Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Be.

"She was on the verge of becoming that most dreaded of all females: an original."



Men's Sweater: H&M , Boyfriend Jeans cut as Shorts: GAP, Lace Tights: Wolford



Let's entering 2016 determined to be exactly who we're meant to be. No more carbon copies, cookie cutter, one size fits all. Let's embrace our true selves and encourage those around us to do the same. Let 2016 be our year. 

Photographer: Elias Montes

Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Motivation: MiraFit


Mental and physical health has always been important to me. Especially since I grew up in a household with a parent living with a mental disorder various physical ailments. It made me realize how taking care of my body is very important.







As someone who struggles with managing a busy and often over scheduled day, I've learned being healthy has nothing to do with your waist size, it's all about how you feel. Mental health and physical health (in my opinion) go hand in hand. That's one of the reasons why I reached out to Mira  to try out their band as I decided to aim for a healthier mind and body for 2016.



One of my favorite things about Mira is the look of it. It looks like a bracelet. A lot of bands (including my tried and true Fitbit) are visually unattractive. But since I started wearing the Mira band I received so many compliments and once I tell them what it is, they immediately look it up. They have different bracelet color options to help you find the right color/metal for your style.

I also like how Mira shows you how many steps you've taken, how many calories you have burned and the time all on the band's face as well as the app that is available for iPhone and Droid phones. I have a Droid and I feel like some of the features I am unable to activate, but I am still learning about that band and its features.


I haven't started working out yet and seeing how the Mira band ties into it, so I still have much to learn about it. I have to admit that I'm excited that the company understands that women these days are so busy trying to balance everything else and it helps you be the best shape for yourself; not for everyone else. Definitely looking forward to using this more in the New Year.



Does anyone else have the Mira? If so, I would love to hear how you feel about it.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Currently Listening To: JohnnySwim



Eve though it doesn't feel like Christmas is next week (what's going on with the temperatures), I have A JohnnySwim Christmas on replay. I saw them in concert this Monday and they reminded me of how much I love seeing them live. The way they interact with other on stage is incredible. If you haven't seen them live yet, do yourself a favor and see them asap!




Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Face: Stephanie DeFelice


Name:  Stevie / Steph 
Ethnicity : Scottish, Italian, and Hungarian 
Agencies : Factor Women CHI,  Vision LA , Ashley Rae Hancock TX
Height : 5' 8" 
Bust :  34
Waist :  25
 Hips : 35
Eyes :  Green 
Hair :  Brown 


A Little Bit about Steph (In her own words):

I was born and bred in Pittsburgh, but from a young age I felt the pull to travel as much as possible. I got into modeling when a coworker sent me to a local casting, and it sort of snowballed from there. My natural tendencies to wander led me to meeting some incredible photographers and artists, and due to that I got the attention of Factor Women Chicago. I was signed via Skype.










Its in my nature to always stay busy making something; it's very rare you'll find me without a camera or a sketchbook.  Along with modeling I work at a contemporary art gallery as an installer and educator. I also assist an incredible florist. That sort of composite lifestyle works best for me; I feel happy and inspired when I have several different ventures going at once.



Favorite book is a tough one. I think I would have to choose Just Kids by Patti Smith. I've always looked to Patti as not only one of my favorite musicians but also a style icon of mine. Favorite movie is O' Brother Where Art Thou (The Cohen brothers color palate + that humor). 



My playlist is a monster, and it tends to change day to day. Lately I've been stuck on The Stooges, Ty Segall, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Sonics, Jacques Dutronc, and The Slits. I am a hardcore White Stripes/ Jack White fan; so that's also usually present. 


If I could go back in time and tell myself anything it would be to not be afraid to live boldly. I made the decision a few years ago to pursue everything that kept me inspired and happy. 




Thanks to some incredible people and opportunities I've been able to continue to create, travel, and explore. I feel very lucky to be where I am today. 





The Face is a series focusing on the indie models of the business. The girls that are one snap away from becoming the girl that everyone knows. 
Get to know them in their own words. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

FP Loves Campaign


It is always a pleasure and honor to go to Philly and hang out with people who have now become family. I have worked with Free People's FPMe for a little over 3 years now and each time is better than before. For my latest trip/shoot in Philly, we shot for their #FPLoves campaign.


FP Loves is a revival of their favorite and best selling pieces in time for the holidays. That combined with some of their favorite FP Me girls is a win/win. 

Moonshine V-neck Pullover


First Kiss Dress


Check out their blog to read more about it.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Faith-Life

Dress: Vintage Norma Kamali

"Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way."
James 1:2-4 (MSG)








There is nothing like finding out what you are made of when you are stripped of everything. This past year may have been one of my hardest years (being without a job and without a home for more than half of it), but it was one of the best because I was surrounded by amazing people who loved me, encouraged me and kept me going when I had no energy to go on. They didn't let me wallow in anything for too long; they picked me up and help me move on. 


I know my faith is stronger, I trust God like never before. I am constantly reminded of His love shown in His grace, provision and protection. 


I don't know everything, believe me. I will be the first to admit that I am baffled by the things in the life; but I do know that in my darkest times, when I felt like I could not go on at all the only thing that kept me going was that I knew I would get out of this because God was on my side. I'm still in a journey, I am learning to let go of things and let God lead me. There are days when I get it completely wrong, and there are days when I feel like I have it together. Each day is a step on this journey called life, and I plan to walk it out. 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

An Ode to The Sun

Blouse, Jeans, Clogs
Great is the sun, and wide he goes
Through empty heaven with repose;
And in the blue and glowing days
More thick than rain he showers his rays. 





















Though closer still the blinds we pull 
To keep the shady parlour cool, 
Yet he will find a chink or two 
To slip his golden fingers through. 

The dusty attic spider-clad 
He, through the keyhole, maketh glad; 
And through the broken edge of tiles 
Into the laddered hay-loft smiles. 

Meantime his golden face around 
He bares to all the garden ground, 
And sheds a warm and glittering look 
Among the ivy's inmost nook. 
Sweater (similar) 

Above the hills, along the blue, 
Round the bright air with footing true, 
To please the child, to paint the rose, 
The gardener of the World, he goes. 
Summer Sun- Robert Louis Stevenson


Photographer: Elias Montes