What I Wore | Winter Wonderland

We’ve had quite a snow storm here in the mitten, and so I asked my fiancé if he would brave the elements with me and take some outfit pictures! I’m bummed we couldn’t get boot pics since the snow was so deep (stupid snow), but they are over the knee with a chunky heel and too adorable for words. I want to get more into outfit pictures – and now I’ll have a full time photographer husband soon so it’ll be way easier. 😉 Source of everything down below – Enjoy!

Duster Jacket – LOFT

Shirt – Kohl’s

Leggings – Marshalls

Boots – Marshalls

Lips – Em Cosmetics

Face – IT Cosmetics

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Senior 2018 | Emma

Senior pictures are by far my favorite to capture! Emma was so sweet and willing to venture around to get that perfect shot! Congratulations, Emma!

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Senior 2018 | Ashley

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” —Malala Yousafzai

I had a wonderful time shooting this senior session. This young lady has big dreams and aspirations for the years ahead and it was so inspiring. Congratulations, Ashley! You are going to shake up the future in all of the best ways.

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Mackinac Island | Travel With Me

Mackinac (Mack-in-aw) Island is one of the most beautiful places in Michigan. I have not been to the island since I was a young girl, so reliving everything again was breathtaking (even in the frigid, rainy temperatures). There are no cars or any motorized transportation on the island, so the only way to get anywhere is by a bicycle or by horse. With there being no cars allowed, you have to take a ferry to get onto the island, which makes the experience more memorable.

Though I have biked around the island many times, this was the first time I experienced riding in the horse-drawn carriage. Even though it’s pricey, I highly recommend the private tour if you take a carriage. The private tour takes you around all of the private cottages on the island, plus you get to see the governor’s summer home.  I felt like I was in Pride and Prejudice. One of the benefits to biking around the island is seeing the beautiful views around the island, which is only eight (approx. 8.2) miles around.

Besides bikes and horses, Mackinac is known for its decadent fudge. There are at least three fudge shops to choose from. Plus, they give you as many free samples as you want! The restaurant I would recommend is Millie’s for their kid-friendly meal selection and great selection of options for adults as well. The truffle oil fries with blue cheese appetizer is one to definitely try. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of my food, but I got an olive burger with swiss cheese and Millie’s olive spread. It was a pretty good burger, even though it was messy.

If you have never been to the UP (Upper Peninsula), or at least at the top of the mitten, I would put it on your bucket list. Michigan is a beautiful place, and I’m glad I get to call it my home.

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Stratford, Ontario | Travel With Me

“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”

-excerpt from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

I have been to Stratford many times on school trips to see a play, usually from Shakespeare, for my English class. It has been a while (six years to be exact – yikes) since I had been to Canada and Romeo and Juliet was playing this season. I had always wanted to see Romeo and Juliet live so I begged my mom to come with me. Soon we told my sister and it turned into a birthday excursion for my sister.

We had the most wonderful time there, myself in particular. I strolled through the streets, soaking in everything I remembered as a young teen. We ate at Downie Street Burgers for lunch (you can see the pic of my meal below) and it was delicious. They have many other options to choose from if you’re not into burgers per say, but I highly recommend this place. It is a little pricey, but with the exchange rate it is less in the long run for Americans. For dessert I chose a lemon tart, which was amazing, from a little coffee shop I used to go to every time when I went in school.

If you are interested in plays and love little towns, then this place is one to check off the bucket list. It is not far from Toronto, so if you are ever around there you should definitely make a little day trip and go see a play, explore the little boutiques, take a walk by the river, and eat some delicious food.

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Busyness: a New Disease | Journal

I usually like to write about what I am going through at a particular moment in my life. I am going to school (yes I am almost twenty-four and still in college – that’s a testimony for a later post lol) and working full time. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and I love being back in school and getting a higher education. I will say, though, it comes at a cost.

I have found that I hardly have time for anything anymore. I get up early, go to work, come home, and go to bed. On school days I get up early, go to school all day, go to a coffee shop to get my homework done, go home, and go to bed. That is my routine five days a week. I forgot to mention: I also have photo sessions on the weekend. I have no time for a social life, and I feel that I have no time for me. Yet I feel that I have no choice – I have to have so many classes in order to not be in school forever, and I have to work so many hours to pay my bills and stay afloat.

Remember when you were a kid and could not WAIT to be an adult and make your own decisions and have your own car (insert anything you wanted as a kid, but could not have)? Yeah, it is not what it is cracked up to be. In fact, it is downright awful.

The more freedom you have, the more responsibility you have. That also pertains to your spiritual walk with God. No one holds your hand anymore. Your parents do not make you go to church anymore. YOU are your own responsibility. It has to be YOUR choice to shimmy in some time with God, no matter how “busy” you are.

I am not afraid to acknowledge that I have been lacking in my spiritual walk. I really detest the “holier-than-thou” attitude, so I will not be one of those people. Every one has ups and downs in his or her spiritual walk. I believe we should not be afraid to admit our faults for fear of judgement, rather confess our weaknesses to seek support and help. Yet busyness is a dangerous place to be in your life; I am learning this right now.

What happens when you do not have time for God?

Wedding | Tabetha & Jake

This day was awaited with much anticipation and excitement! I was so humbled and honored that Tabetha and Jake, after I took their engagement photos some time ago, wanted me to take their wedding photos. I hope you enjoy these treasured memories for a lifetime – congratulations on your marriage! (Click on an image to enlarge it)

Senior 2016 | Alex

This session was a little emotional; it felt so surreal to take my baby sister’s senior pictures. We had an absolute blast and bonded with each other before she spread her wings and flew into adulthood. Congratulations, Alex! I’m so excited to see what God will do in your life and how He will use you as a future supreme court justice!

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Senior 2016 | Halie

I had such a pleasure shooting with my beautiful cousin. It was her first time in Ann Arbor, so it was a blast sight-seeing and stopping for a photo op along the way! I know this gallery is long overdue, but I am so proud of all she has accomplished and what she is doing. Congratulations, Halie!

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Makeup Review | Tarte

 

During Mother’s Day, Tarte sent me an email saying they had a special deal for one day only. Of course, knowing me I can’t pass it up, but I told myself only to look. The deal was for six items of your choice and a makeup bag for only $59. Six. Full-sized items. For 59 bucks. After I finalized what I wanted I tallied up what it would have cost me: $168 (not including the bag price if there was one). I absolutely love Tarte because they have products that do not irritate my overly sensitive skin. I was inspired to do a makeup review on the products because I usually don’t get this many at once. So here goes nothing!

Empowered Hybrid Gel Foundation: $39

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This foundation is one-of-a-kind. It is hypoallergenic (good for sensitive skin), and it is extremely hydrating, which is perfect for people with dry skin. It goes on very well, gives full coverage, and lasts quite a while. If you have oily skin, or even normal skin and do not like the dewey skin look, then this foundation is not for you. I do have to powder every once in a while because my skin gets shiny as the day rolls on, but I can live with it because it does not irritate the dry patches on my skin. One other note: I hope they come out with more color ranges, because the lightest shade (fair to neutral) they have is a bit dark for me, although I do have the translucent skin of a vampire. It would be nice, though! Overall, a really nice foundation for dry skin!

Limited Edition Lights, Camera, Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner: $20

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This limited edition shade, deep brown, is perfect for those who find black to be too harsh for their skin tone or eye color. To be honest I was not too impressed with this. I tried it and it did not go on very smoothly. It snagged my eyelid when I was trying to make a line and it left a patchy job. I do not know if it is because I am used to em by Michelle Phan’s liquid eyeliner applicator or what, but this one was not a winner for me.

Bronze and Glow Contour Brush: $34 & Colored Clay Bronzer Blush: $30

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I never contoured before, and to be perfectly honest I thought it was a fad that was going to fade away (which it probably still is, but not anytime soon). This bronzer/blush combo is perfect for beginners who are a little intimidated by the idea of contouring. The brush makes it super easy, with the slim side used for sweeping the darker colors under the cheek bones, under the jaw line, down the sides of the nose, and around the temples. Then, take the bigger fluffy side and blend, blend, and blend some more! I opted for the pink shade to go more with my skin tone, but they do have a peachy shade as well. It is a beautiful combination of colors – I highly recommend these two!

Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara: $21 

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For some unknown reason, mascara is my friend and my enemy in the makeup world. Any mascara I try, it always smudges underneath my lower lash line. So, I went for Tarte’s waterproof mascara. I probably should have bought waterproof mascara ages ago, but this is a pretty good option. It takes a while to get a few coats on your lashes, but it significantly reduced the fallout/smudging problem I had. I believe the only shade they offer is black. Overall, great mascara! Obviously a little harder to get off, but that is normal with waterproof mascara, just be careful to not rub your eyes raw or pull out all your lashes!

LipSurgence Lip Crème: $24

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This is by far one of my favorite Tarte products! I already had two other shades, so when the opportunity came to get another, I pounced at the chance! I have full lips and I love the formula – it glides on smoothly and my lips stay moisturized all day practically. They also smell minty to me, which is not so bad either ;). The shade Serene is a beautiful peachy pink almost nude color. It looks very natural and is just a beautiful shade. I cannot say enough good things about these – if you do not have one, I would suggest you invest in one. It is definitely worth it.

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Disclaimer: this blog post was not sponsored in any way – I purchased these products myself and all opinions are my own. All pictures are owned by me and were taken by me.