crowned. / by Melissa Heap

Floral Crown: SITG // Top: H&M

A few years ago, my best friend Natalie Burk  and I started this blog. We chose the name Crowns of Violet (props to Nat on finding such a perfect name) because it's actually a nickname for Austin, the city where we met and got to live out our adventures.  As we grew together and were able to explore this creative outlet, Crowns of Violet became so much more; for us Crowns of Violet became a symbol of our art, the magic you can find all around you, and (most importantly of all) our friendship.

Unfortunately life took Natalie and I in separate directions (physically I mean - I'm still so blessed to be able to call her my best friend!), and maintaining the blog in our initial vision was no longer possible.  But have no fear!  Natalie is still working on her photography - check out her amazing work here - and I'm trying to do the same, continuing on with Crowns and tweaking our initial vision with my individual flair.  For the new year I have set a personal goal to continue Crowns of Violet and to use it to express what I love to do.  

And, with all that being said, I thought my first post for the new year and the new Crowns of Violet should incorporate the inspiration behind my passions: storytelling.  I love art and writing and fashion because it allows you to tell a story about yourself.  Photography can allow you to take storytelling to a whole new level.  Through the combining of the photographer behind the camera, the model in front of it, and the stage where the scene is set, you can tell any type of story you like.    

Crowned. is a story about renaissance.  I wanted to create an actual Crown of Violet, that could represent all of my blessings in life and my new beginnings here with the blog.  And what better medium to choose for new beginnings than florals?  

And suddenly you know: It’s time to start something new and trust the magic of beginnings.
— Meister Eckhart

So, here's to beginnings.  Welcome 2016, and welcome world to my journey!