Saturday, 18 May 2013
I was planning on having a romantic evening at the Richmond Grand Hotel in January, but being such a great setting, I simply couldn't resist inviting my photographer friend Phine Ka over to take some photos before my boyfriend arrived! She calls this set Waiting For You :)
I did the hair and makeup and the lingerie is from Playful Promises :)
Love and kisses,
Wednesday, 15 May 2013
So here's one of my most favourite shoots that I've done to date!
I was approached by Andrew Dewael for a fashion shoot inspired by the 1930s movie style of Marlene Dietrich, which was to be shot entirely on black and white film using vintage and Vivienne Westwood wardrobe at London's historic Hazlitt's Hotel. It's a beautiful old style hotel where all kinds of people have stayed, from famous C18th courtesan Teresa Cornelys, to JK Rowling!
The process of the shoot was super exciting and old school. We used video lights, and Polaroids to test them, just like they did in the chic and glamorous days before digital photography! I even kept the Polaroids after the shoot as a souvenir. I'm not allowed to share them online, they are a special momento just for me :)
Here are the final photos...
Our shoot location!
After the shoot, I was very kindly given the Baron Willoughby Suite (above) for the night as a "tip", so of course, I got straight on the phone to Roswell Ivory so we could kick back in it with some wine and catch up in our own private lounge, before having dinner and then chatting ourselves to sleep in the beautiful C18th carved oak bed :)
Monday, 13 May 2013
So here's another photo from my latest shoot with Callan Tham in Singapore! I was trying to "think curvy" ;) (You might have already seen it on Tumblr) and I also posted it in this little drama unfolding on Tiny Nibbles about my so-called "weight"... again.
Why people are suddenly horrified by healthy self, I don't know, but I felt the need to defend myself and the director as I really think it's not cool to bash women's bodies in the media for a multitude of reasons... and I think this shot illustrates that I do have a healthy quantity of muscle and stored fat!
Maybe it's just that my photos and films have wider reach than they once did when they were more or less only appearing in my blog to an audience of 50 hits a day! And those 50 presumably liked what they saw or they wouldn't have stayed :) So I'm used to having an easy ride. I'm still so happy and grateful that I have all these opportunities that I didn't have before though, like getting to work with all these amazing people and have my work appear all over the world now, so it's definitely worth the inevitable little backlashes along the way :) And many thanks to everyone who reads my blog now, whether you were here from the beginning or just joined today, it's great to share all this with you!
Photographer: Ken Young. Yep, I eat really well, work out, and I'm happy with my weight :)
Friday, 10 May 2013
I hope you like the slightly new layout of my blog! As well as adding photos from this year's Asian Tour to the top, I have also added a 'Recommend on Google' button (look right)! I think it means that this blog will get more hits if you click it, so please do if you like my blog :)
Here is the new blog header photo again, minus the writing!
This was shot at the photographer's home in Singapore. This was something like my seventh shoot with Callan, including workshops; we just seem to get better and better every time :)
This next shot was also taken in Singapore last month (apologies if you already saw it on Facebook!). Ducati Singapore once again lent an incredible limited edition bike for my photo shoot while I was there! Thanks guys, it certainly presents a new challenge and I love the photos we've got so far!
Bike and leather jacket: Ducati | Shoes: Fabulously Fetish | Photographer: Matt Neeskins | Hair and makeup: me again :)
I've updated anitadebauch.com with even more new photos; I will blog them eventually, of course, but if you want to be the first to see them, visit anitadebauch.com now!
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
So here are my photos from my Asia Tour... 2012. Not the one I just came back from, the one before that. It's possible that I'm behind on blogging, I'll admit.
Hanging out in my hotel room during the hottest part of the day in Siem Reap, December 2012.
During last year's Asian Tour, I visited Cambodia for the first time. I was shooting and staying in Siem Reap for four or five days and got to see some of the ancient temple complexes and sample some local delicacies, namely fish amok, which is probably the best thing I've ever put in my mouth.
Fish amok, served in a banana leaf, my new love.
This was my first time in a developing country and seeing how people live there affected me profoundly. I spent more time crying than I usually would on a modelling trip, usually at the sight of barefoot children paddling around in the dust trying to sell cheap bracelets to tourists or outright begging for bottled drinks, and so on.
Before I get too heavy, here are some photos of a couple of the temples I visited, including the one that Tomb Raider was filmed at.
Time for a photo dump!
Being greeted with jasmine corsages at Siem Reap Airport. Siem Reap officials of all kinds dress like they're in the army
I also had time to go on a horseback ride around the local villages, outside of the city and among the rice fields, which were being tended by guys in conical straw hats and the odd water buffalo attached to a piece of string on a stake. My guide explained that he too had once been a rice picker, but now earned a whole US$2 per day as a tour guide, much to the envy of his non-English-speaking friends. Can you believe people survive on this sort of money? Many in Cambodia earn $1 a day in the fields, and they can't even do it all their lives, because being bent over all day, every day cripples their backs by their late 20s.
I was bought a pair of pink "Puma" trainers from the local market for the horseback ride for the princely sum of US$8, probably a comically high price in Cambodia. This is the sole!
The presence of rich tourists is also encouraging shops and estate agents to jack up their prices, making life even harder for the locals. It had never occurred to me that spending money in a poor country could be anything other than a positive thing. The Sex Pistols line "Cheap holiday in other people's misery" was going round and round in my head for the whole trip.
Cambodia is very beautiful and has an incredibly rich, historic culture, friendly citizens, and delicious local foods. If you do decide to visit, please check out this guide, which includes lists of recommended accommodation (from hostels to 5* hotels), restaurants and so on that channel money into the local economy and help out the local people, as well as general guides to dealing with local attractions and the many beggars. It's incredible to think you can actually do damage by spending your money in the wrong places in countries like these.
I think if I were to return for a holiday, I'd book an extra week to do voluntary work. It's the only thing that could really make the experience bearable for me a second time around. But I'm really glad I went; I think it was a life-enriching experience, and it certainly put some of my home worries- not having time to redecorate the lounge, not having enough closet space for all my clothes- into perspective when I saw families living in handmade huts on stilts in the jungle near the rice fields, with almost no clothes at all, and the silence only once broken by a transistor radio playing American pop songs that surely no-one in that world could ever relate to.
Sunday, 28 April 2013
So, I read my Kindle a lot when I travel and am about 3/4 of the way through the Kama Sutra, which I downloaded when I was relaxing in my guesthouse in Kuala Lumpur the other night.
It's pretty interesting to me as it charts out the recommended daily routines for people living and working in Ancient India- this is what makes me interested in history, the daily lives of people living back then, more than battles, politics and so on! Anyway, let's skip all that and get to the sex, because why else would someone read the Kama Sutra these days, right?
Well, the best advice the Kama Sutra and I can give to the men reading this is that if you're trying to get with a girl, suck up to her friends. Their opinions of you could make or break your chances of getting into said girl's pants so do what you can to make them like you!
Secondly: flowers. There simply isn't a bad time to give a girl flowers. Birthdays, Valentine's Day, anniversaries, of course; but anytime you happen to spy a bunch of flowers that you think she'd like, grab them and take them with you for when you see her. They're beautiful, feminine, romantic and calorie-free, the perfect gift ;) And the ancient Hindu philosophers agreed.
Then the great sage advises:
'After this, when she begins coming to see him frequently, he should carry on long conversations with her, for, says Ghotakamukha, "though a man loves a girl ever so much, he never succeeds in winning her without a great deal of talking."
Ain't it the truth?
As for the girls; the best piece of advice I've found so far is the following:
"... kinds of men not fit to be resorted to by courtesans" [i.e. sexy and body confident females of class, intelligence and education- not quite geisha but definitely not street prostitutes, from what I can tell] include "one whose breath smells like human excrement". Apparently there was no excuse for it 2000 years ago, either.
I'll be blogging properly with pictures and stuff soon. If you can't wait even that long, join me on my various social networking profiles (use the icons in the right hand column for links).
Sunday, 21 April 2013
Hello faithful readers,
In case you didn't know, I'm in the middle of a three week tour of Asia right now. I'm travelling light, so just brought my iPad for internetting, which is great for my luggage allowance but a bit of a faff to post photo blogs and links with.
I'll be blogging again when I'm home next month, but until then, come and join me on Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr to stay in touch with my daily doings out here, behind the scenes photos and #MondayModelBiz, #WardrobeWednesday, #ThrowbackThursday, #FetishFriday, #StockingSaturday and #NakedSundays pictures!
I'm also on Instagram- user name anitadebauch.
at 4:29 pm
Monday, 8 April 2013
I just wanted to show you guys what a typical "day off"- i.e. a day not spent actually posing in front of a camera, and being paid- is like for me. Hopefully it will further help to dispel the myth that being a freelancer in general and a model in particular isn't "really" working, and help photographers and other clients understand that when you book a model, you are inevitably not simply paying for the number of hours spent pressing the shutter release. You're also paying for the time and money spent in the days preceding the shoot that a professional will use to prepare meticulously, and thus give you the highest possible standard of modelling, punctuality, pre-shoot comms, grooming, posing, skin tone and texture, and self-styling.
- 8.30 am: Pilates
- 9.40 am: Shower
- 10 am: Buy baking potatoes, salad, coffee, goat's cheese and smoothie ingredients, and make 2 x Glowing Green Smoothie. Have a pint for breakfast. Par-boil potatoes
- 11 am: skinny goat's cappuccino and a banana. Put potatoes in oven
- 11.30 am: Dye hair. Check-in online for various flights over the next three weeks while colour is setting
- 12 pm: lunch
- 12.45 pm: rinse out dye, pick a dress, lipstick, mascara and shopping bag
- 1.15 pm: leave house
- 2 pm: meeting with Fabulously Fetish, my favourite shoe couturier!
- 3 pm: head back to East Finchley- with new shoes! :D Snack on fresh fruit on the way
- 4 pm: full body waxing appointment (joy)
- 4.45 pm: mani/ pedi
- 6 pm: pick up dinner on the way home (Japanese?)
- 6.30 pm: pack for Asia. Launder and press anything that needs it!
- 7.30 pm: pack healthy lunch for the plane to Singapore tomorrow- maybe fruit, salad and leftover sushi
- 7.45 pm: wash up etc
- 8.15 pm: wash off makeup, brush and floss, scrub and moisturise, change into my vintage padded peach satin housecoat and enjoy a glass of wine in front of the fire while answering emails on my new laptop!
- 10 pm: make a cup of homemade Detox Tea
- 10.30 pm: go to bed with a book! It's quite entertaining so far... xxx
Saturday, 6 April 2013
The secret to buying cheap fully fashioned seamed stockings, both brand new and worn! #StockingSaturday
First of all: BRAND NEW stockings!
For my fellow vintage fashion vultures, I thought I'd post about the best value fully fashioned seamed stockings I've found to date for this week's #StockingSaturday!
The winner in this league for me so far are these bad boys from UK Tights, which are £15.45 per pair (usually I find thee stockings are about £20 per pair).
I can also get you guys a further (small) discount when you order, if you sign into GoGetSale using your Facebook or Twitter account. If you then find the stockings on the GoGetSale site and purchase through them, they'll give you £1 or so back to say thanks. It's absolutely free to join, and it all adds up, right? :)
I ordered two pairs in black so I could have a proper look at them as I've been disappointed with buying cheap "fully fashioned" stockings online before that turned out to be fake seamed stretchy rubbish when they arrived. Not these ones though! They are the proper non-stretch nylon, 15 denier, real seam with a real keyhole at the top, proper reinforced foot, real deals :D
I wonder if maybe the reason that they're cheap compared to their competitors is because the picture on the packaging that they actually arrived in shows a French (pointed) heel rather than the more popular Cuban (rectangular) heel, when the stockings themselves do actually have the Cuban heel. Misprint at the factory, maybe? Personally, having my stockings arrive with the wrong catalogue photo attached doesn't bother me in the least- it's what's inside that counts!! They also do the French point heel stockings for the same price here, if you prefer them, but I've not ordered a pair, just the Cubans.
Well-WORN stockings too!
There is also good news for my friends who prefer to buy stockings that I've worn :) Finding a cheaper supplier made me consider how best to pass the savings onto you. Up until now I've been selling my worn stockings for £20 per pair via anitadebauch.com, the price it cost me to buy each pair in the first place. Now I'm thinking I can dramatically reduce the cost to £7.50 per individual stocking, or £15 per pair. I'll be doing this on a trial basis initially, so order now to be sure of getting a saving!
Me playing in my Cuban-heeled stockings at home ;)