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WOMEN’S MARCH | L O S A N G E L E S

“Well-behaved women rarely make history.”

-LAUREL T H A T C H E R ULRICH

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January in Los Angeles this year could be best described as a monsoon. Okay, maybe that’s a little hyperbolized. Nevertheless, we’ve had uncharacteristic amounts of rain this month. With our current drought-ridden situation, we’re quite consoled by the rainfall. As a result, LA has been refreshed with greenery resembling the Pantone color of the year. (Well-played M. Nature).

For instance, this week it’s rained 5 out of 7 days. Friday, it rained all day. Sunday, it rained all day. Saturday, well Saturday was sunny and warm. A crisp bite was in the air when you found yourself in the shade. Saturday, January 21st 2017 also marked the official Women’s March in Downtown Los Angeles. Little did we know, that in attending and showing our support, we would be a part of written history.

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It was as though the heavens supported our efforts by offering this momentary hiatus. The sun shined bright and wide on us all, while we marched and made hisherstory. We expected a large turnout, roughly 80,000 people. What we got was much much more. As we turned the corner we found ourselves among what seemed like half of LA. On that beautiful Saturday morning, Evan and I marched for the equal rights of all.

The drums and chants rhythmically surged through my soul like the beat of my own heart. In that moment, I felt my beat was one with everyone else’s. A sense of unity washed over me. I felt utter peace and the strength in numbers for the first time. What an unbelievable feeling it is to be connected to a passionate, fired up community and make history through peaceful action.

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Saturday I felt the power of LA surge through my soul as I marched through the heart of the city. I was amazed by the love that filled streets I’ve so often walked alone, with no purpose but my own. For me, that’s what made this all the more impactful, that shift from personal to universal; the coming together of ALL, united against hate.

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Submerged in mass energy, we made our way to the middle of the crowd. There was a positive peacefulness that filled the air. I felt extremely lifted. Like kinetic energy, we slowly ascended up the hills towards Grand Park. As we gained momentum, we gained energy and passion. The joy and love was undeniably infectious. Our spirits weren’t crushed, they were elevated. There was something so special about the day that we couldn’t stop reliving and talking about it.

The next morning we found out LA had an estimated 750,000 attendees alone. In DC, the turnout was 3 times the size of Trump’s inauguration the day before. With more than 3.7 million people (and still counting) that took part in Women’s Marches around the world, it’s safe to say we participated in one of the largest demonstrations in history. (Not bad for my first protest).

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On a micro scale, it was inspiring to see all the creative chants and posters people came up with. People speaking their mind and using their god-given creative gifts for the power of good. Simply incredible. In the downtime before the march began, I found myself scanning the crowd to understand what people were fighting for.

To me, given the circumstances, the artistry seemed to be ignited with fiery passion. Passion on fire is crazy and something I’ve experienced myself. In that way, regardless of our different lives and struggles, I felt their pain and fire. I felt harmony and compassion.

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As powerful as these moments look in photo, there’s something to be said about video. The true essence of this event was captured best in sound and movement. That being said, here’s a short compilation of my favorite clips recorded throughout the day.

 After seeing the numbers roll in yesterday, the message became clear: Numbers don’t lie, and never underestimate the strength of passion. This is just the beginning. We must keep the momentum for this fight is far from over. However, as this marks the beginning of 2017, we will be in for a year of history in the making.

Power on,

M

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| CRYSTAL LAKE |

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I ascend in delight

where the heaviness looms,

and spirits they lift

atop a misty cliff

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An inverted fog

you engulf me in,

a view so unclear

as I watch you disappear

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In the golden valley below

the skies open up,

to taste your sweet tear

oh, the melody I’ll hear

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I followed where you led

upon water cast thy bread,

a vision crystal clear,

in the reflections of my fear

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Waited a long time

to have you by my side,

it was a hell of a ride

though we’ve reached the end of our tide

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There’s something so majestic

about a biblical sky,

to pierce velvet skin

and harden the bone within

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Where thoughts of you lead

 the layers reveal,

indigo hillsides

 so pure and wide

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In a technicolor dream

we ignite with desire

 where greenery’s on fire,

and you are my rectifier.

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CHANNEL orange

“To experience peace does not mean that your life is always blissful. It means that you are capable of tapping into a blissful state of mind amidst the normal chaos of a hectic life.”

We all know that sinking feeling when things seemingly don’t go our way. I would imagine it feels quite similar to swimming upstream. Tell it to the girl who got her wisdom teeth pulled, the flu, as well as a flat tire in a week’s time. When it rains it pours (I write this as rain pounds the streets of Los Angeles).

Through these growing pains, a lesson can always be learned. Personally I learned rain is the ultimate cleanser…and we can’t control the flow. Nature will work it’s course, and we must ride the tide. We will arrive changed and in the grace of a peaceful sea, eventually, with some faith. Easier to say once the storm has settled.

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To me, in these trying times, the purpose seems to be the ultimate test of one’s faith, strength and character. We may not be in control of everything, but we are indeed in control of our perspective and reactions. That may seem minuscule but it’s truly liberating knowing that we may channel any negative circumstance into pure gold; or what I simply refer to as “transforming the mess into the message.”

We’ve all played the victim at one time or another. Why me? It’s his fault for cutting me off. I have bad luck and so on and so on. I get it. It’s easier to place the blame elsewhere than to take sole responsibility. But the truth is, we are actually co-creators in everything we experience. You might even say we welcomed in this ‘issue’ as an imperative life lesson we subconsciously know we must learn.

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I want to show you that you can enjoy your problems. First and foremost, you have to see these so-called problems as opportunities. If we see them as problems, then we got problems. If we can’t make that shift in thought, we can’t enjoy the journey and grow. Because if you think about it, much of life is purely a figment of our imagination. The going may get rough (at times) but it is what we perceive (overall) that shapes our reality. Why not perceive it in a light that makes life as a whole most exciting?

For whatever reason, you’ve undeniably welcomed this situation into your life. Whether it be a difficult relationship that’s teaching you about yourself in relation to others or a series of unfortunate events that’s testing your patience. We all have something to gather from each (problem) opportunity. Simply looking at it as so, is a great place to begin. A simple change in words and perspective can work magic in your life. Best thing, it’s free. If you read this, I hope one thing: You shift from ‘the victim’ to the ‘the opportunist’ by seeing each problem as an opportunity to improve your life. 

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| MAV M A N T R A |

I transform the mess into the message.

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Another huge adjustment is gratitude. I can’t stress enough how important it is to place your attention and intent in the right places. In the midst of chaos it’s easy to notice what’s going wrong. I do it too. But, what if you were to remember to acknowledge what went right? If you were in an accident, maybe you weren’t injured. Perhaps you lost a valuable item, but now you have space to welcome in something new. Whatever it may be, try to focus on what’s working. This simple shift gives you a new outlook on the situation.

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These are essentially simple (and effective) ways to learn, grow, and become more compassionate, which is why I think we’re all here, don’t you? These tough lessons come as blessings in disguise so that we may work out our issues together. What better way to improve than by learning from one another and being your own guru.

So welcome and face your challenges with an openness that sets yourself up for success. Approach your opportunities courageously and become stronger. Acknowledge what’s going right and become abundant. Be grateful for each and every life lesson, because they will come and go like the ebb and flow, that is fasho. What will remain is mindfulness and the richness of life. An internal gold that no one can touch.

Get (soul) diggin’

M

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COLOR P A L E T T E

“Mere color, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways. ”

-OSCAR W I L D E

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It’s that time of year for feasting and festivities. As 2016 comes to an end, so do our healthy habits (at least for me). Hey, with cookies that good you’re better off eating them than letting them go to waste (solid justification). That being said, here are a few of my favorite things that are simple, colorful and best of all, comfortable!

If you couldn’t tell by my daily Instagram stories, I’ve been influenced by pastels quite a bit this season. In particular, sherbet tones. It all started after I had a delicious dessert after dinner at the Sunset Tower Hotel in LA. I know, not your average color palette for the red and green or gold and blue holiday. Never the less, still a pretty combo to look at (and eat) if you ask me!

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Here are a few of my holiday to do’s:

Take pleasure in the little things

Don’t guilt trip yourself

Take in all the amazing aromas

Bend your diet a little

Add some dazzle

Get in a good view

LIVE A LOT

🙂

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Keep shining ya wacko,

M

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|| P L A N B ||

“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

– JOHN L E N N O N

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It was a cool October evening in Los Angeles — not quite summer, not quite fall. The sun began to dip behind the industrial buildings that lined the streets of Downtown. As it transitioned from day to night, I began to contemplate the irony of my day ‘on-set.’ I use the term loosely as I tend to shoot with other unconventional artists who embody a similar relaxed approach and finesse. Similarly, we thrive in the fluid and somewhat chaotic unexpectedness of ‘the streets.’

Out here, you can never be entirely sure of what you’re going to get. I guess you could say the same about life. Then again, life imitates art. With that being said, I will preface with the following; this is a story about a plan gone awry. If you can roll with the punches and maybe even color outside the lines, you’ll arrive exactly where you need to be. Somewhere I call PLAN B.

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Plan A involved something like this: A classic Bardot outfit against a french inspired street cafe scene. What we got? A 180 of everything I just said. Well, I was never one to believe in Murphy’s Law. I did however always find comfort in the quote by Lennon, “life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.”

What I think Lennon’s stressing is the importance of being flexible and not resisting life’s plans. As humans, we like structure and predictability to feel secure. Becoming best friends with uncertainty and letting life flow are personal skills worth developing. You may even recall some of your fondest memories happened to be a result of fate or the unexplainable.

With that being said, here we go:

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When I began to style a look for my shoot with Ashlyn, I had my head rigidly wrapped around a classic Brigitte Bardot look. Problem was, I couldn’t seem to pull it off with my current wardrobe. Slightly frustrated, I felt my ego creep in and fear began to manifest. I took the uncomfortable feeling as my cue to get quiet and become present. As I stared blankly into my color coordinated closet, a vibrant orange number caught my eye.

I reached for the piece out of curiosity having almost forgotten I owned it. I pulled it out to reveal a 70’s vintage lounge dress in mint condition. I must’ve bought it on one of my thrifting expeditions. As I held it overhead, examining at arms length, I wondered why I had not worn it yet? I threw it on and realized two things:

1. I loved the design and fabric

2. I hated the fit

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|| P L A N  B ||

So I did what I knew best under such circumstances; I performed a quick (and painless) surgery. I began to re-imagine it. I figured if things go wrong, so be it. If things go right, so be it. And with a few quick snips of my orange Fiskars, I was now the proud owner of a 70’s duster. Excitement rushed over me and without second thought, I threw it on over top my current outfit; a pair of Levi’s and a long-sleeved blouse.

I looked at my reflection in awe, not because of my amazing craftsmanship (because clearly I could use help in that department) but because of the overall look. A strange approach to layering now made complete sense. It was unconventional, funky and best of all, it was me. I’ve learned that mistakes are at times more helpful than harmful.

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I met up with Ashlyn just outside the ETO building. We originally had a spot mapped out but much like my original look, it ceased to exist. We walked up to a cafe in a hidden alley illuminated by string patio lights. The gates were locked. In that moment, I heard my dad’s best impersonation of John Candy in National Lampoon’s Vacation echo in my mind, “Sorry folks, park’s closed.” Ashlyn and I look at each other with an encouraging c’est la vie glance and carry on into the unknown.

As we turn the corner, we begin our adventure surprised as we find a bushel of strawberries randomly placed on the sidewalk. The strange encounter made us both laugh and we continued on. I felt as though it was almost placed there for us, a free prop! About 15 feet later, Ashlyn says “Actually, I think I wanna use those.” Without further notice, I pivoted and marched back with a assertive “you read my mind.”

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I learned something plain and simple from this entire experience; strawberries are always a good idea. Well, that and sometimes the so called roadblocks are just opportunities to embrace life; to allow life to redirect you instead of you directing it. Sometimes Plan B can be just as sweet if not sweeter than Plan A.

Without making mistakes, we may never explore new terrain or innovate new things. Instead of forcing our free will, we could use it wisely to choose between a life run by ego or a life in tune with a higher intelligence.

As life continues to surprise me and push my boundaries, I’ll make a better point of allowing. Perhaps you may see for yourself that coloring outside the lines is no mistake at all. Perhaps in falling outside the predetermined box, you create a new street worth exploring. For yourself and others.

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OVERALLS OVER ALL

“Creativity is intelligence having fun”

-ALBERT E I N S T E I N

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I’m seeing everything overalls.

I have picked overalls above and over all other options this season. These pocketed jeans inspired by farmers have become a staple in my closet. I had a blast styling them into my fall/winter wardrobe. Style them up or dress them down, these classics can be useful for various occasions, on and off the farm.

To say the least, I’ve basically been living in these Wildfox overalls since purchasing at Crossroads. I snagged these babies for under $50 dollars too! Not bad considering a typical pair could cost you upwards to $200. I can honestly say I’m getting more than my money’s worth considering the quality, condition (second hand purchase) and perfect fit. It was as if they were made for me. Hey, one girl’s pair of old overalls is another’s treasure.

Point being, holding out for the right pair instead of forcing matters can serve you well (and save you money). When it comes to staple items, it’s wise to invest. Shelling out proper dough is welcomed if not encouraged. However, having a little faith and not rushing the process can be just as beneficial. If they’re timeless pieces, they’ll always be around. You’ll find exactly what you need, when you need it.

We’re not all made of money. That being said, one of the best ways to use limitation to your advantage is to get creative and work with what you got. Purchasing a few quality items and rotating them throughout your wardrobe is an amazing way to get your styling and creative juices flowing! So without further adieu, here’s a quick insight into how to style one pair of overalls for two locations.

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So get creative and have some fun while you’re at it!

XX,

M

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THE A L C H E M I S T

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“When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you achieve it.”

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This story is simple but special.

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When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was constantly enamored by this particular structure. Nestled discreetly between shops on Sunset Blvd. stood El Chavo; a lively concoction of Moroccan design meets Havana flair. Earlier this month, the Mexican restaurant with the mean margarita happy hour decided to officially close its doors for good.

I heard rumors of this looming fate last year but somehow found it hard to believe. It seemed far too beautiful too be left behind. I told myself one day I would shoot there before it was too late. I knew it would happen when the moment was right. At the time, I knew I didn’t have the tools necessary.

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I’ll be honest; my desire for this goal was strong, yet my effort was minimal. That’s the crazy thing about manifestation, we’re told we have to want it, yet if we exert too much force it evades us. Things begin to happen when we demonstrate the strength and faith to release whatever it is we want. I’ve found there’s a special kind of magic in trust.

Two years came and went. This past September, I finally made good on the promise I made to myself. Like a well mixed cocktail, all the ingredients came together seamlessly; location, wardrobe, photographer and a little bit of ‘magic.’ The result of getting out of my own way was the imagery within this post.

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At first, I felt as I do with any successful shoot: accomplished. When I paused, I realized it was deeper than success. It was that my vision came to light through my unwavering faith. What makes life most exciting is the possibility of having a dream actualized. Of creating the unseen in the mind and watching it appear.

As El Chavo phases out, and the old becomes the new, I’ll be curious to see how the spot is modernized. I truly hope whoever decides to take over this special space chooses to preserve some of its iconic and stylistic appeal. Regardless, I will continue to slide my cat eye shades down the bridge of my nose to sneak a peak whenever I cruise by.

She’s watching you, kid.

M

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Every age can be enchanting, provided you live within it.”

-BRIGITTE B A R D O T

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As another Halloween rolls by, I take time to pause and reflect on this special holiday. To me, every day is an occasion to play and experiment with transformation. What keeps me excited is being able to channel a certain characteristic and infuse that with my personal style. To repurpose is to make the old fresh again, and to me that’s magic.

I was recently reminded by a dear friend of the Oscar Wilde quote, “Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.” This poses an interesting topic during a holiday which encourages us to wear masks. Perhaps masks support, providing a protective barrier so we can drop all inhibitions and allow our true spirits to shine. Or perhaps we hide behind them. Whichever you relate to more, there’s no denying that we’re all a little liberated when we play dress up.

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We all live our lives differently by choice. My choice is to encourage others to be comfortable with who they are. Strangely enough I find comfort in taking on different aspects of my life experiences. Every person, place and conversation I come across ultimately become a part of me and my next phase. It’s always fun to see where I’m at come October when the ‘transformation spotlight’s’ on and everyone’s watching.

I learned something about myself from this holiday: I don’t plan. It wasn’t until a few days before Halloween that I came up with my costume (same with last year). I never go out of my way to buy anything, nor do I force a costume. I simply work with what’s presented and currently influencing me. This year I’d been heavily influenced by Paris. It seemed everywhere I turned, all roads led to Paris. Last month I had also become interested in learning more about Old Hollywood and it’s fashion icons.

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A week before Halloween I attended a beauty event in Downtown. As I got ready I thought my hair was naturally falling into the classic Bardot bouffant. I went with it as I tied in a black ribbon. Strangely enough I had never seen one of her films nor had I begun to learn much about her. Regardless, I was undoubtedly influenced by her beauty from day one as I’ve been known to rock an occasional bow or two.

At the event they had a fashion illustrator doing beauty portraiture’s. That’s when it all clicked. As I sat down with the artist, Regina, she began to fluidly painted out the shape of my bow. Then she proceeded to the soft volume of my hair. She filled in the waves of my ruffled, off-the-shoulder top, (which I now know is referred to as a Bardot top), added some thick cat-eyed liner and two pillowy pink lips. She looks up at me for the final touches and says, you look very Parisian tonight. In that moment I realized I was channeling Brigitte and the DJ cued up his music from a brief pause. His choice? French music (I kid you not).

And so it was decided…

Ms. Bardot it was.

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Halloween has and will always be one of my favorite holidays ~ for any day which encourages you to embrace whoever or whatever you wish (with zero judgement) is a symbol for pure freedom.

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O F F I C E | SPACE

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We all know the situation. Mom reassures you ‘Hunny, it’s not meant to be fashionable, it’s meant to be safe.’ Hailing from Upstate New York, this situation would arise every winter when it came time to break out the good ol’ snow boots. We get a hell of a winter; sounds like a nightmare right? Which part; the ugly protective gear you had to sport regardless of your defiant efforts to refuse or the unbearable winters?

(I’ll let you decide)

Time went on and I resolved the latter issue by moving to Los Angeles…thank gawd. I’ve also since discovered plenty of dope brands that nail it when it comes to functional fashion. One of my favorites thus far being the eyewear brand, Polette, which I reviewed earlier in the year here.

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|| SCREEN G E N E R A T I O N ||

Millennials aka the Screen Generation spend an estimated 8 hours per day looking at a screen and check their phones at least 150 times daily. Can you imagine staring at a tree for 8 hours? That feels like an eternity. (Perhaps one day I’ll master the art of stillness and achieve this task, entering ultra-yogi status). To us, 8 hours scrolling and typing away daily is far from difficult for us. It’s all a matter of perspective and I suppose majorly dependent on the action at hand.

So why does this concern us? Well for starters, our circadian rhythm’s are all out of wack. Millennial or not, we’re all surrounded by stimulation, however we have a choice as to how much we engage with it. Some of us partake in high screen time while others choose to limit their exposure. Regardless, it’s important to be well-informed so I want to share with you the harmful effects and how to protect yourself.

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I began to notice my inability to fall asleep naturally was becoming more and more difficult. I came to realize the overstimulation created by the blue rays emitted from LED screens (such as my laptop or cell phone) were the culprit. Nothing could truly tear apart a ‘late night Nexflix-er’ more than this new found knowledge. Feeling slightly helpless, Polette came to the rescue and offered up a solution.

Understanding the current landscape and their consumer, Polette opened the floodgates with their new innovative technology to offer protection from these high-energy rays. The result?  E-POLETTE, a line specifically designed to protect your eyes from the harmful effects of high-energy blue lights.

|| S A F E T Y  101 ||

Since day one, our sleep cycles revolved around the sun. When the sun goes down and it becomes dark, we produce melatonin, helping us to fall asleep. When we energize the eyes with artificial light, we disrupt the production and screw up the natural process. Even more damaging, the blue lights from LED-lights have also been connected to damaged retina’s. Stated by Polette, “by frequently using this technology we jeopardize our eyes’ health.”

The E-POLETTE collection is designed to filter out 40% of the blue light. It accomplishes this by using a light-yellow filter. When watching any LED screen, these glasses will ensure your body continues producing melatonin, your day-night rhythm is on point and your retinas are fully protected. For the fashion-forward-techi-conscious, this collection’s a winning choice!

Shop the full line here.

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|| FEATURED L O C A T I O  N S ||

Caffe Vita

|| FEATURED P R O D U C T S ||

Polette E-Brooklyn Trans

Kate Spade

|| P H O T O G R A P H Y ||

Nat Sin 

Morgan Ryan

Vintage, Coffee Break, Babes and Coffee, Caffe Vita, TIJN, Glasses, Poet, Typewriter, Blue, Latte Art, Yum, Muse, Maverick,

WONDERS AND SPLENDORS

We’re in this together…

                                                     We’re in this together… 

                                                                                                     We’re in this together you say…                 

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So why do I love a moment alone?

Why do I love each moment, my friend?

The solitude comforts,

the connections add fuel. 

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Orange Dream, Heaven, Vintage, Lounging, Levi's Boyfriend Jean, Vintage Kimono, Button Camisole,

I’m in love with the world and all its wonders,

I’m sorry I so often get lost in its splendors,

but I’m here now,

let’s keep our moment burnin’.

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We may choose to walk alone

but all is very true,

momentarily we are our best,

when we come t o g e t h e r.

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|| FEATURED L O C A T I O  N S ||

Caffe Vita

Dinette

Stories Book & Cafe

Clifton’s

|| FEATURED P R O D U C T S ||

TIJN

Levi’s

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