Thursday, May 31, 2012

A Year Ago

Lately I've been reminiscing about the epic road trip from last year, since it was almost exactly a year ago that we started our journey. Last year on May 30th, Heather and I flew to Savannah to help Jenny pack up as her school was ending [see HERE]. We had an interesting time getting there, but after a long day we finally made it [see HERE].

Heather and I had a few days in Savannah while Jenny was finishing up her classes. We had time to explore, which was fun because we had visited the previous October [see HERE] and it started to feel familiar. We would hang out at a quaint little coffee shop and wander around the city while she was in class. It's such a beautiful city. See [HERE].

We began our road trip on June 3rd and made our way out of Georgia and on to Nashville, TN. See [HERE] and [HERE].

On our second day we made our way through Tennessee, Kentucky and finally stopped in Springfield, MO. See [HERE] and [HERE].

Our days started to get longer on our third day. We drove up through Missouri, into a small part of Iowa and made our way across Nebraska. I'm still regretting not stopping at the Precious Moments Chapel in Carthage, MO. See [HERE] and [HERE].

The fourth day was probably one of the longest. We drove through the rest of Nebraska, Wyoming and down into Utah and landed in Salt Lake for the night. One of the best parts of that day was going to In-N-Out; it was reminiscent of our time in California together! See [HERE] and [HERE].

We were ready to leave SLC on the fifth day! We literally ran from our creepy motel room to the car to get out of there! It was definitely a relief to cross the Idaho border! See [HERE] and [HERE].

Looking back, I wish that we had taken more time for things like stopping at the Precious Moments Chapel and silly stops like that. I'm so thankful I was able to experience this with two of my closest friends! It's definitely one of those trips I will always remember.

See my last road trip recaps [HERE] and [HERE].

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Jewelry

I'm back this week featuring another great statement necklace. Spectrum is a bright and colorful necklace that has seven strands of black braided thread knotted with an eclectic mix of genuine tiger's eye nuggets, shells and beads in shades of mint, turquoise, purple, peach and amber.

Spectrum is 20" long with a hematite plated 4" extender and lobster claw closure. The extender is long enough that you can noticeably shorten or lengthen the necklace to fit whatever necklace you're currently wearing. Like I said, it's a great statement piece. It has a matching set of bracelets and earrings. Although, just like the Wow Factor, I do like mixing and matching the necklace with other earrings and bracelets too. Since it's so colorful you can wear it with ANYTHING. It can instantly make your outfit POP!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

5 Things I Love: Summer

1. Sitting on the deck: A few years ago, maybe when I was in college, my parents did a huge backyard makeover. They built a large deck and planted tons of gorgeous shrubbery and foliage. Every summer I enjoy sitting out on the deck, either reading, hanging out with friends and family or BBQ-ing. It's a wonderful and restful place. I love when it starts getting warm enough to hang out there.

2. Shorts & sandals: Boise recently got a Nordstrom Rack! For Easter my mom gave my sister and me gift certificates for Nordy's. I decided on Paige Denim boyfriend shorts and MIA wedges. I've been needing to update my summer wardrobe for a while. In California my wardrobe was made up of tank tops, shorts and sandals, but many of those things have passed on since then. I felt like I made a smart decision with this purchase and I've already gotten plenty of use out of both the shorts and the wedges.


3. Drive-in movies: I haven't been to a drive-in movie in a long time, but it's definitely a favorite summertime activity. There are four drive-in's fairly close to where I live. I'd love to be able to go a few times this summer. It'd be a great outing for when out-of-town friends visit!

4. Snake River Stampede Rodeo: I've been to many different rodeos since I was little. When I was growing up my dad would sometimes be Smoky Bear at various rodeos. Yeah, be jealous. When I was little, my sister, cousin and I would all cheer for the animals instead of the cowboys, haha! Anyway, I went to the Snake River Stampede two summers ago when two of my Seattle friends came to visit. It was so much fun! We weren't able to go last year, so I'm hoping it will work this year. It's another one of those fun summertime activities!

5. Bikinis: Summertime is always a fun excuse to get a new bikini. When I lived in California there was always a good excuse to get a new one and I have a lot from when I was there; I probably never need to buy another one again. I love going to the beach or water parks during the summer. It's a fun way to cool off in the summer heat. Target always has lots of great bikinis for reasonable prices. Here's a cute one from Victoria's Secret.

Monday, May 28, 2012

Pinterest: Photography Wishes

Between the trial and my new business I haven't had much time lately to devote to my photography. It's a little strange going from taking pictures multiple times a week for over a year to basically nothing. I know I'm where I'm supposed to be. But I don't want to just completely stop taking pictures, because it's something I still love.

Once the trial is over and I have at least the next two months scheduled for my business I'd like to take some time to work on some personal photography projects. I want to continue to experiment with my Holga and film, but also work with digital.

Here are just a few things from my wish list on Photography Wishes board on Pinterest. Most of my pins are from The Photojojo Store. They have so many fun photography accessories at very reasonable prices!

Diana Lens for DSLR & adapter

Canon 5D Mark III

Camera Lens Mugs


White Balance Lens Cap

The Posing Manual by Sue Bryce

Follow my Photography Wishes board [HERE].

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday: Jewelry

The jewelry of the week is the Wow Factor necklace! It's a gorgeous six-strand necklace: one of creamy faux pearls, one of hammered gold plated beads, one of hammered silver plated beads, two gold plated chains and one silver plated chain. It's 18-1/2" long with a 4" extender and lobster claw closure.  There are matching earrings and bracelet.

This set is a fun twist on a regular pearls. I love that it's made with mixed metals, giving more options for the rest of your jewelry if you don't want to be too matchy-matchy. It works great with both dressy and casual outfits.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Living Proof

Heather and I had the privilege of attending an amazing event this past weekend. We waffled over whether or not we should spend the money and go; in the end we decided we wouldn't regret going. If you haven't heard of Beth Moore, you need to change that immediately. The event this weekend was incredible. Travis Cottrell led worship and Beth Moore taught a one-of-a-kind and life-changing Bible study.

This woman is an inspiration! Beth has a beautiful heart for the Lord. She shared a beautiful and touching message. I truly believe God spoke through Beth to every woman [and man] this weekend. She speaks unique messages to each city she visits. In Boise she spoke about "Hinderance."

The verse of the weekend was from Hebrews 12:1 [ESV], "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race set before us."

The NIV translation it says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us THROW OFF everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" [My emphasis added].

What would it look like to live our lives the way they were meant to be lived? UNHINDERED! We are to THROW away everything that hinders us! We have a choice to throw it off. I can refuse to let it hinder what I can do before Christ.

John 16:33 says, "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
We can't live our lives without hurt, but we can lives our lives unhindered.

There is so much that I'm still processing from this weekend. It was pretty incredible! If you have a chance to see Beth Moore you should definitely do it! Check out the events schedule [HERE] and see if she's coming to your city [or somewhere close]! Also, check out her store for books, devotions, etc. [HERE].

Monday, May 21, 2012

Music Monday: Jayme Dee

I thought I'd also include this second video where Jayme does a cover of the song a posted from last week's Music Monday.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Fashion Friday

I found this gorgeous editorial and just had to share. The colors, textures and prints are bold and absolutely gorgeous! This was shot for Style Switzerland's May issue. Photographers Andoni & Arantxa capture Rwandan model Nadja Giramata, styled by Martina Russi, hair by Andrew Guida, and makeup by Andrea Costa.

Thursday, May 17, 2012



"If you have the desire & passion to do something, & it's within God's will, you will achieve it."


"It's still up to you to keep striving to serve the highest purpose for your talents and your dreams in the world around you."


"You have to stretch beyond where you are to reach where you want to be."


"Life may be kicking you around right now. You may wonder if your fortunes will improve. I'm telling you that you can't even imagine the good that awaits you if you refuse to give up. Stay focused on your dream. Do whatever it takes to stay in the chase. You have the power to change your circumstances. Go after whatever it is you desire."

-Nick Vujicic from Life Without Limits

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Wardrobe Wednesday

It's been a while since I've done a true Wardrobe Wednesday post. The sister and I went out on Saturday and took some outfit pictures. I borrowed her shirt that she got from Target; I might have to get my own. It's perfect for summer!

I also wore my Paige Denim boyfriend shorts that I got from our new Nordstrom Rack! They are my absolute favorite. I want to get like 6 more pairs of these shorts so I can wear them every day of the week during the summer. I wore my wedges that I also got at Nordstrom Rack. They're super comfortable and very versatile!

We had a low-key day and ended it with a graduation party. Since it was getting cooler, I changed into my boyfriend jeans that I cuffed and kept the rest of the outfit the same.

Top: Target
Tank Top: Forever21
Shorts: Paige Denim
Wedges: MIA
Bracelets: Premier Designs
Necklaces: Premier Designs
Earrings: Premier Designs