Location: Houston, TX

Darkness + Light

"There was a flower in her heart, it just needed more room to bloom. And when she let it free, she showed the world that sometimes the most beautiful things can grow in the darkest places without need of light."                        
 R.M. Drake

I did a shoot with my friend Jessica sometime last week on an uneventful day. The crazy thing was we literally put this shot together in maybe 15 minutes? After a quick brainstorming session we had a concept and the direction that we wanted to go in. Next step was execution. All in all the shoot took maybe an hour, but we got some really really great images. I've been scrolling through her camera and I honestly can't wait to share them all with you. Stay tuned!
Location: Indio, CA

Best Street Style From Coachella

Being out in the desert is no joke. Coachella was hot as hell but as I dressed to kill. And it got me noticed! I was featured by ELLE in their Best Street Style from Coachella article. Click through to see this look and their feature!     

I wore this the last day of Coachella. I wanted to keep things simple but interesting. Not sure if that makes sense but that's what I was going for. Super short shorts, a vintage vest with deep pockets, and my favorite purse in the world. I'm beyond excited and honored that Tyler Joe admired my style enough to snap this pic. You can see the original post here.

shorts / nasty gal
vest /tunnel vision
necklace / natalie b
shoes / jeffrey campbell
photo credit / tyler joe
Location: Indio, CA

Vibes in the Valley

There are less than 7 days until one of the most magical festivals on earth comes alive! Over 100,000 people will frolic to the Indio to experience the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. This playlist is everything you need to get you in the zone. Non-stop live music will be performed Friday through Sunday for two weekends and awe-inspiring art installations will transform the festival grounds. When you’re surrounded by picturesque mountains in the distance, lush palm trees and the clear blue sky you can’t help but feel like you’ve been transported to a desert oasis.
In honor of the festival I've created a killer playlist to transport you to the desert and get you in the mood for the three day festival, just in case you weren't excited enough already. 

Headliners for this year are AC/DC, Jack White and Drake. The festival will also be graced by Azealia Banks, Lykke Li, Alt-J, Ryan Adams, Action Bronson, Hoizer and Cloud Nothings just to name a few.

What are you listening to as you get ready for Coachella?

Bummed you can’t make the festival? You can now livestream it from YouTube!
Get more detailed information about the lifestream here.

image via wallorg
Location: Indio, CA

Countdown to Coachella

It’s hard to believe that Coachella  will be transforming the desert into a magical oasis in less than a week! I'm heading off to California this weekend to cover the festival and I've compiled my little list of Coachella essentials.

With Coachella coming up so soon a packing list is constantly on my mind. Planning outfits for any festival is always tough. Nine times out of ten by the time you arrive and see what you’ve brought, you don't want to wear anything you've packed. Sigh. The balance between the arid desert and the frigid nights are challenging, but that won’t stop me from frolicking around the Indio and having a good time. If you’re worried about what to bring, take a glimpse at the ten essentials I’m packing.  

  1. Basics and key pieces - Usually I decide on a few staples or key pieces to bring along and then mix and match them with some basics. That way each outfit feels fresh since I’ve put it together at the festival. When you’ve planned everything out to a T it’s easy for things to feel stale. Bring shorts for the day and a jacket or kimono for night time, the desert gets really cold. Pro tip: whatever you pack cut that in half. It’s difficult, but trust me you’ll thank me later.

  2. Baby wipes - While the desert is certainly a beautiful place it can also get insanely hot. So expect to sweat quite a bit. I love keeping baby wipes with me because they will keep you cool and clean the entire day.

  3. Camera - I always try to bring an inexpensive point and shoot to the festival. Keep in mind that professional cameras (anything with a detachable lens) are not allowed on the festival grounds, but if you don’t have a point and shoot your phone is the perfect alternative. See the full list for what’s not allowed here: https://www.coachella.com/festival-info/

  4. Gatorade - Again, the desert is arid and dancing in the sunshine and soaking up those good vibes can be exhausting. If you’re camping like me, be sure to bring in something other than water to really rehydrate your body.

  5. Charger - This year Coachella is BYOC or Bring Your Own Charger. So there will be tons of stations all over the festival, but you’ll need your own charger to power up your devices. I’m trying something new by testing out a solar powered charger, but if you don’t want to try that you can also bring an external cell phone battery charger.

  6. Sunscreen - No one wants to be out of commision because of a little sunburn. Be sure to bring plenty and lather up often. If you’re worried that you might get burned don’t forget a small bottle of aloe vera gel.

  7. Bag - Bags at the festival are kind of a big deal. There are those that go without anything at all and those that lug around huge packs that look like they were made for a hike up Mt. Everest. I wouldn’t recommend going hands free, but plenty of people do it. Taking a small bag or fanny pack just holding your essentials (ID, keys, lip balm, wallet) is best. Keep it small and simple, I like crossbody bags because they keep you hands free.

  8. Statement jewelry - Coachella is really great because everyone is pushing festival fashion boundaries. Maybe someones over-accessorizing or perhaps they’re keeping things minimal, but one statement piece can really set you a part from the crowd. Not to mention, it’s also a great conversation starter.

  9. Sunnies - I try to bring at least two pairs of sunnies with me to the festival. I make sure that they’re cute but cheap in case they get lost or broken. Trust me when I say sunnies are an absolute must in the desert.

  10. Waterproof makeup - Between hopping around in the Indio from stage to stage, or just hanging poolside with your friends its easy for your makeup to run. Keep it waterproof and you won’t have to make any touchups the entire day.

This is my little list of essentials, what are you packing for Coachella?

image via alwaysjudging
Location: Here

Here & Now

It's easy to get lost in the hum drum of everyday life. So quickly we fall into "routines" that allow us to become stuck in the mundane. It's up to us to remain present in the here and now. The goal is to actually experience each moment away from social media and escape the external pressures placed upon us.

Too often we forget that this is the one life we were given. At the end of the day the choices we make and the paths we take affect no one but ourselves. That's what you have to keep telling yourself. Especially when things get hard. Yes, people may be disappointed in you but if you're happy and you're following your heart they'll come around eventually. No one will work harder for you than yourself. Don't let the doubters get you down.

ear cuff / diy
dress / vintage
earrings / mr. kate
ring / monserat de lucca
photos / amarie baker