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“Blogger? I’ve been struggling with the label…” says Jana Rose Carrero from the style blog, OJ and Cigs. As a multifaceted woman, visual experimenter, music and art enthusiast, Jana feels most at home in her contemplative state, creating visual art. An ease is felt in her presence as she opens up about her drive and passions, exuding a wealth of serenity that can inspire even the most impartial onlooker. Her work features soft, subtle images intertwined with edge and elegance  — a testament to the woman herself.

As a visionary, Jana creates poetry with her aesthetic, painting a story with her images. Her imaginative visuals have garnered a widespread audience of others who also view life as art, and clothing as a form of extracting and showcasing life’s beauty. To her, the act of blogging goes beyond the surface, “‘Blogging is an umbrella-term for it, because it encompasses so much more than that. It’s about making cool images, telling stories, capturing moments, putting together looks, working with brands and making new friends along the way.”

After graduating from the University of Miami with a Bachelor of Science in Communication and majors in Motion Pictures and Latin American Studies, and becoming a certified fashion stylist by the Fashion Institute of Technology, Jana launched her blog in November 2012. “I started blogging as a creative outlet to share my sartorial musings and love of music and photography. I was highly motivated by the prospect of joining an online, and real-life, community of like-minded individuals that support and inspire one another,” she remembers.

Jana reminds us that hidden gems abound, at times in the most commonplace areas as well as the unknown. She can be seen photographed in everyday locations such as a park or a garden — making the ordinary extraordinary through her art. With an exalting spirit, and a golden heart, Jana continues to capture the interest and admiration of those who look beyond the lense to find the soul’s dwelling.

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Dress: Mamie Ruth // Textile: Woman Shops World // Necklace: Ways of Change // Rings: The Champagne Gypsy , Twisted Whimsy

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Dress: Gypsy Soul Designs // Camel Blanket: Woman Shops World // Necklaces: Starry Crown //Rings: Turquoise ZoneIndie and HarperTorchlight Jewelry

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Top: Kin Lab Collective // Skirt: Dir69 Studio // Choker: Love+Leather // Hat Pompoms: Woman Shops World // Rings:

Turquoise ZoneIndie and Harper

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On location at Jungle Island, one of  South Florida’s favorite landmarks. Jungle Island is an intimate zoological park located between downtown Miami and South Beach. Building upon a rich tradition that began in 1936, Jungle Island is home to some of the world’s most rare and exotic animals. Park guests enjoy engaging animal shows and informative exhibits while strolling by streams and waterfalls under a lush canopy of tropical trees. Guests can choose to participate in hands-on interactions with fascinating animals or go on guided behind-the-scenes VIP tours. Jungle Island enriches the lives of park visitors through immersive, real-life jungle experiences centered on adventure, animals, discovery and play. Follow @JungleIsland on social media or visit www.jungleisland.com.

Editorial Credits

Photography: Yesica Laver Flores
Hair and Makeup: Laura Rosa
Wardrobe: Hugette Montesinos-Rodriguez
Writer: Suanny Garcia Barales
Location: Jungle Island