On my thirteenth birthday, my parents got me Purdue vs. Notre Dame football tickets on the 50 yard line. As the All-American Marching Band (AAMB) took the field for their pre-game performance, I looked out over the block P and promised myself that one day I would be on that field.
Thrifting, resale shops, consignment shops, whatever you want to call it, I love it. Los Angeles definitely does not disappoint in killer deals on designer duds. I’ve been in LA three months, and I’ve already found the consignment stores where film studios donate clothes from there sets and designers donate their samples, resulting is super cheap, new or like new wardrobe steals. Not to mention La La Land is home to a plethora of fashionistas who, apparently, dump clothes after a few wears as well. Jackpot.
Since Adam and I met in Houston, I wanted our engagement photos to capture us in some of our favorite places in the city that introduced us. We were on a tight deadline since Adam was leaving Houston soon, and we didn’t know if he’d be back before I joined him in LA. Fortunately, my friend Cam at Bertuzzi Photography had a shoot in our neighborhood and was able to squeeze us in for a last-minute session. The very talented Kelsey Vawter, you met her here, of Styled by Kelsey V (check out her Girl’s Night Out video, you might spot a familiar face) did my hair and makeup.
I had one vision for our photos: Torchy’s Tacos. They are my most favorite tacos ever and conveniently located just down the street from our apartments. I love them so much anytime Adam asked what I wanted to eat he’d have to specify “other than Torchy’s” because he knew that would be my answer. Still, we spent a lot of time in that restaurant hanging out with friends, toasting to celebratory occasions or just devouring Trashy Trailer Parks (best. taco. ever.), so I knew it had to be featured in our engagement photos.
Oh my goodness has 2016 turned out to be a year! When I posted my goals for this year, I had no idea the next time I would sit down to write my next blog post would be seven months later. Time flies. Let me catch you up on what you’ve missed.
Are you ready to change your life? Embrace a little organizing magic? My friend Janice is a professional organizer, and in honor of Get Organized Month, I’ve asked her to provide some tips on how we can make 2016 better by getting our shit together. Here’s what she had to say:
Keep what you love. If you love something and it brings you happiness and joy, keep it. If an object brings up bad feelings and memories, let it go. Why surround yourself with negativity? Be happy and focus on keeping the things you love.
- Ask yourself: Do I love it? Do I use it? Does it serve me?
- You can toss or delete photos that are unflattering or represent unhappy times. It’s okay.
- By sending unwanted items out in the world, other people can use them and love them. Otherwise, they’re going to waste.
Recently, I hosted a Beauty & Blowouts party at my apartment. In my year and a half of living in my little apartment, this was the first time I had more than three people over at one time. I spent weeks decorating and rearranging my apartment for its social debut. In the end, it probably wasn’t too different from how it looked at the start.
Kelsey Vawter, of Styled by Kelsey V provided the entertainment for the soiree by going each girl’s hair and makeup. Kelsey is a licensed cosmetologist specializing in bridal and special occasion looks, and she’s mobile! Need your hair to look fabulous but don’t want to go into a salon or have a group of bridesmaids in need of hair and makeup? Kelsey will go on-location and meet you where you are. She also does onsite spray tans. I love a one-stop shop!
Recently, Adam and I had the opportunity to work with Layla-Yasmine Hillial from Le Zu Photography and pose for holiday photos. The shoot was at The Holiday Acres Christmas Tree Farm in Manvel, TX. I didn’t know Christmas trees even grew in Houston! Layla had the most adorable set-up complete with a cozy blanket and hot chocolate. The photos turned out so beautifully, you couldn’t even tell it was actually 76 degrees outside- in November. I don’t know if I will ever get used to that.
I had such a hard time deciding which photos to display because I love them all. Here are some of my faves from the shoot.
One of the best things about the holidays are the traditions that go along with them. Whether it’s making cookies, family outings or just sitting down to a meal together, these small rituals take on a much larger meaning. Each year, rather than Friendsgiving, Adam throws a Hanukkah party for our friends. The celebration grows as new friends and significant others join, and last year I was accepted into the fold as co-host. It has become one of my favorite traditions as he gets to share his own family traditions with us and teaches everyone something about the holiday.
This year I wanted to contribute to our decorations, mostly because there are none, by making our own Hanukkah candles for the menorah. It turned out to be so easy! I had a friend over, and we made a craft night of the project. Don’t worry, you don’t have to be Jewish to appreciate this DIY; they make great birthday candles too!
Earlier this year, I was at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo waiting for a concert to start when I saw a girl a few rows in front of me wearing a plaid flannel shirt with sequins. I’m similar to a moth- I am attracted to anything shiny. I decided I had to have a sparkly shirt like hers, so when I got home I started Googling and was dismayed when I couldn’t find one for under $50.