fashion

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

Lookbook

I have found a real appreciation for local businesses thanks to my time living in Seattle. My fashion roots started in Ohio where supporting local business isn't as big of a deal as it is in the Pacific North West. Since my move I have found a new respect for those who've created a brand and make clothes by hand. I recently had the opportunity to meet Victoria, the woman behind Kheops.

Her story is a little different from most I've met; she recently moved to Seattle from Europe in hopes of making a name for herself and her clothing line. Back home her brand is well known and has sold hundreds of pieces, so you might be asking yourself why she chose to move to Seattle. Not knowing much English, she decided to move to an area where she already had a network of friends and family who could help her make this the perfect starting point.

40 plus looks; 3 models in 8 hours! It was humbling to be a part of something so fabulous. You can only see five looks here but you still see just how versatile she is. Something fun, sophisticated, short, long, fitted, and loose- she has made all of this and even more! I love how unique the clothes are, not like anything you may see on the runway. A one stop clothing shop with various kinds of fabrics, all sorts of colors and various styles of clothing. Kheops is set to launch their website at the beginning of May but for now you can follow all of her adventures and new designs on Instagram and Facebook!

Photographer: Tereza Janakova / Makeup: Taylour Chanel

Georgia, Georgia

2700 miles and a three hour time difference separate us, but I have never been happier than I am with this man. Before I continue I will warn all readers that this isn't my usual post on fashion, but something a little more personal: the story of us.

Sometime last December I found myself bored and on Tinder- I said it, Tinder. Left swipe, right swipe, match...nine months together, and the rest is history. But seriously, last year I matched with Tristan and we spent his winter vacation messaging back and forth. Plans were made to try and meet up for Molly Moons and maybe go to the park but our schedules never seemed to match up. January came around and Tristan had to go back to school in New York so we decided to take it to the next level and text. Texting turned into late night calls, which led to Facetime dates. Tristan then was attending West Point and set to graduate in a little over 100 days. The school holds a formal dinner 100 nights before graduation and students bring dates, family members, and friends. He invited me to come as his date and also offered to fly me out for the weekend; I couldn’t say no!

On February 19th, 2014 on a cold street in New York City, we met for the first time, and he was just as handsome in real life. A stranger I met on an app has become my best friend, the love of my life, and the editor of my blog. Life really is like a box of chocolates, you just never know what you're gonna get- I think it's safe to say that I got lucky with this one.

Fast forward to now, our relationship stretches from Seattle to Georgia, but we have been fortunate enough to sneak in weekend visits here and there. God, life, the universe has a way of putting the right people in your life at the right time. Two days before leaving for another weekend visit I left a comment on Faith's Instagram page, a photographer in Georgia, inquiring if she would have any time or interest to do a quick shoot while I was in town. A few hours later I was surprised to see a reply from her in my inbox, and the next thing I knew we had plans to shoot! Here are all the pretty things we captured that day.

Until the next adventure.

xoxo

Photographer: Faith Allen

New York State of Mind

It was the middle of the summer in New York City and I was roaming the streets with Tristan when I asked him to snap a shot of me on my phone. The location wasn't anything beautiful or fancy but I thought it would complement the outfit well with its minimalist feel.

Some people have good hair days; this was feeling like a pretty good wardrobe day for me. The summer heat was in full swing and we were walking around the city all day, but that's no excuse to step outside in just anything. Luckily I found the hat and skirt while shopping in the city and I happened to have packed a top and sandals to finish this look.

An iPhone can only do so much, so when Holly and I finally set a date to shoot together at the cutest boat house I knew exactly what to wear!

Fashion Tip/Reminder: Being fashionable does not mean you need to be in pain, spend hundreds of dollars, or wear outlandish clothes. If you love the outfit, rock it- you wear the clothes, not the other way around.

xoxo

Photographer: Holly Kerchner

Pandas and Leather

Panda bears and leather- an unlikely pair that are on the blog today! Sales: like most shoppers I tend to find myself in every store with a sign that declares discounts. A big sign stating 50% off sale items drew me inside a Hollister in Georgia where I found the last panda sweater on the clearance rack for $17 and knew I had to have it. A few weeks later feeling a little β€œgirl next door” and β€œrock and roll,” and this simple chic look was born.

It's been awhile since I've had the chance to showcase my own personal style and hopefully that will be changing soon!

Fashion tells people who you are without having to use any words, so speak up!

xoxo

Photographer: Holly Kerchner