• Nadia

What I Wore in New York City | NYC Photo shoot 2019

Updated: Jul 4, 2019

I love fashion - It’s truly a form of art. Getting to represent yourself in a visual way is amazing! I was always interested in fashion from looking at the latest trends in magazines to getting inspos from Instagram and capturing styles from different cultures while visiting a new country. It was one of the main reasons I started my company, Noomi.

Even though I admired all the new trends and would constantly buy outfits that I absolutely loved, they would still be left in my closet because some of my clothes were “too out there” and I was the type of person that didn't like the attention.

When people would ask me if you had to choose the option to “dress down” or “over dress” to an event, which one would you prefer? I would always say dress down. I preferred to be less eye-catching to my surroundings. Regardless of being confident with myself, I still preferred to “blend in” than be “out there.”

However, as time went on, I grew the mentality of not caring what people think and I knew as long as I’m happy with my choices (which includes fashion) then that was the most important thing. I had some amazing out-there outfits that deserved to be worn!

I started wearing outfits that truly represented who I was instead of going for the basic “cute shirt & black jeans” staple that I would always wear (which I still loved!) but sometimes I wanted to explore different trends and express my personality in a whole new way, so one of my goals this year was to do just that!

So what other place to showcase different types of styles than the city of New York City? Since I had to head there for the Create & Cultivate conference, I met up with two incredibly talented women to help me do that. Cassandra Kashmir, a photographer and Kayleigh Choiniere, a stylist spent the day with me on a beautiful day in Manhattan to explore all the different styles I have!

Here are some of the pictures of the photo shoot and all the different styles I tried on (scroll to see the 4 outfits)

Meet Kayleigh Choiniere

Kayleigh Choiniere is an actor, activist, and stylist from Montreal, Canada. She has over 10 years of experience in both of her chosen fields. As an actor, she works in film, television, theatre, voice-over and commercials across Canada. As a stylist and costume designer, she does everything from hand-sewn traditional ancient Greek togas to children’s Shakespearean costumes, to futuristic fashion editorials. Kayleigh organizes, produces, and stars in an ongoing theatrical charity event series a member of the ACTRA Women's Committee advocating for gender equity, equality, and safety on set. Kayleigh loves her work fiercely but hopes to not take it, and life, too seriously. Buy her a nice big glass of natural wine, and she'll tell you all her secrets.

What made you start doing fashion styling? Can you describe that "moment" when you knew that being a stylist was something you just had to do?

It’s funny, I never had that “moment” with styling. It happened organically. Maybe I’m just a control freak, but when I was in performing arts school I was always unhappy with the costumes I was given and so I would tweak them or just do them for the whole show myself. Eventually, it became a profession, and I love it. It feels very right. Both my careers compliment each other very well and I feel so grateful to have found two passions. It helps to keep me grounded as an actor.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

I love them all so dearly. They all feed my artistic soul in different ways. Acting will always be my first love and something that I will continue to do forever. I couldn’t live happily without performance and storytelling being a part of my life.

How do you choose what looks work for each individual client?

It’s not about what is on trend for me. It’s about choosing a look that brings out the best in the individual and keeping their personal style authentic to who they are. I come from a film and theatre costuming background and it is much more about the psychology of personal style. When someone feels fantastic in what they are wearing, they ooze confidence and that translates into a photo shoot or when they walk into a room. Seeing a client look at themselves and feel fabulous or an actor put on a costume and have that “aha!” moment about their character, that is everything for me.

What trends are you loving right now? And which trends to you want to see disappear?

I love a wet look. I want to see gendered clothing disappear.

Let's say you could travel back in time to one fashion era, where would you end up? What did you like about that period?

70’s! I love all things vintage and jumpsuits and couch patterns. Or the club kids era of the late 80’s- early 90’s. They pushed boundaries and expressed themselves through wearable art.

What is one advice you would give someone who wants to pursue their passions?

Work really hard. Get out there and be seen, do intense research, become an expert at whatever it is you want to do. Before your passion becomes something that can sustain you financially, find a day job that you can leave at any time. Your passion should always come first. Remember that rules are meant to be broken, don’t listen to what everyone else tells you your path should be. Don’t compare your journey to others. Always act with kindness and consideration for others you collaborate with. Spread love. DON’T TAKE YOURSELF TOO SERIOUSLY.

Meet Cassandra Kashmir

Cassandra Kashmir Panikian is a photographer from Montreal, Canada. At age 19, she moved to Paris, France where she has been pursuing her dream of photography ever since.

What made you start doing photography? Can you describe that "moment" when you knew that photography was something you just had to do?

From a very young age, I got my hands on a vintage analog camera. I would take photographs of things that would catch my eye, from birds sitting on telephone wires to a spot of natural light amidst a dark alleyway. I clearly understood that this is something that I was meant to do, just not at what capacity. During my days off in Paris, I would discover new parts of the city and take photographs. There was a moment on a walk in the Jardin des Tuileries where I turned my head, and rushing by was Miuccia Bianchi Prada leaving a show. I had somehow found myself in the middle of Paris fashion week. Without thinking, my camera was at my eye and began taking photographs of every moment. From then on, I knew that I have found my place.

Among your works, which one is your favorite? Why?

A photograph that I have taken of the Eiffel Tower. It was taken on a very foggy day, making only ⅔ of the tower visible. I was pretty surprised by the result/feedback of that shot. Another one was for one of my clients. It was a purple metallic bootie that she paired with an Adidas track pant. We woke up the next morning to see that the photograph was picked up by Hypebae so that was pretty exciting!

Otherwise, I feel like it is so difficult to choose. In my opinion, photography is a collaborative effort with my clients. Every photograph that we produce is so unique to their personal aesthetic and image.

Which one is your favorite lens and why do you prefer it?

Having started shooting analog, I will forever have a soft spot for my 50mm. I find it to be the closest to the human eye. That being said, I use my kit lens (18-105mm) pretty often as well, especially when I shoot with a client for the first time. It allows me the flexibility to move around more freely.

Who influenced you the most? Is there any other photographer that you consider as a kind of idol?

Henry Carroll’s book, “Read This If You Want to Take Great Photographs” is a very helpful reference book. Though it is filled with extremely helpful information and tools, the main takeaway is that rules are meant to be broken. I also love the works of Garry Winogrand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Bill Cunningham. Other more modern-day favourites of mine are: Adam Katz-Sinding (@aks), Scott Schuman (@thesartorialist) and Phil Oh (@mrstreetpeeper).

How would you describe your photography style?

I am a street photographer through and through. I have made the move toward street style and fashion but keep my street background in the forefront. I absolutely love playing with natural light!

What is one advice you would give someone who wants to pursue their passions?

In short, be patient, be kind to yourself and trust the process. Rules are meant to be broken. This all seems pretty obvious but it’s something that is always in the back of my mind. If something doesn’t work out, it’s fine, great actually, it simply means that you’ve tried something and have taken a risk.

I’d also say to stay true to yourself and trust me, your audience will build accordingly.

These ladies were not only extremely talented but also the sweetest! Follow them on their creative journeys:

Kayleigh Choiniere


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Cassandra Kashmira



Let me know which style from the photo shoot was your favourite!


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