So, I started creating personalized art, lettering, and monograms to help you celebrate your own journey.
Through my art, I’ve been able to help uplift, empower, and connect other people through simple words, color, and symbolism- and it’s been absolutely incredible.
I’m so excited to re-introduce Miss– the Mindful in Style shop I started working on exactly two years ago!
As I’ve been settled at home in quarantine, staying busy has been crucial to my mental health and well-being. Painting has not only re-connected me with my inner child, but it’s helped me spread my light with others, too.
You can check out my collection now on Redbubble or email me to request a special project!
While living in Massachusetts, I was inspired to create a brand that brought together mindful moments, minimalist style, and the beauty of everyday life.
After returning from a magical trip back to my second home, New York City, I spotted a pair of angel wings painted along The Coop in Harvard Square. I knew the story I was writing for myself wasn’t authentic- and this piece of street art gave me the confidence to leave a career that was crushing my spirit.
I bought a blank sketchbook and began to paint inspirational words, design clothing, and come up with ideas to make old things new.
Now back in my hometown of Traverse City, Michigan, I’ve picked the sketchbook back up and started leaving rocks with inspirational messages around town. Through bringing together my writing, art, and photography, Miss 1984 was born- and there’s a little Miss (The Mindful in Style Shop) in all of us.
I hope to inspire others to pause, look within, and enjoy the beautiful moments all around them.
Hooray for PAIGE helping to keep the community stylish and safe!
In an effort to preserve supplies for medical staff, Paige Denim joined LA Protects and Mayor Eric Garcetti to produce non-medical masks in their to help protect non-essential workers. They’re also donating a pack for every 4-pack sold! Whenever I shop these days, I’m always conscious of the social good the company is doing- and want to be sure others know, too.
You can shop the Paige masks here, and check out 91 more stylish selections from Vogue for this “new normal.”
I’ve loved seeing how designers, brands, and social media teams have helped bring people together during this time. From music to inspirational talks, it’s been amazing to see how creative the world has been!
These days I am no longer impatient about waiting.
It took 33 years for me to learn patience; idle time gives you a moment of peace to reflect, breathe, and notice the world around you.
As I write in my notebook and enjoy the sunshine on my shoulders, I’m full of gratitude for the world around me. This is a drastic change from my former anxious, nervous self. I used to expect doom, but now I expect miracles.
Those miracles come in many forms. It could be a phone call from a friend I was just thinking of, the kindness of a stranger, or finding a small treasure on the street (this happens to me often!).
Miracles are all around us- we just have to stop, remain present, and connect with both the universe and the world around us.
When you’re more mindful, the universe delivers magical, meaningful moments. I hope you are able to stop and smell the roses today, enjoy the moment, and see life in rose colored glasses. 🌹
Yesterday was my phone-free day… and I must say, it was a success. I have to admit that did have to be practical and carry it with me for directions, music, photos, and safety (hey, I was going to new territory), but not for browsing the web, texting, making calls, or killing time.
So, what did I do while I sat on the beach without my phone?
I enjoyed the beach.
Rain was in the forecast so I headed down early- around 8:00AM- and arrived to an empty beach. It was perfect, not to mention an easy ride on the Red Line. I got on at Davis Square and off at JFK/UMass, which was just a short walk across a field, the street, and to the water. 😎
I had originally planned on M Street Beach, but this beach, Carson Beach, seemed like my cup of tea. There was even a (recently updated) bathhouse and counter with snacks!
Whoever said city dwellers can’t enjoy the beach, or nature, are mistaken. That is why I love Boston so much- I have the best of both worlds.
After taking a few photos, I put my phone on airplane mode, sprayed on some SPF 30, and sprawled out on my blanket. Peace and quiet.
I looked down at groups of people playing volleyball, taking kids out on floaties, and playing catch with their dogs.
However, I was exactly where I wanted to be… with my favorite company in the world: myself. 💜
A photo popped up on Facebook from a feature I was in on the former StyleList.com. Four years ago, in the height of my fashion blogger days, I was getting ready for my move to New York City. I had just escaped a bad relationship, where I had split my time between Traverse City, Charlotte, and San Francisco. Off to New York, I would go- I would start fresh, and my dreams would come true.
Or so I hoped.
Bright eyed in a midi skirt with a fresh new bob, this girl was off to her new life on the Upper West Side. Little did she know what was in store for her over the course of the next three years, though.
2014 was a magical year. Despite the challenges, the heartbreak, and the transitions- it was exciting. It was full of life. New York had yet to make me jaded, and my eyes were open to every possibility. Maybe too many possibilities!
Lately I’ve been getting back into that old mindset though- the mindset of living life with excitement. Viewing it as one big story. A big fairytale… where anything can happen.
The mindset of living life in color.
I’ve been stuck in black and white for so long that I almost forgot about the pinks and the reds. The yellow of the sun and the orange of my favorite baseball team. The bright opal sky on a warm spring night and the greens of the forest.
So that’s where I’m going to pick back up again- in color. Back to that girl in 2014 who was packing up three dozen boxes of clothes (no exaggeration) and accessories before shipping them to an uptown apartment she had never seen or been to before. Who got on that plane on a warm June day, on her way to a brand new life. That girl who walked into restaurants alone, ordered an Eggs Benedict, and would meet a cute stranger (true story).
That girl who was fearless.
Never, ever let anyone break you. Take the challenges as opportunities to grow even stronger, and instead of looking back with regret, be grateful for the ones who have made you tough.
Ah, summer. As the temperature heats up and humidity sets in, this time of year can be a little stressful when you’re trying to keep cool. Although we may feel like tossing our bras out the window and heading to the shore, everyday life doesn’t always permit such a luxury!
Although I love the beautiful East Coast summers, the heat can interfere with my zen and overall comfort level. It’s difficult to feel polished and put together when you’re overheating on your way to work, stuck on public transit, or simply running errands in 90 degree air.
I recently found a new way to beat the heat in addition to smoothies, beach days and lounging on the front porch. I discovered Warner’s colorful Play It Cool collection, which have been my go-to bras for the past couple of months.
These bright bras come in a few different styles to give my basic black style a pop of color, while regulating my body temperature and keeping me comfortable! I also love the wireless design and CHILL FX™ lining that wicks away moisture to keep me cool.
Thanks to bra fitter and lingerie expert Kimmay Caldwell, I also learned a few great tips to find the best fit and style for you, too.
Make time to try on each bra before purchase. We know this is painful, but like breasts, one size can vary from the other.
Re-Fit once a year. Whether you measure yourself or get a professional fitting, it’s important to stay in touch with your bust.
Support from the bottom up. The majority of support comes from the band (not the straps!), so if it is not fitted properly, you may experience sagging or digging in. You should be able to slip two fingers underneath the back of the band if it fits properly.
It’s normal for your bra to stretch out. Since bras are typically made of elastic, they will stretch over time. It’s best to start with the outermost rung on your new bra and as it wears, move to the middle, then the tightest.
Don’t settle, don’t sacrifice!
Whether you’re looking for a new bra to compliment your wardrobe or are seeking a style to help with the heat, check out the Warner’s and Olga options for your own bra-blems. You can find styles that are comfortable, eliminate sleevage and look great under clothes- even when you’re just relaxing at home.
The arts have been a major part of my life ever since my earliest memories of drawing, creating handmade cards, writing poetry, and illustrating storybooks.
Creativity has also been an outlet for me to express my emotions, from drawing to daily fashion.
“Keeping it simple” is something I try to embody on a daily basis- life is such a complicated journey that it is imperative to stay grounded in order to stay sane. While I used to love more of everything and a variety of anything, today I adore simple beauty and minimalism. I decided not to complicate things and stick with white and gold- less is more.
With every brush stroke, I gained a little bit of strength and began to let go of insecurity, fear, and doubt.
A coach of mine once suggested the “post-it practice”- sticking affirmations on your walls or mirror- and ever since I have been mindful of writing down positive thoughts to remind myself every day that I am, indeed, enough.
This coach even put me in a hula-hoop and told me that the only thing I could control what was inside that hula-hoop: me.
Since I began painting I have also been inspired by so many amazing women in my life. Their love has helped me gain confidence and heal, so I have started to make art for them, too.
Together, no matter what our struggles, we can help one another by sharing our own inspiration and journey.