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May Cover Art for Skirt Magazine

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Happy May, the month that's all about moms! Naturally, the theme for this month's skirt! magazine is just that, motherhood. While I myself am not a mother, I am blessed to have an amazing mom of my own and 2 wonderful grandmothers. This illustration was inspired by one of my grandmothers, Granny, who just passed away in March on the first day of Spring. She lived a full and wonderful 92 years on this earth. I tried to incorporate a bit of her in this piece. The gladiolus in the background are from the immense gladiolus garden she grew and loved. She also had a large fruit and veggie garden where she nurtured everything from black-eyed peas to strawberries. Granny was an amazing cook and loved to share that with her family and friends as well as bringing meals to shut-ins. She loved animals and helped instill that deep affection in me. She'd often say "never throw away anything that one of God's creatures can eat", while leaving out scraps by the edge of the woods for forest friends (she lived out in the country). Dog treats were also always found in her car so she'd be prepared to feed any canines that crossed her path. Granny was everything a mother and grandmother should be, patient, kind, strong, selfless, and wise. She helped shape me into the person I am today and I can only hope of being a fraction of as nice of a human being as her. After also losing my extraordinary paternal grandmother, Mema, last year, I am now grandparent-less. It's a weird feeling. While we all know this time will surely come, it doesn't make the pain go away any more. I wish I could call both of them just to chat. I am thankful and iternally grateful to have known all my grandparents and also to have had both my grandmothers in my life into my 30's. What a treasure to have gotten to spend so much time with them. So give your mom and/or grandmother a call, a hug, or send them a nice not (of all 3!). Think of all the wonderful moms that have been in your life! Past and present. Happy Mother's Day to all! ..

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Spring has Sprung

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The first day of spring is here! I can't believe it. I thought this day would never come! I've had cabin fever since January. What can I say, I'm a warm weather girl so my tolerance for the cold is very limited. Some people view New Years as the time for hope and renewal, but for me it's springtime! This time of year creates the ultimate inspiration around every corner, the reawakening of the world around me. The motivation for this yellow dressed beauty came from the Elie Saab spring 2018 runway show. The collection included a lot of bright primary colors which I absolutely love. Could this look be any more cheerful?!..

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Cover Art for February issue of skirt! magazine

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Love is all you need! These aren't just the lyrics to one of the best songs of all time. It's also the theme for the February issue of skirt! magazine. Inside the publication you'll find recommendations for everything related to romance and weddings. And of course my watercolor illustration is on the cover. The couple who grace the front are real life people who were newly engaged when this illustration was completed. They have since joined the club of "married people". Get your copy today! ..

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On Island Time

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Can we be on island time ALL the time? Living on the coast perhaps I already am and just don't know. Certainly the South in general is pretty close with our slower pace of life. Even if your life isn't exactly "slow", looking at a painting of a peaceful scene can evoke some of that tranquil emotion, right?  While I've been focusing more on my watercolor illustrations lately, I still take oil painting commissions if it feels right and I'm excited about it. These are a few that I was super excited about! Of course the settings being on Kiawah and Sullivan's Island made them that much more appealing. Sullivan's in particular being the beach I frequent most because it's only 5 miles away from my house! In the summer I couldn't tell you how much I'm there; it's my happy place! If you too want your happy place captured you can contact me or read more about the commission process.  ..

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Cover Art for September issue of Skirt! magazine

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September 1st is here and I can finally share the cover art for Skirt! magazine! When I was approached by Skirt! to do their September cover art, naturally I was elated! Any women's magazine for this month is a big deal for fashion! The illustration that immediately popped in my mind was King Street. A bunch of fashion forward friends joyfully strolling down the street, bags in tow and hair on point. I started compiling some of my favorite trends of this season to see what would look best. High wasted pants being a must and of course some timeless plaid with a ruffle collar. My personal fav and go to during the fall. Now if only I could magically have all those outfits in my closet. Perhaps someone to braid my hair as well because for the life of me I cannot do it! Go grab your own copy so you'll be in the know of all things fashion this fall season in the Holy City! Most major businesses and retailers in the Charleston area have them for pick up.      ..

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My Health Journey Part II

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In Part I, My Health Journey, I talked about my health path. Here, I'd like to share in more detail some things that I focus on that have helped.... 1. STRESS - I never realized what a big factor this was until I had a health issue and this is the most important. Chronic stress is such an issue in our modern society and most of the time people don't even realize it. When we are stressed, our bodies release cortisol and other stress hormones. If you are constantly in this state, the cortisol gets out of control and eventually starts wrecking havoc on your organs. Being more aware of your stress levels is important. Taking deep, thoughtful breaths helps calm the mind and send much needed oxygen throughout the body. 2. FOOD - The saying "you are what you eat" couldn't be more on point. By getting rid of inflammatory foods (i.e. dairy, gluten, most grains, and meat) most any disease or ailment can be eliminated or lessened. These foods cause inflammation and create an acidic environment which is the perfect condition for any disease to flourish. Autoimmune, cancer, you name it. "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" -Hippocrates (4th-3rd c BC) I love eating healthy nutritious food and could never imagine going back to the SAD (Standard American Diet). I've never felt better! Staying hydrated is also a huge component of optimal health and the type of water is important. I drink alkaline oxidative water which helps alkalize an acidic body. Curious how the water you drink measures up? You can do a simple test with pH drops like in this video.  3. EXERCISE - Exercise is a large component of having a healthy body. It helps the body and mind by releasing positive hormones that help regulate you entirely. It also increases circulation and boosts the lymphatic system which drains the body of toxins. This doesn't have to be some strenuous activity. Simply walking every day can be extremely beneficial. I do a combination of exercises to keep it fun including walking, yoga, YouTube videos, or rebounding. Might I add that rebounding is my FAVORITE thing in the world right now. It's absolutely one of the best workouts and so fun! I feel like a kid again! P.S. 10 minutes rebounding is equivalent to a 30-40 minute run! What!? Amazing! :) I really want to start a new craze. Let's bring back the 80's-90's!  Standup paddle board surfing is also something I love to do and try to get out on the water often. Recently, I learned how to windsurf and am hooked!  4. MEDITATION- It's all about calming the mind and destressing. We live in a society that is always on the go and constantly being over stimulated. The overall health benefits of meditation are astounding. The practice helps reduce stress, improves concentration, increases self-awareness, slows aging, and benefits cardiovascular and immune health. You might say "but I could never meditate. I can't shut off my brain". It's not about shutting it totally off. It's about being aware of your thoughts, following them, and focusing on something. Maybe it's your breath, a saying or mantra. It takes practice, like any thing you do, but it's so worth it!  5. SUPPORT - The last and perhaps most important recommendation is to be surrounded by supportive people. I have the most amazing people in my life. My husband, family, and friends are the bee's knees. I would not have made it through last year without them. Try to surround yourself with nourishing and encouraging people.  So there's a little tidbit of my journey. It has been a difficult one, but I am thankful for where I am now and all that I have learned. Currently, I'm in the process of becoming a Professional Holistic Nutritionist to further my knowledge and possibly help others. In September 2017, my new health and wellness website and blog will launch at TheRefinedHippie.com. There I will share all my knowledge and recommendations on nutrition for becoming the best version of yourself from the inside out. You will be able to help yourself, your family, and the planet. Please feel free to email me with any questions. If you or someone you know is suffering from an autoimmune disorder or other ailment, know that there's hope. You don't have to be at the mercy of pills and doctors. There are other options. It does take dedication, but I can sincerely say it is so worth it. I know more about nutrition and wellness than I ever thought there was to know and I've never felt better! xoxo, ..

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