Wednesday, April 11, 2012

California with the Beautiful songstress, Ariel Westberg.


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photography by, me myself and I.
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Arte es lo que tu corazon desea.
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" I drowned my feelings in the sea"
- Little Dragon
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Sometimes you have to improvise on the dressing room.  A cave at the beach works too.  
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Head piece by, Melissia Hill. 
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Deja que la luz te lleve
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I met this gorgeous song bird through the very beautiful, Lisa Phillips;  Owner of MUGSHOT Model Mgmt.  My agency sent me to meet Lisa as she is a model scout for various agencies around the world.  Bonus, she was/is a very successful model herself.  We started talking and I mentioned my blog and the post I did of Dana Williams in Jim Morrison's motel room.  She then suggested that I connect with the lovely, Ariel Westberg.  Immediately I was fascinated by her name since my dream was to be a mermaid when I was little!    

Finally on a very sunny and gorgeous Sunday, we met.  She greeted me with a smile that went from each corner of her face.  Shining there.  I high jacked her closet and started to pick things out for the different looks we shot.  Coincidentally I was picking out a lot of pieces that Lisa had sent her from NY!  That had been sitting in her closet for a bit.  Ariel is super sweet and a bit shy, so the Vintage beaded shorts had not been worn!!  I fell in love with those immediately and knew they were perfect for the beach idea I had in mind.  The lilac Vintage "dress", was a turtle neck before it met me.  I made her take the scissors to it.  Cutting the turtle neck off made it more modern and she's probably going to wear it more often now.  The detail on the chest, had me at hello.  The color, how it shined.  I loved it.  Not to mention that it hugged her body beautifully.  

We got in her car and she drove me to various locations around Malibu/Calabasas.  PortisHead who is one of her big inspirations was on the playlist.  P.s.  If you like Portishead you will love, Ariel.
Numb, is one of my personal favorites from them.  In my Dreams, is my favorite from Ariel.  It is simply brilliant.  She has such a sexual, velvety voice.  Enjoy. 


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" My first memories were sitting beside the record player at my grandparents' house listening to my grandfather's record collection.  My favorite was Peter and The Wolf by Prokofiev, but I was also enamored with Bartok, Chopin, Shostakovich, Beethoven, Brahms, all those greats.  I would hide there for hours and get lost in my imagination as I reveled in something that I could only understand to be utter beauty."  

" There was Aaliyah's thick, satin ribbon of a voice; a beacon for my pain at a time when I felt as if entrenched on the forefronts of my femininity.  A place where within the darker fringes of youth teeming with looming womanhood, everything was blurring into itself too quickly for me to define who I was."

" In college, Bob Dylan's  road to only further journeys and never a destination reminded me of my rambling life, and as a result, allowed me forgive myself for my own confusion.   Those times when I felt directionless, I could decide to be brazen instead, up for adventure."

" The state of mind I get to go into when I enter a song or poem is one of the safest, most blissful places I know."

" Songwriting keeps me balanced in a beautiful way, dancing between the hinterlands of euphoria and devastation, pushing those boundaries to the point where they are both comfortable old friends; friends who come to visit on occasion and don't linger quite as long as they once did."

-Ariel Westberg
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  3. Lol! I have never met a woman more in-love with herself than I have this person! Ariel is one of the most narcissistic people that I have EVER encountered. And trust me, that is saying a lot when it comes to the women of LA.

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