No Rules

Having a "fashion" blog was fun. Madisyn Avenue allowed me to meet beautiful people, learn about my style, and land the internship of my dreams at Free People. My life has changed in so many amazing ways over the past year and I can't help to laugh at myself sometimes thinking about all of the times I've stressed about what to do with myself. 

My break from Madisyn Avenue let me breathe a bit, and also figure out what I wanted to do with this blog. I love clothes, and always will, but there is so much more to me beyond that. I love to bake, listen to music, read, write, and make things. Working with Jana this summer at Free People taught me a lot. I learned that as much as I was in front of the camera, being behind is my beat. I've been shooting and developing since I was about 14, and want to stick to my roots for a bit. So. My new blog. It will be a little mix of everything. There are no rules, no titles. My most creative self is without guidelines. Letting my mind run free. It will be full of photos, music, recipes, inspiration, things that I make, my travels. It will be a place where I don't have to look pretty and done up all the time - because honestly, I'm usually in cupcake pajamas with two different socks on and frizzy hair. It might have some fashion, but who knows. Who really knows who Madisyn is. I don't. Every day is different and in the words of Bob Dylan, "All I can do is be me, whoever that is."

Here is a new intro to what I've been up to. Currently, I'm in Pittsburgh. Freelancing, working, taking on my gritty city. My new apartment has 8 floor to ceiling windows with natural light, and a studio that I can be creative in. I decided that my new life wouldn't be complete without a puppy, so I've recently had a 10 week Bernese Mountain Dog move in as my newest room mate. Her name is Wednesday (like the Addams Family) and her paws are bigger than my Uncle Kents big fat fluffy biscuits. 

It feels so good to be back. No Rules.


Pink Matter

*photos taken by the babe, j kirn

I got to be Hermione Granger this week and play with smoke bombs at work. Jana did a super cool post about the spirit shop over on the Bldg 25 blog, and got these shots in the process. Doesn't it feel, magical?


Beep Beep!

A little love from Philly and my journey so far. I've been a busy one over at the Free People home offices.. helping as much as I can and learning a TON. Some cool news - I shot the Scenes From The Office post for the past two weeks, and shot the Models Off Duty post this week (I got to shoot Aline Weber who is a total babe alert and obviously died when I shot Sheila Marquez) BUT thats for another day. Anyways. It has been a dream, and luckily the girls on the blog are letting me continue with those posts on the Free People blog throughout the summer! Check them out, and all of the posts on the Bldg 25 blog. The girls behind it work their asses off to make it what it is. 

I'm in a goofy mood right now. I want to blab.

I need to make a list. A list of what has sunk into my brain since moving here:
1. I love 8am Subway rides. Cat Power blasting through my ears as I ride below the city makes mornings magical. 
2. You have never experienced ice cream until you've experienced The Franklin Fountain.
3. My inner OCD neat freak is at an all time high and I'm driving myself insane in this little studio apartment, but I love it. [I.notice.every.little.speck.of.dust.and.run.to.wipe.it.up.]
 4. I'm more inspired than ever, and welcoming changes in all directions. I might have a blog name change in the works, and I think it'll be all things good.
5. I officially love being behind the camera way more than in front of it. Of course I love being in pictures, but - capturing the world and making each shot my own, and sharing how I see the world through my eyes, really is.. beautiful.

Time for a date with my camera. Today is beautiful.

xxx, keep posted! I have some exciting stuff coming up :)


Honey Bee

Style pic taken by: Jana Kirn

Y'all. I have been MIA. My life has done a total 360 since the last time I posted. I'm currently in a new city, with a new schedule, new apartment, new faces, new smells, new foods. New, new, new. I'm going to be posting on here as much as I possibly can - but with a twist. A look into my current life as the Bldg 25 blog intern / Philadelphia resident. I'm going to capture, write, and soak in the new. So far, on day 3, I'm in love and never want to leave. I mean come on, I got to lay in a patch of flowers surrounded by the perfect shades of lavander and honeybees today. As silly as that sounds, it was a blessing. The sun was pounding down and I just felt happiness. I'm surrounded by so much inspiration - and have Julia and Jana, two of the most beautiful girls inside and out helping me and teaching me along the way. I'm laying in bed with a smile on my face as I type out these words. Picture this: me, in my tiny TINY "studio" (bedroom with a kitchen and bathroom), munching on the biggest bowl of cinnamon toast crunch, watching Mystic Pizza and listening to the loud city life outside my window. Life is but a dream.


I love,

Developed the film from my rad soccer mom-like Pentax point and shoot camera - a trip exposed from when I grabbed a friend and ran off out West to visit the boy in LA. I love putting in a fresh 24 count roll and snapping the first crisp shot. I love the vulnerable aspect as you capture with an unknown grasp of the turnout. I love the sound of unwinding film. I love waiting a couple weeks before developing. I love watching the memories reveal. I love crossing my fingers hoping my smile isn't as dorky as normal or my left eye isn't squinting, meshing with closure. I love looking at the days we spent exploring the unknown. I wore your clothes, underdressed, oversized, and beautiful. I love the indecisiveness of each day. I love chasing waterfalls. I love the walks we took to the invisible house as the sun started setting. I love the noisy nights turning into peaceful mornings. I love the sugary pancakes. I love the smokey sound of your voice that night at your show. I love how hard we laughed afterwards in the studio.

I love this dog. I love this friend. I love this boy. I love California. Take me back.
I'm Madisyn. My inner indecisiveness has me using this as a place to open some space in this dizzied brain of mine. Photo taker, letter writer, baker, stylist, mess.

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