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Thursday
Dec182014

Prime Time

 

Pie's Last Minute Gift Guide 2014!

If you're an Amazon Prime member then the fact that Christmas is just a week away is no biggie! Here are some extra groovy ideas that are all prime 2 day shipping eligible!

1. I am always looking for good point & shoots and the Luimex has great reviews and a whopping 16 megapixels! 2. I just discovered this Sagaform POP stoneware teapot and I want it! 3. I love these newly released classic books designed by Rifle Paper Company's Anna Bond. 4. I am in LOVE with these new Skechers Go shoes! I just got a pair and they are the most comfotable shoes ever... I mean it, ever! They are suppose to feel like wearing a sock and they do come close. I also think they are pretty sporty and come in a lot of diffent styles. 5. Whats not to love about this adorable satchel purse by Fossil? 6. There is nothing like receiving a real hand written thank you.This lovely set by Rifle Paper Co is a great gift for teens, teach them young! 7. A little kawaii is always a good choice and you don't get more kawaii than this Aristo Katt Pillow. 8. I am sucker for all things Cavallini and this retro sticker set is no exception. 9. Finally, most of you know I am a Kindle fan and if you really love to read then I highly reccomend the basic Kindle which is on sale right now for $59. That price is for the one with speical offers and I actually really like that part. It's mostly books and I have discovered some good new authors via those offers. A great deal and a great, simple reader. 

 

 

 content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
Dec102014

On the Hunt

Inspired by the show Thrift Hunters, I have been looking for new finds to both covet and sell. I fear I may covet a bit too much! So as a new item comes in I find another I can now part with (for the right price) to keep the circle going and the clutter from accumulating.

I found this little gem at an estate sale last weekend. A lot of the good stuff goes quick but it pays to wait for the final day when they often slash the prices 50%. I got a good deal on this Figgio Milk Jug from Norway. Though I was not too familiar with them, it was cheap enough to take a chance and after a little research I think I made a great find. It is now listed here

I am also combing through some of my own treasures and listing some select pieces, like this Atlanta made Bauer flower pot. Because Bauer was only in Atlanta a short time these pieces are much more rare and hence valuable. I lucked out getting it at a good price without really knowing the history. I have been selling on eBay off and on for over 12 years and have learned a thing or two. So I put together a list to help those who are thinking of diving in.

 

Pie's Ebay Selling Tips!  

  1. Get organized! Create an area (or room if possible) to set out and photograph your items. Have a measuring tape, pad of paper and pen ready to jot down important info and stats as you photograph them. 
  2. I photograph my items in area with good but indirect light. Clean simple backgrounds work best, you can even just hang up a white sheet. Never, ever use flash! Good photographs really help sell your items. A good point & shoot would be a better choice if you don't have a DSLR. If you must use a smart phone be sure to have it set for High Res images.
  3. I edit ALL my photos first and then put them in to one file for easy access. I keep the editing minimal; cropping, basic exposure corrections and sharpening. If there is a flaw in the item, make sure to highlight it with a close-up and refer to it in your description.
  4. Do your research! I do some before I decide to list it and more as I list it. This research ranges from looking at similar items that have already sold (check completed auctions in your search options) and google-ing for more history on the item. 
  5. Promote your items with your social networks and make sure you are using key words in your titles and descriptions. Also make sure everything is spelled correctly, I have picked up some good deals from people misspelling a key word.
  6. Shipping items is where a lot of people jump ship when it comes to selling. I actually like the packaging up of items (a little weird I know). Paypal now offers help with the process and you can do your mailing labels & pay online so you can just drop them up or hand them to your carrier!
  7. Print out a packing slip (again easy via Paypal) and I always write a little thank-you note on it. 
  8. I leave feedback after a buyer leaves it for me and if I am the buyer, after I get my item. Ebay is a lot about your rep!
  9. If something doesn't sell, trying RAISING the price when you re-list it. I have done this with a few pieces and suddenly there is interest when before there was none. 
  10. I start my auctions at the lowest price I am willing to take for the item, Ebay sometimes prompts you to lower the opening bid price "to cause interest" while listing. Bah humbug! 

  

This lady might look familiar to some of you. A vintage hand colored photo from Spain, which I re-photographed and then retouched and had made into a large canvas print for my office. Well the original can be yours! You can check out all my current listings and follow me by clicking here. I also cross list some items in my Etsy store at the "buy it now" price, if I get a bid I just deactivate it. Both platforms have their advantages so why not? One day I would love to have a little shop... but till then these will have to do!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Dec042014

Pie Archive: Living Large

If I had a dollar for every inquiry I get about my equipment, I could have bought another one of these babies by now. In my former life, shooting film, I used Nikons and Hasselblads but chose Canon when I made the switch to digital 8 years ago. It was not a hard decision, I didn't have a huge investment in equipment, often renting what I needed and Canon seemed to have made the most strides in pro digital gear. 

 

I am in love with my Canon 5D Mark II which I bought back in February, upgrading from a 5D, which I had simply out-grown. You can now get pretty good deals on both of these excellent SLR's since Canon recently released a Mark III. Unless you are a full time Pro, I highly recommend saving your pennies and buying used or getting a slightly older camera body, or opt for one of the lower level models such as a 7D, Rebel or 60D, all of which perform well. It is the lenses that you want to invest your money in. This is what will really determine the quality of your images, well that and an understanding of light, composition and some innate talent & technical ability.

 

Canon's best lenses are their "L" series and part of what makes a good lens is the maximum aperture, the lower the number, the better the lens. My favorite, used on both images above is the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L the "1.2L" being key in knowing this is a quality lens by the letter L and 1.2 is what allows me to open up the lens and get a beautiful shallow depth of field.

 

On the top of my wish list is their 85mm 1.2L lens. Fixed lenses (rather than zooms with multiple focal lengths) also tend to produce less distortion and are my personal preference. Though I do have a good 24-70, I often use. It really is all about the "glass".

 

I am also always on the hunt for a good camera bag that is also, dare I say, stylish! I just discovered some fantastic options by Kelly Moore. I especially love this one called the Libby with a built in memory card wallet and space enough for your gear and a laptop. If you travel a lot with your gear as I do, you might also like this excellent option by Think Tank.

 

If you're not quite ready for an SLR then I highly recommend Leica's d-Lux 6 a super compact point & shoot with the heart of an SLR. I was able to test out the 5 (above) and they have now just released the newest version to stellar reviews. Or you might be able to now pick up the previous model at a good price!

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Monday
Dec012014

Cyber Rocks!

Another client is offering up great savings with a week long Cyber Monday deal. Artisan designer, Karen Landon makes each of her unique hand forged pieces for her Veronica Rock collection to order. Truly beautiful jewelry with a little edge and you can save 35% now through the 8th with promo code: cyber7day

Plus free shipping!

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Nov282014

Friday is the New Black!

Do check out this mega kawaii sale my favortie designer Lesley Evers is having! Also standard shipping is free! Just use promocode: 40for4 at checkout! 

 

For my fellow Orla Kiely lovers I also found some great deals on these handbags and others on Amazon with their 25% off sale on handbags and shoes promotion.

 

Amazon has a lot of great deals including huges savings on their Kindles and I am currently selling this Kate Spade Kindle cover at a great price on eBay. As I continue to "celan house" I will be adding even more listings tomorrow which you can check out here.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Nov062014

Rose Colored Glasses

I just finished this new look book project for the wonderful kids line Homespun Vintage. I went with a slight hand colored look and rosy tint to the images, just like looking through rose colored glasses. Much work to get there but well worth the trip, that all starts with putting together a great team. This stunning young lady is Sadie from Zuri Models, hair & make up by Liz Rizo for Aim Artists and set & prop styling by Jess Hammer

Jett is another great new face from Zuri and I love the designer's fresh take on old school looks like this super cute Holiday Jacket.

Grace is wearing a unique 50's style corduroy overall dress and stripped leggings.

Kathlene and Corrie the designers behind the brand styled each look while giving me free rein to create my vision. I believe this kind of mutal respect is how you get the best results. You can see the rest of the shoot on my site here.

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Oct312014

Pies Pics for a Sleepless Nights ~ 2014 Edition

I have always loved a good, scary book. I read The Exorcist when I was just 12, already bored with what the children's section of my local library offered. I began looking at what was on my Mother's shelves and in the adult sections. It was there I discovered writers like Thomas Tryon, Stephen King and Mary Shelly. Now when October rolls around, I am often on the hunt for this genre to feed my warped soul. Here are my picks, a mix of classics and some new discoveries and all are available in both book & kindle format. 

 

Warning: Read at Your Own Risk

 

At this point is there anyone who has not read at least one Stephen King novel? I have read many, most recently Doctor Sleep, a belated follow up to The Shinning. However my pick is the less recent Full Dark, No Stars, a selection of chilling stories that are a little more old school King. Two have recently been adapted to the big & little screen. A Good Marriage and for Lifetime, the surprisingly well done Big Driver.

 

My own spooky inspired choice currently occupying my kindle is this two for one offer by Susan Hill. I did not read her best seller, The Woman in Black but enjoyed the movie. However it was this creepy but charming cover that drew me to download a sample and only a few pages in I was sold. I am 20% in and loving the slow burn, very well written and with no ideal of where I'm headed yet!

 

Still my favorite vampire tale to emerge during the big fang craze of the last decade, Let the Right One In by John Ajvide Lindqvist is a haunting & at times beautiful little tale. Two very good faithful films adaptions have been made from it; an American one called "Let Me In" and the slightly superior original Swedish version. Still it is the book I enjoyed most. Lindgvist's first novel he has since released 3 more in the horror genre and has been dubbed the Swedish Stephen King! His most recent, Little Star is on my to read list.


I can't remember when I read The Collector or even if it was before or after I saw the excellent movie based on it. I only know I've never forgotten this unique and chilling book. A titillating character study of obsession taken to the extreme. Not your typical horror story, the shivers are in the telling.


On a scale of 1-10 in creepiness, Rosemary's Baby is a solid 9.9. Even if you have seen the movie, a fairly faithful adaptation, the book will still surprise you. After reading you will want to watch the movie again. I know I did.


I discovered Elizabeth Hand's Generation Loss, which searching out women horror writers. When I discovered the main character was a photographer it really peeked my interest. I found it to be an unrelenting, coarse journey that is part thriller, part character study and part horror story. I liked it a lot.

 

Also discovered during that hunt, Sara Gran, another strong female writer not afraid of the dark. I read this book, Come Closer in three sittings. Beautifully written, this tale about a women possessed by a female demon creeps up on you slowly, like a chill up the spine. So good.


This book was a big deal back in the seventies and personally gave me many nightmares, which might be why I  remember it so fondly. A so-so film version was made directed by the great Robert Mulligan back in 1972. I would love to see it attempted again, with the right treatment I am sure it could be brilliant.


Probably more haunting than horror, I first picked up this book in my teens (with this same great cover above, who could resist it?) but I never finished it. I gave it another go earlier this year and was blown away. Now one of my all time favorite books and at the top of my required reading list. It propelled me into reading every one of Jackson's novels (many of which could be on this list) and even her biography

 

If ghost and complicated plots are up your alley then look no further. Waters is most well known for her lesbian/victorian fiction, which is so well written two were made into acclaimed mini series. The Little Stranger is quite different in both period and plot. Though a touch slow at first, it is well worth the effort. I can also recommend her most recent effort, The Paying Guests. A detailed psychological thriller I could hardly put down.

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In other related news, I had fun shooting this pretty witch for Lesley Evers and want you to enjoy this special holiday treat! Good on entire site including sale items and standard shipping is always free! Have a Kawaii Halloween! 

 

 

top montage  & content © Lara Rossignol

Monday
Oct272014

Life is Short... Eat More Pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Over much trial and a little error, I have come up with a pretty foolproof pancake recipe that is also super easy. It makes 2 good size pancakes, or 1 serving so just double ingredients to add additional servings. I mix mine in a regular 8oz pitcher style pyrex mixing cup, which makes it easy to pour out your cakes. I use approximately; 1 cup flour, 1 egg, 1 tbsp sugar (I like coconut sugar), tsp baking powder, dash salt and about 1/4 cup (2 big spoonfuls) of either yogurt or sour cream… then as you mix add liquid a little at a time until you get the right consistency. Any liquid will do; water, milk, almond milk...really any. Then pour onto hot greased griddle or into hot pan. If you want to add fruit or chocolate chips or whatever then do it now, when they start to bubble a bit, flip and press. Once they are cooked through they are done!

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Oct172014

Shoot Time

The shoot for Homespun Vintage is in Los Angeles this coming weekend, feel free to share with friends you think might be interested! The shoot will be styled by the amazing Jess Hammer and shot by me. All models will recieve photos in trade for their time.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Oct102014

Great Minds...

I put together this montage of images I have shot over the last 4 years for my client and now good friend, Lesely Evers. She is opening her newest shop tomrrow in Burlingame, California. It all started with this little shoot I did just for fun as an editorial for Pie. I never would have predicted it was just the beginning of an amazing collaboration. I am off next week to NoCal for our 12th (or is 13th?) photo shoot. If you live in the San Mateo area, do stop by the new shop located at:

257 Primrose Road, just off Burlingame Ave.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Sep302014

My So Cal Life...

My best friend, Izzy's Mum came to visit last week and we were out and about enjoying some of the culture of this tawdry town. Like this Strawberry-rhubarb donut at Coffee & Milk out side LACMA, tasty and fortifying for our little excursion.

 

LACMA where we enjoyed Picasso and a fantastic 1920s German Cinema Exhibit. 

 

Across the street from the museum is a dependable line up of food trucks. Another important So Cal must do!

 

Fish taco and a fresh tamale from the Tacomania truck.

 

We also had a lovely time with Norma, Mother of my friend jewelry designer Karen Landon.

 

What would a visit here be without a trip to Disneyland, or as the Swedes and I call it, Ikea.

 

A little vintage pepper shaker does double duty as a vase. I always pick up flowers when I have guests, such an easy way to make your place seem special.

 

A funny juxtaposition while waiting in L.A. traffic. Note to visitors the original Tommy's Burgers has two "M"s!

 

Sad to see her go, I made this mini Bento for her long flight back. Flying American Airlines, they did not even offer so much as a pretzel on her trip here. 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Sep192014

Pie Archive: Sweet Southern Heatwave

What to do on an extra hot summer day? Create your own shade perhaps. 

Now lets take this show on the road and find something tasty!

Waiting in long lines for lunch from a truck? What one must suffer for art...

Wait! A truck filled with cupcakes! This road trip has just taken a sweet turn.

A big thumbs up for Yum Yum's  Ruby red velvet from JuJu. While Ai & I found the Kennedy Key Lime crazy good.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Wednesday
Sep172014

Pie Archive: Finding Proof

I miss contact sheets. There is something about seeing the entire roll of film laid out at all at once. This was a shoot with actress Yasmine Bleeth for an edgy magazine called Bikini, a predecessor to Nylon. When shooting professionally there are times when you do trade offs. Little or no money in trade for an interesting subject and lots of creative control. One good thing when working on a small budget, it forces you to be creative. I used an expired roll of Fuji film that I then crossed processed. The result one of those happy accidents, a beautiful distortion of color.

When shooting something experimental for an assignment always back it up with a reliable alternate choice. In this case I also shot a few roles of tri-x.

I have to admit, I was not that enthused about shooting Yasmine when I first got the assignment. All I knew, was that she was on Baywatch... not my favorite. However, she was very open and fun to work with and that is always a good thing. She also sent me a very sweet thank you note, one of just two I have ever received from a celebrity. 

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Friday
Sep052014

Pie Archive: giddy up!

The Country Living Fair featured many wonderful artist and I was particularly drawn to these unique hand painted dolls by Cart Before the Horse. Made with muslin they use multiple layers of paint, sanding each layer down and repainting till they get this wonderful result.

I love this sweet little character, Sadie the Cat who I found in their etsy shop. True art pieces they are created by husband & wife team, Dylan & Jo.

 

I've also listed this lovely portrait some of you may remember from previous postings of my own home. I am just out of wall space and as much as I love it, it is time to let it go! You can check the full details here.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Aug122014

Rock On!

 

Over the last few weeks I've been working with talented jewelry designer, Karen Landon who is launching a new line of beautiful artisan pieces under her new brand Veronica Rock Studio. Not only did I shoot her new look-book and product line but I also designed her new site which is now live!

 

I love Karen's aesthetic and the jewelry has such a unique blend of old world gypsy and modern edgy rocker girl, it was really fun to photograph. For hair & make up I worked with the amazing Wendy Osmudson.

 

Our model is Wendy's lovely daughter Olivia. A student and dancer with soulful eyes and gorgeous skin.


Pie Giveaway!

To celebrate the new site they are giving away a few pairs of these beautiful Coral Crescent earrings! They are made with hand forged sterling silver and retails for $98. To enter this giveaway all you have to do is share her new site on one or all of your Social Networks (Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook...). Include a link to her site: www.veronicarockstudio and the hashtag #veronicarockrocks The more you share, the more entries you will get, then come back here and comment on this post to let me know where you shared and be sure to include your email address (which remains private) in the appropriate box so I can contact you if you win. Entry window closes at midnight on Wednesday the 20th!

We also have a special promo code good from now till Tuesday the 19th extended to the 26th for 20% off her entire site! Just use promo code:rockon at check out. Plus she is offering free standard shipping on all orders!

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Aug072014

Pie Archive: Thursday Three ~ 3 Women

3 Women is one of the most haunting movies of 1970's, one of my all time favorites and a natural choice for my Thursday three. Funny, disturbing, lovely, odd and ultimately puzzling, I promise it is not a film you will soon forget. Written and directed by Robert Altman, it features remarkable performances by Shelley Duvall and Sissy Spacek

These beautiful images were captured by the wondrous eye of Jean Pagliuso using a Widelux and then hand colored. Trust me, no photoshop was involved. They were used for several versions of the poster, I love this one's unusual triptych design.

 

 Millie narrates the story with her daily diary entries, revealing how unaware she is of her own social awkwardness. 

Pinky is the roommate who turns from mouse to vixen during the course of the film.  

The third woman is a mural painter played by Janice Rule, though she stays more in the background. The film does become a bit confusing toward the end. Even Altman admitted he did not fully understand the ending though he had his theories. I last watched it over 15 years ago in an edited TV version. I just got it from Netflix and will watch it over the weekend and see how it strikes me now. 

 

 

 Oh and check out my guest post on the Leica blog.

 

top photos © Jean Pagliuso 

Friday
Jul252014

Adorbs

Had so much fun working on this shoot for Lesley Evers... ! I worked with stylist Jess Hammer and long time friend and amazing hair & make up artist, Wendy Osmundson. Our model, Mia Kerr is with Next, L.A. and was so fun to shoot and how kawaii are these striped capris? You know I snagged myself a pair! Check out the rest of her new collection here.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Thursday
Jul172014

Pie Archive: The Magic of Ordinary Days

dress from Witty Vintage ~ cup Anthropologie

 

birdcage veil by Kathleen ~ blouse & skirt Urban Outfitters

 

body suit from Urban Outfitters ~ hat & lace top from Witty Vintage

Hair & Make Up by Kathleen Marsh~Crews  Model: Madison Olson~Factor Women.

Beauty Notes:

For the eyes, Kathleen used Makeup Forever Aqua Cream Eyeshadow in Taupe, lined the eyes with a brush using Makeup Forever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eye Shadow, and topped off with Makeup Forever Smoky Mascara. For the blush, Stila Convertible Color in Peony was applied with fingers. On the Lips: Too Faced Cosmetics in Look 1: Cupcake, Look 2: Sex Kitten and Look 3: Free Love.

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

photos 2, 7 & 9  were shot with a Leica d-lux 5, the rest with a Canon 5D & Lensbaby Composer

Tuesday
Jul082014

Pie Archive: Deep South

A repost of images from a trip I took with my friend Dana to Manchester, Tennessee. One of many road trips in the pursuit of pool winnings and adventure. You did not have to look very hard to find cool vintage signage & architecture. 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 I used a Canon G10 and processed them with a combination of Lightroom, Photoshop with the Picture Show iPhone app. 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol

Tuesday
Jul012014

Hello July!

Been a busy girl with new shoots for Lesley Evers and a brilliant new jewlery line called Veronica Rock (site coming soon). I've also just started working with a groovy L.A. based agent, Devon Day, who helped give my site a fresh edit. All this is keeping me quite busy which is always a good thing.

 

Another recent job was shooting this "What Girl Are You?" campaign for Blu Pony Vintage. It will run in several high end children's fashion publications, including the chic' french mag, Milk.

 

 

all photos & content © Lara Rossignol