Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Be Brave

Even though the sweet days of summer are now coming to an end, I am looking forward to a new season!  I was recently asked the question, "What was the BEST thing that has happened to you this summer?"  As I mentioned in my previous blog post, one of the best things that happened to me is making new friends! 

There is nothing like connecting with kindred spirits and like-minded people who remind you how wonderful this life truly is.  With bittersweet emotions, I have also removed the toxic people who were once in my life.  Just like the occasional "detox" from a bad diet, I believe it is important to re-evaluate and detox from bad relationships.  

For me, being able to say "yes" to new people and new situations has allowed me to refocus my mind back in the right direction. Toxic people negatively effect your health and success. Sometimes you just have to press the delete button and never look back.  I have learned that I can only be as good as the people I surround myself with.  Be brave enough to let go of those who keep weighing you down.  Be brave enough to face change so that you may gain something better.  Be brave enough to follow your dreams and believe you will find a way to make them come true.  Be you, bravely.

"In life, you will realize that there is a roll for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you, some will love you, and some will teach you.  But, the ones that are important are the ones that bring out the best in you, respect you and accept you for who you are.  They are the rare and amazing people who remind you why it's worth not giving up. Those are the ones who are worth keeping around." ~Unknown

Photography by Berlynn Photography
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Instagram:  @b3rlynn

Embroidered Fable Dress, Free People
Dreamweaver Crossbody Fringe Bag by Spell, from Free People
Handmade Bracelets by Her Dream
Turquoise Bohemian Bardot Ring by Samantha Wills
Westin Booties by Jeffrey Campbell, similar here
The Sur Hat + Cherokee Band by Seven Seas, from 1 Vintage Soul

Surround yourself with people and places that LOVE and UPLIFT you.  Thank you reading and thank you being a part of my journey!  

Keep shining...always. ~Michelle     

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Adventure Awaits

All Images by Berlynn Photography

"Say YES to new adventures!"  New friends are new adventures, and one the best things that happened to me this Summer is making new friends.  I recently connected with fashion bloggers, Rachel and Sara of the  Meeting with these bohemian babes was such a treat, and being able to collaborate with them was an unforgettable adventure!  

We took a mini road trip to the Santa Monica mountains and discovered Paramount Ranch.  In 1927, Paramount Studios purchased this ranch and used it for making movies from the 1920's through the mid-1940's.  Well over a hundred movies were shot here - nearly all of them Westerns.  The location is a hidden gem and was the perfect location for us to snap some photos.  Here's to making new friends and going on new adventures!!

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Embroidered Fable Dress, Free People
Dreamweaver Crossbody by Spell, from Free People
Handmade Bracelets by Her Dream
HATS by Seven Seas, from 1 Vintage Soul
Bella Luna Fringe Kimono, 1 Vintage Soul
Desert Dreamer Kimono, 1Vintage Soul

Stay tuned for more photos taken at this amazing location.  Thank you for reading...keep shining!

Friday, August 1, 2014


I am shining my Artist Spotlight on Australian Illustrator, Jessica-Marree Welsh.  I had the pleasure of interviewing this sweet and talented lady, and I am incredibly excited to introduce Jessica and her beautiful artwork to all of you!  As many of you already know, I am a big supporter of the Arts and I am extremely passionate about supporting independent Artists.  I was originally drawn to Jessica's work when I discovered her illustration titled, "Dragonfly".

The image of the dragonfly personally resonates with me because of my Mom.  When my Mom was a young child growing up in the Philippines, she told my sister and I stories about how much fun she would have chasing dragonflies.  I remember her telling us that because they were very poor, they did not have many toys to play with, so she spent a lot of time outside playing with bugs, and chasing dragonflies of all colors.  

After falling in love with "Dragonfly", I discovered more and more of Jessica's captivating illustrations.  I would consider her work to have the perfect mix of nature, with a soft femininity that can only be described as enchanting.  Her illustrations are filled with precise and detailed line work that truly grabs the viewer's attention.  Jessica is a wonderfully talented artist who lives in Melbourne, Australia and I am honored that I had the opportunity to interview her for this month's Artist Spotlight!    

What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?
I’m going to go and pick up a coffee from a great little place that has opened up around the corner from my house because I have the day off, then I’m going to finish an illustration piece, which I’m really excited about.

Describe your artistic style in 7 words?
Detailed, Delicate, Feminine, Pretty, Natural, Soft, Refined.

What are you most passionate about?
I really enjoy the arts and I am lucky enough to have found a role that allows me to be creative a high majority of the time. I guess how my passion relates to this is that I truly believe that it really doesn't matter whether you draw pictures and work at the local coffee shop, work as a teacher, or even if you are the local dentist - as long as you enjoy what your doing, then I think that’s rad! Society and media at the moment tend to put such high expectations on how one should look and what a successful career is, no one has the right to tell anyone they are not good enough. Just do what makes you happy.

Who has had the greatest influence in your life as an artist, and why?
Every part, every person of my life so far, has influenced the artist I have become today. My father has always been very supportive and encouraging of me following my creative pursuits, and I am very thankful for that support. I think apart from that, other artists, musicians, life experiences and the people who support me, or even try to critique me, have had such a huge impact on my work.

What type of music (artists, genre, songs) do you listen to?
I guess I have pretty diverse taste. Huge fan of the classics like; Fleetwood Mac, Black Sabbath, The Beatles. Massive fan of City and Colour and Ryan Adams. I’m super excited about his new album coming out soon. The shins, The Black Keys, Cat Power, Wilco, Beck....

Where would you have your dream vacation/holiday?
I have been very fortunate to travel to some amazing places in my short life, but as far as dream vacations go, I would love to travel through the South of France. Also the Northern Lights are defiantly another one on my bucket list.

How would you describe your personal style?
Well, I would say I am defiantly more drawn to items with prints or texture. I guess it can be quite bohemian at times. It honestly just depends on how I feel when I wake up for the day. Some days are a band tee and jeans type of day, others are a flowing maxi dress type of day.

Who are your style icons?
Ahhhh, Stevie Nicks...what a babe, I mean come on seriously. HUGE fan. I’m also a fan of Kate Hudson. "Almost Famous" had a pretty big influence on my style for a while there. There was also a slight time (mid- late teens) when it was all about the black outfits, and the blonder my hair was, the better.

If you weren’t an artist, what would you be doing instead?
Well, as an artist I feel I would still be doing it regardless. As far as it being my only career, I've been fairly lucky to have found a love for design, which means that I am creative on other platforms all day. I have always drawn and it has always been for myself. The fact that there is a public interest in it now, is very humbling.  I feel very fortunate to share it with people.

What future plans do you have as an Artist?
I would really like to have a show at some point in the future. At the moment, I would like to get a collection of works together, and maybe do some collaborations.

What advice would you offer to your 18-year-old self?
I would say, 'Hey, you're going to be okay.  Keep going, keep doing what you're doing, it’s the right path for you. Enjoy your travels and don’t let your romantic life worry you. Your time will come and it will be outstanding. As time goes on, your anxiety about the world and yourself, comes ease, and you will be happy and loved.'

If your life were a motion picture, what would the title be?
Wow, if someone ever thought my life was interesting enough to make a motion picture about I would be really chuffed. I guess it would depend on what aspect it focused on. That is a tough one... I’ll have to think about that for a while.








All Original Artwork by Jessica-Marree Welsh
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Jessica-Marree Welsh will be joining our amazing panel of feature artists for our 1VintageSoul Artist-Designed Series!  Stay tuned friends, as you will be able to purchase an exclusive Jessica-Marree Welsh Artist-Designed case for your smartphone!!  

Thank you for reading...Keep shining!

~Michelle xo