Napa, we love you. You make all of us wine lovers so happy. For most, Napa is a magical place where an endless flow of wine is poured to be enjoyed with it’s beautiful rolling hills and endless vineyards of green. It seemed sacred, untouchable; we forget that it is nature too, like us all, and life is unpredictable. Praying for your recovery, Napa. @arianalauren
If you don’t know about @girltalknetwork yet, here’s a quick download: My amazing friend @sarahpendrick founded the organization with the goal of empowering women to build each other up, not tear each other down (I mean we’re not in high school anymore guys…there’s no excuse for this). Their mission is to encourage connection over competition, and basically build a tribe of badass, successful female entrepreneurs who all inspire and support one another. Talk about a #dreamteam, right?! I’ve been working super closely with Sarah and GirlTalk Network for a long time because they’re a nonprofit I’m suuuper passionate about. Seriously, women supporting women is my jam.   GirlTalk has hosted a bunch of events in the LA area to encourage self love and help women connect, inspire one another, and succeed, but Sarah and I knew we...
Highlight of the trip? Definitely getting to meet THE @rebeccaminkoff at a private event during NYFW!! (Also can we talk about this glitter wall? Loooove.) Rebecca saw my camera and approached me to ask about the lens I was using. I had my 85mm f/1.2 with me, which is my everything. This lens is my signature style, and I love how you can open up so much with it and it gives you that super blurred background, so you can really make things pop. (P.S. Stay tuned for a blog post about my love for this lens coming soon!!) She looked through all my photos of AshLee from the weekend I had a TOTAL fangirl moment while she was looking at my work (like, can you hire me for your campaigns Rebecca??) I ended buying the Rebecca...
Later in the week, I got to stop by the @mindbodygreen offices in Brooklyn to check in with my health & wellness crew! It was such a nice break from the stress of Fashion Week. Their offices are in DUMBO, which is right by the East River and the iconic Manhattan Bridge, and I swear Brooklyn is such a breath of fresh air and calm compared to the insanity of the city. I’ve been working with mbg for about a year now, photographing sponsored content campaigns with some incredible influencers like @thebalancedblonde, @nikkisharp, and @bewellbykelly, so it was really nice to meet the team in person. I also got to connect with my new friend/soulmate @lo_rubes who is helping me write these newsletters and some upcoming blog posts!! Check out...
Real talk: One of the best perks of Fashion Week is getting to pull from different showrooms and play dress up with all of the amazing clothes! In this world of online shopping, it’s so refreshing to actually see the clothes in person and touch the fabrics instead of guessing the textures online. AshLee and I had SO much fun shooting the pictures below. As you can see, AshLee’s having a serious Carrie Bradshaw moment here in these playful leopard-print leggings from @runenyc and this delicious @we_are_hah velvet bodysuit. She topped it all off with this incredibly flowy, oversized cardigan from @amadiclothing that totally reminds me of the tulle skirt SJP rocks in the Sex & The City intro (anyone else???). Also totally digging AshLee’s @rebeccaminkoff clutch here…I might’ve even purchased...