I’ve been on the go all summer I feel like, from the East Bay to The City, to Peninsula, and then to many wine country weekend trips and an overnighter in Modesto… it’s been a little hectic to say the least. I’m a professional nomad (and a well seasoned one I might add) even when I lived in Los Angeles, so until @Twelfthknight and I secure a place for ourselves I will continue to live and work like this until we find a home.
I got a bit stir crazy a few weeks ago and wanted so badly to trade the traffic and noise for cactus and wide open spaces like Palm Springs. Palm Springs never happened, but I did find this cactus garden in Palo Alto one day, and low and behold I felt like I had just teleported myself somewhere far away.
I look back on the last few weeks and realized this was a good reminder to find peace within your little sanctum. Whether it be carving out time to mediate, deep breathe, intentionally disconnect, or just sit and be still without judgment. Take a walk around the block, sniff flower bushes, or sit in the sun for 10 minutes…I think it’s important to allow yourself that each day. We’re so busy running around, wasting away in traffic, and being plugged in that we forget about what it’s like to be still or one with nature.
Shot by Shannon Righetti
Hat: L’Space (also comes in Cream)
Dress: Faithful the Brand
Getting ready for Summer with an off the shoulder blouse from The Mint Julep Boutique. Flowers are everywhere, in our yard or at Mille Fiori, my favorite local flower stand on Piedmont Ave (where we shot this blouse.) The Bay Area may be rather windy at the moment, but I’m ready for pit fruits, family bbq’s, and some warmer weather. What are your summer plans?
All outfit photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe Photography
Top via The Mint Julep Boutique
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Everyone can use a bit of luxe in their life. Which is why I’m happy to collaborate with eco friendly, sustainable, and forward thinking brand, LUXESPUN. LUXESPUN believes in everything I hope the masses can one day get behind, so by paying it forward…5% of every sale goes to Roundabout, an organization that connects volunteers and funds to 48 charities throughout China and Inner Mongolia.
I saw designer Amy Deng’s pieces on Instagram recently and low and behold, we both are Bay Area gals. She currently lives in Shang Hai. LUXESPUN was born in 2015, with a belief that a luxe label can be made entirely out of eco friendly and recyclable materials. This is the cool part. Her cottons are 100% organic and certified, her bamboo and hemp that she mixes into the garments are the most sustainable fibers grown on the planet, and she recycles polyester by breaking down post consumer waste. Amazing right? But also incredibly beautiful.
I really hope the fashion and manufacturing industry can be more forward thinking like Amy, I truly do. We have one planet and a responsibility as consumers.
If you would like to purchase one of Amy’s designs, please use my code “Lauren10” at checkout to save 10% off a $50 order.
As always thank you for reading!
All Outfit photos taken by Rachel Radcliffe
Flatlay Images taken by me :D
Another beautiful set from Denver. Crystal clean air and a panoramic view to catch the sunset. No worries, no problems. And any negative juju or stress could be lost on this mountain. Jay Z said it best…Get, that, dirt off your shoulder.
All photos taken by Denver Photographer: Emilyanne Photography
Off the Shoulder Top: Glamorous
Necklace: Vanessa Mooney