Turquoise and precious stone jewelry has always had a special and nostalgic place in my heart. My grandpa Travis was a miner who collected beautiful gems and minerals that he displayed all throughout his house, shed, and yard. Dazzling rocks were everywhere, some so big I could walk or hop across them and pretend the ground was hot lava. Others so small I could hold them in the palm of my hand, scared that with the tiniest breath they would disappear.
Not only did he amass an incredible collection from his journeys and travels, but he also took these little treasures and turned them into jewelry. He loved making giant turquoise rings, belts, and necklaces. He would make extra special pieces to give to my grandma. I used to sit and watch him grind and polish the stones, turning them into smooth, water-drop-like shapes. He could see the beauty in a rock before I could.
Grandpa took note of my interest and began to teach me. He taught me how to hot wax the stone to a small wooden rod that you could twist and turn in your fingers as you grate the rock against the spinning wheel. Occasionally adding water and silt to the grinder to create those glassy edges. I could sit and help him grind rocks and agate for hours.
The Ayman Collection
The turquoise jewelry from The Ayman Collection reminds me of my grandpa’s beautiful work. Excellent craftsmanship, creativity, and one of a kind pieces that somehow tell their own alluring and intricate stories.
Jewelry // The Ayman Collection
Photographer // Erika Greene Photography
Having Long Mermaid Hair
I get asked almost on a daily basis how I get my hair so long. Either that or complete strangers will come up to me and start running their fingers through my locks, which is totally ok by me, because I am a huge fan of Hair Tickles. I do not wear hair extensions, I tried them for a brief period, and ain’t nobody got time for that.
4 Steps to Mermaid Hair
Here are a few tips and tricks I have noticed when it comes to growing my hair.
1. I’ve heard it said, the more you trim your hair the longer it will grow. I have found this to NOT be true. I only go in for a trim about twice a year. Your hair will not grow if you keep chopping it off!
2. Your diet can greatly affect your hair growth as well. To help with my luscious tresses, I eat a balanced diet filled with protein, iron, and other yummy nutrients. Some of my fav go to’s are sweet potatoes, spinach, and eggs.
3. I do not wash and/or brush my hair everyday. Washing long hair takes a lot of energy. Energy that I can only seem to muster twice a week. And a good thing! Washing your hair excessively stripes it of its natural oils, as a result, your scalp will be unprotected and possibly itchy or flakey.
4. I do curl my hair quite frequently. To off set all that heat, I do not blow dry my hair. I let it air dry or put it into two braids, for a natural wavy look. If I do dry my hair, I will only plump the roots and let the rest dry on its own.
Again these are just a few tricks of the trade that have worked for me. If you are struggling to grow your hair, I hope this helps.
Photos: Samantha Taylor Photography
Bralette: Free People Jacket: Express Shorts: PacSun
Hiking, in my opinion, is one of the only ways to survive the city. I don’t do it to escape the noise of the streets but to listen to the sounds of the wild. I don’t do it to forget about my worries, but to remember that there is so much more to life. I don’t do it for the exercise, but for the ways it strengthens my sense of wonder. I’m pretty much saying, if you don’t hike, you should.
Arizona has a much overlooked beauty that is so apparent here at Tom’s Thumb Trailhead. Once you get a bit higher you have the option of perusing the scenic route or to take on climbing some boulders, I take the latter.
I have always loved the story of Thumbelina, and how everything is so big to her, because she is only the size of a thumb. How small and insignificant she must have felt, while still being brave and never giving up. At Tom’s Thumb that day, I think I finally understood how she felt.
This is one of my favorite quotes that I’ll just leave for you here “…there is no way to prove that sperm whales or giant sequoias are not philosophers and poets far exceeding any human merit.” -Robert Heinlein from Stranger in A Strange Land.
Bottoms: Reebok Sports Bra: Victorias Secret Hiking Boots: Hi Tec