Monday, October 8, 2018

Five Tips: Dressing for Hot Fall Days...

Fall. Like most women, fall is my absolute favorite time of year. Not only for the cinnamon desserts, football games, and cooler weather; but, also for the fashion! Unfortunately, South Carolina hasn't gotten the memo yet on our fall desires. Pumpkins line our store entrances, Trade Joe's has their fall desserts stocked, and Target dollar spot has a host of Halloween items; yet, the thermometer continues to read high 80s-low 90s. How can I "dress for fall" with this continued heat wave? I've gotten a bit creative and have conjured up 5 ways to help create inspired looks while not roasting under an oversized sweater and leggings. Hope this helps my southern girls...

1. Wear a dress in a fall color
This is my go-to. Dresses are easy, comfortable, and look instantly put together. I've been seeking out greens, deep reds, and blacks that will allow me to blend in with the fall color pallet, yet stay cool. 

2. Up your fall accessories and makeup game
I often tend to switch over my white nails, shimmery high light, and pink lip for dark nails, deeper contours, and smokey eye make up during the fall time. This allows me to get into the fall spirit. I love this makeup setting stray. (Full blog post to come soon on my everyday fall make up!)

3. Tie a flannel, cardigan, or denim jacket around your waist
This trick gives the illusion of fall layers without the sweat. It allows me to incorporate prints and textures.

4. Pair a dress with ankle booties
I often will wear my favorite summer dresses as long as possible, adding layers, or fall booties to accessorize them. I love how booties and dresses look together. It often adds a bohemian and relaxed vibe, which I love. Also, this look can be very flattering and elongate your legs!

5. Add a light-weight knit

My last tip requires giving-in a little. I have a few light weight cardigans that I reach for in fall. I pair them with dresses or shorts or skirts to stay cool yet still get that cozy, layered fall vibe.  

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Wedding Wednesday: Photographer: Christian Lemons of Foxhouse Studio

I am so excited to share this post with you all today because I can't even begin to explain how happy I was with our wedding photographer. Christian Lemons of Foxhouse Studio not only made my bohemian vision come to life, but she also captured emotional and fun moments that we will cherish forever.

My road to a wedding photographer wasn't an easy one. (I hesitate sharing this part of the story, but after talking to other engaged friends, I realize it is a more common road then just my experience). During the interview process, we encountered photographers who said they wouldn't photograph our wedding because they didn't care for the aesthetics of the venue and many other reasons. Yet, I don't want to focus on the negative, rather reiterate  that there is the right photographer out there for you, so don't let this interview process discourage you because it will turn out right in the end... especially if you book Foxhouse Studio.

My whole experience with Christian was fluid, professional, inspiring, and positive. Her upbeat personality and outlook on her business was captivating. Her portfolio and website speak for itself, yet I truly felt a connection to her work... one that I can't put into words. It was also the conversation, questions, and connection I felt that convinced us she was the one.

Living >1hour apart and my busy schedule, I wasn't able find the time to meet Christian in person prior to my wedding day but the day-of meeting was as if I had known her as an old friend. Christian calmed my nerves, organized our shooting, and began capturing moments right away.

She sought out creative locations around our venue working with the indoor/outdoor space, got to know my family members, worked well with other vendors, and was a true light on our day. The result are these stunning images.

Christian, I can not put into words what your works means to us. I will speak your praises always. Thank you from the bottom of my heart of this experience. You are a talent and beautiful soul.

Here we go...