We must tell girls their voices are important. – Malala Yousafzai
Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. – Louisa May Alcott
The primary distinction of the artist is that he must actively cultivate that state which most men, necessarily, must avoid; the state of being alone. – James Baldwin
“Faeries, come take me out of this dull world,
For I would ride with you upon the wind,
Run on the top of the dishevelled tide,
And dance upon the mountains like a flame.”
― W.B. Yeats, The Land of Heart’s Desire
“Country life has its advantages,’ he used to say. ‘You sit on the veranda drinking tea and your ducklings swim on the pond, and everything smells good. . . and there are gooseberries.”
― Anton Chekhov, Gooseberries
“I long for the countryside. That’s where I get my calm and tranquillity – from being able to come and find a spot of green.”
– Emilia Clarke
Photography | Julie A. Martin
Clothing | Tia Cibani, Little Creative Factory
A couple of weeks ago, I was introduced to a sweet girl, Miss I. Miss I grew up in a children’s boutique owned by her mother. From the time she was born, Miss I was immersed in adventure, charm, and imagination. As she grew older, her days were spent dressing up in fairy tale clothing and reading books in the brightest corner of the shop, snuggled up to her dog, Aloysius. Her favorite book characters invited her to tea parties and her friends, the forest animals, let her nap on them when she grew sleepy.
She knows every inch of the shop and excitedly helps customers discover new books, toys, and creative playthings. She reminded me of my own childhood, without electronics, just painting, reading and writing stories all day long. It made me realize just how different childhood is now, except for Miss I and her boutique. Oh, to be 11 years old again!
Miss I introduced me to two new book series for my own girls, and I bought every single book in both series! I couldn’t help but be inspired to photograph a story of the lovely Miss I and Talulah Jones. Such a world of imagination and fearless creativity!