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The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer

It’s officially December, guys!!! Time to spread some Christmas cheer for all to hear [or see in this case]!  My favorite time of the year is here, and despite what an intense and emotionally draining year it has been, I am beyond words for how thankful and blessed I am feeling.  With all the sad stories of people leaving this world too soon and the passing of my grandmother, I am so so so thankful for another year with my family and friends and all the support I undeservingly receive.  This year is coming full circle with Christmas around the corner.


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

Christmas is just the best, and I sing out loud and proud.  One of my favorite traditions in the recent years has been taking photos for Christmas cards.  Each year, they evolve.  Our first one was a selfie taken off of Ryan’s dingy old iPhone back in 2013 and printed off a cheap mini HP printer, and this year’s was shot by a lovely lady, Lindsey, I’m especially glad to have gotten to know better this past year.  I think for us, our Christmas photos are even more special just because she took the time to really try and capture what we wanted for several hours at different locations.  Not only that, I’ve been trying to learn the ropes of photo editing with her (even though she is so far ahead of me and so inspirational.)  So the patience and creativity behind our day meant a lot more to both me and Ryan.  (Thanks, Lindsey!!! We are beyond grateful for your talented eye and the time you gave to us amidst a crazy week ahead of you!) She did such an amazing job that it was so hard to choose which ones to post for y’all.

Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele
Outfit details: Top (it’s actually a dress): Missguided;
Skirt: Morning Lavender;
Shoes: Lulus (also can be found on Vici Dolls)
\\click on the links to go directly to the product. For the original Missguided dress, it was sold out, but I found a very similar dress– also from Missguided.\\

For our first location, we decided to go to the Family Christmas Tree Farm in Santee.  The backstory is that we recently bought our first real Christmas tree there a couple weeks ago, and it was so magical for me.  I’d never gone to a Christmas tree farm before because my dad and brother always went to pick them out, and they were usually in those small lots you see on the side of the road – not that it makes the tree any less magical.  Going for the first time, the smell of the different trees was exciting.  The farm was bigger than any I had seen and there were endless rows of different types of trees.  I felt like a little kid at Disneyland, and Ryan loves when I get that excited for Christmas.  So it was only appropriate that we take photos there. (Plus, I’m a sucker for outdoor pictures – portrait or landscape.)


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

Of course, I’m an absolute sucker for twirling shots.  (Reference my wedding and anniversary photos for proof.) Lindsey nailed these shots!  I’d post every single one of them, but I’ll spare you.


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele
Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

And we also may have indulged in my silly idea of having Ryan throw me over his shoulder.  Sometimes, a photoshoot needs a little shenanigans, and it was fun to try this out!


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

For our second location, we wanted to do a little cozy indoor shoot at our apartment with the newly decorated fireplace and, of course, Lilo!  No family photo is complete unless we’ve got the furbaby.  Although our apartment wasn’t completely furnished with all things Christmas just yet and our Christmas tree barely adorned with just lights and no ornaments, we got some amazing shots that I had been wanting to do for a couple years.  It was really the first time our Christmas pictures weren’t rushed and well thought out, so it was fun and a learning process.


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele


Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

Thank you, again, Lindsey for taking such precious and meaningful Christmas photos of our little family!  You are just the best. This was so much fun, and I can’t wait to create more beautiful memories. On that note, I think I need to watch Elf…

…or maybe Mean Girls, because “You Go, Glen CoCo!” “Aaaanndd none for you Gretchen Weiners.” ;P

 

Transparency as a Blogger

When I first decided to take up blogging in high school (remember the good old Xanga days?), I usually never hesitated to write out my thoughts, feelings, or opinions. I spoke freely to the world as if they were a part of my life and knew almost everything about me. In a sense, they did, because I went to school with them. There was little consequence then because I would soon move away for college, and other high schoolers were blogging about similar topics.

Photo credit: Lindsey O’Nele

When I decided to take up blogging seriously, again, I was thinking more about what kind of content I wanted, how I wanted to brand myself as a blogger, and how I wanted my initial design of my blog to reflect me. In the back of my mind, I knew I needed to eventually consider how transparent I wanted to be with my followers, but I wasn’t ready to address it just yet. With my career being in law (for now), the sad and unfortunate truth is that many will judge you and hold you to a higher standard. Topics that you tackle must be done so tastefully and professionally. So, my captions and the one other blog post I have so far, while genuinely authentic, allow you to only scratch the surface of who I am and what my thoughts are on certain things.

Why is this such a big thing to consider? It seems whether there’s a popular travel, lifestyle, wedding, photographer, or fashion blogger, they all allow you into intimate aspects of their lives. I’m just not comfortable with that yet. I wholeheartedly believe that when you begin a public blogging journey, you bring in all those around you—friends and family. So how you choose certain topics for your blogs and present written or photo content can bring judgment on you and loved ones. (It’s much easier—for me at least—to ignore judgment from strangers.)  Another thing is that it’s also not just judgment I’m afraid of but I just naturally tend to shy away from all things public eye. I have never liked being at the center of attention, but deciding to pursue this passion places me in such a situation. Perhaps this will be one of the biggest obstacles for me to overcome as a blogger, and I’ll have to figure out how to let my readers in another way… but for now, I’m still navigating. And that’s okay with me.

 

I’m back!

You guys! If you’re here, you’ve no doubt found this via my instagram or you just stumbled upon this post. I am so excited that you’re actually here and reading this and am so grateful that you would even be here. I have been working on this blog on and off since last summer, but it is finally coming to fruition! I’m still experimenting with the pictures I take, post, and how to incorporate them into my post so bear with me for the next several months. Did I mention how happy I am that you’re even reading this post? Well, I am. So thank you, again, and I hope you’ll engage yourselves in these posts with me and with each other because it won’t always be about fashion but rather every day thoughts and situations. (Also, in future posts, my pictures will be more scattered throughout posts rather than at the very end! Not to worry.)

Anyway, for a first post, I thought I’d give you a little teaser of this past weekend with Ryan. (Ryan is my husband for those readers who are new to me and my blog!) With the crazy rain San Diego has been having, the Anza-Borrego Desert now has flowers blooming like crazy! So, we decided our to explore the “super bloom” and have a fun little getaway just for us. Well, it was certainly fun and hilarious because here’s the story:

My car was 3/4 filled with gas before heading out, and I asked Ryan whether we should fill up on gas. I always like to assume the worst and be prepared for anything.

Ryan turned to me and shrugged, “It’s a city there, right? They’ll have gas there. The drive isn’t that long. We’ll be fine.”

“Are you sure? It’s a desert over there…”

“We’ll be fine. We can find one on the way up there if we need to.”

“Okay. You’re right. I think………….. Yea. You’re right. I trust you.”

“We’ll be fine,” he said. “We’ll be fine.” HA.

The entire drive up, there was not one gas place to be seen. As the gas began to drop and we were getting closer to the desert, Ryan and I giggled nervously because it was unbelievable that before we even got to the desert, we saw not one gas station. As we entered the dizzying and winding roads of the desert, Ryan and continued to look at each other and laugh. “We’ll push if we have to.”  It was not a joking matter, but we were in such good spirits because we were just happy to be spending time with each other that it didn’t matter. After we finally made it to the desert, I tried to look up gas on Ryan’s phone which did not have reception. Dun dun dun!

Luckily, my phone, which has Verizon — LIFESAVER– was able to locate a gas station 18 minutes further into the desert. “Gringos Gas Station” it said. “Thank the Lord! Where would you be without me?” I laughed at Ryan. “Dead.” To Gringos Gas Station we went. Upon arrival, what did we see? A whole lot of empty, abandoned cars lined up and the gas station completely abandoned. Now let me just tell you that where this gas station is, it exists just off a tiny roundabout. On the roundabout, there exists a Tiny Wells Fargo, a half abandoned mall, and one other restaurant. It’s called the Christmas Circle. It was NOT a Christmas Circle. Who named that?!

On our search for more gas, we had to go back around the roundabout, past the Wells Fargo and past the half abandoned mall to get to the one other gas station in existence. There were only two pumps available and the only gas available was premium and each person had to go into a liquor store to pay for the gas. Cars were piled up all the way out of the parking lot, cars were leaving because it took too long. Ryan and I just laughed hysterically because this little Christmas Circle roundabout town– or whatever you call it– was seriously something out of a book! People inside the liquor store were just swiping 5-6 bottles of water frantically left and right. Ryan likes to say it was madness like the apocalypse was coming.

Well after that little adventure, we were hungry for lunch, so naturally, we went to the half-abandoned mall whereupon we found one restaurant completely closed, people starving peering inside the windows, and inside, Costco-sized packs of water just packed to the ceiling. Just locked behind those sad doors. It was sad but too funny at the same time. (Good thing we had our hydroflasks.) I felt so nervous leaving my car in the parking lot with our water in sight, but Ryan and I ventured on just behind the mall and found a hidden restaurant luckily. Afterward, we finally had our highly anticipated hiking adventure and picture taking in the desert.

We had a lot of funny things happen on this trip, but this post would go on forever. All in all, it was so worth it, and I wish we had more time and that we could go back out there again… but we have planned some other fun adventures for the next upcoming weekends. So stay tuned! Until then, here are just a few of the many photos we took! I’ll make a separate post about my ouftit. I just figured since this is my first post, I’d make it juicy and fun for you all. Hope you all had a good chuckle like I did. Below are the details of my outfits.

Romper: on sale at Shop Tobi  Thigh highs: Want My Look

Jacket: No longer on sale, but still up on Tobi Shoes: from Missguided but are no longer available. You can find similar shoes there or on Public Desire.