The years prior to setting out to actually do the things that I have always dreamed about were filled with serendipitous meetings with so many inspiring, creative, beautiful people. Some of those people, I would only have one conversation with and walk away with a completely new perspective. With others, I lacked the clairvoyance to predict the amazing ongoing impact they would have on my life. The women of The Wild Mother fall into the latter category. Lauren (26), Leah (24), and Callie Palmer (19). Meeting these sisters a few years ago was sweet and inspiring in the moment, but I never anticipated that our connections would evolve into the constant, tried & true kinship that they are today.
Lauren's wisdom and standard of excellence in all creative endeavors has been so life giving to walk along side. She is a multi-instrumentalist with the voice of an angel and goosebump-inducing songwriting capabilities. You could also ask Lauren about just about any flower and she would nonchalantly offer up a wealth of information. It feels like she was born with knowledge of all things lovely, both naturally occurring and conjured by man. Lauren could probably teach you how to play any instrument, and occasionally will casually blow everyone away with whatever stringed thing is in her proximity. Lauren is a natural beauty - she carries her self with poise and elegance. It is natural for her to extend the same care to any flower she arranges and any person she encounters.
Leah has the absolute perfect balance of silliness and structure, offering up the chance to talk, laugh, or dance through life's twists and turns. She's also musician and singing extraordinaire. Lauren and Leah's songwriting brilliance is put on display in their band: Massey. Leah has a heart for the environment and in the past year she became a bee-keeper (a long time dream of mine!) Her personal style is timeless and classic, often reminiscent of classic beauties Jackie Onassis and Grace Kelly. On top of all of that, she is a fantastic writer with a Master's degree in Literature. Check out The Wild Mother Magazine and prepare to be floored by her work. Incredibly well read and multitalented, Leah is basically my hero.
Callie is the youngest and the most hilarious (sorry girls, it's true.) She is gifted in so many areas and steadfast in growing her skills as an amazing photographer (check out @piedphotography on Instagram!), charming barista, and floral designer. Callie also truly has a heart of gold - she cares deeply and loves so well. Anyone Callie meets will instantly feel valued and important because of how selfless Callie is with all she engages. Callie's style has always reminded me of sophisticated urban street wear juxtaposed with classic minimalism. So yes, one of the coolest girls I know! She is also so much fun and uplifting to be around, genuinely advocating for the good that she sees in the world around her.
The three of these women have shared so many deep, enlightening, and insightful interactions with me, culminating to a small community of creatives that I really can't imagine the past few years without.
I can think back to a little over a year ago: Leah and Callie sitting with me at my dining room table, and Lauren on the way with Thai food in tow. We were talking, sketching, and dreaming up ideas for The Wild Mother. Plans were being made for Valentine's day arrangements and we strategized the best way to make and sell arrangements that are both beautiful and affordable. Their mindset has always been that everyone should be able to give and receive beautiful flowers, no matter what their socio-economic status may be. With the unparalleled talent that they carry, they were able to provide gorgeous arrangements at amazing prices (I bought one for my mom - she loved it!) It blows me away to think of all the changes and growth that has happened since just last year. The Wild Mother now has several weddings and events under their belt, and much more on the horizon for 2016. It was a no brainer that we would eventually work together on a project involving their incredible work. We collaborated on a styled shoot that incorporates blooms in a inclusive and gender-neutral way to emphasize the notion that florals are to be enjoyed by all. We also worked with Justice Smithers to dream up a dynamic lookbook that would include daring and dramatic head pieces, as well as the simplistic delicacy of a single poppy. Here are the photos from our Spring/Summer lookbook shot by the wonderful and crazy talented Justice Smithers.
It is always a dream to collaborate with friends, and this was no exception - these women blew me away with their knowledge of design and attention to detail. It is such a privilege to get to know them in the way that I do and to watch them come alive doing the things that they love. I hope you enjoyed this lookbook and could draw some inspiration from it for your own creative endeavors whatever they may be. Look around you and collaborate with the people that bring out the best in you. You will be amazed at what comes of it.
Thank you TWM for exceeding expectations and blowing me away with this collaboration - you all are some of my biggest muses and dearest friends.