Thursday, November 17, 2016

HALLOWEEN COSTUME 2016 | Stranger Things + The Lego Movie DIY Group/Couple Costume Inspiration

So, I know this is a super late Halloween post, but I wanted to make sure to post mine and my friends' Halloween costumes from this year. Halloween week turned out to be crazy and busy, so I didn't have time to post this any sooner, but here I am, as excited as ever to share these costumes with you on here!

My friends and I did a group Stranger Things costume. Stranger Things is a new show on Netflix, it is pretty popular and a very good watch, I would highly recommend it. If you haven't seen it, these costumes might not make sense to you, but I'll try to explain the best I can without spoiling it!

My friends Christine and Spencer dressed as Nancy Wheeler and Steve Harrington, who are in high school in the show. Nancy begins as a slightly nerdy girl who takes school very seriously and she turns into a very strong character in the show. Steve is the popular jock character who takes an interest in Nancy despite her not being popular. He turns into a strong character in his own right. Taylor and I dressed as Eleven and Mike Wheeler, who is Nancy's younger brother. They are middle school age in the show. Eleven begins the show by escaping from some kind of medical institution and Mike and his friends find her in the woods and take her in.

Here are some individual shots of our costumes. These obviously aren't perfect recreations of the characters, but it is our take on them. The show takes place in the 80s, so that was a really fun vibe to go with. All of the clothing we're wearing was either bought at a thrift store or was already in our closets! For Eleven's costume, you want a pink baby doll type dress with a white peter pan collar, an oversized navy blue jacket, and high socks with tennis shoes. I already have blonde hair, so I just curled it a bit, but you might want a blonde wig to recreate the look of Eleven's blonde wig. As the finishing touch, you need to put a little bit of fake blood underneath your nose because El is always getting random nosebleeds. For Mike's costume, Taylor got this striped collared shirt and tan coat from the thrift store. He also has dark hair, so that's a bonus for the costume! For Steve's costume, you need a long sleeved rugby style shirt, tucked into some tan pants. Steve's hair is also a huge part of his character, he has the high slicked back look from the 80s. We tried to recreate that with Spencer's hair. For Nancy's costume, we chose her most iconic outfit, which was a plaid collared shirt underneath a dark blue sweater with a maroon coat over it. Her hair was in a ponytail for this scene, but you could also go with her signature hairstyle which is wavy with the sides pinned back. These were really easy and fun costumes.

I had to share Christine and Spencer's other costume from this year! Spencer's favorite movie is The Lego Movie, so they dressed as Emmet and WyldStyle. This was such a fun and easy costume for them. Emmet's costume is basically a construction worker's costume with a blue worker shirt underneath. Wyldstyle wears black pants with a black zip up hoodie with blue and pink graphic designs on it that Christine copied with duct tape. She also has blue and pink streaks in her hair with a high side ponytail.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you enjoyed your Halloween! What did you dress as this year? Let me know in the comments below!

Thanks for reading!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

FIVE Ways To Style Plaid This Fall + Magic Hour At The Pumpkin Patch!

In my opinion, going to a pumpkin patch is a necessary part of Fall. Whether you go with your family, on a date, or with friends, it is always fun to pick your pumpkin at an actual patch. Plus, around Halloween time, a lot of pumpkin patches have extra activities in addition to the pumpkins. In the past, I've been to pumpkin patches that had small carnival rides and snacks. This year, the one I went to was more humble and natural, having just a few farm animals, a hay ride, and a corn maze. It was so cute and the best part... free!

My friends and I just happened to all wear plaid... okay, okay, I might have forced them to so that I could caption our group picture "plaid shirt days" from one of my favorite Taylor Swift songs. I couldn't resist! Plus, plaid is necessary when you're going to a pumpkin patch. I really like how each of us styled plaid in a way that reflects our personal style. Spencer is a big fan of layering, so he layered his flannel over a green zip up hoodie that really brought out his eyes, and under that he wore a simple dark shirt. Christine wore a zip up hoodie that is a mix of grey and plaid, with a maroon shirt and shoes. We always tell Christine that maroon is her spirit color. Blakely went with a simple black tank top and a contrasting maroon and white flannel tied around her waist. Of course, I went with my favorite pair of high waisted jeans with rips in the knees and I tied my flannel to show a little midriff. If you notice, I wore a pair of brown booties, and I turned out to be the only one of my friends not wearing tennis shoes. Typical. Taylor's look is a simple one you could find him wearing on any given day. Dark pants and a neutral graphic t shirt with a flannel layered on top. I love this group's style, it is so fun to see how everyone styles similar pieces in different ways.

We were at this pumpkin patch during magic hour, right before the sun set. It made these pictures turn out so dreamy. I think everyone could agree that the best part of this pumpkin patch was all the farm animals. We saw goats, baby cows, alpacas, sheep, and a beautiful horse. The animals put everyone in such a good mood, we were all giggling and running around like five year olds. That kind of childlike wonder never goes away.

I hope you enjoyed this post about my fun night at the pumpkin patch with my great friends. Every time we do these little photo shoots, I am blown away all over again by how photogenic my friends are. And, as always, by how talented my friend Christine is with a camera. I say this every time, but she truly does capture the most genuine moments of us being our true selves. I love having these pictures to look back on.

Check back for more fall themed posts in the next few weeks. I have a few ideas up my sleeve, but we'll see if they actually get done! Plus, the holidays are coming up and I want to create some cool posts for that.

Thanks for reading!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY | Fall Break in Southern California! Part 2!

As promised, I'm back with a Part 2 to my Southern California Travel Diary! If you haven't yet, go check out my Part 1 to this trip and also check out the video I made for this trip. I have a lot of pictures to share and I don't want to make this post too long, so I'm just going to get right into it.

Day 3 of our trip was definitely the busiest day, and it turned out to be my favorite! We spent our day in Carlsbad, CA, which is where Christine grew up. We started out the day searching for wall murals. Wall murals are my favorite thing to find when I'm traveling. I think they say a lot about the place you're visiting, and they're also the perfect photo op.

The fan favorite of the murals was definitely this rainbow tiger one. The colors were beautiful and the tigers were just so cute, we couldn't even deal. I love the picture above of Spencer standing just next to the "Best Vacation Photo Stand Here" sign, that was such a funny moment. Also, if you notice in the pictures from this day, Spencer changes his outfit several times so that he could post pictures that looked like they were taken on different days. That is a secret I was probably supposed to never tell, but I had to share it on here because it was so hilarious!

As we were looking for wall murals, we stumbled upon this cute little cafe called The Succulent Cafe. I was in my own personal heaven! I'm obsessed with succulents and there was so many of them! Unfortunately, we didn't get anything at the cafe because we were already on our way to a special place for lunch. I'm still so glad we found this gem. The pictures don't even do it justice.

After the wall mural searching, we headed over to the neighborhood Christine grew up in. It had such a typical California look, it was great. The roads were also super curvey and smooth and everyone was so excited to long board. We got some really awesome shots of everyone long boarding that just scream California. There was also a great view of the skyline at the little neighborhood park. We took this amazing picture of our backs. It is one of my favorite pictures of the group. We also had to get a shot of the friendship bracelets I made us. I love how that picture turned out.

After hanging out in Christine's neighborhood and going to eat at her favorite local Greek restaurant which was amazing, we headed over to Moonlight Beach. We planned to have a bonfire there and go night swimming. The sunset on the beach was unreal. No words can describe how brilliant it was and no picture can do it justice, but these pictures are dreamy in their own right.

These silhouette pictures are probably the best thing to ever happen to me. Just looking at them is bringing back all the strong emotions I felt that night. We hadn't planned on getting in the water, but it was so warm that after taking these pictures we all ran to change into our swimsuits and the five of us held hands as we got pummeled by waves. It was an experience I will never forget, being surrounded by so much love and life.

The rest of that night is a blur as we all hung out around the fire and talked about our favorite memories. We all started to fall asleep around midnight so we decided it was time to head back to the house we were staying at. We all slept deeply that night.

I hope you've enjoyed my stories about this California trip, I know I have enjoyed recounting them. Check back for more fall themed posts coming your way soon! Comment below if you enjoy these travel diary posts. And don't forget to check out the video I made for this trip as well as the Part 1 to this trip.

Special thanks to Christine who is basically the group's personal paparazzi and captures the most genuine moments and makes us all look like models. Check out more of her amazing photography skills on her instagram.

Thank you for reading!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY | Fall Break in Southern California! Part 1! (+ A VIDEO)

Today, I am going to finally be sharing my Southern California Travel Diary on here! It was almost a month ago that my friends and I piled in a car and drove from Utah to California for our Fall Break. We spent three full days having a blast together. I didn't mean for this post to take so long, but the last month has been crazy and busy. Hopefully I can get back on my blog post schedule.

Before I start with the Travel Diary post, I want to share the video I made of this trip with you! The first time I had ever made a video was for my Dixie National Forest Travel Diary this last summer, and it was... very rough! You can definitely see the improvements I've made in just my second video. Hopefully I'll keep improving! Anyway, it would mean a lot to me if you would give my video a view, a like, maybe even a comment. As always, I'm up for any tips and/or constructive criticism.

Now, to move on to the actual post! I have so many pictures to share and it was so hard to narrow it down! My friend, Christine, is basically the group's personal photographer and she captures the most amazing moments. I had hundreds of pictures to choose from and I just barely narrowed it down to about 20 which is still way too many. That is why I'm making two posts, a Part 1 and a Part 2. Part 1 will be days one and two and Part 2 will be day three, which was our busiest day of the trip. Today I will be sharing days one and two with you!

We spent our first day at Huntington Beach. We slept in a little bit that morning because we hadn't gotten to California until about 2am. However, some of us stayed up even later talking, so I ended up going this whole day on two hours of sleep! I'm not sure how I made it, but it was so worth it. We checked out some of the beach shops and then we headed over to the actual beach. Before getting in the water, we took some great pictures.

It's a good thing we took pictures before getting in the water, because as soon as we ran into the water, Blakely got stung by a sting ray! It was so sad because she couldn't get into the water for the rest of the day and she was limping the rest of the trip. We did, however, have a lot of fun pulling her around on skateboards and carrying her piggy back everywhere. The group photo above is one of my favorites of all time. All of us are being our complete selves in that picture. It makes me so happy!

After we spent all day at the beach, we decided to eat dinner at Ruby's Diner on the pier. It was so cute and the food was delicious. Then, as we were leaving we had a little issue where we locked the keys in the car. In any other situation, that would have ruined the day, but I'm so glad I have such good friends who are just fun and easygoing. We all sat around and talked, waiting for the car people to come and save us. We ended the night by watching a movie together, all cuddled up in one bed. This was such a fun, busy, crazy, long day!

On Day 2, we slept in pretty late to make up for our busy day before. We spent our day shopping at a local swap meet and taking pictures at a local park. It was so nice because everything was in walking distance so we got to explore on foot! We didn't get any pictures at the swap meet, but we did take some great pictures at the park. All of us girls were wearing pigtail braids and I loved it so much. Even Taylor let me put his hair in pigtail braids for a little bit. That made for some fun pictures!

Our friend, Ian, joined us for this trip as well. He went to school with us last year, but is now living at home in California before his mission, so it was so fun to spend time with him! Check the caption on the silly group picture below for name details on everyone, just so it doesn't get too confusing when I tell stories.

Left to right: Me, Ian, Taylor, Christine, Blakely, Spencer

That night, we had some delicious homemade pizzas made by our host, Eva. Christine's aunt and uncle so graciously hosted us and they are the best people ever. So welcoming and loving. I can't believe they put up with six college kids staying a whole weekend at their house! After dinner, the boys put on a concert for us along with some of the kids who were at the pizza party. If you watch the video above, that is what the clip at the end is from.

I'm feeling all warm and fuzzy just sharing these pictures and memories on here. This was an amazing trip. Definitely a memory I will always cherish. Check back in a few days for Part 2 of this Travel Diary, which will be about my favorite day of the trip. I'm so excited to share that day on here.

Thank you for reading! Sorry posts on here have been so sporadic the last few months. I'm in the process of a huge life transition and I've changed a lot and I want my blog to reflect that. I'm trying to live life fully every day and have genuine experiences. I hope you continue reading and come along on this journey with me!


P.S. All of these pictures were captured by my talented friend, Christine. Check out her instagram for more of her pictures.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

OUTFIT OF THE NIGHT | Vintage Aesthetic

Today, I have a quick outfit post to share! My school does a big Casino Night event every semester, where everyone dresses up and plays poker and blackjack. Growing up in Vegas, I'm a big fan of blackjack and I will take any excuse to get dressed up! The theme for this Casino Night was Roaring 20s, which is always a fun vibe. I tried to keep the theme in mind with my look, but I also snuck in some 60s Twiggy vibes.

My two roommates and friends let me do their hair and makeup for the event, and I was so stoked about it! I do my friend's hair a lot, but this was my first time doing makeup on someone else and I was so proud of how it turned out. Both girls are naturally beautiful, but makeup is such an art and so fun to go dramatic for special events!

For my look, I tried to embrace the best of the 20s and 60s, which are two of my most favorite decades! I wore this beautiful polka dot textured, metallic black shift dress that I got over a year ago at a little vintage shop in my town. Another shopper at the time picked it out for me and said I could totally pull off the Twiggy vibe, and ever since then I've been obsessed with mod style. I styled my hair into a fake bob, it was so fun to have short hair for a night, it felt very glamorous. For my makeup, I did a classic Twiggy inspired eye look, with a dramatic black wing and crease cut. This was such a fun look and such a fun night!

I'm so happy with how these pictures turned out. I edited them in black and white, because I really felt like it gave them a vintage magazine photo shoot vibe. Everyone looked so good this night, and I'm so happy to be sharing these pictures with you. This will be a fun memory to look back on!

Hope you enjoyed this short outfit post, told ya I was gonna start doing them more often!

How do you feel about vintage inspired looks? What is your favorite decade? Let me know in the comments! I think my favorite decades are a tie between 80s, 60s, and 20s. These were such important decades for strong women and I am endlessly inspired by them!

Thank you for reading!


Wednesday, October 5, 2016

TRAVEL DIARY | Cedar Breaks National Monument, Utah

I'm so excited to be sharing another travel diary on here! I feel like it's been so long since my last one, and travel diaries are some of my favorite posts to create. This travel diary is another local/day trip, similar to my Seven Magic Mountains post. My friends and I decided to drive up Cedar Canyon one Saturday morning, and we ended up taking some of the best pictures.

Cedar Breaks is a U.S. National Monument located near Cedar City, Utah. It is often referred to as a mini Grand Canyon because of its natural beauty created from eroded rock. The view of Cedar Breaks is breathtaking, you see red rock, hoodoos, and beyond the line of rock, the trees create a picturesque landscape. I have visited Cedar Breaks more times than I can count, and I'm still blown away every time from the amazing view. It seriously looks like some fake green screen situation you would see in a movie, except it's real!

My friends and I only spent a few hours at one of the overlooks, but we had so much fun taking lots of crazy pictures. The amount of pictures I'm laughing in because someone was making a dumb joke or making fun of my posing is insane. It's a good thing laughing candids are my favorite kind of pictures!

I'm so glad I have such a good group of friends to go on adventures with. Sadly, we were missing one of our group of five because she was out of town for the weekend. I guess that just means we will have to go on more adventures and have more photo shoots like this one!

Cedar Breaks is an amazing, often overlooked viewpoint. It's definitely no Zion or Bryce Canyon or Grand Canyon, but it is a great place to stop for an hour if you're ever near Cedar City. There's a visitors center and an overlook you pay to enter, but there's also several overlooks that are free! This was one of the free ones, and in my opinion, it's a better view than the one you pay for!

Hopefully you enjoyed this simple travel diary type post! All of these amazing pictures were captured by my talented friend, Christine. Check out her instagram if you want to see some of her other pictures!

Have you ever visited Cedar Breaks? What is your go-to place to take a day trip? Let me know in the comments!

Thank you for reading!