Happy Halloween afternoon my little ghouls and goblins and sexified versions of normally very nonsexual, highly respected occupations on this, the only day of the year that encourages slutting it up a little and knocking on strangers doors at night asking for treats and tricks! So safe. It’s so safe!
So! We have a killer (hehe) boudoir shoot submitted by the fabulous Nico Cervantes of NLC Productions to share with your eyes today, but first, I wanna know costumes. Who’s my sexy crossing guard today? Any sexy Target pharmacists out there? Do I have any sexy occupational therapists in my midst? Whatever you’re dressing up as tonight – if you’re even dressing up at all – it’s really a delight to see you guys again after such an *interesting* weekend! What do I mean by interesting? I mean we dressed up early for Halloween this weekend! Seriously, the whole weekend we were dressed up as sexy bums from Antarctica! Because we didn’t get the heat turned on until this afternoon. I swear, I was *this close* to… being forced to wait longer and probably not really do anything drastic since I don’t like to get in people’s faces too much. I only called the building owner 1000 times consecutively. Nonstop. :)
Ok stop, stop. WAIT. Hold up. Listen, I didn’t wanna touch on this today. But I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna touch on this today. I feel compelled. And by *this* I mean the events of late involving one Kimmy Kardashian. Because it pisses me off in a way that few things are capable of pissing me off. And it has a lot to do with what government/society deems acceptable, with regard to marriage. Kindly indulge me for a minute, before I share this amazing shoot which you’re going to LOVE…..
For some reason, society/gov’t deems appropriate a highly produced Hollywood wedding between two people who just met and hardly know one another.
“Is she a woman?” Yes. ”Ok, is he a man?” Yes. ”OK, YOU’RE GOOD!“
Now, one thing about me is that I really don’t like to be a Debbie Downer and expect the worst of things. It’s not my style. What I DO like to do, however, is passive-aggressively discuss these things, if they turn out the way most of us were expecting them to turn out. And that E! marriage to which this blog rant is directed? Well it ended in approximately 72 days. That’s right, they’re reporting that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries are no longer together. Now, let’s rewind a little bit…
This marriage was highly celebrated while it was being planned, and brought in record-breaking numbers of viewers, including myself. … Not that I’m proud of it or anything. Just being straight with you. I watched it. How could I not? It’s hard to turn to ESPN when you’re a wedding blogger and some girl who sucks ketchup off her thumbs and speaks exclusively in her bedroom voice for a paycheck was throwing the biggest wedding extravaganza we’ve seen in years. This was my required reading. It was on the Summer booklist.
And guess what? I teared up during the walk down the aisle. See, even hollowed out celebrities elicit from me a loving excitement and happiness on their behalf. I was truly happy for Kim. Seriously. And, while I think a lot of us were suspicious of the union, I also think a lot of us were happy for her. It’s natural to be suspicious, and hey, maybe this was the real thing, and they were happy together! Maybe, right? She’s been wanting this her whole life. And according to her, she was dying, at the age of 30. Gotta get that show on the road, right? Gotta get those pictures taken, right?
Wrong. From my perspective, this is a story of a young woman named Kim who (in large part due to her chosen career of presenting the “goods” in exchange for the “cash”) felt she was getting old, who found a young man who really seemed to love her, was definitely very turned on by her, was very excited to be with her, possibly did/does love her, but also was very young and allowed a massive business empire machine to thrust him into the next and quite possibly most important decision/stage of his life… and marry Kim super quick. Because that’s what happens when you mix business opportunities with deep-seated insecurity issues.
Here’s what I believe was the catalyst for their fast-track-wedding: it was the result of a young woman of 30 years wanting good pictures of her young self, before it was too late. Sounds like conjecture, but because I watched the season, I know it’s the truth. Kris Humphries outed her about it to her own mother. The rush was all in an effort to get pretty photos of her wedding day, while she still felt pretty enough for photos. Because it’s the prettiest girls in the world, who worry the most about losing it all.**
**That, is another blog post in and of itself. Because I’m not going to sit here and say that’s an unnatural feeling for young women to feel. I’d be lying. But I’ll leave that rant for another day.
But now, gay marriage? How do the vast majority of society and gov’t feel about gay marriage? Apparently, THAT ONE’S the travesty. Not quickie Hollywood ones. Apparently, GAY PEOPLE COMMITTING TO ONE ANOTHER is what’s considered insulting to the beauty and sanctity of marriage. If you’re gay, and you want to get married, apparently you’re effectively making a mockery of one of society’s purest institutions. By being gay. Not by pulling a Kardashian.
Sigh. I hope that someday really soon, I’ll have to eat my words. I dream of that day. No seriously, I’ll print out this page and eat it in front of you. I’ll make a vlog about it. My very first. And I’ll invite all of you over to celebrate with me afterwards. Because on that day I’ll really have something to celebrate. I’ll finally be able to celebrate the impending marriages of all of the wonderful, kind, beautiful, loving people I know in my life and career… who want to get married, but don’t have the right.
Ok, rant over. I’m sorry to have gotten so heavy today. Hope it wasn’t too *ranty* or pedantic. It just really gets to me that there are some people who think it’s ok to make marriage a televised spectacle of sorts, when there are countless others who want nothing more than to be married and to take it seriously, but are being denied the right.
MOVING RIGHT ALONG… oh, and speaking of Kim Kardashian, we have a boudoir shoot to mosey on over to! And it’s TO DIE FOR.
I love the way Nico describes the inspiration and intent for the shoot. Here, listen:
Our hauntingly beautiful Parisian boudoir
Jessica Foster from Jessica Foster Confections provided spooky treats including chocolate truffles, jack-o-lantern and skull shaped chocolate bites, and caramel candied apples. Invitations mocked a funeral announcement and came in a hollowed out book with moss and a miniature skeleton embellishment.
Now, check it out! It’s totally different from anything we’ve ever published. And that’s why it’s so dang perfect for today. :)
So, my pretties…
Any thoughts? Really, on anything. I talked about a lot today, I know. You can just share your Halloween costume. But whatever you’ve got to say, no matter what it is… I’m dying to hear it.
xoxo! - Alison
Design & Styling: Nico Cervantes, NLC Productions / Designer Asst: Kayla Cherland, NLC Productions / Photography: Danielle, Skyeblu Photography / Hair and Makeup Artists: Christin & Ashley Luna Bella Makeup Art / Stationer: Tracy Chegwin, Lazaro Press / Confectioner: Jessica Foster, Jessica Foster Confections / Lingerie: Miss Kitty, Purrmission Lingerie / Model: Nina Lafuente