It’s Valentine’s week! I was bound and determined to put together a fun red and pink post this week, but I want to paint a little mental picture of the behind-the-scenes of shooting this look. Not to complain or pretend my life is so hard (I chose this career and I truly love so much of it), but just to keep it 100 with you guys.
I thought we could shoot the look on our rooftop because it’s been raining almost nonstop since January 1st. I knew we would have a short no-rain window and I was traveling Sunday and Monday. So I was practically bird-dogging the window Saturday and darted up to the roof as soon as the downpour eased.
We go to the roof, and it’s insanely windy. Like, hair mustache, eyes are watering windy. Not gonna happen. So I go back to the apartment to get a hair band to put my hair in a ponytail. I hike back to the roof. It’s still so windy we can barely pretend to look like normal human beings.
So we go back to the apartment to get sneakers to hike uphill to another shoot location. We walk, in the rain, to the next spot, where it’s still so windy that I nearly crawl into a doorway to put my hair back into a ponytail. My eyes are watering. I can’t feel my ankles. Christian has his rain jacket on and is trying to snap photos quickly while a car is trying to parallel park into the spot he is standing in. Needless to say, it’s a s%$* show.
I know no one cares about this saga, and the details aren’t really the point. The point is: nothing is as it seems. So on this national self-proclaimed day of love, love yourself. Don’t let anything online, your perception of someone who has an easier or better life than you, stand in the way of appreciating who YOU are and what you have in your life. Everything is smoke and mirrors. Seriously… everything. Know that!
photos by Christian Barnes
coat (on sale!) – I sized down one size! | similar top here and here | similar skirt here, also love this one | heels (on major sale), also love these | similar bag here and here | brooch available here and here | similar sunglasses here and splurge here | earrings
I didn’t shoot this look with the intent to share the drama behind it… but I felt it was worth sharing. Just as a reminder not to let anything you see elsewhere diminish your light. Girl, we’re all out here strugglin’ to do our best.
HAPPY Valentine’s Day week! Thanks so much for reading! XO –