A Day of Pizza and Shopping

August 8, 2016

We are almost sort of finally settled in our new place. There is still a bunch of shit in storage, though! We love our new neighborhood because it is SUPER walkable. We walk to Trader Joe’s basically every day. And there is also great restaurants and shopping nearby. The other day we did some vintage shopping and ended it at a new pizza place called Tribute. I’m wearing some new denim from Gap Factory and our boy is wearing an adorable romper from there as well. Their baby stuff is awesome! And the jeans are a great fit. Also, I am actively using Instagram stories, so if you aren’t following me on there, you should! I am so glad I don’t have to use Snapchat anymore!!

This post was created in collaboration with Gap Factory.

Cowboy Tub in the Desert

August 7, 2016

I was in the desert (again) for another shoot a few days ago. It was hot. Very hot. Especially when you are shooting outside with no shade for 6 hours. Luckily the place we were staying had a thing called a cowboy tub. Essentially it is just a metal trough that livestock drinks water out of, but in the desert, it’s a cheap way to have a pool. I brought along these new swim trunks from the Nordstrom anniversary sale. I thought they fit in well in the desert with their geometric gold pattern and they are quite different from my standard super colorful trunks. Also, how epic is that last picture with our homestead cabin? It’s epic. Trust me.

Swim Trunks: Bay – Billy Reid – Nordstrom – $68
Sunglasses: Clubmasters – Ray-Ban – Nordstrom – $150

My Sedona Experience with HP

August 5, 2016

A couple weeks ago I headed to Sedona as part of my collaboration with HP and their new Spectre laptop. I had been to other parts of Arizona and Utah but never Sedona. I have always heard about the energy vortexes and was very intrigued by them and their supposed healing/rejuvenating powers so I thought it would be the perfect place to visit and experience while using a laptop that is reinvigorating the PC world. I stayed in a dome house, which is always something I’ve wanted to experience. And it was a great home base for the trip.

The laptop was a perfect companion on the trip. It is so light and thin it barely made a dent in my suitcase. It provided a great home base to research the vortexes, look up trails, restaurants, and edit the photos I took over the course of the trip. I also took it on location with me and played some music while I experienced the vortexes. I love the way it fit in with the environment and the sound is great.

Throughout the trip, and definitely after being back home for a while, I kept feeling that I need to do this more often. I used to take road trips to beautifully landscaped places all the time before we had our baby, but things have slowed down since. I have my graduate degree in photography but most of the work I have been making over the recent years has been strictly commercial and commissioned and not necessarily something close to my heart. This trip made me want to try and do more personal work and connect more with the work I am creating. I hope you enjoy these images from the trip.

This post is in collaboration with HP.

Backpacking with a Baby

August 3, 2016

Having a baby means you need to pack A LOT more stuff when you go anywhere. I mean, even a trip to the market means bringing a bunch of “just in case” stuff like diapers, a change of clothes, food, and toys. Lately when we have made trips out to the desert or even our trip to Sedona we realized that hiking and doing stuff like that is much more difficult because of the extra stuff you need. And carrying a baby adds to that!

I got this backpack and toiletry kit from SWISSGEAR as a means to have one bag to do all the carrying regardless of the situation. The backpack is the perfect size for carry daily essentials, wether it be walking around the city or the mountains. I love that the toiletry kit, which is meant to hang in a closet or towel rack, can just be hung anywhere… like our car trunk or a tree. It’s perfect for when you need to change a diaper. The bag is also super light so it doesn’t add a lot of unnecessary weight and it’s compact enough to fit in a stroller or under a table at a restaurant.

So I like that I can have one bag that is just strictly used for daily travel. Wether it be a hike or a trip to the grandparents. It makes it easy to have one place to keep everything and not forget anything. Plus the bag is only $30! It’s a great bag that helps me transition to my summer travels and back into my day to day life. And it pairs perfectly with my ultra compact GB Pockit Stroller. I also picked up some of their hardside luggage for my travels as well.  Check out SWISSGEAR for these bags and many others!

This post was sponsored by SWISSGEAR. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I Never Thought I Would…

July 29, 2016

Well, I never thought I would say this, but I bought a pair of joggers. Yep. Those stupid pants that have elastic around the ankle and are supposed to be a hybrid of regular pants and sweatpants. When the jogger craze started I couldn’t see the point. “Just wear normal pants!” I said. But joggers have come a long way since they began. These are the kind I didn’t like and I would avoid…jogger-pants

They are fine for inside your house, but a little crazy for normal use. But you know, that’s just my opinion, do what you want. I also have a pair of the more sweat pants-like that I wear around the house all the time. And to walk my dog because I actually don’t wear anything around the house haha. However, if you get the right pair, joggers will look just like normal pants, but with a more modern/trendy twist. There was a good post I found on Nordstrom’s blog where people made them work in different ways…

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My initial issue was that they just looked like sweatpants and people were trying to wear them dressy. They had no tailoring to them and the material was sweatpantsy (you know what I mean). But I had been seeing more tailored versions recently, and when I came across these from Old Navy the texture and the fact that they are half linen half cotton made me want to try them out. And they were only $24. The waistband is normal with belt looks and they have a zipper fly. So they are 95% normal pants. Business up top, party on the bottom I suppose. Also, the texture is great. I love a subtle weave texture to my pants so that they aren’t just a block of color. And once I got these and tried them on, I said to myself “shit.” I knew I liked them, but I SHOULDN’T!!! But you know what, you guys send me emails all the time asking me what you should and shouldn’t do and I usually offer some advice and close it with, “but do whatever you like! whatever makes you feel good!” And you know what, I fucking love these pants. So there! I will admit that my ankles did get a little sweaty because they were tighter around there, but overall the pants are super light and comfy. The moral of this story is that you need to try things for yourself. Don’t get too caught up in rules or what other people say about style. What do you guys think? Are you going to stop following the blog now? 🙂

Shirt: Printed Slim Fit Poplin Shirt in Pedal to the Medal – Old Navy – $13
Pants: Linen Blend Joggers – Old Navy – $24
Shoes: Holt – Robert Wayne
Watch: The Vegan Minimalist Watch – Shop Stay Classic – $20
Sunglasses: Castro Round – A.J. Morgan – Amazon – $13

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