I’m so sorry I haven’t seen you in ages. I’ve been distracted, it’s not my fault; it was love at first sight. The pull of Instagram was magnetic, all those filters, the community…the cute little hearts. Dear Hipstamatic, will you ever forgive me?
Hipstamatic was my first iPhone photo app love. In 2010, I went on a girls trip to New York and my friend Jana was snapping the coolest arty shots of us in Soho, Chelsea and the Meat Packing District. My MauiShopGirl pic of my chunky rings, just purchased wrap bracelet and giant studded Balenciaga bag was shot on that trip by Jana on the subway in Brooklyn. I loved Hipstamatic, the screen looked like an old school camera, you could choose different film and lens. Then Instagram came along and I completely forgot about my old friend hipstar. I grew accustomed to choosing my filters after I shot and seeing the whole frame before I clicked. Well I came home from work last night overwhelmed by the urge to do a photo shoot of some of my favorite things with my old friend. The joy of shooting with Hipstamatic is definitely the element of surprise, the grittiness and the vintage appeal.
This is the first in a series of my favorite things. Now, I know exactly what you’re thinking…isn’t my entire blog about my favorite things? This feature is not about designs I merely admire or items I covet, these are well-loved objects in my home…from my closet…curated, inherited and collected by me.
My vintage file drawers are an etsy find and now holds ribbon, tags and paper punches.
This old school scrabble game is my mother’s and I’ve adopted it for photo props, the newer scrabble sets are just not my thing, too much bells and whistles.
My mother’s home made bread on a bamboo cutting surfboard.
The book of Prada covers three decades of luxury history and is full of gorgeous images that bring back memories of my own decade at Prada in Honolulu.
I love anything white ceramic and this horse is no exception especially nested amongst some of my favorite books.
My nightstand changes its look quite often but the bird clock (which can wake you up cheerfully in Japanese), coaster and ring holder are a constant. The large vintage perfume bottle and picture of Midnite were recently moved from other areas of the home and might be moved again in a few months. The book is The Writing Diet, by Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way.