Month: May, 2016

Inner Beauty Charity Month

May 31, 2016

inner beauty charity monthDue to the tremendous success from October’s Operation Smile Boudoir Charity Event, we are bringing it back with an even sweeter deal!

Last years promotion needed up providing life-changing surgeries to 5 children with debilitating cleft palettes. This was thanks to all the wonderful clients that came in the month of October. Now this year we will be hosting the first of our semi-annual Boudoir For Charity event on Saturday, June 18th at our gorgeous downtown daylight studio. ]

Every dollar I raise the month of June for Operation Smile will be MATCHED to help provide twice as many children born with cleft conditions and the smiles they’ve been waiting for.

What’s better than a luxury experience coupled with awesome karma!? When you step into our studio, you’ll be making a difference in the life of a deserving child. For as little as $240 we can help provide surgery to a child with a cleft condition. And as you may or may not know yet, a boudoir shoot is always a million dollar opportunity to live life like there is no tomorrow. It is a chance to add a little magic to your engagements, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, and relationships! It’s also a transformational GIFT to give to someone you love. I know we all know someone who could need a little pick me up 🙂

For $295 you’ll get

-45 minute private boudoir photo session, 

-Two outfit changes

-Online post-session or in-studio photo review

-Three fully retouched high-resolution digital files.

We hope you can join us this month for more new smiles … new lives … new futures for children who have waited their entire lives for a life-changing surgery.

Call us at 213.440.0798 or email to schedule your session. Once your payment is processed you will receive your donation receipt made out in favor of Operation Smile.

20% of everything we do this month will go directly to operation smile, so let us know if you would like to come in on a different day and we will do our best to accommodate you.

More about Operation Smile:

Operation Smile is an internationally acclaimed medical nonprofit with: Credentialed volunteers from over 80 countries, operations in 60 nations, and the proud legacy of having provided 220,000 free surgeries to children born with cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities. Please learn more here and rest assured that your donation will truly make an impact on the young and the helpless who will probably like what they see in the mirror, thanks to your generosity.

Be bold, be beautify, and be giving!

Shine On, Marisa Leigh

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Natural Beauty

May 20, 2016

Lingerie For Love and Lemons & Naked Princess

Jewelry Kendra Scott

Location Playa Viva

Model Sarah Brandford

This post is so overdue, but at last I am ready to post it. There were so many amazing shots from this shoot and besides it being so hard to choose, I think I was waiting for sarah to finish Playa Viva, Easy love video so I could help her promote this incredible place.  The video went up last week, so it was finally time.

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Playa Viva-5817E_WEBnude on the beachfor love and lemons

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Capturing Life- Traveling & Photography

May 20, 2016

We don’t get enough of them, do we? Girl Getaways are the best, and can be just what the doctor ordered. As women, artists, souls in need of adventure and inspiration, we need to do these more often. A good Girl Getaway provides the space to let go a little, discover something new and it gives you the chance to get to know the people you love a little more! Last year I had some pretty memorable girl getaways and today I’m excited to share my Play Viva one with you.

Sarah and I traveled to this incredible resort in Mexico last October to gather footage for her new youtube channel on sustainable living. We stayed in this most beautiful bungalow right on the beach at this divine place, Playa Viva. I felt like I was one with the sea. Going to be and waking up with the ocean right next to you has got to be one of the best things in the world, or at least my world. This resort is totally off the grid and from the moment you set foot on this property you are instantly transported to paradise. Time slows down and the anxiety from the rest of the world falls away like a dream in the night.

The breeze flows through the entire resort, as there is no walls to block the fresh ocean air from glistening your skin. There is beautiful architecture and textures from all over the world, and a warm and friendly staff is there to takes care of all your needs. We ate like queens from the fresh seafood, to the homemade tortillas and local vegetables, to the fresh herbs that are grown on the resort. Everything is farm to table and the coffee oh my, the coffee is from this magical place that has been run by 1 family for over  a 100 years. Everythings was remarkable!  The food was so fantastic. I don’t think I left any meal with room left in my stomach. It was one of the best culinary adventures I’ve ever been on.

We drank basil margaritas by the pool, woke up at sunrise to shoot beautiful footage, went on photo adventures on 4×4’s, shot sexy photos on the beach, and met some incredible people! It was pure paradise. My my heart is so filled with gratitude that I am able to adventure like this. I went to photography school because I wanted to travel the world. It’s been 10 years since I have graduated from Brooks, and although I don’t travel for a living, I have had some really epic photo adventures.  I may not travel as much as I would like to, but I plan on changing that!

Girl Getaways is going to be a new section on my new website! I’m so excited! It combines the things I love the most, adventures in magical places and shooting beautiful women! How have i not done this sooner!??

Here’s some fun outtakes from the shoot! Tomorrow I will be posting all the sexy photos I took.
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You can also check out Sarah’s Playa Viva video here.

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I am a feminist.

May 17, 2016

I stumbled upon Marlies Dekkers a few months ago when I was in Vegas for Curve, which is a traveling lingerie show. I was researching brands for midnight muse. When I hit her booth, I could not help but stop, touch, and behold these incredibly sophisticated, couture pieces of lingerie! I must have spent an hour just looking at all her pieces and savoring the authenticity of her brand. This beautiful message was in her book, so I took a picture of it, so I could share it, because it’s pretty amazing!

I’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason I am equally proud to label myself a feminist.

But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.

Today, I believe we’re witnessing the dawn of the third wave of the feminist movement. A long-overdue correction in gender inequality is at our doorstep. All the signs point to this moment in time being a new and exciting tipping-point in the history of women.

Strong, independent women are stepping forward as powerful role models, inspiring and motivation smart, young girls of all backgrounds to make the most of their many talents.

And that’s what we need more of today: forward-thinking women. We need women who understand that achieving equality isn’t dependent on external factors; women who understand that equality is not something that is passively received or violently acquired.

As masters of our own destiny, the world is asking us to shape a future of opportunity for ourselves. What matters now is action. Action on our part.

This is our moment and I’m embracing it wholeheartedly as part of the third wave. 

Because I am a feminist

-Marlies Dekkers

Check out her lovely website!

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Spring into Sexy

May 16, 2016

I have been cleansing now for 15 days. I fasted for three days and for the other 12 days I ate one simple clean meal every day with replacement shakes for breakfast and dinner. I have no idea if I’ve lost any weight, because I don’t own a scale, but I can tell you this is the best and clearest I’ve felt in a very long time.

I’ve never been a big faster or cleanser, Ive done the master cleanse for about a week a couple of times, but I think it’s been a good eight years since I’ve done a cleanse, so it was time! This was certainly a big deal for me, as I always had a good excuse as to why NOW is never the right time to do a cleanse. I think everyone has valid excuses for not doing a cleanse. Oh my does It takes a lot of discipline, being hungry is hard, no coffee sucks, being grumpy is hard, no alcohol is totally hard, especially if you like drinking wine almost every night lol! And it seems every time you do a cleanse you get invited to a really great dinner party or something that is totally lame to turn down.

Cleansing is not for the faint of heart so lots of people don’t do it! I hear a lot of stories where people try if for a day, then the next day they stop because they have a splitting headache. That means your toxic people, keep going!! Is what I’d like to say, but I keep my mouth shut. I’d say the larger majority of people are toxic. From the hormones and antibiotics in meet to processed food, empty carbohydrates, gluten and of course sugar! Our bodies are screaming for a cleanse. There is so much garbage we eat and poison our body with. I am guilty too! I love cheese, sugar , almost every kind of bread, obviously wine and I consume way too much of them!

I know this kid sounds cliché, but it’s true, our body is our temple, and if we don’t keep the temple clean, the temple is going to crash! It’s so crazy to think that people are more concerned about their cars then their own well being. There are so many things ass backwards, but The food and drug administration is definitely one that is on the top of my list. There is always wrong information that they are putting out and what they allow in our food just blows my mind. I could go on for ever about the food and drug administration, but anyhow….

Back to my point! I FEEL faaaantastic and I am going to keep going for another week. Cleansing and fasting is something I want to building into my monthly health routine. My health is numero uno! It’s time to eat cleaner and wiser!

Food holds energy. Crappy processed food makes our bodies work harder and it takes away precious energy that helps us think clearer and accomplish more. The cleaner you eat the clearer your mind, and the higher your vibration. The way you fuel your body deeply affects the way you feel and behave.

I can’t tell anyone what to do, but I must say this is pretty incredible and I am loving it. My eyes are clearer, my body is lighter, and my heart feels more open.

Purifying, nourishing and strengthening the physical body provides a new space to create anything you want! I truly feel emotional issues are releasing as well as some of my fears and limitations.

This is just the next step in my spiritual journey and it’s about time I am clearing out old energy patterns and learning to have more discipline with my health and wellness.

Maybe a cleanse might not be right for you, but I highly recommend looking into it! I think it can absolutely you spring into sexy!

No make up Mondays rule!

Spring into sexy

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