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.

Buxom PillowPout Creamy Plumping Lip Powder

You heard it, a Creamy Lip Powder!!! When I first received these I didn’t know what to expect. The product has a sponge tip style applicator and at the top of the cap is product (which is where the sponge sits when it’s closed). I’ve tried products like this before and the coverage from the “lipstick” was always so sheer and disappointing. With this however, not even close to the case! I was able to get buildable full coverage with just a few swipes. The Powder once on the lips is very light weight and not thick at all which, is surprising with how much pigment you get! I’m sure we’ve all had that matte lipstick we’ve tried to build up and then it ends up just balling up and making our lips look worse than what they actually are. Never fun! Normally I always prefer to line my lips with lip liner and I’m pleased to say I noticed no problems at all with the two products together. I also am an avid gloss user, I will layer gloss on top of liquid lips and the gloss on top of the PillowPout was seamless. The product didn’t break up at all or separate even after 5 plus hours of wear in the hot Kansas humidity. PillowPout’s launch date is July 19th so I am so excited to be able to put up an early review for all of you! The color I’m wearing is Cuddle Me a medium rosey tone. I also received “Turn Me On” a beautiful Strawberry Red! If you have any other questions about the product please leave them down below or feel free to ask me on any of my other social media platforms! A big THANK YOU to Buxom Cosmetics❤️.

Xoxo,

Danielle

Roman’s first 4th of July!

 

Let me just start by saying that I can’t believe that this time last year I was pregnant anxiously waiting Roman’s arrival! It honestly has been the best 11 months of my life since he has come into our lives! Roman is almost 1, his birthday is July 26th so I was curious to see how he would do with the fireworks. Would he love them, be confused by them, or just HATE them?!

We got to spend the day at my parents house where they have a pool. We hung around outside and listened to some music while we waited for the rest of the family and some friends to come over. Once they arrived we did the usual 4th of July BBQing along with some s’mores by the fire (SOOOO good!). Naturally we had some type of firework accident …. what we thought were fountains turned out to have something bigger in them!! The first firework shot off and tipped the whole thing over aiming the fireworks right at us!! It was FANTASTIC, hahaaa! Roman was in his pack n play with Madden (our other family baby, they’re only 2 1/2 weeks apart in age!) and I can honestly say that I don’t think I’ve ever got out of my chair so quick.. I ran over and grabbed the babies like the world was ending!! I didn’t even know I had that kind of speed in me hahaha! Once that disaster was over we made sure that they were labeled FOUNTAIN. The babies loved them so much.

The next night we went to the Bradley Fair Fireworks show, but we sat at Twin Peaks outside on the patio and watched from there. Unfortunately Roman was sleepy so we had to leave early.. I was hoping he would love to see lots of big fireworks but I guess he just couldn’t hang! We will of course try again next year, with him being so close to two I’m sure he will enjoy them so much more! I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July!

Below I will leave a list of essentials that helped us with baby during a busy day like the 4th<3

  1. Pack and Play —> This is crucial! It was so convenient to have something mobile to keep him in during the evening that he could sit down in and play with his toys. With my parents having a pool and him being able to crawl and walk it was nice to not have to worry so much about if he was getting too close to the edge or not! I also love that if they’re in the grass playing you can take the bottom part of the pack and play out and use it as a play mat for the grass or even hot concrete.
  2. Bug Spray —> Being outside in general especially during the evening and by a body of water it attracts mosquitos. Lets be honest, theres nothing worse than a itchy uncomfortable baby too!
  3. Sunscreen —> If you’re going to be outside or in the water lets protect that beautiful skin, both you and baby!
  4. Floaties —> If your baby doesn’t know how to swim but loves the water try finding them a floaty they can sit in. Roman loves the water so we wanted something he could float around in and hang out with us since he isn’t big enough for arm floaties or life vests yet! Also try finding one with a hood on it that helps protect them from the sun.
  5. Tanks, Sandals, Hats, and cotton shorts —> We all love a cute baby, but make sure they’re clothes are breathable and comfortable so they don’t over heat. Roman went through 2 tank tops that day! It was a hot one!
  6. Mobile fan —> Try finding a portable fan to attach to their strollers, car seats, or pack and plays! Not only do they help keep baby cool but Roman found It so entertaining! You may also try those old school but totally awesome water bottles with the fans attached to them!

I hope these little essentials helped!

XOXO,

Dani

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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Jaclyn Hill Morphe Palette

As a Thank You for everyone who has subscribed to me on my blog I’m doing a give away of one of my favorite palettes right now! This Palette is so pigmented and has such a great array of colors that it’s the perfect travel Palette! I hope you love it as much as I do!

 

Enter the Give Away!

My Amazon Baby Finds & Must Haves!

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#1 Pure Enrichment Humidifier – This is amazing and great especially as the colder months are approaching. Many people including myself find the air to be a little more dry and that can be hard on your baby. You might notice stuffy noses and coughing. This is/will be your holy grail to solving the problem!

#2 Baby Beanies! – Its the perfect statement add on to your little hipsters outfit. Plus it will help keep your little one warm when the weather is brisk out.

#3 Fisher Price Play Gym –  This thing is money! My little guy loves this so much! He is starting to hit the toys and can grab them if he gets a lucky swing. He also loves to lay and watch himself in the mirror above! Plus side is the music is pretty awesome too, not annoying like some.

#4 Dr. Browns Bottles – OKAY, now THESE are AWESOME! We struggled for a long time with my son on formula and bottles. He had what we thought was really bad reflux, someone had suggested these to try and I will tell you now that we will never look back. My son used to throw up what seemed like half his bottle after feedings and now he has happy burps with none to little spit up! He is a totally different baby now!

#5 Carseat Canopy – These are perfect for those rainy or windy days when baby needs a little extra protection! I love the print on this too! People always ask where I found this when are out and about.

#6 Fisher Price Sit Me Up Positioning Seat –  We just started using this and so far its a winner! My son likes to see the world around him and this is perfect for that, plus it helps with teaching them how to hold their heads up!

#7 Pacifier Clips – Now some people love these and some don’t but I’m someone that does. Its nice to not loose and have to buy new pacifiers all the time. You can clip them to their car seats, clothes, blankets etc!