I love those mornings where you grab your guitar and words & melody just flow without thought. It is probably the best high I have felt just the process of creating something and then liking it afterwards.
I had the pleasure of merchandising this beautiful little store located in Creemore, ON called Mumba over the holidays. Founded by artist and designer Brenda Brown, Mumba is a one of a kind rustic little haven where you can find everything from artwork, unique home accents, to custom barnboard & other wood furnishings. The vibe is cozy, warm and welcoming. With that being said, I absolutely loved helping out here.
You can find out more at: www.mumba.ca
I was feeling very Stevie Nicks today, while expressing my inner witch obviously. I remember when she appeared on AHS’s COVEN. I died, it was amazing.. and her wardrobe for the show was so on point.
A fun shoot I did with my friend Bobby Raffin back during our college days. We were both grungy babies who thought they were just “tooo cool. “
Free People Shaggy Fringe Cardigan
Free People Mesh Sequined Baby Doll Dress
DIY Embroidered Patchwork Jeans
DIY Rusty Gold Suede Boots
Thrifted Vintage Lilac Frames (VV Boutique- you know what it is girl)
So, I am a huuuge free people lover. I’ve had this fringe duster cardigan for a couple years now, and it is still hands down the most favored piece in my non-matching eclectic wardrobe. My cousin calls it my *sheep jacket* (brat)
It’s safe to say I have clothing that others would find cringe worthy and its OK. I love my Clover Canyon beach print tunic that looks like a tent anyways with all of it’s tacky and unique glory LOL. (I’ll make sure to do a fun shoot in that one too)
I have been dabbling in a few DIY projects here and there and the most recent endeavor is the creation of these lovely hippie-esque embroidered patchwork jeans. I, personally think they are wonderful and I plan on making more! Maybe for sale, we will see.
I also took it upon my self to spray paint these thrifted beige suede boots which transformed into the ones I am wearing here. I originally wanted them to look more rustic, and they turned out like this instead. Kinda 70’s, kinda glam. Oh well, I don’t mind them. C’est la vie!
Was feelin’ my self a little today. No biggie.
I’ve always said, “Live your life for you, with no apologies. Do what makes you feel alive and follow the call of the wild” Mantras, mantras.
I have always been one who learns through self inflicted lessons, I am naturally defiant and I have the tendency to not take (sometimes) wise advice given. With that being said, I have also taken many risks and have had so many amazing cloud 9 experiences because of this nature of mine. It has been a constant battle between wanting to feel at home and grounded somewhere, anywhere, and then also completely wanting explicit freedom and this yearning to not being tied to anywhere in particular. So, the thing I remember is no matter where I am, I am in this body and I have my self. I am stuck here, through the good and bad. I am alive and I can feel the sun on my face, and experience the highs and the lows of this human experience… and really that is what this journey is all about. Experience, experience, experience!
We can get a little caught up in trying to maintain a state of internal positivity. I know from my personal experience of struggling with depression and anxiety most of my life- you can feel offended when people tell you to just be positive and everything will be fine. Well, I’d like to say that’s all great for those who can do that, but my life has seemed to be a constant war within. (But that’s ok) We have memes and articles thrown at us everyday with this idea that negative thoughts and emotions are bad. We need to remember we are human and we are here for the human experience and the usage of the word *bad* is subjective. Because, nothing is bad and nothing is good. You only have duality.
In closing, you can only learn for your self what works for you and what doesn’t.. what propels you into the life that you dream of and what experiences show you exactly what you don’t want.
It seems I am finally emerging from what felt like the winter of my life. A winter that was long and cold where I was stranded and was constantly looking for a warm cabin to call home. The thing is, I am that cabin. I spent so long searching for a home in another person I ended up becoming completely forgetful of my own personal strength.
Too many women get wrapped up in relationships, dedicate so much energy and love into the other person, (I was that person) that in the end they are left completely depleted and lost. We need to remember to never lose touch with our selves. Don’t sacrifice your values, your well-being for anybody. You are all you need my love. All of the warmth, and security lies within your self as soon as you realize this simple truth.
Coat: vintage (VV Boutique yall)
Glasses: vintage (The Patch)
Guns & Roses T: Winners
Jeans: hand damaged and diy patchwork
Gypsy, wanderer, vagabond, rebel soul. Oh, how I long to live out of a van and travel, be creative, take pictures and play music. I just want to be free and unconfined to one place, one job, you get the picture. I still have yet to join a hippy commune lol. Although, it is definitely on the bucket list amongst many other unconventional life goals. I also have to thank my talented cousin Keira Clarke for helping me capture my vision today. We had a lot of fun in the process.