While I’m ashamed to admit that I first discovered Imogen Heap because of Jason Derulo’s ridiculously overplayed song “Whatcha Say” in which the chorus samples Heap’s “Hide and Seek,” she soon became famous to me in her own right and is now one of the most inspiring individuals in my life. I am amazed by the utterly transcendent quality of her tunes. Her lyrics are at once mysterious and relatable. Her voice is pure and unique, and her music meshes a folksy soft jazz with elements of dance and electronica. Not to mention that the simplicity of the “Hide and Seek” music video mixed with the complexity of the song itself almost makes me pass out every time . . .
It’s her fashion sense, though, that really makes me feel right at home. I was forced to admit my strong affinity for her when Josh saw me making this collage for inspiration and peeked over my shoulder to say, “Oh, she’s got your style.” When I gave him a look of quizzical surprise, he corrected himself: “Or you’ve got hers . . . I don’t know . . .”
Well, I don’t think I’m quite that flamboyant, but that’s cute that he noticed the similarities.
I’m amazed that while I initially labelled Imogen as too high fashion and unwearable for my taste, I’ve slowly come to realize that my wardrobe is made up of a lot of similar elements (statement scarves, “ratty” dresses, arm-warmers, and I-didn’t-touch-this-today hair, anyone?).
Imogen’s style is all about bold imperfection. She relies on bright colors, full-bodied fabrics and textures, and unfinished edges created by feathers, fringe, and fur. Of course, the most gorgeously imperfect element of her style is her wild and wonderful hair. Up or down, plain or embellished, Imogen’s hair always makes an all-natural, easy, breezy, statement about how effortlessly chic this fashionista is.
|The pics are from back when I made them,
not from today’s exhibitionist escapade.
Photographer and blogger Natalie Norton has written a satire piece for the Digital Photography School website about the major no-nos of photo processing. I could not find a date on the post, so it could be ancient, but I just discovered it for the first time, so I thought I’d share.
Keep in mind, she is exaggerating. Please do not be offended if she has trashed some of your favorite post effects. What Norton is preaching is moderation. She provides an excellent reminder to resist the temptation of compensating for a poorly taken photograph with special effects. This is never a good idea! (And I’m speaking to myself, as well. I need reminding, too.)
Also, that’s her in the photos!
Follow this link: 10 Deadly Post Processing Sins
|Thrifted blazer and tank top, AE jeans, sneakers stolen from my costume for one of my college plays|
|It’s a jungle out here!|
These pictures were taken by my super sweet sister Rachel in the decorative foliage outside of the local Target. I’m sure that if I hadn’t mentioned that, you would all be complimenting me on my chic and artistic photo shoot atmosphere. You never would have been able to tell, right? That’s what I thought ;-).
The images also preceded a planking adventure which I will not detail at the moment because I have actually been commissioned to write a planking article for the campus newspaper. I think the pictures should wait until I post about the article. They are truly astounding. (Much more impressive than this one of me. I’m an amateur.)
And by ‘probably’ I mean ‘yeah, I should definitely do that someday.’
Mumford and Sons– Nuff said. Art at its finest. Wow.
Chumbawumba– This band is almost exclusively known for their 90s one-hit wonder called “Tubthumping.” I feel weird calling them one of my favorite bands since this is the only song of theirs that I know, but it is one of the best songs in the world, so I think that counts for something.
Coldplay– These men are kings of alternative rock. Their songs are rhythmic and dance-worthy, but at the same time they are very pensive and romantic. Me gusta mucho.
Belle and Sebastian– The whimsical music and lyrics of this band of sweethearts can overtake my Pandora station anyday. If you haven’t heard of them, I really recommend a listen.
Depeche Mode– The 80s in all of their splendor! Their sound is so unique. Industrial rock is a great genre.
Muse– A little bit of a British version of Radiohead, I’ve been told. I personally don’t care for Radiohead, but Muse is a stunning mashup of electronica and rock who remind me of a slightly more emo version of Ronald Jenkees. Also, the fashion in their music videos blows me away.
The Ting Tings– Everybody knows about the Ting Tings! That’s not my name! That’s not my name! That’s not my name! That’s not my . . . name! Such unique and teen-spirited music. I was introduced to them because a friend told me to YouTube this iPod commercial where one of the dancing silhouettes looked “just like me.”
The Beatles– Had to include this one. Doesn’t require too much explanation, right?
Flogging Molly– For the win! Celtic drinking songs meet rock and roll! It’s utterly genius. However, I would never want to be at one of their concerts. Can you imagine the moshing/brawling?
Massive Attack– Forerunners of the wonderful “chillout music” movement. Because this genre is far and away my favorite, I sometimes find myself feeling like a bit of a hipster . . . but they perform the theme for House M.D., so pretty mainstream, right?
UPDATE: The Cure– How did I forget these guys? Is there anyone who can’t sing along to them? “I don’t care if Monday’s blue, Tuesday’s gray, and Wednesday, too!” Something about the lead singers deep voice paired with the lightness of their melodies is completely transcendent.
Favorite UK Singers
Kate Nash– She has such an attitude and a childlike innocence accompanied by a slightly cynical outlook. Her music strikes me as intrinsically British, but this could just be because her delightful accent is so apparent in her music.
David Bowie– He and his alter-ego, Ziggy Stardust, are truly talents from another planet. I love his laid back other-worldly vibe.
Leona Lewis– This British diva was discovered by Simon Cowell. Talk about an ear for talent! Lewis is a diva with a knack for emotionally powerful vocals.
Elton John– Oh, how do I love thee. Let me count the ways. Sir Elton John has written some of the most beautiful 80s anthems that I have ever heard. Not to mention that he has been paired with some excellent lyricists such as Bernie Taupin and Tim Rice to compose timeless classics that are just familiar enough to relate to but just foreign enough to inspire the imagination.
Natasha Bedingfield– For so long, Americans seemed to perceive the people of England as being so prim, proper, and sweet. Bedingfield was among the first to show that British girls could rock with some swagger. The soul in her voice never fails to amaze me. Her song, “Unwritten” is one of the most widely known (and overplayed!) hits in America.
Sam Sparro– Including him is a bit of a fail since he is from Australia, but he is also one of the best English-speaking-yet-not-a-boring-American performers that I have ever come across. His hit “Black and Gold” is like nothing I have ever heard before.
Apologies for not including Adele on this list. She really isn’t my cup of tea despite her undeniable talent.