Simplify. It’s a word that has been rolling around my head since the new year began. I want to simplify my life as much as possible. I mean not just my physical reality but my emotional reality, as well.
In an unofficial way (it hasn’t gone in my diary or anything), this has become my New Year’s resolution. I don’t know if it’s a 30s thing, or I’m tired, but I want to get rid of everything I don’t need. I want to pare down my life as much as I can stand. I don’t want complicated, and I don’t want to hold onto a pair of shoes I haven’t worn for two years. ALL THINGS NOT NEEDED MUST GO.
It has been very freeing. There is something so wonderful about understanding what you do and do not need. I think it’s important. I’m finding I want less, so I can clear the path for other things like love and joy. That’s what I want more of.
Emily’s beauty look (above) was created with simplicity in mind. I used a single lipstick. We live in a time where doing your makeup has become quite the process. It’s fun to see how far beautifying has come, but it’s also great to know you don’t need much to feel beautiful.
With beauty, or generally in life, letting go of what you don't need is a constant conversation. You don't wake up one day a different person, changed or better. You have to work on it with yourself. You have to be in the work of change. Only then is it easy to say "I don't need this anymore".
Mac Lipstick in Mocha
photos Mary Claire Roman
model Emily Berg
makeup, hair, styling Janelle Walker
edit Kristen Fogle
Vogue, March 2015
models: leila nda, aya jones, imaan hammam,
malaika firth, tami williams and kai newman
photographer: peter lindbergh
stylist: grace coddington
hair: odile gilbert
make-up: mark carrasquillo
via Visual Optimisim
Mama-hood surrounds me. It seems new life is on the brains of all my lady friends. I will tell you, it has brought change all around, the best kind of change, and it has been beautiful to watch.
I know the ropes of how pregnancy is from watching girlfriends go through it and having a niece and two nephews now; I find myself saying things like “Oh, that’s normal,” as though I know anything about being pregnant or having babies. What can I say, I’m in the conversation whether I want to be or not. I don’t hate it either; in fact, I enjoy it beyond belief. Girlfriends making babes that I get to love too. How could I not?
Here is one of the newest gal pals to bring new life into this world. Meet Brittany. Brittany Bell to be exact. Could she sound more like a Disney princess? Brittany is my bohemian mama. A lover of individuality, she has always marched to her own beat. Rooted in who she is, she has always done things the way she wants to. She is beyond fun to be around, gorgeous, and has a sense of humor that never stops. She is a devoted friend, and deeply beloved.
She stated two things clearly throughout her pregnancy. One, she wasn’t finding out the sex of her babe until it came out, and two, that she was doing labor au natural (aka no drugs). And, I think at one point, she declared she was going to tribal squat (didn’t end up happening). Brittany is one of those people that once she decides to do something, she’s doing it.
Brittany had a baby boy, Chip, the week before Christmas and endured 36 hours of au natural labor (I mean…!!!). To hear her tell the story makes me realize that all women should never listen to other women’s birthing stories (just kidding, not traumatized!)! I joke, but honestly, it’s such a beautiful story. I am in awe of her strength and determination. I am so happy Chip has her for a mother—he is truly lucky.
I asked Brittany to share a few thoughts on all things pregnancy, being a new mom, and all the feelings and things that come with it. Here she is beautiful and real, a mom.
“I oddly liked being pregnant. Yes, I'm huge. I pee a lot, eat a lot, body parts change and leave you wondering if it will ever go back! I couldn't see my toes, among other things, but [a woman’s] body is truly amazing and constantly evolving.
The whole process makes my head spin…from trying to get pregnant, being pregnant, pushing out a baby, and then nurturing this little being. Our bodies are equipped to do it all, some things more gracefully than others. It's mind blowing to see the process finished and not be amazed at how miraculous our bodies are.
I was empowered by the whole thing. How could you not be? I guess you can look at birth in many ways, but I see it as fulfilling my greatest gift/duty.
I always thought a natural labor was my Everest. I researched everything about pain management, hospitals’ approach to labor, the drugs used, the process your body goes through, etc. After a long, hard, au natural labor I realized, I just got to base camp! The real climbing starts once that baby is born. I hadn't slept or eaten for two days, and then you are thrown right into motherhood! I totally spaced on changing diapers. I took "skin on skin" time a little too seriously and didn't put my baby in clothes the whole stay at the hospital until a nurse suggested we do so before we left. I left wishing I prepped myself more for being a mom of an infant. Regardless, I had to trust my body again and rely on that womanly/motherly instinct and order a few books on Amazon ASAP!
I learned moms of newborns need lots of grace and love. I was blessed to have great friends and family to get me through the first weeks to build up my confidence once again. I'm a woman. Many have done this before me. I can do this.
We really have it all. Happy to be exercising my motherly powers.”
Well said, Mama.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Tar in Kimber, MAC Soft & Gentle, Makeup Forever Aqua Liner in Matte Black, Revlon Illuminance Créme Shadow in Not Just Nudes, Enjoy Creamy Pomade
photos by Mary Claire Roman
makeup, hair, and styling Janelle Walker
edited by Kristen Fogle
Vogue Italia, January 2015
model: kate moss
photographer: peter lindbergh
stylist: clare richardson
hair: odile gilbert
make-up: stéphane marais
manicure: magali buisson
via Visual Optimism
I just finished watching a movie I adore called About Time. There is this line in the beginning of the movie where the lead character is explaining about his life with his family. He says “all in all it was a pretty good childhood full of repeated rhythms, pattern”. Those 2 words, repeated rhythms leap at me, yelled out in a way I understood. To me that is Christmas, the spirit of the season, my family, our traditions, a time of repeated rhythms.
There are core things that I love so much about what my family does on Christmas. Things nestled in my heart from years of rhythms that have repeated and created a home for such wonderful memories. Things I am so grateful to have. It’s given a familiar Christmas over the years one that I look forward to repeating every year. I know what our day will look like together. It’s a warmth and comfort I would not trade for anything. It’s our rhythm, it’s how we celebrate Christmas.
I understand that as we continue to grow and our once 5 person family is now 9, the rhythm changes, as it has. The rhythm may change but the essence of that original rhythm is always there. It’s what makes Christmas so magical and beautiful for me. It’s about love, it’s about family, my time with my family. I love all the frills that come with Christmas as well the smell of the tree, the lights, decorations, the celebrating, even the cards but the best thing is and always will be, the thing I know for certain, the thing I can always count on; I will be with my family. I will be with people that I love and that love me back. They are there, continuing to create our repeated rhythm, that brings me so much joy. That brings me Christmas.
May your heart be full of love today. I hope you put on some red lipstick and stare at the lights like my beautiful sister, Ashley.
RMS Uncover up, Mac blush in Blushbaby, MAC Soft & Gentle, MAC Eyeshadow in Handwritten, MAC lipstick Ruby woo mixed with Tarte lip tint in Spirited
Photos by Mary Claire Roman
Makeup, Hair & Styling Janelle Walker
This collection and images are just stunning.
Givenchy Spring 2015 Campaign
Model: Julia Roberts
Photographer: Mert Alas
Stylist: Katy England
Makeup: Serge Normant
Hair: Genevieve Herr