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She kept scrolling, presented with endless vistas, gorgeous clothes, delicious food. A treasure trove of some fantasy life style, carefully composed and curated. The biomass spinning a golden web of collective desire. It was so easy to get sucked into digital nirvana and imagine someone out there truly had her ideal life. A beautiful life free of dust and worry, where the drinks are always comped and depilation doesn’t hurt because some top Beverly Hills office is performing it. She stopped scrolling, and looked up to see her reflection in the closet mirror. Noticed her posture was all curled and cringed in from her momentary escapism. Saw how tired she was from working long days, and the curves of her body that were soft, pale, and vulnerable. There I am–that’s me. Setting down the phone, she stretched and reached for her favorite outfit. She’d come to a conclusion and was ready to start the day: Her life, her image, her body were all well and good as-is, biomass be damned.

Corset/Panty: Leaf & Crown (silk backed with poplin, steel bones)

Jewelry: Asos

Photography: E Lila Stroh

Styling: Dina Arrieta

Mood: Compassionate, social media saturated

Notes: I am IN LOVE with how this corset turned out! I was terrified it was going to just be awful, particularly with the high contrast bone casings. There’s a few things I would change in terms of fit (I think I got over ambitious with the height of the sides/plunging at the bottom in front), but over all for my second corset ever I’m extremely pleased and learned a lot! This one was a needle-wrecker though, trashing an impressive 4 needles.


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