Wednesday, October 26, 2016

photography | when the girls slay

yes. i just used the word 'slay' in my blog title.
and yes - it is appropriate for what is about to unfold!

one of my FAVORITE things about colorado was hanging out with beth, meg, and sam.
like - i could have drank all the hot tea in the world and chatted their ears off until we all died from exhaustion. yeahhhhhhh that's a little dramatic - but it's how i felt! being surrounded by creatives just did something so soothing and beautiful to my heart.


it was like this beautiful retreat to just unwind, laugh, and get to know these amazing ladies one-on-one. i must admit though, the highlight of the trip was the photoshoot i planned out.
i had this dream in my head of flowy dresses with the mountains behind us and just their beauty shining through - and oh my gosh it was even better than the dream!
each wonderful woman stepped in front of my lens and made it so incredibly easy for me to capture their joy and radiance.

seriously - these are some of my favorite images to date because of knowing these women personally and knowing how truly magnificent each one of them are!

now, for my shameless photography website plug.
to see each of their sessions in their entirety click on each one of these links and see all of the beautiful images i was able to capture ((and maybe even leave a comment or two?!? or even cough pin something? cough))

this post is just a smallllll teaser of all of the amazingness that was their sessions! no particular order

meg's session

beth's session
sam's session

|| now go look at the rest of their sessions! ||

dresses | jewelry
** ps you can get a 15% off discount on ekata jewlery by using this code EKATA15 **
aren't my friends just LOVELY?!
<3 <3 <3

p.s. the dresses and jewlery were sent to us c/o - but we loved them so much and literally gushed about how comfortable and the awesome quality of each piece - i wear mine all. the. time!

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Monday, October 24, 2016

thoughts | what is your biggest strength

q || what is your biggest strength...

i think my biggest strength is honesty.
it is also my biggest weakness.

over the years i've learned how much authenticy is lacking in our world.
so i've always strived to be authentic and present things as honestly as possible.
i've found a kinship with Paul from scripture - his bluntness and just matter-of-fact words resonate large with me.
i have noticed that i struggle with the balance of presenting my authenticity to others in the most loving way - but i think God has been transforming me to learn the timing of when to deliver with bluntness vs softer edges - but it's still hard.
i'm the type of woman who just tells you like it is.
if i don't agree - you'll know in one form or another.
and as a believer in God - i truly take scripture and that siblingship in Christ thing to heart.

i desire honesty with myself.
me and Jesus have it out a lot.
and i spill my guts out to Him all the while soaking in the forgiveness and the wisdom that only He can bring.
it's a beautifully real thing. difficult as nails - but i'm so thankful for that unshakable honesty that Jesus dishes out.

i desire honesty with others.
this one is hard; because not everyone wants to be honest with themselves - let alone others.
i'm an over-sharer and i expect others to be the same way.
expectations are rarely close with reality and often they leave you wanting.
so when i expect a certain level of honesty from other people i interact with and don't receive it - it just kind of shakes me up inside.

i think the more i realize my strength - the more i realize it's also a struggle for me to accept the strengths of others that are different from mine.
if we really were honest with ourselves we all have to be sharpened.
there are qualities that i have that are beautiful - and there are qualities that still need refinement.
and in my refinement process i crave that grace while i hustle to become more and more like Jesus.
i need to be more willing to offer that grace to others.
especially Christians - as we are all hustling to be refined in some capacity.

so while thinking of my strength today - i realize how delicate the balance is from strength to sin.
it's easy to be prideful and say "i'm honest and others aren't" instead of being thankful that my heart is bent towards authenticity when i live in a world of manipulation. so i guess this whole stream of consciousness i'm spewing out is to remind you that even in your greatest strength - look for the areas of refinement.

location | salem, massachusetts
hat (similar) | jacket (similar) | shirt

psstt..i got this prompt from hello neverland - she is amazing.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

travel | leadville colorado

history, old towns, mining, and girlfriends.
it's what this day (and dreams) was made of.
leadville, CO was full of some of the nicest people, delicious burgers, sweet antique shops, and great exploring.
it made me think about the good ol' days that i didn't get to experience as an adult.
as great as technology is - it kind of chains us down and makes us always connected. instead of being fully focused on the moment - we focus on a screen. so being able to walk around with friend and snap pictures and just enjoy that small town feel.

location || leadville, CO
outfit details: denim jacket (c/o) || lace top (c/o) || natalie borton necklace (c/o) || target moccasin booties (kids)

are you a small town explorer?
are you an antique shop lover like me - i seriously could have bought that entire store, especially the deer head! can get 10% off of your order of a natalie borton piece using this link

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

journey | when you feel stuck

i recently posted this image on instagram/facebook to keep things real.
i've been struggling.
over the last few months i've just been so unhappy.
my stomach has been incredibly bloated (like 2-4 inches depending on the day), i've been sluggish, and i have just not been trying to eat and be healthier.
i would watch what i ate for a few days, and work out for a few days - thinking that would do it. i knew it wouldn't - i know the process and how much effort it takes. i even JUST talked about this weight gain struggle back in february. it is so dang hard.
i lost about 2 lbs the other week - and just gained it back.
and i get dressed in the morning - nothing fits right - and i am unhappy with where i am.

this time last year i was KILLING it in the home gym.
i was able to lift great weight, run faster, do more burpees, squats, and pushups than i can now.
it just sucks.
i KNOW that i have to keep pushing forward - and it takes time and effort and being steadfast in it.

i just feel stuck.
like - i start doing something right and then life happens and i get off track and i'm right back at square one. it gets disheartening...and even more so with my wedding right around the corner. i am my own worst critic - and i do a great job at beating myself up. and i realize that those actions are even more unhealthy than not eating right and exercising.
so i'm really working on changing my self-talk.
to move more.
to eat healthier.
to pray more and lean on the Lord for strength and the drive.

i just needed to get this off of my chest - to remind myself and y'all that everything in life is a process and requires a lot of hard work. i can get back to where i was this time last year - it will just require hard work and discipline - two things i really do need to practice more.

but we can do this.

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Monday, October 17, 2016

travel | twin lakes - colorado

there is something so enjoyable about exploring new places - especially when friends are involved.
beth & meg took sam & i to twin lakes colorado and the entire way my mouth kind of just hung open at all of the beautiful yellows. twin lakes was something out of a storybook - the beautiful water surrounded by the mountains and crisp yellows and falling leaves, ah it just stole my heart.

do you want to know what one of the best parts were?
we all love taking pictures - so no one got annoyed with taking 1,000 images. i also really enjoyed seeing all of my friends different picture taking techniques - it was like a mini photography course.
we may have all turned into popsicle sticks while we were there - because y'all it was freezing.
truly i thought my little bum was going to turn to ice and make me sink to the ground ;)
it was all worth it - hiking around in the cold with these ladies laughing and making memories.

location | twin lakes, colorado

what do you and your friends like to do together?
does anyone else explore like we all did - or maybe you like to jump and dance around like crazy.

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