I’ve always found Paris to be one of those cliché cities that everyone is dying to go to; they get all “ga-ga” over it and constantly refer to it as the “City of Love” (whatever that means). It’s definitely
not for me.
Then I watched Midnight in Paris. Cool…really glad that I’m easily persuaded within 30 minutes by fictional characters. Not only does this movie go back into time (already geeked out by this) but it also goes back to the 1920s—only one of my favorite periods (minus the whole World War I bit). After reading The Great Gatsby back in high school, I became fascinated with everything about this era—its history, society, the fashion and of course the great authors and painters that came out of it. Then Woody Allen goes and sticks the 1920s in with Paris and BAM…I want to go. Like immediately.
I’m pretty envious of Owen Wilson’s character in this movie (and if you haven’t seen it, I really suggest that you do). I mean, anytime that you feel you need a little bit of inspiration all you need to do is walk the streets of Paris and then at midnight be swept away to meet Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald or Picasso’s muse? Come on now, Pinterest ain’t got nothing on that. Plus, the movie depicts Paris in such a way, that you do fall in love…with the city that is (please, I’m not that easily persuaded).
Unfortunately for me, I don’t own a time machine (just yet). However, I do have the ability to dress and dress up I did. When I was approached by a couple of friends, Rocio and Kristen, to collaborate on a themed photo shoot…this was it. With a keen-sense for finding cool spots, Rocio picked Leon’s Lounge in Midtown (Houston); the perfect setting. So with a bit of jewels, a swishy dress (given to me by my cousin), an Old Fashion in hand and two extremely talented photographers, we recreated the 1920s. Their photos turned out fantastic and just in case you’re wondering, I barely drank that drink. (Note to self: 40 Things to do Before 40 – Number 1: Learn to drink whiskey).
Dress – gifted, Headband – DIY project, Jewelry (old) – assortment from Forever 21 and Harwin Street in Houston, Nails – Essie polish in Mint Candy Apple
I’m not going to lie, afterwards I was really hoping that if I walked the streets someone would drive up in a sleek black card and take me away to meet Picasso. Then again, I was in downtown Houston so anything like this would be highly questionable… eh…I opted to eat tacos with these two instead.
Thanks Kristen and Rocio for including me in this – I can’t wait to see what we come up with next!
All images taken by Rocio Carlon Subirá and Kristen Eide. Visit them on their site at www.tenandro.wordpress.com.