Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Against The Grain



There's a part of our city that's pretty much farm houses, small, old churches, and abandoned buildings.  I never quite realized the beauty and history of this area until the other day when Patrick and I went exploring.  This why I really want to expand my interest in photography.. it makes you see beauty in the overseen.



Looking at these pictures make me so proud of Patrick! He's become such a great photographer and I'm so happy to have him around!



This dress has to be one of my favorite thrift finds.  The collar is perfect and the fit is perfect & so flattering! I love everything about it! I can't wait to wear it in summer.  By the way.. I'm not wearing tights or a coat because for a couple of days here it was SO warm.. such a tease because now it's back to chilly, but not too bad at least!



Please excuse the pasty legs!  These past couple of years I've smartened up a lot and began to embrace the beauty of safe sun!  In Virginia Beach, the popular thing is to be tan ALL year.  Ok.. I know that we live at the beach, but seriously, why do you want to be dark brown in the middle of January? I'm not gonna lie, I used to be a tanaholic too.. I even tried the blond hair to embrace the beach girl look.  NOT WORTH IT.  I felt like everyone else, but that's exactly what I wanted.  I wore all of the clothes everyone else wore and tried everything to fit in.  I found out that my grandpa had skin cancer years ago and it scared the crap out of me.  I never went into a tanning bed ever again.  I'm proud of my pasty winter skin and in summer I will be applying sunscreen like it's no one's business.  I've found that I'm so much more completely comfortable in my own skin now that I've shed the superficial.

Outfit Details:
Bow: H&M
Sweater: Thrifted
Dress: Thrifted
Necklace: Gift from Patrick
Shoes: H&M

So.. do you guys like my new layout!?  I am so in love with it!  The wonderful, superb, fantastic, sweet Bryan Whitehorne from Superior Motive has been working very hard on this for me and I cannot express how happy I am right now! Wheeee! Thank you once again, Bryan! 

Currently playing: City and Colour, "Against The Grain"


  1. I love your dress so much! It's so pretty!! Perfect look, and the bow in your hair is such a lovely touch! Your new blog layout is wonderful!! I'm loving it! Eeee!

  2. Wonderful layout! And this photo shoot is the tops! The dress, too, but...the layout, I can't get over it! Your friend did a great job!

  3. I love the dress! That necklace is my favorite too.. i always love seeing you wear it, also, you do your eye liner so nicely!...give me tips!!!!

  4. oh my golly your new layout is pure perfection! everything is so easy to read and aesthetically pleasing! these photos are ethereal - the way your dress move with the wind is really beautiful. inspiring story about loving the skin you're in! i'd love to add you to my blogroll<3


  5. The picture of you in front of the tree is my favorite. What great scenery you have around you and I'm glad that photography is making you explore it more.

  6. Oh and I can't imagine you blonde and tanned - you fit so perfectly into your own skin and look now!!1

  7. love the collar on your dress! and the new layout is awesome :)

    I love those abandoned farms and wooden churches. there is a highway in the metro of MN where if you take one specific exit its like you're in small town MN :)

  8. Your dress is so pretty. The location for these photos is so cool! I love exploring and coming across abandon places, it just makes you want to know the history of it.

    Cute layout by the way! :D

  9. What a sweet outfit! The collar on your dress and the bow are just perfect. And the background couldn't be prettier-- I've never been in a rural area.

  10. My favorite part of the dress is the collar and the buttons. So cute! I also really like the setting, and the new blog layout is fantastic!

  11. I love what you did here with your look. It goes perfectly with your scenery! Did you plan that? You should also enter my contest! You've got a playful edge to your sense of style! Come check it out :D


  12. your style is so beautiful. you are adoreable.


  13. So feminine and pretty! I really love that dress!