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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

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

Recycled Fashion

Hello from Alaska! Keeping my blog up and running has been tough in -20 weather but as always, Iโ€™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.

Clothingโ€”not fashionโ€”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 โ€˜sweatshopโ€™ style of labor, which is something that I can definitely appreciate.

Fairbanks loves second-hand anythingโ€”Iโ€™m not sure why, but itโ€™s in the water. When the space opened up on Second Avenue, it was just a leap we tookโ€”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/.

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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

Boots with the Fur

It has been a wild few months, just when I think I'm used to this new lifestyle in Alaska I find myself feeling homesick. It has been a struggle trying to find photographers to work with to keep my blog up and running. I've had two shoots in four months which is unlikely for me; so I decided to try my boyfriend out as my photographer a second chance.

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The short days and cold temperatures have made keeping my blog up and running challenging; but thank goodness for visits home. Christmas is right around the corner and I can't wait to share all the fun adventures I will have while back home in Seattle for the holidays.

Happy Holidays!