Violet Femme

Most people know I like a dramatic look…especially in my editorial shoots, but something I haven’t talked a lot about is my passion for vintage clothing. Something about the craftsmanship, the detail and the special-ness of clothing from times past is lost in this new world of fast fashion. I have long collected vintage dresses and coats and have recently begun to start to collect a little again. I search all over, and when I saw this amazing bright violet hued vintage designer dress by Victor Costa for Neiman Marcus, my heart stopped. The rich royal color spoke to me and nothing short of an ultra dramatic location would do this piece justice.

Luckily in San Diego we have no shortage of beautiful landscape. I have long wanted to shoot at what is known by locals as the Ho Chi Minh trail in La Jolla. This hike is known for its narrow and slippery pathways filled with otherworldly formations created naturally by wind and water. The dress and location turned out to be a perfect marriage, and with the amazing artistic eye of photographer Nevena of Marigold Studio, these photos are among my favorite ever taken.


~ SG

Let Them Eat Cake

I suppose most little girls have a princess fantasy…and I was definitely no exception.  As I got older, despite my anti-pink. girl-power fight back attempts against my previous Disney-marketing infused princess obsession, I somehow never truly lost a secret soft spot for all things tulle and sparkle. When I was 16, my parents took us to France and I was able to experience Versailles. I was immediately taken by its grandeur and imagined the princesses and their ladies in waiting that inhabited the gilded palace. It enchanted me and to this day one of my favorite movies of all time is Sofia Coppola’s movie about its most famous inhabitant, Marie Antoinette. On my most recent editorial shoot, I was able to temporarily go back to that first romantic childhood fantasy and attempt to embody a modern version of Ms. Antoinette. The chosen location for this shoot was The Westgate Hotel; a place that been a part of my princess fantasy since I had high tea there as a child, and as close to Versailles as you can get in San Diego. My friend Bronson once again helped me bring this to life with a little extra help from some amazing fashion and a very special cake from my friends at Heirloom Cakes that was fit for a queen.

All photos: Bauman Photographers


Fashion Standouts:

Dress – Vintage A.J. Bari Sourced on Ebay
Asymmetrical Pink Top – Jatual Paris SS18 Collection
Earrings – Kendra Scott Fabia in Rose Gold Blush Mix and Aria Clip On Silver Statement Earrings In Gray Dichroic Glass





Beyond Reason

As a museum that has typically specialized in the dead artist, its always pretty exciting when we feature a living artist’s work. We have done this periodically over the years, but have been doing much more of it recently. This particular exhibition we opened this past week, Tim Shaw: Beyond Reason, has been on our tongues for quite some time. The installations and its subject matter in Tim Shaw’s first museum exhibition is nothing short of spectacular. The six psychologically charged environments included in the show address humanitarian issues designed to unsettle and provoke thought.  Much edgier than most of the work I have ever seen at the museum, nerves and excitement were high at the opening celebration as we awaited reactions from our donors and special guests. Not surprisingly to me, overwhelming praise was received for both the charged topics in the show and the feelings it left them with.

With themes such as abuses of power, the threat of terrorism to the use of money to silence free speech, throwing a themed celebration for this exhibition was no small task. Rather than recreating any of the topics in event form, I instead focused on environmental change so that when you entered your mood was slightly altered before seeing the exhibition works. The amazing art, the dark decor and some pretty delicious and beautiful drinks and bites made for quite the enjoyable evening.

When selection a look for this event, I only knew I wanted something unique made from non traditional materials. I’ve recently become obsessed with a brand I connected with on Instagram called Jatual Paris. Their unique fabric usage really got me hooked and their vinyl capsule collection for Fall/Winter 2018/19 is really special. This is the first of many looks I will be featuring in my shoots by this brand. Below are the highlight shots from a couple my favorite ares of the exhibition  and the event featuring my pretty spectacular purple vinyl dress by Jatual.

All photos by Bronson Pate of Bauman Photographers


The Middle World is a large and highly complex sculptural installation created over twenty years. It consists of seventy separate small bronze and terracotta figures, arranged upon a 3m tall vessel that is part altar, part pinball machine. The sculpture is cast in steel reinforced cement.



The installation recounts an early life experience of sitting in a restaurant in Belfast when a firebomb explodes on the floor below creating pandemonium. Chairs, tables, old clothes and shoes are scattered across the floor of a fabricated space. Slow moving shadows of people running are cast upon walls, dinner trays revolve through the air filled with haze, and the intense sound of many sirens radiate out from the corners of the room.



Influenced by a violent disturbance that took place on a street one night, Soul Snatcher Possession sets the scene of a ritual gangland killing or punishment beating. No weapon is visible, the perpetrators smile and gestures betray the moment just before some dreadful act is committed where fear fills the imagination. The installation is a metaphor for the violent extraction of soul, the manipulation of mind and the taking of life by the powerful, in order to perpetuate the myth that those with the power want to portray. It relates to the street, the corridors of governance and commerce.



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Neon Dream

I have always loved fall fashion and this year there are some particularly fun trends I’m just wild about. My favorite trend du jour has to be neon. Touches of neon were on the runways for some of the biggest brands, but in my opinion, now one is doing it better than Prada right now. When I saw their Fall ’18 Neon Dream campaign, my mind was blown. Immediately I knew I wanted to do a shoot  inspired by this. pradfsw

When thinking about a place that would reference the neon drama of Prada’s masterpiece, Belmont Park and its Lazerblast arcade immediately came to mind. For my two looks, I did a shop the closet session to pull a couple key pieces sourced on eBay that fit the bill and added a few new pops of neon in-stores now that brought the look together; the crown jewel being the most amazing boots I have ever worn. I hope you enjoy the results. I had a lazer-blast pulling this together.


All photos by Bronson Pate of Bauman Photographers

Featured Fashion:


  1. Archive Christopher Kane Bandage Dress sourced on eBay
  2. Archive Alexander Wang technical mesh pencil skirt sourced on eBay
  3. GMJ for Volcom T-Shirt
  4. Quay Australia Hindsight Sunglasses in Violet (color is sold out but there are other colors online)
  5. Prada Laced Leather Booties in Orange and Black
  6. Melody Ehsani Shooting Star Earrings
  7. Ink + Alloy Red Lucite Square Hoop Earrings


Silver Lining

I have always been really inspired by editorial fashion content. Since starting my blog, I have especially yearned to create this location-based fashion rich content from my own point of view, but until recently I had always felt I had to be a real “model” with a certain body type or specific look to do this. But I have been thinking a lot about the fact that fashion at the end of the day is made for real people with a variety of body types and points of view to live their lives in and express themselves with. I don’t have to be a model to create imagery that is fashion based and that can inspire others. I have always dabbled in this a but with my work events at the museum, but I have set out on this new focus slowly; starting with my last blog post where my friend Bronson and I created some amazing work at the Salk Institute. Last week I tried my second shoot with a new photographer friend JP Casiano at an East Village park that I have always found interesting.

Fault Line Park is names as such as it is built on a shallow fault line and the space is designed specifically to echo this fact. A sidewalk that cuts diagonally through it traces the line of the earthquake fault zone running below. There’s an interactive public art installation on either side of the sidewalk that monitors the earth’s movement below and emanates a singing sound from their connection to the earth’s vibrations. I have always loved when science meets art and this pair of silver orbs is both gorgeous and interesting. I chose an all-silver look to complement the art and kick-off my coat obsession for the upcoming fall season. I hope you enjoy!



All photos by JP Casiano

Trench Coat: Gryphon New York

Earrings: Mother of Pearl Diane by Kendra Scott

Dare to Dream

Last week I was able to cross off an item from my bucket list by doing a photo shoot at the Salk Institute. This mid-century marvel is the brainchild of Jonas Salk with the bold architecture of Louis Kahn making it not only a revolutionary place for science and research, but a pilgrimage site for architecture and design lovers. The historic campus of the Salk Institute has long been one of those iconic San Diego sites that you may have seen captured somewhere on social media, but not known exactly where this magical place might be.  Something about its raw materials and reverent stare toward the sea is reminiscent of an ancient Greek temple of the gods. Salk’s vision for the institute was to “dare to make dreams into reality.” Stepping into the space, it is obvious this was a place meant to harmonize with nature in order to inspire the mind towards great discovery.


Because it is a functioning laboratory and research center with a lot of student activity, access to the site is strict and is allowed only between certain hours. My talented friend Bronson and I were lucky enough to be granted permission for a low key shoot in the public space. Both of us had dreamed of creating imagery here for a long while and we took full advantage of our time.


Although the central plaza and the iconic river of life are the most well known, we were both equally inspired by the harmony and flow of the stairways and flanking cavernous hallways.



We had a break in our summer heat and got an atypical cloudy day for the time of year. Initially bummed about this, my mind was quickly changed when I saw how this enhanced the already gorgeous light play in the space by diffusing it in a really magical way.


It was really hard to pull ourselves away from the space. As the sun set, we kept seeing the space evolve with the changing light. We were oh so grateful for the time we had and it was such a blast. I’m so thankful to Bronson for always being willing to create art with me. I found it profound to be creating imagery in a space where cures are created and life is saved on a daily basis.


All photos by Bronson Pate of Bauman Photographers


Outfit Details:

Dress: Halter Dress with Fringe by Zara
Earrings: Lotus Statement Earrings by Kendra Scott

Sense of Wonder

“The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.” ― Rachel Carson

In my life I am constantly seeking out art and beauty in a longing to absorb them into my mind and spirit and reinterpret that energy into my own artistic projections into the world. I have a need to find and feel immersive experiences that reignite my childlike senses of wonder that is so easy to lose in the day to day grind of life. This is my own recipe for keeping me on the path of positivity and constant creation. After seeing last year’s first Wonderspaces installation here in San Diego I was filled with this type of inspiration and I instantly wanted more. I was so jazzed to hear a few months back that Wonderspaces would return with their second show entitled With Creative License in June. I was pleased to be invited to the preview night of this gorgeous installation. As good as last year’s show was, this was definitely next level.  Each of the show’s 15 installations was transformative in its own way and I loved each one, but I wanted to call out and do a quick review of a few of my favorites with some photo we took.

Submergence by Squid Soup

Text from Wonder Spaces Site: “Submergence is a large, immersive, walkthrough experience. It uses up to 8,064 individual points of suspended light to create feelings of presence and movement within physical space. The installation transforms space into a hybrid environment where virtual and physical worlds coincide. As you enter the piece, you are walking into a space occupied by both real and virtual components, and you can affect both” 

I would have a hard time believing anyone who would say this wasn’t their instant favorite. Maybe I just have a personal affinity for feeling like I’ve been taken into a completely new dimension. Moving about this sea of light and color I was immediately filled with awe and delight. I’ve never been in a space that felt so technological and yet so organically alive at the same time. I loved that you could really be part of it, touch it and come face to face with the piece. Its not something you are always allowed to do when experiencing art and it made me feel differently about it. This was the only installation that I had a hard time completely taking in the first time and went back to experience a second time.



HOSHI by Nonotak Studio

This is the only repeating artist from last year’s show and the 2017 pace was one of my favorites so I was really excited to see this installation. There were many pieces that used light as medium, but there is more aggressive  about this one.As you enter the long hallway of pulsating light bars, sound and mirrors…it felt a lot like being in the highly curated mood of the final scene of a psychological thriller.  There isn’t much info about this piece on the Wonderspaces site or the artist’s site. Maybe it is supposed to speak for itself…which it certainly does.



Black Balloons by Tadao Cern

Text from Wonder Spaces Site: “For an extensive amount of time, I had an idea to connect two balloons. I found a free minute between the other currently run projects, bought two balloons, and got overwhelmed by the result. It was so unpretentious and so magical at the same time! That opposition created by two very simple and playful objects once again brought a unique childlike sense of discovery.”

This piece caught my attention the most when I saw the marketing promo imagery for Wonderspaces. Something about balloons has a very deep emotional connection in my psyche…perhaps something from childhood. In the color black and in a strict geometric pattern they take on a new meaning and a strange feeling very different from the colorful free flowing nature of balloons. There is palpable tension between the two planes. Physically connected by their strings but in two different realities.


 Into the Breath by Stefano Ogliari Badessi

Text from Wonder Spaces Site: “Made of plastic bags, Into the Breath is a Dragon Balloon. Stefano Ogliari Badessi is a nomadic installation artist. He has adapted his creations to be mobile and transportable, giving him the freedom to pack up and take his art to any remote corner of the globe. Each of his installations is first imagined as a fantasy to touch some alternate sphere of reality and then realized using unique sensory combinations and performance collaborations.”

 This was a space that was the most calming of all the installations. Although very large, the space has a very unique lightness about it.  It’s one the only times I’ve been excited to remove my shoes in a public place.  Stepping inside was like going into a dream. Contemplative, warm, meditative and soft.  It was like existing inside of the lungs of a very large mystical creature. Being outside of it was almost as amazing. Hard to believe this heavenly golden atmosphere is created by recycled plastic bags.

9E69C948-6A11-452C-B59E-C88D7AE0A4CFAA7053A8-B1F6-4D95-8404-1F00F566148B21E34DB9-DA72-4C14-807D-F6F970FB73A192E97CD8-80D0-4DC7-9CC0-36B7FFA5E686In a world where pop-up museums an experiences are now commonplace, Wonderspaces is still special. It feels more pure and doesn’t rely on theme or kitsch. I really want to go back and immerse myself again. I hope you will try and go see this show as it will reignite your sense of wonder.