Monday, March 2, 2015

Learning to Dress Like a Grown Woman

One of my goals for 2015 is refreshing my wardrobe. I don't know how this happened but I still have pieces from high school, jeans that have shrunk like crazy in the wash (suuuure, Monica - they "shrunk"), and dresses that I will never touch again. I don't know why I keep these pieces other than the hopes that I will fit these clothes again or some of the styles from the 90's will make a comeback (but let's be honest - do we really want that to happen?).

I'm in my 30s, graduating with my doctorate in a few months, and will start a new career as a professional. Now would be a good time for a wardrobe refresher. Now would be a good time to start dressing like a grown woman. This is going to probably be a yearlong process and then some that will take time and money, unless Nordstrom magically decides to help a sista out.

Since I've been a forever student and the only professional clothes I ever had to worry about were scrubs, I will be seeking help from others. I've gathered inspiration via Pinterest and some wonderful advice from Putting Me Together. I'll also seek the advice of my sister (she just doesn't know it yet).

Side note: I just want to take a second to brag about my sister. She's served as a stylist for print ads and catalogs, her sets on Polyvore have gotten over 4 million views, she's been flown to NYC fashion week a few times, not to mention working with freaking Michael Kors in the flesh on a promotion video (say, what?!). Oh yeah, and there was the time her fashion likes were featured in Glamour magazine. And this was all just a side hobby FOR FUN in addition to her full time career of kicking butt and taking names. Brag complete.

The other day I told my husband that I needed new clothes and makeup now that I'm starting a new career. Then I laughed it off and told him I was joking. He knows I'm really not ;)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inspiration in Film

When it comes to photography, there are so many that inspire me. My dad who did it in the 80's and my husband who 'wooed' me with his film camera when we first started dating. While producing beautiful results, film photography has become significantly more expensive (sadness). If film, processing, and development were free then film photography is all I would do! But since we don't have an unending source of money, digital photography will have to do most of the time with the exception of clients and special projects.

A few film photographers who inspire:

Wendy Laurel | Oh, the colors!! Also makes me want to move to Hawaii.

Marina Koslow | Love the soft and dreamy look of her work.

Yan Palmer | Her vision and beautifully candid shots.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Goals for 2015

 Whenever I go to the grocery store or have a lot of things to do in a day, I tend to make lists. Mostly so I won't forget, but also to be motivated to stay on task (my husband would gladly tell you that procrastination is a skill I am fantastically good at). There's just something about the satisfaction that comes with completing something and crossing it off a list. This year I decided to make a short list of goals even though I've never really been one to make resolutions for the new year. But, why not?! It's 2015 (admittedly a little late in the game) and there are lots of huge things coming up this year.

1. Graduate and start a new career. Who says you can't be in your 30's and start something?!

2. Refresh my wardrobe - or as I like to call it, learn to dress like a grown woman.

3. Make healthier choices. It's all about the bass - I mean, food and exercising.

4. Spend more time reading and studying the Bible.

5. Finish my 12 Rolls of Film Project. I'm just shy of a couple of months of finishing!

P.S. I got these lovely flowers from Sherwin and they are so unique! Cyclamen flower petals sweep upward so they almost look like they're growing upside down :)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

A Weekend + Hiking in Phoenix

I left all the New Mexico snow and entered into 70 degrees and sunny skies. During my last trip to Phoenix for school, I was able to spend the weekend with my lovely friend Lynnly from college! We ate a ton of noodles, hiked forever, stayed up way late talking and laughing, and enjoyed desserts and sangria by the fireside.

On our "forever" hike - seriously, we kept walking under that hot Arizona sun and longed to see our car - we went to South Mountain since it was close to where we stayed. We wanted to head over to the popular Camelback Mountain, but it was the weekend of the Pro Bowl and if you don't get to the mountain early enough, it gets so crowded that they don't let anyone else in. Next time. South Mountain was still a good hike with a beautiful view of the city. However, as we lay exhausted on our beds in the hotel that evening, we decided that the next time we go on an adventure it should probably involve a spa :)

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Southwestern Snow

It's not often that we get snow here in the Southwest, but when we do it's beautiful!

Okay, let's be real - with the cold wind blowing and the drop in temperatures, I can only really last about 5 minutes outdoors, then I become BFF with our little portable heater.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Living Overseas

When given the opportunity, I think that everyone should live in a foreign land even if just for a little bit of time. There is so much to see and learn. So much more outside of the little bubbles that we often find ourselves living in.

As soon as I graduated from college, I scrapped my plans to go to medical school and instead interned with a non-profit for one year. The internship was in a place that probably made my mom's stomach drop - southwest China, literally on the other side of the world. It was definitely one of the scariest things I had ever done and it entailed being away, completely away from my family for an entire year. I had never experienced being away from family for that long and never thought that I ever would.

For lack of a better description, the experience was so very full. I was immersed in a completely different culture, ate amazing food, and made many precious friends. I became a student at a university and tried to work through my terrible Mandarin. I traveled to the crystal blue and green beaches and the thick jungles of Thailand, and walked among the busy roads of Hong Kong.* I learned how to barter in Mandarin and experienced the Chinese New Year in China. I just have to say that their firework shows far outshine ours in the U.S. and also, safety is noooot so much a concern. My friends and I once had to literally dive into a restaurant because a huge box of fireworks set off in the middle of the road had fallen over and began shooting fireworks at people. You know, no big deal. -_-

And in the midst of all this adventure and excitement, I also learned to sift through, analyze, and remove some really ugly parts of my heart (issues?? me?!? never! <-- sarcasm). Definitely the most difficult yet beneficial parts of this experience.

Traveling is great, but getting a chance to truly integrate into another culture and what may often feel like another world is an opportunity you should never pass up!

*Little did I know then that I was exploring the land where my future in-laws had once lived and my husband was born.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

On Reading

I cannot wait until the winter break when I'll finally get the chance to read. I recently had a little lull this semester while waiting on university approval for my doctoral project so I had the chance to read through the Hunger Games trilogy (I know, I'm ridiculously late to the game - HA! get it?! GAME!). I loved reading them and it's been awhile since I've read for fun. I just have to figure out what I'm going to read next, well, when I'm not reading through my family nurse practitioner certification study books... :/