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| LES F E M M E S |

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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| THE C E L E B R A T I O N |

 

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“The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.”

– O P R A H WINFREY

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|| JOIN THE J O U R N E Y ||

March has been a bit of a whirlwind in the best way possible. I’m not saying it was because it’s my birthday month but there was definitely some magic in the air. From exploring the Island of Catalina with my Mom, producing my first professional studio shoot for a global client, to winning my second Lookbook contest, there definitely wasn’t a shortage of things to celebrate. I want to wrap up this month by reflecting on this month’s #MavHave: C E L E B R A T E. So jump on board as I explore Catalina Island and dive into a conversation about miracles, creating the life of your dreams, and the importance of stopping to celebrate along the way!

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|| DO YOU BELIEVE IN M A G I C ||

I believe in miracles and celebrating magic moments. When goals I had been working toward began to take shape this month I was reminded of this belief. I finally understood the importance of sitting back to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

I think when we embrace the so called “magical impossible” with an “im-possible” mentality, we begin to open up and trust that we can in fact attain what we desire. Miracles are everywhere and I think when you surround yourself with positivity, it keeps you sailing towards that magic. Having supportive people in my life has been essential in my quest to live an authentic life. My only wish is that I return the same energy to those who have helped keep me on track. Thanks for being you, Ashley, Evan, Mom and Dad, Sean, Ang, Colin, Austin, Nat Sin, Giuseppe, Lookbook, Paul Mitchell and Twenty20.

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|| WORK HARD P L A Y HARD ||

“Discipline is the backbone of progress. Make something important to you and you will get it done.” It’s no surprise that discipline brings about amazing results. What’s most rewarding is when you find a nice little groove in which you actually enjoy accomplishing tasks.

Sometimes in turning our passion into our profession we lose sight of the very magic we once knew and loved. What we once enjoyed doing for fun becomes a “have to” instead of “want to.” When we begin to regard our passion as “work” instead of “play,” we flip a switch in our mind. By reconnecting to that childlike essence, we can find playful ways to bring excitement back to our “work.” In return, we enhance our creativity and find inspiration in unlikely places.

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|| Y O U ARE THE CREATOR ||

“You are your only limit.” This is an amazing reminder that the only thing holding you back from achieving the life of your dreams is yourself. Whether that shows up in your life as doubt, playing it safe, negative self-talk or bad habits, just know you’re in control of how your story unfolds. Whoever said magic doesn’t exist clearly forgot that we ourselves are magic.

            Let’s pretend for a moment that your mind is a tape recorder and your life is the cassette tape. All your thoughts, beliefs, words and reactions create the sounds you record onto that tape. Now if you were to hit the playback what would you hear, a beautiful love song or an uninspired tune? Just like a tape recorder, the only way to create a new story is to record over the old with something new.

So the next time you’re being hard on yourself, look in the mirror and give  compliment, because we all should celebrate and love who we are right here right now. Make your life the most beautiful mix-tape ever and share it with the world!

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