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.

 

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.

 

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

Adventures in Alaska

Another weekend has come and gone, therefore another adventure to share with you guys! I strongly believe that a trip to a new city can only be complete but working with locals in the area. It's almost been a year since the move to Alaska and I finally made it down to the big city of Anchorage. I wanted to make sure I got to work some new people so I set out looking high and low on various social media sites and reaching out to various creatives. With a lot of last minute planning, late night group texts, and hard work I'm happy to say with the help of some amazing ladies- we whipped this together.

Happy Friday!

Photographer: Sara Olivia Photography

Dress Boutique: Bateau Bridal Boutique

Florist: Alaska Knit Knat

Dresses: Pure Magnolia and Bel Aire Bridal

Veil: Jennifer Leigh Couture Veils

 

Summertime Fine

After what felt like a never ending winter, all the snow is gone and the sun has come out to play in Alaska. One of the greatest perks of this place are the long warm days. I had an eight hour work day, went to the gym, made dinner, ate it, got ready, and started taking photos at 9pm! That's right- we didn't start till 9. Here are some new spring looks I put together, with the help of some stylish pieces from Chen Burkett! If you've never heard the name then you're missing out on some of the most stylish African styled clothes, but you're in luck.

I've partnered with Chen to bring readers 20% off her website by using the code "Anita". This code will work all weekend long from July 3rd to the 5th! Get your cards out and get ready to update your summer closet with the cutest tops and bottoms.

Cheers to the weekend xoxo

Photographer: Mary Webb