Getting dressed up to pick someone up from the airport??
Yes.  It is the nicest way to show them how much you missed them
and how happy you are to see them again
Going to listen to some late night jazz tonight
Vintage men's Bill Blass silk bathrobe over silk tunic
and vintage velvet gladiator sandals
Styling tip: all you need is a pair of chandelier earrings
with this ensemble - they will catch the light no matter how dim
My heart sings 
Of the strength of the love within
Permeating the depths of me
Resonating in my bones

The beauty of it is breathtaking
I am so incredibly blessed 

Studio Selfie
Where my art + fashion come to life
Poolside evening cocktail party attire
Vintage Donna Karan halter wrap dress 
paired with vintage gold tone jewelry
styling tip:  wear sandals that you can easily slide on or off-
who wants to worry about shoes at the pool
The Secret Garden        26 May 17
Finding solace within the depth of love that resides in my heart,
which expresses itself through my creativity

 Going to see Hurricane Nita Strauss,
of the Alice Cooper Band,
at Whiskey a Go Go
She is making her debut performance tonight
with her all female band,
I saw her shred at her guitar clinic here in LA, November 2016, 
and I got to meet her!
Here's my outfit for tonight!
I have to wear high heel booties so I can (hopefully) see over
everyone in front of me because I am so short!
Styling tip:  don't wear too much jewelry, it can catch onto
someone else in a packed venue.
Spent the day at Digital Hollywood
It was an amazing day!  So much innovation and genius on the panels.  
Had so many great conversations and connected with really interesting people.
Can't wait to go back tomorrow!
Styling tip:  at an event like this, I like to wear something memorable.
This way, even if someone doesn't remember my name, 
they will remember what I wore.
It works.

"You said you'd never smile again, but oh no, here it comes
Would you look at that? (would you look at that?)"

Yeah, you're right, I did smile :)
Love is Who I Am (23 May 2017)
Darkness descends on me with an 
unrelenting wrath,
tearing my heart out of my chest, 
holding it up to me clutched in his fist,
demanding to know:
"Are you willing to love?"
I take my heart gently in my hands,
hold it lovingly up to my cheek
and whisper,
"Love is who I am.  Love is who I choose to be"
Love this photo of me by Stanley Armon
and my curls by MUA and hairstylist Mayra Mejia Gille
Kisses to you both!
On location today at Matador Beach in Malibu
What an amazing shoot!
So happy to have been part of this team, and I can't wait to post the photos
On a personal note, got some wonderful news tonight!!  Here I am, so happy!!
I am such a lucky girl
Full nakedness!
All my joys are due to thee, 
as souls unbodied,
bodies unclothed must be,
to taste whole joys.
John Donne                                                                       
I love Sunday mornings in LA
It is so quiet, the air is fresh, crisp, cool and dry
and the birds are chirping happily
Behind the scenes, Amruta production, styled by me

You know the greatest thing is passion, without it
what have you got?
I mean if you love someone 
you can love them as much as you can love them,
but if it isn't a passion, 
it isn't burning,
it isn't on fire,
you haven't lived.
Diana Vreeland                                                                       
Banke photographed by Stanley Armon for "Unmasked"
in my design, styled by me
See the rest of the shoot on Pinterest
“Love is what carries you,
for it is always there,
even in the dark,
or most in the dark,
but shining out at times 
like gold stitches in a piece of embroidery. ”  
Wendell Berry

In the act of giving lies the expression of my aliveness. 
Loving yourself has naught to do with the ego.

It is the affirmation and appreciation
of your true divine essence.

It is purely and simply the total acceptance of self.
Work on this to the stage where if you met yourself
 and yourself asked you to have a relationship,
you'd be beside yourself with joy.

~ Allen Stacker
If you are prepared, when the right door opens then it comes down to just one more thing: Make sure that your execution lives up to your preparation. 

Trust your intuition and then work with everything you have to prove it right.

—Tim Cook, Apple Inc. CEO, Auburn University Commencement Speech 2010

5 years ago something really special happened to me.  It was the beginning of a new life-soon after this shoot, I heard from Savannah College of Art and Design that I was the recipient of a Dean's Fellowship and I would start school in the Fall.  My dream of becoming an artist had finally begun.  I am so grateful to my friend, John Ferris Robben, for capturing the pure joy that I felt at that time-it is palpable and brings it all back to me just looking at these photos
Paula Wallace, you have changed so many lives and have made so many dreams come true with your life's work


I found this beautiful poem on Don't Kill the Virgins' Instagram

take a look at my new Pinterest board, Absinthe!
 I was booked by photographer Ajani Charles to style his shoot
with artist/songwriter/dancer Lexy Panterra 
Makeup and hair by Jenny Ventura
There was magic in the room

and love is all there is


My heart
It's all that I am and all that I have to give

i-D John Galliano interview

Emotion is the chief source of all becoming-conscious.
There can be no transforming of 
darkness into light
and of apathy into movement
without emotion.
Carl Jung                                                                             


Here are a couple of quotes to celebrate John Muir day:

When we try to pick out anything by itself,
we find it hitched to everything else in the universe.

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning
to find out that going to the mountains is going home;
that wilderness is a necessity

The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness

The mountains are calling and I must go

Between every two pine trees there is a door leading to a new way of life

It is not a lack of love, 
but a lack of friendship 
that makes unhappy marriages.

For me, Vera Wang wedding gowns 
speak to the love I feel inside.
Her designs are an outward expression
of my feelings of loving and of
being loved.

I want my designs to be this expressive.

Take a look at my Pinterest board for more
wedding inspiration

May you always remember that obstacles in the path
are not obstacles,
they ARE the path.
Jane Lotter                                                                         
L'absence diminue les médiocres passions, 
et augmente les grandes, 
comme le vent éteint les bougies, 
et allume le feu.
de la Rochefoucauld                                                      
A person often meets his destiny
on the road he took to avoid it.
de La Fontaine                                                          
Natasha Borchak photographed by Kristina Peel for Cloud Ranch Jewelry
Styled by me for Cloud Ranch Jewelry in Joshua Tree. 
See more stunning photos of this amazing story 
shot by Photographer Kristina Peel 
on the Cloud Ranch Jewelry eCommerce site.
Special thanks to 
Producer Chloe Reisen 
Creative Director Allison Caetano for hiring me.

My styling work was featured in a fashion film
by filmmaker Argel Rojo
Special thanks to Alvaro Nates, photographer
see also on my Instagram


I want people to see the dress,
but focus on the woman
Vera Wang                                                                     

My "Til Death Do Us Part" ring was featured on
Thank you!
Courtesy of Carrotbox

Photographer Stanley Armon, Model Bianca Wiles, Stylist Monica Seggos
Photographer Stanley Armon hired me to develop and style 
an editorial for him featuring model Bianca Wiles.
  The editorial is a rags to riches story called
"When Life Gives You Lemons..."
Stanley, Bianca and I are so pleased that our editorial was
accepted for publication in the April issue of the online
I will be posting the rest of the shoot this week on Instagram!

The future holds a golden world.  It will be for beauty;
it will be for intelligent productiveness.
Diana Vreeland                                                 
Grazie, Romano Lucacchini

Found this post today about my sculpting professor from when I studied
in Florence through the Syracuse University Study Abroad program.
I was an undergrad at St. Lawrence University, but was able to attend 
through an exchange.  It was a wonderful program, and Romano 
was my favorite professor.  He was incredibly encouraging and loved my work.
He took me on a special tour of The Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, 
where he was a professor.  I can't remember what stone I carved in, but 
it was very heavy.  A friend of mine who was traveling around Europe
brought it home in his backpack for me, and it won an honorable mention
at an exhibition at St. Lawrence.  At the end of the school year, I went to
pick up all my work and my art supplies, and everything had been stolen, including
the sculpture.  It upsets me to this day.

I have only made 2 stone sculptures since then, one which is owned 
by Robert H. von Kampen, 
and the other, Marshall Chambers, both of Nantucket.  

When I took my first class in jewelry making with my teacher,
James Kennedy, he gave me some tools and carving wax.  I was
astounded to discover how easy it was to carve compared to stone.

I still have all my tools, and
I dream of someday having a barn studio where I
can continue my stone carving without disturbing anyone.
(it is very loud!)

I am brokenhearted that Romano has passed and that it is too late
for me to tell him how grateful I am for all that he did for me.



La liberté d'aimer

Love is all there is