Monday, December 31, 2012

Finding Beauty In The Ruins

Skirt; Unif via Revolve Clothing
Shoes; Jeffrey Campbell Claw Damsel via Miss KL
Top & bracelet; Forever 21
Turquoise rings; vintage, Cross ring; Ooh La La
Necklace; Christmas gift
Tights; Target

Photos by Demi Rueda

I think this may be my favorite shoot to date. Definitely wanted a more grungy look, so we drove around downtown until Demi spotted this location, which had obviously become a place of rest for some of the homeless people downtown. Shoes, mattresses, trash everything. But I loved the look of the broken down brick wall. This here is witness that you can find beauty, even in the ruins. 
My parents got me both this gorgeous necklace and my amazing new shoes for Christmas. They spent way too much on me, way more than I deserve. I'm just grateful to have such amazing parents.

It is now the last day of 2012, and it has been one big roller coaster of a year. So many ups and downs, and as always, the highs were the highest, and the lows the lowest. I've learned a lot this past year, and matured an incredible amount. I've learned how to love and be close to someone again. I've learned what I know I don't want to be. I've made mistakes, and now I'm working on redeeming myself. I'm working to get what I want, and learning to leave what I don't need behind.  I started school at Paul Mitchell, and I only have two and a half months left there. I've gained some of the best friends I could ask for, and lost those who could no longer help me along this journey called life. I am so grateful to everyone who has been a part of my life this year, no matter how small the role. My friends, my family, and Kuppajoe, have all played huge roles in making this year what it was. 
For 2013, I hope to have more highs. I have a lot I need to improve on myself. I'm not setting any resolutions, because you shouldn't need a new year as an excuse to work on bettering yourself. I must redeem myself to those I've let down in the past. I have a whole lot to prove, and a whole lot of love to share. 

Farewell 2012, and I pray that 2013 may exceed you. 
God bless you all, and have a safe and happy New Year!

Much love

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Christmas Weekend Via Instagram/Another Music Video

Outside of our house. We're one of the obnoxious houses.

Getting ready for Kuppajoe's 15 Year Anniversary Show!

Phinehas killing it at Kuppajoe's 15th Show!

Sean and I hanging out.

Truffles trying to protect me from the boys, haha.

Got in my Lime Crime "Mint To Be" lipstick!

Christmas Eve dinner with my dad's side of the family!

It's a yearly tradition for my sister and I to go through the presents and try to guess what we've gotten after our parents go to bed.

The cats getting into everything, and my dad playing on his new Wii U.

 All photos via my Instagram. Follow me: @maddiejayy

So this entire past weekend has been awesome. Friday night Kuppajoe had it's 15 Year Anniversary show. I'm so happy that the place has been around for so long, and it still running and well. It's my second home, and I've met some of my closest friends through it. My good friends in Phinehas played the show, and I'm so honored they did. One of the few bands that I fully support with all I have. They're a huge blessing every time they're in town. Really talented and sweet guys. They're also releasing a new EP, entitled "The Bridge Between" within the next couple of months. Check out their newest track from the EP below.

Christmas Eve was spent with my dad's side of the family. It was actually a really good time (I don't always get along real well with extended family, so this was quite the blessing in itself). Christmas day it was just the four of us (my parents and sister) for most of the day, and some of our long time friends came by for the big feast. It's been a really good Christmas actually. 

I hope you all have had a wonderful one as well!


Friday, December 21, 2012

UNIF: Whatever

Photography: Moni Haworth
Models: Rachel Y. and Shane Gambill
Hair/MUA: Allie Lapidus
Videography: Ramez Silyan
Styling: Christeric and Sydney

Absolutely in love with UNIF's new holiday look book. Gimme gimme.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Dip Dye

Sweater; Azkara
Jeans; Azkara
Boots; Kohl's
Necklace; Forever 21
Purse; Kardashian Kollection via Sears
Turquoise rings; Vintage

Thanks to Yezmene for these photos!

Please excuse how ridiculous I look when I laugh. Yes, I got my hair cut again. My Phase Two Learning Leader at school decided to make a mini class out of it. It was driving him crazy, haha. It works out though, because it got rid of the last little bits of damaged hair I still had left, plus now it won't grow out as a huge mullet. And yes, I changed my hair color again as well. I've come to the conclusion that I don't like myself with light hair, and that I will never go blonde again. Whoops. Lesson learned.

How awesome is this sweater?! Which is crazy coming from me since I never wear sweaters... But when I saw the ombre/dip dye color scheme of it, I couldn't help myself. Plus it's really comfy, and warm. Also, these are the only pair of jeans that have ever fit me correctly. If I ever find these again, I'm buying more pairs. 

I can't believe Christmas is in a week! What do you all have planned for it?