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January 11, 2011

I have been following Pia Arrobio’s blog “Fighting the War Against Blowing it” for a few months now and have become completely obsessed with the way she produces dreamy, nostalgic photographs and honest and raw writing. Pia grew up in Los Angeles and has been moving back and forth between NYC and LA for the past six years. However, after a recent freelancing gig during New York Fashion Week ended up turning into a full time job, Pia has since made NYC her full time home. With no apartment or furniture, Pia moved into the People’s Revolution building where she has been living for the past four months.

Pia currently works at Peoples Revolution and although she has a deep passion for photography and producing, she vows never to make it a full time profession. “It would create pressure for me around something – and maybe the only thing – in my life that is simple and thoughtless”. Indeed, her photos have a beautiful quality of peacefulness and lightness that can only come from someone who approaches her work with a free spirit and carefree attitude.

In her latest blog post, Pia featured a series of photographs that she produced for Oyster Magazine and before I knew it I’d saved every single photo on my computer. The editorial was shot at Pia’s best friend Chase Cohl’s (see my style icon post on her here!) cabin in Laurel Canyon, California with photographer Cameron Smith. Using the road trips that she and Chase took to the desert and up and down the California coast as her inspiration, Pia describes the shoot as a “casual day of dress up”. She and stylist Cat Wennekamp styled the model, Anna Speckhart, in a combination of clothes that Cat brought and that Chase had lying around the house, essentially dressing her up the same way the team dresses on a day to day basis…hippie chic. Aside from the clothing however, I have to say that what I love most about this editorial is that it seems to just be a glimpse into a fun day Pia spent hanging out at her best friends house. As much as I love editorials that are so outrageously far out they barely make any sense, there’s something to be said for the more quiet, intimate ones that have my mind replaying memories of growing up in California.

Below is combination of photos from the editorial spread and pics Pia took during the day of the shoot.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. A.D. permalink
    January 11, 2011 9:32 am

    very sensitive work.

  2. Sasha permalink
    January 11, 2011 8:48 pm

    Anna Speckhart is so lovely. She will definitely have a great future in fashion. This pictures are lovely.

  3. February 1, 2011 2:14 am

    pia is bomb.


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