best shoot to date.. Valerie and i have been doing this for a while, and a lot.. which must mean we love it. and each other. but seriously, we are getting better and better at everything we’ve been working at together. and it makes me so happy to see something we truly love doing, turning into something. it’s so exciting and no matter how big or small, when something like this happens, it’s so important to just be happy and enjoy it in the moment.. i’m proud of what we have learned so far, so fast and what we’ve pushed ourselves to do. i can’t even lie, we’re a pretty dynamic team. the cherry on top is really the solid fact that it never seems like work to us, at all. we’re blessed and lucky for opportunities like these. Back In Style has been such a blessing, such as asset, providing the most exquisite clothing to work with. i’m always excited for the next project and the next pieces i’ll get to style.

last thursday’s call time was around 7am.. so my day basically started the night before, getting everything organized, laid out and ready to go. very important at 6a in the morning. and not in my car yet because i’d rather have it in there when i wake up. just sayin.. it’s happened to me before.. anyway –

we started super early, so we could finish early.. all of us had other things to get to.. and having everyone being prompt and ready to work was so incredible and motivating. there was a great energy the whole day.. very cool group of workin’ women.

Natalija was our very beautiful elite model for the day, from Milan, living wherever she works, voted one of Miami’s top models and it was seriously an honor working with such talent. Sarah Mae, a gorgeous model we’ve shot before (and love) also came out and looked completely timeless and current at the same time, this girl is so kind and funny it’s contagious to be around.. and i have found that the models become our muse.. also! this could’ve been the most badass – Mica and Day, our professional hair and MU team killed it. it’s always beneficial for the entire team if everyone has an input and is able to express themselves fully and to their best.. Valerie and i briefly gave our creative direction and they more than delivered in interpreting it into the most perfect ways. an amazing team, once again.

above are some behind-the-scenes of the day and the full editorial is soon to follow. stay updated.


wardrobe: Back In Style
photog: Valerie Petralia
stylist: Brandy Swope
model: Romina / Elite

We killed this shoot, i don’t care. Romina is drop dead gorgeous, as you can see.. and the location was again – amazing. Thank you to our good friend and fam – Jacob, for hooking us up. Another cool body, Anna, came out to support and assist on this day and we were very grateful to have another helping hand. Thanks Anna!

Back in Style once again supplied our shoot and the last look – the sheer black embroidered jacket…. a;lskdfj. SO gorgeous. The white ensemble was just as breathtaking – so lucky to be working with such badass clothing.


wardrobe: Back In Style / Madalynne
photog: Valerie Petralia
stylist/MUA: Brandy Swope
models: Becky Hardin / Maddie Flanigan

Maddie and Becky were so sweet to work with.. looking so fresh and clean on this style shoot.. also, the bathroom was to. die. for. and you know the clothes make you want to be a professional housewife. we started early and the natural light was definitely our friend, coming through the windows all perfect..

Becky looked beautiful (and tasteful!) in Back In Style’s yellow knitted robe and Madalynne’s flower-printed bloomers.. the pearls just added loads to the what-a-lady factor. i mean, what a freakin’ lady. i wanna be her. the last look with the denim and the pearls. no puedo. i love it, i can’t [take it].


photog: Valerie Petralia

this is a shot from a while back. and it still brings a smile to my face. my boyfriend is so good looking, i know.. the incredible jacket is from Back In Style. as always, holdin it down.

chris and i are the biggest homebodies you’ll ever meet and predictably, we stayed in this valentine’s.. but! we have plans to celebrate with friends this weekend at a BBQ on a farm (i miss home!) with other valentines and their valentines’.. excited! and yyes, i’m being cheesy saying that christopher is my valentine every day, muah, muah, muah.

hope everyone had a day full of love.. and i hope you don’t forget that the world needs a few more days dedicated to it. all kinds, most importantly.. my mom sent me a big bouquet of purple lilies which are opening up beautifully on my desk as we speak..


undies by Madalynne
photog: Valerie Petralia, stylist/MU: Brandy Swope, model: Maddie Flanigan

on this day, we collectively decided that panties is too creepy of a word to use for these cute little skivvies and underwear is just too – bleh. so, undies it is! these blue-starred undies are so adorable i could cry. and Maddie not only wore them like a cupcake but made the little one-of-a-kinds.. which i paired with a flowy, white top and the fabulous headpiece of hers which is extremely special, gifted from a friend. doesn’t it just make you want to lounge in bed all day.. looking f***ing awesome?!


from a recent photoshoot with Valerie and our good and extremely talented friend, Maddie. we were shooting a few of her lingerie pieces that she has so beautifully designed. believe me when i say this house was gorrr-geous. it’s not everyday you can work in a home that’s been photographed for interior magazines..
i’ll be sure to post more snaps from days like these.


recenty, i’ve been working on a photo shoot for a styling project and very luckily, pulled together an amazing team of artists. we started the day by grabbing breakfast, renting out the perfect space (“renting” meaning bartering food and good times), staking out a photo rental studio, buying a 9ft. roll of black seamless paper and setting up the most awkward and heavy photo equipment including a huge and tall, continuous light. talk about being super profesh. valerie is used to all of the heaving and hoing of a photoshoot even if it is somewhat in a studio, but i just wanted to mention it because it’s not always girly and glamorous. we were so lucky to have helpful assistants, kara and jacob, who helped us execute everything smoothly and on schedule. marcos shot the entire event for video, doing a great job capturing the highlighted moments and charm of the shoot. sarah, our model for the day, was such an amazing young woman and professional to work with, not to mention she’s gorgeous, hilarious and a little fire-cracker to boot.

i give you DREAM DRIFTER – the final picks.

the video:

photographer: valerie petralia – stylist: brandy swope  – model: sarah mae – photo/style assistant: kara yoder – video assistant: jacob petralia – shot/edited: marcos rezende – wardrobe: back in style