Sunday, September 11, 2022

Life Lately // A List

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Hello friends, welcome to September! How is it September? Howwwww? Have you noticed that the older we get, the faster it all seems to go? Weeks, months, yearsss? I won't say I'm disapointed that the summer months are going fast though;) I'm just not built for summer. 

Now fall...well if you've been around these parts for awhile, you know that's my jam! Bring on on all the crisp days where you need a sweater in the hot sunshine. Where a steaming cup of tea or coffee feels good on your chilly hands as a cool breeze whips your hair around! Boots!! Gimme all the boots! Mine are lined up, like soldiers...ready to be called up to duty. 

They. Are. Ready. 

And so am I. Now, I would be remiss to dismiss the entire season of summer so there are some things that I will miss. Like fresh produce and fruits. Flowers blooming everywhere. The smell of honeysuckle. Evening light that lasts till 9pm. Cold beers on a hot day. Watermelon! Sticking your toes in the salty surf and watching the pelicans dip and glide along the waves. Sundresses. 

But like every year prior, those memories fade as the cooler temps settle in and my list of fall favorites take the forefront. I'm glad I live in an area that experiences all the seasons. I look forward to each and every one of them for their own special reasons:)

As the title says - here's a list of life lately. Tell me some of yours in the comments!

MAKING - chocolate chip cookies while watching football

CRAVING - a visit to NYC!

PLAYING - heardle every day. It's addictive;)

LISTENING TO -  Harry Styles new CD. It's just so good!

READING - Nowhere for Long

WEARING - a wrist guard as I'm pretty sure I have carpal tunnel in my left wrist :(

LEARNING - to balance time by myself along with time with friends and my guy. Not easy.

GOING TO - somewhere with clear blue water in January. Location TBD!

WORKING ON - perfecting my film camera. Digital has made me lazy. 

OBSESSED WITH - snap'd chips. OMG! Have you had them? Go. Thank me later;)

PLANNING - to host Thanksgiving with my guy this year. 

EXCITED FOR - The Little Mermaid live movie!

HOPING - that I can get back into strength training soon and not hurt myself. I miss lifting weights!

STARTING - to Xmas shop. I refuse to get caught at the last minute this year. I want to be thoughtful with my gifts:)

Thanks for visiting -- I hope you're having a great weekend!


Saturday, July 16, 2022

Sunrise on Tybee Island

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Is there anything more calming and beautiful than sunrise at the beach? It's magical! During our recent vacation to Charleston and Savannah, we ventured out to Tybee Island for a sunrise. The early alarm (4am!) on vacation was not ideal, but it was 100% worth it:) The colors were amazing and it was a highlight to our trip. I hope you enjoy too...have a great weekend friends, it's gonna be a hot one!

Sunday, July 10, 2022

Dear Summer, It's Not You...It's Me


The weather channel says hot, humid and rainy. My brain says crisp, colorful and dry:) This time of the year in Coastal Virginia is brutal. You'd think after living here for so long that I wouldn't complain...but each and every year it's the same mantra; "I'm moving to Maine where it's cool!"  Alas, I'm still here:)

It's during these hot, sticky, ohmygodicantbreathe months that I like to daydream of cooler temps. Crisp fall days, colorful foliage, babbling brooks and hikes to see waterfalls. Almost 2 years ago we took an October trip to Asheville, NC. I can't believe I haven't shared these images yet; but then again I can believe it! I'm inconsistent here at best...!

So, if like me you are yearning for Fall and all it brings, please enjoy these images from our time in the Pisgah National Forest. I hope it brings you some much needed relief and a reminder that fall is just 74 days, 6 hours, 58 minutes and 48 seconds away;)

“Autumn leaves don't fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar" ~Delia Owens; Where The Crawdads Sing

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Nobody Puts Lensbaby In The Corner....


For my birthday, I was gifted a new lens for my camera and boyyyyy is she fun! I've been looking at a lensbaby lens for months now and just couldn't decide which one I wanted to start with. Then they came out with their newest lens the Soft Focus II and I was smitten:) We decided to purchase the optic version along with the Composer Pro II. This will allow me to add different optics in the future (when my bank account will allow;) The Composer Pro II also allows you to tilt and swivel the lens body, which will move the area of focus. This is the tricky part -- focus is very, very challenging! As you will see below, I didn't always nail it.

Shooting a F2.5/2.8 will give you an very artistic, ethereal glow to your images. It's hard to master and I'm practicing as much as possible! My sweet spot for now is at F4/F5.6 -- there's crispness to your intended subject with a lot of bokeh in the background! 

I can't wait to purchase another lens, I'm eyeing the Burnside 35 right now and we'll see what the rest of 2022 brings:) If you've ever thought about adding this artistic lens to your arsenal, I can't recommend them enough! It will take your creativity to the next level!