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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)

old tights

Shoes | Plato’s Closet (Traverse City)

Floral Crown & Earrings | Claire’s

Photography by Grace and Jack Clark

**edited by me

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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)

old tights

thrifted Cardigan from Plato’s Closet (Cool Springs)

earrings a gift from my grandmother

Coat | H & M

Photography by Tanya Moon

**edited by me**
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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

thrifted jacket

old tights

Boots | Target

Photography by me, Kaylyn and Dan Clark

vintage 50s inspiredSweater and a PenI have often talked about my cousins in my blogposts and even shared some pictures of our adventures together. See THIS post for our fun in July. And click HERE to see us dressed up for a formal in April. Basically, my two oldest cousins–Kaylyn (17) and Jenna (14) are more like sisters to me. We have so many memories and I’m sure a ton more to come. Columbia, Tennessee is one of my favorite places because it consists of some of my favorite people. Both of our families are quite large so with a combined total of 16 people in one house during our visit, it may seem stressful. But in truth, I love it. My cousins are very dear to my heart and I’m grateful for every opportunity we have together. Kaylyn, Jenna and I have been spending a lot of time together hanging out and as you would assume of typical teenage girls–we love dressing up.

Jenna and I decided to do a 50’s inspired look on Sunday for church. Our big skirts, curly hair and makeup are similar to the style of that period. My top is actually a very short dress that I decided to pair with this mint skirt. Both Jenna’s and my dress have pockets! We coordinated with the pearls but did our makeup differently.

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Jenna Details

Dress | TJ Maxx

Heels | Payless

pearls borrowed from grandma

Sarah Details

Lace Dress/blouse | Plato’s Closet (Memphis)

Pearl Necklace | Claire’s

Mint Skirt | Plato’s Closet (Traverse City)

Heels | ModCloth

Photography by me and my cousin Kaylyn

*edited by me*

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Over the years, I have grown to love coffee shops. It was fun to wander around downtown Memphis looking for different ones and writing down our favorites for when we visit again. My dad loves coffee–he drinks it black and I typically drink it the same. Still, I like to try new things and I can’t believe I’ve never had a mocha latte. I loved it. But java aside, I just love coffee shops. Maybe its the aesthetic décor, or the quiet atmosphere or the smell of fresh pastries. Whatever the reason, they are steadily becoming my favorite place. How cool would it be to own your very own coffee shop?
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Skirt & Blouse | Plato’s Closet

Tights | Target

Shoes | Payless

Photography  by me and Dan and Melissa

**photos edited by me**