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Parker Smith jeans review

Getting back to the basics, it’s important to remember some of the most essential elements of fashion. When working towards a capsule wardrobe, identifying key repeat-pieces is of the essence. What could be more quintessential than a pair of jeans? In this Parker Smith jeans review, I’m going to cover a personal favorite brand that has now held my loyalty for years in providing the perfect fitting jeans (no, they haven’t paid me to write this). Owning dozens of pairs myself, and also sharing with friends and family, it’s a staple item that I wear in my real life scenarios nearly every day, making them well worth a place in your wardrobe.

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Managing a minimalist fashion blog, I’m not always able to share some of my everyday basics. But, basics are those capsule wardrobe items that you can wear the most – and the most important investment pieces in your closet. I couldn’t hold this one back any longer.

About Parker Smith jeans

First, a bit about the brand, Parker Smith. Parker Smith is a denim company based in Los Angeles, where each step of production is executed right in the heart of the fashion district of LA. That means all designers, sewers, dye houses and contractors are all managed centrally, making for a brand that is unified and polished in every detail.

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Their emphasis is placed on high quality fabrics and tailored silhouettes for all body types. Even People StyleWatch has coined them as “The perfect jean for your waist.” I’ve worked with the brand in the past on a gifting basis developing a close relationship with some of the team there. They have been absolutely a delight to talk with, and one of those companies you should feel great about supporting. I’ve even become a sort of pen-pal with a friend there, sharing current events and exciting news in the fashion scene. A brand I’m truly passionate about, it’s time to share the details beyond my immediate social circle whom I’ve already converted to the brand.

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Parker Smith denim collection

When they first started in 2014, Parker Smith had more or less a capsule collection of silhouettes in just a few basic colors. Now they carry over a dozen different fit times ranging from skinnies to straights and flares. Their colors have expanded past a range of blues, blacks and whites to include pop colors and even prints. You’ll even find some high profile 2019 fashion trends like sporty side-stripes and suiting styles. My favorite pieces that I wear on heavy rotation:

Best Parker Smith Styles:

  • Ava Skinny (the perfect skinny jean essential)
  • Ava Crop Skinny (a more modern twist on the sinny – my favorite)
  • Bombshell Crop Skinny
  • Twisted Seam Skinny (with a high-low seam – another favorite)
  • Cropped Straight (with a sort of vintage fit)
  • Pin-up Crop Straight (a more modern vintage fit)
  • Parker Smith fray hem jeans

One of my favorite details of Parker Smith jeans is their assortment of distressed, fray bottom jeans. From a traditional fray to their fun high-low hem jean with a high cut in the front, they add an artisanal statement to an otherwise basic style. My most worn pair is the twisted seam skinny in stallion – which literally hits every single load of laundry that I do, since it’s worn at least once a week. They’re extremely comfortable, flattering, and don’t loose their shape (even after traveling for hours). Which brings me to my next point.

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Parker Smith fitting

Parker Smith’s founders place an immense focus on the correct fit and feel of each of their denim pieces. From the rise to inseam and pocket placement, they’re designed to flatter your silhouette. They have just enough stretch to remain comfortable throughout the day while maintaining their shape. If you’re between sizes, I’d recommend going down. I usually wear a size 25-26” jean – I always opt for their 25” size. You can always reference their fit guide for additional tips on how to get the right pair for your body.

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Where to buy Parker Smith jeans

Loved this Parker Smith jeans review and want to get a pair of your own? You can shop directly on their site, or at some of your favorite retailers like Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Nordstrom Rack. I’ve always shopped directly on their site, where you can find all of their current styles sorted by fit.

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They’re good people, good jeans, and getting noticed

I have actually been wanting to write this Parker Smith jeans review for some time, as such an avid supporter of their brand. Why? It’s hard to find the perfect jean. Working a full-time career and managing a minimalist fashion blog, it’s important for me to have basics that I can rely on. I also travel frequently, and my Parker Smiths are an immediate grab for every occasion, as I know they travel well, won’t stretch out, and can be recycled into multiple looks throughout my trips.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by WWD/REX/Shutterstock (9877080aw)
Mark Badgley and James Mischka on the catwalk
Badgley Mischka show, Runway, Spring Summer 2019, New York Fashion Week, USA – 08 Sep 2018

And, don’t just trust me. Bradgley Mischka is also recently joining forces with Parker Smith for a licensed denim collection. When luxury brands start to notice, you know it’s a good jean. They’ve also been spotted on stars like Vanessa Hudgens and Olivia Wilde, as well as receiving assorted press from Us Weekly and Who What Wear.

The Best Benefits of Parker Smith jeans:

  • The fit is truly flattering on all body types
  • The material is soft, with just the right amount of stretch
  • They don’t loose their shape after multiple wears
  • They’re the quintessential basic denim for a capsule wardrobe
  • They have a variety of fits and styles for your taste
  • They’re a locally sourced small business
  • They’re amazing, kind people you should feel good about supporting

With so many brands flooding the market, these benefits are sweetened all the more with a group of transparent, honest people that you should feel good about supporting. I encourage you to reach out to them on social, send them a message and get to know them. I hope this Parker Smith review on one of my personally favorite brands was helpful, and please do write in if you have any other questions. I 100% back them as a brand, and hope you get as much wear out of your Parker Smith jeans as I do.

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How to become a successful travel and fashion blogger or entrepreneur while managing a full time career

It’s easy to be inspired in the air. That was the title I wanted to use for this blog, but sadly it would rank low in SEO, and most of you that are interested in how to become a successful entrepreneur or fashion blogger never would have found this article. Goodbye facades, hello reality. I hope you’re ready for a long read.

I’m going to cut the glamour and give you the down and dirty real tips on how to achieve success as an entrepreneur.

In this post, I will dive deep into hands-on experience achieving my dream as a successful luxury fashion blogger who manages a full time career and a hobby that allows me the freedom to quit my job, work remote, and travel the world while getting paid.

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Dreams are beautiful, reality is also important. It takes time.

Dreams are a beautiful thing, but loosing sight of them will often make them slip from your grasp. Everyone dreams, but what sets apart the dreamers from the entrepreneurs taking over the world? You can accomplish anything that you’re willing to fight for, but sometimes the fight is a bigger challenge that you’re willing to accept. Living the best version of yourself requires discipline, hard work and an sense of undying urgency. Time management is of the essence.

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I’ve been on both sides… the dreamer with no success, and a successful entrepreneur without a dream. Though I have built my business to a point many would consider success, being able to support myself through a hobby of fashion blogging and travel, it’s not always easy. I still continue to pursue a full time carrier working an 8-5 while balancing my dreams.

It’s a challenge, but not impossible.

I’ve learned a lot on the way, and even though I’m far from perfecting my best version, the recipe for success for entrepreneurs is a consistent story. Want to stop dreaming and start living? Here’s how to turn your dreams into reality, and start living the best version of yourself.

Dreaming is the easy part. Do your research.

Let me start by telling you my current situation. In this moment, I’m 35,000 feet in the air, flying over the Grand Canyon on the way home from America’s biggest fashion convention, WWDMagic. It’s not hard to feel inspired. The view itself, incredible. Something about the view from the sky makes it difficult not to dream. The canyons below are regal and expanding vastly into the far horizon. Each window glance brings a new delight from the canyons to mountain and desert views. The world is a beautiful place. I could sit here in my head for the next 5 hours of the flight back to the east coast in pure bliss, but what would that accomplish?

Dreaming is the easy part. I’m sorry to break it to you, but the dream is the easy part.

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If you want to achieve success as an entrepreneur, staring dreamily into the horizon is going to get you no where. Success takes work. And not fun, inspiring projects that capture your excitement and keep you on a high through completion. It takes long, grinding hours of tedious industry research on how to be successful in your specific niche, and efforts that are enough to drive anyone insane. That’s right, living your dream isn’t a dream – at least not all of it. Fashion bloggers @karla_deras and @lindsayalbanese gave a great panel of discussion at WWDMagic expressing the same sentiments. Having balanced full time careers and pursuing a dream of content creation, fashion blogging and now managing their own brands – they are no stranger to the fight it takes to make the dream work.

Their recipe for success? 90% grind, 10% head in the clouds.

Go ahead and grab that extra cup of coffee, you’re going to need it. The good news, there are tons of resources to help you on your way to understand how to be a successful blogger or entrepreneur. Start with planning. Understand what you hope to accomplish, outline clear goals, an organized calendar, and a strategy to reach those goals while staying motivated even when it gets hard.

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The reason so many young ambitious entrepreneurs never realize their dreams is that they spend 90% head in the clouds, and 10% on the grind. Their perception of what it means to live the dream is flawed. The first step to success is realizing there is no such thing as living the dream with your head in the clouds and never touching ground again. This should never be your end goal, and if it is – you’ll likely never reach success. That’s not to say living your dreams is impossible.

As I sit here on my flight, I can say I am living my dreams. I am working as the creative director for a women’s fashion company that allows me to travel the world, work remote and meet hundreds of incredible people that have helped me grow and stay inspired. I also manage a successful luxury fashion blog, sharing my stories, style and travel adventures that also provides an income I could choose to live off of if I so choose. For so many people, that’s it! That’s the dream. It looks so perfect from paper. But it’s not what you may expect.

Working towards the dream never ends, even after you’ve “made it”

Though I can say whole heartedly that I’m living my dream, I’m not just scooting around the world taking photos and making beautiful mood boards with the design team in Milan. Yes, living my dream does include those things, and if you ask many people including some of my close friends, that’s often the perception. Remember living the dream is not as easy as it looks. I work 50-60 hours a week at my full time job as a creative director.

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Though I do travel to Milan, here in Las Vegas for glamorous conventions over fine dining and cocktails, and out of state for shooting promo reels, most of my full time career is building strategies, managing my team, following up in deliverables, measuring data and planning for the future. It’s not always exciting. It’s not always fun. Sometimes I dread the day ahead of me. But guess what, that’s 90% of a dream come true. Get used to that idea, and don’t look at it as a bad thing. It’s part of success. Aside from an often demanding high-stress work environment 50-60 hours a week, I manage a fashion blog. Say goodbye to 8-5. Half the time I’m on these elaborate trips, I hardly leave the hotel in order to catch up on work.

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The dream – traveling beautiful vacations, receiving luxury designer clothes and accessories, and getting paid to do it. It’s true, I do enjoy those things. Also the dream – staying up past midnight writing content for guest blogs after a long day at the office, responding to hundreds of emails over a bowl of ramen because I didn’t have time to make dinner, spending hours on my phone engaging on social media when I have a headache and just want to take a nap, spending beautiful sunny weekends indoors working on tedious shoots for clients that need a little extra TLC. Even now, I would love to just soak in the view and relax after a hectic 48 hours running around Magic, but I’m not. I’m writing, sharing my tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur or fashion blogger while managing a full time job.

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It takes focus. 90% grind, 10% dream. Living the dream is a lot of work. Even after you’ve “made it.” I’ve had to miss vacations, skip happy hour and time with my family and friends (even losing some friendships) in order to make the necessary sacrifices to achieve success. And it wasn’t so I could go hop a flight to the tropics to shoot some content. It was so I could stay up late doing the grind, filing paperwork, reviewing legal documents – you get the picture. It a constant balancing act that takes a lot of work.

The 10% dream really is worth it all

You will get frustrated. You will get tired. You will want to quit. Don’t. The good news, having “made it”, the 90% grind is worth living 10% of your dream. I don’t regret a single hour I’ve invested into my future. I wake up everyday excited to start the new day. Not because I know it will be full of exciting new undertakings. Because I know the 10% is worth it.

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Through the grind, I’ve been able to travel to Egypt, India, Milan, Switzerland, Bali, Costa Rica, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Dubai, and dozens of states in just the past 2 years. I’ve discovered dozens of new luxury brands and been able to have my pick of their beautiful collections, and I’ve gotten paid enough to live independently of a 9-5. I’ve tasted some of the most exquisite foods and stayed at places I never dreamed I would be able to afford. I’ve been able to have experiences many people only dream of. I am forever grateful for the many blessings I’ve had, and will never take this time for granted. The dream is real if you have realistic expectations of not only what it takes to get there, but also the work and diligence it takes to maintain that dream every day.

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Keep fighting the good fight

If you noticed I keep using the term “made it” in quotations. That’s because a successful entrepreneur never fully makes it. As soon as you settle in, it’s the beginning to the end of your dream.

Always pursue more.

While I am enjoying the luxuries of free cocktails and extra space in main cabin extra, that first class ticket is still in my future. Right now, the expense isn’t worth taking away from the investments I could make launching a new line, traveling to a new place or making new connections. I haven’t quit my full time career and continue to balance a full time job and a fashion blog. Not because I have to, not because I want to.

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The dream isn’t over for me, and managing a full time career allows me the additional freedom and financial stability to expedite the success of my fashion blog while living in a beautiful home and indulging in some necessary splurges that keep me motivated and living in the present. It’s important to enjoy everyday, because today is your dream. Not the future. The dream is never over, so enjoy your day to day and the journey, because the journey is the dream.

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Motivated or defeated?

How do you feel after reading these tips on how to become a successful entrepreneur while managing a full time job? Do you feel motivated or defeated?

If you feel motivated, you’ve reached the first step to success. Now get to work.

The most difficult realty for entrepreneurs to accept is that a dream is only 10% a dream, and 90% grind. I’ve talked to countless successful entrepreneurs and they’ll all tell you the same thing. Living the dream is not fun, and if you think it’s going to eventually get easier, you’re wrong, and you probably aren’t going to make it. Think of the most monotonous, arduous task that you’ve been putting off to achieve your success, and do it. And then do 10 more things like it. Embrace the pain and the challenge. Learn to work hard and refute excuses.

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Make your dream a priority, and fight to make it a reality. If you can accomplish that, your dreams are within your grasp. You can accomplish anything. Anything. And it’s 1000% worth it. I personally wish you the best of success as I believe everyone should have the opportunity to live their dream. I live my dream 100%, go live yours.

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real fashion champions wear champion sweats

Kick off Monday comfortable. Athleisure was in, and it still is. But what’s more comfortable that leggings and a pair of sneakers on a cold day? Sweats. And we’re not talking cute coordi two-piece sets that hug your body and make your butt look good. We’re talking about good old-fashioned, cuff ‘em up sit-on-a-couch sweats. The great news – they’re actually in. Not that we needed an excuse to wear the clothing equivalent of a comforter. Hoodie outfits and sweatpants converted into street style are an actual 2019 fashion trend. Thank you fashion kings and queens.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | sweats c/o:SHOPBOP


This trend is not only the most comfy that will ever exist (unless snuggies become a sudden fashion statement), it’s also something everyone can afford to indulge in. Ready to get your laze on? Here’s the scoop.

How to wear sweatshirt and sweatpants outfits outside

You don’t need to be the ultimate bum like me – barefoot and in the comfort of your home. Sweatpants and sweatshirts are actually showing up in luxury street style looks combined with a juxtapose of sport and couture wear. Wear them with sneakers and a long over-coat for an on-the-run look that’s perfect for quick market and coffee runs.

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Want to look more chic and outside appropriate? Swap your sneaks for a pair of pumps or heeled booties. You can wear this more sophisticated version with a full sweatsuit, or alternate sweatpants with a T-shirt or a sweatshirt with a feminine skirt or jeans and a leather motto jacket like Kendall Jenner. Want to flaunt those stems? Skip the pants all together and go for an XL hoodie over biker shorts (just in case you lift your arms too high). Need to see it to believe it? Check out my sweatpants outfits Pinterest board dedicated just to sweatpants and sweatshirt outfit ideas.

Who’s wearing sweatpants in street style and how to pull it off

Gigi, Kendall, Selena, and nearly every high profile casual fashion blogger have been spotted in the trend. They key to the look is picking neutral colors like white, grey, black or blush and pairing them with a couple of luxury accessories and full makeup or sunnies to avoid looking like you just rolled out of bed. If you’re wearing the whole sweatsuit, be sure to go for a coordinating set.

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Brands to shop for sweatpants and hoodies

Basics could never be easier (or more affordable). The biggest players in the trend are Champion and even Hanes. Bet you never thought you’d see those names pop up in luxury fashion blogs did you? But, fashion is a fickle beast, and she will have what she wants. What she wants are comfortable, relaxed sweatpants that remind us of the days we had nothing to do on a Saturday but watch TV re-runs and eat leftover pizza.

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[shop: Champion Brand] [shop: Shopbop Sweats] [shop: Amazon Sweats]

I have another board just dedicated to Champion sweatpants and sweatshirt outfits after identifying them as a key player. Even Kim K. got in on the action pairing her sweatpants with a t-shirt and her sweatshirts with biker shorts. I got my set from Shopbop after looking at tons of casual sweatpants and sweatshirts. I’ve included the links above for you to shop. Leave your review if you decide to purchase!

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I’ve also boughten a couple sets of all white Hanes from Amazon, with a total sweats collection including 2 full-grey sets, 1 black set and 1 white set. Yes, if it fits buy one in every color – especially when you can buy them all probably for the same price as a single luxury fashion purchase from your last order.

Take advantage while the laziest fashion trend for 2019 is still in. Yes, sweatshirt and sweatpants outfits ladies and gents. Stay forever comfy.

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In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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sweatpants and sneakers

Currently 38° in Nashville, TN. Back on the road again shooting a promo real for OTBT shoes and visiting some friends along the way. Filming starts at 9:00am, and the predicted forecast is 22°. Goodbye camera hand, you’re about to get frostbite and die. Crazy makes me seek comfort, so I thought I’d share one of my less stylish vices, sweats and sneakers. (What I wish I was wearing next to my fireplace tomorrow).

In my defense, sweats and sneakers are making a comeback on the fashion scene, with nostalgic sportswear brand favorites like Champion, Puma and Adidas thriving in the era of athleisure. But it’s not sportswear that sets this fashion trend apart. Sweats themselves (non-athletic wear) are no longer for lazy days at home, they’re actually in vogue. Don’t believe me? I’ve spent the past 2 weeks collecting hundreds of celeb spottings and outfit ideas in the once frowned upon fashion clichés in chic streetwear galore. Check out my Pinterest board for the deets. In the meantime, here’s the scoop on this hot (and warm) 2019 fashion trend.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | sweatpants c/o:DAVID LERNER | handbag c/o:STATUS ANXIETY | sneakers c/o:M.GEMI


Shop sneakers (similar), Shop sweatpants, Shop hoodies

Let’s start with the why. Fashion is inspired by culture, and culture is looking for comfort. With unrest around the globe , there is a large sect of people looking to escape into a cocoon of protection, warmth and safety. And what could be more comforting than an oversized pair of your boyfriend’s sweats?

What’s so chic about it? 1: fashion doesn’t need to be chic, it should be an extension of your lifestyle. 2: if you want to be chic, there are actually endless ways to incorporate sweats into classy compilations. For model off duty on a coffee run, opt for an overcoat over tonal sweat pants and a hoodie. Large sunnies are a must. For a more athleisure look, you can layer them with a hat and sneakers while keeping it chic with luxury accessories.

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Need to experience comfort on a whole new level? Skip the pants, and go for the XL sweatshirt. Celebs are wearing this look with thigh high boots or Dr. Martins. Or, you can roll like Niazak and I in the comfort of our own home, rocking some Adidas in shades of grey.

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Sweat suit outfits are also a steal, and a greater comfort is hard to find in the midst of dry January and New Years resolutions in full swing. Ready to give in to this year’s most lackadaisical trend of 2019? I’ve copied in some of my favorite links above to score some great sweatpants and hoodies online, along with a few of my favorite sneaker brands. Don’t feel like scrolling back up? More below. Stay comfy.

PS – these are my favorite brands for sweats! Champion, Puma Adidas

Shopping links:  sneakers (similar), Shop sweatpants, Shop hoodies

PPS – I’ve been buying a lot of my sweatsuits on ShopBop. What do you think of their shopping experience? Take their review and leave your comments below.

In accordance with the FTC regulations for Influencers, this is a sponsored post in collaboration with Shopbop. occasionally receives Shopbop sponsorships for mentioning their products and services. All thoughts, comments and musings are made of my own opinion and honest, personal experience with the products reviewed or mentioned. I hope you’ve found this post informational and inspiring!

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the way you make me glow

Soft and subtle. Warm and safe. It’s not who you are; it’s the way you make me feel. A fire crackles behind me, a sound competing only with the rain dropping on the skylights above. Naizak sleeps just between myself and the back door, probably the coolest place she can find while keeping me within sight. The afternoon was spent with delightful guests over a light brunch and a few (dozen) bottles of champaign. It’s a comfortable feeling having spent the day surrounded by people you love, and ending in silence and time to reflect.

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photography:ME | camera:CANNON 5D MARK III | white lace dress c/o:ML Monique Lhuillier


There are some people you encounter that touch you differently, more deeply than others. The people that can, from a single glance, capture your thoughts, feelings and the deepest parts of your soul. They know. They see you. They don’t have to say anything, or even react. It’s an awareness. A different level of existence where you coincide on the same plain. They can speak to you from that space. With just a sparkle in their eye they can laugh with you, play with your intellect, tease you, comfort you, and say “I love you” without ever speaking a word. Even without being present at all, you can feel their presence. As if a part of them stays with you at all times.

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Keep those people close to you, and never take them for granted. They are a rare treasure on this earth, and more valuable than any possession. There are many distractions, conflicts and barricades in life that may often warn you to keep these people at arms length, because it never feels safe to feel vulnerable. But in fact, that vulnerability can be the most beautiful space to exist. Never pretend to control the future. Embrace the present, and don’t dare to let it go.

There are many things in this world that will try to get between us. But know, you are my favorite thing; you make me glow.

“You don’t need nobody else but me
Give you all you want and more
Cover me up in my favorite things
You’re my favorite thing

I don’t want nobody else but you
Found what I’ve been looking for
You can play me like a symphony
I’ll bloom so brilliantly

So unpredictable
Don’t you dare to let this go
The way you turn me on
The way you make me glow”

– Gabrielle Currant, Glow