Archive for June 2014

Urban Native

As an Apparel Design & Merchandising student, I have had the great fortune of meeting a diversity of talented and creative people in all areas of the style spectrum.  This past year, one of these individuals was Ashlee Norman, a hair stylist…nay, hair genius based in Valencia, California.  A few months ago, she graciously asked me to be her hair model for a competition initiated by Wella Professionals and their 2014 S/S Trend Vision called “Urban Native”.  As I plan my next trip up to her salon, fond memories of our shoot fill my head.  These were the images and looks that defined the collection.

THE BOHO URBAN NATIVE LOOK. A PURPLE BASE COLOR IS BLENDED WITH WASHED-OUT PINKS, HINTS OF ORANGE, GREENS AND LAVENDER BLONDES

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Urban Native; A new tribe of people with a relaxed energy and natural grace have de-cluttered, slowed down and combined nature and city-life to live in a more satisfying turned-on now.

 

Images via Wella Professionals

Ashlee spent an entire Sunday back in May transforming my lack of a look into an incredible interpretation of this vision by Wella.  The result was a complete transformation that I will always be grateful for.  And plan to recreate very soon.

Here’s the “before”…

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…and the “After”…

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To see Ashlee’s work, click here.

Surya Namaskara

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Today marks the first official day of summer. It is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year.  While the season of sangria, seashells, and sunburns has only just begun, the days that were once getting longer will now begin to recede into darkness. Yogis believe this day to be a reminder of the balance and harmony in the natural world – the interchange between hours of sun and shade a parallel to our own movements through the light and dark of life.  Not only is it a day to celebrate the sunny, carefree days to come but also to reflect on the idea of living more in equilibrium.

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I’m planning to celebrate the day with some outdoor yoga, getting my sun salutations in while there’s still light left.

Images via free people, mayaland.

Lost + Found

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It’s here.  It’s overtaken everyone.  And it seems to have stricken the entire population to an precedented degree…wanderlust.

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That insatiable urge deep down in your gut.  The longing sense to flee everything and everyone to just find someplace to get lost.  Summer is incomplete without it.  From cross-country road trips to global excursions, it’s all anyone is talking dreaming about.  I am no exception.  The day to day familiarity of life has slowly started to erode at my soul and all I want to do is run.  Until some unexpected miracle is bestowed upon me and I can abandon everything to go find myself abroad, I’ll have to find a way to contain my cravings in the only way I know how – through words.  An imaginative global road trip, so-to-speak.  All the destinations I’d go to if I could.  The possibilities are overwhelmingly endless.  Where would you go?

Wanderlust…be weary, no one is immune.

Images via typewrittenamelia writes.