+/- February

+ The highlight of this month was New York Fashion Week of course. I was only there for the first half but that was ok because the weather was horrible! I don't know what's up with this amnesia that comes every winter but I forget how cold it gets. Check out my NYFW photo roundup to see some highlights of the week.

+ Another big highlight was coming back from fashion week to celebrate the third birthday of the PVD Lady Project. My friend Lauren said it best: "When you walk into a room of 100 women and there's no judgement, or gossip - just a bunch of girls all rooting for one another, making some serious waves, hoping every girl makes it. This is how it should be. Happy to have found that tribe." My life has been so much better after joining this group. Empowering other women has become very important to me.

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+ I started off the month with a cleanse. I'm really proud of myself. I really took it seriously. Too bad I hurt my hand badly halfway through so it definitely set me back on exercising like I wanted to.

+ I had a great Valentines Day with my lady friends in the East Village. We drank wine, read tarot cards, and played with a fog machine (every ladies night needs a fog machine).

+ I went to Social Media Week in NYC. I got sent a campus pass so I was excited to check out some of the panels. Some highlights was a panel on fashion's love affair with Instagram and listening to Rev. Jesse Jackson talk about the need of diversity in tech.

- This month has been mostly catching up on work. This month is only a few days shorter than the others but it seems like I had no time actually work on anything.

- I got sick with food poisoning and ended up in the ER for a completely different reason the next day. My body is definitely telling me to slow the eff down and treat it right.


Day In The Life // Filmmaker, Melinda Rainsberger

A long, long time ago I used to do spotlights on my blog. I think it's time to bring it back. I know so many creative, wonderful people and I'm so interested to see what a day in their life is like. First up we are spending a day with filmmaker Melinda Rainsberger of They're Using Tools. She lets us in on a day of filming of her short film Won't You Come Home, Bones Bailey.

All photos provided by Melinda Rainsberger

All photos provided by Melinda Rainsberger

1) How do you start off your day? 

During the shoot for Bones Bailey, I'd start by picking up the lead actor and make-up artist. They both lived very close to me, and this made it easy to carpool to the shoot in Fall River, MA. We'd first pickup coffee, donuts, and ice for the day as well. 

2) What was your big project for the day? 

The big project was Won't You Come Home, Bones Bailey--the first short film I've directed and written in seven years. It's set during prohibition and is about a trumpet player that's killed during a bar raid. He comes back from the dead and stalks (still living) girlfriend. It's based on the song "Won't You Come Home, Bill Bailey?" and I've had the idea for about ten years. 

3) Was there anything big you accomplished?

Besides being the first film I've written and directed in a long time, this film had about every difficult element you could ask for: custom music (that was performed in the video), special effects make-up, limited budget, and a baby! The only thing I could have added to make it harder would be an animal. The biggest thing I accomplished was directing something that was 100% my idea. This idea started my first idea out of college, and I'd never found the right set of elements till I now. Getting all those pieces together--and finishing it--was an immensely satisfying experience. 

4) Did you face any challenges today? 

Of course there were challenges! A zombie-comedy-musical-period piece is nothing but challenges. It's probably a toss up between having the lead actor's face reject some of the prosthetic make-up and the guilt I felt at realizing we were feeding him soap for a few takes (he didn't really complain, because he's awesome). My biggest priority is always the comfort of the crew and cast, because they are what makes a production come out awesome. I'm already planning another film, and no one has said no yet. 

5) Did you do anything fun?

So much fun was had! How can you not have fun on a zombie film? There's was a lot of goofing off with the actor in the zombie makeup. The studio we shot in had a lot of fun props like a ventriloquist dummy and stuffed pheasant. And then there was all the folks that got to dress up in their favorite old-timey wear--everyone loves dressing up in suspenders. My funnest moment was filming the "wake-up" sequence. It came out so beautifully I turned it into the trailer. 

You can check out the trailer for Won't You Come Home, Bones Bailey right here.

Photo Story // Selahdor FW 2014

Here are a few selects from the Selahdor lookbook I shot last year. 

Models: Rose Hanan and Daniel Christopher Preda
Styling and edit: David Chum
Makeup: Danielle Bisbano
Hair: Alexandra Eisemann
Lighting: Myke Yeager