If there is one thing I have learned in my short time dabbling in photography, it is that the best shots come along at random. At times I drag my camera along with me and find absolutely nothing worth shooting, but other times, it just so happens that I catch a hidden jem. Sometimes, the most insignificant picture, that most people may have never lifted their camera for, turns out to be one of my absolute favs! In fact, I would say there are many pictures that I have taken that make me smile simply because they are so quirky and unexpectedly beautiful. Here is a small collection of those moments from the past 6 months or so. The next time you think about leaving your camera at home- remember to expect the unexpected!
It has been just about a year since Ryley and I became homeowners for the first time! When we started looking for a home in which to begin our life together, we knew one thing- we wanted OUT of the city! We wanted to TOTALLY get away from the hustle and bustle and to wake up each morning to a gentle breeze blowing across the countryside. The only problem- we also wanted a house with modern amenities. We ended up in the quaint small town of Ashippun, Wi. It is a perfect blend of the two things we wanted- it is totally country, but we live in a small neighborhood where we found a newer built home. Now that we are settled here, one of our favorite things to do is to take walks at night after dinner. This is when we often talk about our future, our dreams, and learn about the intricate thoughts that make each of us tick. SOO important! The other night, on one of our walks, I noticed that the farmer in our neighborhood had just freshly cut his hay field. We HAD to sneak in for a few pics in one of the most romantic white dresses you can possibly imagine!!! It has small white textured dots on it, an incredible neckline and a crazy-cute bow around the waste! It is a soft, light fabric- so chic and comfortable! I paired this intricate dress with a pair of blush feminine heals and a matching blush purse. I just love the gold accents on the purse!! It is an amazing shape and is just the right size for an every day piece! My favorite part of the outfit is actually the earrings! They are vintage earrings that pull the whole look together and really emphasize the romantic textures in the dress. This might be the MOST ROMANTIC outfit I could ever find!! It is sooo sweet and sentimental!! There is just something about the ivory and the textures- this dress is all kinds of pretty!
Photos taken by my husband in Ashippun, Wi. This incredible dress is from Ann Taylor. The shoes are from Famous Footwear (old- similar pair here at Aldo). Purse is from The Limited (similar here). The earrings were purchased at forever 21- these are a MUST HAVE- so versatile and yet so detailed (I love this pair! Or these! This pair is the closest to what I am wearing above! Also very close!)
Enjoy an evening out in this beautiful, soft, romantic ensemble!
I think if a random stranger would have approached me 10 years ago to tell me that someday I would start a blog, I probably would have laughed. In fact, I laugh now as I write my first post. Why, you may ask? Well, not because a blog is all that funny but because I do not consider myself a writer, or a photographer, or a creator of inspiration in any form of accepted media. I am an ordinary girl. I live in a beautiful world. And this blog is a way to remind others, and myself most days, of the beauty in ordinary things. What is ordinary. You decide.
I can remember when I was a little girl. Maybe 2nd grade. It was my birthday and I had all my friends over for a quaint party in my parents living room. With my much-too-long bangs, and my way-too-big glasses, I can recall sitting in a circle of friends and family as my mother snapped an endless amount of pictures of me opening a gift from my grandmother. She always seemed to get me something weird (the only other option was money), so since I was unwrapping something, I was expecting something weird. Much to my surprise, when I peeled back the delicate wrappings, I found myself holding my very first diary. Why would I be making a blog? Well, I feel a blog is really no different than a diary- just a little more modern. A few years ago, I moved out of my parents’ house and into a tiny one-bedroom apartment with my now husband.In the process of the move, I cleaned out all the plastic storage totes that my mom had been saving in the basement for me for years. I happened upon that diary. When I opened it up, and began reading the entries, I was shocked at what I found.
Insignificance. Or what would appear as insignificance. That is what I found. My entries were about things as insignificant as going to schlotzsky’s deli for lunch with my mom. Or feeling the tickle of my gerbil in my hands. Or my sister building the best barbie castle ever. As a child, these were clearly worthy of taking the time to write a diary entry about. These simple insignificant things were significant. When I reflect back now, I realize the wisdom that I have lost as I have grown. When I was young, I knew that simple daily events were what made life beautiful. I never want to lose sight of that. So why a blog? To remind myself of the beauty of simple. The beauty of an ordinary day.
Now as I paged through this ancient diary with terrible handwriting, I noticed something else. There were large gaps where I would stop (for one reason or another, or maybe no reason) writing and then pick up a month or a several months, or at points, a year or more later. This is also life. And also beautiful. At times, it sucks you in and you haven’t any time for recording. I suspect this will happen as well on this blog. And I am excited for that too.
What will I make my blog about- the question of the day! Well, everything of course! I like to try new things, and most of them I am not good at, but it is the thrill of trying to learn and grow at something new that I am after. I believe in trying new things- even if that means a lot of failure. Whether that be creative (like my calligraphy, photography, painting, etc.) or writing (like this very blog), or education (my master’s degree), physical (the marathon I already ran and the one I am currently training for) or anything else more minor or less minor, I believe in life-long learning and exploration. I believe in laughing too hard. I believe in being ridiculous. I believe in stomping in puddles. I believe in being “weird” (by whatever definition). I believe in eating indulgent food. I believe in trying to live a happy life. I believe in the power of love and a family. I believe in being oneself. I believe in finding something beautiful and trying to capture it. But most of all, I believe in the power of love. I believe in living life to try to feel adored, to make others feel adored, and to adore the world around you (hence the name of the blog). These are all things I never want to lose sight of and that I hope to portray through this blog.