I have been holding onto this beautiful beach for a while — it’s named ‘Floating in Polignano a Mare’ and so excited to finally share it with you for Mother’s Day.
Good news ladies, no sand here! It is a delirious celebration of summer, happiness and joy and this print is guaranteed to make you want to dive into it each time you glance its way and call the handsome beach boy to bring another Aperol Spritz quick sticks!!!
So dear mums, if you would like to spoil yourself this Mother’s Day, not only on this beautiful image but on all images shop wide, we have a little surprise of 15% discount with code LIFETIMESUPPLY
If there was a day of the year that triggered me (other than Christmas Day) it was Valentine’s Day.
In the old pre-photography days for Carla I couldn’t figure out for the life of me why all those bunches of flowers arrived on Valentine’s Day to the office door but they never had my name on them.
Now I know why!
Here’s what I learnt about myself. I was the first one to NOT love myself so the message I was putting out into the world was ‘hey guys, there ain’t no love here so please go knock on someone else’s door’. A male friend once told me I had an energy field as strong as the Berlin Wall around me that said ‘stay away’.
People use to talk to me about loving myself and I use to think WTF is that??? When I grew up ‘loving yourself’ had negative connotations such as, she thinks she is better than the rest, she is sooo self-centred or full of yourself so I wasn’t buying into any of that.
No I was miss low maintenance (let me carry 6 schooners of beer back from the bar in one go).
If they had only explained it better way back then I mightn’t have waited so long to actually get some self-respect.
Loving yourself is about respect, kindness, generosity and forgiveness to yourself. It’s about feeling worthy of a bunch of flowers, a foot massage, success, not the burnt chop, a new dress or someone’s love.
Sheesh, I had it mixed up for soooooo long..
So if you want to start on the road to self-love here are some tips:
Stop the negative self-talk – pull yourself up or start becoming conscious when you put yourself down. Don’t say things to yourself you would say to your loved ones.
Start putting time into yourself, take the time to care for yourself, rub that lotion into your legs instead of hurrying out of the shower!
Nourish yourself with self-care – foot massages, a new dress and signing up for dance lessons. You are worth it.
Know you are worthy of love and start giving it. Say hello, smile, be kind to others, give when you can and it will be returned to you a thousand times over.
Loving yourself is the best thing on the planet, the more you love and respect yourself the more you can live life authentically and the more love goes out into the world for others. Hallelujah.
Sending you love
PS: Cause I love my peeps there is a 15% discount with code flowersforever on my Young Girl In Bloom Series that ENDS on Valentine’s Day click HERE
It’s real, European summer is finally showing us her face and we are beyond excited.
Clear blue waters, beach beds and striped umbrellas come calling and being the slave to the beach I am off I run to what I consider a fabulous summer.
To celebrate this glorious time of the year and the run up to loads of joy and happiness over the coming months, for 4 short days you will receive 10% discount on ALL BEACH PRINTS with the code summerrocks (all lower case attached) on checkout.
Grab your goggles, cossies and sunscreen and swim on over to the shop and pick your favourite HERE.
We ship worldwide so even if you are in Alaska, Greenland or the Antartica, you, too can have the beach in your life all year around!
As long as I can remember, my mum and dad had a flower garden, it brought so much beauty and solace into our lives. When I look back and see how many hours my dad passed in the garden I feel like they were hours of meditation, calm and resetting from a job he didn’t really love. Flowers were his saviour!
It’s only when you grow up you realise that this stuff is imprinted in your DNA and that without realising it, your parents have given you an amazing gift, the education and love of flower names and seasons, of different types of gardens like the generous and eclectic English garden, yet somehow they managed to instill a love for the pared down and simplicity of a French Garden.
You don’t even realise you know any of this stuff because your parents have instilled with you one amazing gift, till one day, your hubby asks you ‘what flower is that’ and you can rattle it off, or he stops to smell yet another flower such as a Gardenia and pronounces it yet again to be Jasmine (the only flower he seems to know) and you know before you have even seen it, just from the perfume, that it’s a Gardenia.
Over the years, as I have moved from one place to the next, the thing that has always allowed me to call a place home has been the flowers on the table. They have been the thing that makes my house a home and keeps me grounded and feeling safe.
When I started shooting this series titled Jeune Fille En Fleur, I thought of my parents and how much joy they would get from these photos and it’s thanks to them that flowers are an essential part of my life.
So this is an early Mother’s (and Father’s Day) homage to my folks, the flower people! If you love flowers as much as I do and want them in your life every day, the folks at FORMAN PICTURE FRAMING in Melbourne are still framing these beauties right up till Mother’s day.
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