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Bright Light

B. Carter


There is something about the dimness of winter that makes my heart yearn for the sun. On the days when the bitter wind chills every breath I take and my fingers ache from the cold, inside, my heart has a quiet fire burning to keep warm.

To get away from the callous gray days, I wander to greener grounds, where warmth and light bring new and continuing life to seedlings and herbals alike. Here, amongst the growing life, I shed all signs of winter by removing my hat and coat and scarf and gloves and letting my body feel the timid heat as it quickly engulfs me and sends a sense of comfort to my head.

Amongst the cacti and the orchids, everything is quiet, the bustle from everyday life seems to have ceased for a moment and all that I can hear if the soft hum of a fan as it pushes warm air into this cozy greenhouse. As I make my way from room to room, I feel the precious sunlight playing delicately across my back and on the top of my head. I close my eyes and gaze my face towards the roof, clear, inviting all light to come in and touch every growing thing that so craves it.

As I continue to wander, and smell, and touch all of the flowers whose captivating colors tell stories, I find my mind wandering to that time with you. Do you remember, that day back in the summer, when the sun was so strong and it beat down on us but I insisted we go to find the sunflower fields? Those stunning creatures that stood as tall as me and were prone to follow the sun wherever it landed in the sky. Do you remember that day? Because I remember that day clearer than any day because that was the day I realized just how much I needed you and just how much I needed the light. The thing was, you didn’t need the light as much as I did, and I needed it for my soul to survive. Without the light, how was I ever to grow?

So here I roam in fields of flowers and bushes and small trees anxiously awaiting spring, reminiscing on memories of a time that was once something. But today, in this moment, I push the cold of winter and the buzz of life and the thought of you from my mind and body. For my dear I am like these floras more than you know, for I too prefer bright light.

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Behind the Lens: Nicole Marcelli

We are so proud to be working with one of  Denver’s best freelance fashion photographers, Nicole Marcelli. Nicole specializes in capturing the essence of fashion design in her storytelling photographs.

Nicole’s imagery represents Nina Nguyen Design’s jewelry perfectly by exposing the beauty of the model, the natural scenery with spectacular Colorado sunlight and of course the jewelry in a relaxed and free-spirited shoot. We are thrilled to have partnered with Nicole to produce this artwork.

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A Paris Love Story

I couldn’t have been more pleased to receive a wedding invitation from our family in Europe for a wedding in Viarmes, France. This was my first trip to France and to Europe. I travel to the Far East frequently, but Europe hadn't been on my radar until the invite! As you can well imagine I was excited to be in the fashion capital of the world. We began our trip in the town of Viarmes for the wedding. Our French cousin Jennifer, married an Italian groom making the wedding a true international affair. The wedding ceremony was held at a beautiful church built in the 13th Century, tucked away in a narrow cobblestone street in a small village outside of Paris where it has played host to ceremonies for over 700 years. After the wedding we headed straight to Paris to spend the next week in the city of lights. Paris, where the French have certainly earned their badge of style, taste and grace. We stayed at the Terraas Hotel in Montmartre and were blessed with crisp fresh air and sunny fall weather. It is the kind of weather that gets me out of my room and off on epic walks from dawn till dusk. Every evening I wanted to covet my favorite scarves and get dressed up for dinner dates with my husband, something we don't get to do very often. This trip is especially personal with it being our 5th anniversary, a reunion of our family from Canada, U.S, Germany and France, a French/Italian wedding, a French cousin’s 30th birthday and one of our favorite store owners spending an evening in Paris to visit us on their own grand European tour. I loved my time here in Paris with all the glorious food, fashion and sights.

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