I've been working with the PANDORA ESSENCE COLLECTION, and honestly, I've been having too much fun capturing the women who inspire me most...and decking them out in these signature bracelets. Each bead holds a different meaning...each color and shimmer of my wrist a reminder to stay true to who I am and what I believe in. I love to layer them in pairs. The slinky shiny bracelets something I've started to wear morning till night...even showering in.
I designed my own Pandora Essence Collection bracelets and stuck with my favorite color palette for spring.
-A bold red/orange for ENERGY
-an ultramarine blue lapis lazuli for PEACE
-laced silver charm for FREEDOM
-royal purple amethyst charm for FAITH.
FREEDOM: My whole entire adult life I've lived on my own schedule. Modeling at 15, I was working independently, traveling on my own, and just trying to find my place in the world. I grew up fast and FREEDOM is the only thing that I've known. As my modeling career took off, and I moved to NYC along with continuing to run NATALIE OFF DUTY on full force, and every single day I'e been making my own schedule. Everyday is different and I never know when I'll have to just get up and go...fly to Paris, to Stockholm, to Singapore. With that comes so much creative freedom and excitiement! The ability to make something out of nothing. With all the freedom I've had in my career, I've worked in front of the camera to working behind the camera. The opportunities are endless. You know it's right because you feel it in your gut. It's nice not having to live by anybody else's rules but your own.
PEACE: The blue stone for PEACE is one of my absolute favorites in the Pandora Essence Collection. It's rich royal blue color reminds me of the ocean, of California, of my hometown. And all of that brings me peace. Peace for me is lying out in the sun on my rooftop, overlooking all of New York City. That moment when you just sit and think "everything really is alright." And you don't have a care in the world! There are so many moments in my life when things seem crazy...I'm either a workaholic, or I'm traveling from one place to the other, and all I want to do it settle down, SLOW down. Life suddenly is throwing things at you and sometimes you want to close your eyes and pause for a second. You need those moments to breathe. Those are the moments when I realize there's something I need to change, and those are the moments I become creatively inspired...to write a song, or book a private getaway. Peace brings things to a whole new level for me.
FAITH: Sometimes you just have to have FAITH that tomorrow is going to be even better than today. What's even harder is having faith in yourself and pushing yourself to the next limit. The belief that YOU DO REALLY ROCK and the strength to rise above any negativity. The purple in the FAITH charm is like a breath of fresh air. The pop of colour instantly brightens my mood. When you think good thoughts, good things will come out of it.
ENERGY: I'm very high energy, and I never want to see a dull moment again! I'm all about living in the moment and with that, comes with surrounding myself with positive people. Good energy keeps me focused and in line with my work, my friends, my family, and everything else. Happiness plays a key role for me here. I feel better starting my day off with a happy note...even if that means opening all the windows in my apartment to let the sun shine in, or cleaning my entire apartment on a Sunday night before the start of another work week. When I feel good energy coming from myself and the people I'm around, good things happen. I'm a true believer in that. Sometimes good energy just starts with you.
all photos by Dylana Suarez
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