I honestly haven’t shot film in ages, and by ages, I’m talking over a year. That’s a long period of time to not do something that you love doing and I wasn’t sure if I still had “it”. As you can imagine I was pretty nervous to take out the Contax 167MT and load a roll of Portra at my shoot with Logan but I’m glad I did. I can see where I’m rusty and what I need to work on but there’s no feeling like the feeling you get when you go through film scans and see a good frame that you captured. No editing, no adjusting, just a moment frozen exactly how you remember it at the time. That’s the magic of photography in its purest form.
I surprised, C, with a little daily reminder of my gratitude for her and what she adds to my life. I’ve really been trying to teach myself how to be the best version of myself in our relationship. To listen to her, discover her likes, her interest and what makes her happy. I know just showing up for her emotionally is all she really wants from me but how do I stay consistent? How do I continue to be there for her through her highs and lows, to listen to her after a long day at the office or simply remind myself to put my arms around her to make her feel safe and protected? I know these are all small things but in the pursuit of success these gestures can tend to get lost. Just like in my business ventures, I have a tendency to try to deconstruct everything and put it back together in its most simplest form and in doing so in our relationship I discovered that if I simply continue to do what I did in the beginning, things will never get old. Little meaningful gifts, hand written notes, calls just to hear about her day and random texts just to let her know I’m thinking of her. These are all things I did that got us to where we are now and what I’ve taken from this formula is this; never stop watering the seeds of a meaningful relationship if you want things to continue to grow. It has honestly taken me to this point in my life to discover just how simple it can be to pursue happiness with the person you adore if you consistently exercise the muscle of reminding yourself of how you felt in the beginning. The excitement, the happiness, the laughter, the appreciation, the safety, the beauty, the sheer gratitude for what you have.. it never has to end. That’s pretty powerful.
It’s cool how the gal and I now share a common style. We like to mix high and low, expensive with cost effective and mesh the spectrums together in a shared palette. I would say I’ve introduced my own personal style elements to her, and she introduced hers to me and now we pretty much just share a wardrobe when it comes to most of our coats and sweatshirts. And then comes the matching element, we almost always match something on any given day so it was really cool when I finally found the matching Helmut Lang jacket to the rare coat I already owned, which she pretty much already took over. Relaxed, a subtle flex and comes as a duo, just like us.
Our SS20 Flash Sale is coming to an end. Be sure to grab the last of our stock during the final hours. Thank you everyone for the tremendous amount of support. We’ve been up all night packing orders and trying our best to get your packages to you as quickly as possible. Have a wonderful weekend, we love you.
What a wild ride 2020 was. As a thank you for weathering the storm with us we’re offering a $5 Flash Sale on everything in our Gift Shop. Thank you for being so amazing… thank you for being so powerful.
With all of the new Jonathan Adler accessories that I received for my B-day and V-day, I figured I would take a couple of updated photos of how the desk setup is looking at C’s place. It’s really cool that her and I buy each other gifts that we can take with us as our relationship and living space grows. Upgrade coming soon.
We celebrated Valentine’s Day with black bean burgers from Café Gratitude and a drive in movie at Cinespia which is now being shown at the Greek Theater. This was honestly one of the best days (dates) that we’ve ever had. From dancing together in the kitchen in the morning and taking polaroids, to eating burgers in the trunk, to the inflatable movie screen getting knocked over by the wind, the entire experience was one of those days that just brings you closer as a couple. We both agree that it was one of those magic moments that really reminds us that we’re exactly with who we were always meant to find.
Another year on this earth, another 365 days of lessons, another 365 days of growth. I’m not one who particularly enjoys birthdays and rarely like to celebrate them but this year I have a lot to be grateful for, a lot to celebrate. I’m alive, I’m healthy, I create on a daily basis, I strive to be better than I was; and I have a wonderful person in my life that makes me extremely happy. There really isn’t much else that I could ask for because I know just with that short list, I have more than most. I made a promise to myself that the next 365 days is all about giving back. Giving more than what people ask for and to show up in ways that are new for me. To express being confident enough in myself to fully follow through with my own ideas and not be steered by others. To make a journey through the tough roads in order to get to the places that I was always meant to go. Thank you to my amazing girlfriend and future mother-in-law for decorating and for all of the lovely gifts. I’m truly overwhelmed and so lucky. Thank you to everyone who messaged me and for all of the kind messages, you guys are the best.