take my first solo trip, Traveling to Paris and Annecy, France.

The experience was, of course, very different, than I was used to, if only because nearly every decision was left up to me. Being forced into multiple decisions in an hour was good for me. This trip also reminded me how much I love taking portraits--my eyes kept noticing spots where a human presence would've been greatly appreciated. 

What follows are a few of my favorite photos from the trip, with a little commentary along the way. 

Paris

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Usually when I'm shooting, I search for moments of portraits, moments of connection and intimacy. I noticed similar themes as I traveled alone, but instead of connection the moments were often ones of solitude and introspection. 

The quintessential Paris view from a top floor apartment. 

The quintessential Paris view from a top floor apartment. 

Hi! 

Hi! 

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Building in more time for proper Parisian food experiences next time--the schedule for my last day in Paris required me to leave before most kitchens were open. 

Building in more time for proper Parisian food experiences next time--the schedule for my last day in Paris required me to leave before most kitchens were open. 


Annecy

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I stumbled on a farmer's market in the center of town, filled with haggling residents, vibrant colors and mouth-watering smells. 

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Though all my travel was solo, I did meet up with these great friends (Luke and Amber) while they were in Annecy, and we drank copious amounts of coffee and freaked out about various things. It was a good time. 

Though all my travel was solo, I did meet up with these great friends (Luke and Amber) while they were in Annecy, and we drank copious amounts of coffee and freaked out about various things. It was a good time. 

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A fresh peach, fresh bread and fresh jam from my Airbnb hosts; an ideal way to start my last day. 

A fresh peach, fresh bread and fresh jam from my Airbnb hosts; an ideal way to start my last day. 

Cozy mornings anywhere with Parachute Home. 

Cozy mornings anywhere with Parachute Home. 

Almost time to start exploring with LeCouer.

Almost time to start exploring with LeCouer.


The best experience came in the form of a coffee shop--much needed connection, good coffee, and a place to relax with Luke & Amber & their crew. I enjoyed a double ristretto, palette cleansing Cascara and of course, a latte. It was a pleasure meeting Julien and spending a few hours at Brumes. 

Brumes

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Jusqu'à la prochaine, France.