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A Little Journey

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Life is a crazy thing - it's a roller coaster, changing minute by minute. You never know what will be around the next bend, drop or curve. Sometimes this translates as excitement in our lives, other times dread. Either way, the change is inevitable. 

I've had a lot of changes in my life lately, though I am happy to say most of them have been beautiful and lovely. As most of you know, I took a leap and flew across the country last year to attend college in Virginia. I fell in love with the state; the culture, the laid back attitude, the woods - real woods. And I met the love of my life. Who I am happy to announce, I am now engaged to! I can't wait to spend the rest of my life with my best friend and adventure buddy, and to grow in the Lord together. I've learned things this past year - I've changed. I have new perspectives on things and I've learned to embrace independence wholeheartedly. There have been tears shed from missing my family, being sick countless times and hours spent studying math (no, I haven't learned to love equations just yet).  

With all of this said, it's been a busy year. Every minute was filled with hard work, adventure and (much needed) sleep. Many of you have probably wondered why I fell off the face of the earth, and why my posts have grown more and more sporadic. Let's get this out there right off the bat - I still enjoy blogging and I am still continuing to blog! I am currently in the process of re-branding, and I am hoping in about a years time, I will be able to reveal all of the changes that will be taking place around here. Be rest assured, I'll be throwing out little sneak peeks and hints here and there ;) In the meantime things will continue on like they used to around here, just a bit less often than in the old days. Quality over quantity folks!

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On a more fun note, this dress I am wearing is from Romwe. I've been crazy about the color blue this year. I took a digital fashion design course for my merchandising minor this past semester, and my designs were all centered around various shades of china blue. This dress is so perfect for Summer - light, breezy and let's be honest; the halter neckline is gorgeous. 

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Dress: Romwe
Necklace: Charming Charlie

Of Oatmeal & Chocolate Chips

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Recently I had the opportunity to shoot pictures with Caroline of Hill City Cookies. She started baking cookies for the Liberty University Lacrosse team, and after time, her famous cookies had everyone wanting more. I discovered her cookie making business through a Facebook page, and knew I just had to learn more about her process and snap some images along the way!

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Face the Flare

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Okay girls, if you ever learned anything from this blog, I hope it's that a 50 mm lens is life, and is so worth the investment. We arrived on location for this shoot yesterday just to realize that my 50 mm lens was left in my other camera bag at home (cry)! So we worked with my 18-55 this go around, and man can you tell a difference. I definitely miss my 1.4 aperture, that's for sure!

I've been waiting a long time to feature this lovely blue flare skirt from Romwe (similar). I love how unique this piece is - the top layer is made from a sheer textured fabric and drapes over a deep, blue, satin under skirt. This skirt is super fun to wear for casual occasions, or you could easily dress it up for a party.

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So I am just dying over this ruby talisman ring from Uncommon Goods. How gorgeous is this? I've never seen anything quite like it, which rings true for most of the pieces from Uncommon Goods. I've never had a harder time choosing an item to feature. Everything is stunningly gorgeous and individual - definitely a must check-out! Every time I wear this ring I get loads of compliments. In addition to their gorgeous jewelry, Uncommon Goods also offers a variety of gifts for every occasion from Valentines Day to Anniversaries.

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Of course, I can't forget to mention my latest jewelry obsession. This adorable necklace is from Onecklace. It's a 24 karat, little stunner, and I am in love with it's simplicity and the fact that it matches everything I wear. I quite nearly wear it every day. These make the best gifts, seriously!

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Top: Target
Skirt: c/o Romwe
Necklace: c/o Onecklace
Shoes: thrifted
Ring: c/o Uncommon Goods