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February 28, 2011

Relocated & Booking Soon!

Over the weekend, my husband, the dog, and I (and all our stuff) moved into a house in Hoffman Estates, IL. We’re still renting, but this was an opportunity we absolutely couldn’t pass up–more space, a garage, a month-to-month lease, helping friends out, and about as much money as we were spending on our 1 bedroom apartment.  All in all, a win-win situation!

Now that the move is over, we’ll need some time to unpack and organize our stuff, but that shouldn’t take too long.  In fact, I plan to bust my butt to get it done by the second weekend in March, to make things easier.

March 12 is the Old Fashioned M&G with the Chicago Model Photography Insiders group I run.  And I’m planning on heading to Davenport, IA to work/hang out with Laura Ann of Fleur De Lis Photography March 19-20.  So I’d really like to have things together by that second weekend in March so that I don’t have to worry about it after my road trip to Davenport.

I’ll post a few select pics of things once things get organized.  I’m excited, because since we have so much room, I’ve taken over one of the bedrooms and converted it into a closet/dressing room.  It’s a mess right now–completely unorganized–but once things get put away and organized, it’s going to be pretty awesome!  Great for organizing wardrobe, shoes and accessories for both everyday and shoots!

If you’d like to discuss booking, drop me a line! The best way to get a hold of me is either on Facebook or at rachel [at] modelracheljay [dot] com.

August 2, 2010

Stuffs for sale!

I’m cleaning out my closet and have a few items to sell.  I’m starting with shoes 🙂 My items all come from a smoke-free home, but I do have a dog.  Shipping is included in all prices.  PayPal only, please.  Cash pickup for locals is available.  If interested, please email me at rachel [at] modelracheljay [dot] com

Description: Black high heel gladiator sandals.  Real leather upper.  Heel is approximately 4“ at back, approx 3/4″ platform.  Worn very few times, heels have some minor damage on back as result of wear (photos showing detail below).
Brand: Steve Madden
Size: 7
Price: $35

Description: Black patent high heel oxford shoes, with almond-shaped toe.  Faux leather.  Heel is approximately 4“ at back of boot, approx 3/4″ platform.  Worn very few times and still in excellent condition.
Brand: Wild Diva
Size: 8
Price: $25

Description: Pewter patent high heel pumps, with almond-shaped toe.  Faux leather.  Heel is approximately 4“ at back, no platform.  I have actually never worn these myself, but they were worn for shoots by 2 other models… other than that, they’ve been sitting in my closet.  Like new.
Brand: Moda
Size: 7.5
Price: $35

Description: Black knee-high boots with almond-shaped toe.  Faux leather.  Gathered detailing on the outside, inner zipper (top to bottom) and elastic at top.  Cone heel is approximately 4“ at back of boot, no platform.  Worn last fall and spring, but still in excellent condition.
Brand: Qupid
Size: 8
Price: $22

Description: Black motorcycle-style boots.  Faux leather.  Full zipper on inner side.  Heel is approximately 1.5” with lug sole.  Well worn with significant wear, including dents in plastic toe caps and a few scuffs (scuffs shown below).  Soles still have significant amount of tread.
Brand: Dirty Laundry
Size: 7.5
Price: $30

Description: Grey faux suede slouch boots with fold-over top and rounded toe.  Top can be un-folded, making boot hit right at knee (on me, at 5’3″).  Partial zipper on inside.  Cone heel is approximately 4” at back of boot, no platform.  Worn last fall, and in excellent condition, spare some scuffs on heels and one toe (details shown below).
Brand: Qupid
Size: 7.5
Price: $25

Description: Black peep-toe flat with pewter leather flower.  Shoe is canvas with stretch back.  Worn 2-3 times.  Too small for me—would be better suited for a true size 7, maybe even a 6.5.
Brand: Express
Size: 7
Price: $30

Description: Kitson sneakers (similar to Converse Chucks).  Light grey with black leather accents and hot pink detailing.  Outside of shoe says “Kitson Los Angeles” (embroidered) with dark grey and hot pink revolver/wing design (screen print).  Inside of shoes says “Emotional Wreck” with hot pink wing outline (all embroidered).  Slight wear on outside and inside heel. and sole of shoe.
Brand: Kitson LA
Size: 7.5
Price: $30

Description: Crinkle patent leather Mary Janes with almond toe.  Barely worn.  Fit is closer to an 8.  Chunky heel is about 3” from back of shoe.
Brand: Madden Girl
Size: 8.5
Price: $30

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July 30, 2010

Recycling Wardrobe & DIY Magic

So, with many folks still struggling to make ends meet with the way the economy is (I know, I know, we’re all tired of hearing about it), I figured I’d share some pretty awesome DIY projects and blogs that might even be made from items you :gasp: already have sitting in your closet!  So, here you go!

Some specific projects… but be sure to check some of these sites for other DIY projects!

And some general DIY blogs that are awesome!

I’m sure there are TONS out there, just search “DIY Fashion” or “Recycled Fashion” 🙂

May 6, 2010

Heartwarming Story: Electron Boy to The Rescue!

In Seattle, WA, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted one boy’s wish, turning him into a city-saving superhero for the day.  Read the heartwarming story here:

April 16, 2010

365 Portrait Project

I’ve started a new blog for the 365 Portrait Project.

The premise of the project is to take a different portrait every day.  As I understand it, creativity, method, mood, etc. are all up to the individual.  It’s going to be a fun, interesting ride!

Here’s my blog dedicated to the project:

April 15, 2010

Object of Lust: Nook

I’m totally obsessed, and I haven’t even gotten a chance to play with it in-stores yet!  I just snagged a pamphlet on the way out a couple weeks ago, and did some research.  I most definitely want one!  I’m thinking of maybe seeing if I can get one before heading out to Maui… the way I read, it’ll be far easier (and lighter-weight) to take this along versus :does the math: the 4 or 5 actual books I’m sure I’ll read while there/traveling to and from.

The Barnes&Noble Nook eBook Reader.

April 14, 2010

Random Mini-Updates

Articles for Model Insider
So it looks like I’ll be writing some articles for at some point.  Both some new content, and converting some of my blogs into articles.  Neato! 🙂 Should be really awesome.  Articles I write for them, I’ll likely partially post here and link there, so ya’ll can read them… but I gotta see what the agreements are and whatnot.

Print at Bridal Shop
Took a print that Laura Ann made for the bridal shop I got my wedding dress at, Doris Bridal in Highwood, IL.  They were beyond thrilled to have the matted print, are looking at framing it, and will display it in their shop 🙂 Laura and Christin (the HS/MUA who rocked the shoot) will both send them business cards to have on hand as well.  Pretty sweet!  Here’s the shot:

Workshops Galore!
This weekend marks the start of what will hopefully be
a lengthy course of workshops through 2010 and beyond.  Not including, of course, the first modeling workshop from last year whenever… but yea.  I’ve partnered with Studio 2 Imaging in Lake Zurich to do workshops, and we’re starting out with Boudoir Bootcamp, which is designed to help photographers looking to get into the boudoir market make their clients look their absolute best.  The following weekend I’m working with photographer Jim Jurica to bring “Makeup for Photoshoots” to models and photographers interested in learning how to apply makeup specifically for shoots.  Both will be great, and at this point we’re planning on doing a second Boudoir Bootcamp, because space is limited at Studio 2 and there are a lot of interested folks.

If you’re interested in reading more about the workshops, getting updates on when we’re doing more, and even RSVPing to the “Makeup for Photoshoots” one (RSVPs are still open), check out the MeetUp group I’m an Organizer of, Chicago ‘Burbs Mayhem.

Long-Awaited Honeymoon
Looks like Hubby and I are finally going to get to take a honeymoon 🙂 Thanks to the generosity of both sets of our parents, we’ve got a flight to and from Hawaii and a week at a resort in Maui!  Wooo!  Keep an eye out for EDS sets based on that trip (I know, I’m behind)!

The 365 Portrait Project
Someone made mention of this project, which is essentially taking a portrait a day for a year.  I think I’m going to start this at some point soon.  Self-portraits.  Going to be fun methinks 🙂 I just gotta wait until… sometime not now. Our “little” camera is on the fritz, so I’m thinking of picking up a P&S for the honeymoon, as a surprise to Hubby.

March 10, 2010

Double Whammy

Happy Birthday to Chuck Norris! The Chuckster is 70.  SEVENTY. More: Yahoo! Article

And in other news, Madonna’s launching a clothing line called “Material Girl”.  Seriously.

March 1, 2010

Photoshoot: Supermutt

Trixie Dog and I shot this weekend, though not in the normal sense where we were both in front of the camera.  In fact, this time, she was modeling solo and I was behind the lens!  We were at Husband’s shop, the 3 of us, and he’d set up his “photo studio” to take some product shots.  I had him leave it up and borrowed the camera for a bit, bribed Dog with treats, and snapped like a maniac until I was too cold to shoot more.  It was fun!

Now, I can’t tell you any camera settings on any of these shots, haha, largely because I kept changing them while tooling around and because I wasn’t paying attention.  I can tell you, however, that the “photo studio” consists of 2 thin pieces of white formica-like material–one on the floor, one leaning against the wall–and 2 “softboxes”, created by mounting thin white fabric on large wooden frames (approximately 36″ square, give or take), with one shoplight behind each one.  It’s ghetto, but it works for what Husband needs, and is easy to move out of the way when not in use (and the shoplights double as, well, shoplights).

So, here are some of my favorite shots from the quick shoot (all in all, it was prob about 15 minutes of shooting, 10 minutes of bribing, and 25 minutes of laughing and having a good time) 🙂  Worth noting, for the sake of Dog’s vanity, that she’s in major need of visiting the groomer for a haircut, LOL!

So those are the best ones, I think… but of course, I’ve got a couple outtakes 😉  I’ll segway into them with what’s a cute shot, but funny because of the little sneery expression she’s got on her face.   RAWR!

Somehow, I managed to get 4 shots of her with her tongue sticking out, and one of her licking her face (remember… there was significant “don’t go sniff over there stay here” bribery going on).

And then there’s the “ok fine, I won’t sniff over there, I’ll sniff inyourface!” shot… or, if you prefer, the “check out my crazy toefur” shot 😉

And the escape (which also kinda shows a tiny bit of the setup)!

Hope you enjoyed… Trixie’s full of character, and is an absolutely delightful dog! We love her to pieces 🙂 In case you’re wondering, she’s a shelter mutt, and will be 5 in December.  We adopted her in July 2006, and I’d found her on 🙂

January 7, 2010

Go ahead… Ask!

So I’ve got Formspring, like a ton of others 🙂  So go ahead, ask me anything!

Who knows, maybe you’ll inspire a blog post!

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