//Happy 2017 lovely readers! Let's kick off the new year (and my birthday) with a new interview. Today we have the lovely and so very talented mama, Rachel of One Part Gypsy. She is a mama to Benjamin River, 18 months, as well as a creative consultant, blogger, and author! Her book, A Beauty Collected, shares her stunning photography in an ABC format. Rachel is one part gypsy and many parts a soulful being. Read. Enjoy. Share.//
After nearly 10 years of living in Venice Beach, we recently moved to Ojai in September. It’s been a really wonderful change with more green grass, crisp air, and the brightest stars and moon. We’re in a furnished rental at the moment, which is quite frustrating as we moved here with only 1 suitcase each- literally every other thing we own is in storage! As you might imagine, I spend a lot of time envisioning what our future home will look like. A little beachy, minimalist, lots of white and wood, earthy, comfortable, eclectic, zen. See what I’m dreaming about here!
So many things inspire me, and I’m constantly pouring through books, making notes, collecting bits of nature, window shopping- but surprisingly the best ideas come to me when I’m watching TV at night (I have to watch something with a plot before I go to bed, but then I’m constantly pressing pause to make notes about something completely unrelated that struck me) or when I’m sleeping. I’m always reaching to write things down in the middle of the night or when I first wake up.
I eat the same foods every day and wear basically the same clothes over and over. I’m also very good at making decisions. I’m not an anxious person and tend to know what needs to be done and just do it.
I’m a basics girl for sure. If it’s not comfortable I won’t wear it. I also like to say 70’s flowerchild x 90’s grunge x modern California. Flowy dresses, birkinstocks, jumpers, ripped jeans, black or white T-shirts, beanies, leather jacket… i love good clean lines, but a little messy is fine with me. I read an article about Amanda Bacon (of Moon Juice) saying that "At any given moment, she is ready to attend the chicest event ever or just take a nap” and it stuck with me as just the ultimate YES. I love these T shirts from Club Monaco, I buy them large- theyre really thin and silky and just get better with time. Also Natalie Martin Collection, Just Say Native, Eileen Fisher, Black Crane, The Rose Bowl Flea.. More inspo here.
Drink so much water. Like way more than you think. Count to 5 instead of taking a wimpy sip. Water helps you sleep, makes your skin radiant, puts you in a better mood, allows your body to release waste and weight … there’s nothing simpler or less expensive than water as trick to living well. That said, I’m probably dehydrated as I write this right now. Ojai is so much drier than LA and it feels impossible to get enough!
Mondays and Wednesdays are Me days. I just started taking pottery classes, go on artist dates to random places that interest me, and I consult and design for clients. The rest of the week are Mama days- I take Ben to the park, to playgroup, music and gym classes, friend dates, go on hikes with my husband and our pups- we try to stay busy as I get stircrazy sitting at home with him, especially if it’s just me. While I could do with one more “Me” day each week, my husband is really good about letting me sleep in, work, or do my own thing on the weekend when I want to. I’m incredibly grateful for that because work + mom + dogs + house + LIFE is the most insane juggling act! He keeps me sane (ish).
On Feeling Beautiful
When I’m well rested, bare-faced, have some sun on my skin, vibrant food within reach, journal in hand, and on an adventure somewhere new.
I’m pretty simple but it’s actually a goal to spend some more focus on this. I just got back into oil pulling in the morning which feels really good. For makeup I just do a little Omica Geranimum Lavender hydrosol, Nucifera balm, and RMS un-coverup– thats about it. One of us takes a bath with Ben every night as part of his bedtime routine, and we fill the bath with lavender oil, light candles, put on good music.. it’s really relaxing but not exactly me time. I’m a total spa junkie though and really need to take things up a notch. I envision deep epsom salt child-free baths, getting an infrared sauna (justified by the fact that I’m always freezing!) and more regular facials and massages. Self-care is everything!
On balancing motherhood and creativity
Invest in help where you can. Mothers have this idea that we need to and can do everything… but we can’t. In order to be healthy and creative, we need off time, even more of it than seems is ok for a mother to want. But for every hour we give to ourselves- doing whatever it is that puts energy back IN- the investment comes back tenfold and the better we can be when we’re on. This is something I talk with clients about all the time too- and not just moms, but women in general. It seems there’s a lot of guilt and no matter what we’re doing- if we’re working, we should be working out. If we’re hiking we’re looking at the emails coming in on our phone, thinking we should be at our desk. If we’re out with friends, we should be with our kids. If we’re with our kids, we wish we were at the spa. If we’re at the spa… you get it. I suggest starting by taking a pause in the morning to figure out what it is we really need most. If there’s the option tp, do the thing that’s calling you, regardless of the hour, day of the week or what else you had planned. Flowing with your natural creative or energetic rhythm makes everything easier. And if we don’t have the luxury of choice- have to wake up and do the thing we don’t feel like doing- do it well anyway, and without annoyance or resentment. So that when you get to the spa, or the beach, or the coffee shop for that one peaceful moment, you can really be there too.