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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 =]

 

Big city, Bright lights.

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Charlotte is one of my favorite cities I have visited to date. There is a sense of home I feel there. I love the sweet, southern hospitality, I love the culture, and I love that it has a city feel with a small town vibe. You get the best of both worlds what more could a girl ask for? Looking back I have always been fond of the east coast.

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I had been asked to shoot a jewelry campaign in Charlotte as well as an engagement shoot so I hoped on board and brought my best girlfriend. We flew down south three weeks later and the adventure began. I was excited to shoot the campaign as well as show her around this town my heart holds so dearly. I figured I would write a blog on the campaign when I get the go ahead so those details I’ll leave out out. This is about a girlfriend’s trip to the city. I couldn’t wait to revisit my favorite restaurants and nibble on their tasty offerings. The first day was mostly business and getting settled in. The second day I was finishing the shoot, which meant it was now time to whoop it up and have some fun. Juliane, a friend since junior high, is such a fun, goofy girlfriend. Traveling with her was fun and easy, the best kind of travel partner there is. We would laugh at who knows what, walked the streets goofing around making up alter egos, jobs, or acted like silly tourists. Of course just our luck we are walking down the street mid afternoon and low and behold there is the Indian Pacers walking into the tour bus. Side note, we had no idea where the Pacers were even from or what any of their names were, but we went with it and acted as if we did. We explored down town basking in that winter sun and a Starbucks in hand. Old brick walls, parks filled with dogs, tall cityscape buildings lined the streets of this North Carolina city.

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This trip made my heart so full. Having girlfriend time, going out, exploring a new city, and creating memories with one of your best friends was what I needed. I am so thankful for this sweet friend of mine who jumps at any opportunity with me. She hopped on the crazy train with me and didn’t once try to jump off. Juliane is an encourager, a truthful but kind, and spur of the moment type of friend. I really couldn’t have asked for a better partner on this trip. Who knows where we will go next, but I’m excited!

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Side note: We had the most random celebrity sittings. Atlanta airport we ran into Tyler Hubbard from Florida George Line. Of course I convinced Juliane to go say hi since she didn’t believe me that it was him.