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thumbs upnew backpack

chanel nouvelle vague nail polish, fjallraven kanken backpack, saint james striped shirt, genetic jeans

My current go-to bag (in my favorite color) and botched nail(s). I like to steal Lulu's nail polish when I see her lol. I'm currently trying to kill time before my aunt, her boyfriend, a cousin, and my younger brother get here from LA. BF is currently in Alaska and I won't see him for another week. This weekend I have to show my family around doing touristy things I never do and missing Wolf Parade. Speaking of bands I liked in high school, anyone listened to the new Arcade Fire? Still not sure what I think about it but I'll get back to you.

In other news, I had a dress named after me, so thanks Modcloth! I'd be wearing that dress right now if the weather weren't so bad in the Bay Area right now. I'm saving it for LA next week. I also answered a couple questions for their blog here and after rereading it I just realized that I'll never be as suave or cool as I'd like to be. Maybe I should have fudged the answers to seem more interesting lol. //sarcasm

Feature: Ophelia Darkly

gothic chick

Imperial32"25" 20"33"5"9'114lb

GGotW: What is the story behind your name?
OD: The first modeling name I used other than my real name was Crooked Angel. After a while I felt it was pretentious and sort of silly so I started thinking about another name. Obviously, the name is inspired by the character 'Ophelia' from Hamlet, but it is the dark side of Ophelia. The side that came out in a strange way when she went insane. I also think that the name Ophelia is really romantic and beautiful and I felt that 'Darkly' fit with it well. Since I'm also a poet, sound is important to me, and I really like the sound of the name.
goth girl
GGotW: What got you started modeling two years ago?
OD: I had always been interested in it, but it wasn't until I was contacted by an artist that I began. I was apprehensive at first as he had contacted me on Myspace, but everything went well and I've loved it ever since. In some sense, I feel like I've always been a 'model'. I feel like it is a fusion of different kinds of art inside of me being expressed in a physical way.

GGotW: Have you worked with many other models in shoots?
OD: I have worked with other models. I started modeling with someone who was a friend of mine in high school (Little Alice is her modeling name). We did a lot of shoots together as we worked well off of one another and we both were interested in alternative modeling. Other than that I've worked with a friend of mine, my fiance, and various other people that were at group shoots. I would love to model with Razor Candi though, that would be amazing.

GGotW: What photographers have you worked with?
OD: I've worked with over 30 photographers (some I've had multiple shoots with), so I'll just name some of my favorites: Coma Pill Photography, That Trend (first photographer I worked with), renegotiation proof, Sophia Rapata, MVK Photography, Sylvia Krzysztofek, and RedRum Collaboration.

GGotW: Has you boyfriend modeled with you?
OD: Yes he has. He's a fantastic model and musician.

GGotW: What kind of theatre work have you done?
OD: I've been doing theatre since high school. I mainly do acting work, though I've also done writing. I've played many different roles, which to me, is connected with modeling. I've been a crazy psychologist, a young daughter of a Bosnian toy maker who gets murdered, a mental ward patient reminiscing about the war, a rave dancer, a Russian janitor, a plane, and a strange girl in an apocalyptic world.

GGotW: What do you do when you're not on stage or in front of the camera?
OD: I love to spend time with my fiance. I also play piano, write poetry, eat copious amounts of chocolate, and think far too much. Additionally, I love to play with my bunnies, go clubbing, and occasionally I make my own clothes.

GGotW: What things in you life have affected your modeling?
OD: The biggest one is the scar I have on my lip. I've struggled with it all of my life, but especially with regards to the fashion industry, as imperfections are looked down upon. I haven't felt like that so much with alternative modeling. I feel like I can be myself and that my scar is beautiful and unique instead of ugly. My location has also affected my modeling. I've been stuck in Iowa for a lot of the last four years and there aren't many opportunities here. This is why I'm moving elsewhere.

GGotW: Is there a story behind the scar on your lip?
OD: When I was in first grade, I went to a friend's going away party and her dog (name: Minnie) bit me on the lip. It was pretty traumatizing to go through plastic surgery in second grade. However, one of the worst consequences of the event was all of the horrible comments said about me in school. Especially in high school, people would yell that I had herpes.

GGotW: How has it affected your adult life?
OD: I think, particularly with fashion modeling, people take me less seriously when they see my scar. Since it's on my face, I think it's the reason I've been rejected from so many agencies. It's also affected me with regards to theatre. In essence, a teacher told me that I would have no career (in film specifically) with the scar on my face. He told a story about one of the graduate actors who had a mole on her face. They encouraged her to get surgery to remove it and after the surgery he said that she was transformed from a "pretty girl with a mole" to "a gorgeous woman". After he said this he looked at me, and it made me feel very small and hopeless. Besides that, there was an incident involving a group on facebook about my high school which I posted in. I mentioned some unpleasant things that had happened to me in high school, and one guy responded that my opinion didn't count because hardly anyone liked me and that I had herpes. My parents have also suggested that I get more surgery.

GGotW: Where are you looking at moving to?
OD: Currently, I'll be moving to Illinois (near Chicago) at the end of July. I hope to do more creative things in Illinois than Iowa.

GGotW: Why do you want to move to Illinois?
OD: I can't stand Iowa personally. The only reason I came here is for school. I've had many more modeling opportunities in Illinois than in Iowa. There also aren't many unique people here in Iowa. I get ridiculed all the time.

GGotW: Where do you see your life in two years?
OD: In two years I see myself married and traveling around the world enjoying life. I want to go to more concerts and go to more gothic industrial clubs. I would love to be published in a magazine like Gothic Beauty and also, to have more of my poems published. I see myself working in theatre but also doing alternative modeling with photographers I have always wanted to work with. There are many of them. I've made a "photographer wish list".

** New series of images from Ophelia Darkly for 2010 Year's End.

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ippuku in downtown berkeley

ayamurasaki imo shochu

A few of you may have already seen a couple pictures on my Twitter from our trip to Ippuku, a Japanese izakaya that just opened in Berkeley this month right off BART downtown. Shochu is their specialty, accompanied by typical Japanese bar grub such as yakitori and other grilled delights. I actually had no idea that an izakaya was opening in the East Bay until Brent told me that one of his favorite customers at his wine store was one of the owners! I have to admit, we haven't been eating out at nicer restaurants lately since we've both been a bit busy.

The space itself is something you have to see for yourself (although this blog has some fantastic behind-the-scenes photos from before the place opened), but the first thing you see is this right above the bar. Pretty impressive, right? It wasn't until after we talked to the bartender that we found out about the different variations of shochu that existed made from sweet potatoes (imo), barley (mugi), etc. and that Ippuku actually carried a couple bottles which are rare even in Japan! If you're adventurous and willing to try a different type of drink, come here. The staff is super helpful about explaining the types of shochu and specific bottles and we actually ended up trying (and getting drunk off) quite a few: one made from sweet potatoes called Ayamurasaki, two from barley, Sasayaki and Gokoo (the latter is actually aged in barrels for three years and has an oaky taste, if you're into that), an Awamori (long rice) one which I can't remember for the life of me, and finally, my personal favorite of the night, a drink made from black sugar (Kokuto) called Amami which was preeeeeeeeetty effing good. Before you think of us as total boozers, I must add that these drinks were spread out throughout the three hours that we were there. But anyway, now that that's out of the way, let's move on to the food.

jidori gyoza

Starters: chicken gyoza (Jidori Gyoza) and a Chinese-style chicken salad (Ban-Ban-Ji)

kurobuta bara

Next: pork belly skewers (Kurobuta Bara), chicken breast (Mune).


Then: chicken thigh with leek (Negima), minced chicken with egg yolk (Tsukutama).

See those last skewers with the egg yolks? Those are actually the second and third ones we ordered of that plate since we liked the original one so much when it was brought out to us. When it arrived at our table, it was the only plate we had not ordered ourselves and contemplated saying something to the waitress; however, once we finally decided to keep it and took our respective first bites, we looked at each other at the same time and realized it was probably sneaked into our meal on purpose (touché!) and were thankful when we ended up ordering two more as our last bites of the night.

meyer lemon chu-hai cocktails

In addition to the shochu, I convinced Brent to order these chu-hai cocktails which came with their own citrus reamers and meyer lemon halves! At the time, I thought it deserved its own cheesy video (since I love anything that involves being hands-on with food) and ended up with this completely necessary bit. Hmph, it seemed like a good idea at the time...

maccha sundae

Finally, a maccha sundae of green tea soft serve topped with mochi, anko, and ten-kasu. I'd call it a perfect way to end the night but we were actually there much longer (with more drinks) talking to the chef's wife, Erin, who was a complete delight and amazing hostess. If you're reading this, thank you so much for your hospitality and wonderful service!

stuck in the kitchen

A.P.C. shirt, GAP legging jeans, parka from a Korean boutique, Miu Miu clogs

I totally forgot to blog these photos, man I've been so out of it lately. Life's been a bit hectic but I'm dealing with it. I'm kind of tired of these kitchen photos but it's the best I can do when I don't have someone to take my photos during the day. Not much to say other than HOLY FUCK HOW GOOD WAS INCEPTION?! I'm so tempted to watch it a third time. JGL! AHH!

This has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I'm due for a Rapid Rewards free round trip flight from Southwest after my next flight to LA (I'm seeing Real Madrid play LA Galaxy at the Rose Bowl!). Where should I go? New York? Chicago? Portland? Help me choose!

in the air

Feature: Kat Kalashnikov



GGotW: What came first the Fetish Performer or the Model?
Kat K: I started modeling for the company before I performed for them, that is solely because I had to go thru proper training to perform onstage.

GGotW: What Company?
Kat K: Single Cell Productions.

GGotW: What kind of Modeling do you do?
Kat K: I mostly do alternative modeling: fetish- medical,basic dom and sub, rope suspension, latex; and alt clothing (including my clothing company Crash Trash). I have actually done some commercial work as well, they had to paint over all of my tattoos!

GGotW: What is it about modeling that you enjoy?
Kat K: Before I even modeled I would pose in place, I'm naturally aesthetic in stance (sounds weird I know). But the biggest part I enjoy is being able to create my own concept and make it happen. I tend to put a lot of work into makeup, pose, hair, wardrobe, and set. It is my art, like a pretty painting.. even if it is sometimes sick and twisted.

GGotW: Who have you done shots with?
Kat K: I do a lot of base work in Charlotte with Justin Kates and Scott Bilby, and there is so many others to list, in my travels I have been very lucky to work with Mojokiss, Laura Dark, and Destroy Inc. to name a few.

GGotW: How did you get started as a Fetish Perform?
Kat K: I went to a fetish show when I was 19, I remember looking at the gorgeous girl on stage dominating both men up there, and I grinned and thought I want to do that in front of hundreds of screaming fans. So I worked at it and two years later I was mainstage performing my own written pieces.

GGotW: Where could someone go to see one of your shows?
Kat K: For the moment I am on leave focusing on my clothing company and modeling. I am based in Charlotte working for Single Cell Productions, with them I have traveled from Atlanta, GA up to Buffalo, NY

GGotW: What kinds of things do you do in you acts?
Kat K: I adore medical fetish, and have drawn up some shows deep-throating syringes, and making medical cuts on my skin. Also I have shaved my head completely bald while being electrocuted and ate pages of the Bible. I have a thing for pigs too, so I did a show in pig masks hogtying a girl we flogged.

GGotW: -_^ Kinky!

**Update: Kat has appeared on the cover of PH Mag issue #3, Blip Bop Magazine issue #3, Tattoo Revue issue #150, Culture Asylum January 2011 issue. On part of the cover and four page interview of Tattoo Vixens Magazine. Her clothing designs were also featured in Alt Fashion Magazine issue #16. "Lets just say I have worked really hard this year to make a name for myself." That she has.

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wren summer 2010

Wren, you're making me weak in the knees. That skirt + blazer combo is ace! You guys think there's a chance these pieces will still be available on sale? I've had my eye on that skirt but it sold out. I wish it were easier to find smaller brands like these on sale but all the good stuff seems to disappear before I can finally get my hands on it...

sunday afternoon

laundry day

TOP: Acne, Saint James, vintage, Acne, A.P.C., and vintage shirts
BOTTOM: Gap 1969 jeggings, Golden Ponies oxfords, Daiso apron

Doing laundry and cooking dinner: an ideal Sunday afternoon. I feel like a fraud wearing an apron since I'm only assigned menial tasks like prepping the rosemary or crumbling cheese. Tonight we Brenty is making pork tenderloin with gorgonzola sauce and rosemary potatoes on the side. I was actually supposed to cook this meal but freaked out last minute because, well, I'm not very confident in my skills. One day, one day.

Also, a couple announcements. First, I updated my blog shop with a couple goodies including brand new April 77 jeans and a Trovata skirt! Second, I just found out that I'm the grand winner of the Chictopia Beso Inspired Contest! Thanks to everyone who voted for me, next month I get to be their August Fashion Correspondent!

baker beach

baker beach

This is what a beach in San Francisco looks like, where the closer you get to the coast the more foggy and freezing cold it gets. We thought it would be cute but didn't expect this weather in Juky, Still a nice date nevertheless. Brenty made custom sandwiches (mine had smoked salmon, havarti, avocado, and other goodies) and we tried our best to enjoy the scenery while we froze our asses off. The journey to and from there on public transportation was probably twice as long.

(pssssst, a couple random notes: my nails are Chanel Lilac Sky, boater hat is from Forever 21, and the sunglasses are those same vintage ones that I always wear... cheers!)

smoked salmon sandwich
turkey sandwich
date at baker beach
date at baker beach
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date at baker beach
date at baker beach

I also got new shoes last weekend. Almost bought them on Bluefly the day before for much more but got insanely lucky at the Barneys sale in San Francisco with the LAST ONE in my size. Maybe it was meant to be, as Lulu pointed out. It felt really nice to finally get the shoes that I'd been wanting for so long with money that I made on my own and did a really good job of saving instead of spending it on random clothes. Feels good man.

new shoes
new shoes

Also, my team is in the final! That damn octopus, he was actually right. Thanks to everyone who stuck around for my tweets and obsession, hehe. I never lost hope and it feels rewarding to know that they finally made it. Germany played amazingly throughout the tournament and I was sad to see them go. I'm nervous about Sunday, let's hope I don't have a panic attack like I did during the Paraguay game...