Wednesday, March 28, 2012

What Makes Me

A good friend of mine once told me that she liked reading my blog because I have a perfect life. I really hope that I don't come off that way all the time. My life is far from perfect, but I don't tend to share that part of my life here on this blog. I always seem to share the best parts of my life, because that's the part of me that feels worth sharing.  In light of all that, I decided that today I want to share what makes me... incredibly awkward. 

  • Today I tripped UP the stairs on the way to school. Don't worry... I was only in a skirt. 
  • I got a giant pimple right between my eyes. I call it my third eye. 
  • I spilled mac and cheese on my freshly washed and ironed skirt just before leaving school today. 
  • I cried three times while watching the Hunger Games. 
  • I hum/sing when I can't think of something to say.
  • I told a boy (on a first date) that my friends thought he was taking me to the woods to kill me. 
  • If you asked me to paint your nails, I'd get more of it on your fingers than on your actual nail.  
  • I've watched Moulin Rouge about 3456 times this semester. 
  • I have a shaker of white cheddar popcorn topping on my nightstand right now.
  • Yesterday, I bought two packages of Reese's peanut butter cups... for myself.
  • I'm the mail key nazi in my apartment. 

I'm going to stop there before I get too carried away. Now for a stream of incredibly embarrassing photo booth shots from over the years... 

Monday, March 26, 2012


Here are a few of my favorite things.

bows babies blood orange chuck bass braids and buns

All images can be found on my Pinterest.

Please Please Please Be My Boyfriend.

Hey JB, you've got me screaming like a 12 year old girl. I don't even care. 

When did JB turn from baby shady to j.crew model? 

Spring Has Sprung

It's here! It's here! It's finally here!
Hello spring, it is so nice to have you!
You have brought me such joy already.
I can not wait to see what else you are hiding up your dainty little sleeve.

You brought me to my first trip to the Bean Museum.

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You brought me to Stacey & Brock's beautiful wedding, complete with some of my favorite people in the world. 

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You brought me to Heidi's house one fine evening, where we stayed up way too late talking about only the most important things in life. You also brought me German pancakes... well, it was mostly Heidi, but I'll give you some credit too. 


You brought me a beautiful BIRTHDAY GIRL! Zoe turned twenty, so we had plenty of reason to celebrate. Who knew that a Facebook group would have brought us together so long ago? She's kicked her teen years now and I'm excited to watch her on her many adventures to come. Watch out world. Seriously. 

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You brought me baby leaves, sunshine, and even shadows! 


You brought me fresh bread. My first time baking it! You could tell I was excited by my multiple instagrams and endless tweets. How very accomplished I am, even if I did burn the top...


& some tough love from Farryn Elizabeth. I just thought this was funny. 


So HAPPY SPRING everyone. Get ready for plenty more foot pictures. I was really excited to pull out my saltwater sandals again. Suggestions for a new color this year? Brown, Navy, Pink, Red? Get them all? Okay. 


Wednesday, March 21, 2012

la la la

It's been a while since I've done a music update. So, today is the day that I change all of that. Here is a list of what I've been listening to lately. What are your recent favorites? What is getting you excited for the new season? 

I personally can't wait for:
trips to ca.
 lovely weddings.
lots of camping trips.
efy. maybe. still haven't heard from them.
a spontaneous trip out of country. what do you say mom?
maybe getting my first tan, I burn.
my friends coming home. 
a fresh new start.
life is beautiful isn't it?

kingdom come - the civil wars (couldn't find a youtube link, but its worth the purchase on itunes i promise)

september - the shins (just buy the whole album while you're at it)

summertime sadness & dark paradise - lana del rey 

the ladder - andrew belle 

speechless - morning parade

big black car - gregory alan isakov 

strings - young the giant 

young blood - the young and famous

lake michigan - rouge wave 

no one's gonna love you - band of horses 

rolling in on a burning tire - the dead weather 

lights out, words gone - bombay bicycle club


Monday, March 19, 2012

Feeling Fancy

A couple of months ago, my dear friend Zoe asked me if I'd like to be in a Gossip Girl style brunch for a commercial BYU was shooting. She knew I'd be sold as soon as she said Gossip Girl. I got all dolled up on a saturday morning and spent the day being in the background of this 30 second commercial. It's truly amazing how much work goes into a 30 second video. We got there before sun rise in order to get hair and makeup done. I sat in the dining room for about an hour so the camera crew could test the lighting. We were there for about 5 hours shooting, and that was just camera work. I have no idea how much time was spent just preparing for the shoot, coming up with the ideas, booking the room, finding the actors, and not to mention all the time they spent in post processing.
We made new friends, drank sparkling cider, and spent a lot of time fake laughing.


Were you looking for me in the background? 
Oh wait, you couldn't see me?
You don't believe I was actually there?...

Well... aha! 
I took the time to screen shot the few times I make my commercial appearance.
(Complete with red arrows so you can tell my dark shadow apart from the other dark shadows)
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Okay, well you still don't believe me...
but some day IMDB would like to know where my acting career began, so I thought I'd save them the trouble and post it all here for them to google later. I mean there was that one time you could see me clapping in the audience of "So You Think You Can Dance"... but I think this is my real debut.
Thanks for indulging me in my fantasy.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Life as of Late

Oh hey guys, it's me again. I'm really behind on my blogging. Actually, I'm really behind on most things... but I do what I can right? These past couple of weeks have been so crazy for me, but I love the chaos... it keeps life interesting. My motto is 'Never let yourself get too comfortable', I actually have a lot of mottos, but that's my most recent.

So lets try and put this all in order. A couple of weeks ago, my class took a field trip up to the Natural History Museum in SLC. If you haven't had a chance to go yet, you've got to make the trip. It was really fun to go as a class, we only have 6 students in this class so we've gotten pretty close this last semester. I'd have to say that its been my favorite class at BYU thus far. IMG_1856 IMG_1857 IMG_1860 IMG_1863

We brought the dinner club back together... well kinda. Anna, Carson and I would make Italian dinners together every so often last semester. This year it's just Carson and I, but Anna joined us for a night at Terra Mia where we learned how to make Pizza Margarita. In Italy, you have to get a license to make pizza. Legit. We got to talk to their certified Pizza maker in Italian and then got free Pizza! Score for poor college students.

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Then for the weekend we decided to go visit Farryn in Salt Lake. I saw her cute apartment for the first time and then we headed to dinner, just the girls and Scott (Farryn's boyfriend, what a sport). Aimee and I had been wanting to try this middle eastern place in Salt Lake because I've missed shawarma and she had heard about it from a friend. While we were waiting to be seated, we went next door for desert. They had the BEST gelato I've ever tasted, lemon poppyseed... genius I know.
Also, they let us draw on the tables... so that was a plus.


Then I became deathly ill right before my trip to Seattle. I was feeling a lot like this...


But, luckily, I was feeling a lot better by the time I was leaving for Seattle. I left with (what I thought was) plenty of time. It was a random friday and I thought there would be no trouble getting through security because I never had trouble before. I stepped off the tram from long term parking, got my boarding pass,  and rounded the corner to face an eternity of a line. I was stuck... It was getting down to the wire and by the time I reached the x-ray machines, I only had 15 min until my plane took off. I rushed through security as fast as I could without looking suspicious and took off running towards my terminal. My flight was scheduled to leave in 10 min and I was frantically running down the hallways. I'm looking at the terminal numbers and I realize my gate is the VERY LAST ONE. I'm sure the security tapes provided endless entertainment for employees as I sprinted with my carry-on, almost knocking out two older women. I got to my gate, out of breath and with hope in my eyes as the lady shook her head and said 'you better hurry on'. I ran on to the plane and the attendant had to help put my bag up because I could barely breath. As I sat down in my seat I felt like I needed a round of applause or something, but I was just happy I made it on at all.


It was a beautiful, rainy day in Seattle. I've always been a fan of rain and I loved how everything was so green. I loved driving down the highway with either side of the road lined with tall trees and the occasional break over a choppy lake. I loved the wood houses and the moss growing on trees. I loved how the whole city seemed to be alive and growing. I seriously wouldn't mind moving there. 


Then Saturday was the big day! Emily and Matt had a beautiful wedding and it was such a pleasure to be there to photograph it. We had fun working around the rain and managed to get some really great photographs in the process. You can be expecting those soon :)


And now its starting to feel like spring. The grass is coming in green and it's hoping to stay. The sun has been shining and I haven't needed a coat in almost a week. Everyone is giddy with anticipation for the semester to be over and for new summer adventures to begin. We had a fun outdoor concert the other day. A house across the street had a band playing on the front lawn, so I went out to join some of the other girls in my complex for a show on the grass. Those are the kind of moments that I love. 

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So spring... I'm ready for you. Exams... I'm so done with you. & life... I'm so into you.