Fashion

Visit to an Orchard

 
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This post has been sitting in my drafts for the longest time. I haven't posted anything in awhile because there have been so many life changes going on, but I am finally (and slowly) ready to get back into blogging because I love it and can't leave it behind. I've been wanting to shift the focus of my blog towards more dog-related topics because that's what I know the most about. But, this post is here and written out already so I'll publish it just to get back into the game.

Back in the fall, Zach and I drove out to an apple orchard a couple hours away into the boonies. I was so surprised at how beautiful the mountains are out here in North Carolina! I'm used to the mountains in Utah and Idaho, so I have high standards when it comes to scenery.

I think we both weren't expecting such pretty views. Back home we have the stunning Wasatch mountain range that would tower above Salt Lake City and the entire valley. But here it's almost like giant rolling hills where you can see layers and layers of trees. I'm adding photos so you can see what I'm talking about!

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Left: NC mountains, Right: Salt Lake City.

At the orchard we ate apple cider donuts that we heard were worth the drive. And yes, THEY ABSOLUTELY WERE! The donuts were so warm and fluffy, and we seriously ate all 6 that same day (oops!). They also sold cider slushies made fresh from their apples. I didn't know these existed but they were very, very addictive and I had two. I'm craving one now, wish they weren't so far away...

After we drove a half hour to Asheville and got lunch in the downtown area. That was our first time there and we loveeed it. The downtown area reminds me of a bigger version of Main Street in Park City. The buildings are charming and so are the businesses that fill them. We didn't get to spend too much time in Asheville because we left the dogs at home, but something told me we would be back again (and we did go back)! I'm already wanting to move out there! I have such wonderful feelings towards Utah and it will always be home, but I love that Asheville reminds me of that wonderful home and is just a couple hours away.

Thanks for reading ya'll! (see how Southern I am now??)

A Little Southern Update

 
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Just a short little update since I haven't posted in a few months!

These are some photos I took right before we moved from Utah. I really miss it there, especially the huge mountains that towered over us. We are getting close to moving into our apartment which is in a really cool part of Charlotte, so I'm excited to start that adventure!

Like I said before, my blog is such a learning experience for me. The photography, website, I mean everything is all on me and I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect. Which is why I slowed down with blogging. I get so worried I will fail it keeps me stuck and prevents me from trying! But I really do love blogging so I'll keep at it.. even if I'm at a reallllly slow pace.

A little update on life here in the good ole South...

We're staying with Zach's parents who have a really pretty house on a lake in a small town just north of Charlotte. No one in the actual city of Charlotte is from here which is surprising. It's a big and growing city, so many of the people here are from all different states.

Sometimes I unknowingly pick up on accents when I speak to people that have one. One day I said the color orange, and not even kidding it came out like Paula Deen. So now I'm super self-conscious that my wannabe accent might slip out when I'm talking to an actual Southern person. 

I've really gotten into the show Southern Charm because it's in Charleston which is only a few hours away and I'm dying to go. I've heard the seafood and beaches are amazing!

The dogs seem to like it here, so that makes me really happy! They get to swim and chase ducks as much as they want. At first, they would run into the neighbor's yards and swim way too far out. Talk about frustrating! Most of the homes on the lake don't have fenced yards, so I was worried they would get lost. I decided the boys needed a little refresher in their training and started to do mini play and training sessions in the front and backyard. Luckily, they're both very food/toy motivated so they stick close if we offer them rewards. We would also put them on a leash and walk the boundaries of the yard, and only let them swim if we put their life jackets on. The good news is they finally got the idea that just because everyone else's yard is open and tempting, it is not available to them. We can almost 100% trust them to be off-leash, but they will occasionally chase after little critters or wander too far. There is a white duck that likes to taunt them, but it quacks at the top of its lungs if they get too close. 

Happy Wednesday!

Life + Blog Update!

 
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So we made it to North Carolina! On the 30 hour drive I had a lot of time to think about my blog and what direction I want to take it in. I have so many interests, but I've come to find my main ones to be my dogs and looking cute. Sounds silly, but 'by looking cute' I mean trying to look my best by finding out what fashion and beauty trends look best on me. I don't want to claim to be an expert on fashion or beauty or dogs... but I just want to share my experiences and the way we live our lives based off of what I know. That's why I consider my blog to be in the category of "lifestyle". I don't post about high fashion because that's not how I typically dress. I was trying to force myself to go into that direction, but it doesn't fit me or come naturally to me so I'm letting it go. I'm usually with the boys so I dress very casually.

I'm also somewhat knowledgeable about dogs because I've been learning and reading about them since I was a little kid, way before I ever had one. Again, I just want to share the resources and knowledge I've learned along the way to help you and your pup, if I can in any way possible. I really consider myself a dog mom, and that's who I want to reach out to with this blog. This is sort of like my diary and I want it to connect or relate to others who are like me.

I have been reading all sorts of blogs for several years now. It's interesting to see how others live and it's nice to learn tips or tricks that can make your life better. I also use my blog as a method to be more confident with myself, it's a little vulnerable to share parts of you with the world but I've seen the wonderful careers that have come from doing something like this. Hopefully, I can create a career from this... but if not it will always be a fun hobby I love to do.

My blog content or website might not look like much, but my site has taken me what feels like a million hours to create. I've learned so much about web design, graphic design, and coding. A lot of work has been put in behind the scenes, believe it or not. When I do start working on my blog I go into a creative flow state and get idea after idea, and it feels like I'm on top of the world. However, it's hard to translate those ideas especially when it comes to the photos. I envision how I want the photos to turn out for each shoot, but they never look the way I want them to. I feel I'm not as photogenic as I see other bloggers are, my dogs are very difficult to pose with, etc. But this whole project really helps me stay creative, and I'm constantly learning new things which I've learned is essential for me to feel fulfilled and happy in my daily life.

I love my little blog and am proud of it so far, and I'm really grateful for the people that do read it! I was ecstatic to see that my blog's Pinterest page gets 40k views a month! I think I literally jumped up out of my seat and ran to Zach to show him the awesome surprise. Since I wrote this the numbers have actually been going up, too. So amazing!

Long story short, you may see some changes coming to my blog - but I will always keep you updated.

P.S. an NC blog post coming soon! We Love it here so far, if anyone knows of Charlotte's neighborhoods - we are thinking of moving to South End!

Spanish Inspired

 
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How GORGEOUS is this dress? I've always been drawn to flowy dresses because they are so romantic and feminine. I feel so beautiful in this dress, I love the detail and how it fits, and how it looks - everything about it is just so perfect. I got it from asos.com and I will link it here.

But I wanted to talk about a very important topic today on the blog...

Who else loves the show Friends..? I just started watching it recently and I am obsessed! Rachel's 90's fashion is so on point and she looks incredible in just about every scene. When it was running on air I was too young to watch or even like it. I actually hated it to be honest, but thanks to Netflix I'm a huge fan. The same thing happened with Gilmore Girls and that's how I came to love that show, too! I always preferred going out to a movie rather than watching tv (unless I was using it for background noise). But when you're able to watch episodes in chronological order you can see and become connected with the actually story rather than catching random episodes that are aired out of order on cable. Anyone have any favorite shows on Netflix right now? I'd love any suggestions! I like to put something on when I'm cleaning or working on blog stuff so it's not so quiet!

P.S. less than a week until we move to North Carolina!

Striped Shirtdress

 
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This day was incredibly windy and sunny as you can tell... I could barely keep my eyes open and my hair was flying around like crazy. You can see how piece-y and textured my hair is from that wind constantly blowing it all over the place. We actually had to take photos in between the gusts of wind to get decent shots so my hair wasn't sticking straight out like Medusa or Albert Einstein.

I'm wearing a basic shirtdress from H&M. It's so lightweight and comfy, I almost feel like I'm wearing really cute pajamas! I also have on my favorite pair of shoes. I normally don't like bright colors but I love jewel tones like this royal blue! I wish I had gotten better photos of my bracelets so you could see them. They are different types of crystals and stones that are for protection, beauty, and some other things I forget haha! I don't think they're the prettiest pieces of jewelry I have because the colors are too earthy for me but I guess they're not for looks so I just wear them when I feel like I need them. 

That being said, I love learning about spiritual topics like manifesting, positivity, and holistic medicine. I'm actually very pessimistic and tend to ruminate, but these type of things help me be lighter and more positive! There is a cute shop by my house that sells what seems like hundreds of crystals and all sorts of books on natural ways of living. They have this super sassy white dove that lives inside and is let loose during the day. One time I went in and I picked up a crystal that I thought was so interesting, it was white with dark blue spots. Underneath that crystal was one of the dove's feathers (wish I could remember the bird's name, it's something hilarious). It was pure white and so soft, I felt so excited for some reason, like it was lucky. I told the lady working there about it and she said it was a sign and that I had to keep it!

Although I wish I was spiritual/natural enough to do yoga two hours each day, only eat vegan foods from Whole Foods, meditate every morning, and make my own kombucha... I don't live as natural as some people do, and I'm not about to give up cupcakes!

Orange for Spring

 
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I LOVE the color orange! I don't wear it often, and I feel like it's not a color that goes with a lot... but it looks great on darker features and skin tones (I've been working on my tan). It's also a nice color to pull out of the closet when you're trying to leave Winter behind.

I tend to use a lot of layering pieces, and I really like the look of a nicer top or tank with a long cardigan. It's a great way to easily dress up some dark jeans and make your outfit looked a little more pulled together. And if you add some cute wedges you're ready for the day!

This is an outfit that just needs a mimosa to complete the look. Thanks for stopping by!

The Perfect Cotton Top

 
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Just a little shoutout to the people driving home from work!

Just a little shoutout to the people driving home from work!

 

This blue & white striped top from H&M is so simple, but it makes such a statement. It's made of cotton so it's light and airy and perfect for this Spring weather! Also, I wanted to share this bag I got from T.J.Maxx! I walked past the entrance of the store (I love to go there for the pups, actually!) and I had to stop and check out this purse. It can fit anything and everything, and it has a pretty gold detail on the straps that makes it a little more unique.

I have to say, I will really miss these Utah mountains when we move to North Carolina (but supposedly they have gorgeous mountains there too). These photos don't even show 1/10 of the beauty of the Wasatch mountain range, but this pretty view is close to our apartment so it makes for a good photo spot!

The drive from Salt Lake to Charlotte is THIRTY HOURS. I can't even be in a car for more than two hours - so this will be interesting. We still don't know which route we will be driving to get there - we're thinking of staying one night in Denver, Kansas City, then the last night in Nashville. I'm excited for Denver and Nashville... but I've never been to Kansas City and don't know much about it. And to be honest, I haven't heard much except it's nothing special and maybe not the safest city.. but I think Kansas City BBQ is a thing, right? Regardless, the dreaded road trip will be well worth it in the end because we have outgrown Salt Lake and are ready for a new city with much more things to do! I just learned a ton of the breweries there have really cheap or free yoga classes where you get a free beer at the end too! What is better than that? Nothing, honestly.

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