Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee!

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
A rolling wave of blonde hair, a vast landscape ahead that looks as if it could engulf her at any moment — suck her back into its center. It doesn’t though, there’s always a strength to her, rooting her feet on the rock she stands atop. Woodworker Aleksandra Zee may be known to you from her dreamy, golden hued virtual postcards, and entrancing works of art that will make you stop in your tracks mid-Instagram scroll. She’s not just her online representation though, as any woman she is thick with dynamics, journeys, insights. Fearlessly, she shares snippets of these with us through her captions — using the social media platform to as a way of saying “Hey! I’m in this with you.” — however today we get very real with the talented woman on her art, heartbreak, & how to deeply love yourself!
 Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: What was your first experience with woodworking? Was it love at first bandsaw?
AZ: My frist experience with woodworking was just a bit in college, making frames and things but nothing much. My first job out of college was at Anthropologie as a Display Artist and so much of it was learn as you go. When I fully started building things I fell in love! Working with wood, being in a shop, I knew it was what I wanted to do and instantly started planning how to make it on my own.
V: What were you doing before you were able to go full time with your creative passions?
AZ: I decided to leave Anthropologie after about three years and knew that for me, having a boss and working/making for someone else was not for me. I needed to make art for myself and put it out there. So I stated small, working as a waitress for just about three years as I built my business. Working days in my humble little shops and nights at a restaurant. I remember the day I quit waiting tables like it was yesterday. I was serving a few girlfriends some margaritas and they asked me why I was still working there, that I was so busy in the shop and didn’t need to keep the side hustle. So I set down their drinks and went up to my manager and told her I would rather be in my studio, and she said yes please go and come back if you ever need to. It felt amazing and scary and crazy and so freeing. It has been a little over three years since that moment and each day has gotten better and more amazing working for myself. It’s hard ass work, and it never stops, but there is nothing else I would rather do.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: You are so wonderfully transparent about the journey a woman takes to come into her own via your social media. Did it ever scare you to be so open?
AZ: At first it was scary, the opinions of others would deeply effect me. When the negative came it would hurt and hold me back. It took a while to grow my thick skin and learn to meditated on the fact that others options of me don’t matter, and they never will. I am responsible for my own energy and my own confidence and happiness. None of that belongs to anyone else. Being committed to openness and vulnerability is something that is so important to me and loving myself though it is so important.
V: Let’s talk about self-love — what life experiences have forced you to come face-to-face with who you are as a woman, and who you want to be?
AZ: This is for sure a loaded question. There are so many experiences that have made me face myself with exactly who I am and who I want to continue to grow into. I grew up with a troubled mother, substance abuse consumed her life and outside of the care my father gave I helped raise my younger sister. That forced me to tap into my nurturing and fierce side at a super young age. Later in life I chose a career that is predominantly male and finding my strong and also feminine (which is powerful and not weak) voice. I felt like I was re-writing what it meant to be feminine for myself. That being a woman didn’t make me weaker but stronger, and promoting that strength in a non competitive and graceful way. About two years ago I lost my mother, and that was a huge face-to-face moment with myself. I needed to strip myself of everything I held onto, the thick skin that I let grow a little too thick and re-open myself to a life of pure vulnerability, not holding myself back because of fears, accepting every bit of who I am and the strength there is in being open.

Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: What is the most painful part of your journey in self-study?
AZ: Growing pains happen because you are making new room for the growth that is happening within. A big part of dealing whit what hurts is self acceptance. That you control your happiness, your confidence, your state of mind. Rising above what breaks your heart and accepting that it takes time. Life is full of heartbreak and how you move though the muck is what gives you the information and wisdom to hurdle the next. It hurts to lose a love, lose a family member, have your business take an unexpected turn, but all of those things happen to show the path before you and the choice you have to hit the ground running. So for me, my heartbreaks and pain that I have lived though are maps and footprints in the path I have chosen, I wouldn’t change it, I love where I have been and where it is shaping me to move forward into.Art, Heartbreak, & How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.
V: I think every woman learns to be gentle with themselves in different ways — I do this thing where I literally talk to my body in times of stress or trauma. Is there a way you’ve learned to be gentle with yourself that helps you deal with trials of the everyday?
AZ: I do he same, I speak positivity to my body, acknowledge the air filling my lungs in each deep breath, wiggle my toes and feel my feet planted on the earth holding up my body. Finding completely presence within my mind and physical body, reminds me that I am alive, I need to check in, and care for myself. It is the easiest way to get my mind bad n track, those sick couple minutes of acknowledging yourself.
V: I’m so glad I’m not the only one that does that! How do you see yourself through your own eyes?

AZ: When I look in the mirror I see strength, I see grace and I see growth. I am always changing, and allowing for that growth is acceptance. I meet myself with an open heart.

Art, Heartbreak, a& How To Deeply Love Yourself With Woodworker Aleksandra Zee! NOW ON VERITE PUBLISHED --- Aleksandra Zee, Oakland, San Francisco, Artist, Woodworker, Female entrepreneur, Blonde, desert, photography, VSCO, California, Model, Americana, Style, Neutrals, how to love yourself, compassion, strength, feminism, how to have confidence, social media, instagram.

V: If you could send one message to young women everywhere what would it be?

AZ: Be fearlessly yourself. No one is you, YOU are you. There is strength in being a woman that should never hold you back from doing exactly what you want to.
V: Three books that have changed your life?
AZ: The Little Prince, currently Reading The Alchemist and it is so so so beautiful, and Just Kids.
V:  When do you feel most yourself?
AZ: I feel most myself when I am creating or when I am out in nature. Free and open, tapped into my soul.
photo credits, from top to bottom: Nikki Ormerod, Antrom Kury, Gillian Walsworth.

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Book A Weekend At Cactus Mountain, Joshua Tree | The Wanderess

THE WANDERESS | DEDICATED TO THOSE WHO MOVE THROUGH
THE WORLD WITH LIGHT FEET, OPEN HEARTS
& PURPOSEFUL ACTIONS.

LIFE AT CACTUS MOUNTAIN, The Wanderess, Joshua Tree Travel, La Copine Kitchen, Yucca Valley, Pioneer Town, Joshua Tree Saloon, The End, Vintage Shopping, California, Model, Girl, Desert, Papi & Harriet's, Editorial, Photography, Road Trip - Verite Published
Images by Allister Ann.

There’s a vibration here that unhinges ones creativity and, in the quiet, in the space, you can flourish. The air smells of palo santo, thick and humid it carries across the open plains of cacti, and rugged landscape. Cactus Mountain is the passion project of owners Tienlyn & Nikko, which was built by hand and now available as a dream getaway via Airbnb. A perfect mix of desert rustic, and minimal sensibility — The Wanderess finds this the perfect creative cleanse for a stagnant case of writers block, and a much needed escape from the city.

Eat / Drink | La Copine Kitchen: New to the neighborhood and with a mouth-watering selection of California cuisine, it’s the must hit spot for cool kids passing through the Yucca Valley.
Joshua Tree Saloon: If you want to get really integrated into true JT life, this is the place. A rack of ribs, and a Wednesday eve of karaoke is just what the doctor ordered.
Papi & Harriett’s: What one can only hope for as refuge on a long cross-country road trip, this is the roadside dream. Burgers and live music — need we say more.

See | Sunrise over Cactus Mountain: The Wanderess treats herself to a sunrise everywhere she travels. This one however was magically memorable.
The End: This vintage shop is exactly what The Wanderess dreamed of in terms of stumbling upon hidden gems in the desert. Brimming with good finds, it’s insanely well-curated.
Indian Cove: This is where serious desert terrain comes to life. Massive, time-carved stones, and vast scenes leave lots of space for Insta-worthy shots.
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THE REWIND | How To Get The 90s’ Inspired Look

 

How to get the 90s' inspired look, model, editorial, san francisco, stlyist, magazine, photography, street style - Verite Published How to get the 90s' inspired look, model, editorial, san francisco, stlyist, magazine, photography, street style - Verite Published How to get the 90s' inspired look, model, editorial, san francisco, stlyist, magazine, photography, street style - Verite Published How to get the 90s' inspired look, model, editorial, san francisco, stlyist, magazine, photography, street style - Verite Published How to get the 90s' inspired look, model, editorial, san francisco, stlyist, magazine, photography, street style - Verite PublishedLet’s hit the rewind button, to a time when fashion was redefined at polar oppositions. In 1988, Anna Wintour (all hail) swooped her cloak over Vogue spreading a tangible layer of alluring gloss through the pages of the monthly print. Her first cover? The glorious Michaela Becru in mom jeans and a bedazzled Lacroix jacket. It’s fair to say this set the tone for the decade ahead. Soon, it was 1990, and Tom Ford claimed his place as Women’s Wear Designer at the traditional house of Gucci. His muse for this erotic adventure in fashion was to be Carine Roitfeld. Gucci flared from buttoned up Italian predictability to looks dripping with sexy-undertones, thigh-high boots got the go-ahead to be the everyday — glamour had arrived. The year 1993 was welcomed with Marc Jacobs’ break out grunge collection, street style had infiltrated the runway. The gaps had finally filled, lines blurred. High-fashion craved to dip its toes in the clothes of the people, and vice versa. This is the very essence of our editorial The Rewind.

Our stylist, Britt Moore, shares her inspiration for bringing The Rewind to life: “This editorial was initially inspired by 90s’ minimalism and the influences of Tom Ford’s glorious reign at Gucci. I wanted to implement a romanticized take on our favorite decade and reminisce on the ‘chic parts’ of that time in fashion. I added a bit of texture to make it ‘so 2016’.”

So, how does one implement the Naomi Campbell, the Kate Moss cool-girl creature into her wardrobe? A good place to start would be with Vérité’s slip dress shopping guide. Better yet, don’t be afraid to stay true to your own minimal ways, while accessorizing with chokers that make statements, strapped heels to take to the streets, and slicked hair that sums it all up.

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Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics

Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published   Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published

Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published

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Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Dive Into The Must-Haves of Warm Weather Classics, Beach, Fashion Editorial, Model, Brunette, Style, Culottes, Bikini, Mesh, Black and White, Photography, California, Denim Shorts, Beauty, Summer style - Verite Published Light hearted, light footed, lightly styled. This is what we foresee for ourselves in the near future. Days spent at the beach, toes deep in the sand, hair ruffled at the kiss of salt water. Our wardrobe with little thought, yet precisely on point. Without straying far from our roots as minimalists, monochromatic addicts, hardly cracking for color — our editorial Point Break photographed by Angie Silvy sums up perfectly where we see ourselves until the days no longer languidly stretch out before us. Even if you can’t make it to the beach, you can still shop our story below:

  1. James Perse Double Stripe Beach Towel
  2. RVCA Mellow Me Bralette
  3. Bikini Lab Empire Of The Fun Skimpy Hipster
  4. Island Punk Criss Cross Swim Top
  5. Zara Basic Shirt
  6. Are You Am I Double Wrap Lilou Choker
  7. RVCA Caraway Shorts
  8. Zara Raffia Hat
  9. Front Row Shop Interchangeable Fairy Midi Short

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Couch Series, N. 1 | Burree

 

Couch Series is a project that took flight when Vérité founder Michaela d’Artois started using her Fujifilm Instax to document women she found to be compelling, empowering, and beautiful in all facets. This series is not as much about the photography as it is about the narration of a brilliant range of women who are all of us. Capturing them in their own homes, atop their own sofas, styled by themselves in what they felt sexiest. By doing so she grasped a lens on women photographed by women — an uninhibited state. Follow along for more of Couch Series coming soon.

Couch Series, N. 1 | Burree Cowherd, A photo series, female epowerment, body positive, saint laurent, brandy meliville, topshop, zara, aesop, jenny kwong jewelry, confidence, girl power, brunette, model, all black everything, interiors, orange couch - Verite Published

Couch Series, N. 1 | Burree Cowherd, A photo series, female epowerment, body positive, saint laurent, brandy meliville, topshop, zara, aesop, jenny kwong jewelry, confidence, girl power, brunette, model, all black everything, interiors, orange couch - Verite PublishedCouch Series, N. 1 | Burree Cowherd, A photo series, female epowerment, body positive, saint laurent, brandy meliville, topshop, zara, aesop, jenny kwong jewelry, confidence, girl power, brunette, model, all black everything, interiors, orange couch - Verite PublishedCouch Series, N. 1 | Burree Cowherd, A photo series, female epowerment, body positive, saint laurent, brandy meliville, topshop, zara, aesop, jenny kwong jewelry, confidence, girl power, brunette, model, all black everything, interiors, orange couch - Verite Published

 

 

Shop the story:

  1. Saint Laurent Signature Ranger Studded Boot, $1,495
  2. Aesop Chapstick, $19
  3. Jenny Kwong Ring, $650
  4. Brandy Melville Kendra Turtleneck Top, $22
  5. Topshop Braided High Waisted Bottoms, $20
  6. Zara Long Waist Coast With Back Opening, $99.90

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