Jetset Magazine Covergirl Contest!!

I am excited to announce I was asked to compete in the pestigious Miss Jetset covergirl Contest!! At first, I hesitated. I am working my tail off on my sketchbook for Phoenix Comic Con, and have a mountain of projects up in the air already, but once I learned Jetset teamed up with B+ Foundation which helps kids fight cancer through family assistance, research and advocacy. How could I say no! Not to mention the grand prize includes $100,000 in cash and prizes!!
HOLY WOW BATMAN!!

4 years ago, you all shocked and amazed me by helping me win the Betbombs calendar contest and flew me out to St. Barthelemy for the bikini beach shoot! Everyone told me there was no way to win, and that is must be a scam. However, you showed me ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE if you just work hard and believe! For that, I will forever be thankful! You really opened my eyes my friends! <3

Now I would like to be so bold as to ask for your once help again, to make this seemingly impossible task, into a reality! I started the contest late, and have been caught up in projects, but I know we can burst ahead with hard work, determination, and a positive spirit! #Underdog for the win!! Time to blow minds!!

I also just added exclusive rewards to show my appreciation for your vote & support to the B positive foundation. The 1st 25 people to purchase 10 votes will receive a personalized selfie after purchase! Your votes truly makes me smile and I would like to share that with you.

You can vote once a day free or buy votes with a portion of your donation going to the B+ foundation. #goodkarma

What do you say?! It's just 2 clicks away! Help me reach #1!?
https://www.jetsetmag.com/model-search/vote/aurora-obrien

Be Positive Foundation
http://bepositive.org

Jetset Magazine
http://www.jetsetmag.com

Jean Philippe Piter
http://jeanphilippepiter.com

Betbombs
http://betbomb.com

PURE photo shoot

Earrings: GORJANA Chloe mini double drop in gold  Necklace: KENDRA SCOTT Rayne in bright red

Earrings: GORJANA Chloe mini double drop in gold
Necklace: KENDRA SCOTT Rayne in bright red

All photos are unedited, all natural, raw jpeg, NO PHOTOSHOP. The real me…
Thank you Dave. 

Just days ago, I messaged my dear friend Dave Kelley via Facebook to show him the website I had just launched. This one in fact. I was excited to share it since he recommended whom to use for it. Anyways, we chatted a bit till the subject of availability was brought up. As luck would have it, we both had that sunny Friday afternoon open & decided a quick impromptu shoot would be fun!

Off I went! Like The Flash I was, to get ready! As previously stated though, I had just launched this new site and was getting several messages and feedback. I was absolutely thrilled! Yet also getting ready! So, between finding the sundress, applying natural make-up, touching up my nails, & adorning myself with newly delivered jewelry by Rocksbox, I was returning messages, emails & the occasional phone call.

I was BEOYND excited to be getting such a positive response though! I didn't care about the hectic, rushed feeling. That pressure no longer fazes me. I thrive off of that energy! In fact, I'm glad things happened that way. It gave me a ton of added adrenaline, emotion and a sense of accomplishment that overflowed from within that I could use for the photoshoot! #butterflyeffect

Now, you should know that this is not exactly common in the modeling industry.  Normally, you discuss concepts, wardrobe options, hair & make-up ideas, stylists whom may be available, along with location, compensation, and intended use/release involved; all before nailing down a date for a shoot. However, sometimes you just need to get back in touch with the fun, freedom & beauty of it all! 

It can be quite refreshing for two creative professionals to just go out, enjoy the sunshine (especially before the triple digits are here) and just enjoy the process of creating from time to time. I found it to be so refreshing in fact, that I decided to make a video to forever capture that revitalizing day. I hope it inspires you to enjoy the simple things and get back int touch with what really brings you joy and fulfillment. You may view it down below. 

It's only fair to mention that Dave and I have been working together for about 3-4 years now. We have been on many adventures, from Northern Phoenix to Southern Phoenix, Colorado to California to out on the open ocean!  Long story short, we make quite the team. It is always a joy working with Dave because we are both doing what we love to do! Creating art. 

The results speak for themselves. 
Simple
Fun

PURE.

Video/Modeling by: Aurora OBrien  |   Photography: Dave Kelley Artistics     

 

Desert Romping

It was a sunny Sunday afternoon when I was invited to head out to the desert to test out the body kit Sam just built. I was hesitant at first since I had a full plate already, but quickly decided to live and little and enjoy the lovely weather! Besides, all work and no play right? Oh! Plus, Sunday Fun-day. ;-) 
With that decision out of the way, we simply had to have the breakfast debate…we all know how fun that can be, lol. Moving on to the gas station;  we filled the tank for crazy cheap (AZ has the cheapest gas right now- Woot! Woot!) up and pick up a few bottles of water, because we are going out into the desert after all. Then we were off…
Making our way out of suburban hell & out into open, untouched land.

This was just past the Hassayampa River bed overlooking the many paths that are available. It's such a great feeling being free to choose and wander. Oh yea,&nbsp;I was actually balancing on top of the Suzuki to get this shot!&nbsp;

This was just past the Hassayampa River bed overlooking the many paths that are available. It's such a great feeling being free to choose and wander. Oh yea, I was actually balancing on top of the Suzuki to get this shot! 

After cruising around for a couple hours searching for a cave we had explored the last time we in the area, we decided to take a break on the side of a random mountain we came across. It wasn't too steep a climb, but we did have to be cautious of rattle snakes and cactuses. I was not appropriately dressed on this outing, sporting shorts with my kicks & ankle socks, but I made the hike fairly easily. I've grown accustomed to these hikes. It was worth the rock climbing towards the top as it was the perfect place to take in the scenery, weather, & vastness of it all.
I actually had just enough reception to periscope the experience & share it with people from all over the world! It was such an incredible feeling/experience! There I was on top of a random mountain, out in the middle of the desert, broadcasting to people in Europe, Russia, and Canada! 
Watch below! 

30 minutes or so passed & we made our way down the mountain back to the Suzuki. We thought that the best part of our trip was over,  but we had no idea what was in store for us. 
As we were following the trail we thought led back, we got a bit turned around and found ourselves taking a different path. We turned a random corner and saw it… DANGER!! 
Hey Lana…Danger Zone! XD -If you get it, you're awesome. 

We ran right into an abandoned mine! It was all collapsed in on itself. Still quite intimidating being surrounded by barbed wire and 'STAY OUT! STAY ALIVE!' signs.&nbsp;

We ran right into an abandoned mine! It was all collapsed in on itself. Still quite intimidating being surrounded by barbed wire and 'STAY OUT! STAY ALIVE!' signs. 

That wasn't all we saw though…For just as we were making our first turn away from the abandoned mine, we ran into this. VEEERRRY suspicious right?!

There be zombies in them there mines!!&nbsp;All kidding aside, the driver was super cool &amp; was happy to let me snap a few pics of his pimped out zombie response jeep! I think it is so awesome that he took the time to create such an amazing off-road machine. My hat is off to you bud!&nbsp;

There be zombies in them there mines!! All kidding aside, the driver was super cool & was happy to let me snap a few pics of his pimped out zombie response jeep! I think it is so awesome that he took the time to create such an amazing off-road machine. My hat is off to you bud! 

Sam and I went back & fourth discussing conspiracy theories linking the Zombie jeep to the abandoned mines & laughed at how crazy fun our spur of the moment adventure ended up being. It wasn't long till we found the right trail out and followed it back to the river bed. Once there, we gave the Zuk a break & checked everything to make sure it was in order. I took that time to enjoy the sand between my toes and cool spring air. Since we Arizona people know that…
SUMMER IS COMING. 

I'm so insanly thankful to get the opportunity to go on these simple adventures. It allows me to admire so much beauty and helps to re-inpsire me. The desert is such a harsh environment, yet when you see a beautiful desert flower blooming despite the incredible dire circumstances, it truly is something special to behold. Beauty rising against all odds….I like it.