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Something Special

Monday, December 29, 2014 / , ,

Something special just to get you to the New Year:

"I am a lioness. I will not cringe for them." -Game of Thrones

"When "i" is replaced with "we" even illness becomes wellness." -Malcolm X

"The only thing that has ever excited me is a blank page." -Jean Michel Basquiat

"Be the person you needed when you were younger." -Anonymous

"To my daughters and sisters: don't fall for his words, fall for his actions." -Shaykh Waleed Basyouni

"Both men and women should feel free to be sensitive. Both men and women should feel free to be strong." -Emma Watson

"Because she competes with no one, no one competes with her."-Lao Tzu

"When you love someone, you say their name different. Like it's safe inside your mouth." -Jodi Picoult

Photo credit: Willow Greene

Brandy Melville Collection VII

Monday, December 22, 2014 / , , ,

January is going to be a busy month for me... but I can hardly wait. With the possibility of flying back to Santa Monica, CA with Willow, I am even more excited for the new year. If everything goes according to plan I will be in California working with Brandy Melville during the first week of January. On a plane headed Philadelphia the second week of January for an internship interview. And on a plane headed to New York City the third week of January for my 20th birthday. 

What am I most excited for? NYC. Hands down. Not every girl gets to spend her 20th birthday in New York and I will finally be seeing my dad for the first time after his big move to the east coast in late October. I am so excited to spend some quality daddy/daughter time in mid-January. 
In the meantime, however, enjoy these photos of me on a boat from my last trip to Santa Monica. 

Aren't they just dreamy?

Photo credit: Cammy

Brandy Melville Collection VI

Friday, December 19, 2014 / , ,

While I was in Santa Monica I had the luxury to go through the Brandy Melville store and select my favorite pieces to take home with me. These tops are a few of what I selected and here's why: the fabric is so soft. My absolute favorite is the eagle tee... which you probably saw in my previous post, I love the style and the fit. 
I still cannot believe that I was given the incredible experience to spend the weekend with some of Brandy Melville's best. I am living the dream and I don't ever want to wake up.

Photo credit: Willow Greene


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