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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Zingara // Bahgsu Jewels Lookbook

•  Z I N G A R A  •

Jewels // Bahgsu Jewels

Photo + Video + Edit // Asher Moss

Crowns // Heart of Gold

Style // Free People + Vintage


WOW. My heart just skipped a beat. Like five beats actually. 
Madgi's jewellery has always had a sort of mysticism about it...the stones, each picked by hand, carry a magnified radiance due to her passion for crystals and the abundance of love she pours into each and every piece...But captured by the über talented duo Moss + Meadows, these jewels truly transcend all worldly conventions, making Zingara my new favorite lookbook of 2015. The homage to vintage adorned by our ancestors, the honoring of indigenous symbology and iconology, and the featuring of sacred stones such as sugilite, chryosoprase, and Tibetan turquoise are what make Bahgsu Jewels an iconic label to follow. I am always amazed at how Madgi translates the passion for her new collection into a visual masterpiece, thinking at the release of every new lookbook "This is it! She's nailed it!" only to be shocked a few months later when she manages to create an even newer sense of wonderment. This time around, as I lose myself in the magic of Zingara, I can't help but wonder, "how can she top this?!" I have no idea what to expect...but the one thing I do know -- is that she will.


She is wild, nomadic, free, dancing to the beat of her own heart. This collection is an ode to our ancestral roots. We, the travelers of the earth, journey with an open heart and mind. These jewels are a reminder to inhale deep breaths of freedom & to exhale the boundaries that no longer serve you.
The spirit animal that presented itself during the creation of this collection is the Cobra. This beautiful snake is able to constrict and expand simultaneously. The top of her is strong in her evolution expanding her shape and rising off the earth. The bottom is sturdy, constrictive and strong, rooting to the ground, balanced in her symmetry. This is ZINGARA. She explores the outer world yet holds firm to her inner guidance.

Even More Magic // Bahgsujewels.com


Monday, March 16, 2015

"The Kit" // Kassia Meador, Summer Bummer, EiR NYC & AllSwell Collab

Brought together by a love of surf, sea and all things creative, the ladies behind KASSIA, Summer Bummer, EiR NYC, and AllSwell  have joined forces to create “The Kit”, a zippered neoprene pouch filled with essential items perfectly suited for your next beachy adventure.

Hailing from both the West and East coasts, California surfer and artist Kassia Meador (KASSIA), LA-based designer Alexandra Cassaniti (Summer Bummer), Brooklyn based natural skincare expert Jun Lee (EiR NYC), and founder of bi-coastal creative agency Left Left Right Laura Rubin (AllSwell) are all surfers who share an entrepreneurial spirit, with a mutual love of expressing themselves both on the waves and on paper.

What's in "The Kit?"
  • EiR Surf Mud Pro Stick SPF 50 -- The pro version of EiR’s popular Surf Mud, providing a higher level of sun protection, packaged in a big stick for quick application and longer lasting sessions. Environmentally friendly, all-natural and chemical-free, it was inspired by the Mayan chocolate mask, containing zinc for UV sun protection, chocolate for deep hydration and antioxidants that fight free radicals. Its limited edition packaging features Kassia’s photography.
  • Triangular bar of KASSIA wax -- For those looking to reset ahead of a long surf session, Kassia’s “magic surf wax” is infused with Palo Santo, a tree burned in ceremonies by Shaman and medicine people known for its cleansing and healing properties. Good ju-ju for your board.  
  • Customized AllSwell notebook -- Whether your passion is finding the perfect wave or the perfect word, the journal, half lined (WRITE) and half unlined (DRAW) is awaiting your beachy brilliance. Designed to inspire creativity, it's perfect for writing, sketching, scribbling, making lists and daydreaming. This collaboration edition features Kassia’s photography on the exterior and illustrations on the interior covers of products and pieces from each lady’s collections, as well as items that lend themselves to a full day deployment at the beach: swim fins, a ukelele, an old-school Igloo-style cooler, a cold bottle of Bud, etc.  
  • Summer Bummer Pouch -- All this goodness is tucked inside a 10 x 11 custom Summer Bummer zip pouch made from space-dyed neoprene, using a print taken from KASSIA’s new wetsuit line. Resilient to water, made in California and featuring Summer Bummer’s signature oversized zipper, the pouch is perfect to use either as a clutch or a bag within your bag.

Charitably conscious and locally sourced, The Kit retails for $195 with 10% of the proceeds benefiting non-profit Waves For Water, working on the front-line to provide clean water to communities in need around the world. Limited sales are available in-store on the East Coast at Warm (in New York’s Nolita) and on the West Coast at The General Store (Venice, Los Angeles).

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

4 Wheels . 2 Souls . 1 Fin // Amuse Society in NZ

photos: Carly Brown

All Pieces by Amuse Society

It all started with a dream -- a dream of a ladies road trip through unfamiliar lands. Carly had been booked for work in New Zealand for months, but it wasn't until two weeks before she left that I decided to jump on board and take part in the adventure. Neither of us had been to NZ, and so at the end of November 2014, Carly and I embarked on a voyage through the North Island in search of simplicity, serendipity, and of course...swell. We called our journey: 

4 Wheels . 2 Souls. 1 Fin  

We booked a 1969 VW bus and for two weeks we traveled with the beautiful blue "Mystery Machine" as our sanctuary -- her welded cheeks and bright, beady eyes ripe for a good time. She was the epitome of possibility; the tour guide, the prophet. She would lead us into the most beautiful crevasses of lush countryside we had ever seen. We ate, slept, and explored in full Vanlife fashion, never even thinking to book a hotel or venture away from the road. From Shipwrecks Bay to Mount Maunganui, to Raglan back up to Whangamatta, we chased the most beautiful, jade hued wavelets a girl could dream of, thriving in the mobility and freedom our kombi home had to offer. 

It was then that I realized what an epic packer I have become! With life on the road, minimalism is a must and versatility is key. My Amuse Society pieces became standard attire, a uniform of sorts as their functional fit never sacrifices style. Effortless yet edgy, Amuse is the type of label a traveling minx like me lives in...and makes me feel sexy even if I haven't showered in days ;)

I am beyond stoked to be the newest ambassador of the Amuse Society clan, a group of women who, with their hyphenated titles and limitless aspirations, reject conformity and pave their own path of living, who uniquely identify with their femininity, and ooze effortless style and creativity. #BEACHVIDABLING baby!

Make sure to get your hands on Foam Symmetry Mag Volume 4 Issue 2 to see these and more of Carly's shots + the full story from NZ in print!

Shop // AmuseSociety.com 

 Follow // @amusesociety 

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day Guest Post :: Ileana Ramirez

Photo Series: Jackson Loria
Intimates | For Love & Lemons via driftlab


{5 Reasons to}
Let Go of Bad Sex Habits
Women tend to treat sex the same way they treat their diets.  Most women have principles informing them to have as little sex as possible and to limit experimentation before marriage, either for religious reasons or to seem more attractive to a would-be spouse. BUT, inevitably, most women cheat on these sex diets.  They meet someone, experience the temptation to have sex, binge, and then feel subsequent guilt and shame.  We arbitrarily give ourselves extreme boundaries about sex, and then beat ourselves up when we cheat those boundaries.  This attitude is just as destructive to our bodies and souls as sneaking into the kitchen at midnight to eat ice cream straight out of the pint and then sob over the scales in the morning. 

Please understand, I don’t compare sex to dieting to minimize anyone’s religious values or trivialize the experience of sex.  All the opposite.  Sex shouldn’t be like dieting.  Dieting shouldn’t be like dieting.  Here are some of the problems with the dieting approach to sex:

1. When we treat having sex like cheating from the plan, we make our sexual decisions (with whom and when, etc.) based on whims, rather than standards. 

2. This makes us more likely to be unprepared for sex: emotionally, physically, and prophylactically (yep, that’s a spell-check certified adverb, folks). 

3. We have unrealistic expectations of entering into a committed relationship after sex, even if the other person hasn’t indicated a desire for this. 

4. Morals and standards become weapons of guilt rather than tools with which we make good choices.

5. We don’t know how to have satisfying married sex once this paradigm shifts. 

While some of these are more obvious, the marriage problem is perhaps the most lasting.  When you’re single, taking the dieting approach to sex can be fun.  There’s a lot of drama in the uncertainty of the will-they-won’t-they buildup of suspense, until our passions are finally released.  The problem is this:  once you’re in a committed relationship where this drama no longer exists, what is the source of your passion?  How do you keep the heat turned up in marriage—with one partner and the certainty of forever—for the rest of your life?  (A conversation for another blog post, perhaps?) {uhh..yes please! Tom Robbins has a solid opinion -- just read Still Life with Woodpecker}

Regardless of your religious beliefs or husband-hunting status, we can all agree that sex requires an enormous amount of TRUST.  In a society where one in three women experiences physical and sexual abuse, the act of giving someone else access to your body is a leap of faith that can have beautiful or devastating consequences. 
This means that all of us need systems in place with which we select partners.  Setting standards isn’t a way to make ourselves feel worse about our decisions or make up more unrealistic goals for us to fail to achieve.  Rather, it’s an act of self-love that protects us from people who would harm us and empowers us to share our intimate moments with people worthy of our trust and confidence.  Not everyone believes in waiting for marriage, but everyone should believe in waiting for something. 

The most common standards in our cultural sex narrative are religious (waiting until marriage) and emotional (waiting for true love).  But there are countless others.  Some standards are practical, like having a conversation about birth control and disease before engaging in sex. Some standards are self-protective, like waiting until you’ve known someone for a specific length of time.  Others require more from your partner, like waiting until you have talked about what you want from the relationship or until you’ve discussed what you would do if you got pregnant. 
In addition to spending countless hours making ourselves more attractive for would-be partners, we should ask ourselves prior to engaging in our sexual relationships: Who do I want? What makes a personal trustworthy enough for me to share my body?  What am I waiting for?


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Sunday, February 8, 2015

On The Road Again // driftab Collab

Photos / Carly Brown

Looks provided by driftlab Byron Bay
Hat / Brixton | Kimono + Playsuit / Auguste | Singlet + Shorts / Rollas Jeans

Some of my favorite moments from our NZ kombi surf trip were the post surf hangs. Packing up the boards, cruising to a shady spot under a Pohutukawa tree, cranking tunes, feasting on snacks, lounging and taking in the view ...priceless times. Carly and I were stoked to get to have a play with some driftlab threads during our time in Whangamatta and capture our favorite part of life on the road.

 Big thanks, hugs, and kisses to the King family who offered the space and the warmest of hospitality towards us during this little shoot :)