In our hectic lives we often overlook mental instability and what we think are common physical ailments, and either focus too much on the future, or in some cases, the past. What we do not always realize is that such a mentality and lifestyle is a direct product of our environment. While terms like “organic” and “meditation” can have a daunting connotation – often associated with a drastic life change, they don’t have to be, and in fact shouldn’t be, so foreign. This is the message that photographer, musician, model, and lifestyle guru Tara Mackey aims to convey through her blog “My Organic Life.” At its core, the page is an approachable, intriguing breakdown of how simple behavioral tweaks here and there can make a world of a difference. From NYC to LA, Tara has made moves that left her with the lasting impression that in this busy life, loving and caring for ourselves is the key to satisfaction. The issues she addresses – loneliness, substance dependence, self-depreciation – are heavy, but their antidotes are as light, simple, and effect as cooking and gardening, meditating, positive thinking, and just laughing. She shares her secrets to growing organic food right in your own home, switching to natural, eco-friendly beauty and household products, and simple ways to redecorate your house (apartment, loft, etc.) to make it a HOME. Tara sincerely believes in the power of the self and encourages her readers to embark on a life-changing journey of meditation similar to the one she made for herself. Recently in her global travels, Tara has been acting as an advocate for natural beauty and design. Stepping in as her own stylist and aiding in the photography, Tara has released her Around the World Look Book exhibiting the beauty she has found in herself and nature.
On location in Joshue Tree, CA, the shoot features Tara modeling the Parachute Dress by All Saints, a company known for its involvement in preventing human trafficking.
To create her look, Tara used Honeybee Gardens organic cosmetics as well as make-up from MarieNatie‘s line, all made naturally and free of: Parabens, Sulfates, Synthetic Fragrances, Synthetic Dyes, Petro-Chemicals, and Phthalates.
The gorgeous bangles and chunky bracelets Tara is wearing are all vintage finds – the easiest and most fashionable form of recycling. Her sweater was hand-knit with organic materials in Kenya.