When we think of the meadowlands the sports complex is the first thing that typically comes to mind. Seldom do we associate it with what it actually is, meadow lands! Acres of wheat fields and salt marshes cover most of the area right along the Hackensack River. Wildlife of all sorts reveal themselves during the summer. During the winter it’s home to one of the largest populations of Canadian Geese in the country. With all the history and wildlife here I thought it would be the perfect backdrop for the second part of our shoot.
I searched for the closest town along the Hackensack which could give me the best vantage point of the river and I found it!... Sekakes, the place of the snakes. At first I was apprehensive as I am not a fan of anything slithery, but I thought what the heck, all in the name of fashion. Today the town is called Secaucus and home to a quiet suburban neighborhood, also where I grew up;)
The scene was serene! A rocky coastline along the Hackensack on a warm but humid day was perfect for pictures and for gnats. They were everywhere!! They swarmed all over me and the camera guy who routinely found himself coughing as some made their way into his mouth. Yuck! But we braved the swarm and continued to shoot. Maybe one day I’ll share the outtakes which show me swatting gnats in the air and on myself. Now, back to the story!
In the beginning of Part 1 of this story, I talked about appreciating and learning the history of things, what they once were and what they stand for today. Heritage is the perfect word to describe what I am getting at as the essence of its meaning is a property that has been inherited or a special possession and allotted portion. We can take it a step further as we also inherit traditions, culture, and objects, enter fashion. Fashion is made up of all these components and it’s important to learn about the heritage of a brand and how you came to receive that special possession and allotted portion. In this case, Billy Reid, which makes up my entire look. This is American heritage at its best. For my look I took one of his men’s button downs rolled up the sleeves and knotted it for a feminine touch. The skirt is airy and actually a pair of shorts underneath! I added some ruggedness by donning the suede booties and the toiletries bag which served as my clutch. The entire outfit was easy going and relevant. Cont'd below...
When you learn about the brand, what it stands for and their history, the photo shoot becomes much like fine dining. The ambiance and backdrop adds to the flavor and knowing where it is all harvested and how it's presented makes all the difference. You begin to appreciate it and enjoy where you are and what you have that much more. I hope that I’ve inspired you to stop and take a moment to learn more about the history of things so that you may notice the heritage that has been passed down to you. Hope you enjoyed this two part series. -Slightly Flirty c/o Gina Papa xoxo
Button Down Shirt: Billy Reid (Mens)
Midi Skirt: Billy Reid
Booties: Billy Reid
Cobb Kit (AKA the new alternative clutch): Billy Reid