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......
What's that I see? Leaves changing. Fall is literally around the corner.
This summer has been an absolute whirlwind. I'd love to have a seat and take a moment to look at all that has been going on my darn self! Hah! Anywho, it has been a very fun summer.
My husband spent most of the summer in the play, Annie. I relied heavily on updating my social media during this time, as that is pretty much all that I had time for while assisting him with what he needed for the play.
Did an interview for 303 Face | Body in Mid August:
The company listing for 303 Face | Body was listed in the annual skincare guide issue of Organic Spa Magazine.
Launched the campaign for 303 Face | Body World, which introduces 303 Face | Body to different countries around the world, (this has been a lot of fun!)
Currently getting the Rose Tonic Facial Astringent ready for its debut in Australia's Good Green Box.. I know, pretty cool!
In closing, you can see that I was absolutely not kidding when I say things have been b...
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.
Aside from the general pleasure of visiting the farmers market, this past weekend there was an added bonus of discovering a new food item..
Rapini (commonly marketed in the United States as broccoli raab or broccoli rabe /rɑːb/) is a green cruciferous vegetable. The edible parts are the leaves, buds, and stems. The buds somewhat resemble broccoli, but do not form a large head. Rapini is known for its slightly bitter taste and is particularly associated with Italian, Galician, and Portuguese cuisines. Within the Italian tradition, the plant is associated especially with southern Italian cuisines such as those of Ciociaria, Rome, Naples, Campania, and Apulia.
So I happened to be taking pictures of the vendors display when I happened to overhear him telling a couple of ladies about rapini.
"Its like broccoli, you cook everything," he said. As I put my camera down and stepped forward I said, "...
For quite some time now, I've been expressing my desire to have an in-loft herb garden, and while out shopping a few weeks back, I happened upon mini herb kits that came inside of mason jars. I had a couple left over from when I started storing herbs for the 303 Face | Body SubtleTEAS herbal tea line, and yesterday morning, (a day after National Gardening Day) I was finally able to plant the seeds.
A few weeks back, I'd gone over to our local gardening store here in the heart of the city, Urban Roots, to check on what sort of seed packets that were available. I decided on Marigold Signet (Lemon/Tangerine Gems), Basil (Sweet Thai), Lavender (English), and English Thyme.
There are so many things I love about our loft, and one of those is the wonderfully tall windows. Although I oftentimes miss having a balcony, I love the amount of light that we get in the loft, rain or shine.. and hope that it will be perfect in helping these awesome little herb...
Summer is literally around the corner, and the temperature these days certainly reflects that.
Dinner salad season has arrived.
This evening, I decided on a rosemary shrimp salad. To make this warm weather delight you'll need:
3 Rosemary Leaves
1 Tsp Alaea Salt
1 Cup Grapes
1/2 Cup Sunflower Kernels
1/2 Cup Goat Cheese Crumbles
2 Tsp EVOO (for cooking) 2 TSP EVOO (for after shrimp has cooked and adding all ingredients together.)
1 Tsp Ground Ginger
1 Tsp Ground Cloves
1 Tsp Sriracha
.... and 1 1/2 lb large shrimp.
In a skillet with heat on medium low, heat up olive oil. After five minutes, add shrimp. After shrimp has cooked for 5 to 7 minutes, add rosemary, cloves, ginger, sriracha, and half a tsp of alaea salt to mixture. Cover and simmer for 7 minutes.
After shrimp blend has finished cooking, add mixture to a large salad bowl. Add grapes, goat cheese crumbles, sunflower kernels, as well as remaining EVOO and alaea salt. Blend well, plate.....
"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...