So that happened. I'm still a bit dumbfounded by the fact that
- I got asked to be a swimsuit model
- The shoot was in Palm Springs
- I was surrounded by people who I love/respect/idolize
- I got confused (multiple times) as Kara in pictures
- I ran with Kara and Lauren... and I only felt like a slug on one of those runs!
- Please see #'s 1-5 repeatedly
Back to the deets... The 'ask'. It came on a Friday night while I was out with friends. A text from Sally saying 'hey gal, want to be a swimsuit model'. Um... YES! It didn't matter where, it didn't matter when - I would make it happen. The fact that it ended up in Palm Springs was completely icing on the cake. I would have donned a swimsuit while hanging out at Greenlake if they'd asked me to.
I drove down to Seattle on a Wednesday (I would say last week but this post is obviously getting away from me) to meet up with Sally, Mac and Lesko for a little spray tan action. I have never had a spray tan so I had no idea what to expect. All in all it was a pretty interesting experience. Stand naked in a tent in front of a stranger - check. Apply a butterfly sticker to judge darkness - check. Smell like chemicals for up to 24 hours - check. Be completely tan from head to toe without any tan lines - check. It was weird but I have to admit the tan looked completely natural.
The next day we flew South to start our little desert (no worries Mac, I spelled it right) adventure. The schedule was Thursday - arrive and get settled, Friday - photo shoot, Saturday - photo shoot, Sunday - play and fly home. The nest had rented a fantastic Airbnb house nestled up against the mountains with a very open and modern layout not to mention an amazing view and pool.
|Waiting for the rental car.|
|Sally at the house|
|Picking up Kara and Lauren|
|Brownie batter part 2 - way to get after it Katron!|
I'd give y'all the blow by blow but that might be a bit overboard, long winded, and basically I want to keep some of it all bottled up in emotions rather than words. So, as per usual around these interwebs I'll give you some of the highlights (first in pictures then in words).
|First run up the mountain with Lauren and Sally.|
|Getting my hair ratted|
|NBD, just hanging out with Kara.|
|Lauren and Kara playing with Jude|
The Oiselle swimsuits are #amazeballs. There's no better way to describe them. I got to wear all of them and in every color and basically I want them ALL. They're stylish, sexy and functional. I expected nothing less from this company since every piece of clothing I own from them can be described in exactly the same way. I am anxiously awaiting their arrival - as you should be too.
Kara and Lauren... to be in the presence of such incredible talent. In the days leading up to the trip I was nervous. I'm not entirely sure why although I can easily blame insecurities. Basically, I just didn't want to make an a** out of myself.
I've spent time with Lauren before. She's easily one of the funniest people I know and fairly unassuming - putting you right at ease and making you feel like an old friend immediately. I had no idea what to expect from Kara. I needn't have worried because just like Lauren, I instantly felt a simple comfort level around her.
They are two of the most genuine people I've met. Down to earth, inviting, caring, supportive, and inspiring. Loving mothers who both have such a passion for family and for the sport of running. They are literal extensions of what Sally has started with Oiselle.
It was incredible to be a fly on the wall for 4 days straight and just watch the magic happen. The creative energy in the house, the compassion. I watched as a larger support system began to form right before my eyes. It moved me in ways I simply cannot describe in words.
So yeah, that happened. I'm excited for the pictures to start coming out regardless of if I'm in any of them. It was an incredible weekend full of memories. I mean I've already had my acting debut in the April Fools video (if you missed it, check it out here). Surprisingly I haven't had any casting calls... ... ...
And more pictures.
|Quick run post shoot on day 1.|
|Lesko, Kara, Me - day 2.|
|Kara, Lauren, Me - day 2.|
|Much needed nap.|
|Every baby loves a cardboard box!|
|Dropping Kara off at the airport.|
|Jude hanging out in a spike bag, hydrating at Joshua Tree.|
|Until next time Palm Springs - Sally, Katron, Mac|