Sometimes you have to make your own magic . . .
I've been making photographs with Mahina for about 7 years now, watching her grow into this amazing woman that I'm so proud to call my friend -- and one of the things I love about her is her willingness to keep creating, no matter how stale life can get, or worn out ideas can be. She's stunning, yes, but she's also got the biggest heart, and that's what makes her so gorgeous in my eyes :)


Posted on August 22, 2016 and filed under MODELS, PHOTOGRAPHY.

Herewith Magazine

I'm so honored to have been featured alongside other women I work with and share this beautiful Hawai'i with in the first issue of Herewith Magazine

If you haven't already heard about this brand new mag, I hope that you'll pick up an issue online today ... the quality is gorgeous, huge images of art/fashion/surf/travel --- all of the things we can't get enough of in the days of wanderlust + internet envy ... 

Give them a follow on IG as well, if you're into beautifully curated feeds, of course: @herewithmagazine X

Check out my online profile here:
And be sure to pick up an issue for the full story on myself and these radical ladies: @haakeaulana @ambermozo + @ladyslider

Photos: Daniel Russo
Beauty: Jasmine Mullins
Haku: Meleana

Posted on August 15, 2016 and filed under LIFESTYLE, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY, OCEAN, SURF, TRAVEL.

Actual Goals: Casa Vintage, Gili Trawangan

I didn't believe places like this existed ... 
Whitewashed, Quaint, Authentic, Inspiring, Simple, Honest, Dreamy to say the least ...
Casa Vintage will always have a special place in my heart; not only because of it's absolutely picturesque nature, but because of the incredibly unique time that my friends and I spent there. We spent our days on Gili Trawangan in the rain, mostly, until the weather slowly began to clear and we made our way via push bike around the perimeter of the tiny island. You see, there are no motorized vehicles on Gili T ... in fact, the quickest way to get around is by horse + carriage which I found to be endearing, not cruel. When we finally arrived at Casa Vintage Beach my heart melted. It's everything I love and aspire to be -- a place most all Pinterester's boards are derived from :) I don't 'Pinterest' (as a verb), but I do know that if I did, this place would be my inspo.
With no agenda for the day other than to enjoy ourselves and each other's company on an island in the middle of the Indian ocean, we posted UP under a whitewashed thatched shack enjoying our ridiculously delectable food, wine, and usual girl talk. It was out of a dream, a moment with my best friends I'll cherish forever.

I think I left my heart at Casa Vintage.

X Check their instagram: @casavintageliving X

Posted on July 26, 2016 and filed under LIFESTYLE, INSPO, PHOTOGRAPHY, TRAVEL.

My heartbeat

I never want to forget what inspires me. What inspired me. What I aspire to be inspired by ... 

These are so important to me because they were the beginning of my quest to make Tahiti a destination in my life. X

. . . + then of course the merge of surf + fashion

I just love looking at editorials, so many feels X

Posted on July 21, 2016 and filed under INSPO, MODELS, FASHION, PHOTOGRAPHY.