The New Southern is all about living our best life with what we have… AND we all have love and light within each of us 365 days of the year! So, let’s gently say sayonara to a 24-hour notion of celebrating love this Valentine’s Day! While red hearts and roses are symbolic this week, there’s nothing sweeter than a creative way of expressing appreciation for your loved ones each and every day with a little style and substance. As a leading photographer and stylist…. I am constantly challenging myself to think outside the box… to tap into my creativity, to extend my businesses and craft to be more of service. This mindful practice of living a creative life is an extension of self-love. For me, creativity is love… creativity is light. So, for the holidays, I love giving gifts that keep on giving throughout the year. Books are the easiest way to achieve this…. Check out a few of my favorites below with Cleo Wade’s Heart Talk and Melody Beattie’s Journey to The Heart. Also, let’s discuss art! I am leaning into color more and more for my walls (Hello Hayley Mitchell and One Kings Lane!!!!) This is one of the best ways to incorporate personality to a space. My walls are filling up with visual memories that I either aspire to achieve or take me back to a special heart filled moment. Regardless, find the pieces that will energize you, evoke emotion and inspiration for you and your loved ones.
By filling our homes and our souls with loving sentiments that we can set our sights on every morning and every night before we go to sleep, we can extend the love of Valentine’s Day far beyond February 14th. To help get you started, here is a fun New Southern gift guide for SIGHT AND SOUL. Full of substance — you can share the love with these punchy, thoughtful ideas, any day of the year!