Monday, April 21, 2014

Nirvanda Lambert

What do you get when you pair a huge Nirvana T-shirt (that you got on vacation in Italy for 2 euro), a lace underthing and a floral skirt: Nirvanda Lambert, my friends. If there was ever an outfit to embody "Nirvana" and "Miranda Lambert" I think this is it.  I confess that I did not come up with "Nirvanda Lambert". When I was trying to think about what to write with this outfit, I got a Facebook invite to 'like' our friend Micah's band: Nirvanda Lambert. Check them out if you're in Nashville. I've tried to see them twice and both times had trouble finding a babysitter. But, someday, Nirvanda Lambert, I'll be head-banging in the front row. I promise

Dan, who took these photos, challenged me to try and be a little more daring with my wardrobe. Due to my new job as an event planner I cant really justify buying more "street clothes" (because I need to buy more "cocktail attire") so I'm going to get a little more creative with what I've got. I got this skirt at a thrift store here in Nashville. I love it. It's multicolored so it can go with anything. It's long enough to wear to a picnic and do mom-things, too. Tuck in a tank, throw on a belt and heels. Done.

Shirt: H&M. Lace tank: Target. Skirt/Shoes/Belt: thrifted. Earrings: Carlsbad Caverns gift shop. Sunglasses: Charlotte Russe.

To go with our [insane?] theme here's my favorite Nirvana video and the only Miranda Lambert song I know...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Happy Easter, You Guys

We had a picnic and an egg hunt today at Shelby Park in East Nash! Tomorrow we're BBQing with new friends. The weather is absolute perfection. It's a happy time. But this day, Easter, means everything ... or it means nothing. I will not get caught up in the pastels and the eggs and the sun. Even if it's pouring rain, snowing or flooding where you are, know that this day is full of light.

1 Peter 1:3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead...

Happy Easter!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Coffee + Home

Ankle boots: Gap. Jeans: BDG, Urban Outfitters. T-shirt: H&M. Plaid: Target. Necklaces: Forever 21. Hat: Florence, Italy. Photos of me by: Blair, Wild-and-Precious.

You know when you meet someone and you cant stop talking? That's been happening to me a lot lately. Maybe it's because everyone I talk to is new to me or maybe it's because my husband travels a lot and I have a lot of words stored up. But, really, I think it's because I just keep meeting such interesting people. I have ended many conversations with the phrase, "I'm sure we could keep talking for hours". I have many unfinished conversations, most of them put on pause because of a screaming child or some because we run out of time.

It's nice making new friends. Friends are what make a place feel like home.

Blair and I got together on a sunny (and, again, cold) afternoon for some more delicious coffee and style photos. She and I could definitely talk for hours but I like that we get to pop in and hang out and then we're both off to our regularly scheduled, far-too-busy lives. During our conversation, pre-photos, she told me about the Influence Conference which is September 25 - 27 in Indianapolis. Then I told Dan about it and he really wants me to go. I am going to think of a creative way to raise the funds because I don't want to Dan to have to sell a guitar for me to go! Because he would, God bless him. 

Barista Parlor was the setting for these photos and the conversation. Some Stumptown Coffee (Portland, OR) and the most aesthetically pleasing coffee shop in all of Nashville. I just wish there was one on every corner. Then I would truly feel at home.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Face Products

A few weeks ago, on Instagram, I asked for anti-aging recommendations. I got some great tips and many of these products are on my Amazon wishlist. I had been seeing a dermatologist and he recommended Cerave. It's supposed to restore your skin's protective barrier with ceramides...whatever that means. What it lacks is exfoliation and after 2 years of using Cerave I have decided that it's not cutting it. For my current budget and imminent need I went to Target. 

I read once that many of the acne products marketed to teens are too harsh for young skin. Since I'm 30 I bore that in mind in my quest. With some stress acne poorly concealed, I walked down the overwhelming aisles of skin care products. I found a Blackhead Facial Scrub with Salicylic Acid, an Eye Lifting Serum (both by Target's up & up brand) and, since I'm using Pond's BB+ Cream I opted for Pond's Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream.

Photo of me by Blair McLeod.

THE RESULTS: My skin is soft to the touch and I think the fine lines are smoothing out quite a bit. I may not stick with the particular brands that I'm using now but I think I've found a combination of products that will work for me and tackle my "issues." Cheers to smoother skin!

[A quick side note for those of you who are scared of the generic or off-brands: According to my dad, whose company packages things, most of the generic stuff isn't generic. Target doesn't have a factory to make their own aspirin or whatever. They're just borrowing from whomever makes Asprin. At least I think that's what's going on. Ask my dad. Anyway, generic brands are fine when it comes to stuff like this. This rule does not apply to shoes and purses.]

What do you use on your face?

This post was inspired by Dollar Shave Club. The members-only Club that ships amazing razors and other cool bathroom stuff for a few bucks a month.  

Sunday, April 13, 2014

On "Giving Up" on my "Dreams"

Last night was my first night at my new job. It was a simple, easy wedding. The bride was laid back. Her parents were awesome. They just wanted to dance and drink. 

But there's an ugly little voice that's telling me I gave up on my dreams. It's like a little dark cloud on my party, telling me that I've failed. The truth is, Dan and I talked for hours discussing what our life in Nashville would be like. What I really wanted was a flexible job in which I could work really hard 1 or 2 days a week and have plenty of free time with Liam. I also didn't want to have to work on these few, precious days that Dan is home since he'll be touring so much. I wanted to plan events but didn't know where to start or how to get the clientele. I have the camera gear, I have the website, I have the experience, I had the drive. Thus, the dream of being a wedding photographer was born. It just seemed like a good fit.

I went for it as best as I could but this place is a "who you know" type of town and with a toddler at home there isn't a lot of opportunity to get out and rub elbows with... anyone, really. So, I signed a contract for a job that I think I'm going to love. And they're supportive of my photography, too! I've found something I'm good at, that fits my criteria of flexibility. So, my only regret is that I didn't wear heels on my first day. I believe it's an unwritten requirement. I think I need to buy new shoes and buying shoes is one of my favorite things to do so I guess... technically... I have no regrets! I loved it and I can't wait for the next event.

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