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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 / , , ,

Just thought you guys might like to see some of the stuff I am working on... it's a bit more artsy than the stuff I usually post. I love nothing more than experimenting on camera, and I feel that Willow captured so many beautiful moments here. I hope you enjoy!

Photo credit: Willow Greene

'Tis The Season

Monday, December 15, 2014 / , , ,

'Tis the season to be merry... and be unproductive. 

I am finally done with school for the semester! I have completed all of my finals, written my essays, turned in my portfolios for workshop classes, and now only have my blog and work to focus on for the next month. You could say I am pretty stoked. I am always a busy bee, a topic I have touched on numerous times on my blog, and now I am giving myself the power to take a deep breath in... and relax. Isn't that nice?

Over break, I vow to:
  • Not get stressed out.
  • Learn to say "no" to unwanted tasks.
  • Read at least three books.
  • WRITE!
  • Enjoy some quality time with my family and friends. 
  • Have a day solely for pampering... I deserve it.
  • Take many long, hot baths.
  • Get ahead on my blog (this is my one chance to be productive).
  • Cuddle.
  • Play with my dog.
Now, I don't know about you, but this is the most unproductive "to-do" list out there. I am pretty proud of my lack of plans over this winter break! Let's see how long I last before I go craaazzyyy.

Photo credit: Willow Greene

Warrior Princess

Friday, December 12, 2014 / , , , ,

I was so pleased when Free People reached out to me in the beginning of October about sending me this beautiful picture. One, because who doesn't want to be gifted a floor length, silk gown? And second, because Free People is my favorite company. I have always loved their flowing garments with gorgeous fabrics and new that I would fall in love with this gown. Sure enough, it came in the mail and I literally squealed. I ripped off my jeans and flannel and slid this beauty on and instantly felt more confident... you know, an amazing dress will do that to you. 

This photo shoot was by-far my favorite shoot ever with Willow. Climbing up a mountain in a red gown and moccasins underneath was definitely difficult, but well worth it. These photos turned out amazing with the help of Willow and my makeup and hair artist Veronica. I have never been more excited for a shoot. What do you guys think? I think I look a bit like a warrior princess.

Photo credit: Willow Greene
Hair and makeup: Veronica Coronado

Brandy Melville Collection V

Wednesday, December 10, 2014 / , , ,

First, sorry for not posting on Monday.

Second, I had the most incredible weekend in Santa Monica with the people of Brandy Melville. It was an absolute dream. 

I have never felt so inspired in my life. Friday I had a early morning flight into LAX and then was whisked away to the studio to help style a photo shoot for their website (like here, here, and here). This lasted ALL DAY and I was exhausted, but it was the best time with some of the greatest girls. It was so great to be in a room full of women who were thirty and younger doing what they love to do. Saturday I started my day relatively early to go shopping and help with product research which required me to scroll through my tumblr and show them what caught my eye. I then went through the Brandy Melville store and picked out three outfits to style for a photoshoot, which are the photos above. That night I took myself out to a nice dinner and movie for one. Sunday was an early morning in the studio and was getting my hair and makeup done for the photo shoot. Then we drove to the Marina where a boat was waiting to take us out for our photo shoot. It was such a great day... taking photos, on a boat, and having lunch? Please don't pinch me, I don't want to know if I was dreaming. Photos from Sunday's shoot is coming soon. 
Stay tuned.

Photo credit: Emma Sims

Brandy Melville Collection IV

Friday, December 5, 2014 / , ,

Today I am flying to Santa Monica to hang out with the Brandy Melville crew and I could not be more excited. I will get to see a lot of the behind the scenes of their photoshoots and get to meet a lot of amazing people. I am so incredibly lucky to have this opportunity at such a young age. 

More on this trip next week.

Photo credit: Willow Greene

Take Care of Yourself

Wednesday, December 3, 2014 / , ,

My friend and photographer, Willow, went on a lunch date last week to True Foods, a restaurant that specializes in healthy eating. I will admit that I am not the healthiest eater and don't do anything to exercise my body other than riding my bike to school and it has caught up with me. I felt that in order to inspire myself to treat my body better, I must try to inspire others, which is the reason behind this blog post.

Thanksgiving night I suffered from terrible insomnia. It happens to everyone. Around 4:30 I accepted the fact that I wouldn't catch any sleep and took a bath to relax my muscles that were so sleep deprived they were shaking uncontrollably. This insomnia though was strikingly different from my other nights of tossing and turning though, my heart was beating incredibly hard, my lungs were having a difficult time taking in large quantities of air, and I was extremely dizzy. I figured it must just be nerves, the next day was my first time working Black Friday and I had a lot on my plate from school and business opportunities. 

Friday and Saturday night I slept the whole night through and I was so relieved by this. Sunday I went through my day and wasn't feeling too great, but not awful either and decided to go see a movie pretty late in the night. Halfway through the movie my heart started beating hard again and by the time the movie was over I felt all of the same symptoms from Thanksgiving but magnified greatly. When I arrived home I immediately took to my bed, but was again met with insomnia. This night though was accompanied by vomiting and incredible stomach pain and at one point it was so bad that I cried for a straight thirty minutes, which of course kept my boyfriend awake for most of the night as well.

Monday I decided to finally see the doctor who informed me that I was his worst patient after I admitted to not drinking water regularly and focusing most of my meals around meat products and few vegetables. I listed off my symptoms and he told me that I was severely dehydrated and he recommended I have an IV. So I sat in the examining room with the lights out hooked to an IV for over an hour that pumped a litre of fluid into my vein. That night you could say I felt a ton better. 

Tuesday I decided to take the risk of going to school... this is where you see my workaholic self shine through... and after my first class I had already hit a wall; I was desperately tired and had an excruciating headache, clearly I had overworked my body yet again. I am feeling quite awful again and may be going to the doctor quite soon, but as of now I am sitting in bed writing this post to warn you of the effects that not caring for your body can have on you. Drink water. Eat vegetables. Unhappy insides lead to unhappy outsides. Let my mistake be a lesson to you all. Take care of yourself friends.

Photo credit: Willow Greene