1 OZ Squad, 2 Lovers, and a Fin taking on Chicago + NYC + DC

1 OZ Squad

The OZ Squad... Who are we?

Well we are the 5 ladies that lived in a camper van and traveled through the south island of New Zealand. We are also the most random, loud and crazy brunch of people that you will ever meet. More important, we are also intelligent, when we are sober, and we can be very responsible when put into precarious situations. So who are the 5 lucky ladies that make up the OZ Squad...

Megan Belcaster-Murphy: Megs is from beautiful sunny LA and is now residing in the Windy City of Chicago. This girl is responsible, crazy intelligent and very in touch with the spirits. She is a 2016 graduate of Yale University with a BS in Biology (yeah realllllyyyyy smart). She's also hot, she's got that half asian thaanggg going for her, oh and she fenced at Yale so she is also Athletic... Talk about a triple threat. But sorry boys she has already been snatched up by the wonderful Jack Belcaster, and is going to have a beautiful baby in November!!!! 

Anna-Stina Koivula: She is the Mom of our group in the sense that she is very sweet and is the best with crafts. May I also add the she is also the Beast of group as in she is super jacked and muscular! For example, I went to the gym with her and after working out I proceeded to throw up in the bushes. Anyhoo, Anna is from Finland and our honorary foodie who HATES spicy food. She also is our BOHO fashionista who always is looking sharp in her rounded sunglasses and top bun pig tails. And, she is also studying to be a doctor! ... damn we girls are smarttt

Samantha Lee: Oh goodness me, Samantha Lee. She is a great example of how Canadians are not just quiet and polite... Don't get me wrong she is extremely polite and probably one of the nicest people I have ever met but... This girl is also one of the funnest people I have ever met as well. She is always down to go out and have a good time and she is another one who is extremely intelligent. May I add, if you ever need to know anything about Asian food Sam is the girl to ask because she knows all about Asian food culture! ( once again boys sorry this girl is also taken by hour beautiful Norwegian Anton Abilov who has a beautiful bum ) I'm personally hoping that the next OZ squad wedding will be theirs, no pressure... haha

Laura Moreno-Vasquez: First generation Columbian, 100% fun and a fabulous dancer. In addition to that, she is fluent in Spanish, extremely loud, and has the coolest hair! This girl is also crazy smart and graduated from UT with a degree in Civil Engineering!!! What!!! DAMNNNN! May I also say this girl has an insanely good memory... like if you tell her something about your family or anything else she will remember it years later even if you haven't spoken about it for months. On top of all of that Laura has some beautiful legs, and is probably the best person to go out with because she is not the type to shy away from a boy. I would say if Laura had a spirit animal it would definitely be a Lion. Sleeps a lot but when they find some prey they pounce and grab it haha

Keekee Winslow (aka meee!): So I am the narrator ( for now ) of our group hahah and I would like to think I am the Artsy and whimsical one. I live in the clouds and without borders, but I am lucky to have great friends that grounded...ish... I definitely do a lot of impulsive things, that usually are good ideas. However, even if they are one of the bad ideas the aftermath is usually very funny. On a serious note, I am so blessed to have met these 4 ladies, because they are all unique and special in their own ways and have all touched my heart and soul so many real and odd of ways, and for that I am eternally grateful.


After a year of being separated, our beautiful OZ squad got back together to celebrate Mrs. Megan Murphy-Belcaster's wedding. It was held at the beautiful Northfork farm in Oswego Illinois, just outside of Chicago. The whole wedding was absolutely beautiful. The ceremony was perfect and reflected the bride and grooms personalities perfectly; traditional with a twist of unique individuality.

My favorite part of the wedding was when Jack Belcaster (groom) saw Megan walking down the aisle. It felt like the whole world stopped and you could see a magnetic attraction and love between them. 

Before the wedding none of the OZ squad new Jack, Megan did say that we would understand how amazing he is when we met him. Well, she was right, after seeing the look on his face and the tears rolling down his face we all knew that this was something that was real, and would last. If there is true love in the world we all had the opportunity to witness it, in a small moment, inimately with the Belcaster and Murphy families at that moment. 

Continuing on this journey of love with Megan and Jack we all went to the reception and had a wonderful time meeting people from Jack and Megan's past lives. All the people that we met reflected how amazing Jack and Megan are and how these two, have always had this energy since they first met, freshman year, at Yale University.

WOW.. a great love story.

Megan and Jack !!  Photo Credit - Shane Strs

Megan and Jack !!  Photo Credit - Shane Strs

A FIN Taking on Chicago + NYC + DC

The OZ squad was broken up after the wedding and Laura had to go back to Austin, TX to start her first post-grad job and Sam had to go home after traveling for a month with her boyfriend Anton. So it was just me and Anna left, taking on some of America's biggest cities. We were lucky and got to stay with my lovely friend Kelsey in Chicago for 2 extra days.

Kelsey and I grew up together playing soft ball, and then went to high school together. I would say we were the weirdos of our school but we were the coolest weirdos out there. Kelsey is also a dope ass person who is basically super chill, has her shit together, and is extremely motivated to make a difference in the world (I find this very refreshing considering most people are so mundane and stuck in their own bubbles that they don't care about the world).

So Anna and I got very lucky because it just so happen that Kelsey was house sitting for one of her mom's co-workers and the apartment that she was staying at was AMAZING!!!!! It was right downtown on the 12 floor and had the most beautiful balcony view (check out the photos!). May I add that there were 3 bathrooms and 2 bedrooms... like whattttt??? So staying with Kelsey was a breath of fresh air... Literally... considering we stayed at a motel 6 (which wasn't bad at all) and then a questionable motel that smelled like a bathroom and had a smoke detector going off when we got into the room. So yes. Anna and I slept like babies our first night at Kelsey's.

After sleeping like babies, Anna and I were able to explore Chicago's Bean, Lakeview trail, and beach. I was also able to see one of my greatest friend Jake who recently moved to Chicago for med school at Northwestern... Yupp he is soooo smart and nice and super adorable. May I also add that he is a marathon runner, a bunch of fun and has the dopest apartment in downtown Chicago with a awesome roof deck that has a grill on it. OH AND he is single so you bachelors out there .. y'all should catch him while you can. (he is probably going to murder me for saying that hahah) 

In the end Chicago was amazing and we both had a ton of fun. We did want to see a few other sights before heading back to DC so we made a pit stop at Niagara Falls before heading to the big apple!

When we got to NYC we stayed with my lovely cousins!! They are also totally awesome and I would definitely say they are probably the chillest cousins/aunt/uncle out there. We got into NYC at night so we checked out Time Square at night (this is when it's the brightest and busiest). Then the following day we got to walk all over the Island. Starting in Brooklyn we took the Subway to Grand Central Park, then walked to Time Square (to see it during the day), then to the Flatiron building, Chinatown, and then we walked back to Brooklyn over the Brooklyn Bridge and watched the sun set over the city (strongly recommend doing this if you ever go to NYC!). Then at 8:30pm we headed to my home Washington, DC.

So now we have finally caught up to the present where we are in DC, getting ready for a Moonrise (music festival in Baltimore) and who knows what will happen next! Stay tuned!

Just keep smiling :)          Photo Credit : Zurab         Instagram: @zurab_kei_photography

Just keep smiling :)          Photo Credit : Zurab         Instagram: @zurab_kei_photography

Ireland for A Bit of Craic.

CRAIC = FUN, HANGING OUT, or just WHAT'S UP ( Irish slang is very different from American slang )

Now that we all know what craic means I must say... Ireland was all the craic! The country is beautiful and the people are lovely. The trip was fantastic and I cannot wait to go back.

TRAVEL TIME: June 24th - July 10th


DAY 1: Meet Sean and Paul (aka two awesome Irishmen), explore Bunraty Castle, Durty Nelly's Pub and then dinner at Bunraty Castle where there was amazing food and beautiful singing of Irish history

DAY 2: Drive to Killarney, cycle through the national park, walk to a waterfall inside the national park, watched the Ireland vs. France game at Murphy's pub

DAY 3: Horseback riding through the national park, walked the Dunlow Gap

DAY 4: Walked through Derrynane National park, explored the graveyard on Abbey Island, went seaweed foraging and had a seaweed feast

DAY 5: Drive to Dingle, Kayak along the coast and saw Fungi the dolphin, Dick Mack's Pub, This is also where we found out about the band Walking on Cars

DAY 6: Went on a very wet walk and explored the Dingle Whiskey Distillery

DAY 7: Cycled to a beach for a picnic

DAY 8: Drove to Cliffs of Moher, Then drove to the Burren, then drove to Dublin

DAY 9: Guiness Museum, Jameson Distillery,  Temple Bar, O'Niels Pub

DAY 10: Drive to find distant cousin (unsuccessful), drive to Galway, The Quay Pub

DAY 11: Aran Islands biked around

DAY 12: Fish and Chips place, Front Door Pub and met some awesome people > 2 Croatian guys, a guy from Chicago, a girl from Melbourne, another girl from Perth and an Irish and New Zealand lad. They were all awesome!

DAY 13: Aran Islands round 2 and biked the whole island

DAY 14: Bus to Dublin, Trinity College, met up with a amazing friend named Claudine, and she showed me around Dublin

DAY 15: Bus to Limerick, met up with Claudine's boyfriend Sean, walked around the University, grabbed lunch and met their friend Liam, went bowling, grabbed tea/coffee and cake at Ivans, Sean cooked an amazing vegetable curry dinner

DAY 16: Headed back to the USA :(

What Makes You Smile? ft. Rocksbox

When asked what makes you smile Meryl Winslow responds with- Running, food and being outside. She talks about how these things can set up the day for her and make her feel happy and feel good in her own skin. That is why I choose to shoot this months Rocksbox set in a beautiful field in New Jersey. It is the summer and I wanted to take advantage of the natural light warmth and beauty that we have here. 

Now for those of you who don't know what Rocksbox is... well get out from under that rock cause you should. (just kidding) Rocksbox is a lot like rent the runway but for Jewelry. When you make your account on their website you get to create a style profile and you are assigned a stylist who hand picks the pieces that you get each month. In addition, to that you get to create a wish list of pieces that you really like and the great stylists usually send you at least one piece from your wish list a month. Then when the month is over all you have to do is pack all the jewelry up back into the box they sent you and stick the return label that they provide you onto the box and send it back! Its that easy! Its honestly great if you are a type of person who wants to try out all the new and fun trends because you get something different each month. However, if you do end up falling in love with a piece you can also purchase it at a discounted price if you are a member. It is really great! What makes this even greater is that Rocksbox has given me a discount code for all of you beauties out there. Try it out for a month free just use "keeksxoxowhen you checkout! Then you can decide for yourself if you like it or not.

This month Rockbox sent me a Kendra Scott bracelet, Slate double rings and Perry Street earrings. All these pieces worked really well together and I had a ton of fun styling and shooting them. 

I paired the rings and bracelet together with a fun and whimsical dress (we all know how hot its been recently so this dress is perfect when you're sweating your face off but don't want people to know). The structure of the jewelry had a great contrast to the dress and they worked perfectly together. For the earrings I paired them with a simple black tank and some jeans, because they have so much character I wanted the to be the center of the outfit.

2016 Resolution

A New Years Resolution... Accountability.

This year my goal is to actually do everything that I say I am going to do. I seem to have gotten into a very bad habit of having a lot of dreams and then not actually making them a reality. (Hence me making this blog)

The idea is.... I am going to write on this blog at least once a week. In hope that I have at least one fun or interesting thing that I share with you all. This could consist of anything from cooking something fancy to going on a crazy hike to finding a new freckle. It doesn't have to be crazy but I want my life to at least be interesting enough that if it was a book people would actually want to read it.

So here is day 1:

We are off on a good start I am writing from a random hotel I found online when I googled "cheap hotels with free wifi" now I do not recommend doing that google search when looking for a place to sleep considering the hotel is kinda disgusting. I am not a very picky person considering I have been sleeping in my car at rest stops for the past 4 days. However, when there is a hair ball in the bed and a dead bug on the night stand I think I am justified for saying "ewwww". On the plus side though there is a shower and free wifi!!! WooHoo (considering I haven't showered in 3 days the shower and soap is very needed) 

So yeah this is Day 1 and here are the photos from New Orleans and what I did on the start of 2016!

Oh and i saw a sword swallower swallow 2 swards.. no big deal or anything

Oh and i saw a sword swallower swallow 2 swards.. no big deal or anything

This man asked me to take a picture of him and when I asked why he said, "Because I am Santa Claus" so needless to say I had to take the photo.

This man asked me to take a picture of him and when I asked why he said, "Because I am Santa Claus" so needless to say I had to take the photo.

There was this awesome band called St. Cinder and they were absolutely amazing! They had so much passion and their happiness was intoxicating. 

There was this awesome band called St. Cinder and they were absolutely amazing! They had so much passion and their happiness was intoxicating. 

New Orleans is truly a special place

New Orleans is truly a special place