Part ode to these Gothic cross earrings purchased from H&M years ago (for $1.50), and part teaser for next weeks post, I wanted to share this photograph with you. Alexzandria and I shot this months ago. Truth be told I forgot that these photos existed. What I love about shooting with her is how she coaxes serenity out of me...even when it's the very last thing I can see or believe of myself.
Some days (months) I feel that the search for my own "beauty" is often a personal pilgrimage of sorts..."is it still there?" "It" being the woman I once hoped to be at this stage of my life; the little girl all grown up and proud. The woman who can smile in the face of adversity and not let the downs of life swallow her whole. The woman who can challenge her ego when it threatens to destroy happiness in the here and now.
I've searched my face in this photograph for a few days now. I've tried to see the ugly that I feared was there, just behind my eyes. Thank god, thank god...I can't seem to find it. Alexzandria captured hope. The universe knows it's what we could all use a little extra of these days.
If you're looking for a special dress for Valentine's Day this year, and want a twist on the traditional red and pink palette, I've got a pretty alternative for you. WearMena and I have teamed up again to bring you 30% off this dress, with my code AMUSEDHOLIDAY. (Shop the tango dress here.)
There are so many elements of this dress that I love, such as the universally flattering sweetheart neckline, the subtle details of lace, and the modern floral print. Sometimes I have a hard time being 'feminine', and simply want to live in all my boxy, boyish pieces; but this dress makes everything so easy.
Do you have plans for February 14? No matter where you are in your relationship status, I hope that you are able to make the occasion special. For my single ladies: a Galentine's Day perhaps? Tell me what you've got planned!
When you have a lazy Sunday (or for many of you today, a lazy Monday), what do you look forward to doing? Do you have a brunch ritual, or look forward to a morning hike with your girlfriends? Lately it has just been me, myself, and I. And as a result, I'm learning to not run from my own company. It's terrifying.
I am finding ways to busy myself while also trying to break my iPhone addiction. I am slowly but surely getting back into reading my books, learning new protective hair styles with Invisibobble, hiking on the weekends, testing out Periscope, and spending quality time with Eloise. (I am also starting to get back into my vegan / raw foods recipes, but it seems a little odd to mention when I've got a maple glazed doughnut in my photos!)
Playing with my hair can easily take up an entire morning. With the incredibly wet weather Sonoma County has been having, I've been doing my best to keep my hair tucked up and away to prevent frizz. A girl can only wear so many milk-maid braids before seeking a new protective style...! Thankfully, Invisibobble has lots of fun ideas. At first I was afraid that the very nature of the product would cause my fine, curly hair to become matted around the hair rings, but it turns out that due to the special polyurethane manufacturing, they come out just fine. So far, my favorite look is the Loop Voila.