Jake & Angela Bridal

My cute sister in law Ange gets married this week!! I got to try my hand at wedding photography for their engagement + bridal session. These two are too beautiful not to share. 

SAN FRANCISCO

The city that I never stop falling in love with. We went out with some of our good friends to visit another one of our good couple friends that just moved out to SF, so we figured it was the perfect excuse to take a little trip!

Activities I would highly recommend//

Giants Game - You can get tickets for super cheap, plus the views from the field are amazing! Just be sure to bundle up, it can get real chilly!

Redwoods - We went to the Muirwoods it was soooooo COOL! The Muirwoods are small patch compared to the actual "redwood forest" but it is the closest to the city. So if the redwoods are a high priority + you are up for a drive it may be worth doing, if not the Muirwoods are two thumbs up! 

Dolores Park - This park is HUGEEE + an amazing view of the city! It's the perfect picnic spot! Plus it's kiddie corner from Bi-Rite ice cream.

Golden Gate Park - Lots & lots going on here museums, exhibits, etc. I recommend looking into all the activities here to see if any spike your interest! It's a cool park.

BIKING THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE - Okay okay I have to start this one with a disclaimer. This bike ride is no cake walk! The hills (or the one main hill more) are... intense. However you can easily hop off your bike and walk it up or take a break if needed. We pushed through and I was shocked I was still alive hahaha maybe a little bit dramatic. Once you are on the actual bridge though it is amazing! The bridge itself is insane, then you've got ocean on all sides of you, and beautiful views everywhere as well! It also was dang windy! This was scary and exhilarating and crazy and amazing all at the same time. We also rode down into Sausalito the cutest little place & I loved it! The people we rented the bikes from gave us tickets to ride the ferry back but apparently the ferry is SO unreliable with their times and it was getting late so we ended up taking a cab back to the city. All in all this was for sure a highlight for me, and if the bike ride doesn't sound like your thing at least go walk on the bridge! 

FOOOOD // 

Jordan & I have both been here a time or two and have our favorite food places here are some:

Tony's Pizza Napoletana - OH MA GOSH! These guys know how to do pizza, I still crave this place!

Biscuits & Blues - This place has a cool underground jazz vibe, you are literally in a basement with a live jazz band + the best southern comfort food! 

Burma Superstar - This is one of Jordan's very favorite places. Think Thai food but more exotic.

Bob's Donuts - Unfortunately we didn't make it here this trip, but this place came highly recommended! We were told 11pm - midnight is the best time to go!

Mr. Holmes Bakehouse - Be prepared to wait in a bit of a line, the wait is worth it! The yummiest pastries + lots of great photo opportunities ;)

Bi-Rite Ice Cream - Again didn't make it here but we have heard amazing things so I had to throw it on here!

Hope this list can help you have an enjoyable trip to SF the next time you go!

xo

 

FAVORITE LIPSTICKS | colors & brands

ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE!! You guys asked for a "Favorite Lipsticks" video and it has been delivered! I'm finally sharing all of my favorite lipsticks! There are so many great colors & brands out there! I'm excited to share the ones that I have come across and absolutely loved! Hope you guys find some new favorites after watching this! Here are all the links to the lipsticks & liners used in the video!

what colors are your favorites?

COMMITTED + ILLUSION LIPLINER

MAISON

POSIE K LIP KIT

LALA

FUNNY FACE

MAHOGANY + RAISIN LIP LINER
You can get this NYC lipstick at most any drug store for 99 cents I would definitely recommend doing it that way!

*PURTY PERSIMMON

FIERY + EXOTIC LIP LINER

Wanderlust | BTS Modeling

I've had so many people ask me about modeling, how I got started, how I land jobs, what shoots look like, etc. So I decided to bring you guys along with me on a shoot so you can see first hand what they are like! Hope you enjoy! xo

#CAMPFOSSIL

Let's go camping! Roasting mallows on the stove top, tents in the living room made out of blankets, ghost stories by the fireplace, sleeping bag snuggles & pancakes for breakfast. That's my kind of camping.

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY

Hope you all had a fun 4th filled with family, friends, good food & fireworks! This year we got together with some of my extended family out in Grantsville and had a small town 4th! It was so much fun we absolutely loved switching things up this year. My cousins collect & restore vintage cars so that was a major highlight for me, cause let's face it, I'm a sucker for that kind of stuff.

EASY BEACH CURLS

You asked what the secret is to my beachy curls so I decided to put together a little hair tutorial for you guys & spill all of my secrets! So here it is, a super easy way to get natural beachy waves! If you have any other video suggestions or requests leave them in a comment! xo

desert dwellers // piper + scoot

 photographer // tell the birds 

clothing + swimwear // piper + scoot

This shoot was magic, but what you don't see is that it was so frizzin' cold, my limbs were so numb I had to have one of the assistants help me get dressed & undressed (sorry Laurel) haha our car also got stuck in the sand & I woke up the next morning feeling like I'd been hit by a truck. Cold number 3 this winter. We always joke after shoots like this that we all really would sacrifice ourselves for Piper & Scoot cause we love what we do & who we work with so much! 

Throwin' Shade

I'm on a bit of a sunglasses kick these days. My sister thinks I've got a problem, but I think sunnies are the perfect way to express yourself while jazzin' up any outfit. ESPECIALLY cause it's almost Summer time!! Plus I gotta be honest I go through sunglasses real quick so I'm always on the hunt for new favorites that don't break the bank. When I saw these bad boys I knew I needed them SO MUCH. So with a little investigatory work I found them! They've been basically glued to my face ever since.  I included the direct link below! I got your back ;)

in gold peach // buy H E R E 

watch // Arvo Wear H E R E 

earrings // Forever 21

Thailand pt. 1 Bangkok + Chiang Mai

We traveled to Thailand to film a short film documentary & produce a behind the scenes video of the film as well. It was constantly go go go. In the midst of all the hectic craziness it was so important for Jordan & I to take the time to make special moments and memories together while we were in this crazy place. Since being home everyone has asked "How was Thailand?" and there are simply no words to describe it. So with iphone video and a few handheld camera shots (which is far from our typical set up) we threw together a quick highlight of our experience. (Separate from our behind the scenes series - STAY TUNED it's going to be an amazing series) Our itinerary was INSANE 13 flights in 14 days, yes that is real. But so worth getting to see and experience everything that we did. Here is Part 1 of our trip

 UP NEXT // MYANMAR 

(be sure to turn the quality all the way up on this viddy)

SHABBY APPLE

Shabby Apple // Arrow Dotted Dress in Yellow

I am absolutely in love with this vintage inspired Shabby Apple dress. Let's be real those ruffles are killer! This dress is high quality & fits like a dream. I feel like I've taken a quick trip to another decade while wearing this dress and if you're like me there's no better feeling. It is a super unique stand out piece, and yes you need it! Go follow me on instagram @kaitlynoelle I'll be hosting a giveaway for a gift card to Shabby Apple soon, you don't want to miss it!

Shabby Apple // Arrow Dotted Dress

Photographer // Eden Strader

PS working with Eden was an absolute dream. She is so talented! Be sure to check out her stuff!!

City Slicker

This shoot was hands down my favorite so far, despite the hypothermia. It was not as sunny and warm as it looks I assure you (haha) BUT well worth it. I love anytime I get to shoot with Breea + Piper & Scoot. They make magic happen.

photographer // tell the birds

clothing +  shoes + hats // piper & scoot

Tell The Birds // Piper & Scoot

This shoot was honestly amazing. We were shooting in a little orchard surrounded by deer who didn't seem to be bothered by us at all. Not to mention the photographer Breea is a dream to work with, I'm always so impressed with how much preparation she puts into each and every shoot. && Don't we all just adore Piper & Scoot? If you haven't checked out their shop.. RUN!! Piper & Scoot has changed my life.. and I mean that. ;)

Photographer// Tell The Birds

Clothing// Piper & Scoot

Lipstick// Stila Fiery

Winter Wonderland

We had way too much fun playing around in the fresh snow that was up past our knees in the mountains where we live! It was the dreamiest setting ever, snow falling, white all around us, snuggling up together. It was truly a winter wonderland. Can't help but feel so grateful for this hunk who does so much for me & our little family. We have had an amazing year with lots of fun & exciting opportunities, as well as hard times & growing experiences which are never easy. There is no one else I'd rather have by my side through it all.

Happy Holidays & lots of love from our little family to yours! xoxo The Towners

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Spooky Scary // Modbod

It's the last week of the best month of the year! (insert crying emoji) Time to squeeze in all the spooky scary activities you can think of! For us this week it's lots of Halloween crafting while watching Halloween movies, haunted houses (Fear Factory in SLC is our personal favorite if you haven't been, GO!), pumpkin carving & the haunted Halloween lift at Sundance one of my favorite traditions, and of course spooky photo shoots & black lipstick while I can still get away with it ;)

P.S. so in love with this outfit from Modbod

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Modbod Zip Pencil Skirt // H E R E 

Modbod 3/4 Sleeve Layering Tee // H E R E

Reasons To Love Being Married

Jordan & I have only been married for a year and a half now, but in that short amount of time I have learned so much, there have been ups and downs no doubt, but we have been able to accomplish so much together and continue to grow together. I value my marriage so much, I would not choose anything over my marriage with Jordan. So I decided to put together a few reasons why I think marriage really is the best, hopefully you can relate in some way! 

You have a permanent boyfriend/girlfriend - One who you can rant to, text a million times in a row about who knows what, go without wearing any makeup, send your ugliest snap chats to and you know no matter what they will still be there, and they will still love you.

You have someone to take care of you - Through sickness & in health. You have someone who will hold you hair back, run to the store in the middle of the night, or surprise you with the perfect pick me up on a down day. Your spouse always has your best interest at heart and really will do anything for you, especially in times of need. Even things like doing the dishes or helping you with work, to save you from feeling like you are drowning. Every little thing counts.

You have your own personal cheerleader - Just like Omi says "Ooh I think that I found myself a cheerleader, she is always right there when I need her." Your spouse is your #1 supporter and wants you to succeed in everything you do. No matter how crazy your ideas are, your spouse is there to cheer you on, chase your dreams, and help you make anything happen.

You can truly be yourself - No matter how weird that may be, your weirdness is embraced and appreciated. Why? Because your spouse is just as weird (haha). For Jordan and I it's out doing each other's accent's or voices, coming up with new ones, and having dialogues in them (yes, we both probably should be doing cartoon voice overs for a living). You accept each other's weird quirks and genuinely love those things about each other. On a more serious note, you can express genuine thoughts, feelings, ideas, concerns, etc. without worrying about being judged or worrying about what your spouse will think, you have a safe place to be open and honest.

You have your own personal side kick & partner in crime - Someone to attend every event with, A VALENTINE EVERY VALENTINE'S DAY, someone to be responsible to every time you set a new goal, someone to daydream with about what's next in life and setting goals for how you are going to achieve it, a spontaneous road-trip partner & travel buddy, someone who will have a dance party to Ke$ha with you (guilty pleasure, don't judge haha). Basically you get to do anything and everything with your best friend and yes it's amazing.

When you get married you gain the super power of telepathy - That is real, you gain the ability to read your spouse's mind. I have found this to be true especially with working together. We will be shooting something and I can look across the room give Jordan a wink or a look and he knows EXACTLY what I'm thinking and vice versa! It's really nice actually. In any situation, all it takes is a look, and sometimes not even that, and either of you know perfectly what's going on in the other one's head.

You get to create traditions together - Based on the things you find that you both absolutely love you start to form little traditions together, some are intentional and some just happen because you love doing something so much you just keep wanting to do it! Fall time is probably our favorite time of year for traditions. Some of which include motorcycle rides through the Alpine Loop to see the pretty leaves and stopping at Sundance for some tortilla soup and a giant cookie, picking grapes fresh from the vine and making homemade grape juice and jelly, this one is quite the process, but so worth it every time we pop open a jar of homemade grape juice. I'm excited to to develop more and more traditions that we can share together and one day with our own little family.

You get to cuddle, like ALL the time - This one has got to be my favorite. Falling asleep cuddling and waking up just to cuddle some more is seriously the best. You cuddle while watching movies before bed, and if you fall asleep on the couch, no biggie! You can snuggle up at any given moment in the day, and really I look forward to it so much. We will both be at home working and decide we need to take a quick break so we will go back to bed and snuggle up for minute. It makes for the perfect little break.

It was so fun getting Jordan in front of the camera with me for a change instead of being behind one! It's not very often we get to do shoots like this together, so I cherish them so much when they do happen!

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Photography // Kaitlin O'Connor

Shoes // FRAU Shoes - Check out their website to see a little video of Jordan & I ;)

Hanging On To Summer

Saying goodbye to summer is so hard for me, every single year. I start to panic like I didn't get to do everything I wanted to this summer, I still need a better tan to take on fall, I just want to go swimming, and on and on. There's a mourning process that has to take place, while everyone else is getting excited for sweaters & pumpkin flavored everything, I'm still in the denial stage. Just know I will cling to every second of summer that I possibly can. So cheers to summer & to darling summer inspired outfits with BOLD colors, free flowing clothing & not having to hide under layers upon layers of clothing to keep warm.

Clothing & Accessories // Tai Pan Trading // Styling by Jenni Kafusi - She is amazing at what she does, always.

Photographer // Aubrey Taiese **This was my first time shooting with Aubrey & let me just say she is SO MUCH FUN to shoot with. She has the most amazing countenance and is SO energetic and excited about what she is doing. Not only that, she did an amazing job! 

Antelope Island

After Jordan being gone for a week and summer dwindling down we decided we needed to make a bucket list for the rest of our summer of things we've been talking about doing and wanting to do for far too long now. So this past weekend we checked off going out to Antelope Island from our bucket list. It was my very first time being out there! I HAVE LIVED IN UTAH MY WHOLE LIFE AND HAD NEVER BEEN?! Don't make that same mistake! GO! It is so beautiful and honestly does not feel like Utah. We had Buffalo walking right alongside our car (insert gasping emoji) It reminded me of being in Africa on safari! We drove all over the island because we didn't want to miss anything! We climbed up to lookout points, walked along the water (beware the smell, that is very real) and made a 25 minute trek out to white rock bay. I swear it was a mirage Jordan kept telling me we would be to the water in a matter of 5 minutes and sometimes it honestly looked like we would be. So if you are wanting to go out to White Rock be prepared for a loooong walk. It is worth it!! I wished we had brought a blanket & a picnic to go sit on the "beach" and enjoy the beautiful Great Salt Lake. We were enjoying the sunset a little bit too much when we finally realized we had to make the same walk back and it was soon going to be dark + mosquitoes would be out and ready to attack, and I assure you they did. *If you are planning on being there in the evening BRING BUG SPRAY!* I would definitely recommend being there to watch the sunset though, it is so beautiful. We will definitely be making our way back out there, and a little bit more prepared the next time around. 

Hat & sunglasses // Tai Pan Traiding

Outfit // Piper&Scoot

Watch // Arvo