New photography website now live & other exciting news!

Recently, I decided to separate my photography from the blog to make sure I devote enough attention to each individually. That said, I’m excited to share that my photography website and portfolio is now live here!

For those of you who don’t know, I’ve been taking engagement photos and lifestyle pictures for about a year and a half. I absolutely love love, which is why engagement photos are a huge interest of mine – it’s so fun to see my couples enjoying themselves and caught up in…well, love! I also love photographing people in general, so lifestyle photos like family photos, graduations and portraits in general are definitely my jam.

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Prints on Society6

Some of my favorite travel & beach photos are now for sale as prints, canvases, iphone cases, mugs, pouches and more fun gifts on Society6, which you can also access through my website. Matt and I are traveling to Montana/Yellowstone in September and Costa Rica in November, so I’m hoping to add more photos to my collection then!

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Blogger Project

I’ve been working on a fun new project with Brittany, the blogger for She’s All Smiles. As an eating disorder survivor, Brittany’s inspiring blog discusses wellness, fashion, food, and more – all to promote leading an all-around healthy lifestyle. Working with her has been awesome and I’m really happy to be a part of such a great project. You can see some photos from her blog posts here.

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If you haven’t already, make my day and like my Facebook page and follow along on Instagram! Thanks for all of your support!

 

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Chinese Chicken Salad

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Picking out food for dinner during the summer is tough. It’s hot. Hot food doesn’t sound good. And I don’t want to stand over the stove.

Salad is the obvious, refreshing option, but I get bored of salad really quickly.

My mom’s Chinese Chicken Salad recipe is my favorite way to break out from the norm with an Asian flair.

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Ingredients:

  • Cooked chicken chunks
  • Shredded cabbage
  • Chopped romaine lettuce
  • Chopped green onion
  • Peanuts
  • 1 pack Ramen noodles
  • A few peeled mandarins
  • Soy Vay Toasted Sesame dressing

Instructions:

  1. Grill the chicken and cut into chunks.
  2. Heat up a little oil and sauce the crushed up Ramen noodles and peanuts until golden.
  3. Toss some purple cabbage, romaine lettuce, green onions and mandarins on a plate. Top with chicken and peanut/noodle combo.
  4. Dress with sesame dressing.

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PiperWai for the Win

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What would you say if I told you there’s an all-natural, charcoal-based deodorant that keeps you smelling fresh all day? Sounds a little sketch, right?

Well, I tried it and would definitely recommend doing the same! My fellow blogger friend Julia from Sprinkles and Saturdays loves Piperwai too! After seeing PiperWai on SharkTank a few months back, I placed my first order immediately. They were on back order, so I waited patiently and eagerly for over a month. At first I was nervous to do anything that was even slightly active with just PiperWai on but after about a week of using it, I got used to not reaching for my antiperspirant “just in case”.

Now it’s been about 4 months since I started wearing PiperWai and I feel great knowing that I’m not using a product that contains aluminum and parabens, which could ultimately cause cancer. *The FDA hasn’t determined there to be risks associated with these, but I personally think it’s better to be safe than sorry.*

What’s to Love:

  • It smells great…clean & simple with a twinge of mint.
  • It lasts all day.
  • It works naturally by neutralizing odor without plugging up your sweat glands.
  • It comes in a charcoal color, but rubs on clear. How fun is that?!
  • I swear that after a couple weeks of using PiperWai, my body started to adapt to not having toxins from my regular deodorant block that natural thing we all do…sweat. Now, I can go a couple hours without any deodorant, without being completely grossed out by myself.
  • I’m a sucker for cool branding and I’d say they nailed it.

What’s Not to Love:

  • Since it comes in a jar, you have to apply with your fingers. Time to love your armpits more than you did before!
  • When it’s cold, the deodorant tends to ball up under your arms after you apply. I  can easily solve this by rubbing it in again or warming it up between my fingers first.
  • Piperwai doesn’t back up your sweat glands, so can end up getting a little wet (even though they say it keeps you completely dry) BUT you don’t smell and it dries quickly after you’re done breaking  a sweat.

Have you tried PiperWai yet? I’d love to hear what you think!

 

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DIY Shabby Chic Furniture: How to make a dresser look distressed

My grandma gave me this dresser when I moved into my first apartment in college. After two good years of use, I decided to update it when I moved to San Diego. I was really into the whole “shabby chic” thing at the time so my roommate and I wanted to try out the look and extend it throughout our apartment.

I unfortunately did not take a photo of this dresser beforehand, but it was a dark amber wood and looked very 70s. Tying it in with the shabby chic theme was relatively easy – just a white coat of primer and then a shade of gray on top.

Antiquing/Distressing

To get the antique look, paint a section and then use the brush backwards to pull out some of the white. So, instead of just painting left to right with the bristles pointing to the left, keep the bristles facing left and push the brush right to left. This gives the paint a distressed look.

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For more DIY projects, click here.

 

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7 Things to Do in Mammoth When It’s Not Ski Season

For Memorial Day Weekend, we took a trip up to Mammoth Lakes. Even at the end of May, there were still some snow caps and the mountain was open for half days. Aside from skiing and snowboarding, there was plenty to do around the area.

1. Gondola to Mammoth Mountain

At over 14,000 feet with some ridiculous drop offs for skiers, it’s pretty cool (and a little scary) to near to edges. But anything for a photo right?

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2. Hiking

Less snow means easier hiking. And there’s plenty of it!

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3. Mammoth Brewing Company

With flights, Mammoth-made beer and corn hole overlooking a snowy mountain, how can you go wrong? Just keep in mind that 2 beers is more like 4 there. I may have forgotten the affect altitude has on alcohol tolerance…

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4. Whitmore Hot Springs

About 20 minutes south of Mammoth is a really awesome place called Hot Creek. Scenic views? Check. Stunning winding creek? Check. Steaming geysers? Check!

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5. Convict Lake

We only got to do a drive by of this lake but it was very visually pleasing. In case you’re curious how it got its name, it’s a story about inmates.

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6. Twin Lakes

There are a couple places to check out at Twin Lakes – top of the waterfall, besides the waterfall, and on the bridges that look up to the waterfall. Any way you slice it, the waterfall is obviously the main feature and it’s a pretty great one.

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7. Visit Yosemite

Yosemite National Park is only 45 miles north of Mammoth! If you have the time, I highly recommend taking a half day to go explore. See photos from our trip to the park.

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BONUS: Enjoy the Ride

Depending on where you’re coming from, the drive can be a bit long. From Southern California, we took the 395 north and packed the truck full of my old cds (think Brittany Spears, Elvis Presley, Now 6-14, and Garden State Soundtrack) and tons of snacks. It’s actually a very unique drive full of lots of surprises, including fun mini hills that make for a great little roller coaster ride.

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What’s your favorite thing to do in Mammoth? I’d love to hear!

 

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