Tag Archives: beauty

What happens when the Sun goes down

6 Sep

Earlier in the week, I talked about the amazing night time adventure I had with Emily and Matt up to the top of Watson Peak in North Lake Tahoe to watch the sun drop and the moon come up.  I snapped a bunch of photos and here they are!

This was the moon on my drive up to Tahoe, the night before our ATV adventures.

Our awesome driver, Matt!

The sun slowly dropping.

Huge tree uprooted!

Beautiful.

I love all the shadows.

Matt climbing some boulders on the ATV.

Watson Peak.

I love these two!

Sun flare.

The sun was almost all the way down which left this gorgeous pink afterglow.

The moon slowly started creeping up.

You got the whole moon in your hand.

Lights started sparkling on all around the lake.  It was gorgeous.

Did everyone else catch the full moon last week?  Where did you see it?

Colors in your hair

26 Jun

I’ve had so much to blog about but so little time lately.  I’m getting ready to head down to the X-games this weekend to shoot some photos and check out all of the amazing-ness that it ensues.  This week, I’ve been trying to get my zen back and just decompress a little bit.  I’ve been working on sleeping at least 8 hours each night and working out after work.  It feels good to take a week to focus on my health and sleeping patterns 🙂

Last week, I had been contemplating putting some fun colors in my hair.  I’ve been seeing them in people’s hair for a while now and never thought it’d go well in my hair but a co-worker/friend of mine had some great colors that she had in her hair.  After asking her about it, she explained the dye (Manic Panic) and how easy it was to put in.  I was curious and sold at this point so she let me borrow her blue and purple.  It will wash out in 10-20 washes so it’s not permanent.  Sounded like the perfect chance to try.  If you’re thinking about it, this is the perfect option because you don’t have to worry about it being stuck on there forever if you don’t like it.  I also intertwined it in the under pieces of my hair so that when I tuck it back, it’s only noticeable in the ends.

Soft Summer

1 Jun

When shooting for this post, we were testing places and lighting where I snapped the below photos of Chelsea.  I thought I’d share them because they are so soft and beautiful and I love lower backed dresses.  She’s also so easy to shoot because every photo turns up beautiful and effortless.  I love my partner in crime, she’s always up for the crazy adventures that get thrown our way.  If you will be at BFD this weekend, look for us because GoPro is strapping cameras on us for the ultimate concert experiences.  Pretty awesome things to come.  Oh yes and HAPPY FRIDAY! 🙂

I love the back of this dress!  This number is from Forever 21 as is usually everything we wear.  That store is the best.

I love this photo!  She does a really great job of being in front of the camera.  I am the complete opposite.  Although most photos on my blog of me look composed, it usually takes a long while to get there.  I’m much more comfortable behind the camera.

Makeshift make up

25 May

Whenever I’m on the go, I’m usually dolled down.  For the rare occasion that I’m going to need to jazz it up a bit and don’t have time to go home, I’ve often had to create eyeliner and lipstick out of random other make up and people have often asked me how.  I thought I’d share this helpful tip and may it help you at some point in time 🙂

I’ve determined you can make anything out of chapstick. Any kind really, unless it’s a plumper or something that tingles.  I’d stay away from those and even better yet I usually use ones with SPF in them.

For eyeliner, I shave off some chapstick and mix with whatever color eye shadow I have.  For the above photo, I used carbon (black) from Mac make up but I’ve used greens, dark blues, and browns.  You can also use lighter colors if you like that look.

I’ve also done this with lip stick.  I’ll take a pretty colored eyeshadow and swirl some in a sliver of chapstick and voila!  You can also put a gloss on top of the make shift lipstick to give the glossy/polished look.

I hope this chapstick tip finds you handy at some point.  Now here’s a preview of next week’s fashion post with Chelsea.  Lots of great details.

Happy Friday everybody!  Have a wonderful holiday weekend and remember what Memorial Day is for ❤

Brighten Up and Work Out

24 May

With the sunny evenings and longer days, I’ve been enjoying every after work evening outdoors.  I’ve been riding a lot more and getting out even if just for a walk.  A little neon can’t hurt the case and this bright apparel  (shown on Chelsea below) is a great way to add a little happiness to the cause.  You can get neon tennies is almost any color now and you will be much more visible to cars passing by if you are near a road.  Try to avoid wearing dark colors or colors that blend with your surroundings if you are going to be running through streets.

Apparently, they add some good spring to your step as well 🙂

I’m loving all the neon tennis shoes!

Working out is so good for your mind and body.  Take advantage of the cooler evenings because it’s only going to get warmer for summer!

Easy Summer Hair Option #2

2 May

This one is even easier than the last.  The photos are of the lovely Chelsea and she often does this simple twist that looks so cute.  This you could even do while walking to work 🙂

Before

Grab a section of hair (however big or little you’d like)

Twist it up.

Secure with a bobby pin.

Voila!  Hair out of your face and you could easily turn this into a small up-do as well by pulling the hair back and clipping like I did in yesterday’s post.

Bring on the summer hair

1 May

Since I’m on the go constantly, I like to spend the most time sleeping and the least getting ready in the morning.  Throughout time, with the long locks that I like to keep, I’ve found many easy and fast ways to make your hair look like you put more time into than you really did.  This is one of my favorite go-to styles and takes less than five minutes.  All you need are some bobby pins and a hair tie to make it happen.  It also helps if you can braid your own hair but you could live without the braids.  I do this style to my own hair all the time and sometimes I feel the messier it is, the better.

I put a few small braids on each side.

Then I messily pull back my hair into a pony tail tucking the braids in as well.

I tie up the loose strands into a low messy bun.

Then I take my bobby pins and pull pieces from all over and pin them around my lower crown.

Voila!  A low Grecian-style bun.

This is an easy way to tame your summer hair in just minutes.  It’s also nice to keep it out of your face when the temperatures are peaking.  I have a few more easy summer hair styles I will share over the next couple weeks.

Magnetic Pretty

9 Apr

Over the weekend, I was perusing Sephora with none other than my right hand fashion woman (Chelsea) because I had a gift card to spend there.  We stumbled upon this AWESOME nail polish that I’d never seen before.  I’d heard of it but wasn’t exactly sure what it was.  We were testing it out and when we realized how easy it was to use, I was instantly hooked.  It’s a great way of giving yourself a quick manicure that looks like you spent lots of time perfecting.  It’s kind of expensive at about $18 a bottle but I figure there has to be at least 25 coats in the bottle.  They have about 7-10 different colors in the Nails Inc brand that I bought (I got turquoise) but I’m sure there are other brands that will start coming out with this for cheaper.  You paint the coat on your nails, which I only needed one, and then flip the lid of the bottle over to hover over the freshly painted nail.  The magnet pull the paint in different directions to give the polish the fun texture.

I’m not the best at manicuring myself but you can see more what it looks like here.

In the sun, it gets even a little brighter.  You can also hold the magnet over the nails for as short or long as you want creating different definitions in the lines.

The bottle that I got and love.

I hope everyone had a GREAT Easter weekend!  I spent lots of time with family, baking and with the horses – I know all of this is shocking, right? 🙂

The secret garden does exist

20 Mar

OK, here is the first location we shot at on Saturday.

We even got Lesly dog, Marley, to come to the shoot 🙂  Although, he’s painfully shy so this was the only real photo we got with him looking anywhere near the camera.

Adorable.

Trying to create something out of my crazy balloon ideas.
These first three shots were taken on my canon 60D and now you will see the difference from these and Henry’s photos on his Canon 5D Mark II.  My shots are a little bit too warm and not as crisp.  The rest of the photos below are courtesy of professional photographer, Henry Houghton.

I love this shot with the ivy tucking into the left side of the photo.  Lesly was sooo easy to shoot.  She’s really good at catching the light and creating beautiful photos with only one click.

I love the sheer of this dress.  This is the same dress as my post from yesterday (same with Lesly’s).

I love uneven skirts.dresses.  There’s something about them that add personality to just a look.

Trying to do balloon shots didn’t work out for me so well haha.  It started raining pretty good for a moment so we decided to call it and move on to the next location.

As you can see the softer toned photos came out much better in Henry’s photos.  I adjusted the first three that I took in photo shop to contrast the green and red (through curves).  The photos just aren’t as natural as the ones from Henry’s camera.  It’s great to be able to learn all throughout this process!

The concrete jungle is even bigger than I could have imagined

27 Feb

The photos just don’t stop from New York.  I took so many that I think are worthy of sharing so I’ll just continue sharing : )  I hope that everybody had a great weekend!

The new World Trade Center.

A lot of these sky scrapers were close to 100 years old!  Pretty remarkable.

This was swinging over the packed streets.  Urban construction seems so dangerous!

Infamous.

The Statue of Liberty.

Texture.

Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Bridge.

Many of my photos were shot zooming past land marks but I LOVE these arches.  The curved stone is really something else.

Birds everywhere.

Murals everywhere.

City sunsets.

The one great thing, cabs are actually pretty inexpensive!  Our average fare was about $10 total for what in SF would be $30-$40!  Something to keep in mind when visiting.

Another suggestion of things to do that I experienced in NY, go to the restaurant Beauty & Essex…  It was a speakeasy and one of the best meals I’ve ever had.  It’s undercover though.  It appears to be a pawn shop that you enter and proceed to the back and tell the guard you are actually there for dinner.  He then opens part of the wall and it’s like you are Alice in Winterland who’s just been opened the door to another world.  You enter a huge, beautiful and extraordinary place.  Here are a few photos I pulled from the website.  It was an expensive meal but well worth the food, specialty drink and most importantly the experience with friends!

Outside view.

Pawn shop… or is it?

The other side… UNREAL.

Check out their site for more photos and the menu, etc.  I would highly recommend this and just going to see New York!