Friday, September 25, 2020

Prim and Primary



Sometimes the things you plan, don't pan out, but something even better finds its way onto your path. 


The morning I shot these, I fully had planned on shooting at a local mansion that is our town's history museum, but as I pulled up, there was an exercise class taking place on the front lawn.  Not wanting to lose the morning light or have to postpone, I headed on to plan B, where some lovely summer grasses and wildflowers were blooming!  This turned out to be perfect, and the yellow blooms contrasted nicely with the pops of blue and red in my sweater!


All this to say, sometimes we end up being forced to choose another path, and sometimes that path ends up being excellent!!

Monday, September 21, 2020

The Orchard Times

 


Recently we took an adventure to our favorite orchard, Apple Holler!


We had the chance to try lots of apple varieties, as well as stock up on cider donuts, apples for baking, and their special proprietary blend of cider!  It's so delicious, and better than any we can find at the grocery for sure!   


Friday, September 11, 2020

Modern Day Snow White


Hello and welcome to this week's mini outfit post, this time a modern take on Snow White.  I loved an idea I saw recently of two sisters making modern day interpretations of Disney Princesses out of vintage clothes.  So since my theme this month is apples, I thought the perfect thing for me to do was make one out of the classic character of Snow White, complete with poison apple!  

While not every piece I chose was vintage, a couple of them were thrifted!  I like to think this snow white is having a carefree summer at the lake with the 7 dwarves, but since that apple has still found a way into her grasp, she might be in for a bit of a nap soon!

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

A School of Thought


September always seems to bring with it that classic back to school vibe that I not so secretly love.  Plaid is always a favorite of mine, and September lends itself to lots of plaid!  I'm excited to get knee deep in plaid, brown satchel bags and caramel apples, and I'm looking forward to carving some pumpkins as well! 

Saturday, August 29, 2020

I am the Lorax, and I Speak for the Trees



Hello friends!

One of my all time favorite Dr. Suess stories is that of The Lorax, which I recently rewatched on Disney+. Then I got to thinking, how I could shoot an interpretation of this story for the blog!   So here you have it: some 5 ft tall truffula trees I constructed from pom poms and pvc pipe, and a girl version of the Lorax herself!  

Friday, August 28, 2020

A Dip in the Lake and Donuts for Breakfast


Our week at the lake brought some much needed peace and quiet, and it is always a little freeing being forced to break away from technology for a spell.  Most of the time we were out of cell reception, allowing us to fully connect with the nature surrounding us and the present moment.  


On the last day I was determined to shoot this little photo story, involving raking a bunch of muck out of the lake, hours blowing up and deflating the pool float, and precariously hanging off the end of the dock while my husband got that main shot — while standing on the other end of the rake!  And yes, I can swim, but the water was full of weeds all around those beautiful little lily pads, so I didn't want to have to fall in to get back!!


Friday, August 21, 2020

Five Mermaid-y things in my Vintage Treasure Trove

Screen shot from Disney's The Little Mermaid

When I set out to start my vintage shop on Etsy, it was and has been indeed a labor of love.  But it was also a means to continue collecting vintage goodies past my breaking point.  I LOVE collecting old things that have some sort of beautiful or interesting quality, but at some point I hit the limit on filling our home with knick knacks!  I've filled so many of the surfaces in our home to their 'healthy capacity' as I like to think of it, and yet I don't want to stop hunting for gorgeous old things!  So in a way, it was a way for me to scoop up all the cool little vintage things and just be able to help them get to their next home.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Picture Me In the Reeds



Like many others, I've been sinking in deep to the soothing vibes from Taylor Swift's new album, folklore.  I was pretty excited to order the special edition vinyl she released for the first week, and I can't wait until it finally ships out in November!!  Until then, I've been listening to the album on Spotify, and it is A MOOD.  I love it, and I can't help but love the experience of editing to it.  I'm always really passionate about what music sets the right tone while I'm editing shoots — listening to the right music helps solidify the vibe I'm trying to go for for a setting or outfit.  And this shoot is definitely synonymous with the song seven off her new album.  

If you're feeling this little mind field trip with me, give that song a listen while you scroll through this week's fairytale photo story:

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

Thinking in Pictures




I'm not entirely sure when it originated, or if it's the way other people experience life, but I tend to view the world through a lens.  I process concepts visually, and am constantly going through life through a visual filter.  I see visual patterns in the world, and am always layering some mood into my current experience.

Friday, August 14, 2020

A Mermaidy Pattern



As part of my new monthly theme idea, today I'm sharing some mermaid illustration patterns with you lovelies in four different colors!  These can be used for phone backgrounds or other fun things and I'll be using them in some other fun things to come :)

Stay tuned in in this space to see some fun things I'm whipping up at the end of this summer!  :)



Thursday, August 13, 2020

Shimmers of Sun

   


This month's loose theme is mermaids, so it makes sense that I would reflect that in this week's outfit post with a shimmery mermaid inspired set by the seashore.  This area where I shot for this week is one of my most favorite little stretches of rock and beach in my town, because it's covered with cascading blooms of so many different shades!  In almost every season this little patch of wonderful is a new swirl of beauty to drink in, and as of late it has been a whirlpool of pinks, yellows and creams — and I love it so!

Friday, August 7, 2020

Mermaids, Selkies and Sirens


A Mermaid c. 1900, John William Waterhouse


To kick off my new habit of having a loose theme to my blog each month, I thought I'd start with diving into the differences in some of the mythical sea folk.  And all of this is as much of a learning experience for me as well as whomever may be reading!  When I started this month's research I had no clue as to the difference between mermaids, selkies and sirens, and it turns out there are some reasons behind this, because the meanings behind the words have shifted over time!

So what is the difference between mermaids, selkies and sirens?

Let's dig in!

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Come with me, and You'll be in a World of Pure Imagination



I have been so excited to shoot and share these photos for a little while now.  This mint Son De Flor dress is just  E v e r y t h i n g  and I'm so thankful to have been gifted it by my husband for my 30th back in June.  Son De Flor is an ethical company, which means that they pay their garment makers fair wages, and source their fabrics responsibly and sustainably.  And besides that, their dresses are clearly what fairytales are made of!!!

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

August Capsule Wardrobe




Hello Lovelies!

Excited to share with you this month's capsule wardrobe, inspired by mermaids and sea themes.  Check out my moodboard for the month and the pieces I've chosen for this month's outfits!

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Strawberry Fields Forever



Composite editing is something I've grown more and more interested in over the last few months, striving to put together scenes that are some sort of reality meets fantasy in my work.   I always want things to feel like they might have feet in our world, but something other-worldly might be happening!  Welcome today to the land of giant strawberries!!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Fairies in the Woods


Lately I've been in a dreaming mood, and letting my art sort of take the form that it tells me it wants to.  When I started this series, I didn't have any intention of turning myself into a fairy, but then it kinda sorta just... happened???

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Our Wedding Story: Flowers, Styling and Planning

   

All professional photos by Kristen Marie Parker

As we near our one year anniversary, it seems fitting that I get around to the final blog about the details from our wedding.  Looking at the world now, the world could not look more different.  Almost none of this would have been possible in the current world situation, and it makes me all the more thankful that we were able to bring all of this together a year ago and make all of these wonderful memories with family and friends that we'll hold dear forever.

Thursday, July 16, 2020

A Garden of Birds



I recently came upon this beautiful little garden on the grounds of the university campus and fell in love!  Who doesn't love an elegant english garden on a misty summer morning?  I just loved the elegant mix of florals cascading and mixing amongst the delicate stone pathways.  It seemed the perfect place to read a book and reflect upon life.  10/10, would visit again!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Once Upon a Fish Tale



I am constantly in awe of all of the natural wonder that surrounds us.   I'm always looking out for the little pockets of magic cropping up in the small areas of nature that I can find in our town just outside of Chicago.  I always love the woods, but the lakefront always provides something special in the summer time, and the flora cropping up on the lakefront grounds are truly breathtaking!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Redesigning the Patio


We've lived in our current apartment for going on three years now, and one of the big selling points for us moving here was the unexpected outdoor space!  So it feels so silly that we are only now getting around to making it more hang-out friendly, but such is life!

Saturday, July 4, 2020

My July Capsule Wardrobe




Hey there, lovelies!

It's simultaneously hard to believe it's July already, and also hard to believe that it is still 2020 at this point in the year.  But here we are in the deep of summer, hanging out on our balconies and trying to make the best of the world we're in right now.  

When I started to concept my month capsule for July, the obvious color palette seemed to be the iconic red white and blue inspired by the Fourth of July, so I decided to run with it but still try to not make it too America - centric.  Sort of Americana inspired with a vintage quirky girly twist so as to stay true to my own personal style tendencies :)  Also strawberries and bonfire attire were major influences!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Putting Up the Stars in the Sky

       


When I was a kid, I used to think that people lived under the stoplights, switching the colors manually for every traffic cycle.  Obviously, at some point I learned the actual process involved in traffic lights, but things like this and lying looking up at the ceiling + imagining it was actually the floor seems like some deep rooted ideas in my mind about seeing the world in an alternative way.  I think it's daydreams like these that inspire a lot of my ideas for art, and so I'm leaning way in!!!

Like, what if one lone fairy was responsible for putting the stars and moon up each night?  What would that be like? 

Friday, June 26, 2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Some of My Favorite Art in Our Home


One of my favorite things about decorating a home is that it truly is a weaving of new and old to tell the story of a person.  What they enjoy, their history, and things that influence them.  Whenever I'm choosing art to put up on our walls, it's always a mixture of things I've been saving for the right moment, things I'm seeking out new, and things from our life's adventures.   I love being able to look around and be reminded of several different memories from life at a single glance. 

So I've rounded up a handful of my favorites from around our home to share their stories!

Sunday, June 21, 2020

A Midsummer Morning Outlander Dream



If you've watched the Starz series Outlander or you've been following my Instagram posts this weekend, then you already know where this is going...

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Celebrating Litha



This weekend is the summer solstice, otherwise known as Litha.

June 21st has the longest amount of daylight in a day for the year, and marks the beginning of the descent into winter, aka the height of summer, or midsummer.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Victorian Blooms

        



It's going to sound crazy, but I think this year might be the first ever that I've actually had enough time to stop and literally smell the roses around me.  

Every transitioning season (fall and spring) I am so desperate to stop and take time to fully appreciate the subtle changes in nature around me.  I always knew spring meant flowers, but until this year I'm not sure I actually ever saw them.   Life has been so... busy and unending at some points, and every year I have this urgent longing to spend the spring and summer taking note of the trees but have never had the right amount of time to do it.  

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Sweet as Strawberries in the Sun


With the prospect of summer on the horizon, I have been overwhelmingly in love with fruits lately, and one of my top favorites has been strawberries!  I love them on their own, on our morning oats, and blended up in a smoothie bowl, so I thought, how about we make a strawberry cake???

Friday, June 12, 2020

Reaching Out Instead of Retreating In





Today I'd like to share with you possibly the most important thing that I've learned during this strange time in our world's history.

Thursday, June 11, 2020

A Touch of Honey



"We were romantics.  We didn't just read poetry.  We let it drip from our tongues like honey."  — Dead Poets Society


Sometimes when I'm brainstorming how a shoot will work, or what I want the set for the whole month will feel like, I start imagining a mood, or framework for how I imagine it will all feel once it's all shot and together.   And of course it's a little trial and error getting to the final result and seeing

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

My June Capsule




Hello friends!

After all the fun I had with my May capsule last month, I've decided to keep going with the idea and do another capsule for June.  😊


I'm learning some things as I go about my daily fashion habits, so this routine is really helping me a lot!

Friday, May 29, 2020

Gotta Catch 'Em All!



Seeing as Andrew and I recently upgraded our phones, I've finally been able to pick Pokémon Go back up again, and I am just overjoyed!

That and the potential of warmer days on the horizon inspired me to make this little Pokémon art series with some of my favorite Pokés!

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Rockin' the Romper



The lakeshore is one of my favorite places to go to clear my mind, and to appreciate the world around me.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Why I Love the Stylebook App



Hello friends!

Today I'm here to tell you all about one of my favorite mobile apps, Stylebook.

It's available on iPad and other mobile platforms, and I've been using it for years now.


Friday, May 22, 2020

Self Care Buys in My Cart






With all the craziness going on in the world, self care is even more paramount these days.  If you're like me, you might have gone into this pandemic trying to power through, find ways to be productive, and have been setting goals to try to continue things as close to normal as could be from home.  And there's a lot to be said for getting dressed every day and trying to keep that sense of normalcy.  But it's also ok to let yourself rest a little more to deal with the stress. 

Thursday, May 21, 2020

The Gemini Starchildren



Oftentimes in my photography, I see myself as someone other than myself, if that makes sense.

I think of myself as a character in a story much of the time, and it's never been truer than in today's series.

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Lovely Little Office Refresh



Today is the day, guys!!

I'm very excited to share with you all the pictures from my redesigned sunporch office!

Friday, May 15, 2020

Cooks vs. Bakers



Something I've come to notice as of late is the tendency for those of us foodies out there to either have a gravitation towards cooking or baking.

A lot of times, someone may love the creativity of cooking, but shy away from the rigidity of baking, or vice versa. 

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Magic in the Mundane



The world has been feeling like a very strange place lately, and some days are better than others in my little corner of the world.

But I've been trying to cultivate as much creativity as I can to lift my own spirits and hopefully spread a little bit of joy to others as well.  I've been trying more and more to have some fun with adding a touch of magic to my art, not only to try to lift spirits, but because I believe that life needs a little bit of magic on a normal day!

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Smoothie Bowls — One of my Favorite go-to Breakfasts



Lately one of my favorite go to breakfasts has been smoothie bowls!

I used to go to a Peeled Juice Bar for acai bowls at lunch when I worked at one of my old jobs, and I always loved getting that fresh bowl full of beautiful fruits!  I wasn't sure at the time how one would achieve something like that at home, but recently I came upon a pin from Tasty.co that blew my mind.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Overcoming Discouragement




Today I want to talk about failure and discouragement.

Being an artist can come with it's challenges, some of them being creative burnout and self-confidence.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

She's a Sunshine Girl with Flowers in Her Hair



I will tell you that sometimes the original plan just doesn't work out.  I often find that the blogs and creative accounts out there that I am the most inspired by are those that are drenched in nature.  I love to scroll through galleries depicting leisurely strolls through forests and countrysides in long flowing dresses that seem to have just leapt out of a Jane Austen novel.   I yearn for spring blooms like nothing else.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Healthy May




I have to admit, looking at the long term of my health and diet history, I don't think my habits could really be classified as "healthy".

My only exercise for most of my life was what we were forced to do in gym class in school, and I firmly practiced including sugars as a pretty hefty portion of my personal food triangle.

And for most of my life I would argue that this was 'working' for me.   I was fine, no major issues!

Friday, May 1, 2020

My May Capsule Wardrobe



I'm very excited to have styled together my first monthly capsule wardrobe for the month of May!

I'm already loving this process so much, and I think it will make getting dressed each day fun and exciting.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Catpuccino Time

       



Coffee, caffeine, soda and I have had a long and complicated history, it's true. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Salmon Cream Cheese Quiche



Quiches have recently climbed in the ranks to become one of my favorite breakfast/ lunch foods.   We have a cute little shop near where we live that specializes in pie and coffee as their main faire.  They also usually have a selection of quiches by the slice available, and they are positively scrumptious!   They really widened my opinion on quiches, and inspired me to make some at home.  Quiches are very versatile, and will last for days' worth of breakfasts or lunches!