Monday, October 20, 2014

Music Monday: Walk the Moon

A little late in putting this up, but hey, it's never too late to listen to some good music!
So sit back, chill out, and bop your head along to Walk the Moon's catchy tune, Shut Up and Dance. It's been on repeat for me lately. Not to mention, they have some other really good tracks such as Jenny, Shiver Shiver, and Tightrope. Check them out!

Hope you had a fabulous Monday!
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Frances Photography: Young At Heart

I'm pretty sure I mentioned on here that I'm took a digital photography class last year, and it was the best experience ever! The lectures were dry, and at times it was boring when we had to do lab time, but when I took the ideas I was taught and implemented it into my photography...well, its all worth it. 

This was part of one of my photography assignments, in which we were to pick a photographer we admired and imitate his style. I chose Richard Avedon, who was a fashion photographer that became known for his portraits. He worked with many famous faces, including Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando, and the iconic Twiggy. His simple, minimalist style caught his subjects in a personal way, yielding a sort of intimacy with celebrities - which the public loved.

So I decided to do the same thing with my parents. I put on some oldies music, set up dad's old projection screen as a blank backdrop, and had them pose in front for me. It was fun to put the spotlight on them for a change, and I love the shots I got!

No matter their age, I think my parents will always have a playful, youthful sense to them. More than anything, I hope to find a marriage like theirs. It feels like it's becoming more and more rare these days, and I've entertained ideas of remaining solo all my life.

Meh, the musings of a single girl who hasn't had a date in ages. Haha, there are new things on the horizon for my young self, so I know better than to say bitter, silly things like that. Albeit, when I picture my fallback plan for my future self, I kind of like the image that appears in my mind.

I'm driving down a dirt road in my dream jeep, with my fennec fox (one day, this is happening) hopping about in the back excitedly, anxious for us to reach our destination. All my camping gear is packed up, with a paddleboard strapped to the top. Good music is playing, my window is down, and I have the scent of clean air and freedom blowing through my hair.

Yeah. If I end up doing this life solo, I'm not too worried.
So either way, I'll be okay.

Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.
I Timothy 4:12

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

On the Edge

Sweater: UO   Skirt: Target   Hat: JcPenney   Bag: Rue 21   Sandals, Necklace, & Belt: thrifted
Look, I'm floating! :D
Sometimes I forget what natural beauty is right outside my doorstep.
Most of the time, when people find out I'm originally from California, they wrinkle their brow and ask, "Why did you move here?" '

For the longest time, I'd shrug and say, "Yeah, I don't know either."
However, this past year, Idaho's grown on me. I've learned to appreciate just how stunning this state can be, no matter how underrated it is to the rest of the world. We have mountains, rivers, forests, and the most gorgeous sunsets I've ever seen. This canyon where these photos were taken is a local trail that I love taking strolls on. Kirsten and I found this little ledge that overlooked the winding body of the Snake River, and I quickly nitpicked my way to the edge for some pictures. It's ironic since I have an innate fear of heights, but at the same time I've always been drawn to edges. I love the feeling of looking down, and sensing your mortality. The colors become richer, the sensations stronger, and you suddenly feel awake. It's all made a million times better by the view that usually greets you too. Everything else just falls away.

As for this outfit, I felt quite comfortable and happy with the look. This knit sweater from Urban Outfitters is so soft and comfortable, I can't wait to start wearing it with absolutely everything! Summer is the season where I flourish as a person, but I can't resist fall fashion. Ohhhh, the conflict.
Also, mixing my hats with glasses is becoming my favorite combination.

Any fall trends you're looking forward to? Are you excited for the cool weather or are you clinging to every hot, summery day left?

And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell.
Matthew 10:28
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Friday, October 10, 2014

Gingham Girl

Dress: Forever 21   Tank & Flats: Target   Bag: thrifted   Watch: c/o Feral Watches   Necklace: Black Crystals (won in giveaway)
 My barista dress code is infiltrating my life guys. Seriously, all I wear is black and white now, even on my days off. But really, is that a bad thing? I don't think so! Especially with this outfit.

My dad took me out for breakfast one fine day (um, these photos may or may not be a month or so old...), and I decided I wanted to look put together despite the low key occasion. We settled on an old favorite that's a popular spot for Idaho's finest rough and gruff rednecks with a tantalizing flair for making the best breakfast in town. If you're ever in the Southern Idaho area, be sure to look up The Buffalo Cafe!

It's a good thing this dress flares out into a flowy bottom half, because my tummy needed that extra room after devouring a dish called the Buffalo Chip. It had tomatoes, green peppers, eggs, and about a pound of cheese melted on top of a delicious base of potatoe wedges. Served with this carb coma was a huge, homemade, fluffy biscuit and sweet cherry jam.

Oh my heavens, just typing up this description of the meal makes me want to go back.

So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.
James 2:17-18
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