A Day at the Fair

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Mannequin Love

The first customer I saw in the boutique had this dress in her hand, and as I looked to my left the mannequin was styled in the exact look you see here-  I had to have it.

After a year of living in Fairbanks, Alaska and I finally made my way to Fireweed Boutique. I had a last minute shoot and nothing in my closet to wear for a shoot at the fair so I reached out to see if they could style me. In under thirty minutes I had three looks and was out of the door.

For those of you who love every item as much as I do and wish you could have them but aren't in Alaska, don't worry! They have something called a Style Box where you can give them a few details, pay, and receive various items from their inventory. It retails at $75 but you only pay $45- for all my shopaholics it is worth the while. No this is not sponsored, but I have to spread the word about the deals.

It's been so hard living in a place with no: Forever21, Zara, Nordstrom, etc. It was a breath of fresh air walking into this boutique to find style at a reasonable price. I don't know how many times I used the word 'soft' while trying everything on but needless to say it was a lot. Every item is quality, comfortable, stylish.

I could go on and on but I think you guys get the point...I'm obsessed! If you ever happen to be in the area-stop by. If your regular online stores start getting boring- try out their Style Box.

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Happy Hump Day

xoxo

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Photographer: Mary Webb

Sister, Sister

My circle of friends has always been small- not to say that's a good or bad thing, just how it's been. When I first found out I was going to be moving up to Alaska there were so many things I was worried about, one of which was what I would do in a new place with no friends.

One day as I was scrolling through Instagram I stumbled upon a photo of Louisa, where she tagged Fairbanks, Alaska as where the photo was taken. Seeming too good to be true, I still asked if she lived there. Over a year later and I am so happy to say that what started out as small talk over Instagram has turned into real life friendship.

My African sister, Game of Thrones watching partner, blogging mentor- couldn't have been blessed with abetter friend up here! Make sure you check out more of her amazing style at La Passion VoΓ»tΓ©e.

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Photographer: SNH Photography

The Lake

It's been over two years since I started this blog, and every shoot is such an adventure.

On this day I took a drive out to a near by lake and met up with Meg Olsen. Neither one of us really had a plan in mind besides knowing at some point we would end up in the water. What ended up happening?...We trudged through merky water, almost fell in a few times-  I lost a shoe at some point, but it was all worth it!

Fun fact: this dress is originally royal blue, however Meg being the creative genius that she is decided to change the color up on various shots. At the very end of this shoot I decided to take the plunge and get a little more wet than I planned to, and I'm so happy I did it.

Take a chance, you never know what the outcome will be! Until next time my loves. Happy Hump Day.

Neature Walks with Rodney

Happy Hump Day lovelies! Days are getting shorter, mornings a littler colder, and I'm holding on to my summer wardrobe for dear life.

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After four years taking photos of landscape photographer, Rodney Nonamaker decided to take his hand at portraiture and I'm excited to be part of the journey. Composition and the way a photo is edited are the two main things I look for before contacting a photographer about a collaboration. I personally am not a fan of photos taken in the same angle all the time, or ones that are over done in lightroom/photoshop. He may be new to the game but Rodney is already trying his hand at various angles, and has blown me away with is editing skills.

You're bound to be seeing a lot more of his work on my blog! Check out even more photos on my Instagram.

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About the looks:

Black top: Zara Skirt: Jax Harmon Boots: Forever21

Dress: Forever21 Heels: Michael Kors

Photographer: Rodney Nonamaker

To the Motherland

I can't remember if I've ever shared the first place I ever called home, so this post is dedicated to Africa. Though I moved at the age of 4; Tanzania is where I was born and therefore will always hold a special place in my heart.

My collaboration with Sarauniya- an Africana inspired clothing line which is based in New York City and made in Ghana has been one for the books. It's been awhile since I've felt so at home, while being away. The story behind this look: my parents took a trip back to Tanzania summer '16 and brought me back various items, one of which was the fabric that I styled to be the headpiece in this look.

I was 19 years old, a freshman in college, no capital, no entrepreneurial experience, and no formal education in business. It’s been a quite a journey and I’m humbled at how far I’ve come.
— Hadiza

I love supporting companies that take the time to design and hand-make each item. The founder, Hadiza, is living in NYC where she sketches new collections and sends them back to Ghana to be made. The reason for this system is to make jobs in Ghana for women in hopes of improving their social and economic status.

So if you need some African print in your life be sure to check out Sarauniya!

Photographer: Stephen Klise