This morning, the last day of my birthday month, I awakened to nature whispering my name. I don't know if you've ever experienced such a feeling, but it's literally like a magnetic force pulling you in, and you cannot (and do not) want to resist; you're all in. So I left my city girl life for a moment, and got lost in the gentle escape of nature.
This is not a feeling that I am unfamiliar with, but being that it was the first time that it happened to me at age forty, and on a Sunday, I quickly adopted and embraced it, dubbing the morning, "Renewal Vibes."
As I hopped out of my Lyft with the eagerness of a young child on their first day of school, I felt the welcoming spirit of Mother Earth wash over me; the air was crisp, and my senses heightened.
It was a chilly 48 degrees, and a lovely, Pacific Northwest style grey morning. I took deep breaths, taking in the subtle ripples that the ducks created as they gracefully created a work of art, t...
On the heels of turning 40, I recently had an epiphany as I stepped into an elevator a few days ago.
'Goddamn it, I want everything!" I exclaimed. Granted, there was no one in the elevator but me, however that was all that I needed... I put it out into the universe... I owned it... and seriously, I want it all.
As I currently sit, getting lost in a combination of the sound of turquoise nails gently tap dancing on the keyboard, whilst sipping on a Monster mocha, and occasionally falling into a trance from glancing over to the plume of incense smoke as it dances through the air, I realize as I inch closer to 40, workaholic vibes are starting to seep in, and I literally want to leave no stone unturned, which I find exhilarating, and damn awesome.
Coming from a life where, (and I'll be honest here,) I've been quite spoiled, I spent the better part of my twenties and thirties breezing through on looks and just enough. What's just enough, you ask?
In six years, the company has gone international, been featured in magazines, boutiques, podcasts.. and I'm damn proud.
Now.. Let's get back to the basics.
I've been spending a lot of time juggling (and creating!) new products, as well as organizing my hard drive, which literally possesses thousands of my photos of art, nature, and of course, 303 Face | Body products.. Photos and original products that I've completely forgotten about over the years, as my quest to kick ass overruled savoring the moment at times.
As I looked at the products, the detail, the love.. I felt proud, and also melancholy. Wanting to reach for the stars is phenomenal, but not at the expense of forgetting the early days, the blood, sweat and tears.. the "woohoo" moments.
While the brand was getting to the status that I wanted.. luxe.. spa grade.. I became so transfixed on the "what next," I completely forgot to appreciate the "current."
In mid- September, I received a call about 303 Face | Body going through the process of putting together a media campaign with Kevin Harrington of Shark Tank and As Seen on T.V fame.
I currently have so many campaigns and collaborations happening that I had to postpone. After trying to figure out if I could fit it in about 100,000 times, I had to ultimately wait.
Now, all of this is absolutely exhilarating.. but one of the most amazing moments in all of this is that 303 Face | Body is in high demand by this staff.. which is one of the greatest compliments for the brand that I could possibly receive.
For years now, I've believed in what I make, comfortably and passionately promoting and selling each item. What a beautiful confirmation that hard work and dedication, without a shadow of a doubt, pays off.
Marci Lundy is the Founder of 303 Face | Body, as well as creator of 303 Home | Loft | Wellness, and #BlogggerMonCherie.
As I Carrie Bradshaw the evening away on this last day of September, I am happily reflective.
Some 6 years ago, I made a decision. That decision has lead to countless hours of brainstorming and projects for an artsy fartsy individual who loves to create. The decision has allowed for a love of photography and beauty products to marry together and develop a company. From Montage by Marci, which initially specialized in photography, to 303 Dolls by Montage by Marci, which began to incorporate a handful of charming homemade goods.
303 Dolls Face | Body became the company name as photography, though ever present, began to be a tool in the process of growing the skincare line, and less about the photographer and my landscape photography.
Through the various farmers markets, fairs, and bazaars, I began to.... although appreciative of those venues, sit, look around, and realize that I wanted the company to grow.... and to go in a different direction. I wanted it to be modern.. more sexy......
Ahhh yes, do you smell that? It's the combined scent of roughly 25 eau de parfum samples, a laundry detergent sample or two, and approximately 300+ pages of fresh beauty, glam, and 'fash.' Magazine lovers, our annual September Issues are starting to arrive!
The first one that I received in the mail was Elle.. and as I looked through the pages, I was reminded of a time when my girlfriends were more interested in sizing up the models instead of checking out all of the wonderful finds within the pages.
"Every photo that you see that has to do with 303 Face | Body in any way, shape, or form, I've taken. Aside from the skincare line, I live and breathe photography. From product images, to all social media, blogs, and so on, I take the photos for everything."
A direct quote from an interview that I gave to The Crazy Mind in 2016..
..... and the truth.
When I first started capturing the flower boxes and my big wheel in the backyard as a forth grader, little did I know what was developing.. which is one of the wonderful joys of discovery as a child.
My dad has always had an awesome camera, photographing here, there and everywhere, and this is how I became the owner of a kodak 110 camera as a little tyke. That purchase laid the foundation for what would become a fascination, admiration, and passion for me.
By my 14th year, I'd developed another admiration, and that was for leafing through beauty magazines, obsessively admiring the way carefully posed color palettes, stylish perfume bottl...
The 5th anniversary of 303 Face | Body is about celebrating its success, and flashbacks of what used to be, as the company grew and developed into its own over the years.
This video in todays blog is from January 2014, as 303 began to make its transition, in name, and product style. It's also when I first started blogging/vlogging about the company.
Marci Lundy is the Founder and CEO of 303 Face | Body, and Creator of 303 Home | Loft | Wellness. When she's not blogging about the company, you can catch her at a park enjoying nature, and brainstorming ideas for 303.