Holiday Thangs

What are my holiday necessities? I thought you'd never ask!

1. A luxe faux fur jacket. I like to imagine myself during the holiday season hopping gracefully from one party to the next every night in a jacket like this. The reality is I went to one holiday party so far this year. And it was a work party. I have a couple family gatherings to go to, and then a New Year's Eve party... at my own apartment... which means I won't be wearing a jacket at all. BUT STILL. This jacket will get its use. And if a spur-of-the-moment holiday event happens to pop up, I know I'll be ready. ;)

2. A perfect pair of black tights. Any mini-dress-wearer knows it's true: Black tights are important. Especially a good pair. The kind that feel substantial, and maintain their stretch, and don't have you worrying about whether or not they're going to rip at any moment. My peeps at Hanes offered to send me a pair of these, and I didn't even have to think twice. Yes, yes, yes. I'm a skirts and dresses kind of human, and these babies are my new best friend.

3. Skin luminizer. I made this skin luminizer based off of the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, and am so pleased with how it came out. It's a beautiful way to add a little glow to your face during the holiday season. My favorite place to put it is right in the inner corner of my eyes. Instant magic!

4. Intoxicating perfume oil. I kid you not, this is the most enchanting scent I've ever owned. Almost every single person that smells it asks to put some on -- some do so without even asking. I'm talking girls and guys. It's the best.

5. Paleo chocolate chip cookies. I recently discovered this recipe for paleo chocolate chip cookies, and I can't get enough. Every person who's tried them (none of whom are even paleo, might I add), has fallen for them. I think I'll bake a batch to bring to my family Christmas party -- that way I'll know there will be a dessert I can eat. ;)

6. Square-toe ankle boots. Okay. From the day I first laid eyes on these babies, I was in love. I thought about them every single day for about 3 straight months before I finally went and did it. Then, two days later, I sprained my ankle. I sadly will not be wearing these for any holiday gatherings this year, but I wanted to include them because, had the circumstances been different, I'd be wearing these every darn day.


A huge thanks to Hanes for sponsoring this here post. And, y'all know I have to stay true to me, so know that everything I've said here was from the bottom of my heart. <3





Of a Lifetime

Tell me how... you can be thrown into an incredibly exciting yet unknown experience with a human you know nothing about... you can spend almost every moment together for an entire summer, exploring the earth, meeting people, capturing experiences... eating, seeing, and doing the unknown... and then, suddenly, almost without true warning, you realize it's come to an end.

Tell me how... you can go an entire 4 years without being face to face with this person. This person with whom you shared a string of life experiences which can not be compared to anything either of you had ever before experienced... and in those four years, the bond only strengthens.

Tell me how... you can fly across the country to stand in front of this human for the first time in many, many moons... realizing that in the time spent apart, you've both moved in and out of new cities, entered and departed new relationships, started and ended new jobs... experienced heavy shifts of consciousness... brand new ways of thinking and living...

And yet... when your two souls are physically reunited... there's an undeniable feeling of familiarity that can not be explained; that does not need to be explained. What happened in the interim plays no role here... other than offering a fresher perspective which allows for a deeper mutual understanding.

Maybe I'm talking crazy talk. Maybe it all sounds nonsensical. Maybe to fully and truly express this friendship, one must simply be in its presence.

This, my friends... this is a friendship of a lifetime.

(Music by Lord Huron)


That 9-6

Sometimes you're just like, "Ughhh, work is so annoying; everything is stressful; get me tf out of hereeee."

And then sometimes you're walking down the street with a disco ball, looking for a cute wall to use as a backdrop for a picture of a cute girl in cute clothes, and you're just like, "Nvm."

Also, you should follow my work shenanigans on the daily here.


Diez Cosas

1. My MacBook has a virus. My MacBook has had a virus for 3 months. My MacBook got a virus when I tried to stream Broad City and ended up unconsciously downloading a bunch of shit that gave my MacBook a virus. Have I taken it to the Apple store yet? Nah. Why would I ever do a thing like that.

2. Chipotle is the only fast food place I'll allow myself to go to. And I allow myself to go there verrrry often. Also, THE PEOPLE WHO WORK AT CHIPOTLE ARE ALWAYS SO GOOD AT THEIR JOBS. SO EFFICIENT. RIGHT?

3. One of my best friends just broke her pelvis (LOVE YOU). And she's still ridiculously positive enough to make a joke of it and coin the hashtag #pelvispresley. 

4. Hummusworm update: Both parasites are GONE. But… now I just found out I have Lyme Disease too. LOL. So it goes…. ;)

5. In a week and a half, I get to go see the human who I traveled for an entire summer with in 2011. We'd never met each other before that, and we haven't seen each other since. I CAN NOT WAIT.

6. I have a v fun time making ridiculous Snapchat stories. If you think you might have a v fun time watching, come join. (@hummusbird)

7. I don't really plan to stay in New York for that much longer, but I have not a clue where I want to go. Well, I have a few clues, but nothing strong enough to make a decision.

8. I think that, more than anyone else, you have to make yourself laugh most. As long as you got that, you good. You good.

9. I love conspiracy theories. As long as I'm given an argument that's at least *somewhat* convincing, I'll believe anything.

10. One day I will host a TV show. I think I can make it happen. I think I can make it happen soon.


Extra Celestial

Sometimes, you take a picture, and a phrase comes to mind. Others… you hear a phrase, and it causes you to envision an image that you just can't not un-envision. You must create it.

Thanks, Big Sean. This one's for you. 




It's here. We're in it. That summer haze. Those silly days. The ones we dream of all damn year. It's the dead middle of summer. And I better start acting like it.

Having a ~*job*~ can really do a number on your energy level… and your free time. Obviously. But I don't want to let that affect me. I don't want to wake up one September morning and think "What the fck did I even do this summer?"

So let's get in it.

Stoop hangs and rooftops. Barbecues, lakes, and pools.

Road trips and snacks and music. Laughs so hard you can't even breathe.

Maybe I'll even be allowed to drink alcohol again soon. Maybe.

I realize that, once you start getting a little older, summer doesn't just happen like it used to. You have to make it happen. And really, that's the beauty of it.

What are yoooooou doing this summer? Maybe I'll see you there.

First photo of me by Sean Cynamon; second by Jana Kirn for Entropy Jewelry.


Ten Things

1. As of a few weeks ago, Hummusworm (my tapeworm infestation) is officially GONE. So psyched. Since then, I did find out I've also been plagued with flukes -- the most common parasite -- but… it's all good. I'm excited to keep having these discoveries made by my beloved doctor. Every day I'm one step closer to maximum blissful health. :)

2. I can't get chocolate chip cookies off the brain. As soon as I'm home, I'm making a batch with just almond meal, coconut flakes, homemade chocolate chunks, coconut oil, maple syrup, eggs, himilayan salt, vanilla extract, and baking powder. Pure pure pure.

3. I love working out. I developed a love for it when I was living with my fitness guru of a sister last year, and I miss taking her ridiculous tabata classes every day. Now that I'm working full time and no longer living with her, it's not so easy to stick to a strict workout schedule. But I'm getting back into it. I need to. I crave the sore muscles and unexpected agility I happily experienced last summer.

4. It's been decided: I'm selling my car. I looove the convenience of it -- and, to be honest, I've been using it for pretty big trips every single weekend, but I know that it's not a necessity. Ultimately, it costs me way more money than what I'm getting out of it. I'll be living much more comfortably once I rid myself of the responsibility.

5. For the past few months, I've been on the hunt for a pair of platform espadrilles. Black with natural straw. Any nudges in the right direction would be much appreciated.

6. If you ever spot me on the subway, there's an 80% chance I'll be full-out dancing to myself, mouthing the words to whatever it is that's flooding my ears at the moment.

7. I'm closing the book on craft fairs for now. In my limited experience, the work is hard, the payoff low, and my summer weekends are just far too precious a thing to give up. I'm so grateful that I've been a part of 3 over the last year. I've learned a lot, and am walking away with some great experiences had; people met. But it feels good to wash my hands of it -- at least for the time being. Onto the next big thing.

8. What is the next big thing, you ask? Eh, I have an idea or two in mind. ;)

9. Every so often, I get really upset about the fact that I rarely find myself in a relationship. I have so so so much love to give, and all I want is a beautiful soul to share it with. Yesterday, I had my tarot cards read for the first time. At the end, I asked the oracle about this exact issue. "What am I doing that's hindering myself from love? What can I change in order to find it?" What she responded with was something that finally put my worries to rest once and for all. It turns out that it has nothing to do with what I am or am not doing. I'm being protected by my ancestors, she confirmed. "Even if you're out drinking at a bar, no one can touch you." You see, my ancestors still view me as a child, she said, and they're sparing me from those who are not worthy of my love. "But.. is this… forever?" I asked. "No, no. Let's find out how long," she said, as she drew three more cards. "2016," she said. "In 2016, these doors that have been blocked will finally open for you… and it will be because of a job." Next year… that's it? I can absolutely wait. Until then… I'll just be happily hangin'.

10. Still thinking about those chocolate chip cookies.


Beautiful Stranger

Sometimes, a beautiful stranger approaches you and asks to take your photo. A beautiful stranger from Tulum, with wavy sun-bleached hair and warm, smiling eyes. You say yes, of course, and immediately feel a familiar comfort in front of this human whom you've never before met in this lifetime. Sometimes, you discover that he's an incredible artist. You find yourself in awe of his creations; totally drawn in, wanting to know more. Thank you, Juan EspaƱa, for being that beautiful stranger.


Stay Curious

Stay curious; keep learning. Stay hungry for personal growth... in any and all areas. If you love something, keep doing it. Push yourself just a little each time. Learn another aspect of the skill. And another. And another. Improvement is in the doing.

This evening, I decided I wanted to work on my photo editing a little. I edit photos every day, and I love it, but all too often I find myself in a routine. Bump contrast. Add brightness. Lower saturation. Flatten. Play with colors. Repeat.

It's a great system. It works for me. It often produces beautiful results. But when I'm not challenging myself, when I'm not pushing myself to experiment, does growth really occur? I'm sure it does; of course it does. Slowly. But I want to thrive. I want to get excited; to learn something new, and be proud of it.

So tonight, that's just what I did. I started reading an article on simulating VSCO filters -- this very same article introduced me to my last editing breakthrough a few months ago: the world of selective color. As I'm reading this article for the second time, I notice a link to another site; a site that has tons and tons of incredible film filters that you can simply drag into photoshop and place on top of your photos. "HELL YEAH," I thought. "This is amazing."

I notice that each filter comes with some rules -- usage rules put in place by its owner. For personal use only, some say. Use freely, but credit me, say others. Ah, credit. Of course.

So I begin to think... Every time I use one of these photos, do I need to write "filter by ___"? That's going to look kinda lame -- and, more importantly, take away from the impact of the photo. But I'm not going to refuse credit where credit is due.

What to do... what to do...

Girl, duh. Make your own damn film filter.

So, using the ones I just found as inspiration -- being careful to go in my own unique direction -- I play around. The first filter I create, BOOM. Into it. I love it.

And that's the filter you see on the images above.

And that is how these things happen.

Everything is a progression. Sometimes slow, sometimes quick.

You learn by doing.

This filter I created today isn't a result of just my mind. It's a result of tons of minds. The minds that discovered photography; film; cameras. The creators of Photoshop; of the Internet; of the machinery that created my computer. Of the artists who inspire me -- and the artists who inspire them. Of their teachers, and their teachers' teachers. Of the farmers who grew the foods I've eaten my entire life; of the Sun, Water, and Earth, which allowed those foods to thrive.

...I began that last paragraph attempting to make the point that instead of getting a quick answer, it took a little bit of exploring for me to accomplish what I created this evening... but instead, the point somehow turned into the notion that these filters have been a result of thousands -- millions -- of minds, hands, and hours, all leading up to this moment right now. That's the crazier thought.

So I shall end this post on a completely new note than what I had originally intended: My friends, we are all in this together. We all affect one another more than we can fathom; more than our brains can probably even comprehend. Whether we realize it or not; whether we want to admit it to ourselves -- or each other -- or not, we depend on each other. And I think that if we all took a step back once a day to remind ourselves of this... this plane of consciousness might become a bit of a more understanding place to be.

And on a totally different note, I think I'm a little bit crazy.


Ten Things

1. Shoutout bbgirl Jana Kirn for these dope-ass mother effing shots. That girl is pure talent in the chillest form.2. In case you've been curious… the #hummusworm (tapeworm) and its crew are ALLLMOST gone. I'm currently on a 3-week sugar cleanse to rid myself of the remaining sugar-esque substances I was allowing myself (fruit, potatoes, & the occasional Ezekiel product). Turns out it might be my ~*emotions*~ affecting my health more than anything else, but that's a story for a different day. Thank you all for being such an awesome support system throughout all this shit. The road to health sure is full of some damn big potholes. 3. Lately I'm jus liiiike, "AYO SUMMER. WHERE YOU AT?" 56 degrees on June 2nd is just plain blasphemy!4. Two of the people I love most in this world just married each other over the weekend. It was so beautiful, so perfect. I love them both with my whole heart.5. I got to see THIS BABE recently… for the first time in far too long. The original OG FP Julia. My old boss. My gurlfren. My Coachella partner in crime. Now I can't stop thinking about a trip to Austin. We gon' make this happen. 6. When was the last time you and your best friends bough friendship rings? Last week, this one and I did exactly that. I'm obsessed.7. I often wish I could hire someone to play with my hair throughout the day, every day, from the moment I woke up until the moment I fell asleep. 8. Still craving pizza. It's been almost one full year since I had a slice.9. Oftentimes -- usually when I'm on the subway during my morning commute -- I wish there was something I could say to snap everyone out of their own little worlds and come together and just hang. It's not the way we're brought up -- we learn to shield ourselves from strangers, to keep to ourselves for the most part. We develop fears and anxieties about relating to other people. I have them, too. I wish it wasn't this way, and I wish there was something I could do. I wish, I wish, and I know that there must be. I just don't know what. 10. I should start writing in a journal… regularly. Actually, I think I might.


Moon + Mercury

Tonight, Mercury turns retrograde at 9:49 EDT. It's a period to tie loose ends in order to make way for new opportunities; to revisit old patterns of thought and change them in order to move forward in a way that enables us to better serve ourselves. Today, I found myself writing the words you see on this piece of paper. I didn't intend to share this with anyone -- it really was just for me. A record of the thoughts flowing through my mind.

Then, I had a work-ish meeting with a beautiful soul who told me that today also marks a new moon, and that it's the perfect time to write down a list of what we want to accomplish in this moon cycle. So coincidental, as I had already written this little note to myself hours before I spoke with her.

I wanted to share with you guys as inspiration to write your own. Think about how you want to live. How you can better yourself. Ways that you can raise the vibes you put out into the universe. Think up what you truly feel the need to do, big or small. Write it down. No pressure, no judgment. Just write. Feel the words as your pen presses to paper. Breathe them out, and breathe them right back in. Let them fill you up and offer you support.

We were born both from and into this universe. It has an affect on us, and we have one right back on it. Let's just fill everything with big, pure love. Fuck everything else; we don't need any of it.


Work These Days

I'm one month deep into a brand new yet strangely familiar job. New city. New faces. New vibe. New responsibilities. Yet that very same brand that will always be near and dear to my heart. Yes, the girl who said she'd never work in the corporate world again is back full time with Free Peeps. This time in the New York showroom. It's not the same as the job I knew. It sometimes makes me homesick for that Free People Philly life I lived for two crazy years. I miss the comfort of working right next to my best friends... having lunch with them… doing more work with them... and then going home just to hang out with them some more. But change is good and we mustn't remain attached to the past. I'm happy where I am and will (clearly) always always always cherish the memories of years past. I can't wait to see what's to come from here. And besides: I still get to have meetings with FP Jana… even if they are few and far between. <3

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