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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Party Dresses, Skylines, and a Giveaway...Oh My!

I am so excited to share one of my favorite photoshoots I've done for this blog! When I received this dress from Shabby Apple, I fell in love with the pretty color and how it has a slight shimmer about it.  It reminded me of a party dress that I would wear at Christmas time (probably why it is called the Nutcracker Dress), but could so easily be worn at other moments.  This was actually the dress I wore to church for Easter Sunday and I had many compliments on how amazing I looked.  Thanks for the help Shabby Apple! ;)

Not only is the color gorgeous, but the fit is wonderful.  I love that Shabby Apple offers petite sizes on their dresses because many shops don't.  The dress went to my knees, which I love and the cap sleeves were another great modesty touch.  When I first put it on, the sides of the dress stuck out and I wondered if it would look awkward.  After I wore it for 30 minutes though, the sides stopped sticking out so prominently and then I had zero remaining concerns. It was only because it hadn't been worn yet and wasn't able to take complete shape yet. The best news about this dress is that it is currently on sale for $20 off!

For the photoshoot I wanted to have a city feel where you could see the skyline.  Charissa Lee Photography is amazing and took me to the Salt Lake City library where we were able to go on the roof and take pictures against the skyline.  I love how the pictures turned out and how well Charissa captured my vision. Adding my new clutch from Daisy Faye Designs was a fun touch as well.

Since Shabby Apple is so amazing, they are giving away $50 to their shop! Head over to my Instagram to enter! This will be a giveaway you won't want to miss!

Where did you get your Easter dress from this year? I'd love to hear!

The wind got a little crazy during the shoot and I had a Marilyn Monroe moment! When we tried to recreate it the wind stopped! Of course right?

Disclaimer: I received this Green Nutcracker Dress from Shabby Apple to review.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Monday, March 28, 2016

u+me: carving pumpkins, carving hearts

*this is part 4 of a series.  you can click on these links to read part 1, part 2, and part 3.

"Falling in love is like the rain. You can't predict it, but you can always see signs of it before it completely falls."

Monday - Our Unofficial First Date
Tuesday - My last date with someone other than Kyle
Wednesday: Carving Pumpkins.....

My best friend Meghan and I loved putting on fun activities that had to do with the upcoming holidays.  For fall break 2013 we decided to have a pumpkin carving contest.  I really wanted Mike to come, so of course I called Kyle! He told me that he would get Mike there and that I'd see them that night.  When I got to Meghan's we started on the pumpkin carving contest with the group of us that was already there  We had just started carving the pumpkins when Kyle, Mike, and some girl I didn't know showed up.  They brought one pumpkin to share between the 3 of them and had decided to make a minion.  As we were all carving our pumpkins, Kyle and I began to flirt with each other.  We kept teasing each other about the pumpkins we were carving.  After the contest, we played a group game of Werewolf.  Kyle and I ended up sharing a seat for the game and it definitely didn't hinder the flirting!

As I was driving home from the party that was the moment I realized I really did like Kyle.  There was no wondering about it anymore, I had started to fall for this kid.  I loved the way we could easily joke around and how silly he liked to be, just like me.  I liked how he liked to go out to do fun things and was always up for an adventure.  I loved the way we could easily talk and I never tried to act like someone else for fear of how I would sound around him.  I was 100% myself around him and that was one of the first things I fell in love with.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Follow Your Arrow Wherever You Go

There is a song by Kacey Musgraves called "Follow Your Arrow" that I've always loved.  If you've haven't heard it you can listen to it here. I find the meaning behind the song interesting because it discusses how our world has turned into a society of judging one another for believing what we believe.  I think the term "Follow Your Arrow" is a beautiful reminder to be who you are.  I love what Population Now said "The bravest thing you can do is be yourself!"

There is one thing I have learned from blogging that will always hold a special place in my heart and that is to try your best and don't let other people's negative comments get you down.  If you are trying your best that is all you can ask for.  Not everyone will like what you have to share, but why not share it anyway if you like it?

When I found this shirt from Population Now I fell in love with the gold arrows and it immediately reminded me of this song. We have now teamed up to give you the chance to win one of these inspirational Follow Your Arrow tees for yourself. You can enter over at my Instagram account @teach.shop.love or click here.

Charissa Lee Photography is amazing when it comes to helping me create my vision for a photoshoot.  For this shirt we decided to hike up to Ensign Peak to share the meaning of following your own arrow and heart.  I love how the pictures turned out, especially the wind.  I will admit the wind was making me nervous with how the pictures would turn out because my hair would not cooperate, but after seeing the final products I felt the wind ended up enhancing the idea of our shoot.  I'm not even going to let the wind get me down! ;)

Disclaimer: I received this Follow Your Arrow from Population Now to review.  All opinions are mine alone. I would never recommend a product to my readers that I didn't truly love and use myself.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Love (& Food) Is All You Need

Our first Valentine's Day together Kyle had to work late and so instead of going out to a fancy restaurant we decided to do our own version of a progressive dinner.  We went to each of our favorite take out restaurants for our favorite food items until we had made a whole meal.  We even got water from every restaurant so we could see which restaurant had the best water, because I'm kind of a water snob.  (If you were wondering Chick-Fil-A had the best water! hahaha) We had such a fun time that it is our new Valentine's Day tradition, and one of our favorite holidays because of how much fun we have.

This year was no different! We made a plan of where to get each item of food and what the best route would be.  We started at Red Robin for our favorite pound of fries and fry sauce! We made our way to Hires Big H for a hamburger and then made a phone call to order some mac n' cheese from Noodles & Co.  Before picking up the mac n' cheese we stopped to get some chicken nuggets from Chick-Fil-A.  Seriously I love that place! We had a small wait with the car in front of us and they gave us a coupon for a free item on our next visit. Our last stop was to Texas Roadhouse to get their famous rolls and butter.  After gathering all the food we made our way home.  It took us a hour to get all the food and make it back home.  It is so much fun driving around together and trying to figure out how to get all the food and keep it warm, that I don't even care if the food is a little cold! We were joking that if we did this for the food, we would be in two different cars, but we do it for the experience! Actually I was pretty surprised, but we didn't have any cold food this year! The fries weren't as hot as they were when we got them, but we didn't even have to heat them up! haha What a weird thing to think about having to do with your Valentine's Day food!

Once we were home we ate our food and watched the movie, Valentine's Day! I love this show and that first year that I showed it to Kyle I was so happy that he enjoyed it too! The food was delicious, the movie was great, and the company was even better! We love coming up with fun and unique traditions for each holiday! I'm so lucky that I found a guy that loves to be silly, random, and fun!