#WCW: Meet the Woman Behind Our New Favorite Instagram
Confession: We’ve got a major woman crush on Elise Mesner. And after reading this (and seeing what makes her so special), you will, too. This crazy talented Detroit native has a major knack for combining color and whimsy into drop dead gorgeous photographs. We basically want to hang them around our living room and office so we can stare at them all day. They’re that cool.
These zany works of art typically feature one of three things: colorful objects, artsy backgrounds or gals dressed in wacky fashion. But sometimes, it’s all three. And we’re definitely not complaining.
Elise is a serious renaissance woman. Aside from being a super awesome photographer, she works as a painter, illustrator, collage artist, fashion designer AND a stylist. It’s no secret that here at Brit HQ, we have a serious fascination with creative peeps, and Elise is the definition of creativity. We think this is why her artwork is so interesting. Pops of color and crazy compositions are kind of her thing.
You can follow her on Instagram for daily reminders of her awesomeness, or you can scroll down for some of our absolute favorites.
Yes, those are color dipped snack foods.
Umm, can we live here?
Anyone that uses a melon as flower foam is our hero.
Do you have a favorite photographer or artist that you follow on Instagram? Tell us about them in the comments below.
Back in January, we introduced you to a feel-good cause to inspire your New Year's resolution: a walking challenge to help raise funds for the amazing cancer fighters at The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I took part in the challenge with the Brit + Co team and ended up walking 105+ miles in January — it was awesome.
This spring, there's a new challenge on the horizon, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Big Climb. The ask: On May 15, 2021, you can step up to take cancer down by committing to climb 1,311 steps, walking 3.2 miles, or doing 440 chair step-ups at home as part of the Big Climb. If you need some motivation to bring movement back into your daily routine — look no further!
As always, it's free to sign up, but climbers are encouraged to set a fundraising goal to help beat cancer. We'll be organizing another Brit + Co team to step up, and I hope you'll join us too! Keep scrolling for a peek at where I'll be completing the challenge in my Los Angeles neighborhood around the hidden Silver Lake Stairs. Happy climbing!
Never underestimate the power of an accountability buddy! I asked my in-laws, my partner, and a few friends to join me so we can keep each other motivated and accountable in completing the challenge — virtual high-fives all around! Also, my dog Fox is a great climber, too.
An aesthetically pleasing backdrop is a huge motivator for me! I'm fortunate to have all sorts of painted steps around my neighborhood to keep the challenge interesting, but you can also keep cool inside with at-home chair step-ups.
Don't forget to share your progress on social — #BigClimb!
Feel free to break the challenge up if you need to by tackling half the distance in the AM and half at sunset. Here's me 1,311 steps later and ready for a break — but, think I earned this one!