summer staples

Posted on Saturday, 28 March 2015

It's been too cold to do any styling shoots outside and my kitchen really has the best light so kitchen shoots it is! I have been exclusively working on my film project and amongst my post-it notes, notebooks and ongoing computer tabs open I have been craving some creativity beyond my desk. I have also been so inspired by all the festival look books that have been trickling out from my favourite brands (shout out to Spell for their festival 15 shoot, I'm obsessed) and I have been dreaming of planning some of my own in the near future, weather permitting of course. Here I am wearing some of my go-to summer staples: turquoise always, my favourite jean jacket that has rips in the armpits, white lace anything and this amazing flower headband from Big Sur. 

rainy days

Posted on Wednesday, 25 March 2015

I am feeling this dreary weather, March is never a pretty month - everything is melting, there is no greenery, just bare trees and cold winds. But there has been some beautiful sunsets that I have watched through my kitchen window. It's been a hard month and I am only going to spend another sentence talking about it because what you focus on expands and I am ready for the spring, newness, new adventures and my heart projects to come to life. Is it ironic that I am currently listening to a psychic teachers podcast (thank you Anabela for introducing me to this awesomeness) and its all about full moon abundance. It's no secret I love the moon patterns and the different full moons. The next one is on April 4th, the pink moon. There will also be a total lunar eclipse on that day, signifying another 'blood moon.' This is a perfect time for new beginnings and setting new goals for the next couple months. 

A big lesson from this podcast, gratitude = abundance. "With freedom, books, flowers and the moon, who could not be happy," Oscar Wilde. These lovely ladies on the podcast mentioned this quote and it really reminded me that I have all these things. I was recently gifted a book called "the war of art" and it has been my streetcar travel companion to and from work. I think everyone should read it, its a beautiful message of your purpose and the resistance we feel all the time towards that purpose. It has already inspired me so much and Im only a quarter of the way in. So this month for me its just going to be about "freedom, books, flowers and the moon." Another great lesson from this podcast is to trust that your life plan is working out the way it's suppose to....this podcast is full of gems! It's amazing that you find the things randomly that you really need to hear. 

Spring wears is all about layering, and everything I am wearing is from my stylish mama. A BCBG dress, H&M sweater and Express lace top. Oh and my knee high socks I wear to work ;)

simple balance

Posted on Monday, 9 March 2015

The first glimmer of spring is upon us, the light at the end of the tunnel. A couple days ago we had a full worm moon that signified the time of endings and new beginnings. Spring is full of new insights and new beginnings and for me it's all about simple balance. Simplicity in my wardrobe, in my home and in my pursuits. I am pulling back the layers and getting back to basics. My mind is usually a crazy fury of ideas and dreams and wants and anxieties and fears and comparisons...but today I woke up with the sun, sipped my coffee and chose my thoughts wisely. 

Sell your cleverness and purchase bewilderment - Rumi, This is my mantra for spring, to shed my cleverness, to try and be open to everything and attached to nothing. 

There's no doubt about it I love clothes, I love fashion and I love having the creative outlet of styling. Here I am wearing a generous gift from Jordan de Ruiter (perks of working with creative friends) a faux fur coat. This coat needs no adornment, so I paired it with a simple grey t-shirt and my favourite white tie-dye levi's jeans. I am also wearing these beautiful hand-made beads also gifted from a friend from the amazing Beads of Hope in Ghana. 

big sur

Posted on Monday, 2 March 2015

While in Big Sur we hiked in the Pfeiffer Big Sur state park. It was a dream to see the coastal redwoods up close. These are some of the tallest trees in the world and can date back to 2000 years. Before commercial lodging in the 1850's there was about 2 million acres of redwoods along California's coast, but today only about 5% of the old-growth remains. Big Sur is like a time capsule, modernity hasn't consumed the area, touches of its golden age from the 60's and 70's still remain and history seeps at every corner. It is such a gift to find a place preserved and loved. 

We also explored the Henry Miller library, a unique art's centre that celebrates the writer and Big Sur inhabitant. With it's eclectic design, art instillations, free coffee outside and a makeshift empty stage, the area breathes like a commune; a glorious hippy refuge so fitting for the time. You can feel his influence there and how much he loved this land and how much the land loved him. This small pocket of nature perfection with it's handful of establishments is like finding an abandoned house, untouched and holding stories and secrets from a time past, a time that was simple in nature and grand in connection. I am so happy I get to slip into these worlds from time to time, and marvel with reverence.