09 October 2015

Handbags + Les Miserables

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One of things I've enjoyed most about teaching our entrepreneurship class on Saturdays is that I've been reminded of how important and exciting collaborations can be. I took my two female students and we organised a little photoshoot together. Andrea designs handbags, and Ran is starting her business as a personal stylist. I brought in the lovely Hannah Joy to be our makeup artist, and between the four of us we had a killer shoot.

After Hannah had worked her magic, Andrea, Ran and I went out around South Kensington and went shutterbug happy. Andrea's bags looked fantastic and Ran's styling was on point (I literally had a dream last night that one of my old classmates told me I dress like a troll, so Ran's input was much appreciated). 
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Being away from photographing professionally for the past year and a half has made me forget what a wonderful synergy happens when everyone puts a little bit of themselves into the mix. Thanks for the reminder ladies. You rock :)

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Later, we had a double date with James and Kate. We officially got the two hooked on Shake Shack (which, with Kate's Kiwi accent, sounds like "Shag Shack"), so we went back to Covent Garden and gorged on the fatty goodness of burgers and milkshakes.

I truly think that Kate is (outside of my family) my favourite human. I love her so much I want to buy her a place right next to mine so we can barge into each other's houses for the rest of our lives, like Lucy and Ethel. Plus her and James are so fun together, which is sort of bittersweet as he returns back to the States in a couple of weeks. It will be a sad, sad day for us all when he leaves, but we're super glad to have known him while he's been here.

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After burgers, we went to the Apple store so James (who works for Apple) could bask in it's florescent-lighted glory. Below you can see James gasping in shock and joy at seeing the customers using the app he developed, as he walked by. It was seriously the most adorable thing...

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Then we got a little lost in Chinatown on the way to the theatre. James had bought us all tickets to see Les Miserables, which- in all the many musicals and operas I've seen in my life- is still my absolute favourite. It seriously feeds my soul!

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Finally we found the theatre. The show was remarkable... I bawled like a baby through most of it. Fantine was PHENOMENAL. And Cosette looked exactly like my friend, Kayleigh, which added a whole new dimension to her romantic subplot, which I definitely enjoyed.

The last time I saw the show was at the beginning of my Senior year in high school. I was totally heart-broken, so Eponine was singing my jam. While all my friends walked out saying, "I want to sing in a show like that one day," I remember thinking "I'm gonna write a show like that." And I did. A whole darn opera. It does sound a lot more impressive than it really was, but I have admit, I'm pretty proud of what came outta me. Hopefully, one day it will become an actual production.

I was really surprised to be hit with the exact same feeling this time around. I haven't composed anything concrete for years... but I had this massive knock-you-off-your-feet inspiration hit me mid-show. GAH! I'm super exciiiiited! It will probably take me a good long time to get it out, but it will be fun to see what happens.

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Anyway, after the show we went to Snog for some frozen yogurt. We just ate and talked and laughed and it was perfect. Love these guys to bits.


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