Ashtin Ellis4 Comments

Mirror Mirror

Ashtin Ellis4 Comments
Mirror Mirror
Photography by KevinFides

Photography by KevinFides

Mirror Mirror on the wall who’s the fairest of them all?. Oh, how we have heard this before. It feels amazing being able to really get back diving deep into myself. This is going to be all about self reflection on two different levels . What you see and what you don’t see.

For whatever reason humans have always taken things at face value. What you see is what entirely must be or perception is truly reality. Which is completely not true to a certain extenet. When I look at people I see their physical appearance but for whatever reason , I can see beyond that. Which is a quality that I have always liked about myself because, it has allowed me to see people from the inside out. I don’t like to be judged and I don’t judge others. I genuinely want to allow you the experience of being yourself. Why hang around someone who makes you feel like you need to look or act a certain way. I’m just not into conforming to what society deems acceptable or normal. My normal is being myself and whatever that encompasses. I get sad or feel sorry of others when I look at them and see they’ve put themselves in a situation where altering who they are has affected their livelihood and overall existence. God gave everyone a purpose., skills and talents that we all posses for different reasons. It’s now your choice to live fully and freely in that purpose or not. Have you ever had a dream or have a natural ability that you consistently suppress? I can’t do that , it will literally drive me insane. Here is the kicker or the catch. Your outward appearance in also clearly the quickest way to show others how you are on the inside. I love going to cool cities and people watching to see how the environment and culture translates itself. I usually dress how I feel for sure. One day I can be feeling all bohemian and then the next thing you know I’m looking like space barbie. These are the cool moments when taking face value is fun and exciting. Walking around being like yo your fit is dope , or I love your hair. Just spreading good energy and appreciating others who love to show us their vibe.

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Yes the mirror shows you your mirror image or what truly is, but if you take the time to just open your eyes from a different perspective you can see an entire different view. Everything is not what you see for face value, learning to accept people for who they are inside can be a challenge. I could never see myself being like I can only be seen with a certain group or do they look a certain way. I’m super intrigued by things and people or are different from me. I can learn things, ask questions I don’t have the answers to because only they have lived their journey. Now that the world is heavily saturated with pictures and images it can be so easy to assume that a person is one way by what you see but sometimes you need to allow yourself the chance to go deeper. Life is like walking through an art museum, you can either stop, appreciate and try to understand what the painting is conveying or continuing to walk on by and ignorance is bliss. I love being able to take pictures and express how I feel but I’m also highly selective about the messages I want to put out there. They way we reflect the world around us is a direct reflection of the world within us.

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It’s time to talk fashion!!!! I have been dying to get my hands on a pair of these Novella Royale Janis bells forever. The first time I wore a pair of these was years ago for one of my hippie inspired photoshoots and I loved them. The pattern and prints are super dope and they gave me full hippie vibe which is like totally me. It was obviously meant to be when I got these because the color and pattern are spot on with one of my favorite colors. I love the Sun or ambery, topaz tones and the bells are bringing it. The straight hair is due to its annual chops the ends off time and it literally stays straight for two days MAX. Now that I wear it curly the straight hair going back and forth won’t work for me . Which is fine , I’ve never felt better than when I have my curls out. It felt good thought to run around wild and free during this shoot even though me and the photographer almost froze to death in the middle of the Winter to get these shot. He was such a trooper and super fun to work with . I’m looking forward to the defrosting of Winter , seeing all the misty dewy tones go away for rain and the bloom of Spring. It’s going to be a good shift and I can’t wait. I’m looking forward to a rebirth and big changes. So stay tuned for more and as always Good Vibes Only!

Note To Self: To Genuinely appreciate life and enjoy the process of living, you must be mindful , intentional, and patient. Stop hurrying. Honor the sacred act of taking your time.
— Alex Elle
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