Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Double the Style

Yesterday was a very good day to dress up, go out, and take photos. I always seem to forget how pretty New Mexico is until I get out of the "city" and into the country. 

What Holly's wearing:
dress, hat, pin: thrifted
belt: H&M
shoes: ...? 

What I'm wearing:
skirt, belt, shoes, hat: thrifted
blouse: Marshall's
necklace: Forever 21

In other news, Holly said that she was thinking of starting a blog too. Do you know how happy this will make me? I encourage all of you to encourage her to start a blog by leaving a comment saying what your favorite thing about blogging is. Also, I'm curious! So leave a comment. Now. I mean, please. And thank you. 

Sunday, July 29, 2012


"I'm a model, ya know what I mean?" Pshh. 

My latest Sunday attire. 

So today in Young Women's (a class for girls ages 12-18 (I teach every other week)) the Bishop gave our lesson. He's a fairly new bishop, so I don't know him as well as our last bishop. I had never really heard him converse with teenage girls before so I didn't know that he was so funny. Haha. That's beside the point. ANYWAY. The lesson was about boys: what the girls liked and disliked about the young men of their generation, and what they would look for in a husband-to-be. (I know this may sound like mormon girls are bred at a young age to become "the perfect wife" or whatever, but please don't misunderstand. This wasn't the bishop's intention.) 

Near the end of the lesson the topic slightly changed. He asked what the most important thing a woman can do is. None of the girls guessed it, so he directed the question toward the leaders. We all answered, "Becoming a mother." I know that some people who are not of our faith will probably get angry at that answer. "You mormon women think that's all that you're good for?" No. I don't believe that that is all that I'm supposed to do in this world, but I know that it's something that I am excited to do because by doing so, I will help to bring Heavenly Father's children into this world. Bishop then asked one of us leaders to give an explanation on why we thought this way. I suggested that a leader who actually has children should answer the question, but all the girls wanted to hear from me? So I explained why becoming a mother is essential to God's plan. After talking about it, I kind of surprised myself about how plain and clearly I was able to explain my feelings on the subject. I think talking aloud about your feelings can really help you to learn things about yourself. 
I felt such peace after I answered the question, and kind of an affirmation that what I felt was right. 
Right for me. 
I'm not saying that it's a sin if a woman chooses not to become a mother. But I do want to say that mothers should be given appreciation and respect, I guess. Everyone should! 

Whoa, I didn't expect for this post to get all deep and religious-y. I usually try to avoid bringing up religion on the blog... on the internet in general, actually. I never want to offend anyone by "saying something wrong" and I most certainly don't want to start a debate. But I remember a friend once saying, "It's your blog and you can post whatever you want!" He didn't say it to me directly, but I like that motto. 

dress, brooch: thrifted, shoes: Payless, sunglasses: Charlotte Russe

Speaking of mothers, my mom has these same sunglasses. Yeah, we bought them at the same time. How cute? 

p.s. I'm not pregnant :) 

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Photo an Hour

9:00, study 
10:00, breakfast 
11:00, exercise 
12:00, rearview buddies
1:00, how do I run out of all these things at the same time?
2:00, lunch 
3:00, chores
4:00, adding more photos 
5:00, hemming 
6:00, cake
7:00, dirty
8:00, pizza party. I made the worst mistake of my life by ordering thin crust 
9:00-12:00, Netflixing while Ryan is out 

Thursday, July 26, 2012

An Outfit Post, Kinda

Yesterday I...
Went to the gym
Made a visit to the post office
Watched a sad Japanese documentary
Went to the church to take photos of a fashion show! How glamorous. 
Did laundry. How mundane. 
FINALLY updated my photography facebook page. Take a look!

Also, I'm trying to think of a new name for my little photo biz. I'm kind of leaning toward Southwest Smiles... It's catchy, eh? But if you have any other ideas, I'm open. 

blouse: thrifted, capris: Old Navy, shoes: Target, bag: gift (Jo Totes), brooch: made it

Monday, July 23, 2012

Sunday Best

My friend Holly gave a talk in church yesterday. It was great :) She recently informed me that she and her husband will be moving out of our ward soon. This obviously made me sad, but at least she's not  moving out of town! When/if that day comes, I will not be able to bear it. Of course, we might be the ones moving out of town someday. It's weird to think about living in a different state someday. I'm not saying that we definitely will, but we definitely might. We haven't thought that far ahead, with both of us being in school right now. It might be exciting to leave everything we know to embark on a new adventure. Who knows? All I know is that we don't have to worry about it just yet. 

blouse: Marshall's, skirt & brooch: thrifted, shoes: Kmart 

My week looks pretty open, a lot like last week, so I don't know what I have planned for this week. Does anyone have fun things they'll be doing this week? I'd love to hear about it.