Golden Hour = Gorgeous

I had the privilege of getting to take pictures of three gorgeous couples a week ago and these final shots are just swoon. There’s also some portrait shots closer to the bottom, enjoy!

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PhotobyJoy.wkshp (380 of 442)Emily is so stinking cute in these shots! Key thing was making sure she was having fun, because if it is not fun for the model you can’t get shots like these!PhotobyJoy.wkshp (256 of 442)PhotobyJoy.wkshp (250 of 442)

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Channelling Jackie O

Today I decided to channel my inner Jackie O, and who can ever go wrong when they do that? So I pulled out my mock turtleneck, fabulous flats, & my oversized sunglasses.


These t-straps are super comfortable and have a great bottom to grip the ground. Not like other flats where you have to rough up the bottoms so you don’t eat it when you walk.


The half tucked look makes this simple top have some more depth and life to it.


I just love the way this mock turtleneck hits, not too high not to tight. Don’t forget the pearls. Keeping it classy and clean.


winter blues

I heart eyes this dress from Banana Republic. Like wowza. It’s great to layer jackets over for more casual, sweaters for church, spiciness with some knee boots. The dress is super comfy (pockets are a plus) and great for both brunch and business.


Little details like my mother’s old necklace from the mediterranean hits perfectly at the wrap. The structure of the dress also beautifully rounds the shoulders and makes the arms look fab.


The waistline is wonderful with the billowing but still figure flattering, and the fabric is so soft and delightful.


Also from banana, I bought this sweater a year or two ago and it is comfy, good layering piece, and the asymmetrical edge is great texture.


Simple outfit, but both perfectly stunning. No need to sacrifice time for style for this outfit here!

P.S. If it is really cold, add some black tights and a black ankle bootie to stay warm.

a splash of green

I love to wear black, white, and grey with a color pop, so today I chose this green vest! It feels simple but classy. Too many details and accessories is overwhelming, especially small stripes like this long sleep shirt from Gap. So pairing a solid vest helps calm it down without need for any more details.


This outfit super simple to put together with just a little bit of thought. It is nice without being over dressed and simple without being overlooked and sloppy.


The copper bracelet ties into the buttons on the vest while adding some pretty and subtle detail.


Pairing black booties and jeans elongates the legs and gives a clean look.

img_8069img_8096Best thing is that this vest was from the children’s department in Target and is not even the largest size they carried! I am never afraid to check out the children’s sections, because a lot of times the sizes go pretty large for things like sweaters, vests, and jackets.

Utilize some pattern and solids to create a nice simple outfit without falling to the casualty of casual!

yellow: frenemie

Yellow has never been my friend, especially the sunshine daisy yellow. That is until I found mustard yellow! It doesn’t even wash me or my hair color out. Then paired with the grey sweater (that I got at a garage sale), it is a real compliment against the dark jeans.

For the most part I wear light BB cream and neutral eye make-up and I did not have to alter any of more normal routine for this yellow.


The cut neck adds some funk but maintains it’s tailored appeal. Then the choker adds some finish without being too edgy. I love how elegant and delicate this choker is from Nordstrom. It can be worn loose like I did, or tightened to sit higher on the neck on days I like to be bold.


The jewelry does may not seem to go together at first glance but the silver on the right and sapphire tie neatly into the sweater and jeans, while the gold, teal, and purple metallic of the earrings of the necklace tie in with the mustard shirt while adding some pop.

img_7966The best thing about this outfit is that it is absolutely comfortable. The flowiness of the shirt and sweater makes sitting and working extra comfortable!

cut it off

Thank goodness I got a haircut today. My hair was in desperate need of tlc, and my guy has magic scissors I swear. Haircuts can either be your best friend or worst nightmare. Hair is a statement, so if you just casually get your hair cut, you miss out on getting a say in who you are.


Finding a good hairdresser is once in a blue moon and I have been beyond blessed to have stumbled into the chair of my guy. I let him chop my hair not once but twice. I trust him wholeheartedly.


I’m going back soon to have some fun with color and I can’t wait!

Blustery Day

So I woke up yesterday to blustery weather and dastardly cold temperatures. To beat the cold I took this fleece thermal and dressed it up denim skirt and tights.


Great thing about thermals is they are easy to layer without adding a lot of bulk, and the denim skirt is heavy enough to add warmth as well. Also black always flatters!


Of course then the rain started pouring and there was no getting out of the house without faceplanting.