Alba is One

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And though I would have never thought it possible, I love her more on this day than the day she was born.

(Birthday cake recipe adapted from My New Roots. Birthday crown by Papa from flowers in our street.)

  1. Alba

    I am 25 years old and I am also called Alba, my birthday is also the 29th January. Your words are like the words arelike that of my own mother. Your photos and your message really touched me. I hope all the best for your little Alba and hope she has the adventures that I am having and that she becomes your best friend just like me and my mother are.

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  3. Miranda

    Hello! Like everybody else I absolutely love your blog. But I just want to say that the birthdaycakelink do not work anymore. And I really want to try to make one. Is there possibly any chans that you could find the recipe again and give it to me? Many hugs
    Miranda from Sweden

  4. stefanie

    happy birthday, alba! i hope you all had a wonderful day and that when she is old enough, she will understand the love that everyone around her has for her, and your family.

  5. Sarina

    Oh my goodness that card was the most beautiful thing i’ve read. Happy birthday Alba, amazing as always xx

  6. Hannah Hewland

    Oh! I so love your photos, your precious little family, and your deep inspiring words :) Your little family reminds me so much of my own, only perhaps a tad freer as our own Papa gets a bit caught in the practicalities. But there is a core enegy in your photos that is familiar to me in another way as well. I was born in South Africa, and although my parents left before I turned two, that wild, courageous and creative energy has shaped my existence. Somehow it resonates here in your photos and is reflected back, so thank you :)

  7. Karine Mazloumian

    Your poetry is so photogenic. Or is it your photography that is so poetic ? Beautiful atmosphere on your site, we share your sweet sweet world. Happy Birthday to your beloved Alba, very touching is the letter too. Thanks ~ *

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The Hair Cut

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Although I’ve often said I’ll never cut my hair, one day I felt the sudden urge to. A few days later it was gone and I was free.

For so long my growing hair had been a place of refuge and a way to feel beautiful. Every morning and every night I brushed it. Mostly I wore it in plaits to keep from knotting and when I wore it out it was like a special dress. People would often compliment it, envy it and I loved the way it felt against my bare back.

But it only took a day of forgetting to brush it and it would begin to matte in clumps of ugly knots. I was spending so much of my time preserving what I saw as my beauty that I didn’t stop to realise I could be beautiful without it. Or, here’s a new idea, I didn’t have to be beautiful. At least not in the way society convinces me I should be.

The hairdresser took my long tail of hair and cut it from me in one sharp swoop. It was like my head was a fish bowl tight with fat goldfish swimming scale to scale, then the next moment my head was as empty as a cloud. I moved and felt a shock of short hair kiss my cheek. I didn’t expect to feel any different, but what I felt was a high so strange it was like being in another person’s body. I thought to myself, I may never feel this feeling again in my life. My hair had been so heavy I couldn’t wear it up without having a headache, and now suddenly the weight had lifted, I felt like I was floating up. I kept a small plaited section of my hair long, as a reminder, and I wrap it around my head to keep my hair out of my eyes.

I focus on being kind, open and generous now and suddenly people are glowing, because kindness is a beauty that can be shared by all. The wall is gone and though I can no longer hide, I feel less like I have to.

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  1. Sally K.

    Your love for your beautiful baby shines through. Less time caring for long hair means more time with your baby. A good trade-off!

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  3. Linda

    You women just have a Hair cutting fetish, sounds like you had orgasims as the sissors chunched away <3 So should do during pics and share the joy

  4. RJ

    I’m with Anthony. I respect your choice, but really, there is nothing more beautiful in this world than a woman with long hair.

  5. Anthony Thompson

    Are you crazy, girl? Why on Earth would you chop off that beautiful mane? Which was part of your beauty? A terrible mistake.

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