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  • Jodie Mae

Lavender Flower

Those who know me well, will know that I love to research and that I'm a huge planner - particularly when it comes to travelling. I am that girl with a daily schedule, knowing exactly where I want to go, why I want to go there, and if there's anything specific I want to see. There's more to it, but I'm so nitty-gritty that I even plan what I'm going to wear each day. I plan and research because I want to be intentional with my time, therefore not waste it.

This photo story was taken at Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm which is in the Upcountry region of Maui, nestled on the slopes of Haleakala National Park. To be honest I was surprised this place even existed as I mostly knew Maui for it's beautiful beaches and waterfalls, but little did I know there was a whole different side - it's what intrigued me. So as soon as I came across Ali'i Kula in my research, it was an instant must-add to my itinerary.

I remember this day vividly... and look back at it fondly. I remember setting out early that morning, driving up the scenic hillside, through jagged roads of asphalt lined with endless fields of green, feeling the air shift from tropic to misty as we climbed higher and higher and then finally reaching our destination at 4,000 feet to a view I would describe as "pinch-me, is this even real!" It was such an amazing oasis to escape to, full of breathtaking views and beautiful walking paths. As I roamed around, I felt a genuine connection to this place. And as the Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm's motto goes "relax, rejuvenate, and renew - and let yourself become immersed with the fragrant land of lavender." Thus is what I did.

As I was putting this blog together, I realised I couldn't have planned a better day! From the outfit I was wearing, the detailing of my accessories, the lavender backdrop and to my mood on that day, everything interconnected. Let me explain. It starts with the meaning of lavender and what it represents. While purple is the colour of royalty and pink is the colour of youth, lavender is femininity all grown up. It represents refinement, grace and elegance - something I've tried to capture in this look. This look is made up of soft tones and materials - pairing this mauve linen mini skirt, and a white linen cropped blouse embodies modern femininity. Purple is also associated with the crown chakra, which is the energy center associated with higher purpose and spiritual connectivity. The crown or 7th chakra is located at the top of the head and the vibration of the crown is the highest in the physical body. This symbolism is appropriate as the lavender flower is often used for healing and raising our vibration to the highest level possible with it's relaxing and calming effects. Which is interesting because the long chain necklace I'm wearing (paired with the crescent horn necklace) is made from labradorite stone. Labradorite is a useful companion through change, imparting strength and perseverance. It balances and protects the aura, raises consciousness and ground spiritual energies. No wonder I was in a mood of pure serenity and calmness, I was surrounded by an array of magnetic energies.

By the way, I bought the labradorite stone necklace from a local designer, Sundaura Perreault who has a jewellery line called Sun-Dora. She had a pop up store at the hotel I was staying at. I am in love with this necklace, and love when I find unique pieces like this. It's always important to support the local designers and small businesses when you travel.

As we're currently in a time of uncertainty, it's nice to look back and reflect on the positive moments of our life, and know one day soon we'll all get to experience it again. Stay safe. Thanks for reading xoxo.


Ali'i Kula Lavender Farm, Maui



Top: Kookai, cropped linen blouse; similiar Bottom: Rowie, mauve linen skirt; similar; Accessories: La Folie, crescent horn necklace, suggest; and Sun-dora, labradorite stone necklace; Bag: Bought locally in Maui, can't remember where, suggest



Visiting a lavender farm or on a picinic at a park

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