MY STORY: This past Labor Day, Jenny, Cat, and I took a road trip to Santa Barbara for a change of scenery and a new perspective. It was the pivoting point as we all continue our journeys to becoming who we want to be. The first place we visited was The French Press. Jenny and Cat run a coffee blog covering smaller local coffee shops, so it was a given coffee would be our first place to visit. After this rest stop, we went on to a full day of shooting photos. We ended up taking photos around State Street, the Santa Barbara County Courthouse, and the Four Seasons resort. All of these locations were beautiful as we were surrounded by Spanish architecture. After visiting these locations, we were exhausted and took the time to just sit and watch the waves roll by on Butterfly Beach. In reflection, I am extremely grateful to have amazing friends like Jenny and Cat to do life with. I am a bit disheartened that we won't be hanging out as often, but I am also looking forward to seeing what God has in store for all of us.
MARIE HELL'S STORY: Marie Hell is a sustainable, high-quality, minimalistic women's line started by Eileen Mendel. Eileen wanted to create pieces that women with any body type and age would be able to wear for all occasions, from bike rides to the opera in the evening. She spent a year perfecting the fit and used women off the streets as her fit models. Another year was spent looking for the right fabric and testing the wearability and washability of the pieces. The fabrics are sourced from a third-generation family owned and operated mill, which is one of the few remaining mills in the United States. The fabric is woven in California and made from all natural fibers. The pieces are eco-friendly and completely biodegradable because they are dyed use the Bluesign-certified dyeing process. All of the sewing is done in New York at Destiny Designs, which is a women owned and operated business. Marie Hells pieces are machine washable and made to last with double stitched seams. Through this entire process, Marie Hell is part of the slow fashion movement committed to ethical sourcing and manufacturing.
ALL PHOTOS TAKEN BY CAT HAN.
This post was made in collaboration with Marie Hell.