E Komo Mai! Welcome to my blog.

I'm delighted that you dropped in! E Komo Mai: WELCOME! This blog is basically an online visual journal is modeled after a concept I learned of in psychology 101... waaaaaaay back in college. That concept was somewhere in the chapter on The Significance of Dreams, where it mentioned someone's theory on dreaming about a house usually means that the house represents you. So I have used my actual house (Mauna Lea Manor) to structure my blog. In different rooms you will find different aspects of my life; different interests I like to blog about. This is a way to bring a little organization into my life and thoughts for myself... (dreams are in The Bedroom, Family updates are in The Living room, etc.)
This also, I would imagine, make reading this blog more convenient for you as well. If you are a grandparent interested in seeing photos and hearing stories about my boys, but maybe not so interested in my bellydancing obsession: you can just read what goes on in The Playground. But if you are an Art Collector more interested in my latest work and information on collecting, but not especially interested in my personal life: you'd enjoy The Office. Mauna Lea Manor is sort of the foyer to all the other rooms. If you would like to tour my online portfolio, please visit: www.stephaniebolton.com.
I hope you enjoy your time here ;) & continue to stop by!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What I have to Work with...

Don't forget- you have until Friday to leave an answer to Jennifer's question in the comment section for a chance to win a new hip scarf & earrings from Makara International, Inc.

Jennifer sent me this sweet portrait shot by Isabelle Marchand.
I LOVE this photo!
I think it really shows her personality. She understands that the smartest thing a girl can put on to look her best is a smile.
Too many of us don't appreciate our smiles.
I remember once, a photographer friend of mine gave me this photo of me that he thought was so great and when I saw it- I felt disgusted: all I saw were crinkles in the corners of my eyes, discoloration in my skin, freckles on my nose, big teeth.
He loved it cuz it was a photo of me *really* smiling.
I hated it because it was an extreme close-up that I felt exposed all my flaws...
and it certainly exposed one serious flaw: my character flaw- my B.I.D. (body image disorder- read more on this nasty guy here)
Don't be afraid to put on a smile- not even in photos-
everybody else loves your smile- trust me!

These two are also by Isabelle Marchand.
This spinning shot is gorgeous- look at her hands!
The long flowing hair I could really have fun with.
You recall that Jennifer is a yogini, right?
This photo below offers PROOF!

This last one was shot by her friend, Anne Campbell.
This shot has fantastic color! I am very partial to vibrant palette.
I think that is a tole that living in Hawaii takes on you. You are surrounded by bright bold colors so often that nothing else feels natural. So this photo has a lot of life to me.

So this is what I have to work with!
Come back tomorrow to see what becomes of all this inspiration.

And remember to leave a comment in answer to Jennifer's question:



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Geri said...

I love the way I feel when I am dancing- I can express myself and relieve stress.

Briana said...

I belly dance AND Zumba! The MUSIC baby, that's what inspires me to dance! The rest is about listening to my spirit call.

d said...

When I am feeling pretty or sexy I am inspired to dance and sometimes when I am feeling goofy and want the kids to just have fun with me, we dance. Any kind of music, any kind of moves. Just go! It's the best time I have with them some days!