Friday, May 30, 2014

NOT - SO SECRET GARDEN...

ONE OF MY DEAREST FRIENDS ,WHO ALSO HAPPENS TO BE A VERY WISE WOMAN, WAS KIND ENOUGH TO PASS ALONG SOME OF HER WISDOM TO ME SEVERAL YEARS AGO. NOW I'M HERE TO SHARE SOME OF IT WITH ALL OF YOU!
PICTURE IT: WE'RE AT A LOCAL CAFE DISCUSSING LIFE OVER SOME HOT CHAI. (SOME OF THE BEST LIFE SHAPING CONVERSATIONS IV'E HAD HAVE TAKEN PLACE HERE). THIS PARTICULAR CONVERSATION WAS ALL ABOUT A WOMANS SELF ESTEEM. SHE EXPESSED HOW IMPORTANT IT IS FOR A WOMAN TO FEEL BEAUTIFUL EVERY SINGLE DAY, AS IT WILL DETERMINE THE WAY YOU CARRY YOURSELF, THE WAY YOU INTERACT WITH OTHERS, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, STRENGTHEN YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE. I LIKED WHERE SHE WAS GOING WITH THIS, SO I ASKED HER TO SHARE ONE OF HER MANY METHODS THAT SHE USES TO TUNE INTO HER BEAUTY. "IT'S SIMPLE. I ONLY WEAR CLOTHING THAT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A MILLION BUCKS. IT DOESN'T MATTER IF I'M SLEEPING, WORKING OUT, OR RUNNING TO THE GROCERY STORE, I STILL WANT TO LOOK AND FEEL LIKE MY BEST SELF AND BE PREPARED FOR WHATEVER THE DAY MAY BRING.NOW BEFORE I CONTINUE ON WHITH MY STORY, I WANT TO STRESS THAT FEELING LIKE A MILLION BUCKS, DOESN'T HAVE TO COST A MILLION BUCKS. THERE'S NO PRICE ATTACHED TO FEELING GOOD. WE HAVE ALL BEEN LUCKY ENOUGH TO COME ACROSS THAT FAVORITE SHIRT OR PAIR OF SHOES THAT DIDN'T COST MORE THAN OUR LUNCH WOULD HAVE THAT DAY. IT'S ENTIRELY ABOUT THE FEELING THAT'S ATTACHED WHEN YOU PUT THAT ARTICLE OF CLOTHING ON. WITH THAT BEING SAID, IF YOU COME ACROSS THAT ITEM THAT YOU HAVE BEEN DREAMING ABOUT ALL YOUR LIFE, DON'T BE AFRAID TO SPLURGE A LITTLE. YOU DESERVE IT! 
ANYWAY, THAT DAY I WENT HOME AND DISCARDED EVERYTHING- AND I MEAN EVERYTHING FROM MY CLOSET THAT DIDN'T LEAVE ME FEELING LIKE MY BEST SELF. IF I PUT IT ON AND WASN'T INSTANTLY HAPPY WITH WHAT I SAW, I GOT RID OF IT. THE SAME RULE APPLIES WHEN I'M OUT SHOPPING AS WELL. THE TRUTH IS, IF YOU OWN CLOTHING THAT HASEN'T SEEN THE LIGHT OF DAY IN THE PAST 4 MONTHS ( WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SEASONAL RESTRICTIONS) CLEARLY YOUR NOT IN LOVE WITH THE ITEM, AND IT SHOULD BE PASSED ON TO SOMEONE WHO IS. AND WHO COULDN'T USE A DOSE OF GOOD KARMA FOR PAYING IT FORWARD? 
THIS BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT SUBJECT, WHAT ARE YOU WEARING UNDER YOUR CLOTHES? BEFORE YOU START THINKING I'M SOME KIND OF CREEP, STAY WITH ME HERE. LIKE I SAID BEFORE, WE NEED TO FEEL 100% IN EVERYTHING WE'RE WEARING! THIS INCLUDES YOUR SKIVVIES LADIES. IF YOU'RE READING THIS AND SUDDENLY FEELING TENSE OR AWKWARD, CHANCES ARE YOU'RE WEARING SOMETHING YOU WOULN'T BE COUGHT DEAD IN ON DATE # 1-20. WE SHOULD TREAT EVERYDAY'S LINGERIE DECISION AS IF THAT NIGHT COULD POSSIBLY END IN SOMEONE ELSE'S BED- RATHER THAN CHINESE TAKEOUT AND YOUR 5TH CONSECUTIVE EPISODE OF GAME OF THRONES. NOT THAT THOSE NIGHTS AREN'T GREAT TOO- BUT YOU GET WHERE I'M GOING WITH THIS. EVEN IF IT'S A VIRTUAL GUARANTEE THAT YOU'RE CLIMBING INTO BED ALONE TONIGHT, YOU STILL WILL HAVE GONE THE ENTIRE DAY FEELING MYSTERIOUSLY SEXY, AND PREPARED TO WALK INTO ANY ROOM WITH YOUR HEAD (AND CHEST) HELD A LITTLE BIT HIGHER. XO







SHOP SOME OF MY FAVORITE LINGERIE SETS AT FOR LOVE AND LEMONS, FREE PEOPLE, AND NORDSTROM

PHOTOGRAPHY BY THE TALENTED SHANNON ELIZABETH.

Thursday, May 22, 2014

THE BIRK'S ARE BACK!!

I PRESENT TO YOU A TREND THAT BOTH YOU AND YOUR DAD CAN ENJOY TOGETHER! HAHA, I'M KIDDING.. BUT WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT, THIS TREND IS OFFICIALLY HAPPENING! IT'S QUITE POSSIBLE THAT ALL THANK'S ARE OWED TO THE OLSEN TWINS FOR DEBUTING THEIR LOVE FOR BIRK'S AND SOCKS, ALL AT THE SAME TIME. I HOWEVER, PREFER TO LEAVE MY SOCKS AT HOME WHEN ROCKING THIS TREND. TO EACH THEIR OWN. 

BIRKENSTOCK'S HAVE BEEN HITTING THE PAVEMENT SINCE 1897. YOU MAY HAVE NOTICED THE LATEST BATCH, CURRENTLY AVAILABLE IN STORES, IS MUCH CUTER THIS GO-ROUND. THESE NEWBIE STYLE'S HAVE A MUCH WIDER VARIETY OF MATERIAL AND COLORS FOR US TO CHOOSE FROM. PERSONALLY, MY FAV IS THE WHITE PATENT LEATHER WITH BLACK HARDWARE DETAILING. THIS SANDAL HAS OFFICIALLY BECOME MY EFFORTLESS, THROW ON AND GO SHOE! NOW I'M JUST LEFT FIGURING OUT WHAT COLOR I WANT NEXT?




SORRY TO ALL OLD'S AND TREE HUGGERS ALIKE, THIS IS ONE TREND YOUR GOING TO HAVE TO SHARE WITH THE REST OF US. 

WHITE BIRKS: NORDSTROM // HOBO CROSSBODY: NORDSTROM

PHOTOS CAPTURED BY THE TALENTED SHANNON ELIZABETH

Monday, May 19, 2014

ALPHA.

Meet Mr. Ole Gunnar. He is our mini Australian Shephard and best friend. I was never much of a dog person until I met Olie. He was the exception. It was love at first sight and there was an instant connection between the two of us. I can't believe how much love an animal can bring into a home. He is the smartest , sweetest dog I have ever met- but of course I may be a little biased :) Anyway, I'm so glad he was around to join in on this shoot so you guys could witness a little of the love. Oh, and I'm obsessed with this skirt from BCBG. It was purchased last fall, and I kinda forgot just how much I love it. It's the perfect length and fabric.. Ahh. And you can pair it with so many different pieces! For this shoot I was feeling the high-low trend, so I went with this ultra soft, open back tee. 

Tomorrow I'm seeing Lana Del Rey live in concert at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre! If you know me at all, you know how excited I am for this. I mean really, this ones a game changer. I promise to post so many amazing pictures from the show, so stay tuned!! Xoxo











Photography by the talented Shannon Elizabeth! 


Thursday, May 15, 2014

SHE WILL BE LOVED..

 I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THE SONG, "SHE WILL BE LOVED" BY MAROON 5. EVERY TIME I HEAR THIS SONG IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE IN A RELATIONSHIP REALLY LOOKS LIKE. 
"IT'S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES-
IT'S COMPROMISE THAT MOVES US ALONG,
MY HEART IS FULL AND MY DOOR'S ALWAYS OPEN 
YOU COME ANYTIME YOU WANT. 
I DON'T MIND SPENDING EVERY DAY
OUT ON YOUR CORNER IN THE POURING RAIN
LOOK FOR THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN SMILE
ASK HER IF SHE WANTS TO STAY AWHILE.
AND SHE WILL BE LOVED. 
SHE WILL BE LOVED. 
I KNOW WHEN YOU HIDE ALONE IN YOUR CAR
KNOW OF ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU WHO YOU ARE.
I KNOW THAT GOODBYE MEANS NOTHING AT ALL
COMES BACK AND BEGS ME TO CATCH HER EVERY TIME SHE FALLS."























IF YOU GET ASKED TO DO AN INSPIRATIONAL SHOOT CAPTURED BY THE ONE AND ONLY SHANNON ELIZABETH, YOU DO IT. WHY? BECAUSE SHE HAS THAT RARE ABILITY TO TRULY CAPTURE ALL OF THE SPECIAL MOMENTS THAT EXIST BETWEEN COUPLES. THOSE REAL MOMENTS THAT OCCUR IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES THAT WE ONLY WISH WE COULD CAPTURE- WITHOUT HAVING TO STAGE A SELFIE OR REENACTMENT. 

ALL THE FLORAL BEAUTY WAS BROUGHT TO US BY ST.THOMAS FLORAL DESIGN

* A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO CASEY, MY AMAZINGLY SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND, FOR JOINING IN ON THIS SHOOT WITH ME. IT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME, I LOVE YOU.*

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SHE WILL BE LOVED...

 I'VE ALWAYS LOVED THE SONG, "SHE WILL BE LOVED" BY MAROON 5. EVERY TIME I HEAR THIS SONG IT REMINDS ME OF WHAT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE BETWEEN TWO PEOPLE IN A RELATIONSHIP REALLY LOOKS LIKE. 
"IT'S NOT ALWAYS RAINBOWS AND BUTTERFLIES-
IT'S COMPROMISE THAT MOVES US ALONG,
MY HEART IS FULL AND MY DOOR'S ALWAYS OPEN 
YOU COME ANYTIME YOU WANT. 
I DON'T MIND SPENDING EVERY DAY
OUT ON YOUR CORNER IN THE POURING RAIN
LOOK FOR THE GIRL WITH THE BROKEN SMILE
ASK HER IF SHE WANTS TO STAY AWHILE.
AND SHE WILL BE LOVED. 
SHE WILL BE LOVED. 
I KNOW WHEN YOU HIDE ALONE IN YOUR CAR
KNOW OF ALL THE THINGS THAT MAKE YOU WHO YOU ARE.
I KNOW THAT GOODBYE MEANS NOTHING AT ALL-
COMES BACK AND BEGS ME TO CATCH HER EVERY TIME SHE FALLS."























IF YOU GET ASKED TO DO AN INSPIRATIONAL SHOOT CAPTURED BY THE ONE AND ONLY SHANNON ELIZABETH, YOU DO IT. WHY? BECAUSE SHE HAS THAT RARE ABILITY TO TRULY CAPTURE ALL OF THE SPECIAL MOMENTS THAT EXIST BETWEEN COUPLES. THOSE REAL MOMENTS THAT OCCUR IN OUR DAY TO DAY LIVES THAT WE ONLY WISH WE COULD CAPTURE- WITHOUT HAVING TO STAGE A SELFIE OR REENACTMENT. 

ALL THE FLORAL BEAUTY WAS BROUGHT TO US BY ST.THOMAS FLORAL DESIGN

* A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO CASEY, MY AMAZINGLY SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND, FOR JOINING IN ON THIS SHOOT WITH ME. IT MEANT SO MUCH TO ME, I LOVE YOU.*
 

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