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The only thing sweeter than sweets made with love are sweets made with love by TWINS! Hillary and Heidi are the women behind Twinfully Sweet, an adorable dessert catering company! Whether you need a cake, cake pops, cupcakes, mustache cookies or an entire dessert table of goodies, Twinfully Sweet knows their sweet stuff! We are so excited to bite into some of their goodies at our upcoming art show PEITHO! Thank you for your KIND donation Hillary and Heidi! We are so thankful that you are sharing your creativity with us! 

Posted: Nov 19, 2012
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We would like to thank The Victorian, eating disorder treatment of Newport Beach, CA for sponsoring our 2nd annual art show – PEITHO on November 29th at Lord Windsor in Long Beach, CA. Although Rewrite Beautiful is focused on prevention, we realize that there are still those who are struggling with an eating disorder. The Victorians professional staff and residential facility provides their clients with a “real-life experiential environment with the support and caring of an entire community.” If you or someone you know is currently struggling with an eating disorder we encourage you to inquire more HERE

 

Posted: Nov 19, 2012
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Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions!  We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!

Sara is our amazing Fundraising intern from Biola University! She has been helping us this semester with painting, prepping, fundraising and branding! The thing I love most about Sara is her reflective nature. Just speaking with her for five minutes you realize that she is an incredibly intelligent, grounded, humble individual. Learn a little more about what makes Sara BEautiful through our interview below:

Irvina: What sparked your interest to intern with Rewrite Beautiful?  

I am passionate about encouraging girls to celebrate how they were made and flourish and thrive in life, rather than wallow in self-doubt. I have also always felt called to be an artist in some capacity, but I don’t want to confine that desire to one specific activity or outlet just yet.  I love art because of the way we are able to visually say what we believe about ourselves and the world. 

Irvina: Name three of your favorite fictional heroines…

  1. Laura Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie. I admire Laura for her courage and pioneer lifestyle.  She did not live out of fear or selfishness, but was hardworking for the good of her family.  She stood up for herself and those she loved but was a combination of graceful elegance and unrestrained adventure.   She was free but not reckless and used her influence for good at every chance she got.

 

  1. Elle Woods, Legally Blonde - The more times I have watched this movie the more the concept of boldly being yourself no matter where you are or whose around has stuck out to me.  I am reminded of the quote by Eleanor Roosevelt, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”  In a campus of black and grey suits and dull classrooms, Elle brings the hot pink and sparkle without fear of criticism or judgment although she is often met with both. 

 

  1.  Mary, The Secret Garden.  I love Mary from Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden.  The story starts with her as a sad, bitter orphan dressed in black without love or joy.  As she steps out and learns how to cultivate something beautiful apart from her bitterness and selfishness, her life and the lives of those around her are transformed.  Focusing on the beauty of the garden and helping beautiful things grow instead of wallowing in pain is a type of art therapy I see in this character.  

Irvina: Sara you are brilliant! I love The Secret Garden, but I never realized Mary was giving herself Art Therapy! What an astute observation. No wonder I love that book so much! So, tell us a moment that changed the course of your life?

Sara: One moment that changed the course of my life was in the Louvre in Paris in 2010.  I wandered from room to room awestruck by the huge marble-white statues and giant detailed paintings of biblical scenes and historical characters.  I sat down on a bench in the middle of a room full of paintings and began to cry. As I stared up at the painted ceiling decorated with scenes from nature and images of angels, I was struck at the amazing capacity God had given humans to create beautiful things. 

The concept that we were made in the image of our creator, with the same desire to create beauty was more real to me than ever.  Worried tourists passed by me and stared unaware that my tears were tears of joy, awe, and inspiration. As I pulled myself together, and continued to explore the majestic museum, I vowed that I would be an artist in some capacity as a way to honor my God and the able body and life He had blessed me with. 

Irvina: Well Sara, I think I the creative work you have done this semester with Rewrite Beautiful is quite pleasing to God, if I do say so myself! Thank you for all of your incredible work!

Want to intern with Rewrite Beautiful? Submit your interest HERE!

Posted: Nov 15, 2012
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The incredible, edible, ah-mazing Sweet and Saucy Shop has donated creative treats to our art show, PEITHO! These are some of our most favorite cupcakes and treats in Newport Beach, CA! We know all our BEautiful friends will become huge fans just like us! A big thanks to Sweet and Saucy's creative, kind and strong owner, Melody Brandon! Thank you for showing girls your beauty Melody through your creative treats and kind donations! You're BEautiful! 

 

 

Posted: Nov 9, 2012
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Posted: Nov 9, 2012
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Last week, we were given the special opportunity to join University of California Irvine (UCI) Tri Delta sorority in their inspiring Fat Talk Free Week! We were able to reach out and share our mission to more than 500 women in the UCI Greek System! We were also delighted to host a street art workshop at the Tri Delta house where we embraced each woman’s CREATIVY, KINDNESS, and STRENGTH! It was a BEautiful success! Lots of education, tears, laughs and REWRITING! A big shout out to the women of UCI! We couldn't have asked for a better workshop! More pics of the workshop HERE!

Posted: Oct 24, 2012
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We had so much fun at Art Walk Laguna Beach! On the 1st Thursday of each month Laguna Beach gives the public an opportunity to parouse their art galleries and see the work of local OC artists. Local boutiques and restaurants stay open later also to welcome the public.

One of our new favorite stores, TAIM Boutique recently opened in the heart of Laguna Beach and donated 10% of the Grand Opening proceeds to Rewrite Beautiful. TAIM offers a variety of  clothing and accessories created for women ages 30 and up! In the words of TAIM, “Define yourself, refine your style!” For more information on our new friend check out this link HERE!  

 

Posted: Oct 5, 2012
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Beautiful Girl of the Week is a series of Beautiful Girls who are stand outs for what they contribute to the world through their beautiful actions!  We feature the Beautiful Girl of the Week on the Rewrite Beautiful blog as an attempt to inspire other girls and women to use their own gifts and talents to impact their communities. Our hope is that bringing positive attention to women’s actions will inspire them to embrace their own creative calling!

Rachel is a fellow writing friend of mine who constantly inspires me! Whether she is writing a children's book, parenting her son, having a conversation with her husband or even just preparing to go to a writers conference, Rachel always gives 110% of herself to the task at hand. One of my favorite sayings is, "The purpose of life is to LIVE IT." Rachel fully lives her life and those who are in it reap the benefits of this beautiful womans labors of love. I hope you enjoy learning about Rachel as much I enjoy knowning her. 

Irvina: Tell our beautiful friends about a fun or exciting project you’re currently working on?

Rachel:  I am currently following a dream to create picture books worthy of the children who will read them.

Irvina: I've read some of your books Rachel and they are uber worthy! So Rachel, what is one of your greatest passions?

Rachel: Revealing to others their greatness.  It's amazing how many have forgotten how lovely they are.

Irvina: That's a rad passion and quite true! What a passion to have! What do you enjoy doing during your free time?

Rachel: Most anything, with the exception of laundry, dishes, and cleaning up dog poop. But writing and spending time with family and friends top the list.

Irvina: You just made me and the interns laugh! cheeky What is the single most bizarre thing you’ve ever done? 

Rachel: Crossing the border with my son, a cat, a rat and a lizard. 

Irvina: Wow! That sounds like an immigration story wink Whether it’s a hobby, a job or friendships, what would you say is your proudest accomplishment or achievement?

Rachel: Raising our son.

Irvina: Awe! Marin is a lucky little man! Of all the women you know, who exhibits the most beautiful qualities and why?

Rachel: The most beautiful women I know are those who've taken the time to get to know themselves and who freely share what they've found in the world. 

 Irvina: I like that a lot! And what would you pass on to younger generations about beauty?

Rachel: That beauty is simply a smile plastered across the face of a woman doing something she loves.  Nothing more. 

What actions do you find beautiful in the women you know?

What do you enjoy doing with your free time?

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Posted: Sep 19, 2012

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In early September, we had a fun Street Art Workshop called “Mirrored.” The purpose of our workshop was to show how our physical attributes give us the ability to perform positive actions in our daily lives, like how our EYES give us the ability to SEE the life surrounding us, how our LEGS give us the ability to MOVE forward, and how our ARMS give us the ability to EMBRACE one another. To fulfill the Rewrite Beautiful mission, we asked the participants to focus on how each chosen body part portrayed the qualities of CREATIVITY, KINDNESS, and STRENGTH.  We then hung up the Street Art at local Ensign Jr. High School in Newport Beach! To show the community how mirrors can reflect beauty in a different light! For more pictures of “Mirrored,” check out this link HERE

 

Posted: Sep 14, 2012
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“To God, be humble.

To your family, loving.

To your friends, forgiving.

To your community, serviceable.

To thine own self, be true.”

It all started with these pictures:

I was doing some research for Rewrite Beautiful’s upcoming Street Art Workshops titled, “Mirrored.”  My original idea was to explore our view of our own reflection and see if we can change how we perceive it. I searched, “Mirror” into Instagram.  I was expecting to find pictures of …I don’t know… actual mirrors, as in framed pieces of reflective glass. Instead, I found thousands of pictures of girls and guys taking pictures in front of mirrors with their phones. My mouth dropped and my heart followed. What shocked me was that none of these people were doing anything exceptional in these pictures. They were simply snapping a picture of their reflection for the sake of having a picture of themselves. But, then they took it to the next level: they posted the picture onto Instagram for people to see and inevitably “Like” and “Comment” on.  Something about this made my stomach hurt. I then asked myself, Does posting pictures of ourselves online encourage us to be better humans or simply better “looking” humans?

Eventually this thought demanded that I look at myself and see where I personally am participating in this need for physical affirmation and how that might be effecting my day to day perception of myself and others.

I analyzed a few of my Facebook pictures and found this:

In early July 2012, I posted this picture of my mother and I from a family wedding.

 

Likes – 23, Comments – 7.  Five people used the word “beautiful”.

However, a few weeks prior, Rewrite Beautiful tagged me in a picture where I was helping host a Rewrite Beautiful Birthday Party.

Likes – 2, Comments – Zero.  

All of my “Friends” saw the same two pictures, but had dramatically different responses. To you this may be no big deal.  Yes, there could be multiple variables, such as date and time for the “Likes” and “Comments” being so different. However, if you’ve used Facebook for more than a month you know that pictures of women in tight dresses tend to get a lot more “Likes” and “Comments” than the average picture.  To me this is a VERY big deal because it says something I don’t “Like.” It says to me that my “friends” on Facebook and Instagram pay more attention and praise to my looks than my actions.  I’m not cool with this. Rewrite Beautiful believes beauty IS an ACTION. In the second picture I am helping a little girl see what individual talents and gifts she has that make her beautiful as a human being. Why does a picture of my mom and I enjoying a wedding get more praise and attention than volunteering my time?

As the founder of Rewrite Beautiful, I have to be more careful than most on the way I portray myself. Our mission at Rewrite Beautiful is to change how we see beauty into ACTIONS of creativity, kindness, and strength. I’m not sure if a picture of me in a sexy dress or posing with my friends at a birthday party for my Facebook and Instagram “friends” to see is creative, kind, or strong. Thus, I am going to experiment with taking all of the personal pictures of myself off of my personal Facebook and Instagram accounts for one year. The hard thing is this might be detrimental to my career as a writer.

Currently, I am writing a book. It’s called How To: Rewrite Beautiful. It’s a series of essays, the book talks about my days of being a hot mess and a guide for exploring creativity in unexpected ways, why you can’t be kind to anyone unless you are first and foremost kind to yourself, and how to cultivate your own inner strength. I have been advised by marketing professionals to share more of my personal day-to-day life with people on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Their theory is, if you connect with me as a person, you’ll more likely purchase my book. Thus, over the past couple months I have been posting more pictures of myself in my personal life than I usually would. The difficult thing about this is I am writing a book on how to be an authentic human, yet I feel that these pictures do not have my usual good authentic motives. The truth is, I wouldn’t be posting a lot of these updates and pictures unless I wanted you to buy my book. These are my motives, what are yours? Do you post pictures for affirmation? To prove you’re keeping up with the Joneses? To cultivate an image of your life for others?

I studied photo journalism in college. I was taught by my professors to look for the angle that triggers the most emotion and will inevitably tell the best story. The problem with photography is the picture is not the story, the article in the paper is. I often feel that my pictures on Facebook and Instagram are telling a story that pulls people in, but they may not be getting the whole story on who I am and what I stand for. I recently discussed this concept with a friend (actually we were texting, but I guess today we could call this a discussion.) We were joking about Googling ourselves. This is a new friend and I told him not to Google me because I think the summary of what Google has documented on me isn’t exactly the whole picture of who I am. If you Google my name you’ll find my resume, articles about me starting a non-profit, receiving awards and also hear testimonials from other people saying how great of a woman I am. This is all true (thank you very much). However, this is not the whole story of Irvina.  The thing is, when you Google me you won’t see the depths of the pain I experienced that fueled me to start a non-profit to prevent eating disorders. You won’t see the number of times I cried to my mentors saying I wasn’t fit to run a company. You also won’t see me falling short of being a good woman and how those experiences led me to finding the woman I am proud to be today. The saying goes, “A picture can say 1000 words.” But, the truth is, not every word a picture says is necessarily true. The truth is my pictures often times don’t tell you what a hot mess I have been and I think that’s a very important part of the story of me. Likewise I think YOUR story is important. I want to know the whole story of YOU, but I have found that sometimes the images get in the way of knowing the real you.

My dearest friends will tell you that I can be uberly sensitive (Source: Jessica) and dramatic (Source: Jeannette) My friends are good, honest people and they do not lie. Yes, I am uberly sensitive and dramatic. However, the world needs some sensitive and dramatic people to shake things up. My first and foremost goal as a human is for people to know me for my actions, not my looks, my friends, my family, my house, my travel or my money. So, the plan is for the next year I’m going to conduct an experiment. Starting September 1st 2012 I am going to delete all my former pictures of myself including my face and body from Facebook and Instagram. I’ll still post pictures of art, snap shots of experiences, and things that inspire me, but I will no longer be featuring images of my physical body. Not because there is anything shameful about my face or body, but because I want to make a serious effort to challenge people to really know me outside of who I hang out with and what I wear. I’ll be transferring my favorite photos to a private blog of mine that I, along with my close friends and family will get to enjoy anytime we want to relive the extraordinary experiences we’ve had together. All will not be lost. One year from now, September 1st 2013 I will reflect on the past year and revisit the idea of posting pictures of myself. We’ll see what I learn in the meantime.

Rewrite Beautiful will still maintain pictures of me doing Rewrite Beautiful work. However, I will not be tagged in these pictures on my own personal Facebook account. I’m comfortable with this, because the work Rewrite Beautiful does is what I believe in - people being recognized for beauty in their ACTIONS. I think this will be a powerful experience for me. Without using the tool of images of myself I will have to be creative in the ways I allow you to get to know me. I believe it is detrimental for us to pay more attention and affirmation to people’s appearance over their actions. I want to change this and if Rewrite Beautiful has taught me anything in the past 3 years it has been that if you want to change something you have to start with changing yourself.

What do you think about me erasing my Facebook and Instagram pictures of myself?

Am I being dramatic?

Do I think too much?

Or am I onto something?

Would you ever erase the photos you have of yourself?

 Why or why not?

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Posted: Aug 27, 2012
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