Fashion Fridays – It’s all about the Overalls

Friday, October 16, 2015 0 0
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I’m currently pretty obsessed with these overalls from Madewell. I went back and forth for a couple of weeks after seeing them in the store before I finally tried them on and knew that they had to have a place in my closet. I love the crisp denim, the way they fit and the slightly belled bottoms. Too much fun! The shirt and necklace are also from Madewell. Can you guess what my new favorite store is?

 

My Yoga & Fitness Story

Wednesday, October 7, 2015 0 1

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This week marks my three month anniversary of practicing yoga! This practice has kind of changed my life so I wanted to share some of my story and what’s been going on.

A little bit over three months ago, I knew I needed some change. I had never really had any sort of regular workout regimen but my life had become ridiculously sedentary and I knew that if I didn’t start doing something my body would barely be functioning by age 40 (probably an exaggeration, but still!) I was having all kinds of different bodily pains as a result of a lack of movement in my life. I was pretty much going from work where I sit at a computer designing all day to coming home where I would continue to work sitting at the computer editing photos for freelance projects. I had a serious lack of energy and pretty much became a hermit because I was always way too tired to go out and hang out with people. I was also just not super happy with my body. It was kind of like meh. I put it out there to my Facebook friends for suggestions on personal trainers and fitness classes and was recommended an amazing trainer, Liz as well as a really great yoga studio, Urban Yoga. I started the training first because I really had no idea where to start when it came to working out. My trainer did an amazing job tailoring the workouts to challenge me without pushing me over the edge. Also she came to my house, which really helps when you are just starting to work out. You don’t even have to make the decision to go to the gym, the gym will come to you! I did the training for about a month and really couldn’t include it in my budget as a regular thing so I continued my fitness journey focusing solely on yoga adding in an extra day at the yoga studio.

The first thing I noticed when I started doing yoga and working out was that my energy levels were crazy boosted which is exactly what I was hoping for! I had always heard that working out was supposed to give  you more energy but didn’t really believe it because I thought wouldn’t you just be more worn out afterwards leaving you with less energy?? But the human body is an amazing thing and that’s not how it works.  So as I started doing yoga, I started getting some of that energy I was lacking back. I was also getting into the habit of getting out of the house several times a week to go to the studio which made me more open to actually going out with friends and really brought me out of the isolation I was in which was crucial.

The second thing that changed, was my body. Actually really before that was my perception of my body which is probably more important. I’ve always been a healthy weight but over the last few years I had put on a few extra pounds and even still I was at a healthy weight but I wasn’t really super thrilled with my body. After about a week and a half of working out I looked in the mirror and I literally saw a completely different body. I honestly wondered if I had body dysmorphia because I felt like my body looked so different. This much physical change is not possible in a week so I really think it was just knowing that I was taking care of my body that made me think about it differently and gave me a huge extra boost of confidence.

My actual body after three months lost about 10 pounds, which was pretty awesome. Full disclosure on top of working out I also started to change the way I was eating. I think when you are putting effort into working out you naturally pay more attention to what you are eating because you are more in touch with your body and everything you eat just matters more. You start to see food as fuel not just calories. I cut out most processed foods because they weren’t doing much for me and focused on getting the right balance of protein, carbs and fat zoning in on meats, fruits and veggies. I now have a way better idea of what a balanced diet looks like and can make much better choices that make my body feel really good.

The last three months I’ve been going to yoga to get a really good workout. This month I really want to focus on the meditation aspect of yoga because I know it is so important. Meditation is usually incorporated at the end of each class I’ve taken but I’m going to take a few more restorative and strictly meditation classes. I’m still struggling to fully understand meditation but I can’t wait to learn and grow and will be sure to share my journey along the way.

September Recap & October Goals

Thursday, October 1, 2015 0 0

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First of all, I can’t believe it’s finally October!! I have been pumped about this month all year ha! As for a September recap, September was bomb. I had a decent amount of friend/community time which was much needed. Dinners, impromptu weekend getaways, birthday celebrations, bridal showers – lots of great time with great people!  I got to go to the Propel women’s conference which was SUPER inspiring. I got to see a preview of the massive book project I worked on over the past year which was so exciting! And oh yeah, you may have noticed I disappeared for a couple weeks, because we were in Bali!

As far as last months goals, I did pretty well with most. I read two and a half books (didn’t quite finish the last one) – The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing, The Crossroads of Should and Must and It Starts with Food. I did yoga 3-4 times a week, even when we were on vacation! I’ve been eating lots of tasty healthy energizing food and am considering trying the Whole30 (has anyone else out there tried it?) For the time I was in town I blogged and cooked and made green smoothies and invested in a new lens! I took a ton of photos in Bali including doing a just for fun shoot with my beautiful friend Destiny. The only thing I really didn’t have time for was revamping the commenting system on my blog. Not a bad month!

September was definitely a time of inspiration and recharging. October is going to be the time to kick butt and do the work. I’m already nearly booked up on photoshoots for October and November with some really cool projects I can’t wait to share! I’m also taking Jess Lively’s Life with Intention course which I am super excited about. I know the next couple of months are going to be super busy so it’s going to be extra important to take time for self care. With that said, here are my goals for October!

  1. Continue yoga practice 3-5 times a week
  2. Focus on eating foods that fuel me minimizing my intake of processed foods and refined sugar
  3. Understand and practice meditation
  4. Spend less money! Between taking a vacation, revamping my wardrobe a bit and buying a new lens September was expensive! I’m definitely planning on taking a hault on spending this month.
  5. Using the KonMari method from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing tackle my wardrobe and bathroom
  6. Do my best work and serve the clients I am working for well!

 

August Recap and September Powersheets Goals

Monday, August 31, 2015 0 0

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August was a pretty amazing month but I am SO excited for September! September in Arizona is always exciting because it is the last really crazy hot month of the year and it means 6 months of the most perfect weather are on the horizon. This year September also means, vacation in BALI! I don’t think I’ve been this excited for a trip ever. To recap August, I was pretty good about most of my goals. I continued my yoga practice and intentional eating which made a huge impact on my energy levels and overall quality of life. I’ll talk more about this in a separate post because there is so much to say. I made and photographed one new recipe a week and experimented with a lot of foods I’d never cooked with before that didn’t get photographed. I had a dinner party with some really great people and made more of an effort to get out each week and hang out with friends. I made some minor changes to my portfolio site making it a bit less wedding focused. I blogged 3 times a week and also posted on instagram an okay amount.  I did not have the time to learn macrame and I have not planned a September vintage shoot because I realized I will be out of town three of the four weekends in September and the forth at a conference so that will have to wait until October. Overall August was month filled with community and being more intentional about taking care of my body. I think September is going to be a time of refueling and getting really inspired to create new beautiful work this fall!

  1. Continue yoga practice 3-5 times a week
  2. Focus on eating foods that fuel me minimizing my intake of processed foods and refined sugar
  3. Try the 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge
  4. Plan one life giving photoshoot that’s main objective is just for the sake of creating something really beautiful
  5. Add categories to the blog as well as research and implement new commenting system
  6. Continue to blog three times a week
  7. Continue to make and photograph new recipes each week
  8. Take as many pictures as possible in Bali and really soak up the magic
  9. Read two books The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing and It Starts with Food
  10. Invest in a new lens

August Goals

Friday, August 7, 2015 0 0

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About a month ago I mentioned I was working through Lara Casey’s powersheets and I thought it’d be kind of fun to share my top ten goals for August. In general I’ve felt like my life has been lacking balance for awhile. Whenever I’ve set goals in the recent past they’ve been primarily focused on my business and creative work but I’ve been trying to re-prioritize a bit and also set some personal health and relationship goals, yay!

1) Make and photograph one new recipe a week

I love trying new things and I think it really breaks up the monotony of every day life! I’m also trying to build my food photography + styling portfolio so it’s a fun little summer project that I can shoot indoors while it’s super warm out.

2) Revamp photography portfolio so that it is less wedding focused

I have decided that for the time being I am not going to take on any more wedding clients. There are so many things I love about shooting weddings but working full time and shooting weddings (and freelancing on other projects + running a small online clothing company) is just too much. When I have a wedding I am usually spending all of my free time for that month editing and I just don’t really have that kind of time any more. So for the month of August I’m going to rework my website + facebook page a bit so that their is less of a focus on wedding work more focus on fashion and editorial.

3) Go to yoga 3-5 times a week

Yay for a personal goal! About a month ago I decided to give yoga another try. I previously had tried a few different studios (mostly hot yoga) and didn’t really fall in love but wanted to give it another try since I had heard so many good things about it and I was really looking for some sort of physical fitness outlet. Luckily I found an amazing studio that I love and have been going several times a week! I’m really hoping to keep it up even as my schedule starts to get a bit busier. I’ve already noticed a huge increase in my energy levels which is something that I’ve needed for awhile. Hooray!

4) Focus on getting a balanced + healthy diet

Along with my fitness goals I’ve started paying a lot more attention to the food that is going into my body. In the past I’ve tracked calories but I’ve never paid much attention to getting the right balance of carbs to protein to fat. I know fat and carbs are usually things people avoid but you actually really need them and they aren’t bad in moderation! I’ve been recording all of my food intake into the myfitness pal app which gives you a little pie chart of your carb/fat/protein intake. When I can I try to plan my dinner around what I was lacking throughout the earlier part of my day.

5) Host at least one dinner party

Community is a big thing that has been lacking in my life for the last couple of years and I really want to change that. As I am learning how to cook new tasty things I think it would be a great opportunity to invite friends over and enjoy some time together.

6) Initiate more hang out time with friends

Coffee dates. Girls brunch. Dance parties. Just get out and be social!

7) Inventory vintage collection and schedule a September shoot

Pretty self explanatory! September it will finally be a little bit less warm and I can start doing outdoor shoots again, yay!

8) Learn the basics of macrame

This is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile and I’m hoping to have some time this month! I’ve heard it’s pretty meditative once you get the basic knots down and I love when I get to create things with my hands.

9) Post and interact more on instagram

I’ve made so many amazing connections with people on instagram that I’ve later gotten to meet and collaborate with in real life and I know it’s an area where a little bit of time and love can go a long way.

10) Treat yo self

When I get busy self care goes completely out the window. As I’m in my slower season for August I want to create a regular sustainable practice of doing little things for myself daily. Maybe it means putting on a mud mask before bed or getting a mani pedi or curling my hair and wearing a pretty dress or going to a yoga class or spending a couple of hours reading a good book. So many little things I know I can do if I take the time to do them that will make me all around a happier camper.

 

Progress not Perfection + Being a Secret Math Nerd

Saturday, July 25, 2015 0 0

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When I was in high school I spent my summers going to math camp where we got to do calculus all summer long. I know, I know, sounds so cool! It was actually a pretty awesome scholarship program where you take math classes at Arizona State University as a high school student and get college credit for it. You also get to live on campus (which is pretty cool when you’re a high schooler) get a full meal plan paid for and have fun social events like math camp dance parties (!!) At this point in my life I was a straight A student. Seriously had never gotten anything but As. But my second summer of math camp, I ended up getting a B!!!! A B in college calculus that I was taking as a junior in high school. What a slacker, how terrible! I was pretty bummed at first but then I had this crazy sense of relief come over me. It wouldn’t affect my high school GPA but the credit would transfer to my college transcript and once I started at ASU a year later that dirty B would be on my record. By starting college with a “tarnished” academic record  I realized I didn’t have to be perfect any more. I was going to continue to work just as hard, but college is a lot more difficult than high school and design school is a whole nother beast so it was nice to be able to give myself some grace and know that it was not even possible to be perfect.

I’ve been rereading the last section of Lara Casey’s Make it Happen as I go through my Powersheets and a phrase that has really been stuck in my head is “progress not perfection”. The book is all about setting goals with intention and prioritizing your life helping you figure out what’s really important. As I set my goals and recognize all of the things I need to work on I love this phrase and the grace that it gives. The grace to relax a bit and realize that I don’t need to be perfect (which is a relief!) and I can’t do everything.

Photo above is of our little living room marquee that we made and like to change out every month with fun and inspiring phrases.