I’m a home body at heart. I love to travel. I love people. I love adventure. Most of all though, I love coming home. Home is my haven. It’s my place of peace in the midst of a busy world. It’s where I get inspired. It’s where I create, write and rest. I love my home.
If you’ve followed along here you’ve probably seen that I’ve moved around a bit over the last year. It’s been an adventure and more than anything I’m so grateful that I’ve had the opportunity to find home in so many different contexts.
When I moved into my current home I enlisted the help of my brilliant friend interior designer, Emily Kathryn, of Either/Or Interior Design to help me bring my tropical dreams to life. She’s beyond wonderful and didn’t even bat an eye when I expressed my desire for all things pink and girly and tropical. She let me bounce endless ideas off of her and helped me source pillows and art and rugs (picked in one of the LA Rug stores) and about a million other things that helped bring everything together.
The end result is everything I could have dreamed of in a room. It’s been my sanctuary and little bit of paradise over the past few months. I love going home at the end of a busy day.
I thought it would be fun to do a quick behind-the-scenes tour of my current space. My friend Jen, of Eun Photography, captured these colorful shots during our last photo shoot. So here’s a front row seat to my to flamingo addiction also known as my room tour. Enjoy!
His name is Armando.
Aaaannnd, this is how I feel every time I go home. YAY!!!!
I’m so excited to share these photos with you! A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to collaborate with two wonderful friends to capture some new images for this site and I’m thrilled with what we came up with!
Jen Eun of Eun Photography is pure sunshine! I got to know her just a bit on a photoshoot she did for my friend Emily of Either/Or Interior Design. Watching her ease behind the camera, her eye for capturing beautiful moments and her genuine happy presence convinced me that I HAD to plan a project with her. It just so happened that I’d been wanting some new photos for both the Piccadilly and LAH sites. YAY!
My friend Emily kindly agreed to come along and keep my awkwardness at a minimum. I’m so much more used to being behind-the-scenes on photoshoots, styling and primping and generally carrying a lot of stuff. Emily has an incredible eye for detail and she kept me on point all day. Besides that she just makes everything more fun!
We chose to shoot in a few of my favorite places including CrystalWynwood. CrystalWynwood is a spot in Crystal City, VA (just outside DC) that has brightly colored murals stretched across a series of walls. It was inspired by my all time favorite place, Wynwood Walls in Miami. I wrote about my trips there earlier this year here. Crystal Wynwood includes individual pieces by No Kings Collective (@nokingsDC) founders Brandon Hill and Peter Chang as well as contributions from well-known area graffiti artists Aniekan Udofi (@sketch272000), Kevin Irvin aka Jazi Rock, and Kelley Towles (@kellytowles). I would highly recommend going to check it out for yourself.
We also spent a bit of time at another of my favorite spots, Maketto. Maketto is a an awesome local coffee shop/restaurant/retail space. I not only love them for their sleek black and white design construct but I found out when I was there for dinner last that most of the folks working there are creatives working on any number of awesome sauce projects. It just confirmed what I’d guessed all along, it’s definitely where the cool kids hang out. Sometimes they even let me in.
This shoot was so much fun. Each photo feels like a gift to me. On top of that, spending time with both Jen and Emily was just BEYOND. I truly feel so blessed to have such incredible women in my life. From putting up with my messy room and crazy insecurities (yes it’s true!) to sharing their hearts and talking about the wonder that is grace, they made this the…
She who is BRAVE is free
While I’ve been having a blast working with the Beautiful You team on the photoshoot for the 2016 conference I thought I would take advantage of #throwbackthursday to share some photos from the photoshoot we did together for their 2015 conference. I’m woefully behind in sharing these on here but they’re just too beautiful not to post.
How epic is this moment? Our model (& friend!) Andrea was WORKING it! Gorgeous! The 2015 conference theme was BRAVE and we wanted to visually paint the picture of a wild warrior princess through the photos. Each of the models lent their individual beauty to bring that storyline to life in their own unique way. We had two main locations for the shoot; Meridian Hill Park for sunrise and Rock Creek Park for sunset. Both sites were spectacular and provided their own version of wild beauty in the midst of our bustling city. The Piccadilly Creative team partnered with Beautiful You to help bring together this photoshoot through creative consulting and styling. We had such a blast doing so. Most of the looks we used for the shoot were from Free People and Nordstrom and we were lucky enough to partner with Ethic Goods to spotlight some of their fantastic pieces of jewelry on the models.
These beautiful ladies (& little ones) woke up at the crack of dawn to allow us to capture the magic of sunrise. The sun peeking through the trees was absolutely worth the extra doses of caffeine that we were all running on that morning.
These ladies were nonstop laughter and beauty. There were so many lovely moments just like this one.
My friend Jacks of John Jacks Photography consistently amazes me at his ability to capture beauty and the magic of a moment. I got to work with him again this year and it was so much fun!
With BRAVE wings she flies
I’d also be remiss if I didn’t mention the creative genius that is Emily Kathryn Winship of Either/Or Design (& the Piccadilly Creative Team). We call her the “Empress of Glueguns” on the Piccadilly website and it’s so true. She can make anything! She handcrafted the most idyllic tent of vintage fabrics, a fleet of miniature boats made of paper mache and about a million flower crowns for our shoot.
Fortune & Love favor the BRAVE
It was such a magical and beauty-kissed day. I love looking at these images and reliving the memories. I hope you enjoy them as well!
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A few weeks ago I had the absolute privilege of working with two wonderful creatives and friends, Jen of Eun and Emily of Either/Or Interior Design on a fun new photoshoot for this site. I can’t wait to show you all we came up with!