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I had such a great time at Wanderlust Festival in Squaw Valley this year. It really brought back memories from last year and made me realize how much of a true yogi I’ve really become. Since this was my third time attending Wanderlust, I knew exactly what I wanted to do and the moments that really needed to be captured. Here’s a list of picture perfect memories to photograph while you’re at Wanderlust Festival:

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1. Yoga poses in the mountains: Grab some friends, bring your camera and surround yourself with mountains… all while “practicing” your favorite pose.

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2. A yogi’s essentials: The water bottle, the yoga mat or the essential oils. These are the things that helps any yogi get through all of the intense classes. 

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3. Furry yogi friends: There’s lots of them at the festival and they’re all really cute to play with. Capture any furry friend’s smile.

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4. How’d you get to the top?: Whether it’s hiking or that gigantic gondola, it’s all about what brought you to the top of the mountain.

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5. Product swag: Support your fellow vendors by capturing that one tank that everyone loves or the Kombucha that brought out your energy.

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6. Entertainment: Whether it’s the eclectic dancers in lululemon athletica’s d’om or MC Yogi rapping an awesome beat, getting that awesome “oh wow” moment is all you need.

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7. Overall scope of the mountain from below: It’s the landmark. It’s what brought you there. It’s the thing that combines the lust to the wandering.

I absolutely can’t wait until next year! Until then… thank you to those of you who brought me to Wanderlust Festival this year!

photography by wellshot san francisco

lululemon lab noir

Another lululemon lab drop into stores? Yes, I died. Clearly I can’t ever contain myself when it comes to colab product. So, I grabbed Courtney, styled her and asked her to model the awesome Noir Collection.

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I put together the Noir Pant with the Get it On Blouse to perfect that Diane Keaton “Annie Hall” look.

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With the Noir Dress styled with a necklace + some sunglasses give Courtney that Audrey Hepburn “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” look.

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The Noir Short, Noir Bra and Noir Jacket all go well together for a casual look. Courtney’s channeling her inner celebrity because this is what they all basically wear in Hollywood when they’re working out.

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The jacket from the Noir Collection is one of my absolute favorites. It’s got cool mesh panels on the sides and is lightweight for the summer time.

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shop lululemon lab colab noir collection here.

styling, photography & creative direction by the elle tee

#debbieyogaretreat

Attending Debbie’s was like going to yoga camp. It was one of my very first retreats where I learned a lot about my practice as a yogi and how much I’ve loved it ever since the beginning. I’ve laughed, I’ve cried and I’ve even fallen out of a couple poses ever since my first class with Debbie. 

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Mayacamas Ranch is in Calistoga, CA almost in the middle of nowhere, close to some mini mountains. It was nice to see what life was like in nature, surrounded by calming energy.

We did four yoga classes, all with amazing playlists including songs by Geographer, Lorde and Iron & Wine! Half of the time I was cracking up and the other half I was getting in tune with how yoga really can be fun. Debbie has a way of doing that and I think that’s what really makes all of her classes unique.

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The two things that surprised me about my practice was being able to do a handstand and a headstand. I really do have a fear of going upside down and that’s why these two poses haven’t necessarily been in my practice. But, if you trust whoever is spotting you, what you discover about yourself in a scary pose is worth it. 

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Best part about yoga camp? The s’mores! If someone had a guitar and busted out a campfire song, I think I would’ve died cracking up! But… the retreat as a whole was a wonderful and hilarious experience. 

I can’t thank Debbie enough for my yoga practice! It’s been 1.5 years and I don’t think I’d be able to do it without her fun and energetic classes!

photography by wellshot san francisco

active / style 02

Got a chance to interview Nini Gueco on some stylish activewear pieces I styled her in. She’s the owner of Avant Barre, a fitness company revolutionizing the barre experience through positivity, innovation and inspiration.

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Name: Nini Gueco

Occupation: Owner, Avant-Barre

What are you wearing? Twist Bra in Inkwell + Yoga Over Skirt

Favorite Feature? Panels on the skirt make for a great, slimming fit.

Where would you most likely wear this to? Cocktails and dinner with girlfriends after a kickass Avant-Barre class

What’s usually in your bag? iPhone, headphones, Oliver Peoples sunnies, eos lip balm, studio keys, hand sanitizer, business cards

Top 3 summer fashion essentials? Nail Art, Yoga Over Skirt from lululemon, denim overalls/shortalls

Favorite spot in SF where the locals go: Golden Gate Park (especially for the Outside Lands Music Festival)

styling by the elle tee / photography by wellshot sf

wanderlust aspen

I can’t get enough of the idea of wanderlust and being able to travel wherever you want. Attending the festival was just one opportunity I got to check off my bucket list last year. But, then it became an obsession. I love traveling so much that the idea of being able to practice yoga, spend some time in the mountains and connect with yogis really got to me.

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After my friend told me she was going to Wanderlust Festival in Colorado, I had to find a way to get there. Luckily, Fino and I got to work for the MatSnaps photo booth and got attend the festival with the co-founder, Brittany.

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MatSnaps is a product that holds your towel in place on top of your yoga mat. It’s made for hot yoga lovers like me and is such a great idea for yogis who get frustrated during their practice having to fix their towel. All that moves is you.

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Throughout the festival, we asked yogis “What moves you?”. It really got some of them to think about the motivation they had. Some of them had answered love and some of them had answered yoga. It was fun seeing people reactions to MatSnaps and the question itself.

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photography by wellshot san francisco