Category Archives: My Life

Still Here

Aren’t you tired of announcing yourself to the world? I am. I wish I’d just shut up sometimes.

Because everything good in my life has come to me unprompted. When I wasn’t looking. When I just let things be. When I surrendered to myself; to the world; to space and time; to whatever.

And I feel for surrender. Surrender gets a bad rap.

Surrender often implies giving up. But I like to see it as giving in. In a beautiful, vulnerable, honest way.

So for those wondering where I am, I’m still here. 

I’ve just been trying this new thing where instead of reacting, I’m receiving. Enjoying what comes when I listen. When I look out and up rather than in and down.

Because I believe (and hope) that if you wait for it, the world will eventually announce itself to you.

PS: I also just returned from Bali and Taipei, so look out for some insight into that trip soon! Just wanted to say a quick “hey” in the meanwhile.

x, S

Wake Up

This year I’ve done many important, scary and beautiful things, one of them being a part of creating this film, directed and led by Shawn.

This summer, when he found himself with a spare few days, he set out to create this film piece with help from Nicole Kawalez (the actress), Lauren Ashton (producer), Zak Scholtz (assistant director), Mike Goencz (tech), myself (art direction, styling, design, VO), Sam Compton (makeup) and John Best Challinor (audio mixing and mastering). I hope you all take a minute to watch it.

I took tons of behind-the-scenes photos from set, so find ’em below and let Shawn know what you think.

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Be Kind, Make Homemade KIND Bars

I’ve been ruminating a lot lately on what it means to be gentle. To seek wellness and to be kind to yourself.

This topic seems to have slowly dominated my life, in the most benign and harmless way domination can—it’s found its way into my habits, my relationships, and even into a recent OOTD-turned-essay.

And I believe that’s a really good thing. It seems impossible to truly chase and subsequently accept wellness without having it affect all aspects of your life. And for me, being good to myself starts with what I feed my body.

I’ve been gluten free and soy free for nearly a whole year, and while I feel better in many ways, I expected the results to be more drastic. My thyroid results have improved, but in hindsight, what good is eliminating my number one culprit if I’m still consuming the next five?

So in addition to cutting gluten, soy and dairy, I’m nixing as many processed foods and meat as I can. Up until last week, I had still been eating deli meats, pepperettes and cheap frozen meat, so I’ll now be eliminating those old pals. I’ll carry on with fish, eggs and, on occasion, fresh meat from my local farm, but with ease as my mantra, I’m not hopping on any vegan or vegetarian title bandwagon. Rather, I like to think of it as simply eating a plant-based diet.

And on this plant-based diet, nuts and seeds have become my BFFs, so naturally, bars and granolas have, too.

Below is my recipe for homemade KIND bars which I make on weekends and enjoy during the week as a snack or crumbled on my yogurt. Whatever your food prerogative, I hope you these healthy bars a try.

x, S

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Seasonal Shifts, Shirt Dresses and Satchels

Gentle is not a word I would typically use to describe myself.

I quit ballet to do karate and jumped from a career in advertising to tech to teaching to TV. In grade-school, I was nicknamed “psycho Sabrina Smelko.” So I’ve never quite understood the concept of taking a break, and rest has been a thing that felt prescribed rather than a thing to be enjoyed.

But between my health taking priority in the past year paired with the realization that life doesn’t get any shorter or more predictable, easing into things with more grace has replaced nearly twisting an ankle running to the next checkpoint. Continue reading

Leon’s Hello Sunshine is Out in The Wild!

Photo: @LadyHayes

Amidst my mixed bag of skills (Britney Spears impression included), copywriting sits somewhere between design and content creation.

Between my experience working in advertising, being an Editor for Design*Sponge, writing copy for websites I’ve designed and creating illustrations to complement oodles of written works over the years, I’ve cut my teeth in myriad ways. So when Leon’s approached me to write copy for an entire magazine—one which I was already involved with on the content side of things through room makeovers (more on that later)—it was a match made in the shade, er, sunshine! Continue reading