Over the next few weeks, we will be profiling each cast member from the Live Your Life campaign. The blog posts were written & photos were captured by Leanne F., who traveled with the crew during the shoot to document the experience.
As a fan of Pretty Little Liars and especially Shay Mitchell, I have to admit I was curious and excited to find out what this star was like in real life. From the moment I stepped into her home, I was greeted by a warm, welcoming (and yes, enviably well-dressed!) new friend.
The first stop was her kitchen, where Shay kindly offered me some tea. Being that I’m a tea-lover myself, Shay inadvertently proved, within minutes of my arrival, that she was my type of girl! The décor of her home was fresh and modern — she had beautiful flowers all over the house, great living pieces and a ton of records. All the little pleasures of a good life.
It was endearing to watch her be photographed in all of the AE clothes. She was excited about the new pieces and worked collaboratively with the stylist to put together her looks. Chatting between photographs, Shay filled me in on her passions – from editing her own lifestyle site, www.shaymitchell.com (filled with her fashion, beauty, travel, cooking advice and more), to her work with the Somaly Mam Foundation, which raises funds and awareness for anti-sex-trafficking platforms in Cambodia. I was impressed to find that Shay is one of those rare Audrey Hepburn types – beautiful and talented, but eager to use her success to give back to her community.
When I told Shay that I was documenting the shoot and the whole trip, her eyes widened in excitement. “That’s my dream job,” she said, which made me feel good.After we finished shooting Shay in her home, we went to the flower market, her favorite Sunday hang out. This girl loves, and I mean LOVES flowers. We bought some local fruits and nuts at the market stands for snacks and had a beautiful Sunday afternoon, California style.
What did I take away from today? Sometimes in life, you gotta stop and smell the roses…and believe me, Shay is doing just that.
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