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Everything

Janelle Walker

Vogue Australia , April 2015

model: malgosia bela

photographer: nicole bentley 

stylist: kate darvill

hair: sophie roberts 

make-up: kellie stratton 

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A Sunrise Surf

Janelle Walker

Lindsay said something that struck me. She said that “you are complex but the world is simple.” You hear people say all the time, that the world is chaotic, but we forget sometimes that it is us—everyone—that creates that chaos. It is nice to be reminded that we control what amount of peace and joy we want to have in this world.

I asked Lindsay if we could accompany her for a sunrise surf. She agreed, so Mary Claire and I woke up early(worth it) and went with her to San Onofre State Beach. 

As you can see, it was beyond beautiful, a magical way to start the day in the earth’s humble beauty, a great way to find some joy and a little peace.

I leave you with a powerful quote Lindsay knows to be true. 

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

– Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

 

photos Mary Claire Roman

 

Lindsay

Janelle Walker

Lindsay has what I call major cool girl vibes…sorry I mean cool ass woman vibes. She is a professional surfer, kinesiology instructor, world traveler and an overall health enthusiast. She has such a warmth, and kindness. She chases laughter, connection, and fun. How could you not want to hang out with her always?

I admire women who love to be out in the world. She is that kind of woman. To her, surfing isn’t just about the act itself but about the friends, the connections you make in the surfing community. The truest joy in life is about creating just that.  Lindsay gets this on a deep level. She takes life seriously enough to know that it doesn’t need to be that serious, that you should dance as often as possible and laugh as often as possible.

Lindsay loves the ocean with a kind of love that seems to exist in her DNA. Taught to surf by her father, her love for the ocean was cultivated at an early age. She talks about going professional as something that just sort of happened. She’s damn good at what she does. She won the 2011 ASP Women’s Longboard World championship and continues to compete and place. 

For her, surfing is an escape. It allows her to clear her mind, to focus on the present moment because you have to. You have to be prepared for the elements of the ocean, and it’s unpredictable nature. It allows her to put things into perspective, which makes it incredibly therapeutic. She says nothing beats the feeling of coming out of the water after you’ve surfed, salty, sun kissed, it is the best kind of feeling.

She understands that life is precious. She’s about living the best life you can. This comes from people who understand loss. She lost her mother when she was just a baby and then her father at the age of 25. She said her father instilled in her that life is short and meant to really be lived. She thinks of this often and reminds herself to live life to the fullest every day. That it is always the goal. That even in the mundane every day life, there is an opportunity. Don’t waste it. Live the best life you can every single moment, of every day, right now. It’s an infectious energy she has, and it makes you realize how right she really is.

Here is to another day of a life. I hope you lived it fully.

 

Lindsay Steinriede-Engle is a kinesiology instructor at Saddleback College and is the head coach for the Saddleback Surf Team.  She is also, a professional surfer sponsored by Toes on the Nose, Nation Surfboards, Jonsea Wetsuits, Von Zipper and GoMacro bars.

 

photos Mary Claire Roman

makeup, hair, styling Janelle Walker
 

Simplify

Janelle Walker

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

Janelle Walker

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

Brittany

Janelle Walker

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

Kate the Great

Janelle Walker

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

Merry Christmas

Janelle Walker

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.

Merry Christmas.

 

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

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