Sunflower Girls

August 15, 2018

Sunflower Girls

You may remember me going to the Dixon sunflower field last summer at 5:30 in the morning. This past year, I did a fashion photo shoot there, this time at sunset. You may recognize one of the models, Serena, from the Smile Balm video I shot last year. Ever since my eyes feasted themselves on the ethereal dreamworld of Pull & Bear’s Spring 2011 campaign, I’d wanted to create a flower look with pressed flowers on the models’ faces. It was over 100 degrees that day and the field was open with no shade. We were afraid of rushing to catch golden hour, but got to the location way too early and had to wait hours for the sun to set. Serena and Robin are two of the funniest people I know and provided relentless entertainment. Once the sun got low, the golden hour went by in 30 speedy minutes. It was the shortest golden hour I’ve ever experienced! We ran back and forth to the car for outfit changes. Photo shoots always give me so much energy and anxiety, but I’m happy with the way they came out!

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Sunflower Girls

Photography: Me
Makeup: Arielle Abelon
Clothing: Only Child and Waltz
Models: Robin and Serena

Off to work

August 8, 2018

Off to work

I swear, I get addicted to chambray every summer. This is definitely one of my more corporate looks, but I think the necklace and earrings give it playfulness that still feels me.

Off to work

The earrings and necklace are from Hey Moon Designs, which is a small jewelry line that focuses on minimal design with natural tones and geometrical shapes. Each clay piece is hand-marbled, formed, and assembled by Scarlet, the owner.

It’s been a little bit since I’ve checked in here on the blog. I had in mind to post these pictures two weeks ago, but my family and I are selling our house (!!!). Before y’alls get too excited, we’re just moving locally — nothing too crazy. But nonetheless, a change. I wrote more about the move here.

Off to work

There are a lot of things I want to do with this blog and my personal brand in the latter part of this year and 2019 — and believe you me, there will be some changes here! I finish up my BFA in Graphic Design at SCAD this coming year and am eager to have more headspace to focus on my personal endeavors. Hope your summer is going amazing and you’re killing it. Tell me what you’ve been up to this summer in the comments below!

Off to work

Off to work

Top and trousers: Crossroads
Medium Transport Tote in English Saddle: Madewell
Emma Go Adrienne Lucite Peep Toe Heels: Anthropologie (sadly sold out)
Earrings and Elara necklace: c/o Hey Moon Designs

Sun Lemonade

July 18, 2018

Sun Lemonade

‘Tis the season for lemonade and I discovered this lemonade hack by happenstance. Allow me to give you a little background info: I drink 24 oz of warm lemon water in the morning. One morning, I had already poured my water, but decided to go for a walk instead. I left the glass of warm lemon water sitting on the table in the morning sunlight to drink it later. When I returned to my lukewarm water, I was surprised by how sweet it was. It tasted like lemonade, though a bit too watery.

The next day, I conducted the same experiment, but added more lemons for more of the lemonade flavor and left the drink in the sun for 2 more hours, making it a total of 4 hours in the sun, then put it in the fridge. It tasted just like lemonade! I’ve heard of and have made sun tea and solar infused oils before, but never thought about translating the concept to lemonade.

Sun Lemonade

SUN LEMONADE

Ingredients:

Warm water
One large lemon

Tools:

A wide-mouthed, clear glass jar with a water tight lid or other secure seal
A sunny day

Directions:

  1. Cut your lemon into slices. Squirt the slices into the jar and then place slices into jar.
  2. Fill your jar with near boiling warm water. Though the fruit will still infuse in any temperature water, warm water brings out the most robust flavor.
  3. Screw on the lid and give the jar a good shake.
  4. Let the jar bask in a sunny spot for a few hours (I did 4). You’ll know the lemons have infused when the water is tinted a pale yellow.
  5. When your lemonade is finished, strain the lemons + pulp (optional), drink it room temperature or put it in the fridge and serve when cool.
  6. **Note: This is an unsweetened lemonade. Similar to unsweetened iced tea, it doesn’t have the typical sugary taste you may be used to. You can add stevia if you want a little extra sweetness.

Make this and tell me it isn’t the most refreshing drink you’ll have all summer. You can even zhuzh it up by adding cucumbers, oranges, or combine it with iced tea for an Arnold Palmer.

Sun Lemonade

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