December 11, 2014

A Cleo & Clementine Soiree


Playing dress up for a day, I'm sure, is every girl's dream.  I recently had the opportunity to collaborate with the amazing dress shop here in Phoenix, called Cleo and Clementine.  There is something about Cleo and Clementine's designs, that instantly transforms you.  You want to stand in front of a mirror and twirl like your five year old self, dreaming of the day she grows up.  Or you want to walk down the street, strutting your fiercest cat walk, because you know you're a woman with high heels and high standards. I never wanted to slip out from underneath the tulle and silk concoction.  I felt like maybe, I'd loose my super powers, or my femininity.  So, I was more than OK going grocery shopping for bananas, or reading a book in the bath tub, all while wearing it.  Because, suddenly, I wanted to live on the glossy pages of a fashion editorial of real life mundane moments juxtaposed with a heavy dose of dramatic glamour.

My day at Cleo and Clementine was such an incredible day.  Being around like-minded individuals who have a passion to create and to capture is simply inspiring.  I'm so thankful to have been beautified by the talented Stephanie Neiheisel.  (Yes she introduced me to minx lashes.)  Model alongside the beautiful bloggers, Sakura Considine and Megan Stiles.  Be photographed by the incredible Brad Olson (he is brilliant with finding light).  And wear the incredible hand sewn creations of Monique Sandoval of Cleo and Clementine.  

Dress Designer: Monique Sandoval of Cleo and Clementine
Photgrapher: Brad Olson
Makeup and Hair: Stephanie Neiheisel
Models: Kate Keyt, Sakura Considine and Megan Stiles
Flowers:  Hoot and Holler


November 29, 2014

Earth

Dress: Free People; Boots: Sam Edelman
I am rooted, but I flow.

November 13, 2014

Diamonds

An old unpublished excerpt of my pieces. Sometimes you need reminders of where you've been and where you are going.



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3.29.14  
Someone told me that I don't know humility. From the outside, it may not appear that way. But I do.
The past year humbled me like never before. It brought me to what I felt like was the lowest inside. There were days, exhausted days, where it was hard to smile. My heart wept even when I wasn't. At 28, life stared me straight in the face and asked the question, "What are you going to do with your one, amazing life?"  And with no choice but my own, I let that question haunt me minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day... 
When you are forced to look deep within yourself - when you are forced to push all of your faults to the forefront - when you know that you can't go through this world alone - that's when you find humility.
It forces you to turn to someone, some thing, and get down on your knees and pray for strength, grace, and an answer. Over and over and over again I'd ask, 'What is it?  What do you want from me? What is my path?'  

The first time, it took God 12 months to answer my prayer.  A whole entire year for a - hits you smack dab in the middle of the face - answer.  Sure there were small promptings looking back.  But in order to move forward, I needed that ONE big answer.  Shortly after that, another one came, that literally threw me forward and said, 'You will feel like this no more.'  Two distinct prayers.  Two distinct answers.  Within hours of asking.
I don't know how it works.  I don't know what God has in store for us.  But I know He does not lead us astray.  He listens.  And He waits.  Until you have endured everything in that moment that you can endure. When you think you can't go on.  When you think you can't...
But I can.  I will.  Because I choose to run with wild abandon towards the life that I know waits for me.  The unsounding call to a higher purpose of love, passion, connection, growth.  One that prompts you to never settle.  Where your soul can be wild and free.  Your heart safe and protected.  These moments are the ones we keep living for.  The ones we continue to build and create.  The ones that feel too much to endure?  They are just the points in our lives that shape us.  You see.  We are like diamonds.  Heated to enormous degrees.  Squeezed under pressure.  And over time, we become strong, brilliant and rare.  So are our hearts.  Strong.  Brilliant.  Rare.

October 24, 2014

A Thousand Daydreams

Photography by Carlee Komar
"There will be certain people and places that'll open your aliveness, flooding you with the same awe and sweet ache of a thousand daydreams revealed.  Hold those connections close, for one day you'll know a clearer view of what they truly were from the beginning-still moments of perfection in an ever spinning world." - Victoria Ricks 

September 16, 2014

Fall Style

Dress: Morgan James, Jacket: Morgan James; Hat: Topshop; Booties: Kate Spade Netta; Photography: Shalyn Nelson
Quite possibly one of my favorites looks we did for Morgan James out in Dallas.  The layers.  The camel and black color combo.  The leather trim detail.  And that hat.  Ready to put this outfit on repeat.  PS.  Can we talk about Dallas and how amazing it is?  Ready to put out into the Universe that it is OK if I move there someday.