Style & Beauty
Style & Beauty
Why I’m loving hydrosol facial sprays and you should too!
As you can probably tell, 2018 was my quest to conquer my skin care. From sharing how I got the best skin of my life at 34 to how I have transitioned into all-natural products, it’s truly been a full revelation for my skin this past year. Throughout the last quarter of the year, I’ve made it a point to incorporate hydrosol facial sprays into my skincare routine and I’m obsessed. Like legit obsessed.
Ok, so what is a hydrosol facial spray? It’s basically a water-based facial mist, but when made with flowers or essence, they’re often called hydrosols. It is often referred to as “floral water.”
Organization / Photography
Taking my hair care to the next level with customized shampoo & conditioner by Formulate.
Raise your hand if you head to your local store to grab shampoo & conditioner and end up standing in the aisle baffled by all the choices and unsure which one will actually fulfill YOUR hair care needs.
Both of my hands are raised.
Welcome to Formulate. You literally get customized shampoo & conditioner sent to your door that is formulated based on your hair style and needs. The control is no longer in the mass-produced hair aisle, but rather with you. So not only are you getting shampoo & conditioner that works with your unique hair characteristics, but you can also feel confident with your formula because it’s preservative free, sulfate free, paraben free and always cruelty free.
Style & Beauty
As a professional photographer you end up with a lot of equipment, so I wanted to share some ideas on how to organize your camera gear.
Since I first picked up a DSLR camera 6 years ago and have since become a professional photographer, I never could have imagined how much camera gear I’d own. From the multiple camera bodies that I own and subsequent lenses to the camera bags, tripods, step-stools, batteries, SD cards, cleansing clothes, reflectors, and on and on. Since I recently updated my beautiful home office and created more designated spaces, I thought to share with you some ideas on how to organize your camera gear.
Sharing my thoughts on how important self care is during the holiday season, plus a review on Sustainable Youth Skincare.
It goes without saying that the holiday season is stressful. From decorating the house, to searching for the perfect gifts and the countless parties, it’s a lot to take on and the pressure for everything to be perfect is more than overwhelming these days. It dawned on me early last week as I was prepping for our house to be filled with family for Thanksgiving that I’m missing the point of what the holidays are supposed to be about and stressing out over ridiculous things. Right then & there I committed to implementing holiday self care.
Sharing my healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte recipe.
I tend to get strange looks from people when I tell them I don’t drink coffee. They always ask me how I get through the day and my answer has always been that (a) I despise the taste of coffee and (b) I really don’t need caffeine. While I still don’t have an overwhelming need for help in the energy category, I have become obsessed with enjoying a healthy, delicious vegan matcha latte.
Let me give you a little backstory. I was diagnosed with ventricular tachycardia (also known as V-Tach) when I was 20 years old and playing college basketball (i.e. I had an irregular heartbeat that would cause me to pass out). One of the conditions after they performed a catheter ablation was that I couldn’t consume caffeine for an extended period of time throughout recovery. Once I knew I couldn’t have caffeine, I realized I didn’t need caffeine. I think once I adopted that mindset, I never looked back. Hence, I don’t rely on caffeine to get me through the day, but I do really enjoy the natural energy I get from drinking matcha.
Lifestyle / Travel
Sharing pictures and memories from my recent mountain west road trip.
As I mentioned in my post about my favorite road trip snacks, I haven’t actually always been a fan of road trips. Hopping in a car to go anywhere usually equals nap time or a horrific amount of time spent in traffic. It wasn’t until last year when I went on this same road trip that I truly came to appreciate life on the road. Fast forward 365 days and my brother, Ryan, and met up in Montana to start yet another 9-day road trip journey through the Mountain west.
What I love about traveling with Ryan is that he pushes my comfort boundaries and he usually is up for my impromptu last minute suggestions. It’s a healthy balance with limited arguing, plenty of laughs and memories made that will last a lifetime.
My love for adventure means hitting the open road en route to new destinations. To get through the long drives I rely on my favorite road trip snacks.
If you would have asked me even as little as two years ago to embark on a 2000+ mile road trip, I promptly would have answered no. I’ve never been a big fan of sitting in a car for extended periods of time and more often than not, I couldn’t keep my eyes open even 10 miles into the trip. Thankfully, I’ve had a major change of heart and thoroughly love road trips now (taken 3 BIG ones in the past year), but it isn’t without strategic planning to get me through them. As a self-admitted habitual snacker, you can always bet that I have my favorite road trip snacks packed along.
All of your Autumn dreams come true with the flavors in this Paleo Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread recipe.
I know when I say that autumn is my favorite season that I’m in the same boat as a majority of you. Unfortunately, having lived in California for the past 12 years, we really don’t have much of a fall. At least not like what I’m used to having grown up in Wisconsin. I miss the changing of leaves, the drop in temperatures so you can actually wear a sweatshirt and apple orchards, I really miss apple orchards.
In order to make up for me desperately missing the fall season, I tend to go overboard in the kitchen with seasonal inspired recipes that incorporate pumpkin or apple. Have you tried any of my recipe creations over the years?