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Late last week we flew to Miami for Art Basel to soak in the art, discover new artists, and help Sam get his creative juices flowing. If you don’t know, Sam is actually a fine artist with an actual fine art degree. He paints stylized photorealism and he is an incredible artist who has put his own career on hold for this blogging venture. We’re working on changing that. After getting our fill of Miami we rented a car and drove to Key West where we very promptly realized we wanted to elope. This was the day before our elopement. I decided to get extra dressed up while we explored The Keys. I’ll be sharing photos from Art Basel and our elopement throughout the next few weeks so come back and check in.

On a slightly more serious note, I had a very bad fall down a flight of stairs the first night in Miami on our way to dinner. I wish I could blame it on high heels or drinking but in reality I just slipped and skidded all the way down some sharp marble steps. If you’ve seen my Snapchats you know just how bad it looks. Half of my right leg is black and blue from the ankle all the way to the knee. The left leg faired better with just a few large bruises around the ankle. I do not alter my body in Photoshop. Period. If I think my arm looks “fat” in a photo, I don’t use it. It’s an issue that is really important to me. Not to say that there weren’t times a few years back where I did feel the need to do so, but I have stopped and refuse to alter my body with photoshop or similar apps. This bruise however is horrendous and I made the decision that it was too distracting and just plain ugly. So I will be photoshopping the bruise for the next few months. It’s a bit of an ethical dilemma for me but I really just don’t think anyone wants to see this monstrosity in every blog post.

I want to make it clear that this post is in no way shaming or throwing shade at those who choose to photoshop their bodies. Our society puts so much pressure on all of us took like picture perfect Barbies, it’s near impossible to not fall into that trap. I myself have done it in the past. I still edit my photos with Lightroom to fix the lighting and I’ll photoshop a hive or pimple here and there. But if I’m unhappy about my body in a picture then it either does not get used or I remind myself to put down that donut and hit the gym. Basically I just wanted to be upfront with this and I hope you all understand where I’m coming from.

Wearing – Skirt – Alice McCall, top – Alice McCall, bra – American Apparel, shoes – Valentino, bag – Saint Laurent, sunglasses – Prada, earrings – Stella & Dot

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