Thursday, January 30, 2014

Gorgeous Winter Wedding Inspiration

I had the magnificent opportunity to work with the fabulous Gentri of Gentri Lee and Emmily of Charming Details on this killer shoot. It was shot way up at Tibble Fork Resoivoir in American Fork Canyon, and we got to work with so many incredible vendors! Normally I keep my photography posts strictly to my photo blog, but I thought these ones were worth sharing.  To see the FULL photo story, click here to see this opulent, organic winter wedding shoot. 


Photographer - Daryl Schmidt | Unlost Photography
Event Designer - Emmily Jones | Charming Details |  
Stylist & Makeup Artist  - Gentri Lee | Gentri Lee Blog
Hair Stylist - Alexis Rogers | Hair By Alexis Rogers
Florist - Erin Nielsen | Floral Design by Erin
Cake Maker - Jennifer Lindberg | Sweet Whimsy Cakes
Calligrapher - Mellisa Esplin | I Still Love You

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Ice Castle Outfits

Parka - c/o 6KS | Sweater - c/o 6KS  | Jeans - Hudson Jeans | Socks - TJ MAXX | Boots - Gifted 

Last week I had the opportunity to dream up, style and shoot a gorgeous editorial bridal shoot at the Midway Ice Castles.  What an amazing place! It really did feel like you were walking around in your own fantasy world!  I'll share the photos from the shoot in a little bit, but until then here are some quickly snapped photos we took as we were heading out.  It was about 20 degrees in Midway that day, which is code for VERY VERY COLD. Luckily I'd dressed for the occasion - my sweater and parka were perfect for keeping warm in the (I'm not kidding) iciest of conditions.

It's cold out there! How are you keeping warm?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Explored: Field of Dreams Alpaca Farm

When visiting my parents in California, the family and I stopped to visit Field of Dreams Alpaca Farm in Tehachapi, California.  My mom is interested in spinning and weaving and quilting, so she wanted to go to check out the Al Paca wool (fur?) for sale. I just wanted to look at the cute animals.

As you probably already know, Al Pacas and Llamas are not the same thing. This farm had both - a whole bunch of Al Pacas and one very large, very friendly Llama who actually roamed free around the farm and would just walk up to you to say hi. The llama and I are pretty much best buddies now.

Isn't this kitty beautiful? I'm not even a cat person, but she was so graceful, friendly and lovely that I thought about maybe possibly becoming a cat person in the future. If  not, I'll just come back and visit.

This little Al Paca was just one week old when this photo was taken.  His little legs were still wobbly as he walked around. According to the farmer who owns Field of Dreams, baby Alpacas stand up just a few minutes or hours after birth!  I MEAN REALLY WITH THE CUTE.

If you're in the Bakersfield/Tehachapi area and want to go see some cute animals, stop by! This would be a great activity to do with children. Field of Dreams does tours by appointment.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Black / Grey Winter Wear (How Original.)

| Coat: Anthropologie | Sweater: J. Crew | Shirt: Elizabeth and James | Skirt: H&M (old) | Flats: Guess(old) | 

These images were shot by my husband (thanks honey!) over our Christmas holidays, near my parents' home in the Tehachapi, California mountains. The forests there are a dream come true. In other news, my smokin' hot husband turned 26 this week. Happy birthday, Steven, and thanks for constantly putting up with me.

Monday, January 20, 2014

To-Do Lists, Self-Loathing, and other Misadventures.

I am a list person. Unless I have a clear set of rules telling me exactly what to do, I'm likely to spend a few hours on facebook, tumblr and buzzfeed before I get a hold of myself, but by that time it may already be too late.

While browsing the interconnected webs, I stumbled upon THIS beautiful piece of history:

Yes, that is Benjamin Franklin's to do list. That man seemed like he really had it together.

This is currently MY to do list:

- Shower
- Try not to hyperventilate from all of the work piling up
- Take down Christmas decorations (?)

I may not have it as together as Benjamin Franklin.

That being said, I've been wondering a lot about lists lately. My to-do lists, these pieces of paper I essentially base all of my productivity around, also define my daily sense of self-worth. Sometimes, I'll write an extra long to do list with lots of chores, errands and tasks, some difficult and some tedious, just because I want to feel like superwoman when I check that last thing off. 

But so often, I fall short of that goal I've set for myself, and subsequently fall into this silly little pit of self pity and loathing.

Is it human nature to set unrealistic goals for oneself, or is it just me? I'm wondering if some sort of self-sabotage is at work here. Are my to-do lists counter-productive? Am I deliberately trying to make myself unhappy?

It's possible that I'm weird and neurotic and I'm totally alone in this (in which case....oops,) but I've realized lately that if I'm not hating myself (hate is a strong word here - maybe something like "self-disappointment" is more apt?) I feel as though something is wrong. I worry so much about growing complacent and falling into the overwhelmingly gray sea that is normalcy and average-ness. Out of this fear comes the to-do list, an ever-present reminder that I need to do more, be more, see more.  But frankly? I'm tired, and beginning to realize that I'm allowed to be content with where I'm at. 

Contentment and complacency are not the same thing. 

I believe in striving to be the best you can be. I believe in productivity, in adventures, in success. I want to accomplish some pretty ambitious things in my life time - but I'm sure there is a way for me to do this without driving myself completely insane.  I want to be happy with where I am while still having a clear idea of where I'm going. I'm still searching for a good way to do this, and I'm curious if you have any ideas.

Are you a list-maker? Does any small part of you feel the same way I do? 

Leave some discussion in the comments - I'd love to feel just a little bit less crazy! 


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