I want to manifest beauty. Beautiful creatures created through pen and ink. Captured in light spread across paper. Not La Vie en Rose, no not tinted pink to cover up the ugly, but a truly beautiful life that needs no filter. I want to notice the tiny things: The smallest blossom, the clover patch that thrives beneath the cool shade of the trees. Let there be a perpetual golden hour where the magic of those fleeting moments lasts through our darkest days.I wrote that in my journal last week while I was taking an afternoon to relax in the park. Slow and beautiful afternoons spread out on a blanket under a tree are one of my favorite things to do when the weather gets warm. Most of the time I take a book and my journal, other times I’ll just lie there and let my imagination go places. I’ve talked before about different ways I tap into my creativity and while I have been feeling my most creative, I realized I’ve really been burning the candle at both ends. At times I feel like I have more energy than ever before and then I start feeling incredibly run down. With a full time job, networking, maintaining friendships, all of the creative energy that goes into a blog, it can be exhausting.
You might have noticed that I took last week off from a full length blog. I just ran out of time, between traveling, and everything else, to sit down and get it done. Instead of beating myself up for not making the time to do it, I gave myself a break. Our generation has a tendency to think we can do it all, all the time. And maybe we can to an extent but I think it can detrimental to our well being. I was still posting to instagram and actually creating some of my best work to date. I let one element take a back seat so I could continue to grow as a creative. This week truly felt like a golden hour on the creative journey and it might not have happened if I was beating myself up for not living up to an impossible standard I set for myself. I gave myself a break and the world kept turning.We shot this look over a month ago, it was one of the first nice days of the spring. When the weather gets warmer I always turn to feminine pieces. I love florals and espadrilles and great denim. Pretty soon it will be too hot in Nashville for jeans. My style inspirations are flirty Parisian girls who look both time and effort less. I think the easiest way to achieve this is through a pair of jeans that fits perfectly. Honestly one of the only way to achieve the perfect fit is to have them tailored. I had to have these Levi 501’s but found myself rarely wearing them because they would stretch out and be too big in the waist. They were one of those pieces that fit well when I tried them on but after wearing for a few hours they were massive. After getting them tailored I find myself reaching for them so much more.
Photography: Caroline McKinney