Home for the holidays so we decided to get in the holiday spirit the best way we know how, going up to the mountains to try to catch some SNOW and some good views.
When you're not quite ready to let go of summer, you do summer themed shoots to keep the spirit of all things happy alive. I was so excited to work with such talented awesome babes on this shoot!
Our very first time in Paris and I am completely mesmerized by this place. The language, the food, the architecture, EVERYTHING is beautiful. I have absolutely loooved just walking around stopping into patisseries and boulangeries grabbing croissants and baguettes constantly. Let's be honest walking the streets of Paris was one of my life highlights, walking the streets of Paris is cute shoes makes it that much better.
Thanks to OFF BROADWAY SHOE WAREHOUSE I was strutting around the streets like I belonged there.
When I was invited to be apart of the Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra Long Wear Foundation campaign launch on instagram, naturally I kinda freaked out because anyone who loves makeup loves Laura Mercier. So naturally the DAY the package showed up on y doorstep with Laura Mercier goodies I could not wait to try everything out for myself and here is the result! Skin that looked smooth and even without caking on the foundation, you can still see freckles on my face (to me that's a good sign because I love my freckles but I don't love my zits) I had a dewy complexion that literally lasted all day. Try it out for yourself because I know everyones skin is SO different, but I can honestly say I was super happy with how this foundation felt on my skin!
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This trip was SUUUPER last minute, Jordan was going to be in South Africa, I saw flights to DC for $100 rt and my cousin Josie had just gotten a job and was starting the following week so I decided, what the heck! I'm gunna go visit Josie in DC! And I am SOOOO glad I did! I kind of fell in love with the charm and history of that city along with all that there is to do and see and eat! All thanks to YOU AMAZING PEOPLE and all of your awesome recommendations (thank you thank you thank you!) we felt like we couldn't miss! I got so many awesome recommendations from you guys (and I wish I could have tried and seen every single one that I got) that I decided to throw together a little DC guide!! Enjoy!
*** If I am missing anything PLEASE leave a comment and tell us YOUR DC favorites!!!
FOOD | this list is the things we DID get to try and LOVED
+ WE THE PIZZA | up on Capitol Hill | holy smokes this pizza hit the spot! I got the buffalo chicken pizza and loveddd it! The crust especially is so yummy!
+ FARMERS FISHERS BAKERS | DC | his is not me being dramatic or over the top I promise.. get the bacon onion blue cheese burger.. it is without a doubt one of the best hamburgers I have ever had! Josie & Jakob got the pizza and loved it as well! I also hear their brunch is amazing!!
+ LE MADELINE | in Alexandria | this was the yummiest little lunch spot, I got the tomato basil soup with the chicken parisian sandwhich (the bread was so good!) with a side of fruit!
+ SANGJUN THAI | in Alexandria | if you like thai food I definitely recommend this place the pad thai was s'gooood!
+ GOOD STUFF EATERY | there's a few locations we went to the one right next door to we the pizza on capital hill | word on the street their burgers are to die for. I personally can vouch for the fries and the shakes! I tried the toasted marshmallow (LOVED), the strawberry, and the salted carmel, all were to die for!
+ SHAKE SHACK | these are all over in DC | we don't have one of these in Utah so anytime I'm somewhere with a shake shake you know I'm getting myself a smoke shack and cheese fries.
here's the food list I wasn't able to try, but came highly recommended!
+ VAPIANO | downtown DC | Italian goodness
+ SWEET GREEN | a few locations | word on the street says these salads are the best! definitely on my list for next time!
+ FOUNDING FARMERS | downtown DC | similar to farmers fishers bakers this place came HIGHLY recommended by lots of you!
+ THE SMITH | downtown DC | apparently this is a great breakfast joint, try the avocado toast!
+ PAUL BAKERY | downtown DC | yummy breakfast
+ TED'S BULLETIN | downtown DC | homemade poptarts!
+ UNION MARKET | downtown DC | breakfast/brunch
+ BERTUCCI'S | downtown DC | PIZZAA
+ RESTAURANT EVE | in alexandria | If you're looking for a nice meal
+ DC FOOD TRUCKS | lined up around the national mall | get the DC food truck app and it will tell you where the food trucks are at!
+ PARADISO PIZZA | a few locations
+ CAVA | in georgetown
+ BOMBAY CURRY COMPANY | in Alexandria | indian food
+ RASIKA | downtown DC | I hear if you like indian food, this place is amazing!
now for my favorite part.. TREATS!!!
+ BAKED AND WIRED | between georgetown and DC | holy friggin smokes. Unique and delicious cupcakes, I have to say these were my favorite cupcakes in DC. I got probably the best cupcake I've ever had the razmanian devil (lemon cupcake with raspberry filling and lemon frosting, SOOOOOO DANG GOOOD!) and the pistachio (pistachio cupcake with cardamon and honey frosting, so unique but really yummy!)
+ GEORGETOWN CUPCAKES | georgetown | these were a VERY close second like so close I almost couldn't decide. I got the vanilla squared (vanilla cupcake with vanilla cream cheese frosting, yum!) and my second favorite cupcake I've ever had mostly because of the frosting was a oreo and coffee cupcake (vanilla and oreo cupcake with coffee and oreo frosting... YOU GUYS! I almost cried when I finished it. I was told weekdays are the time to go to avoid lines!
+ LAVENDER MOON | alexandria | I got a blood orange cupcake.. umm need I say more!
+ THOMAS SWEET | georgetown | WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM cause this ice cream is worth screaming over hahahah but seriously! Especially on a hot humid day, this stuff is unlike any ice cream I've ever had and they have SOO many flavors!!
+ CASA ROSADA | alexandria | look nothing will ever compare to authentic italian gelato, but this stuff was GOOD!
+ PITANGO GELATO | downtown dc | I didn't get to try this but it sounds pretty amazing.
THINGS TO DO AND SEE
+ ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
+TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER | watch the guard change
+ ROBERT E LEE HOUSE | so beautiful I was ready to move into this place!
+ THE NATIONAL MALL | HIGHLY recommend getting city bike share app and riding bikes all around the mall and everything in the area! Such a cheap/easy way to get around to seeing everything!
+ LINCOLN MEMORIAL | take a minute to sit on the steps and take in the view, one of my favorite things we did.
+ WASHINGTON MONUMENT | make reservations to take an elevator to the top!
+ JEFFERSON MEMORIAL
+ THE WHITE HOUSE | next time I'm in DC I'd love to do a white house tour, I hear the gardens are amazing!
+ GEORGETOWN | please do yourself a favor and just get lost walking around georgetown. this has got to be the cutest place I've ever seen, all the buildings and houses and unbelievable. great shopping, tons of good food!
+ NATIONAL CATHEDRAL
+ LIBRARY OF CONGRESS | we went on labor day and it had closed early so I didn't get to go in but I hear it is AMAAAZING!
+ THE CAPITOL
+ OLD TOWN ALEXANDRIA | I also loved walking around old town, again with the super cute buildings yummy food and awesome shopping!
+ DUMBARTON GARDENS | georgetown | we tried to get a garden tour but it was closed for renovations. It looked incredible though!
+ BOTANICAL GARDENS
+ HUNTLEY MEADOWS BOARDWALK | this is a fun little nature walk through the wetlands, we got to see lots of animals, birds, turtles, beavers, racoons, etc. we went in the evening and got to watch the sunset, it was so beautiful!
+ GRAVELLY POINT PARK | arlington | come watch airplanes flight RIGHT over you! right next to the river this is a super fun place to come have a picnic or just hangout!
+ NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM | this was probably my favorite museum that we visited, super fun!
+ HOLOCAUST MUSEUM | march-august you need to go online to get tickets before you go. this was so heartbreaking, but incredible. This is a must!
+ AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM
+ NATIONAL ARCHIVES
+ NEWSEUM | kinda pricey but I hear it's well worth it!
THANK YOU again so much for all your recommendations!! If I missed anything make sure to leave YOUR DC favorites in a comment!!
also HUGE thank you to my besties Josie & Jakob for showing me the best time in DC!
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white button up top | madewell
high waisted mom jeans | urban outfitters
vintage white sunnies | zero uv
As summer is coming to an end I'm finding myself in that awkward, can't decide how I actually feel phase. You know mourning summer but kinda can't wait for sweaters and all things pumpkin spice? My heart is kinda breakin' a little bit though because Jordan and I are going to be gone ALL of October... yes literally ALL of October and while I am so excited about the places we are traveling to for work I can't help but be a little sad I'm missing my favorite time of year at home. Luckily we get home two days before Halloween (our absolute favorite holiday) so we will get a little taste of fall before we head out to Australia + New Zealand! Guess I can't really complain ;P
I am such a sucker for cute sunnies! So naturally Wear Me Pro was a perfect fit for me! They offer suuuuper cute sunnies individually as well as a monthly subscription box!! I received my shadesbox I was SOO excited! All of the sunnies were so unique and so cute! Needless to say I've been wearing them nonstop since I received them!
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Anytime you shoot with Kortni Jeane you know you are in for a good time + the cutest suits! What's better than hanging out in a flower shop with a bunch of babes? Until we accidentally crashed a wedding reception.. yeeeah that happened.. WHOOPS! haha we had to walk through the reception part of the garden in order to get to the bathrooms to change hahaha luckily by the time the reception officially started we were able to wrap up our shoot but man those early comers had some funny entertainment watching us all try to cover up as we sheepishly raced through to get to the bathrooms. At least it makes for a good story, eh?
Photographer | Brooke Stapleton
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I don't know about you guys but trying to grow my pinterest account (and all social accounts for that matter) has been a very slooooww moving train. I had done research I was trying different tactics but it was just too much and in all reality wasn't my priority and I couldn't focus as much time and attention on it as I wanted. Who has time to pin every hour? Not me, not you! Needless to say it has been a slightly frustrating relationship with pinterest specifically & me. I recently stumbled upon a blog post talking about a little miracle worker called Viraltag for managing your social media accounts, so naturally I had to give it a shot........ GAME OVER. I have been using it for 7 months now and have GROWN my pinterest account from 873 followers (it had been around this number for about 2 years) to 13,235 followers and growing consistently ... DO YOU NEED MORE PROOF THAN THAT???? You guys I feel like I cracked the code or something! I love to use Viraltag to automatically schedule my blog posts to pinterest. As a blogger you know you don't want to pin 10 images from the same blog post all at once, but you want to post all 10 images but you aren't going to remember to hop on pinterest hourly to schedule each individual image. It let's you schedule your pins time, date, how much time between your pins, what board you want each pin to go to, what you want the description to be, repin old pins.. the possibilities are ENDLESS and to be quite honest I haven't even scratched the surface myself! My favorite feature is the Viraltag button downloaded on my dashboard. It makes it so anytime I'm browsin' on da web and I see an image I like BOOM a little button pops up in the corner of the image, I click it and it adds it to my queue. Now tell me that isn't magic? It makes it so easy to manage different social accounts (yes you can manage multiple) stay active, and GAIN active followers! I'm sharing this because I wish so badly someone would have told me about it! There is so much value in having a little secret weapon like Viraltag because we are human and we can only handle so much and do so many things at once. If nothing else try the 2 week free trial and watch it do it's magic. You can thank me later ;)
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Jordan and I are avid Disney freaks to say the least. You say the words Disneyland and we instantly turn into five year olds. So when we had to head to Vegas to film an event we figured why not make the drive out to California spend a little time on the beach and of course our favorite place of all.. DISNEYLAAAAAND! And we decided to do a little vlog because we want to remember doing Disneyland in our prime with no kids hahahaha! Feel free to leave any Disneyland favorites, tips, and tricks!!
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Clothing: Robbie & Co
Photographer: Alysha Caufman
You would never guess by looking at these photos that this entire shoot it felt like we were trapped inside a wind tunnel! So how did we pull it off? Well one thing I've learned from experience with modeling it to not let different situations and circumstances that might be out of your comfort zone intimidate or frustrate you. For this shoot we tried to find as much shelter from the buildings as possible and waiting for little breaks in the gusts but sometimes you just gotta go with it! Shooting in wind can be a nightmare but it can also be dreamy, especially with clothes/hair that allow for the wind to give it some good movement. So rather than getting frustrated that your hair feels like it is out of control and the dress in blowing up in between your legs making it look like you have a wedgie (yes this has happened more times than I care to admit) use the wind to your advantage! If the wind is blowing your hair back making it look like you don't have hair at all just rotate a bit! Change your angle so the wind is carrying your hair making you look like you're floating down straight from heaven. Same goes for clothing if the wind is pushing the clothes straight into your body rotate so that it is showing off movement in the clothing. Seems like pretty simple stuff right? Easier said then done when you've got wind in your face but next time you find yourself in this situation take a deep breath and think all the variables for each shot and each outfit! Feel free to communicate with the photographer let them know to be your eyes!
Hopefully this will help ya not be intimidated by wind and maybe even excited to shoot in it!!
Strollin' through the city trying a few different looks with these new cuties from a recent campaign with DSW! I was super excited to be apart of this campaign (obviously though, right?) How would you babes style these shoes??
When you get a text from Shleeeeeeeeee that says "wanna shoot today?" you say YES! This shoot for both of us was just what we were needing, something more free & creative. The second she send me concept photos I knew this shoot was going to be so magical, and it really was. Go check her work out! it will blow your mind! ASHLEY RAE PHOTO
dress + hat // Forever 21
swimsuit // to die for swimwear
This shoot was all kinds of amazing, I was super excited to work with Travis on a styled collaborative shoot, sheerrose made a beautiful floral piece, and Travis' wife (who is an amazing artist) painted this super cute floral design for Travis to shoot through that turned out SO amazing! It always makes me so happy to see other people's talents and to see how much each piece changes and influences a shoot! This one was super refreshing for me, and I couldnt not be more happy with how it all came together!
Phototgrapher | Travis J
Floral Crown | Sheerose Design
Studio | Travis J Studio
Sometimes I think I take for granted how lucky I am that I get to spend as much time with my husband as I do. Early on in our marriage we both stopped going to school and became somewhat self employed. We were able to be together nearly 24/7 and were quite honestly glued at the hip. As life gets busier, we don't have that luxury (at least to the extent we used to) summer is a super busy time for us but for Jord especially, so I try to soak up every single second I can with him. Today is one of those "I miss my husband days" so I figured I'd share these sweet photos Chantel Marie snagged of us after a shoot she and I had, they make my heart so happy!
Part 2 of our Guatemala Trip in Lake Atitlan! Though our time here was pretty short we enjoyed every second! We stayed at the craziest airbnb RIGHT on the lake with our own private little dock! It was like heaven on earth! We spent the day shooting from sunrise till sunset! It was so much fun! I kept confusing the lake for ocean because it was SO HUGEEEE and looked like the ocean, so turquoise and clear as clear can be. If you're ever in Guatemala you HAVE to visit Lake Atitlan!
We got to trade in snowy & freezing cold for sunny & warm at the beach for a day to shoot the new Piper & Scoot swim collection! Nothing makes me happier than sunshine, beaches, and swimming suits so I was in absolute heaven, not to mention I got to hangout my some of my favorite gals for a whole day while we made some swim magic happen! This shoot made me feel so grateful that I get to do what I absolutely love the most everyday! Chase your dreams people! And that I get to do it with such amazing people! I made a little vlog to document the day! Enjoy!
All that glitters ain't gold, but this shoot was.
Creative collaborative shoots are SO necessary for me to keep me excited and growing in what I do. I love working with other creative's are coming up with a concept and vision for the shoot and watching it come to life! This is to date one of my all time favorite shoots and I got to work with two of my favorite ladies on it Cherisa the makeup artist is SO talented at what she does and every time I get up from her chair I feel so beautiful, in this case beautiful and kinda dope all at the same time ;) and the photographer... OH MY GAWWWSH! I loveeeed working with Alyssa some of my favorite shots of myself have come from this shoot with her. Enjoy!
We kicked off our crazy travel year with our first international trip to GUATEMALA with the amazing Nena & Co! I was super excited because it was my first time and from everything I had seen and heard it looked like a really beautiful, culture rich place. Needless to say we did NOT want to come home at the end of our trip and we even extended it a couple days longer than the group we were with! We spent most of our time in downtown Antigua which is probably the most charming little town ever. All of the buildings are so colorful and they all have AMAZING doors, and flowers planters on every window. The streets are all cobble stone which was so cute, but Jordan and I learned the hard way that going for a run on cobble stone streets is basically asking for a rolled ankle hahaha. We rented a motorcycle and had so much fun zipping around on that thing. The food and the shopping... UNREAL, we still crave the food and the shopping was so fun and colorful. I bought some beautiful one of a kind rugs to forever remind me of this amazing place! As we were walking around on our last night we both got so sad realizing we might not ever make our way back there (we hope that's not the case). Some of the highlight things we did in Antigua: We got to visit a hospital that cares for children whose families cannot. We got to play with these kids and snuggle them and it was the sweetest experience. Jordan and I also hiked a volcano and got to roast marshmallows at the top and I can't help but feel like I probably won't be doing anything like that again anytime soon. I also honestly loved just walking the streets of Antigua. Like I said it is so so charming and the people are so kind and every corner you turn your drooling because of how beautiful it all is. It was also SOO amazing to see the behind the scenes of Nena & Co and how their bags are made and to learn about the history. Jordan and I were filming and documenting for them and have some really fun content that will be rolling out over the next few months so go follow them so see it all! In the mean time here's a little taste of what we saw in Antigua.