THE DAY OF A PHOTOSHOOT

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I feel like I could scream from the rooftops b/c I am finally done with the physical part of creating the second Bohemian Collective Magazine.  This one seriously felt like it took a lifetime, but I'm so grateful to be at the point of exhale, b/c quite honestly, I need it.  I think I tested my adrenals with this one, as it paralleled with other things going on in life that had me feeling quite tense.  So now, I can exhale.  I can just be for a while.  Time for the down cycle to be here for a little while...

Anyway, I thought it would be fun to show a few behind the scenes of our photoshoot day.  I didn't get many photos b/c the day was pretty packed, and it was just me and James.  I was so fortunate to be able to shoot the lookbook at my friend's beautiful home.  I so wish we could of postponed it another month b/c now this area is completely covered in greenery that was not there just a month ago!  But still, its just a beautiful spot regardless. 

Even though it was just me and James most of the time while we were shooting, this was a huge step out of my comfort zone of shooting only at my own home with a self timer.  I could feel my nerves all day long, ha ha.  I'm pretty silly like that.  But in the end I was so proud of James, b/c he is NOT a photographer, but he did a great job taking direction and sticking in there with me through all of my awkwardness.  It's been so fun to work with him as a team on so many projects, and I'm happy that he was here to help me with this one.

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The morning of I was trying to stay as calm as possible, so I listened to some Dylan records and took my time getting ready.  Keeping myself from feeling rushed and crazy. 

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Everything for the shoot filled up the entire backseat of our car!  It took us two days of shooting to get all of the outfits done. 

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I made paleo muffins for the weekend and I'm so glad I did.  It's hard to stop and eat, or even think about normal human functions when your in the middle of a big shoot, so these babies got me through when I didn't have time to think about what to put in my mouth. 

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Here's a little sneak peek of how the shoot went.  Every little corner of my friend's home is so beautiful.  I kinda just want to live there. 

The magazine is coming out on May 1st!  There is a 12 page editorial from this shoot in it!  I get the proof in the mail today and I'm so excited!!!  It's almost here!

TIME FOR A NEW STORY

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2015. So far it has blown by so quickly it's hard to keep up with what month I am in.  At least that is the way it feels most days.  It's been very UP and very DOWN. And the changes happen so rapidly, like within days, sometimes hours.  And most days seem to spring the unexpected on you that you can't expect to know how your day will go.  Things I have planned to get done, seem to keep getting pushed back by other events, by blows emotionally, by whatever.  And then the 'catch up' feels so overwhelming that I just want to play in daydream land, and at times I just allow myself too b/c I know it's exactly what my body needs.  PLAY.  These images are from one of those days.

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In order for things to really leave our bodies, they have to come back up for re-examination.  That is what has been happening to me alot lately.  Deep changes.  Deep reflections.  Old feelings coming up showing me the ways I have beaten myself up, felt not good enough, pretty enough, worthy enough, whatever enough.  Old emotional patterns, things Ive allowed others to make me feel about myself, history.  And its time to re-write my story.  Create a new one that leaves the negative self talk behind.  One that fully embraces myself, in all ways, with pure love for self.  Eclipse Season, thank you.

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It's time to be done with defining myself from my past.  Time to be done with caring what others might think of me.  Time to be done with any what-if's.  Time to be done with fearing the future, and fully trust the process of this journey.  Time for a new day.

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outfit details: dress - chicwish // hat - moorea seal // necklace - love + leather

THREADS // RAGA LOVE

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I'm so excited for today's post b/c I get to give something away, which is always fun b/c I love giving!!!  Some of you may know that Raga is going to be the featured brand in the spring/summer issue of the Bohemian Collective Magazine.  I adore these folks.  And of course, their threads are so beautiful.  So, if you want to win my entire get up (shirt + shorts + bag + phone case) + $100 gift certificate to Raga go enter to win on my instagram - @lauramazurek :)

other outfit details: necklace - spirit tribe // bracelets - sailors omen // rings - special j creations + strong medicine studio

CALM-A-MAMA // SWEET DREAMS

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I recently added Calm-A-Mama's Sweet Dreams Insomnia Blend to my nighttime routine.  Lately Ive been sleeping alot better, but for a while there I could not quiet my brain and would literally lay there for hours before falling asleep.  I use a combo of things now when my nights start to go like that, starting with a hot bath and relaxation before bedtime.  I also will take a Calm Drop or Moon Drop about 30 minutes before bed, and spritz my pillow before I lay down with Reiki Rain's Guardian Mist.  This tincture above has been a wonderful addition to my routine.  It tastes wonderful, which is a plus, as not all tinctures do.  It's very subtle and doesn't make you feel funny at all.  Just helps relax your mind at the end of a busy day.  I think my biggest challenge is turning off my brain.  Ive tried reciting mantras, or numbers, along with deep breathing, and my mind still wanders.  Sometimes those things work, and sometimes they don't.  Luckily I don't battle severe insomnia like many people do.  It tends to come and go, and if I pay attention to my cycles I can battle it pretty easily with a little intention and forethought. 

Calm-A-Mama focuses on remedies for Mamas, but all of her blends are great for us non-mamas too!  So don't be fooled by the name :)  Although once motherhood comes to me, I may be looking here for other blends!  I'm currently waiting for her Focus Drops to come back in stock!

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(pictured here with Soulmakes lavender bundle + amethyst from Below the Oak)