| By Rachel Monique Maskell

Where freedom reigns

Hello Bella!

Happy Spring! At least it is here in Sacramento. We had such a mild winter and now the trees are all in bloom and I’m watching the blossoms float in the light breeze. It’s beautiful!

Speaking of beauty, I missed last week’s email because I was in Uvita, Costa Rica for the Envision Festival. Not sure if you’ve heard of it before but it’s a festival in the jungle by the sea. Absolutely magical! This was their 10th year and I can definitely see us coming back. The people, the location, the food, the ease...all made it a wonderful place to feel safe and free to express myself and have Kaliana running around with other kids.

This freedom of self-expression is one of the main reasons I love festivals. It’s about the only place where men and women can dress however they please, in as little or as many clothes as they’d like. Colors or neutrals, feathers and beads, shoes or bare feet - the jungle takes it all. I am so inspired by the way others express themselves and the combinations of patterns and textures. How different would life be if we felt this free all the time?

Besides the fashion the food was wonderful and all compostable outside of the reusable plates and cups that were brought to the Dishoteck for cleaning. The stages were made from driftwood and reclaimed items off the beach. Only biodegradable glitter was used and no one left a trail of trash behind them. The sustainability and creativity of the festival was inspiring and a real tribute to the values and goals of this next wave of influencers, ie all of us. 

In the spirit of the festival season I am working on African print kimonos, festive hats, and visors. I’ll have some for sale at the next pop up which will be in LA on March 28th. See pic below for details. Hope you can make it if you’re in the area.

On that note I am working on the website to showcase where I’ll be each month. So stay tuned for more!

Big love and find ways to express yourself fully this season!