11.30.2010

Guardian Lion


I've lived across the street from these lions for almost two years now, and I finally got the courage to go take photos next to them on Sunday. Our neighborhood isn't bad or anything, but we live downtown next to a liquor store, so we get a lot of sketchy traffic passing through. The people are harmless, but this house is abandoned and located right across the street from the liquor store, so it's where a lot of the bums like to post up.

Ever since watching (and becoming obsessed) with The Wire, I fabricated these elaborate stories that the guys who hung out there were just "working their corners". My imagination really took off when a giant roach coach vending truck moved in across the street. I had this big plan hatched that the detectives were working there massive drug case inside! ha. Then I remembered that we're not Baltimore. . .

Ralph Lauren Cardigan (shop similar) & Oxfords: Saver's // Vintage Esprit Skirt: Brownbag Vintage on Etsy // Tights: Zara // Vintage Samsonite Bag: Little Ocean Annie on Etsy

I'm not sure the location was entirely fitting for my preppier-than-normal outfit, but we were being extra lazy and wanted something rather close. Most of the pieces I'm wearing have been in heavy rotation with my outfits lately. The brown skirt was single-handedly one of the best purchases I've made this fall. I got it from Brownbag Vintage on Etsy just before leaving for New York, but I had no idea how much I would wear it this season. It's just so versatile!

The other item that I can't live without right now is my Samsonite bag from Annie's shop. Ever since getting the Sync job, I've been having to carry my camera around everywhere (which is a good thing). I wanted a camera bag that would go with everything that I wear, and so far this bag has been a great choice. I even started using it as my school bag on occasion too! I found a similar one on etsy for under $30 if you're looking for something like it.
Photos by Corey!

32 comments:

Ana - Toil and Trouble said...

I like your drug-bust story! This outfit is super cute and I love the feel of your photos today!

kenda said...

great location for photos. i particularly like the first & last pictures. and i love the wire. it's one of the best tv shows ever. i think everyone should watch it.

danielle and dinosaur toes said...

i LOVE the color editing in these pictures!

i have red, green, and blue samsonite bags like that, and anytime i photograph a wedding, engagement pictures, etc., i always use one of those bags.

also, thank you SO MUCH for passing my name on to the people from boticca! that was so nice of you!

KristiMcMurry said...

That lion is great! And I really like your preppy outfit. That's so funny about your fabricated story. I do that kind of thing all the time...then I have to remind myself that I made it up! I guess that's what tv does to us :)

ottavia said...

amazing as usual*
love thw color of your eyes<3

ottavia
http://eightbiscuits.blogspot.com/

Carys said...

I love your skirt, this is such a nice outfit. The lions look great!
From Carys of La Ville Inconue

littlequeen513 said...

I have always dreamed about having a house with two lions guarding the front door, and these golden ones are awesome!

In the Weeds and the Whimsy said...

I could wear that skirt every day.

Also, I want a lion across the street from me.

the sparkling dust said...

really love your outfit :)

gee said...

i am in love with the first picture.
you are beautiful. <3
xoox

Future Lint said...

This outfit is so sweet! I love the cardigan and the color of that skirt! I think the lions work with the preppy vibe, I always associate them with libraries and museums!

Rosie said...

j'adore your blazer Starr!

Ella Press said...

Love the pics! The location is great too!

Michal said...

*sigh* you always find the best locations. I love this outfit! (:

AP. said...

Brown and navy are my favorite color combination EVER. And your outfit location? So cool.

Emily, Ruby Slipper Traveller said...

Haha Starr, I love the way you mug for the camera! And also the skirt looks truly versatile. I always make the mistake of having too many dresses and not enough skirts...

Georgia Rose said...

I'm so jealous of your lovely curls!

xo
velvetbitchez.blogspot.com

Amber Blue Bird said...

loving that first shot.

veronika, tick tock vintage. said...

i love that the lions are gold - hilarious! these pictures are beautiful, and i really like that skirt on you.

A Little Brighter said...

Aw Thank you so much for your super sweet comments! I have been following your blog for such a long time and it has always been once of my top favourites so I was so flattered when you put one of my pictures on your tumblr! Funny thing is though I have thrifted about 10 dream vintage coats (and a cape) just recently so I have been living through your blog and dreaming it is fall!

Ayesha x

A Little Brighter said...

Oh sorry for the double comments but I forgot to say how adorable these photos are and I have been looking for a skirt JUST like that! LOVE the feel of the photos too! They are always so magical!

Ayesha x

Raquel said...

love your outfit, especially the cardigan.

archives said...

zomg, I LOVE THE WIRE! so good. you have to check out Treme, David Simon's most recent show.

also, i am SO into these pics! really love the gold lions!

Shallow Mallow said...

Beautiful shots. Girl, your eyes.. make the close up of you and the lion all the more amazing.

Love your skirt. One of my skirts is starting to dissolve and I was wonderng about replacing it with a brown one but it 's hard to find a vibrant shade. Most seem so flat and lifeless. Absolutely adore yours and your bag is just excellent too :)

Jen said...

i just have to let you know how absolutely stunning you look in these photos, especially the ones of you leaning on the golden lion. :)

that skirt really is such a great find (i love it with your cardigan). and you're tempting me with your samsonite bag and the similar one you found on etsy. i'm so close to clicking the buy button! i must resist (or not)!

Rhiannon said...

That outfit is just perfect. I think you're inspiring me to wear more flats!

Also I love that you're taking photos at a bum hangout across from a liquor store. I'm so nervous about that sort of thing that I don't think I could even watch The Wire. :)

MS said...

Randomly came across your blog--really love it! I especially love the lions and your story about the house. Pretty pictures!

jadorelucy.blogspot.com

Have a nice day! :)

amanda said...

k, so you are even more gorgeous than usual in these photos. just thought i should let you know. and i've become obsessed with your tumblr. also thought you should know :)

Amanda, The Upside of Wonder said...

You look gorgeous Starr! I love the photos and I love the lions! They kinda remind me of these ones I had outside my bedroom when I was little. It's a Filipino folk tale, but they are supposed to protect young children from evil spirits. Random fact hehe.

xx

moonshinejunkyard said...

you are so vibrantly beautiful! good for you for finally going to the lions, maybe they have a secret message for you like a pair of oracles....they seem quite powerful. i like hearing about your neighborhood, the closest i've ever come was living in midtown sacramento but i really don't think it's the same vibe. you find the most incredibly strange and wondrous places.

Marta Castellanos said...

Great photoshot!! And you look gorgeous!!
xx

www.meencantamiropa.blogspot.com

Louder than Silence said...

I love the feel of these photos and the little story behind the house :) Plus you look totally gorgeous in the brown/navy get up (your eyes in the pic with your head leaning on the lion - so pretty!).

Sally x