Too Many Photos

Thursday, August 25, 2016

As I'm sure you can tell by the title of this post, it most likely contains too many pictures. The outfit is simple and not really needing more than a handful of pics for you to appreciate it, digest the details, and move on. The location, while pretty, is also simple and doesn't require long stints of staring to soak up the details of the architecture or the way the lines move with the outfit. Overall, it is a casual summer outfit and that's that. However, I was feelin' myself in a crop top for the first time since I've had Coco, and I actually really like how these photos came out so I slapped a whole bunch in here. (Then I deleted one, but there are still about 5 more than you probably need, oh well. Deal with it.)

My #1 Posing Tip

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I have taken a lot of blog photos in my short time as a blogger. We all have. Even if you don't blog, I'm willing to bet you've had photos taken of you on numerous occasions. And I'll let you in on a little secret here that no one ever believes, *wait for it*, I hate having my picture taken. Oh yes, it's true. For those of you new to my blog you won't know that I used to take all my photos by running in front of my tripod with the self-timer on, and later with a little remote. It was stupid and exhausting, but I am basically the only person I trust to take my photos. Enter M. Three years of dating and I pretty much have him perfectly trained in the art of the outfit photo; #instagramhusband. He follows my directions almost flawlessly (he could use some work in the observation department, read: notice when my hair is weird or I have a peek-a-boo bra strap), and I am so comfortable with him that he now takes all my photos for me. But aside from him, I hate people pointing anything with a lens my way. True story. (And it took me a year to even attempt to let Michael take my photos.) However, even with all the comfort in the world between us (once you have someone's baby you pretty much can't get any more comfy. Saying, "baby will you fill up my vagina rinsing bottle? I forgot again and I'm already on the toilet," is a whole new level, let me tell you), I still notice a huge difference in my photos and the way I feel about them based on one thing and one thing alone. And yes, I'm going to make you read on to find out.

California Dreamin' :: Giveaway

Friday, August 12, 2016

Anyone who knows me knows that I am not the biggest fan of Washington. (I feel I've started many a post like this...) I prefer warmer climates and sunnier days. Last year around this time I made a solo road trip down to California, met some truly amazing women, and felt totally at home. I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss it whole-heartidly. So when the kind folks from Polette Eyewear asked if I'd like to style their limited edition California frame, I was more than down. The California Collection is infused with all the vibes of summer, and just begging to be worn on a long car ride with the top down or while you tan at the beach. The collection has both sunglasses and regular frames, and offers a ridiculous amount of customization. While I won't be doing any beach lounging or spontaneous road trips any time soon, I can still be California dreamin' in my sweet, sweet glasses. Read on for just how I customized my pair and the scoop on how you can get 50% off any Polette glasses of your choice!

Backwards Is The New Forwards

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

For a long time I was obsessed with flower crowns and yet unable to wear them. My hair was just in such an awkward in-between phase and they did not look good. It was tragic, but I persevered somehow. Fast-foreward to the lovely lady behind Adorned By Chi sending me this flower crown back when I was pregnant. I had my hair messily pulled back into some weird thing I saw on Pinterest the day my crown came in the mail, and I just popped it atop my hair backwards, stuck a pic on Insta, and called it good. I had planned to take nice photos of the same styling soon after, but CJ came early and you know the rest. But I finally managed to take some photos of this gorgeous crown, and I even added some braids to the original style to be extra fancy! I must say I think wearing flower crowns backwards is going to be the next big thing...or maybe it's just me. Either way, I think you should try it out!

Babywearing

Monday, August 8, 2016

Once I found out I was pregnant (or rather, once I accepted the fact that I was pregnant) I spent an obscene amount of time curating my baby registry. I wanted, no I needed the best of everything, I needed it to be pink, and I needed it to be perfect. I knew that I wanted to carry Coco close to me, and I knew that babywearing was something I wanted to try. I put a Boba wrap on the list and called it good. Unfortunately when we got it we both found it totally overwhelming. There was so much fabric and our baby was just so small! Plus the insane amount of stretch in the wrap made it feel even more massive somehow. The Boba got thrown in the coat closet, and we began the search for more options. Initially we decided to try out a ring-sling from Wildbird, which preemie little CJ fit in like a dream, however after long periods of wear, the uneven weight distribution began to hurt my shoulders, and while I still love the ease of it, Michael wasn't 100% satisfied. Enter the Solly Baby Wrap. It is the same concept as the Boba (or Moby) but the fabric is infinitely lighter, which makes all the difference in the universe. The first time we slipped Coco into it, it just felt right. That may sound cheesy, but those of you who babywear know what I mean. It's like one long never ending hug, or an infinite cuddle, or a sweet little dance where you can do a jig with those squishy, pudgy baby legs.