January 31, 2013

My Art History

Follow The Flowers

Last week I showed you the house I grew up in. Not only was it a work of art inside, but outside our backyard was a beautiful mess of flowers; Hydrangeas, Peonies, Forsythias, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Tulips, Daffodils, Dogwood trees, there was even a pond full of Coi and Goldfish. Here's some pics I took over the years..

My favorite flower is the Bearded Iris. We had a ton of them in our yard when I was a kid, both yellow and purple, although I favor purple. I'm not quite sure what draws me to them so much. Perhaps the way they bloom so tall and then seem to literally swell and overflow with such a vibrant delicacy.

My whole life I've been drawing or painting or creating something with my hands. When I was a teenager I really liked drawing/painting iris's. Here's a few pieces of art from when I was 14 or so..

My mom always told us to "Follow The Flowers". That's what she did when she graduated college, followed the flowers around the country in a VW bus(or something like that). This is her at my age, a real life hippie. Isn't she gorgeous?

I think her little saying came to mean more than just going on a road trip, to me it meant follow my heart and be true to myself always. So my first tattoo was for her..

Originally hand drawn by me, I had the artist add the word "Follow" along the stem. My mom was pretty excited when I showed it to her. She and I had a rough couple of years, so it's kind of amazing that we're so close today. Even though things weren't always easy growing up, I can still take so many wonderful lessons away from my childhood. I can chose to dwell in bad memories of the past or I can chose to live in the marvelous teachings that my hippie mother passed down during the good times. I think today I'll just Follow the Flowers.

MacK Mars


January 30, 2013

Voodoo Child (Outfit of the Day)

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Bohemian Style
Velvet Flares and Coat of Arms Cardigan from Free People & Cowboy Boots by Frye

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Tee shirt by Bandit Brand 

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This amazing necklace (and the cowrie shell necklace) is part of SoulMakes Spring Collection!

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One of my favorite rings ever by Wild and Free...Can you tell I like cow skulls?


Whenever I wear these red velvet flares I feel a little like Jimi Hendrix. Top it off with with my favorite Bandit Tee and some dreamy SoulMakes Jewels and you've got yourself a pretty sensational outfit. Plus, anything velvet instantly makes me feel like a rock star :)

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

MacK Mars


January 29, 2013

A Valentines Tale & Giveaway

When Trevor and I had our first conversation he asked me what the one thing I really wanted out of life was. For some peculiar reason or perhaps inspired, I answered honestly, I told him I wanted love. We were in a room full of people at a small party and he told me he wanted the same thing. We talked for five hours, asking each other questions back and forth, in our own little world. I remember occasionally I'd hear someone saying "they've been talking for hours..." or "..they're still sitting there talking"and it was as if everybody knew, it was like the whole universe had conspired to make this one magic moment happen.  Trevor and I had sort of met before, a few times, and even though I always maintained a crush on him the timing was never right.

Looking back I can see that we came together at exactly the right time, any sooner it would've been a catastrophe. We both went through a lot before we met each other. Some time before I ever knew Trevor existed a friend of mine, who I look up to greatly, told me that I didn't have to worry about finding my Soulmate. She said that the Universe was preparing someone for me right now and all I had to do was take care of myself. When the time was right, we'd meet, and not a second before. I was just barely sane enough at that point to believe her, but I did. I hadn't really been living a very healthy life style and quite frankly I didn't think much of myself, so I had a lot of work to do. I went on the biggest self searching adventure of my life. I learned a lot and I abandoned myself to the idea that there was a Greater Force working in my life, one that would guide me and take care of me always. Then and only then was I finally able to open myself up to the world and the people in it (This, of course, did not happen over night, it was a matter of years). And then I met Trevor. It was as if the Universe was returning my complete surrender with the gift of love.

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I still had a lot to work on, but Trevor and I began a healing journey together. We were both finally able to heal old wounds that had been holding us back until that moment when we found each other, where the truest love I've come to know sprouted. I don't think either of us would have been able to complete our journeys with out the help of each other. It was our togetherness that truly allowed us to convalesce. It wasn't always easy, in fact, at times it was very hard. I was surprised and relieved to learn that no matter how perfect our union, a little work was required to maintain a healthy and happy relationship. Through the work we've done together, we've been able to grow so much and form such a deep and meaningful connection with each other. I don't think I ever knew that such a partnership could exist in the world. I couldn't be happier to have found it!

When Trevor jumped on board with SoulMakes, I was a little hesitant. It seemed a bit taboo to engage in business with my life mate, and that in itself has been a whole new journey for us. Trevor jumped in head first, while I wanted to take things slow. I was aghast at his insistence that my dreams could come true, and for a moment I considered that maybe I didn't want them to. Fear can make you think a little crazy sometimes. But finally, I got on board for this ride and it has been so magical! I love getting together with Trevor for our little business meetings to talk about what we've been working on and what our future goals are. He does such an amazing job with website management and photography. Did you guys know he taught himself code? He's pretty a much a genius. I love that we have different talents to bring to the table for our business and that we get to share them in this creative passion. I kind of think of SoulMakes as an extension of our love story; it's the visionary and tangible production of Trevor and I's enchantment! SoulMakes is a little wild, it's a little bit chic. Inspired by all things worldly, we want you to find your hidden treasure here with us. We want you to put on your favorite SoulMakes wonder and feel the love it was created with.

This Valentine's day we'd like to share the love with a special giveaway for you!

The winner will choose between:

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Makes sure you are following our blog, leave a comment below telling me which bracelet you'd love to wear! And for a second entry you can tell us one thing you love about your special valentine :)

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Winner will be announced on February 8, 2013

Good Luck!
MacK and Trevor Mars

Special thanks to my best friend Nicole for editing!


January 28, 2013

Blooming January

It snowed here Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Just flurries, and it's all melted now. Like a lot of people I tend to get a slight case of the blues during winter, when the sun goes into hiding and all the bright spring colors hibernate. 

 Lucky for me, my creative child, SoulMakes, gives me a great escape!

Even though it was snowing outside, we had a sunny weekend! We picked up a bunch of bright flowers and got to work on our spring look book! I can not wait to show you guys our amazing Spring Collection!!

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The girls are wearing the latest Free People duds, a perfect match for SoulMakes Jewelry!

Stay tuned for our new look book! We have big plans for these dreamy photos :)

Hope you're all having a magical day!

MacK Mars


January 25, 2013

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday!

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"We are souls wandering the cosmos, at the same time, living our lives, but with a sense that we are passing from one incarnation to another. If something touches to the code of our soul, it is remembered forever and affects whatever comes afterwards."
-Pauolo Coelho

What goes better with the feeling of wanderlust than a little Jimi Hendrix..

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and enjoy every minute of it!

MacK Mars


January 24, 2013

Black Hills

Rock n Roll

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This amazing necklace is part of our spring/summer collection! 

Outfit of The Day

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Bracelets mostly by SoulMakes, the watch and the metal cuff were gifts. Rings by Sundance.
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My style drifts somewhere between rock n roll and bohemian. I'm channeling a bad ass biker chick for this get up. Sometimes I really like a rugged look, now if only I had a Harley.
My Black Hills tee shirt is by Bandit Brand, if you haven't noticed I love their stuff. Boots are by Frye, belt by Lucky, my skinnies are from Free People and of course, the jewelry is by SoulMakes.

Don't forget to stop by the shop and check out some of our amazing new items and receive 20% off our entire Valentine's Day section!!



Hope you're all having a great week!

MacK Mars