Saturday, September 20, 2014

Black and White | Cora Keegan

Photos of Cora Keegan (Next Model Management) by me. More to come in color . . . 

Friday, September 19, 2014

A New Season

A new season is just about upon us. A new season, a new wave of inspiration. No one knows really whether its the weather that's changing our mindsets, or the other way around. Whatever it is, I always welcome change and a clean slate to start something fresh again. Summer was invigorating, but fall always feels REinvigorating to me. Maybe it's because fall always marks a new age for me. Growing up. I'll be 27 this year, and it's a tad bit scary. Or maybe a whole lot scary. This past year I feel like I've grown up so much in such a  short amount of time. But at the same time I still feel like I'm just 18. My dreams always seem to get younger and younger with age. Maybe it's that clock ticking that pushes me to go for something a little bit more wild than I should to make up for the lack of time that I have to fully live while I can as just a semi-adult on her way onto becoming an official adult.  Whatever the heck that means. I've been regularly reading the diaries of Anais Nin just as much as I am eating raspberry white chocolate as I watch horror television shows on Netflix in my cycling shorts. What does that make me? Well, you know what? Who cares? 

Coming to NYC, I've dealt with the struggles of a brand new city and a new job that ended up never throughly filling my soul like I thought it would. But as my early months as a New Yorker past, I learned that I had the ability to mold myself around it in a way and jumped at chances that's made me stronger at my core and so much more appreciative of my creativity. I had my palms read this past year, and my lines said that I was a jumper. I am made to jump around and experience as much as I can so that I can slowly but surely leave behind the shells that I've held onto from before. Jobs, boys, luxuries, trust, apartments, lustful moments . . . things like this they come and go. But at the end of the day I have always had and always will have the hope that everything will turn out for the better. A new leaf can be turned. All I know is that I can never settle for the whatever does not feel good to me in the moment. To me, good is being able to feel challenged, self-motivated, loved, in control of my own actions, and in desire to follow my heart. And I feel all these things right now. Not a shabby way to go into my 27th year. Not a shabby way to approach the fall. There's still so much more I want and need out of life, but I know it's out there waiting for me. And that's what keeps me going. Here's to life and always feeling young at heart. And growing at the pace you were meant to grow at. No rush people. No rush. Age doesn't have to have boundaries. 

When I use words to describe myself, I always think in terms of imagery. Colors, people, smiles, compositions, endless ocean water miles in every direction. Things that make me happy looking at them. Here are a few things that make me happy in this moment. What is making you happy in this moment?

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sabrina SL | Unbroken Broken Lookbook Part 1

I had the amazing pleasure of modeling for my Sabrina SL, my dear friend Sabrina's latest jewelry collection. Her jewelry is so, so breathtaking. I fell in love as soon as I saw and touched the first delicate choker necklace she showed me, totally handmade by Sabrina herself. Every single one of her pieces are handmade from start to finish, all with love and with so many stories to tell. Her latest collection is called the Unbroken Broken, shown by the theme of broken hearts that fit back together in many of the pieces. A collection inspired by love and the heartaches we all go through yet patch ourselves up over and over again. A romantic at heart, I love the concept. The entire shoot was shot on our favorite streets of Williamsburg by Sabrina herself. Doesn't she have such an eye behind the camera, as well? We styled the shoot from pieces from my own and Sabrina's closets. 

I am so lucky to have gotten to know Sabrina this summer, and I am so excited to see where Sabrina SL goes forward. Look out for something really cool that we are collaborating on for her line. Just wait and see. 

Part 2 of this shoot coming soon, plus a rad giveaway for you guys!

In the meantime, make sure to check out more of Sabrina's designs on her website HERE.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

F21xMe: Little Piece of That Oasis


Forever 21 romper
Stela 9 leather backpack
Sabrina SL midi ring
Brixton hat

Whenever I get the chance to take a day to get lost in the lush greenness of Central Park, THE oasis of the Big Apple, I really make a point to really take it all in. I stop to hear the birds. I look up towards the sky through the leaves and branches, and see how the light changes depending on the angle I'm looking up at it from. I stop to notice the way the earth feels below my feet. Strong and earthy, yet soft and wet with moisture. A reminder that nature will always be there even in the midst of all that is cement and metal and robotic. I search for the hidden paths not trodden by tourists and pretend that I am lightyears away from anything even remotely close to city life. I'll snap a leaf off a branch and stick it in my pocket to make sure that I can take a little piece of that oasis back home with me, because I can never be too sure when I'll be back again. 

Some of you are probably laughing right now from your homes in the middle of real wilderness or at least a home with an actual front yard or acres of land surrounding you all around, as I write about a tiny comparison that is currently the closest I can get to right now, but you know what . . . It doesn't matter. Being able to appreciate even the smallest part of nature, even a kind that is built by the hands of man, can make you feel the same amount of openness as being in the middle of the Poconos Mountains. And that is all that really matters. Looking forward to my next real trip into the wild. Fall will hopefully be much more full of things like. California anyone? I think home is calling. 

This romper by Forever 21 helped me blend into the earthiness of it all. Make sure to check out how others are wearing Forever 21 by checking the #F21xMe hashtag on Instagram :)

In the mood to shop more rompers? Check out these end-of-summer picks below from Forever 21!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Free People | Off the Beaten Path

Wanted to finally post these images I photographed for Free People's Off the Beaten Path story, featured on the Free People blog. I had the best day working with Joanna Rentz and Ali Kolbe of Free People, snapping away at this lovely new face, Elle Dawson, who just recently got signed with New York Models. Congrats girl! I knew you were a superstar in the making as soon as I took the first picture :) We photographed all over the small upstate New York town of Cold Spring. A town full of quaint little houses, nature all around and the most amazing view of the surrounding forests from the highest hillsides. I felt so far removed from anything remotely NYC feeling, and I breathed in hard to let that feeling stay with me a little bit longer. We worked to capture the essence of the girl on a path, exploring her option of the road in front of her and the nature around her. A girl strong enough to stand the test of time, and calm enough to be one with the world around her at the same time.