Head, Heart Soul Connection - Portland Blog - Style Interplay

I recently took a long weekend in Montana and the first morning there, felt inclined to write. For me that means journalling, sometimes riffing feelings and thoughts... coming to realizations I like to share with people close to me. This is one of those pieces.

Figured why not start publishing some writing like old times... 

Placid Lake, Montana. 
8/17/18. 9:30am. 

We spend so much time listening to what our heads tell us. What our hearts tell us. But, what is your soul telling you? Have you spent time with her? Where is she? With you, behind you, or ahead of you?

We live with such a dynamic ability to think, learn, and feel. There is no “me,” when you think about it. It’s “us.” It’s every single side of you that has been conflicted at the face of a decision. Everything in your being working together to make your body function every second of your life.

I want to be on the same playing field as my soul. To be the body she wants to exist in; the heart she wants to love with; the mind she wants to communicate with. I want her to be happy with the body, heart, and head she has right now. I want her to be taken care of, to feel safe, and to feel like she’s growing. I want her to be the fullest expression of who she wants to be. For her to experience everything she wants to experience—so that the next vessel she finds herself in, she can live that much more of a beautiful, wise, and caring life.

That perspective explains a lot about my beliefs about comfort in my life. I value it immensely. Comfort is one of the best ways for me to measure balance and happiness. When I think of discomfort, I liken it to a feeling of being unsettled. Something between the innerworkings of my head, heart, and soul are in different places. It's my responsibility to find a compromise between all of those energies to find my ultimate comfort. My ultimate balance. My ultimate happiness.

Sometimes my heart will win. Sometimes my head will win. My soul steps in last, I think. I feel it more as a guiding energy that I can choose to listen to—and live for—or not.

Maybe the soul is the most sensitive of the three. The one that needs most care. Like the younger sibling everyone wants to make decisions for and take care of; but, really is pretty smart and knows the best decision for them.

I'd describe the feeling as an instinct. An unwavering knowingness. Everyone has it, but I think where some lose sight is not trusting it, or even lacking the awareness that it exists inside them.

We’re so wrapped up in thinking about the “me,” letting our hearts or our heads take over. Sitting for hours, days, sometimes years in confusion about the direction and purpose of our lives. I think we are the most ourselves when we reign in the battle of our heart and head, find rest in our body, and feel the energy of our soul.

When you find it, feel it. Sit, and listen. When you let your soul’s energy flow through you; balance will find you. You don’t have to force what is ahead one way or another. It’s your job to listen to your soul and act accordingly. But, you have to have that close relationship to your soul to feel it, listen to it, trust it, nurture it. Keep it close because you're lucky to have it.

At the end of the day, when you ask yourself things like, are my kids safe? Is my partner happy? Is my family healthy? Maybe we should signature that with, is my soul with me today?

Head, Body Soul Connection - Portland Blog - Style Interplay



There's a host of content I really love that was captured in 2017 that I only shared on instagram, but I want to share more. With that said, here are images from a day trip to Indian Beach, Oregon with photographer, Brittany Hyatt.

The beach itself is beautiful, right next to the more well known, Cannon Beach. There's a mini hike up to a lookout with a beautiful rocky beach scene— the best thing about this spot is that you get the lush green of a forest and the open air of a beach all in one location. 

Amado and I won't admit it, but we love doing stuff like this (aren't I lucky?) Getting to flirt and play in front of the camera is super fun, knowing it's all a creative collaboration makes it that much better. I've been doing photo work for most of my career, so its always fun stepping in front of the camera and letting someone else lead the way behind the camera. 

These are a few of my faves taken by Brittany, who has a background in film photography, and has been working her way back to photography outside of her full time job of being a nurse. It's always inspiring to work with people who are really doing what they love, so go check out her work!

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Everlane Collarless Shirt Dress: Review

You've seen me wear and talk this shirt dress for quite a while. Here and here on the instagrams, pretty much everyday at work... There are many things I love about this piece so here we go.

Everlane has turned into my numero uno go-to brand. A brand I trust when it comes to quality, price, and socially fair and sustainable business practices. This is $65 and I bought a size 8. I purchased this shirt in January, and it hasn't escaped my weekly rotation until this summer because my interest in protecting my favorite pieces from sweat stains is high.

Yes, this is a shirt dress. Although, I more frequently wear this over pants with a flat leather shoe layered with a sweater in Winter and Spring. I got away with wear the long sleeve until the temperatures surpassed 80 degrees, and since it's been sitting in my closet till the temperatures drop again.

The fit on this is perfect. I typically have issues with the shoulder and chest ratios not being quite right. With a 34D bust, gaping is an issue I've just learned to alleviate by ordering a size up. But, I ordered true to size and this fits slim in the arms, perfect across the shoulders and bust, and is the perfect length to pull off as a dress or shirt. I'm 5' 7" with a longer torso and the length really works for me to wear both ways.

Also... pockets! This shirt dress has side seam pockets that are perfectly placed. They don't pucker at the hips or make any weird shapes. They are real-size pockets... my phone and keys fit in there without falling out.

All in all, I'm super pleased with their cotton poplin collarless shirtdress, it makes me want to buy more woven tops from Everlane.... and I probably will.

Everlane Collarless Shirt Dress - Style Interplay

Photos by: Boone Rodriguez

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