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La Maison Française

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My blog posts have been a bit scattered lately, with all the sponsored work on my shoulders. While working for other people, I have to remember to take time and keep my own passions alive to stay sane. So this comes fresh from a topic that’s been on my mind for quite a while, and a draft that was waiting to see the light.

Since spring this year, I knew I wanted to start shifting my style and take the blog in a new direction. You might know how long it takes to give your entire wardrobe a complete overhaul and change everything, from clothing to accessories. That, plus bringing to life a whole new look for my photography and blog took, a lot of brainstorming and time. When I started this shift, I knew I was done with the bohemian style that had saturated the fashion world. After years of that look being part of my gimmick, and being one of the first specifically boho bloggers, I was ready for a change.

I really found a new love and a spark of interest in the French Riviera, and just the Riviera lifestyle in general. One thing about me, is my taste changes continuously. I’ve learned to hone it in over the years and stay consistent with my work and brand, but my passion is in the details and story telling, and I am always venturing into unknown territories and trying new things.

While shedding my old self image, I was searching for what new things was going to grab my heart. I was so busy with work and doing projects for other people, I wanted to stop everything and find myself again. It started with one old French movie- “And God Created Woman,” and I was suddenly inspired anew. From watching tons of old classic French movies, to deciding to learn French for myself, and learning/playing French music, it quickly became my new vision. I was drawn to the playfully sexy scene of the late 60’s/early 70’s in France, related to the Beatnik culture I love so much.

About 6 months ago I told Josh, who probably thought I sounded crazy, “I want to dress like a crossbreed of Marie Antoinette and Brigitte Bardot!” From velvet chokers, to corsets, to GoGo boots, tiny silk dresses, and berets… I had some sort of beautiful twisted fantasy of a new style I was dying to bring to life. No more heavy bohemian patterns and layers, just simple and chic and with a flair for the past. I transitioned my style slow and sweet, so as not to shock my entire audience with a change they weren’t expecting. I don’t know if I was on some sort of connected consciousness, but I found the fashion world around me renewing a French flair at the same time. Just like the birth of bohemian style when I adopted it years ago.

Maybe the world is ready for another dive into the past, for some culture from a place fashion trends started. It’s great to know the fashion world and I are on the same page, even though sometimes I would rather just be left to do my own thing. When there’s a whole world of bloggers and models and fashion-loving people, it’s hard to find your unique stamp on your style, but the most important part is to just be true to yourself. Fashion is a huge outward expression of myself and my creativity. I find it more of an art and a passion than what some people might assume as shallow vanity. I think it’s so important to wear your heart on your sleeve, and present yourself in a way that gives everyone around you a good first impression of who you are. But to be completely honest, I don’t even wear much of anything special on days off! You might spot me in leggings, a big tee shirt, and ridiculously fuzzy socks 85% of the time!

So with almost another year coming to an end, I am pushing to finish some big things for Ready Gypset Go, and for Josh and I! The projects we have in store are really exciting, and I can’t wait to share them when the time is right. Though for now, it’s all still a big secret!

One thing I was excited to finally announce, is our campaign trip to Paris Fashion Week, as well as our extended stay in France! I’m so ready to take our adventures international in the new year, and really embrace the new vision for the blog that you will be seeing more of very soon! It’s almost time for a new chapter to begin!

For now, you can wander through La Maison Française with me, a secret hidden gem, tucked away on Melrose in LA!

And get into the French mood with my personally curated playlist below!

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Thanks for the Memories

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I don’t care how busy we might get during the holiday madness, I strongly believe in remembering what truly matters. It’s not only about being thankful once a year, but taking this time to be thankful with the rest of the country, to spread humble gratitude via our collective conscious. If we put power in this, we can truly change the world around us.

We should also be thankful all year round, as it’s healthy and teaches us to appreciate the life we are gifted with. To better see the good, even in the bad. And to put value on what’s important in our lives, so we can see what isn’t important and not divert our energy to those things. It is important in more ways than one to start appreciating the people and things around you. Where you are now versus were you once were. What you’ve learned and gained, and even what you’ve lost.

I think loss is important in our lives. We may look at these things as misfortunes, but I’m learning to detach my emotional feelings from the happenings in my life, and look at them objectively as the twists and turns of my life’s timeline.

Part of my story, a part that most don’t know, is how I got started on this path of blogging and traveling. It was equally due to our hard work and determination, as it was misfortune and things not working out. Loss. Mistakes. Lessons being learned. Things that I thought were the end of my world at the time, but looking back, I’m truly grateful for.

What first was a loss that cut deeply into our finances, led us to move out of our apartment and into an artist loft space that my dad owned. It was an old scary building that needed lots of TLC, but that didn’t stop us. It turned into an incredible opportunity to create a space that encouraged creativity. It was where new projects were born, and I learned how to turn nothing into something. We were able to take this time to save money and plan for future goals, which became the concept of the blog as our full time job, and traveling the country in an Airstream. We met up with a brand who was to sponsor our entire endeavor, but we learned quickly that we if we wanted to chase our dreams, and only ours, we’d have to depend on no-one but ourselves. So we turned down the opportunity to be sponsored, and started saving our every penny. When we finally purchased the airstream, it felt like a huge step was made. I couldn’t believe it was happening. To think back to that time, I couldn’t be more thankful for that difficult step we took towards ensuring our freedom.

But winter came and we couldn’t stay in the art loft- a big old building that was impossible to heat. So we were forced to move into our airstream before it was renovated, to have a place that was possible to heat. Winter was extremely rough, it was like living in an igloo on the east coast. We decided to invest in our blogging venture, and took off for Florida. The Airstream was literally frozen in and surrounded by ice, and so we had nothing but our jeep to call home for some weeks of bumming on the beach and working. It was tough, but it was then I realized I didn’t need anything but the freedom to see the world, experience new places, and do what I love. We shot every day on the beaches, from morning till night. We were practically living the Blue Lagoon lifestyle, with no amenities and only some hundred dollars in our pocket for the trip. But I remember it as one of the happiest times of my life so far. And I couldn’t be more thankful for that experience, learning what we really need to be happy. Which is practically nothing.

After that trip, which produced a lot of our blog’s first content, we were discovered by a brand and sponsored to go to Coachella. That would be our second road trip across the country to California, and this time we were better photographers and bloggers. We drove from Florida, back to Cleveland, then left in 2 weeks for California, living out the same gypsy lifestyle again. I couldn’t have been more in love with the experience of the music festival. The friends and connections we made from these trips were what planted the seeds for our new lifestyle, and I’ve learned to never take a single person you meet for granted. For each person is like a doorway, that can take you to new places you never thought you could reach, experiences you’ll never forget, and friends you’ll share memories with forever. When it’s so easy to be anti-social in this day and age, and look at our phones rather than make eye contact or conversation, I’ve grown to be thankful for the opportunities I get to form relationships with people. And one of those rad people I’m thankful to have met this year, was the enigmatic Sonya Esman. To road trip with her out into the desert, and shoot some magical photos and video, gave me the chance to get to know someone I admired for their voice and passion.

Though my job presents me with many opportunities to meet interesting people, I truly believe that most of it comes from asserting yourself, and putting it out into the universe. I’m mostly anti-social (for real!), but sometimes I get this feeling that something is supposed to happen. I know it can happen. I decide that I believe it will happen. I meet the people who inspire me, I experience the things I crave, I learn what I need to and move forward step by step, with determination.

Each step leads me further along the timeline, and it’s important to realize that we are all making progress. You may think you’re stuck, and that the world is against you, and you haven’t gotten to where you wanted to be yet. But you have to turn around and look, sometimes. To see just how far you’ve come, and be thankful for where you stand now. You have to. Because if you don’t, then you truly are going nowhere, because you’re going through life with your eyes shut.

I hope you find thankfulness and inspiration this holiday, and in your every day! Don’t forget, just because the holiday fades away. Look for reasons to be thankful, everyday.

XO, Sarah

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My Holiday Gift Guide

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The holidays are upon us, and a time to think of people you’re thankful for. Show them you care with little tokens of love, whether big or small. But remember what’s important is the it’s the thought that counts! You don’t need to buy the most expensive gifts. You can give and receive lovely things that are also easy on your wallet! So I’ve curated a Gift Guide based on my own products I love, that are perfect for stocking stuffers, last minute gifts, or just tokens of love!

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Beatnik

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Wandering around the Arts District of DTLA had me unleashing my inner beatnik. A small percent of you may know I used to write an absurd amount of poetry and prose. So I dug out a few oldies (but goodies), and decided to share them with you. I still have all my writing filed away, waiting for that time when I decide to go ahead and publish a book. Maybe, if you like what you read, you’ll let me know if that’s a good idea…

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Balcony Life

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While we were back in Cleveland visiting family for a week, we revisited our old creative domain. The big old building in downtown served as an art studio and loft living space for us and my dad. The whole top floor was ours, the size of a a large ballroom, and we built a cozy room on one side, while the creative studio was on the other side. The windows were huge and surrounded the entire room, letting in light every hour of the day, and shifting throughout the seasons. That’s one thing I loved the most. We could venture onto the rooftop to photograph the sunset or watch the incoming storms. And sit on the balcony watching the world go by, smelling all the scents from the below cafes and restaurants. It was a place where our creativity took flight, and the blog was born.

When we visited, I knew right away I wanted to return to my balcony for a portion of our Cosabella shoot. It reminded me how much I love that Balcony Life, and can’t wait to experience the same simple pleasure on balconies around the globe!

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