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Mini Session Monday // Bianca

Happy Mini Session Monday!

The ever stunning Bianca is slightly new to modeling scene but this isn’t her first photoshoot with me by far! Her boudoir with her boyfriend Ernest was actually featured in Huffington Post’s 29 Couples Boudoir Photos that are Almost too Hot To Handle last year. You know the one thing that is sexier than a couple in love? A person who is in love with themselves. Let that confidence shine through!

Mini Session Monday // Bianca

Bianca’s what I like to call a chameleon. She’s a woman who can pull off almost any look, any hairstyle, and any color. There’s not a lot of women out there who are capable of doing that and that’s what makes her such an excellent model. That, and her smile.

One of the things I love most about Bianca is that she’s daring and very bold. If you’ve ever met her, you know she has no qualms telling the truth and being viciously open about who she is. It’s an absolute breath of fresh air as well as a motivation. My favorite thing is seeing her cross that over into her fashion territory. She’s not afraid to pick colors that you wouldn’t typically piece together and show us how to wear them.

What Bianca’s Wearing:
Jacket: Fashion Nova
Top: Fashion Nova
Skirt: Unknown
Shoes: Fashion Nova
Harness : Aurora from SKG Designs

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ClaustroClothic #26: Full Body Harness Fashion

So, it has been my dream since a kid to have a full body harness outfit that made me look like a punk Stevie Nicks… Okay, maybe not since a kid but you know what I mean! I was really excited for the latest collection of SKG gear because it included an all red full body harness. (Yes, in case you haven’t heard… SKG now features red leather in addition to black.)

This post is part of the cute SKG Designs archive, filled with photos from shoots I’ve done both in front of the camera and behind it with the amazing brand and brand ambassadorsDisclaimer: I don’t get paid to wear SKG, or tell ya about it. I do however have a discount code, JasemineDenise that you can use any time you want… You know, in case you wanna get a full body harness of your own!

ClaustroClothic #29: Full Body Harness Fashion

The weather is finally breaking in Chicago, but it’s not quite warm enough in Chicago and I’m not gonna lie, every time it gets cold… I start to get nervous. What will I wear? Will I still be able to pull off cute looks while it’s cold out? How will I wear the Mara Leather Full body Harness I have just been itching to put on my body? Seriously, I asked myself that question when the Warrior collection released and I got my hands on an Isabel skirt. I was like… “Hmm. How can I wear this?” Turns out, I just had to dress for the weather, which at the time was the summer… This.. This is different.

The colder months are hard. It’s al about layers. When I did this shoot, it was about… I’d say forty degrees and I wasn’t cold at all. Beneath the cute kimono fashion shirt, I was wearing a bodysuit that was really thick and some thick knit leggings complete with my red and black boots from Discovery clothing. I wanted to have a certain level of comfort so the shoes were the best touch.

An up close look at the full body harness that pieced this outfit together:

This harness breathes life into me. First off, the top. Detachable from the bottom. That means that you could wear them both separately if you wanted to. When I say that I am beyond impressed, I started screaming. The leather craftsmanship as usual is astonishing. Seriously, whenever I get leather… I’m kinda nervous. I don’t want to pull on a strap too hard and rip it but oh my goddess, it fits and it feels like second skin!

This one also comes with more buckles. That’s how you get me screaming. Double the buckle!!! Even underneath layers, I feel extremely proud and sexy because each time I step, I can feel the leather mold to my thighs.

full body harness from SKG Designs

Also pictured here is the Isabel skirt underneath the harness.

Are you ready for the warm weather?

Say yess!!! I feel like Chicago has been waiting for some warm weather since it snowed non-stop. I’m just ready for the summer! Are you gonna be wearing something daring and bold this summer? Share in the comments! As Miss Frizzle would say, get messy.. Make mistakes, and have fun!

 

Fan Friday fashion

The Weirdest Girl // Killstar – Jasemine Denise

Alright, alright. So I was a little late to the Killstar train, but I literally held out for my first purchase the moment I saw this Weird Girl crop top. I knew at that point that I had to make my first purchase, and figure out an outfit to go with it. I left this look out of the ClaustroClothic archive, because it’s a pretty damn good standalone. Plus, it gives me an excuse to fan girl.

The Weirdest Girl // Killstar

A little stranger.. or a little weirder?

Let me start off by saying that I was the very last one of my friends to jump on the Stranger Things train and I regret every single second wasted. First off, David Harbour? Beautiful. Millie Bobby Brown, protect her. Winona Ryder? FOREVER.

I didn’t start watching till Stranger Things 2 came out. That’s right. I cheated. Yet, immediately after I finished.. I wanted to talk about it. Like everything else I’ve ever become a fan of, it became a part of me. Hence, “weird girl.”

This outfit?

Probably the least weirdest thing I’ve put together this year. It’s simple actually, and if you know me well enough.. you know I don’t do simple.

Probably the most extra part of the outfit? My shoes. Sometimes, I’m an accessory girl. That Lina belt from SKG Designs? Subtle. The Fiona collar (You saw me wearing that when I was rocking the Echelon on my back too!) Chill. The shoes? The shoes are what say.. “Hey listen. I came to be the most weird girl. THE MOST EXTRA. The most me!

What can I say, something on me has to be doing the most?

What about you?

Have you watched Stranger Things and Stranger Things 2 yet? What’s your favorite part? Are you Team Steve like all my girls or are you Team Jonathan like literally only me? Tell me in the comments!

In the meantime, don’t forget to follow my Instagram for my daily fashion looks and subscribe to the blog to see photoshoots the moment they drop! 

Stay weird. <3

 

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ClaustroClothic #29: Gals and Roses // Alternative Fashion

Are you a fan of alternative fashion? Remember that ClaustroClothic is a series where you get to see all of my crazy looks, and if it’s been a while like it has this time.. then you can go back through the ClaustroClothic archive and see all of my older looks!

ClaustroClothic #29: Gals and Roses // Alternative Fashion

It’s no secret that I love the band Guns N’ Roses. Hell, I have a whole ClaustroClothic devoted to it. However, for years I pretended as though I didn’t love roses… Rose print. Rose flowers. Rose gold, any of it. As I transition into my late adulthood, I’ve come to learn that if you stop pretending with yourself.. you’ll be able to get more of what you wanted..

What makes this outfit special?

Every bit of this outfit was bought at different times. Alternative fashion for me is never about what you’ve got but what you can put together with what you’ve got. Some of my greatest outfits were formed by accident. The sheer robe was the first purchase. It was bought from Discovery Clothing a little over a year ago. Then came the bralette which is also from Discovery but from a completely different store in a different side of Chicago.

The skirt is the final addition, coming from a secondhand store right around the corner from my house.
It’s insane how I saw it and the rest of the outfit came to life before my eyes.

I knew I had to have my red and black hair, my red corset, my heartshaped shades from Ragstock and a two toned harness from SKG.

It’s like.. When you know, you know.

The Shoes //

Alright, I love love love Iron Fist. I’ve been putting these shoes with so many outfits lately. I don’t even care how many people are like “You wear those shoes all the time!” You damn right I do. They’re comfortable, they’re the type you can get away with in a business professional look. I simply love them.

That’s the look!

Have you been keeping up with my style? Can’t get enough? Follow my Instagram for daily looks into my closet and subscribe to the blog for the next ClaustroClothic! In the meantime, tag me in all your outfits! I love fashion!

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ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

It’s October! Can you believe it’s still in the sixties here? I’m trying to whip out all my Halloween fashion looks, including this one in my new fur bomber jacket gifted to me by Keeley and Megan, but… Well goodness, it’s still freaking toasty outside! It didn’t stop me though. I had to serve this look.

ClaustroClothic #31: Halloween Fashion

Everyday is Halloween

I’ve only had a handful of Halloween costumes my whole life. I think that contributes a lot to the style I have. I was Tickle Me Elmo in Kindergarten, complete with a vibrating one piece suit that didn’t run out of batteries. I think I was Esmerelda one year too. By the time I hit my senior year, my entire aesthetic was Halloween fashion. People would walk past me and say “It aint Halloween yet, girl!” and I’d scoff and say “Everyday is Halloween!”

Speaking of Halloween, let’s talk about this headpiece.

Kalika, a model you’ve seen on my Instagram a thousand times, and will see again in just a few weeks is a woman of many talents. She’s a model, she’s a spooky movie enthusiast, and she’s just an all around creative gal.

She made this crown.

Look at the diamond eyes. LOOK AT THE EYES!!! I couldn’t have formed something this creative if my life depended on it, but let’s be honest… I’d probably hot glue my hand to my face by accident if I tried. In case you didn’t know, it takes me forever to craft things.

Underneath that is a ton of my favorite SKG Gear.

I wear my Jasemine harnesses everywhere. Yes, I have two of them, and yes. They are named after me. That’s not bragging. It’s literally the biggest honor ever bestowed upon me because SKG’s leather line… Ugh. HEART EYE. Remember that you can get a discount on your SKG orders anytime by using my code JasemineDenise.

The one I’m rocking on my chest in this outfit, is a custom colored one. Half red leather, half black… because yes. SKG makes red leather options now.

I’m obviously a huge Shop Kinky Girly supporter. I love the way I can style almost every single thing I own with anything. It always seems like there’s an accessory for every outfit. For instance, the Lina collar… Went perfectly with this outfit. All the O rings!!

No outfit would be complete without my boss socks. I had been looking for them for ages and Ray finally found the missing one. Though they don’t exactly match the outfit, they still fit into the fur coat badass woman aesthetic so I threw them in.

Have you been waiting for October to show off your Halloween fashion?

I want to see! Comment this blog post with your favorite Halloween fashion look, your outfit of the days, or pretty much just anything that screams spooky fashion. I love checking out other outfits!

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ClaustroClothic #32: Back To School Alternative Fashion

Looking back, I started the fashion portion of this blog back in what would’ve been considered my freshman year of college. I wanted so desperately document how my alternative fashion would be affected by going to college and starting a business. I didn’t think that three years later, I’d be photographing women slaying so many fashion looks, working with designers, etc. Today, I celebrate by doing yet another back to school look.

Flashback to one of my older ClaustroClothic looks. 

ClaustroClothic #32: Back To School // Alternative Fashion

Back in September of 2014, I let you know that my back to school looks have never been modest. Stepping out, I always wanted to let my classmates know that I was eclectic and that it’s probably in their best mind to get used to having that 90s goth girl aesthetic in their classroom. It’s also worth noting that my freshman year of high school was spent at an all girl’s catholic school, so I was no stranger to plaid skirts.

Now, present-day, I’ve ditched the plaid skirt and went for a more grown up look.  The plaid is still in there but it’s topped off with a Deviant Harness from SKG Designs and a Fiona Leather collar all underneath my new favorite red leather jacket from Forever 21. Honestly, it’s very seldom I’m trying to do something major with alternative fashion and can’t find some SKG to throw in there.

What Inspired this outfit?

I’ve actually been trying to find a way style that Fiona red leather ever since I saw it on my girl V during a shoot!

V’s look 

Mine

I’m also rocking the Dita bottoms because I was definitely not trying to hunt down a pair of stockings. It’s still kinda warm here in Chicago so I felt like I had the chance to show a little leg.

You can’t see them, but I topped the entire look off with an updated pair of boots from my last Back to School look. The ones I have now leave room for thigh high socks which keep my feet warm!

What advice can I give to anyone trying to achieve this look?

Don’t be afraid to be bold! I hear so many women say “I wish I could dress like that but–” There is no but. There’s a time and a place for every single look you can serve. Find an environment to rock your edginess. We only have one life and I don’t wanna spend it looking at clothes on a rack saying “I wish I had the confidence for this.” I’ve sewn clothes down, changed things around, bought things and worked out until I had the body I wanted to wear them… Fashion is a passion. It’s a state of mind. It’s something that calls to you and you deserve to wear it the way you know how! Like I said, there’s a time and a place. Though I wouldn’t have worn this my freshman year of college, I’ll definitely rock this outfit to a party now!

Till next time, what are you wearing?

 

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ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang

Girl gang, girl gang! It’s not secret that I want to start a girl gang with myself and all of the powerful women of the world. It’s even less secret, wearing it as a statement! ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang. There’s a video teaser that goes along with this because Ray has been getting deeply invested in his original passion of video again.

ClaustroClothic #34: Girl Gang

What inspired this look?

I don’t wear t-shirts too often. I feel like it’s always limited the perspective of clothing. There’s little to no durability and it’s hard to coordinate but sometimes, I make exceptions. T-shirts are like my bold statements. When you’re writing and you wanna emphasize something, you capitalize, boldface, and italicize the important things. It’s like saying “Hey, look at me.” T-shirts are like my personal way of boldly defining my personality. For instance, if you see me walking around with a Guns N’ Roses t-shirt on, it’s safe to say you can chat me up about the bassline of Rocket Queen, and I’ll start fan girling. It’s all in the look.

 

Get yourself a Girl Gang t-shirt: white // black // pink

Something Old, Something New.

Girl Gang

You’ve seen my shoes. The moment I got the shirt, I ventured back in my head to a ClaustroClothic past, and was like “Where are those shoes. I need to be wearing them for this look. Even despite having changed my hair, red and black is always something that stays constant in my wardrobe. I think if I started a girl gang, that would be the colors. Badass women (all women including trans women and women of color) rocking powerful colors and proudly walking around in their heeled boots.

The watch is a new thing. I’ve been trying to rock watches not for sophisticated reasons but because I’m trying to become less and less involved in my phone as time passes. Girl gang goals are to stay present when your girls are dishing on some iconic secrets. I don’t know about you but my MAIN reason for checking my phone is typically to see the time. As soon as I catch sight of it, I start scrolling through my notifications and then in seconds… I’m no longer present.

girl gang

What’s your favorite part of this outfit?

Girl. I have an SKG Designs item on for almost every single outfit I’ve worn this summer so far. These leg garters though? Spiked, studded, amazing! They’re leather and they’re strong. I’ve got pretty decently sized thighs and most leg garters either squeeze my thighs too hard or fall off. I vibe with them so much, and it’s already obvious I love SKG. I even have a discount code “JasemineDenise” that you can use to get discounts on things you buy.

Would you join the Girl Gang?

Seriously! I wanna know! We’re stylish, we’re badass and we’re coming to a city near you. Would you join the Girl Gang? We can make cool videos like this one and the slow motion version of this that’s chilling on my Instagram! If you’re ever in the mood to peruse my daily outfit looks, feel free to scroll through my tumblr tag for daily outfit inspiration! It gets updated daily.

Photos by: Ray Collins // Check out other shoots he’s shot for JDP. 

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ClaustroDIY #38.5: DIY Guns N Roses BodySuit

You know the feels are real when you don’t just wear a band tee but you make yourself a Guns N Roses bodysuit. Welcome to the JUNGLE BABY, you’re gonna DIY!  Okay that was a little corny but I can promise you that this photoshoot featuring a DIY Guns N Roses bodysuit I made myself is not. In celebration of the AXL/DC phenomenon, I couldn’t resist showing off my fan girl in style! If  you have no idea what AXL/DC is and you’re a GNR fan, check this Youtube link out and get with it! (and yes that is the full version. You’re welcome.)

Alright, you guys ready?

ClaustroDIY is a special edition of ClaustroClothic featuring an item I may have created myself. Keep in mind, I’m no professional. My DIYs are hand sewn and this one’s no exception.

ClaustroDiy: Guns N Roses Bodysuit

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How did I make it?

I bought the Guns and Roses from Target for about $14. I didn’t really shop around for bad ass GNR shirt because I didn’t want any pressure my first time. I wanted it to perfectly, and to be honest… It wasn’t easy. The leather trim is devised from an old pair of pants and I bought the studs from Michael’s. I had no set plan in stone for this. I just knew. Shirt. Bodysuit. Let’s do it. I remember like getting some paper from a sticky note and just started drawing it out, ideas, measurements, etc.

That’s something I’ve never really had to do in the past with making vests so this was a trial and error for me. Nonetheless, I drove like a bat out of hell to Target and picked up the first GNR shirt I could find promising myself that if it went well.. I would be back.

What was the hardest part?

The bottom of it. The only thing I regret is not trying to measure the most important part of the bodysuit. It’s a tussle with trying to make sure that the snaps are all aligned in a way that you can click it in comfortably. It also is note-worthy that if you’re body shy like me, it’s a real struggle to try to figure out how much butt is too much butt. I watched a lot of tutorials before just deciding to wing it, so I know that next time I do yet another Guns N’ Roses Bodysuit, I’m gonna eye my measurements.

I also sewed myself into the suit and had to cut myself out of it. Don’t ask.DIY Guns and Roses Body Suit - Jasemine Denise - Afropunk-4DIY Guns and Roses Body Suit - Jasemine Denise - Afropunk-5

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Where / How would I wear this?

Uh.. where wouldn’t you?! Okay, let’s not not get too cheeky. A bodysuit can attract the wrong types of crowds although I’d wear it to a concert of a festival. The summer’s coming up and it’s getting to a point where it is perfectly okay to wear something comfortable. Unfortunately, not all spots allow such delicacies so it can be paired with a dope pair of shorts and a leather jacket. (Jacket is optional but the shorts make this look)

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AND, if you’re a fly girl… Get your nails did. Mine were done up all fancy that way by Saint Mortis, who is now working on very creative nails here in Chicago. So if you live here and you ask her nicely enough, she might hook you up!

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Which is my favorite Guns member?

I’m a sucker for the original band. Like the original before Steven wasn’t the drummer anymore. Admittedly, Duff is swoon worthy but Slash is what I really came into the band-dom (Like fandom but more fancier) for. I stayed for Axl. I know everyone has their differences with him but I just can’t get over the way he can make his voice sound like the missing link you’ve been searching your whole life for.

Where can I get one of these?

I swear that eventually I’m going to open a store of original designs but right now.. I can tell you that you are going to need two sew on snaps,  your own band tee, at least 50 studs (I used about 50 nailhead studs) and whatever else you want to make it fancy. If you specifically want a Guns N Roses bodysuit, feel free to click the ish below and GET YOU SOME!

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Nina – Flower Child

Nina has been waiting for her time to shine. Diligently shooting behind the scenes with Jasemine Denise Photography for a little over two months now, she’s been bearing the cold, the wind and the rain. Finally.. her time has come. I still can’t believe it’s finally spring in Chicago. I honestly felt like this day was never going to come. Fun fact about Nina, she thrives in the sunlight. She’s got such a vivid and bright personality! She’s got the absolute personality of a flower child. It’s a beautiful thing!

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They say that a truly free spirit cannot be tamed.

The essence of Nina is that she can go from a stone cold model face to a carefree black girl in a heartbeat. That is simply because that’s who she is. She’s got a beautiful smile and a creative spirit. The essence is deeply rooted within her. While she can be emotional and very serious, she can also be the kicked back girl you can catch an episode of Dragon Ball Z with.

Hidden depths are a gift.

It’s not long in any session before it simply blossoms out of Nina. It starts as a simple stare, which later transforms into a smile.. Eventually her inner essence consumes her and seemingly brightens everything else around her. Nina Riggins - Jasemine Denise Photography - Spring 2016-26Nina Riggins - Jasemine Denise Photography - Spring 2016-85

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The Wayward Winds of A flower child always blow away..

… but Nina will be back! Not shying away from the lens, Nina already has an extended archive of photoshoots with JDP all coming soon for your eyes only. As always, if you can’t get enough.. Make sure you pop on over to the photo blog to get your behind the scenes look from this session and others like it. You can follow Nina, the gorgeous model featured in this session on Instagram.

Keep your eyes peeled for another photo session with Jasemine Denise Photography and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog.

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Saint Mortis x Kinky Girly

It’s been a while, hasn’t it? I’ve done a bit of touring, went to Cleveland, got two new tattoos and got to shoot some amazing things. Truth be told, I didn’t think I’d be writing this blog post right now. I thought I’d be writing it Friday when it’s the regular day of fan girling but I couldn’t wait. I just had to show you guys Kinky Girly. Wait. It’s not how it sounds. Kinky Girly makes these amazing harnesses and leg garters of an awesome price with even awesomer craftsmanship. (Can you believe awesomer isn’t a word?) 

So, I called up one of my favorite models Saint Mortis and said, “Hey. Let’s do something kinky girly!” Five minutes into shooting, I knew I picked the right one. You guys ready?

Let’s stop right here and set a disclaimer: Neither the model nor I were paid or told to endorse Shop Kinky Girly in anyway. We just saw it, I loved it and I said “Hey, we should shoot in this dope stuff and of course Saint said: OKAY!”

Saint Mortis x Kinky Girly

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Want Your Own Pair of Kinky Girly Garters?

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I first found Kinky Girly on Etsy, and I couldn’t believe their prices honestly. There are so many different harness companies out there who are literally charging triple what Kinky Girly is for half of the quality. You can get a pair of these exact leg garters directly through this link. Tell them Saint and Jasemine sent you just because it sounds really cool!

Until next time which will be sooner than later, don’t forget to follow:

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