Sweater and & a Pen in ArizonaDid you know that prickly pear cacti grows natively in forty-five out of fifty states?  When I get home after this crazy 6-month adventure, I think I want to get one for myself so I can add it to my collection of succulents.  Cacti are pretty cool.  While we were in Phoenix we stayed in a beautiful campground complete with several saguaro cacti and other different cacti.

All in all, Arizona is a gorgeous state.  One of my favorite things about the state was the stunning sunsets.  Each night, the sky was on fire as the sun painted the horizon pink, purple, orange and red.  Never before have I seen such beautiful sunsets as I experienced during our stay in Arizona.  Besides the sunsets and sunrises, I fell in love with Arizona’s amazing mountains.  We took many scenic drives up into the mountains on windy, one lane roads on the cliff’s edge.  On one such drive, we came across the small town of Tortilla Flats where we enjoyed a small cup of over-priced yet very delicious prickly pear cactus ice cream.  It was on that same journey—later on that afternoon—that these photos were taken.  In contrast to my title, I would not actually suggest hugging a saguaro.  Cacti aren’t the friendliest and as we always said, ‘Everything in Arizona’s nature wants to hurt you.’  Still, the idea was fun, so of course I couldn’t pass up the chance to pose with a Saguaro.

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thrifted boots | Plato’s Closet

Photography by Dan Clark

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A fact about me: My favorite animal is a fox. (check out my other fox outfit post!). This purse was Christmas present from my lovely Grandmother, and I have been carrying it with me almost everywhere I go. I don’t care about convenience-sake, i.e. the fact that I can only (barely) fit my wallet and phone in it; I can make it work and it’s wonderful!

An update on my trip: We are in Phoenix now (although these photos were taken in Tucson). The desert has cooled off drastically. We woke up this morning to find frost on the outside of our tent. No worries, we’re keeping toasty in our 50 degree sleeping bags and electric blankets. Yeah, we’re pretty spoiled. I’ve only had to pull out my winter coat a couple of times. Tights are necessary with skirts and cardigans with blouses, but I don’t mind. It’s almost as if I have a prolonged Fall (which I am totally loving). These burgundy/red tights are becoming one of my most-worn pieces in my wardrobe. And I love that they match my cute little fox purse, how awesome is that?

**an updated update: The weather has actually warmed up some and I am totally enjoying the sun. It does not seem like Christmas without all the snow. But we created a Christmas “tree” out of garland and lights. It’s seriously so cute. Check it out on my Facebook page. I can’t believe that Christmas is only four days away! I’M SO EXCITED!!!

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Dress | Plato’s Closet (Tucson)

old tights

Fox Purse | Relic

Boots | Plato’s Closet (Traverse City)

Photography by Grace and Melissa Clark

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I am entirely in love with this outfit.  I got this dress at a Plato’s Closet while we were staying in Tucson.  The bell sleeves suggested a 60’s hippie vibe, and so out came my floral crown to complete the look of a flower child.  These photos can be deceiving though. The golden sunlight creates the look of a hot day but in reality I was shivering! That’s one of the only disadvantage of lace dresses–they aren’t the warmest. And the desert really does cool off at night. However, we are California now and the weather is a little bit warmer. We spent Christmas at my great grandparent’s ranch near L.A. and are heading to San Diego tomorrow.

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Lace Dress | Plato’s Closet (Tucson)

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Shoes | Plato’s Closet (Traverse City)

Floral Crown & Earrings | Claire’s

Photography by Grace and Jack Clark

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I feel like a modern Snow White in these photos. The contrast between my skin and red lipstick and hair combined with my black lace dress and green coat and cardigan creates a very pretty Snow White look.

One of the struggles of a fashion blogger is photography. Most of my fellow blogger friends set up a tripod and take pictures themselves or have their boyfriend/husband take them. I have made two attempts at using a timer and tripod (View this post and this one), but it was very difficult to run to an fro back and forth. Actually, I am immensely blessed to have a family of photographers. My parents are wedding photographers: View their website HERE. They are the ones who take most of the pictures of me. However, I have other family who loves photography as well. My 12-year old brother Jack has taken pictures for a couple of my posts: HERE and HERE . And even my 10-year old sister is incredibly talented with the camera. She took THESE photos of me in Florida. But the photography talent isn’t only extended to immediate family. My aunt Tanya is a phenomenal photographer and I was privileged to have her photograph these pictures for my blog. To see more of her work, visit her website HERE.
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Dress | Spiral’s Boutique (local Traverse City retail shop)

thrifted Heels from Plato’s Closet (Traverse City)

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thrifted Cardigan from Plato’s Closet (Cool Springs)

earrings a gift from my grandmother

Coat | H & M

Photography by Tanya Moon

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cousin lovingSome of my favorite memories are those made with my cousins. Yesterday we were driving home from the mall in Cool Springs–a forty-five minute drive–while listening to music. Even in these small moments, it’s enough to appreciate just being together. From shopping at the mall, going to a bible study at church, having dance parties to 80’s music in the living room, watching Jane Eyre, sipping coffee, eating donuts, etc; etc–Each of these experiences will forever be remembered. Our visit is quickly coming to an end, so I am cherishing every moment with them.

I talk about my cousins all the time and I probably won’t ever stop. As a child, I felt the unfairness of being separated by a few states. But now with all our traveling that we love to do, I am blessed to see them several times a year. One of my favorite things about my cousins is that I can be truly, honestly myself. And they inspire me. Their sincere love for God and devotion to following Him is something I admire in them. It’s amazing to have cousins who I can grow in my faith with.

I love seeing other people’s styles–especially my cousins. I am spoiled that we can all share clothes. In these photos, Jenna is actually borrowing one of my favorite dresses. After getting all dressed up we had fun shopping and eating a “fancy” dinner. When I’m with my cousins we relish in dressing up and doing our makeup. We don’t even have to have a good reason. Oh, we’re out of groceries? We’ll wear these nice dresses to Kroger. Did you say you wanted to go to the park? Let’s get dressed up so we can go. Maybe it’s because we’re girls but we just enjoy picking out outfits and wearing them around. So when we got dressed up for this fun girl’s night out, I had to get a few pictures. Photos are basically memories, and I’m glad we had the chance to get these.
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P.s. Aren’t my cousins total babes? They should seriously be models.

 

Jenna Details

thrifted dress

Boots | Payless

Earrings | Claire’s

Sarah Details

Dress | TJ Maxx

Heels | ModCloth

Kaylyn Details

Dress | Ross

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old tights

Boots | Target

Photography by me, Kaylyn and Dan Clark