Food, fashion, friends, books = four of my favorite things. Add my city neighborhood and that makes five. In this Day In The Life photo shoot, my friend, photographer Al B For, captured all of them as we went from restaurant to boutiques to bookstore along Fourth Street in the Queen Village neighborhood of Philadelphia.
You may have seen some of these pics on social media throughout 2016. I wanted to take this moment to give due credit to Al and to the venues that hosted us during this shoot.
Al and I met years ago at The Barnes Foundation opening, when he caught me in a quiet moment scribbling notes in the garden. Since then we've run into each other at dozens of events around town, which Al covers as one of Philly's top paparazzi (and my favorite). I don't know how he does it when simultaneously besieged by publicity-hungry party goers, bumped by waiters, flagged down by PR reps, but he is always in a good mood and a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him for an event or journalistic portrait session (see below for his contact info).
After talking many times about collaborating on a project, we finally did it last spring. I needed new pics for my online sites; he wanted to show what he does beyond party pics. We decided on a journalistic "Day In The Life" photo shoot on Fourth Street, the street near my home that has transformed from a row of wholesale fabric sellers to a hot spot for independent boutiques and restaurants.
Hopefully you've seen the final pics from this shoot on my websites and social media. Here's a peek behind the scenes, and a bit more about the spots that graciously hosted us for this shoot.
1st Stop: The Hungry Pigeon
An all-day cafe and restaurant carved out of a former fabric store, The Hungry Pigeon is my favorite of the new restaurants that have opened along Fourth Street. Owner Scott Schroeder has achieved something both refined and relaxed, a home away from home that one could easily spend all day and night at and not tire of. Though I'd only met him once, he readily agreed to a photo shoot on the premises, giving Al and I carte blanche to shoot anywhere for as long as we wanted. How cool is that?
2nd Stop: Bus Stop Boutique
You've all read many times about my favorite shoe store, Bus Stop Boutique, which also happens to be dangerously close to my house. As always friend and owner Elena Brennan was enthusiastic about a collab, not only agreeing to a shoot at the store but also to the store being my impromptu dressing room. Elena was out of the store that day but we did get some shots of her Bus Stop X shoe line, plus lots of support from store associate Aubrey L.., who also happens to be a designer herself. (Check out her groovy Modern Misfits line here.)
3rd Stop: Brickbat Books
Not your usual used book store: Brickbat Books is classy, smartly curated and filled with rare treasures. Thank you, Laura, for hosting us!
4th Stop: Helena Q Boutique
Helena Q Boutique offers a mix of owner Helena's own designs and some stylish, affordable lines like Gracia. I fell madly in love with the faux fur coats. Thank you to Anthony and Andre for being such fun to work with.
A special shout-out as well to Modern Eye for loaning me the fabulous shades worn in this shoot. It was very hard to give those back!
Coats c/o Helena Q Boutique.
Jewelry c/o REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry
Sunglasses c/o Modern Eye
UNIQLO jeans +9 West boots + my grandmother's vintage shawl from my own closet.
Hair & Makeup by me
Photography Al B For
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