Mary Claire

If you’ve come to this blog before you will be familiar with Mary Claire’s beautiful photography. She is my collaborator and friend on this lovely space. She, time and again, takes my breath away with her beautiful work. Her ability to capture beauty in all it’s subtly is something I’m not even sure how to truly describe, but I am always emotional when she sends me new photos. She has the ability to capture someone’s true essence, someone’s heart in a photo. What a gift that is.

Cheyne & Heather

Happy Valentine’s Day!! Today I thought I would celebrate the day of love with love. Ever since I saw Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet my life has never been the same. I am obsessed with love and romance. As I’ve gotten older and I now obsess less about Leo DiCaprio, I wonder about longevity and the realness in real life relationships, as I currently reside in singledom. I love learning how people meet but more importantly how do people stay together? I know love involves a bit magic, kismet but the older I get the more I'm interested in people who have been together for a while, who have built their lives together and still seem truly in love with each other.

No Makeup Mondays: One

Welcome to no makeup Mondays! Where I post a photo of me not wearing makeup. Something I absolutely do not want to do! I decided to do this because I think vulnerability is the key to real, authentic beauty. I find my real beauty when I bare not just my face but also my heart. I figured with #nomakeupmondays I could do both. Real beauty is about love and acceptance for our truest selves, our stories and our inner workings.

Currently Obsessed: Penn + Olive

If you know me than you know the way I love my sister. She is the best person ever. She is strong, confident and damn she is smart. She for most her adult years has been a passionate seeker of health the holistic, natural way. She’s tried it all, even gave up washing her hair six months in an effort to see if her hair would balance it’s natural oils and end up with shiny healthy hair, that other naturalist claim happen. She ended up washing her hair but her love for natural remedies in beauty and self-care have continued.

Sarah

I met Sarah a few years ago working on a shoot together with a mutual friend. We, like most people these days, began to follow each other on Instagram. I’ve since kept updated on her life through her open, honest words and beautiful photos about motherhood. She has carried that openness throughout her fraternal twin pregnancy (boy and girl) while also caring for her young toddler Penny. It is because of that honesty that I felt the urge to reach out and ask if she would let me doll her up, chat with her, and put her here in this space.

Shot, shot, shot, shot...everyboooody!

 I was nominated for an award about a month ago. I was honored, with 125 other women, chosen from around 350, as a San Diego Woman of the Year nominee. 

I mention this for two reasons. 

One, is to milk every last moment I have out of being a San Diego Woman of the Year nominee. 

The second is, because I find something in our nominees’ gift bag a little questionable.

Beauty Edit: The New Year (Part Two)

Another year has past. We made it. Congrats everyone. I know it's felt like a feat of will to have lasted the year that was 2016. I don’t know about all of you but the climate of words, the mood of the year felt like dread with a whole lot of gratitude for it’s end.

Currently Obsessed: Holiday Beauty

On this currently obsessed holiday edition I wanted to not only bring the current beauty products I am obsessed with but also, an easy to do holiday beauty look.

A holiday beauty look for me is going to be little bolder and yet keeping in my preferred style, simple. I like to add a bit more color and bit more sparkle. For this look I decided to do that through highly pigmented gold shadow, glowy skin and a stained red lip.