Flower Power

Spring for me means that all things floral are brought out of hiding- anything from dresses to bottoms. I'm usually weary of online shopping on new sites but recently checked out Ami Clubwear and was pleasantly surprised by the quality and fit of all the items I got, like these black floral bottoms.

The floral palazzo pants which have been dubbed my butt pants; in my opinion are cute, comfortable, stylish and make my behind look like a million bucks. What's not to love? The original price is $30 however this site is always having a sale and can be found at $10. In need of some new summer clothes, or other online options- then make sure to check out amiclubwear.com.

I have a few more items that I'll be sure to share with you guys this month! xoxo

Photographer: Shiana McLean

Bad Mother Vintage

I can't believe it's already April- there's still plenty of snow all around Alaska but luckily it's warmed up enough for me to bring out my spring wardrobe.

I say it often and I mean it every time, but I never stop feeling fortunate for all the creative souls I meet and get to work with. I stumbled upon one of the cutest vintage stores in Fairbanks- Bad Mother Vintage and I've been obsessed ever since the first time I worked with them. I picked out this off the shoulder dress and paired it with some new ballerina styled shoes and stepped out for some photos.

About a year ago I came across a photo with colorful smoke in the background and have loved the effect of a smoke bomb in a photo since. I decided to order some for my first shoot with local photographer Shiana, and here are just some of the photos from our adventure. This young, fun, free spirited girl has been taking photos for seven years and I was so happy to get to have her capture me.

I love portraits. Especially when you capture the essence of the person in that portrait. I love the artistic freedom that it gives me to create something beautiful that will last forever.
— Shiana McLean

Now you've met two of my favorite companies in Alaska, so get ready to see a lot more of their work all over my blog and Instagram. Hope you all have an amazing weekend! xoxo

Photographer: Shiana McLean

Casual Friday + Giveaway!

Happy Friday lovelies! It's been a little while since I've had any new looks; so I'm excited to have new outfits and a giveaway to tell you about!

When I first moved to Alaska it was hard getting used to how casual the people are. With the cold temperatures and slick sidewalks I had to adjust my wardrobe for some time, but spring has almost sprung- so let the blogging begin again. My style has progressively become more simple, but I'm not mad about it. Don't get me wrong I still have dressy days, but with the amount of snow still on the ground and cold it's better to be warm and comfortable.

I paired this simple cold shoulder top with my favorite new pair of Dr.Martens. These shoes are not only fashionable but also functional with the amazing traction they have. For the days I really don't want to put any thought into my look I go for a long sweater- this one from AmiClubwear. This was my first time shopping at this online shop and I was so pleasantly surprised with the quality. Unlike some shops, every item looked the same on as it did on the website.

I recently got to work with Jord Watches and styled both of these casual Friday looks with it. Where to start; from the beautiful packaging to the timepiece itself, everything about Jord is simple, classy, and chic. I chose from their wood collection as this is something I haven't seen much of in watch styles, and I am in love. Now you guys have a chance to enter a giveaway that they're hosting! Everyone who enters will get a $25 code and one lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card. The giveaway closes in just one week so make sure to go enter now.

 

May the odds ever be in your favor.

xoxo

 

 

Photographer: Shiana McLean

Recycled Fashion

Hello from Alaska! Keeping my blog up and running has been tough in -20 weather but as always, I’m thankful for all of the creatives I have met up here. I'm very excited to share my collaboration with two new people.

Since I've started modeling, over half of the people I have worked with have been found on Instagram- how you might ask; I look up various hahstags that relate to my location. I came across photographer Kimberly, and a local boutique- Bad Mother Vintage through #fairbanksphotographer.

Clothing—not fashion—is such an over-looked reflection of popular culture, but people think about it less and less.
— Trista of Bad Mother Vintage

I stopped by Bad Mother Vintage and picked up a few pieces which you can see styled here. The thing I love about this boutique besides their great selection of clothing is the fact that all of their clothes are vintage. All of their pieces are handpicked, most of which are imported from Manchester. Fun fact- the two ladies who own Bad Mother select their pieces not only for the style, but also for the conditions under which the clothes were made. They make a conscious effort to abstain from supporting companies that use the ‘sweatshop’ style of labor, which is something that I can definitely appreciate.

Fairbanks loves second-hand anything—I’m not sure why, but it’s in the water. When the space opened up on Second Avenue, it was just a leap we took—why not? If we go out of business in a few months, we can just claim we were a really successful pop-up shop!~
— Trista of Bad Mother Vintage

The photographer was one of the sweetest women I have worked with. Don't let the smile on my face or nonchalant expression fool you because I did freeze my butt off the entire time, but I had so much fun doing it. It was 12 degrees that day but all the laughs and feelings of happiness from being creative made the entire shoot worth it. Check out more of her work here: https://kimberlyyvonnephotography.shootproof.com/.

 

Until next time lovelies!

xoxo

Year in Review

It's the first week of 2017, and before the year is in full effect I want to take a moment to reflect on the past year before moving forward.

A few hours before jumping on a flight to come home for the holidays, I had one last shoot with Alia Rocha. With shortened days and little sunlight, it can be hard to be creative; but we found a way to make it work with the help of a happy light. Don't know what that is? Imagine a freestanding Ipad giving off an insane amount of light. It may not be the most conventional light source for photography, but it worked great!

It's not always easy but I have learned to appreciate and enjoy the simple shoots; ones that don't require multiple moving parts, studio lights, or extravagant clothes. I am thankful for the creative community I have come across in my new home.

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Over the course of 2016 I have experienced some major life changes, moments of growth, and plenty of high and low moments in 2016. I started my fitness journey and began really focusing on myself- body, soul, and mind. I spent some of the most amazing weekends in Panama City Beach with my other half, took a road trip from Atlanta to Seattle, moved to Alaska...oh and I got engaged and married in the time span of a week. Though the move to Alaska has been somewhat of a setback for my blog, it has been a major growing experience for me as a person.

So here's to the moments in life that make us stronger and prepare us for the journey ahead. See you guys in 2017!

xoxo