My mind was blown by the YoGoGirls when I saw this image of a super strong woman doing a handstand while balancing a bicycle on her legs. I felt inspired. I needed to see more and I had a lot of questions.
For example, did someone place the bike on her legs, or did she lift that thing up there by herself?
Did she get bike grease all over her legs?
And did someone help her “dismount”?
How long did she hold this pose for the camera?
Were there any unfortunate moments where the bicycle went crashing to the floor?
I’d love to see the outtakes of these images.
The YoGoGirls describe themselves as, “Designers, photographers, cyclists, triathletes, yogis & fun-havers!” They are my kindred spirits. I am inspired by their strength, eye for design, and cleverly ripped/re-purposed clothing. Below I will post some of my favorites from their Instagram account (they also have a blog here) and weave in my own “core strength” videos for a powerhouse stream of inspiration.
Trail cameras are great because you never know what type of photos you’ll end up with (if any). We strapped ours to a tree for a few weeks in hopes of seeing a mountain lion but the results were mostly pine trees swaying and deer grazing. Still, the surprise element is exciting and it feels like developing film.
Donald showed me how to use masks in Photoshop to create some entertaining results. Below are a few of our collaborations and some pleasant surprises captured by the Bushnell trail and game camera. I call this series, “If M.I.A. Made a Music Video in the Colorado Wilderness.”
Please disregard the inaccurate date and time stamp on these photos. They were shot this Spring in Colorado (2015).
The photo below shows why I never wear headphones when out in public and especially not while I’m deep in the woods. I love to work out to music (especially listening to M.I.A.), but I prefer to know what’s going on around me when I’m outside. Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
And below is an outtake (taken with an iPhone, not with the Bushnell camera) showing some of the props that I brought with me for this project. I jogged ~ 3.5 miles up a mountain with 1,800+ elevation gain and a day-pack full of non-essentials (including lipstick + gold hoop earrings).
More to come because this was a really fun project and the fawns should be showing up in the mountains any day now…
*Note* No animals were injured during this photo shoot, however, I fell a few times while jumping around trying to activate the camera sensor.
If I were the little sister to one of the world’s most famous pop stars what would I do to stand out?
I would do what Solange Knowles is doing- her own thing! The shadow of big sis Beyonce does not fall upon this singer, DJ, dancer and street style star. In late 2013 Solange was named Art Director and Creative Consultant for Puma. In her role, Solange not only co-designed two lines of colorful sneakers for the brand, but also art directed their campaigns. I absolutely love the art direction for Puma’s “Girls of Blaze” and “Wild Wonders” campaigns. The set design is clean and simple allowing for the color and product to tell the story. The models look like they were just interrupted from practicing their handstands and planks and stopped briefly to let the photographer snap a photo. The images are fresh, energetic and make me feel like putting on my MAC Lady Danger lipstick, Essie Tart Deco nail polish and Pumas right this second for a 12 minute AMRAP workout!
Here are a few of my favorite images/videos from Puma’s “Girls of Blaze” and “Wild Wonders” campaigns:
Solange created an early buzz about the new Puma sneaker line by releasing this sexy photo below on her instagram account.
I randomly came across this Human Heart illustration while doing an image search online and it is perfectly fitting for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure who the original artist is, but I think most people could relate to the humor and honesty portrayed here. Most people could also relate to the highs and lows of love, particularly around Valentine’s Day, and this artist nailed it in one simple illustration.
I put together a series of Valentine’s Day inspired images from my photo library. It is peppered with a few images of great gift ideas.
Alter Eco Dark Blackout Organic Chocolate. Fairly traded, organically grown, and 85% cocoa! Simple and pure delight. Have a piece first thing in the morning on Valentine’s Day.
In Fiore based in San Francisco “is total floral seduction for your skin and for your soul” (as their website states). They use certified organic or wild-crafted essential oils, herbal infusions, and floral waters to create balms, oils and more for your skin. A friend of mine worked at In Fiore and she got me hooked on the Vetiver balm. It smells divine.
I saw this bedroom (above left) in an article in Dwell Magazine years ago and the image stuck with me. I love the lavender ceiling (they claimed that it’s ), the upside-down lingerie artwork and the simplicity of this room. I painted the ceiling of my bedroom lavender in my last apartment and I can vouch for its calming effect. Also, having lavender on the ceiling creates a unique lighting effect during the day- a subtle, rose-colored-ombre hugs the walls which makes the perfect nap environment. Read the full Dwell article here about this West Village home
I have always been impressed with Urban Outfitters’ lingerie designs. They have a tendency to create soft silhouettes in contrast to the puffy, padded, underwire-laden designs that flood the market. The labels Silence + Noise, Kimchi Blue and Out From Under have designs this season that are lovely, comfy and vintage-inspired. I suggest getting the Silence + Noise Alexis Strappy Soft Bras in every color (above). Or as seen below, treat your lady friend to the Silence + Noise Front O-Ring Strappy Bralette, the Out From Under Sheer Lace-Back Bralette, or the Kimchi Blue Allover Scalloped Lace Bralette (more colors available on the UO website).
Create a sprinkle topper for your smoothie that tastes just like Red Hots candy by mixing the following spices in equal parts: turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon. Then dust the mixture through a small heart stencil on top of the smoothie. The spicy-icy combination is mood altering.
I recently found an original sketch for some t-shirts that I designed for a few friends that said “COOL BOOBS” in bubble letters. The design was hand screen-printed on tight, white cotton tees so that the letters would stretch across their chest and be barely legible. One friend mentioned that she still has the t-shirt which is now almost 10 years old and threadbare. It’s probably in peak condition at this point. Make a tight t-shirt for your sweetie!
Above is a pencil drawing that my mom did in February 1997. She was forced to do this by my high school art teacher at a parent-teacher meeting. I saved it because it is beautiful. If you don’t normally draw or make art, but you decide to make some art for someone special you might melt their heart.
My vegan-gluten free chocolate chip cookie recipe can be found here. They’re protein-packed so your health nut friends will like them, too. Make + share these and you will win hearts — forever.
You can’t go wrong with gifting a pair of American Apparel Stripe Thigh-High Socks. Think about it, you could buy someone a long, fuzzy robe, or you could buy them these thigh-high tube socks. Both will keep them warm around the house, but one will keep them warmer. Find more great options from American Apparel in their Hosiery & Socks section.
This video is about the narrow hallway in the house that I grew up in. It’s where I learned to crawl and walk. This hallway has always been the best playground in Chicago. Much to my mother’s dismay- my brothers, sister and I used to climb around in this area of the house all the time. This is also where the rotary phone was hooked up so we had many conversations while sitting in the middle of the hallway, directly in the path of those who needed to pass through. Mom will be moving soon, so this video is dedicated to my brothers and sister so that they will remember this hallway. I hope they attempt a few more climbs to the ceiling before she moves.
My goal was to stay inverted on my hands for almost four minutes, but I started to fatigue right after the 2 minute mark. After that point everything became really sloppy and I start laughing at myself because I know that I’m stuck.
When I showed this video to my mom she laughed really hard and then asked, “Don’t you have anything better to do?”
She’s the best.
Song in the background is “Try Me” by DeJ Loaf.
This video is dedicated to my friend Erika. She likes the core workouts that I come up with and she gets a kick out of the outfits that I put together.
In this video I work on an exercise that is really difficult for me- push ups. I do some of my favorite burpees for the first minute and then try to keep the high intensity workout going for the entire duration of one song. It’s incredibly tiring but I had the pleasure of my mom’s company for this session and her humor kept me laughing throughout.
Mom asks me at one point in the video, “Is that fun?”
The answer is YES!
Song in the background is “Satisfaction” by The Rolling Stones.
I was listening to WGCI today while driving around in Chicago and heard DeJ Loaf’s “Try Me” song for the very first time. When I came home I looked her up online because I was curious about her style. It was an instant crush. DeJ Loaf is this week’s #wcw because of her amazing feminine-tomboy style. She’s redefining femininity and is completely one of a kind. Comfy is sexy after all. She’s beautiful.
Here are some of my favorite photos from DeJ Loaf’s instagram feed:
This is a tribute to my dear friend Lara. We’ve lived in two different cities together and recently she helped me move halfway across the country to yet another home away from home. I am thankful to have such a sweet, creative, intelligent friend who provides so much joy + inspiration in my life.
We didn’t have much time for road trip photos, but we managed to snap a few of the in between moments. Here Lara is making me laugh as we use the remaining produce in the refrigerator to make what turned out to be a very “Earthy” juice for the road trip.
Lara helped unpack, too! She’s a real trooper. And the best part is that she let me dress her up and style her for some photos with all the random stuff we unpacked. Ain’t she something else!?
Lara recently challenged me to do the #stopdropandyoga challenge. In response I created these two yoga videos below for her this week. They include two songs that we listened to on repeat while on our road trip. They’re very meditative and somewhat sleepy songs, so I’m not sure how we stayed awake with this soundtrack while traveling through the dark, lonely roads of eastern Utah, but somehow we managed.
Song – “Asleep” by The Smiths
Song- “Magpie to the Morning (Bonus Track)” by Neko Case
If you like yoga and are in the San Diego area please take my friend Lara’s Ashtanga class at Namaste Pacific Yoga and Wellness Center in Hillcrest. Her class is challenging, restorative, and you’ll be just as mesmerized as I am by her Southern charm.