What No One Will Ever Tell You About The Best Photography Spots

Have you ever been scrolling through your feed and just been stopped in your tracks by a beautiful photo? Literally stop and think “holy cow I don’t know where that was shot but dang thats so freaking stunning, I would love to do something like that!” Well, I’ve got some news for you, those shots are usually either right on private land, in a VERY awkward spot to get to, or smack dab in the middle of the public where every waking eye is looking at you. Now, don’t get me wrong, not all photo ops are that way but I can guarantee you lots are.

I have a little story of my own that just so happens to fit right in to all three of the categories I just described. However, like I mentioned these are THE seemingly best spots for a stunning picture. It also helps when you have a bad ass photographer who’s down to conquer it all with you.

A couple weeks ago my family and I were on vacation in Estes Park, Colorado. We go usually once maybe twice a year but within the last couple years our family has experienced a major baby boom. Tons of littles which is the BEST but, also makes family vacations a little more complicated. We braved the 9 hour road trip and all headed into Estes though. While we were there I thought it would be the perfect place to take some mountain maternity pictures since my husband and I married in Estes Park in 2015.

My sister is a photographer based here in Wichita, Kansas. Newer to the game but you would NEVER know it. She is one of those girls who can pick up any talent and kill it. Annoying right? I freaking love it, and she is so inspiring. She suggested we drive around to look for some spots to take pictures. I had two different dresses so I wanted two different locations. Now recently Estes, Devil’s Gulch, and Glen Haven were hit with some major flooding which changed a lot of the land down along river in the canyon. We used to have a spot we would go to that was perfect for wading but also walking through some waterfalls without being deep. Hoping to find this spot we quickly realized it no longer existed after the flood came through 😦 .

This lead us to plan B, what plan B was we really didn’t even know. We kept driving and noticed this gorgeous open pasture surrounded by trees on the foothill of the canyon. It was picture perfect I tell you… pristine, well kept, beautiful sunlight peeking through the trees and a gravel drive that lead right up to it. We whip in and park the car and the first thing we notice is a “Private Property” sign.. Sh*t. Thinking quickly I googled the area we were in and actually come to find it is a public housing development where many homes are rented out for the year. I figured if we park and take pictures no one is going to know if we are staying there for our visit or else where. We even had multiple cars drive by, one being a firetruck and no one said a word about us not being allowed to do so.

Still nervous as hell we ran out to quickly snap some shots and let me tell you.. it was all worth it! Let me also add I don’t condone you breaking the law if you see a Private Property sign, do a little research and see if its actually private.. We just got lucky and it happened to be open land with an outdated sign.

Afterwards we called my husband and told him to get ready since we were on to shoot dress number 2. We were staying on Estes Lake and right by the golf course. Thinking it was peak time for Golden Hour the golf course had some beautiful land on it that would be perfect for pictures. We pick him up and make the minute drive down to the lake/course and EVERYONE.. like EVERYONE is out walking enjoying the evening all along the path. If people weren’t walking they were fishing along the path or on the course finishing up their golf round for the evening. We figured we were already there we might as well just go with it and find whatever spots we want and ignore every waking eye watching us.

The first spot was literally right by a fisherman. My sister being the awesome creative mind that she is was able to work out angles that cut him out but, he literally was staring at us overtime I looked over at him. SO AWKWARDDDD…! Again though, the final images made it all worth it. I have some of the most beautiful photos of my husband and our baby to treasure in the same town we got married in 4 years ago.

This last spot was tricky one. You would never know it but behind me was a steep slope with a little pond of yucky moss water just waiting for me to eat it and fall into. Now if you didn’t know this, you don’t exactly have the best balance when your pregnant. My husband was sweetly talking sh*t in the background telling me “don’t go falling in!” -_- Thanks dear. Happy to say I made it out alive.

I want to give a BIG thank you to PinkBlush for sending me this gorgeous Burgundy maternity dress, It truly is a perfect piece! #sponsoredbypinkblush . You can also shop the yellow dress I am wearing here , also PinkBlush. I highly recommend checking them out for ANY of your maternity needs. They are one the best places to shop in my personal opinion, with so many options from casual wear, to maternity, to hospital and home wear. For reference in Both dresses I am wearing a size medium.

The perfect EASY Fall makeup Look!

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The leaves have started to fall, the air is finally starting to feel brisk, and it’s that time of year you may also notice your skin changing. Maybe not just by losing that gorgeous summer glow from the Sun Gods but also losing some of that glorious (and maybe not glorious for my combo/oily gals) hydration the hot humid air summer lends you. So with changing skin tones comes changing your makeup tones!

Now I personally still like to self tan (I love THIS self tanner and swear it gives the best golden streak free color) to keep year round color but I love to change my makeup routine. I feel like makeup truly can set your mood so what better way to help get in the Fall Spirit than to incorporate those gorgeous brown, tan, and Burgundy tones. Plus they are so complimentary on fairing skin tones! Some of my favorites colors are Kat Von D Bow n Arrow , MAC Kinda Sexy , MAC Sin , and Anastasia Beverly Hills Ashton .

My current go to Fall Look consists of darker brows, bold lashes, and a dark neutral lip. I will list all details below of the products used to accomplish this look.

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Now I’m normally a oily skin sufferer but during pregnancy I became really dry around the outer parts of my face and extremely oily in my t-zone. Now most people would be like you’re getting a compromise isn’t that good? Yes, but no. I found myself looking for a new skin care routine that wouldn’t over dry my already dry areas but would also help control my oily areas that were tending to break out more. So with a lot of trial and error I finally came across a cleanser that helped fight off oil without turning my skin into the Sahara Desert. The brand is Image Skin Care and I have turned to them for my entire skin care regimen! I use the Salicylic Acid Acne Facial Cleanser and it is Heaven! After using that three times a week I follow up with their Medicated Acne Masque. Now I don’t suffer from terrible Acne by any means but I do still have those crazy hormonal (especially postpartum) break outs.   I feel like this help keep my skin in check and when I do get some little guys that like to pop up and say hello its quick to rid them! After I wash my face (and on the days I use the masque) I follow up with their Mattifying SPF 50 lotion. Its very thick but not heavy by any means. It is the perfect mixture of hydration that you can feel penetrate into your skin but leaves you with a matte no shine finish. Its so perfect in my honest opinion that I use this as my makeup primer because I feel like it really grabs onto my makeup and keeps it in place all day!

I hope you all enjoyed this little skin care and makeup post! I will try and do an updated makeup routine every month since I like to try new products all the time but if I don’t change anything I will definitely update you on products I’ve found and am loving! Have a wonderful Veteran’s Day.

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Chic Fall Wedding Attire

As the busiest part of Wedding Season passes most people tend to move on and focus on other things like Homecoming and Winter Formal etc. etc. etc. But if you are beyond that age you know Wedding Season truly never ends!

We had the pleasure of the going to/being a part of a beautiful Fall Wedding in Kansas City recently and as you can imagine with temperatures dropping it was becoming hard to find something I wouldn’t completely freeze my butt off in but wasn’t quite cold enough for a heavy jacket to tote around. I was also looking for something that I could be comfortable eating in (something not skin tight to show my food baby) and something I could dance and move around in. This dress was the answer and is something I can get SO much wear out of!

There are so many ways to pair THIS dress I feel like it could be endless! It would be gorgeous with a black fur vest and knee high boots, belted with booties, or belted with chunky retro heels.

I can’t believe I go back to work next week. Its been an amazing 3 1/2 months home with my little guy. I think back to the day we brought him home, how anxious I was but ready to have him here with us. I was a new mom and no clue what I was doing, but I quickly learned and began to overcome fears little by little. Like is his head going to fall off? NO. will be okay to cry just while I make his bottle? Yes. He has made our hearts so full and has made so many leaps. From lifting his head, scooting, grabbing things, babbling, blowing spit bubbles, and now learning how to sit up it just blows my mind to think about how quick he is growing up. I would be lying if I said it didn’t scare me to go to back to work and miss all of his little smiles and cuddles and new quirks he starts doing. However I’m ready to get a little bit of normality back into our routine and I know it will be good for all of us! I’m so happy that God has Brought this little angel into our lives. We love you little fox.

Side note, how handsome does my Husband look?! All makeup details on this look can be found on my Fall Makeup Post. Have a great day everbody!

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Sales you don’t want to miss!

So as you know there are two of my favorite places that constantly run amazing sales! Its not always easy trying to go shopping and finding good bargains especially if you’re on a budget and trying to find the best bang for your buck (without having to go to forever21 and buying something you may only get a couple wears out of) but right now is the time to do so if you need to! With Fall and Winter right around the corner sweater weather is becoming more prevalent, especially here in Kansas! Below are some amazing finds that I think any comfy chic gal would die for! I can’t wait to do some awesome fall fashion blog posts in these awesome finds and show you how I would style them!

From Left to Right, LOFT 40% off ENTIRE store! —> 1.HERE 2.IN STORE ONLY (couldn’t find online, sorry) 3.HERE 4.HERE 5.HERE

From Left to Right, EXPRESS 40% off ENTIRE store! November 9th-13th! —> 1.HERE 2.HERE 3.HERE 4.HERE

Express Sale, 40% Off Site Wide!


I’m going to keep this short and sweet! I had so many questions from friends, family, and readers about my baby shower dress I thought I would go back and touch on this really quick! I found my dress from Express, I did have to have it altered slightly to be more Bump friendly but, it was an easy fix and I would highly reccomend this dress if you’re looking for something to wear while pregnant for an event. Trust me I remember close to the end when it was so hard to dress my baby bump comfortably and cute, this dress is both! However you can totally wear this even if you’re not pregnant (obviously right, this wasn’t made for maternity)! There were few sizes left last time I had checked but incase you have missed it Express is having 40% off their entire site so if you were thinking about grabbing it, now is your chance! Plus you can get a head start on buying all your Fall and winter denim! 

Blushing Fall Beauties 

So when we think of Fall we normally think maroon, burgundy, brown, yellow, orange, etc am I right? While I LOVE those colors (because again I’m basic when it comes to fall) people also over look one of the prettiest and softest colors of fall, Blush! You will find this color all over right now and for many great reasons! It compliments almost any skin tone and it’s the new nude! It goes with almost any outfit and can be used as a “soft” pop of color for those who are leery of being bold (it’s okay)! If you checked out my last post you saw some of my Fall items I’m loving and have ordered. Here are a couple others I’m crushing on as well!

Grab this Blush cardigan and these Blush sneakers

Fall Must Have Round Up!

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1 –> BP Rib Trim Cardigan in Burgundy

2 –> BP Chenille Funnel Neck Sweater

3 –> Chenille Blouson Cardigan

4 –> Free People Swim Too Deep Turtleneck

5 –> Alexis Bow Mule in Burgundy

6 –> Starfire Baublebar Earrings

7 –> Kambry Perforated Bootie

8 –> Sampson Block Heel Bootie

9 –> Alexis Stud Knotted Mule  (I LOOOOOOVE THESE!!)

10 –> Free People Saturday Morning Cardigan (I Bought this and the Chenille cardigan in Pink and mustard yellow… Lets just say I will be living in these this Fall!)

 

Hello Fall! Ughhhh how you have been long awaited. There is just something so wonderful about cozy cardigans, fluffy scarves, booties, hot coffee, the leaves changing, and the brisk breezes of Fall weather. However, here in Kansas we haven’t quite been so fortunate to have that just yet except, for the early morning hours. You know, like  sweater weather right when you wake up but then by noon you deeply regret it and its back to tank top weather. Fall, you are playing us so hard! But, that doesn’t mean we can’t get a head start on fall essentials, am I right? I am so Basic when it comes to Fall, and I am A-OKAY with that! If you are curious about the sizing on the cardigans I ordered a small and they are slightly oversized which I like. If you like a more fitted cardigan I would go ahead and size down. Im pretty excited for these fall picks and I have a feeling they’re going to sell out fast!