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#MondayMantra

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Monday’s seem to be the best day for solid motivation. It doesn’t matter if your working out, finishing a homework assignment, cascading into a busy work week, or just looking for a pick-me-up, Monday’s seem to be the go-to day. Did you know Pinterest most pinned pins on a Monday are all about motivation? Makes sense, how often do we put off a diet till Monday, a new fitness routine, or doodle out an extensive list of things to do. So here I am, deciding to do a #MantraMonday. I love a good quote, motivating word, or just a serious dose of reality. They do something for me, so maybe I could do something for you. Without further or do, here it is friends, our first #MondayMantra.

Believe; v: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so.

Belief is where ideas, dreams, and goals start and end with. We have to believe in ourselves to get the dream rolling, and it rolls because we once believed in our self. But belief isn’t just about our own thoughts towards it; I strongly believe it can take one person believing in your dream or goal that makes the biggest impact. How often do we contemplate an action, a desire, or even a wild idea that you want to bring to life? We all have little ideas in our head that don’t get vocalized because we are scared or timid what others might think, they might not believe in something the same way you do. Rejection is uncomfortable and scary; no one likes to feel shot down. What we look for is someone to believe in us, to reassure our ideas, our wants, our aspirations. One person is your game changer, to push yourself and believe in yourself. One person to say they believe in you. Whether it is a stranger who believes in you, a friend, a significant other, or even your mom, it doesn’t matter. Being believed in feels good. My challenge to you is to always believe in yourself. Have trust and faith in your story and the road your supposed to be on. You will have much more Negative Nancy’s then you’d like, so hold on to your belief. My second challenge, believe in someone. Reach out and show someone that you believe in them, tell them, or show your support. That person could need the belief more then you know. You could be the only yes in a sea of no’s. We don’t know our end story, we don’t know the book written for us, but we do know that when you believe you receive what you need.

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Flowers on a Friday

“In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends.”

-Kozuko Okakura

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The Carlsbad Flower fields have basically lived on my radar since early summer of last year. I can’t help but laugh that I actually wanted to go when I don’t perceive myself much of a “flower girl”. They just don’t it for me. They are pretty for two days and boom they turn their noses to the floor. There was just something about abundant fields of flowers that caught my attention and persisted a need to go. So I did.

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Lets just prelude to last summer when the idea struck. David didn’t bat an eye and drove us down south to Carlsbad. Well, with my lack of research, I failed to see it was seasonal. We drove right into yellow, dry fields, lacking in beautiful colors that the pictures had shown. Because I am never wrong (hehe), I persisted to drive around the area that this could just not be possible. Well folks, it was possible. I feel so bad for David getting sucked into my shenanigans and need to just go instead of planning and verifying this.

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Flash forward to the week of my birthday. I had triple, maybe quadruple checked, making sure those flowers had sprung and I could finally walk amongst them. The fields were beautiful. The makeup of colors, transitioning as you walk higher, was just so cool. I completely take back being a flower girl after this trip. I loved the different grouped colors they paired together, the abundance of saturation. These fields are a bee’s haven, prominent pollinating going on here. I am totally looking into other flower fields in my area because Carlsbad just might have turned me into a believer of flowers.

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This trip totally made up for my lack of planning and waste of a drive from last summer. David and I  enjoyed looking, learning, and snapping pictures. He even took over the camera and shot some of his own. I suggest if you get a chance to go visit the fields, make a day trip out of it.

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Of course I had to get a snap of us too!

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Happy Flower Frolicking Friends =]

 

Getting a little Juicy!

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Let me just say, I am not a person who jumps onboard to do a diet of any sort, let alone a juice cleanse. I like to think eating on the more healthy side is enough. Apparently, it just isn’t enough. I’m writing this now, Day 1, day of doom, worst day of them all so my thoughts, comments, and remarks, may just in fact be that I am hangry.

Day 1- Breakfast was yum, a raw oat, cinnamon, chia seed and blueberry mixture and it was really good. What I did not like was the juice. Spicy lemonade should have been my clue that it will burn going down. I don’t do well with spicy foods let alone ounces of cayenne pepper sizzling my throat. Not my fave, but after a few minuets I mustered up the energy, found some motivational quotes and finished that juice like a boss. Lunch was so good, a white kidney bean salad with avocado, cherry tomatoes, and an oil bad dressing. I give it two thumbs up. For dinner I didn’t follow the meal plan and had some baby shrimp in lemon and olive oil with steamed carrots, broccoli, and sweet potatoes and almond butter. Tonight’s kicker, it is Bachelor night. That means head over to David’s, drink flavored tea and eat Girl Scout Cookies. Bachelor night is like vacation, calories don’t exist so each as much as you want. So tonight, I will be practicing some serious self-control. I also still have my vanilla juice so I hope that will curb my sweet tooth. Hoping tomorrow goes just as smooth!

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Day 2- Today was rough, I mean really really rough. I felt like I was an addict getting sober. Withdrawal central. Okay I’m being really dramatic but I barely could finish my morning juice. I swear it was coming back up. Lunch didn’t go well either; the dressing was not good at all. So I skipped lunch entirely. Basically, I starved all day. Which lead to my fatigue. My body wants sugar and substance and 3 In-N-Out double doubles. Not eating led to my demise. I had a shrimp taco and green enchilada for dinner. I’m so mad I caved. But seriously, today was just so bad. My sister has breakfast and lunch prepped for tomorrow and we already know what were doing for dinner so I will try and finish this out strong. But today, I fell flat on my face. Mind over matter mind over matter is what I have to chant.

 

Day 3- Well, the juices itself went out the window but I ate healthier. So, was it a fail, yes but I did keep healthy eating.

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I wouldn’t say this was entirely a fail. I have found that I am open minded about this, I felt very positive the first day and the initial start, but my tongue is sensitive to spice. These types of juices you have to be willing to drink and eat whatever is on the menu. I did learn that portion really is everything and just eating clean. You don’t need butter on your steamed veggies, shrimp with olive oil and lemon is an easy, healthy alternative, and honestly I like my homemade juices better. Would I do a Suja cleanse again? No, I don’t feel it fit my personal needs. It worked for my sister, she loved it, but again personally just wasn’t a fit for me.

Here comes the Bride.

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This past summer I interned with Two’s Company Boutique and Event planning to learn tricks of the trade, beef up my customer service experience, and learn more about this industry. What I didn’t know going into this was how much I would actually learn and just how much fun I would have with Ali and Emily, two sisters who own this company.

Ali and Emily may be young, but don’t let that fool you. Emily has been in the wedding industry more then a handful of years and Ali as well. Their Girl Boss attitude and work ethic is apparent. They are professional and truly want their bride’s to look beautiful and beam on their big day.

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The boutique has top of the line glamorous fixtures to dress your wrist, neck, or ears for your big day. The variety and range of looks they carry as well as having the ability to customize just about any piece, making it one of a kind, is something you just can’t find anywhere. I loved when a bride would come in and Ali would help furnish her wish to have this trim off a veil with this color off another while adding more Swarovski crystal clusters down the edge. As a bride, you don’t want to be wearing what every bride in Southern California is wearing, in fact most designers Two’s Company carries are not in Southern California for that reason. You want to stand out on your big day and not wearing the same drop earing as your best friend a few months ago.

The girls will help style you for your engagement session, your showers, and up to your big day. Have a Mother of the bride still looking for the perfect jewels? They will help with that too. A fun and different type of bridal registry they started was registering what they wanted to wear on their big day. It is a great gift from a Bridesmaid or close friend. It will be a special gift she will always treasure and help alleviate some cost for the bride.

Working in the store taught me a lot about the industry as well as being a serious Girl Boss. It was empowering seeing them succeed and watch their growth. They are taking the bridal accessory market by storm. Being open almost a year and a half, you would never know just how new they really are. They are so so so good at what they do and have the heart for it. I was so lucky to learn under them for the summer.

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If you or someone you know is in the market for wedding accessories or event planning, Two’s Company is your place. They are located in the cutest bridal filled center in Tustin, California. Head on over to try on some jaw dropping veils, find a head turning head piece, and the perfect drop earring.

 

C is for Crazy

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Family is a staple in my life. I was raised playing in the gardens of my grandparent’s houses, cooking up new recipes with my grandma’s, and running amuck playing games with my cousins or sister. I am lucky I still have both sets of grandparents alive and completely present in mine and my cousin’s life. In fact, they have Facebook, but I refuse be friend’s with them, that is just weird.

This past Thanksgiving, my dad’s entire side of the family came from all ends of the country to celebrate this very special holiday in my family’s home. The east coasters showed up, Norcal natives, and recent Coloradoan made the trek to warm southern California. I could not wait to have the entire side of this family together. I had asked my dad when the last time our entire family was together and neither of us could remember the last time. This special occasion of family called for family pictures. I sent out a group text and everyone was on board. This year my grandparents will celebrate 60 years of marriage so pictures were not an option.

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The troops gathered in a beautiful, sunny ravine Thanksgiving afternoon and that tripod and canon were put to use. A handful of good shots were made but a majority of even better blooper photos came out. Trying to get everyone to smile and not be mid crack up was tough work. It was so fun!

I am not sure if the pictures are more special or the moments we had taking them. It is something my entire family will have as a treasure to look back on. I am so so so lucky to have these girls for cousins, these men for uncles, and some of the most loving grandparents. To say I wasn’t ‘Thankful’ this holiday would be a understatement. Love these crazy Cordesius’s to the moon.

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Child’s Play

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“Over there my brother would chase me around. Oh, and here we would ride our bikes around all day”, were Kelsei’s words upon driving up to our pregnancy announcement location. This area held a special place in her heart; her childhood nestled in the grass blades along this park. It was a special place to announce her twin girl’s arrival.

Kelsei showed us around the beautiful red barn and told Ryan and I what she would play when she was younger in each nook of the park. I always find it intriguing hearing how people spent their childhood and what was cherished as a child. I think photo-shoot sessions are much more special when the place is special to a client. It is much more then a big red barn, or a long-grass field; it represents a memory not just a posed smile.

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If I can be totally honest, this had to be one of the hottest fall days and these two were scorching on the inside. They were such troopers. We did a fall like look with sonograms in tow. We shared a lot of laughs and moved quickly through the park, this soon to be mama was feeling the effects of pregnancy. What mama says goes!

I am getting so excited for the girl’s arrival. We are 4 months shy of seeing those sweet cheeks and baby feet. I cannot wait to spoil those girls with donuts and lots and lots of picture taking just because! Seeing Olive and Etta play around and the same park their momma did, now that is something special.

Falling for Fall

Holy moly it has been awhile since I have wrote a blog or two lately. I seem to be on that busy train and can’t  get off. With the holidays here in full swing, family events to attend, as well as working my life has been less then wide open. But no excuses, I have a handful of blogs coming your way that make me very excited and eager to get back into the swing of things.

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Recently I did a fun fall shoot with a friend I had met through David. Erika and her son Noah were complete naturals in front of the camera. It was so easy to tell the love Noah had for his momma. He was so comfortable showing me just how much he cherished Erika by the way he would hold onto her or look at her. It was something very sweet and special.

I love special shoots like this, capturing their relationship at this stage. I personally prefer the imperfections of children that make them perfect. I like goofy, awkward smiles, missing teeth, and true belly laughs in a picture. It is not always glamorous during a photo session but a story being told.

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It was safe to say this fall I really fell for fall. I love this season in all its beauty of rich, warm colors and cooler days (unless you live in Southern California of course).

Winter is here my friends as well as Christmas knocking on the door, ready or not we are in peak holiday season. Talk to you soon =]

Photo face ready

The holidays are in a near arm’s reach while your weekend schedule is completely saturated with holiday festivities and celebrations. With friends and family around, cameras are snapping and selfies are being made. Tis the season, right? But lets just pause for a moment, how many pictures are you taking to get your best angle or how many filters are you adding to brighten up your skin color? Makeup is a make or break for holiday pictures, so lets help a girl out.

Lauren and Lindsay from ‘The BeautyPair’, two twin sisters, are educated makeup artists thriving in the industry. They deliver flawless looks and effortless tips that even a beginner can accomplish. I asked them to help out my readers with makeup tips for upcoming family photos as well as holiday party makeup styles. The BeautyPair filmed a video to explain their tips and reasoning behind each one.

 

The Tips:

  • Three holiday trends this year are a red bold lip, shimmered eyes, and clean, simple skin.
  • With “glowing skin” on trend, make sure you are only emphasizing on the high points of your face- cheekbones, bridge of your nose, and the center of your forehead. Avoid the highlighter elsewhere.
  • Stay away from over doing it! Pair a bold lip with a neutral eye or bold eye with a nude lip. Do NOT do both.
  • Colored lips or keep them tamed? Neutral is always classic but if you decide to add a pop keep it with a classic red.

 

 

I hope you guys found these tips useful for your upcoming photography sessions and holiday party selfies!

 

*The BeautyPair is on instagram @thebeautypair as well as YouTube-thebeautypair.

 

The Catalina Wine Mixer

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Having a destination stuck on my heart is common for me. My laundry list of places, spaces, and excursions I want to do has gotten out of hand. Maybe to much Pinterest or location stalking on Instagram is to blame. Most of these places I just “have to see” I know nothing about, not even its location. In my book it is a must, making it a landmark to check off and snap a cool photo of, hoping along the way there are other cool things. When traveling, I try now to immerse myself into being a local. This ‘Local’ idea was always pushed when vacationing to New York City with my family. Hunting to find the regular’s hole-in-the-wall Italian joint, or the tiny burger shop that is sketchier then bartering with street vendors. We love to venture off the beaten path trying to find the place that is “The One”. But lately, when going somewhere, I have no idea what this place has to do, eat, offer, nothing. I go in clueless, and I’m okay with that.

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David and I took a weekday off and headed out to Catalina Island earlier this month. I had wanted to go for a few years. If you asked me why, I couldn’t tell you. My parents had bought me two Catalina Flyer passes for my birthday, so we put them to use and headed out. We both got off the boat and gave each other a laugh because we had zero expectations or even a clue what we would fill our day with till the boat picked us back up at 4:30. So we just started walking. If you have been to Catalina, you know that you cannot go far. With the length of the island being a little over a mile, we were sure to hit every tourist attraction and then some on our jaunt. We decided to jump on a golf cart and go on Mr. Toad’s wild ride. I’m kidding, although David likes to scare me because I am such a chicken and worry wart. His sharp turns, my karaoke, and lots of belly laughs filled our hour of quick sight seeing. The coziness of some houses, character that shaped some, and the lack of cars kept my eyes satisfied. It was such a fun hour we had together. David, not one who is into pictures had me cracking up, trying to satisfy my photo needs with a simple drive by, slowing down then off we went.

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We stopped and had some fried shrimp and beer after our drive. Hands down the most buttery, fresh, fall off the tail shrimp. After we ate, we walked around the main street, wandering, feeling an escape we both needed. Being on Catalina made me feel like I was not near my home city, feeling far away, something I long for. We strolled down to the south end, stumbling upon a private beach paired with a walk up bar. We grabbed some beers, found a sandy spot and laid there. We didn’t say much for a while, just held hands while lying down. It felt nice to be silent, just listening to crashing waves. At times I forget to be in the moment. Stopping, breathing, taking it in. Before we knew it, our boat was docking to pick us up.

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Catalina had no expectations for me, besides simply check it off my list. I had no idea going to a place with not much to do would be so good for the soul. I think David and I both needed a little day date with no agenda. The laughs, the ocean, the drinks, all made for a perfect recipe. Travel the unexpected.

iPhone pictures of our golf cart adventure.

iPhone pictures of our golf cart adventure.

Baby-Stein

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When your girlfriend from high school has a baby, you cannot help but still feel like 15 year olds. This cant be, are we at the age of babies and weddings? I feel like nothing has changed when I see high school friends. We are still the goofy, pranksters we were in high school together. Then reality hits, we are in our mid 20’s (I could cringe saying that), and boy do some of my friends reproduce beauties! Jamie, my neighbor, and fellow girlfriend in high school has lived in Texas since we graduated. Finding out she is home for a few months with her new bundle of joy, I couldn’t wait!

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Seeing Jamie, it felt like nothing had changed. I spent afternoons after school at her house assembling ASB spirit shirts, getting ready Friday nights for football games, and even an occasional pool party. She was one of the girls, you knew at the end of the day had your back. I am not sure I contained myself when seeing her, giving her a bear hug and gaping over Brycen, her 3 week old. His head is smothered in dark, soft fuzz, and those kissable, slobbered red lips. I love the smell of a newborn, who doesn’t? In the midst of our chatting she picks him up, throws him in my arms and gets his bottle ready. Is this now how we are chatting? It was so surreal, but so beautiful to see my party girl be an amazing mom, doesn’t think twice using her maternal instincts. I loved watching her interact with him, so gentle.

We decided to set up an impromptu photo shoot in her front yard. She wanted to capture his one-month picture and some fall/ Halloween looks for him. Little Frankenstein was one cute guy. I cannot wait to watch these to grow together. I am so happy for you James.

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