california

mni wiconi | water is life

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If you follow along on any social media, you'll recognize this calendar I can't stop blabbing about.

It's a postcard calendar, which means that at the end of each month you can cut along the dotted line at the back and send a note to a friend. The bottom half also includes a quote by a woman, which was half to celebrate women and half not to waste that space. This you can hang on your wall or alongside your mirror or tattoo on your heart-- the quotes mean that much to me.

The calendar features 12 photos of the California coast, my forever muse, alongside lettering by the talented Alyce at A Luxe Contraband. I've been dreaming of putting together a calendar for years, and am so excited to hold this in my hands.

All this being said, the thing I'm the most proud of is that I'm able to donate 50% of all proceeds to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe as they protect their land, water, and lives against the Dakota Access Pipeline.

This year has been weighing on me so much, and it felt like all I could do was slip into helplessness. When I remembered that Standing Rock's motto is "mni wiconi" and means "water is life," this felt like a natural way to support a cause that means so much, with a project that means a lot to me.

Anyway! I'm really proud. It's ocean-inspired, WOC created, and benefits people who really need us. 

get your calendar here

coley meets big sur

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When I went to Big Sur in April for Jenn and Bryan's wedding, Coley came along as my friend/assistant/travel boo for the weekend. It was her first time visiting this part of the coast and I was so excited to introduce her to this haven that I could hardly keep my eyes on the road.

So, of course, the safe thing to do was stop. Our first stop next to the Bixby Bridge was the dramatic, moody side of Big Sur. It was windy and cold but still irresistible so we took a mini (and I mean mini) hike down the cliffs to get better, albeit colder, views. Seeing Coley soak it all in was half the fun for me.

Just as the sun was setting, we made it to Pfeiffer Beach to location scout for the wedding the next day. The winds had slowed, the air was warm(er), and golden hour flooded around us. It was like Big Sur had a lobotomy. A beautiful lobotomy.

I'm lucky that Big Sur isn't too far from me as it's a place that always makes my heart feel at ease. There's something about the depths of the cliffs and the expanse of water all in one place. I can never get enough and I'm so happy I got introduce one of my favorite places to one of my favorite people.