TEA CEREMONY w/ SHIVA ROSE

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Captured the beautiful Shiva Rose at her home in Los Angeles. Full editorial on The Moment.

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I've been fortunate enough to experience my first beautiful Cha Dao Tea Ceremony on a retreat earlier this year. So grateful to have documented this beautiful tea ceremony and editorial feature for beauty and wellness site, The Moment.

 

 

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Los angeles has a beautiful tea community and grateful to experience several tea ceremonies since my first sit in March. Participating in tea ceremonies has become a prominent mindfulness practice in my life. It allows me to connect inward, to community and nature. I'm honored to not only practice but be able to capture this beautiful ritual through my photography work.

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TULUM WELLNESS GUIDE

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Gifting myself with the experience of travel is the ultimate act of self-care. Traveling not only expands my consciousness but nourishes me creatively and spiritually. I wanted to integrate my commitment to self-care and wellness in this recent visit to TULUM. If you know me at all you'd know I'm obsessed with this dreamy coastal beach town and have past travel diaries to show for here, here and here. This time I am sharing a different kind of travel guide that includes wellness with the intention to inspire you to take that much needed soul-nourishing experience. 

STAY.

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We stayed at the beautiful boutique hotel, NEST TULUM. The interiors were beautiful and every nook of the property had a gorgeous detail. Each room had its own hammock and the property is right on the beach where you can lay out on a day bed drinking cocktails. Highly recommended for couples and conveniently close to the Sian Ka'an and YAAN Wellness.

 

 

 

 

My experience at NEST was so lovely. The staff is super friendly and daily breakfast was included. They serve you wellness shots in the morning - lemon water and a probiotic drink. My favorite breakfast option was the vegan tacos. If eating delicious vegan tacos on vacation isn't dreamy enough, you also get a gorgeous view of the ocean. 

SIGHTSEE.

I experienced my first spiritual retreat this year in KAUAI and left feeling so incredibly connected to nature. I'm so grateful for the experience of hearing the birds, the ocean and meditating to a beautiful sunrise. I've learned that reconnecting to nature is an essential part of a soul-nourishing trip. We skipped out on touristy Tulum and Coba ruins and opted for a boat tour of the Sian Ka'an. Just south of Tulum is this beautiful eco-preserve. The tour is on the pricier side since there are only a limited number of boats allowed to do low-impact eco-tours of the Sian Ka'an. The sustainable benefits outweigh the price and this is for you if you're not a fan of the tour bus crowds. At one point of the tour we ended up on a sand bank where the lagoon meets the Caribbean sea. No one else around but us 5 on the tour and makes you realize how empty and beautiful the rest of the Yucatan was before all the hotels on the beach popped up. You really get a close-up view of the beautiful flora and fauna. We saw different species of birds, sting rays, crocodiles, underwater cenotes, and beautiful mangroves. My favorite part was floating down the Muyil river- a lazy river the ancient Mayans used as a trade route. This was probably one of the most adventurous experiences I've done considering we spotted crocodiles en route to this part of the tour! 

EAT.

 

After visiting TULUM annually for several years now, I finally tried out the gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free and refined-sugar free restaurant at Sanara Tulum called The Real Coconut. Had the most delicious coconut flour tortilla quesadilla and chips with guacamole and a vegan nacho bowl. I don't really eat meat, but my boyfriend really enjoyed his order of organic chicken breasts.

SELF CARE. 

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This wouldn't be a wellness trip without a day spent at the most beautiful spa in the world, YAAN Wellness. Started the morning with some yoga, followed by an amazing healing water circuit. You go from sauna and steam room, then shower in between ending the bath circuit at a purified crystalline water pool. I have to thank my Ayurvedic Practitioner, Julie Bernier for recommending Yaan! Every corner of Yaan Wellness is impeccably designed. This trip was with my boyfriend for our combined June birthdays, so we also treated ourselves to couples massage. I can confidently say after getting at least a dozen massages in my lifetime, this was the best one I've ever had. After our massages, we ended with a luxurious floral essence bath as if the self-care session couldn't get any better.

WEAR.

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Perfect vacay swim wear by MADE BY DAWN.


THE MOMENT Editorial

WORKSPACE OASIS

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This year I've been fine tuning what I wanted to offer to the world. I'm so grateful that I'm in a position where I have this flexibility in life to explore my purpose and passions. My job titles are photographer, content creator and consultant but I also crave community and wellness. 
Next month, I am co-creating a co-working and wellness popup. I met my amazing business partner Mikayla at a meditation circle and we bonded over our freelance struggles + needs and our journeys with holistic approaches to nourishment and healing. Our launch event on April 5th will be at the beautiful Parachute Hotel. This event is so meaningful because the intention truly matches what we are marketing. We want women to make genuine connections with other women, collaborate and inspire one another. In addition, we wanted a space that offers wellness + holistic services which I think is truly "the secret sauce" to being successful. I will be sharing more details and how to attend, so please follow @wrkspc_oasis.

SKIN FOOD TALK

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So excited to finally share this amazing project I am so grateful to have been part of! My lovely friends at SKIN FOOD TALK  released their first e-book. I captured the images along with the beautiful curation + creative direction by Polina at Estok Creative.

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I've been on a self-care journey for a few years now and meeting these inspiring ladies has elevated my level of commitment and helped me on this ongoing practice of caring for myself. Tara Curran is a certified Holistic Nutritionist. She's educated me about mindful consumption of foods with a holistic approach to include supplements, exercise and self-care. She has significantly helped me maintain a proper diet without overly restricting myself on my favorite foods. I'm so grateful for her nutritional guidance. Hayley Wood is a skin guru. With over a decade of experience in the skincare industry as a Certified Esthetician, she provides a wealth of skincare knowledge that goes way deeper than the surface. I've learned root causes for skin issues and love her approach to using skincare products. I always look forward to my monthly facials with her! It's basically therapy and skin-love session. If you're seeking a holistic approach from coaches with real expertise and support to becoming the best version of yourself from inside and out, please check out Tara and Hayley and their new e-book!

COPENHAGEN TRAVEL DIARY

Always wanted to visit Scandinavia and an extended trip from Vienna presented an opportunity to visit Copenhagen. Despite the mostly cloudy and rainy weather, it was still a lovely weekend in the city.

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ITALY TRAVEL DIARY

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In an effort to be chronologically consistent with my travel diaries, I am sharing last summer's escape to Italy a few months late, because Better Late Than Never. Since this trip, I've traveled to 7 countries and captured the adventures in still + video. Stay tuned because I will be sharing more inspiring travel diaries in the next few weeks!

Started off this holiday with my sister in the largest island in the Mediterranean. We explored Sicily by air, land and sea thanks to Armani beauty. I was surprised by how similar the Italian landscape was to California with all the palm trees, bougainvillea and cacti. The seaside views were magical and the food was as good as they said it would be. 48 hours in Taormina, Sicily was the perfect start to this picturesque European summer holiday.

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BALI TRAVEL DIARY

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I've been manifesting this trip for quite some time and the only thing that held me back was to book the ticket to this dreamy Indonesian island. I originally wanted to do this trip solo, but decided it was best to travel with a friend and experience adventure without being completely lost navigating through the jungle halfway across the world from home.

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TULUM TRAVEL DIARY

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This week-long vacation to Tulum in June was my favorite. Each day felt like a dream waking up to beautiful sunrises just steps from our room. My first visit to this dreamy place was with my family 8 years ago. Each trip since has been so amazing, the vibe of this beach town is the reason why it's become such a trendy destination. Tulum is the most magical beach town with postcard perfect turquoise waters, palmy views + jungle nooks in every corner, pink and blue sunrises, secret cenotes, open-air restaurants and the cutest boutique hotels on the beach. I've listed a little guide below of places to visit and captured my favorite moments in still + video to inspire you to take that much needed beach escape.