Friendship is about being vulnerable and allowing others to see you for who you really are. It’s sharing your light, but also being comfortable with sharing your insecurities and darkness. Friendship is about letting the people in your life be there for you - even when it’s challenging - surrendering to their love and letting them hold space for you. It’s about allowing you to show your authentic self – even when you’re not at your best – remembering the importance of this darkness, for there will be no shadows without light. I used to put up this big front when I was in a bad mood because I thought my friends won’t be able to handle it. But you would be surprised at how amazing people can be if you just give them a chance to be there for you.
This collection is inspired by my Californian journey. I followed my love for a man I met in Hawaii, and when I got there, I’ve realised this is not romantic love, but rather a love that stems from a deep friendship, and unconditional connection. Around him, I felt like I can be my true self – for all my light and all my darkness – and it wouldn’t scare him away. Quite the opposite – as time progressed, I felt like our love grew deeper and deeper, and we survived the challenges we encountered along the way. My friendship with him and the radical acceptance between us opened a door to so much growth in my other relations – especially with my girlfriends.
I’ve been surfing and doing sports all my life, so growing up my friends have mostly been boys I’ve met doing these activities. Today, I feel and recognise the power of sisterhood – of relating to other women. I am surrounded by incredible women who support and challenge me, and who inspire me every day to be a better version of myself. My time in Cali has taught me to trust my intuition when it comes to life decisions, to believe that the universe is sending me wo(men) who are right for my journey. I allow myself to be more and more vulnerable and I see how it deepens and unfolds new layers of friendship with my sisters, taking us to new heights.
When I travelled solo in California, I’ve found an amazing selection of pearls. Pearls are nested inside their shells and are protected by them until they’re ready. Just like the pearls, our internal voice – our intuition – protects us and guides us until we’re ready. This voice recognises what’s best for us and loves us unconditionally. The first true friendship we have is with ourselves, so we need to treat ourselves like we’re our own best friends.
We can learn a lot from pearls about stepping into our power while embracing our vulnerability, because at the end of the day, being vulnerable is being able to show your gentle sides without trying to control the result. And pearls – well they are strong and sturdy, but they are also gentle and beautiful – just like us.
There is incredible power in sisterhood and radical love towards ourselves and those around us. This collection is a reminder of that.
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