Feb.26.15 Style / the observant wayfarer ( and mixtape )

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With the weather starting to warm up here in California, I am aching to get outdoors — a solo photo-adventure is definitely in the near future! What you may not know ( or maybe you do! ) is that I absolutely love listening to music while exploring — whether it be the coast, woods or city. The observant wayfarer series is a good example of that! Music has the ability to completely change my perspective. It allows me to see the world a bit differently, letting me focus on the beautiful details.

When I’m trying to capture city life, I need solid over-the-ear headphones that look great with killer sound and great construction. When I came across Frends, I become enamored! The headphone collection is gorgeous, but the thing that really hooked me was the ability to change the headphone caps, customizing them to fit whatever look I’m going for. Ingenious! Until I found Frends, I felt like I had to choose between style, comfort, sound, and durability, but they stand up to intense shooting sessions with ease. And, when paired with some comfortable jeans and a loose tee, I can get lost in the moment and capture some gorgeous shots without having to worry about distractions.

Get the look:

dark skinny jeans + white jersey top by h&m
rose taylor headphones by Frends
the bowery camera bag by ONA
copper and wool necklace by myLifebox

As you may know, I create playlists for every occasion. I like to compile Bloggers’ Mixtapes regularly, but I also have a private collection that I use for inspiration while I’m shooting for fun. When I roam around the city, focusing on upbeat, lively music helps me to capture the vibrancy of urban life and lets me pay closer attention to the little things that can easily get lost in the shuffle of the hustle-and-bustle. Here’s a fun mix for whether you’re wandering around the city or just needing a good pick me up:

01. Science will Save Us — Exxasens
02. Canoe — Small Black
03. This Ladder is Ours — The Joy Formidable
04. Morning — Beck
05. Santa Fe — Beirut
06. It’s Alright Now — Bombay Bicycle Club
07. Avalanche — Walk the Moon
08. Funny Heartbeat — Kisses
09. All the Sand in all the Sea — Devotchka
10. Flesh and Bone — The Killers

Listen on → Spotify

Feb.23.15 The Creative Collective / Shay Spaniola of Bunglo

Shay Spaniola of Bunglo | Of Trees and Hues

I’m so excited to introduce Shay Spaniola to the Creative Collective. Shay’s the founder and designer of Bunglo, a design studio specializing in eclectic, hand-painted textiles and fine art — and I’m completely enamored with everything they encompass. From their rich and enticing patterns to the inspiring stories of how each individual piece is created. Their mission statement says it all: We believe our colorful, energetic patterns put good vibrations out into the world; transforming residential and commercial spaces into meditative environments with light, soul-lifting patterns.

What truly pulls at my heart strings is how each piece is inspired by the travels and adventures of Shay. As a photographer, I love capturing and documenting my travels with a photograph — but to have them as a usable product, such as a pillow or a pouch, is truly ingenious. There’s quite a bit of nostalgia when it comes to Shay’s work and that, to me, is what makes Bunglo so beautiful.

Who is Shay Spaniola and what are some of the things that inspires you as an artist?

I’m a native Detroiter who has been making art since I was a child, I was selling coloring book pages on the playground at age five! It has always felt natural to communicate through color. I grew up with entrepreneur parents and had amazing support with all of my small businesses. I’ve experimented with many art mediums and truly love exploring new creative avenues.

I sold jewelry in third grade at craft shows, began working with interior designers on painting commissions in high school and later started taking photos on my travels while a student at the University of Michigan which turned into a full time photography career for six years. I worked for a documentary company and spent a few years living out of a suitcase traveling with my camera. I’ve traveled to over forty-four countries and recently spent time in India and Thailand focusing on yoga and finding a voice for my latest brand, bunglo.

I now live in Austin with my boyfriend, Jason and fluffy dog, Hunter. I’m inspired daily by bunglo, the people I work with and everything from my morning walks to laughter on a stormy night. I like to focus on the beauty in the world!

Feb.11.15 Between Lenses / 13 “Nostalgia”


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As a little girl, I remember finding my grandmother’s photo albums and being mesmerized by the stories each one told. I would sit there, in the middle of the living room floor with so much history surrounding me, completely captivated. Over time, it became a family tradition. My siblings and I would gather and absorb ourselves in memories.

It is, to this day, one of my favorite pastimes. While I was away visiting family, my four siblings and I had the first opportunity in a while to make a night of it. We gathered together in my sister’s home, around a big television, and watched home videos with one another — reliving moments we may have otherwise forgotten. We laughed, we cried. I remember a moment where I looked at my family’s faces and felt so incredibly blessed to experience this moment with them.

On my last night there, I dragged the photographs out one more time to share with my younger niece, who, even in her young age, is captivated by memory. I caught this moment of her gazing at an old, weathered photograph of my grandmother when she was my niece’s age. What I love most about this moment is that it was completely genuine and in the moment. I love that a photograph nearly 70 years ago could bring so much joy to someone else — its story continuing to live on in ways that were probably never anticipated.

This moment speaks volumes to me. Almost so much that’s it’s hard to put into words, and that’s okay — because it’s the feeling that’s most important. A feeling of complete happiness and longing of memories once lived. And thankfully, upon gazing upon a photograph, we have the capability to bring them to life again.

Feb.09.15 Life in Stills / 03

Life in Stills | Of Trees and Hues

Such an eerie feeling right now, as I write my first blog post in nearly two months. As you may know from my previous entry, I have been away in Tennessee, spending time with my family and my incredibly beautiful grandmother as she battles cancer. The past few months have been… many things. It’s been tough, scary, and even comforting at times. Despite the reason of my travel, I am just so fortunate to have been able to spend some quality with my family — something that I don’t get to have very often due to the miles and miles that separate us.

What better way for me to ease into blogging again by a Life in Stills installment — recapping my past few months with tiny, little squares. As you may notice, they’re full of greens and browns. I think being away from all normalcy, I allowed myself to strip down to my core elements and completely submerged myself in nature and quality living. Whether that’s taking solo walks through the countrysides of Mississippi or sitting around a kitchen table with my family. I have enjoyed it immensely — and it’s those moments that have kept my spirits high throughout these few months.

I am going to ease myself back into blogging, nothing too drastic, but I will definitely be here. In fact, Wednesday I will be sharing the first Between Lenses post of the year, so don’t miss out on that! The theme is “Nostalgia” and I would love for you to join us. As you can guess, I am quite excited about the theme. As I have been nothing but nostalgic these days.

Even though I will be gradually easing back in to the blogging community, you can still find me over on Instagram and VSCO, capturing and documenting life’s little moments. So be sure to stop by and say hello!

And from the bottom of my heart ( and then some ) — thank you. The amount of love I have received these past few months is overwhelming. My heart has never felt so full and warm as it has lately. And during our current circumstances, that is the greatest gift someone could ever receive. I love you. And I thank you.

Dec.15.14 Why I’ll be taking a blogging break

This is probably one of the most toughest blog posts I’ve ever written. I’ve must’ve stared at this screen for hours. I’m not sure how to begin let alone what words to use. So, I’ll just speak from the heart.

My Grandma has been ill these past few months and it wasn’t until earlier this week that we found out she has cancer — even that word is difficult to type. I lost my mother a little over a decade ago to that same beast and to know that my grandmother is going through the same torment that she had to watch her daughter go through… it just breaks my heart.

She is the strongest woman I have ever known and has influenced my life in more ways than she will ever know. It goes without saying that I need to be there with her. I’m flying out to Tennessee today and will most likely stay until late January. I am bringing along my camera and laptop in hopes to blog here and there, but I can’t make myself promise to do so. I will try my best to keep up with you all, and reply to emails and messages when I can. If you need to get a hold of me, twitter may be the quickest route.

P.S. The Between Lenses giveaway I mentioned last week has been postponed. Tara and I will launch it as soon as I return!

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I can’t finish this blog post without saying thank you to all of those who have shared your hearts with my family — the love and encouraging words and thoughts over these past few days have been truly heartwarming. You bunch are the best and I could not be luckier to have readers & friends like you. Thank you.

P.S.S. Wow, I am blown away by the love and warm thoughts left in the comments section. I am utterly grateful for all of you and I can not begin to tell you how much your words have encouraged not only me, but my entire family. I think the idea of having people, literally on every stretch of this world, thinking of my grandmother definitely lifts her spirits… and truly blows her away. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

( image source: For the Love of the South )

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