Project All Things Vera
I just really love this picture. Strangely enough, I do not have many pictures of myself. I have a lot of work pictures floating around from photoshoots but no candid, happy shots. To me, photoshoots seem way more safe than this kind of picture because in front of a photographer you can be anyone you dream to be. In candid shots it’s allllll real and that is rather scary to me.
I love this picture because it’s random and my hair is super dirty, I have on the same clothes I had on the day before and I’m sporting my Walmart sequined Bolt wristlet and a huge laughing smile. It’s so me-like.
I’m on a mission to live bigger, braver and free-er. I want to be confident not in perfection but in being genuine and authentic. I don’t want to be scared to “live” anymore. I want to do the things I dream of doing and be the person I am...not the person I think the world wants to see. I’m totally inspired toward this freedom by the designer of this 1960’s scarf on my head, Vera Neumann.
I have kept two scarves of my Moms and over the years I have pulled them out 100 times to just look at the pretty colors. But this year, as I was packing my winter clothes into the plastic boxes in my basement, I saw the scarves in an entirely new way. One is a vintage Dior scarf (scroll for pictures) and the other, I noticed, had what looked like an artist’s signature on it and was reminiscent of the Great Gateways I have been painting. I took a snapshot of the signature and google found the designer of the scarf.
Vera was a designer/entrepreneur of the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and she is still influencing the world today through designs at places like Anthropologie and Target. She was a woman ahead of her time and lived life with bravery and freedom. This is very much like my Mom lived her life--how fitting that she would own this scarf! So, I am channeling my Vera. I’m wearing her scarves to remind me to dream big and live free. I’m wearing them to remember who I am and to see the genuine, influential, woman I can be.
Thank you to my friend Tricia Robinson for joining All Things Vera and riding through town on bikes with our Vera scarves flapping in the wind...for making me stop to have my picture made in front of a big, purple wall and for helping me see that who I am is worthy of being seen.