• About A Girl: Sarah Murzyn

    Don't blame us for living vicariously through Sarah Murzyn. The Arizona-based stylist, photographer, and UO Arizona Instagrammer knows how to channel some serious desert vibes. This week, we're following along with Sarah as she takes a road trip to Marfa, TX to the Marfa Myths Festival — one of the coolest music and cultural festivals of the year. In preparation for the trip, we caught up with her to discover where she finds daily inspiration, hear her favorite travel stories, and to get her list of road tripping essentials.   
    Photos by Kristine Morgan

    "My life right now is kind of about the art of multi-tasking." 

    That's basically how we feel about Sarah...how does she find time to so many things and do them all so well?! A self-taught stylist, Sarah's been building her business since she was 15 and started her own renewal denim line in her teenage bedroom. Rummaging in clothing warehouses and thrift stores after school, she'd buy used denim to cut, splatter-paint, dye, and ombré, selling the resulting garments all over Arizona. After high school, she opened her own boutique with her family, then went out on her own to dabble in just about everything: styling, set design, and event planning. 

    Today, she works in the UO store and creates content for Instagram, all while juggling freelance styling, a fashion editor gig at a local magazine...and fitting in time to travel and explore. Girl's got a knack for finding and documenting the best under-the-radar spots that make us want to go where she is, stat.

    A big part of your job relies on finding inspiration in your daily surroundings: can you share some advice for capturing beauty in the everyday?
    I love details and visual moments. For me a simple outfitting detail can create such a beautiful, inspiring image. I've just gotten used to standing on chairs at restaurants, asking friends to pose a certain way, and stopping to snap away at scenery. 
    A few points of advice for capturing these moments are:
    1. Make sure you've got the right lighting. Adjust yourself, your angle, and snap away!
    2. Snap a couple! Options are always better than no options at all.
    3. Explore more! Take the long way home every once in a while and drive down different roads. I've found so many random cool coffee shops, murals, restaurants, and other places to photograph by doing just that. 

    Do any specific examples or stories come to mind?
    While scouting for a editorial location one afternoon I took a drive in downtown Phoenix. I drove up and down every street until I came across an old church that was being reconstructed and inside was practically a photographers gold mine, complete with different shades of exposed brick, secret passage ways, and exquisite architectural detail. I would've never found that gem if I hadn't explored a little.

    What are your three favorite places to find inspiration in Arizona? 
    1. The drive up to Prescott, AZ is insane on a rainy day. The mountains get swallowed up by the fog and overcast weather. It's breathtaking. There are moments when you're driving and you can't see in front of you due to the fog. It reminds me of San Francisco and my mind just starts racing.

    2. First Friday. Once a month, art, fashion, and music take over the streets of downtown Phoenix. Every art museum in town has unique installations that you can walk through, vintage shops are packed with local designers selling in front of their stores, and the smell of food trucks seduce nearly everyone that walks by. It's inspiring to see what everyone is wearing, selling, and showing. 

    3. Lux Coffee. I work on projects here and always find myself people watching. The coolest and most well-dressed guys, girls, moms, and dads come in this place. I always leave feeling inspired and creatively motivated.

    Can you offer some road tripping advice?
    1. Overpack! Just do it. You'll be happy you did (unless you have to lug around your suitcase everywhere). 

    2. Whenever my family and I would go on road trips my dad would do "RR" - Restaurant Research! This is not a joke, people. Good food simply enhances your experience, so do the research and don't be afraid to ask locals. 

    3. Live a little. Doing something on trips that you wouldn't normally do at home makes your trip unforgettable and you'll be able to say, 'There was this one time when I…' 

    4. Make a playlist. There are so many songs that take me back to past road trips and the moments that were created while having a certain song play in the background. 

    Sarah's road trip essentials:

    Packing Views 1: A color-blocked suit, easy shorts, a patterned towel, sunglassesand a leather bag for toting your gear

    Packing views 2: for making (and remembering) memories, a notebook set, tons of instant film, and a photo book for inspiration

    Sarah's road trip playlist
    "Trouble Town" by Jake Bugg
    "Left Hand Free" by alt-J
    "Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster" by Thee Oh Sees
    "Hunger Of The Pine" by alt-J
    "Chandelier" by Kina Grannis
    "The Fear" by Ben Howard
    "No Diggity" by Chet Faker
    "Elastic Heart" by Sia
    "Earned It" by The Weeknd
    "Stolen Dance" by Milky Chance
    "Do I Wanna Know?" by Arctic Monkeys
    "Seen It All" by Jake Bugg

    Listen to her playlist on Spotify here

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