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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 =]

 

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.

 

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 =]

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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.

 

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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