Before going to this Angel Ministries Photo Shoot, I really underestimated the meaning of mentorship. No matter which walk of life you choose to tread on, at some point or another you may come across mentorship opportunities, no matter if you’re a mentor or a mentee. Whether you take advantage or not of the opportunities, that’s entirely a whole other story to tell. But until this day, I am so glad that I got the chance to meet the wonderful ladies of Angel Ministries Inc. (AMI) (located in San Jose, CA) last Sunday, October 16, 2011. Because my understanding of the word “mentorship” just become that much more open and wholesome.
On paper, it’s simple(r), really. The AMI coordinators want to revamp their current website and one of their mentee, the beautiful and super talented Shai White (who just started SW Productions, which focuses on high fashion / editorial shoots & modeling last month — congratulations Shai!) organized a photo shoot to be used on the new website. Fashion designer Danielle Pettee (Danielle The Dress Maker), photographer Doug Birnbaum, makeup artists Arlene Coleman and Anchi Li, hair stylists Brendnetta Ashley, videographer Aleksey Severyukhin, female and male models (including AMI’s Tara Connor, Vasheta “Tootie” Attaway, other mentors and mentees).
Then I sat down to talk to Tara Connor (CEO of Angel Ministries, Inc.), and my oh my, I admire this woman so much halfway through the conversation. She explained how AMI is a non-profit organization that mentor youth and young adults after high school; helping them with college, work life, and everything in between. More importantly, the mentors want their mentees to be able to bring out their passion, no matter where they come from.
Let me just quickly share how versatile a piece of sleeveless blazer can be. I certainly did not expect it, but now I have three long sleeveless blazers that work in heavy-duty rotation every so often since late August.
Of course, this item’s hike to popularity has been in public’s eye since late spring / early summer this year, but I personally tend to skip the wear-it-as-a-dress route and personalize it more towards late summer / early fall, this awkward in-between season we currently live in :)
I wear variations of all three looks since late August.
Rugby Tweed Run
How fabulous is this Ralph Lauren’s Rugby Tweed Run? I will sure be looking for videos for this October 15 event.
Gosh, I wish one day I can join the fun :)
It was Friday night and a house party was held for a good friend of ours that were leaving SF Bay Area for good to be with his sweetheart. My lovely boyfriend Christian Hadidjaja thought about having a photo session at the apartment when the opportunity presented itself.
“If we have time,” he calmly said as we’re preparing to leave.
Later that night, when we started to celebrate at our friend’s apartment, he set up some lighting close to one of the white walls of the apartment’s living room. After a short testing period (during which everyone was complaining about having “lightning bolt flash” indoor), the group just spontaneously started to take turns posing in front of the camera. No fancy direction or choreography, just pure joy and fun (and perhaps narcissism) and a little bit of childish curiosity.
Finally, the wait is over. The first ever United States branch of h. Naoto store opens in San Francisco’s New People building (2nd floor), Japantown! On October 8, h. Naoto fans are treated to personal styling session by Naoto Hirooka himself, as well as a having their picture taken with the designer when they purchase h. Naoto merchandise at the new store.
Seeing Naoto-san on the sales floor, explaining and selling his garments to the prospect buyers and fans alike was such an incredible moment for me. If you look at the picture on the right, you’ll see that h. Naoto is there at the far left side, selling. It’s amazing.
I’ve been a h. Naoto fan since the first time I saw his fashion show back in August, but seeing him very actively involved in his first US branch store opening in San Francisco reminds me why I became a fan in the first place. I could not help but admire this very talented yet humble designer.