July 28, 2014

Morgan James Look Book Video

Check out this little video we shot for Morgan James!  

July 23, 2014

Morgan James Launch

Dress: Morgan James; Vest: Morgan James: Hat: TopShop 
Photo Credit: So Shay

I recently had the opportunity to fly to Dallas and do some modeling for my now friend, Morgan Hunt of the blog A Treasure Hunt.  She recently created and launched an amazing clothing line of the most delicate and dreamy pieces, called Morgan James.  Every image was photographed by the amazing Shay Nelson of the blog So Shay.  I had the best time with these gals.  It's great to be surrounded by like-minded, creative and positive people!  I'm so grateful to have collaborated on this and I am ridiculously excited for Morgan!  This is the first outfit of many I will share with you!  Make sure to jump on over to her site, Morgan James, and check out the latest in fashion!

June 24, 2014

The Story of Your Life

Top: JCrew; Skirt:Alexandra Grecco

If you were the protagonist in a novel written by your favorite author, what would you want your story to look like? Where would it take place? What would you do?  Who would be your supporting characters?
Now, look at the cover. Don't judge it. And don't skip to the end {that's cheating}.  Just take your time and flip through the worn pages. Get comfortable, because you will be here for a while.

While reading The Incredible, Beautiful and Sometimes Messy Story of You (that title is working and open for interpretation, of course), maybe you will find marked highlights of magical and beautiful moments that moved you so much, you never want to forget them. Or maybe, you will come across the jagged remains of missing pages that have been ripped out from the times you wish you could forget. Maybe you will laugh out loud hysterically. Or maybe.  There will be pages that catch your inked tears...

While reading your story, do you like who you are? Is it everything you dreamed it could be? 

Let me say that again. Is your story everything you dreamed it could be?

I hope you say yes.

For a long time, I found myself saying no. I desperately began searching for answers. My heart ached and yearned for resolution. I knew an ordinary life would never interest me because I knew I couldn't settle on anything that I didn't touch with my whole heart.

So, I picked up a pen. Started crossing things out, and began re-writing. I found new words to define who I am; Confident. Strong. Creative. Smart. Enough….I found new characters who began teaching me amazing things about life and allowing me to open up again.  I revisited old characters because at times when you feel most alone, that's when you really learn how to be a friend.  I closed chapters and opened new ones. And began doodling along with the words that now suddenly became poetic. I changed my story because I wanted to change my life.  And decided that no one can write it but me.  Not even my favorite authors.  {Ok Fine.  Nicholas Sparks.  You can take a stab at it.}  

I don't know how my story will end.  But I have faith that it will be filled with adventure, passion, vivacious life, and a love that move mountains.  Right now, I'm just at peace reading what's on the page in front of me. I skim the words with my finger.  I turn the page softly, and savor the story.  Even in it's incompleteness, I am still whole.  And I am still beginning.  Even though my pages are weathered.  Worn.  Torn out.  Rippled from catching inked tears.  I still know, that the very best moments of my life are up ahead. 

And isn't that something to keep reading for?

June 16, 2014

The Inner Quest

I got together over the weekend with the insanely talented photographer and one of my best friends, Carlee, of Oh! Snap Photography.   She is a true master at capturing people and light.  We work together every day as a team and I couldn't ask for a better partner day in and day out!  Plus, she has the best laugh on earth, hands down.  So I get to hear that every day too.
For this shoot, we hiked Papago Peak just before sunset.  The scenery and light were gorgeous.  The climate dipped in temperature to feel mildly comfortable.  But that wind.  It just wanted to dance.  And play with my hair.  And not let us get a shot in.  But in the end, we teased back with it, and were able to capture what we sought.
For the last pic I had this idea of writing a quote that I love on my back.  The quote is,
"Beauty isn't about having a pretty face.  Beauty is about have a pretty mind, a pretty heart, and a pretty soul."  
It's kind of a mantra of my life.  After almost thirty years of living, I am re-defining what beauty means to me.  I know people will look at me or these pictures and say, "Yes, you're beautiful."  To you, I say, "Thank you."  And I know others will think think the opposite.  And I say, "Thank you," to you as well.  You see, quite honestly, it doesn't matter to me.  I want the people who can look past my exterior, and see what lies beneath.  It requires a second look, a hundredth look, a thousand-th look.  It's scenic, so take the long way around.
For the first time in my life, I am embracing and celebrating finally feeling comfortable in my own skin after dealing with insecurities my whole life.  Insecurities caused by my mind, insecurities caused by others, and insecurities caused by the world.  But once I got past all of that, it's like the smoke cleared, the dust settled, and I could see who I am clearly, and in a different light.  It was a long journey to reach that point though.  There were days I would look at myself in the mirror and think, you are nothing.  But then someone told me, when you look at those eyes in the mirror, know God is staring right back.  He created me, He created you, in his image.
Today, I am on a journey to seek to know who I am underneath it all.  It's the next great quest of my life....to know and understand the beauty of my inner being.  If it takes the next thirty years of my life to figure it out, then so be it.  As long as I can continue learning to navigate who I am in my relation to others, to the Universe, and to God.  After all, those are the truly beautiful things in life anyways.  Not me.  You.

May 20, 2014

Happy Beautiful

Why hello there.  It's nice to see you again.  Or, see you for the first time.  Either way, I like exactly where we are at.  I have been away for a while.  Keeping my heart and words locked up.  Safe from judgement.  Safe from others.  Even safe from myself.  {How will I feel ever again....}  But with a new outlook on life, I am ready to finally let go and embrace what's ahead.  You see, it's all about the journey, you and I.  

When I started my blog over three years ago, I realized something.  Overthinking about happiness leads to unhappiness.  I am always in my head.  It is both a blessing and a curse how deeply I can feel things, and how much I can battle my own soul.  But, time heals all wounds, and eventually, if you continue to push yourself forward, you don't have to search for it; happiness finds you.

As I said, it's all about the journey.

Today, I don't focus so much on happiness.  It is always something I am striving for.  Something I am running towards.  But a little wisdom has taught me, to simply let it exist.  I focus now, on creating beauty.  Beauty in my words and in my actions.  Beauty in my relationships with others, and my relationship with myself.  Finding the beauty in ordinary moments.  And even more important, making those ordinary moments beautiful.  I want to make others happy, not just myself.  So that's where this blog finds us today.  You, me, happiness, life and beauty.  I hope you will stick around as I wear a few cute clothes, but mostly my heart, along the way.  I find it to be my most fearless accessory.