planning a trip to the tulip festival

the skagit valley tulip festival is an iconic, annual springtime event. it runs throughout the month of april, and if you are active on social media, you will know “tulip season” has arrived; tulip-field photos are prevalent! for non-locals, skagit valley is located approximately two hours north of downtown seattle, near mount vernon, washington. there are several tulip farms, and the most well-known is roozengaarde.

i grew up visiting the tulip festival, but until last year, it had been several years since my last visit. last april, three friends (fellow bloggers) and i packed our bags for a day trip to skagit valley and the surrounding area. we were fortunate to visit on a cloudy day, so crowds were less of an issue. after taking photos at roozengaarde, we visited la connor for lunch and in true blogger fashion, more photos!

disclosure: a special thank you to boho chic boutique for providing me the t-shirt and jeans worn in this post! as per usual, all opinions are my own.

this year, we packed slightly less and were able to enjoy another full-day trip. instead of standing in line at roozengaarde, however, we opted to visit a much smaller (but equally beautiful) farm, tulip town.

when preparing for our trip, we had a few ideas in mind—things learned from the prior year’s outing.

transportation: who is driving? how large is the vehicle? is the gas tank full? last year, the four of us packed ourselves (and our numerous bags) into a prius. we were fairly comfortable, but changing from outfit to outfit was tricky in the somewhat confined space. this year, my mom graciously lent us her suv (with tinted windows), and driving, changing, and storing bags was a breeze!

meal planning: bring water, coffee, and snacks. this may be unique to me, but after driving for over an hour, taking photos, and standing in line to get into the field, i was hungry and thirsty. upon finishing our photos, we had to drive to our next destination before eating. (we also experienced a lengthy wait time at our restaurant of choice.) this year, however, we packed water bottles, fruit, and granola bars to snack on in between destinations. this helped greatly!

outfit planning: this may or may not be applicable to you—if you’re shooting family photos (with more than one outfit) or senior/graduation pictures, then you know, outfit prep is critical. plan outfit changes as a whole. did you remember a top and bottom, shoes, jewelry, and other accessories? thinking of the outfit from top to bottom has saved me on more than one occasion from forgetting important items!

your shoe choice is also something to consider. the fields can be incredibly muddy. rain boots are a great and seemingly practical option! last year, i somewhat naively wore wedges—whoops.

logistics: traffic to and from skagit valley can prove difficult. google maps or other traffic and navigation apps, such as waze, can be a helpful way to save time. unfortunately, roads leading to the tulip farms are limited, and when the farms get crowded, you’re stuck.

after the fields: turn your tulip trip into a day or overnight adventure! there is plenty to do when you’re north of seattle. mount vernon, home to roozengaarde and tulip town, offers a variety of activities. enjoy a scenic hike at little mountain park, or pop by valley shine distillery for cocktails, biscuits, poached eggs, and more! alternatively, la conner is a short drive from the fields—visit the iconic rainbow bridge, local boutiques, museums, and antique stores. there are several coffee and ice cream shops, and of course, a large number of delicious restaurants. the girls and i stopped for brunch (and pastries) at calico cupboard on both trips. fortunately, there are locations in both mount vernon and la conner, and i highly recommend ordering the cinnamon roll. you won’t regret it!

if you’re in the mood for a shopping adventure, the seattle premium outlets is the perfect mid-way stop on your drive home. (my ‘le weekend’ t-shirt and jeans are from boho chic boutqiue, located at the outlet mall.) refuel with an iced tea, followed by shopping.

photos by jenn from hello rigby

t-shirt and jeans: c/o boho chic boutique, jacket: hunter for target collection, rain boots: hunter (borrowed from northwest blonde), heart-shaped sunglasses: american eagle (old), purse: thrifted via seattle goodwill

we had a wonderful time visiting tulip town in april, and i have another spring outfit to share from our trip! have you visited the skagit valley tulip festival? if so, how did you plan your time, and where did you visit?





dressing for spring in the pacific northwest

spring has finally arrived in seattle.
while summer is my favorite season (i love,
love the sunshine), spring is a close second.
the blooming flowers, increasingly long days,
and warming temperatures, i can’t help but feel excited.
i also enjoy seeing fellow seattleites exploring
our city!
the key to surviving spring in the pacific
northwest, however? dressing in layers! keep
that sweater, sweatshirt, and/or rain jacket
close at hand because the weather can (and will)
change quickly. if you’re like me, you may
conveniently forget said sweater or jacket and find
yourself caught in an epic spring storm.
^^^ quick aside–i recently had my eyebrows microbladed,
and these were the first photos taken after my session
with amanda at eastside microblading. i have my touch-up
session later this weekend and cannot wait to see her again! ^^^
one of the ways in which i add versatility to my
wardrobe, while dressing appropriately for spring, is
to throw on a crew-neck sweater over a dress.
don’t get me wrong, a cardigan over a dress or a skirt +
sweater combination is just as fun, but there is something
to be said about a this crew-neck sweater and dress. perhaps
it makes me look (or feel) taller? i have been on a
sweater kick as of late, and this fuzzy cream sweater
is one of my favorites!
i also love pairing my booties with skirts, dresses,
and denim come spring. hello, bare legs.
this pair of dolce vita pointed-toe boots is perfect
in the pacific northwest. whether rain or shine,
my feet are dry and look stylish. i can’t wait to pair
these booties with cropped and/or white denim!
layers are seemingly essential in the
pacific northwest. regardless of the season,
be sure to wear (or pack) layers. i am
almost always cold, so having a sweater
or jacket nearby is very important. in warmer
climates, a light scarf or sweater can also be helpful.
buying neutral colors, such as this sweater
and bag can also extend the wear of your spring
wardrobe. both of these items can be styled
in a variety of ways. i wore this crew-neck
sweater with ripped jeans and converse last weekend.
cream and white are classics for spring, and
they can be dressed up with accessories
or dressed down when unadorned.
light-weight fabrics are your friend.
unlike years past, this spring has felt
particularly humid in seattle. i am chilly
in the morning, yet sweating when racing to
catch my bus after work. fabrics such as
cotton, linen, chiffon, and hemp are
breathable when humidity is high.
dress: lush clothing, sweater: nordstrom rack,
booties: dolce vita, purse: zara, rings: target
how do you dress appropriately for spring?
any tips for dressing in layers? if so, please
send them my way!


pacific northwest ballet :: emergence

two weeks ago, my boyfriend greg and i had the
pleasure of attending pacific northwest ballet’s
performance, emergence! i haven’t been to the ballet in several
years, and it was an incredible experience–from the beautiful
sets, live orchestra, and awe-inspiring dancing, it
was a performance i will never forget.
disclosure: a special thank you to karya schanilec and
pacific northwest ballet (pnb) for providing greg and i complimentary
tickets to this performance. we had a wonderful time!
as per usual, all opinions are my own.
although i grew up dancing ballet, as an adult,
i have come to appreciate the immense talent required to put
on a performance like emergence. the talent possessed by
those dancers? oh my!
emergence is broken up into three performances:
alejandro cerrudo’s little mortal jump, yuri possokhav’s
raku, and crystal pite’s emergence. the trio is equally
amazing, but my favorite was yuri passokhav’s raku!
based on true events, the story is contemporary
and passionate, yet violent. to see this story choreographed
in a ballet was inspirational (and somewhat
‘the central theme of his score […] is burning.
the burning of desire, of passion, of loyalty; the burn
of suffering, of jealousy; finally the burning of death–
emotions that are so strong that they overcome the
discipline of a zen monk and overcome the loyalties
of a samurai.’
–cheryl a. ossola
i think greg was unsure of what to expect
when i mentioned attending the ballet, but he greatly
enjoyed the performance (his favorite was also raku)!
greg and i went to dinner in seattle before heading
to mccaw hall. once there, we ordered drinks and found
our seats; we were fortunate to sit close to the stage
and popped by to see the orchestra during intermission.
 as an aspiring fashionista, what to wear
to the ballet was an important part of the night 🙂
i opted for a spring dress, patent boots, and a blush pink
crossbody bag. i love any excuse to dress up and the
ballet was no exception!
dress: parker (thrifted via seattle goodwill),
boots: zara, purse: nine west, rings: forever 21
thank you again, karya, for providing us tickets
to the ballet. we had a wonderful time, and i look forward
to attending future pacific northwest ballet (pnb)
you can watch the trailer for emergence here
and see upcoming performances for the 2017-2018
season by pnb here.

‘give a sh!rt’ :: celebrating earth day with value village

‘you cannot get through a single day without
having an impact on the world around you. what you
do makes a difference, and you have to decide
what kind of difference you want to make.’
–jane goodalldid you know? it takes over 700 gallons of water to
make one new t-shirt!

 in celebration of earth day (april 22, 2018),

i have partnered with value village to support and
promote environmental awareness in the greater
seattle community!
value village has more than 330 locations
and is a for-profit, global retailer. they are
dedicated to keeping recyclable goods
(including: clothing, shoes, and household
items) out of our landfills. in 2017, value village
recycled more than 700 million pounds of used
goods. additionally, last year, value
village partnered with 120
charitable organizations nation-wide!
disclosure: a special thank you to value village for providing
me a gift certificate to purchase items featured in today’s post. as per
usual, all opinions are my own!


sadly, many people simply throw away
unwanted clothing and household items
when a large percentage of these items
could be recycled. the average u.s. citizen threw
away 81 pounds of clothing in 2017. this number is
alarming, particularly when you consider the
environmental implications!
to further promote environmental
awareness, value village launched their ‘give a sh!rt
campaign,’ encouraging consumers to recycle unused
items of clothing and purchase ‘new’ items
second hand from value village (instead
of buying new at other retailers). with more than
10,000 items introduced in stores daily, the
selection of goodies (that could be yours) is
rather amazing!

if i had to guess, i would estimate
more than 50 perfect of my clothes, shoes,
and accessories were purchased second hand.
this is partly an effort to spend
conservatively, but also due to environmental
considerations. why purchase new when
i can find the same (or close to the same) recycled
at value village for a fraction of
the cost? when cleaning out my closet, i
enjoy donating items, allowing them to
find a second-hand home!

i purchased this ann taylor dress,
bb dakota faux leather jacket, and target
cross-body bag all for less than 40 dollars–
talk about savings!

dress: ann taylor (c/o value village),
jacket: bb dakota (c/o value village),
purse: target (c/o value village), necklace: topshop,
shoes: franco sarto
 how do you celebrate earth day?
are you a thrift shopper, and where do
you typically donate unused items?
i may have to celebrate earth day with a shopping
trip to value village 🙂



30 years strong :: setting new health and wellness goals

happy monday, everyone!
my ‘out-of-office’ reply is on, and
i am officially on vacation. i write to you
from kona, hawaii, where i am relaxing in
paradise–with family–for the next
week. however, i couldn’t stay away from blogging
and wanted to share a few health and
wellness goals i have been working toward
over the past several weeks.
disclosure: a special thank you to brooks running for providing me
the jacket, top, sports bra, running tights, and shoes pictured in this post.
i am grateful for the opportunity to be a brand partner of brooks running.
as per usual, all opinions are my own!
i celebrated my thirtieth birthday
in march, and over the past year (or two), i have
noticed significant changes in my body.
no longer can eat french fries and pizza and
chocolate chip cookies without 1. getting
a terrible stomach ache (gluten and dairy products
are not my friend), and 2. adding quick
weight to my arms, thighs, and stomach.
additionally, i have prominent laugh lines–which
i am 100% okay with–but
that furrow on my brow–eh, i could
live without it.
staying up late, not drinking enough
water, a few too many glasses of
wine at happy hour? sheesh! my 20-something
self would laugh and seemingly be horrified at how
poorly i tolerate these! in an effort to feel great, both
physically and emotionally, during my thirtieth
year, i have made a conscious effort to practice better
self-care. this includes finding activities that
support my overall health and wellness.

i should preface this by stating that
i am happy, healthy, and eager to see what
this new decade (hello, 30!) has to offer.
i simply want to document the personal
goals i have set as a means of holding myself
accountable 🙂

1. exercise, exercise, exercise.
(and no, not extra fries, unfortunately.)
whether going for a walk, visiting the gym,
or running stairs, i am determined to
exercise five days a week. getting in 30
minutes of cardio is one of my favorite
ways to alleviate stress. while i don’t mind
going to the gym (i belong to a local
la fitness), i prefer to be active outdoors!

believe it or not, i greatly enjoy running
the stairs. seattle has several scenic staircases
worth visiting; my favorites include the
howe street stairs (capitol hill), thornton
creek water channel stairs (northgate, seattle),
the staircase over western avenue
leading into pike place market (downtown
seattle), and of course, the stairs featured
in today’s post on upper queen anne!

^^^ i cannot get enough of these shoes!
i’m wearing the purecadence 7 road running shoe,
and the purple is my absolute favorite. ^^^
2. breathe. stretch.
you may or may not believe this, but
i have never practiced yoga. stretching
has never been a strong suit of mine, but
with increased stress and back pain (again,
hello, 30), i think it may be time to make
stretching a priority. i think the best way
to do this is by attending a yoga class so i can
learn the introductory-level poses!
my gym offers complimentary classes
as part of my membership, but if you’re
local to seattle and have a studio you love,
please send recommendations my way.
3. prioritize my skincare routine and
accompanying products.
i have always been diligent about
washing my face (i never sleep in my makeup),
but until recently, i would skimp on skincare
products. affordable and easily
accessible washes and moisturizers were
my go-to products, but i have realized that
i am not only skimping on cost, but
also on the quality of the ingredients. in
the past few months, i have been
better about reading labels and ingredient
lists in order to know what it is i
am applying to my face.
and unlike my teenage self, apply
spf and eye cream daily!
ghost short sleeve top: c/o brooks (exact here),
uprise crossback sports bra: c/o brooks (exact here),
canopy jacket: c/o brooks (exact here),
ghost high-waist mesh crop tights: c/o brooks (exact here),
purecadence 7 road running shoes: c/o brooks (exact here)
**these pieces are part of brooks running‘s spring
collection. items run true to size, and i love how supportive
the sports bra and running shoes are, whether i’m exercising
outdoors or at the gym.
a few others goals i recently set?
read! instead of scrolling through instagram
or watching tv before bed, i choose, instead, to read.
dedicate time to family. cherish time spent with
friends. and lastly, be happy! this last goal
may seem silly, but at times, i can be a ‘glass half
empty’ kind of gal. i am working to be more
positive and have a better outlook on things, especially
when i feel stressed.
do you enjoy setting goals for yourself?
how do you like to document these goals?
and most importantly, how do you
hold yourself accountable?


my top five spring activities in seattle

happy friday, everyone!
if you haven’t noticed, i am a bit
behind over here. work + school + babysitting +
blogging + aspiring to have a social life is
kicking my butt. sadly, blogging has
taken a backseat, but don’t worry, this little
blog isn’t going anywhere.
disclosure: a special thank you to justfab for providing me the
adorable bomber jacket featured in today’s post. as per usual, all
opinions are my own. thank you again, justfab!
spring has finally (somewhat) arrived in seattle,
and i am determined to put away all my
cold-weather garb. give me all the floral prints
and open-toed shoes, please!
with the arrival of spring comes a bustling
calendar, but i thought it would be fun to share my
five favorite things to do during spring in the greater
seattle area. for those of you not from seattle,
my apologies (and do you have any similar activities
or destinations near you?).
1. visit the cherry blossoms in the
quad at the university of washington. 
(you can follow ‘bloom updates’ here.)
the cherry blossoms were a gift from japan in
the 1930s and moved from the japanese garden
in the arboretum to uw’s campus in the 60s.
they are a trademark on campus and worth
braving (crazy) campus parking and crowds to see
in person. my friends and i had a
wonderful time wandering through campus
to take these photos!
2. speaking of flowers, it is time for the annual
the girls and i visited last year (it was my
first visit in ages), and the colorful
tulips were stunning! we made sure to arrive
early and lucked out, as the day was chilly
and grey. despite our seemingly ever-present
rain, fellow seattleites weren’t too keen on trekking
through muddy tulip fields during a spring rainstorm.
this allowed us to capture some fun
(and very pretty) photos, with few tourists
in the background.
^^^ a quick lipstick refresh ^^^
3. take a stroll through pike place market.
bring your reusable shopping bag,
as you’re sure to come home with fresh
flowers, delicious coffee grounds, pastries
galore, and other handmade/handcrafted goodies!
i recommend swinging by
ghost alley espresso for an iced americano.
it is d-e-l-i-c-i-o-u-s.
4. attend a food festival (seattle hosts numerous
food-related festivals each spring).
at the top of my list this year is the
‘meat and cheese festival’ at mccaw hall.
tickets and additional information can be found
here. food trucks, bacon and beer, tacos, and
numerous other tasty festivals
are making their rounds this spring, too.
5. keep active by taking a walk on the
elliott bay trail. something about the warm
weather makes me want to get outside! i greatly
enjoy going on walks (neighborhood walks
are great, too), but scenic, waterfront
walks are my favorite. the elliott bay trail
is 10 miles roundtrip, flat, and takes you
through sculpture park. it is gorgeous!
photos by jenn from hello rigby
jacket: c/o justfab, blouse: lush clothing,
jeans: nordstrom, sneakers: style & co (via macy’s),
purse: thrifted (via seattle goodwill),
rings: assorted (forever 21 and target)
what are some of your favorite spring
activities? my wish list of places i hope to
go this season is ever-growing, and i cannot
wait to enjoy the sunshine!


little letters :: ready for spring edition

** inspired by this blog post **
dear spring, please bring the sun (and warmer
temperatures) around soon.
dear white boots, while somewhat impractical, i can’t
help but love you. you’ll be on major repeat this spring.
dear midi dresses, i can’t stop buying you. you’re
perfect for work, brunch, a night out, and seemingly
any (and every) other event i can imagine.
^^^ aforementioned white boots–see what i mean?! ^^^
dear clear umbrella, how did i survive
six years of blogging (and subsequent rainy day
outfit photos) without you?
dear iced coffee, it’s been a while! welcome
back, and please be ready to be consumed (by me)
on the regular.
dear easter weekend, i can almost taste
the brunch, copious amounts of chocolate,
and homemade chicken dinner that will be consumed
in the presence of family. i can’t wait!
dear zara, when is your next end-of-season
sale? i’m in desperate need of shoes. and jeans.
and perhaps a few new dresses.
dear gym membership, oh how i’ve neglected you.
and what great timing with spring in full swing
(minus the sunshine) and a beach vacation right around
the corner. let’s get reacquainted!
dear eyelash extensions, how i love you!
and the amount of time you save me each morning.
but you’ve depleted my bank account.
dress: zara, faux fur: forever 21,
boots: franco sarto (similar here), ring: charming charlie,
clear umbrella: target (exact here)
you can read my last ‘little letters’ post
(fall edition) here.
happy wednesday, everyone!


shop local :: handmade jewelry from exquistry

 jewelry is the perfect way to transform
any outfit–add a necklace, bracelet,
earrings, broach, and/or rings to elevate the look of
your clothing. incorporate a statement necklace
and you instantly change your look.
jewelry is a wonderful way to re-style
items in your closet and express your personality
by adding a unique ‘pop.’
while i own a decent amount of
jewelry, the majority is inexpensive, costume-
like jewelry that i could take or leave.
i have a few sentimental items and several
gifted pieces that i wear daily (including
a necklace passed down from my grandma,
charm bracelets from my mom, and a new
friendship ring from one of my girlfriends).
over the past few years, i have enjoyed finding
local designers that craft quality, handmade
jewelry that i can mix and match with
other pieces in my closet.
disclosure: a special thank you to amisha, owner of exquistry jewelry for
providing me with the beautiful, handmade necklace in today’s post.
i recently met amisha, designer and creator
of exquistry jewelry, online. amisha is
based in seattle, washington, and her sweet and
genuine personality radiate via email 🙂 i hope
to someday meet amisha in person!
amisha is incredibly artistic and was
born into a family of creatives. she learned
to sew at a young age and began making jewelry in 2011.
 amisha feels most inspired by her indian heritage
(she was born in and spent most of her
childhood in india) and vibrant colors.
she strives to combine fashion with color
and art, and i think this is prevalent within all
of her hand-crafted pieces.
 today i am styling exquistry’s peach rose gold
swarovski pendant necklace. this bohemian-inspired
necklace has hand-sewn beads and a light-weight clasp
for ease of wear (i often struggle with getting
clasped necklaces on and off–this clasp is great!).
because of amisha’s passion for color,
i was inspired to pair my necklace with one
of my most colorful dresses. i think the two
work well together!
photos by jenn from hello rigby
dress: j.crew, jacket and heels: thrifted (via value village),
purse: halogen (thrifted via seattle goodwill), bracelet: nordstrom,
necklace: c/o exquistry jewelry (exact here)
happy friday, everyone!
if you’re looking to update your jewelry,
i highly recommend visiting amisha’s website.
she has several other necklaces and bracelets
that i am lusting after.

my best birthday yet

‘time and tide wait for no man,
but time always stands still for a woman
of 30.’ –robert frost
‘i don’t think of it as turning 30.
it’s my 10th anniversary of my 20th birthday.’
‘you can be gorgeous at 30,
charming at 40, and irresistable for the
rest of your life.’ –coco channel
‘after 30, the body has a mind of its own.’
–bette midler
‘when you’re a teenager, all you want
to do is buy beer. but once you hit 30, all you
want to do is get carded.’
–sarah jessica parker as carrie bradshaw
in ‘sex in the city’
today is my 30th birthday!
i celebrated with family and friends
over the weekend, and it could not have
been a better (or more fun) way to say ‘farewell’ to
my 20s. my parents and boyfriend surprised
me with a party (complete with family,
friends, coworkers, balloons, cupcakes, and
wine–lots of wine). we had a wonderful
time, and i had no idea they had been
sneaking around all week while planning this!
unfortunately, my ‘actual’ birthday, as it
falls on a monday, will be spent at work.
but i plan to eat dessert after every meal and
treat myself to a lunch-time shopping adventure.
are you surprised? 😉
^^^ birthdays are the perfect excused to eat
all the ice cream you want, right? this
vegan, jamocha chaga fudge ice cream from
frankie and jo’s is delicious! ^^^
turning 30 is surprisingly bittersweet.
new year, new me!
i am eager to enter this new decade and look
forward to what lies ahead: finishing
my editing certificate, launching a new
website, pursuing blog opportunities, and of course,
dedicating time to friends and family are
a just a few projects and goals in the works.
while my 20s were fun (a time of
exploration–career-wise and personally),
i think my 30s will be different. to say it will be
an exciting, yet peaceful decade may be
ignorant (or perhaps wishful thinking).
i feel old, though i probably shouldn’t
say that; i don’t mean to offend anyone.
as a teenager, i imagined a much
different image of myself at age 30.
perhaps i would be married, have a child
(or children), be well-established in my career,
etc. well my life sure isn’t that, but i am
okay with my current situation, too!
in fact, i feel grateful for where i am both
personally and professionally.
dress: nordstrom, boots: zara,
blazer: anthropologie (thrifted via goodwill),
clutch: nordstrom rack
and now, onto the outfit!
when brainstorming outfits to wear
on my birthday, i knew i wanted to make a
statement. i picked up this dress at nordstrom
(with sequin polka dots) and love how
flirty and feminine it is. it was on major sale
at nordstrom, too! ankle boots, a blush pink
blazer, and velvet clutch complete
the look. a side of ice cream makes for a
cute and seemingly festive accessory.
while i didn’t wear this outfit to my
party over the weekend, the dress is perfect
for a holiday party or celebration.
it can be dressed up or down, and i look
forward to styling it next weekend with my
denim jacket and converse.
i hope you had a wonderful weekend,
and thank you for stopping by! excuse me
while i indulge in another piece of cake!


what i pack for a blogger photo shoot

‘don’t forget to bring your entire wardrobe.’
(words by the wisest woman. ever.)i should preface this by stating:
packing light has never been my strong suit.
in fact, in my family, i am notorious for forgetting
essential items (like flip flops–on a beach
vacation). i am equally well-known
for bringing too much ‘crap’ with me and stuffing
it in the nearest (and lightest) family member’s
bag upon arriving at the airport.
what can i say? i like having options.

regardless of whether i am going to
class, or headed on a weekend adventure
or longer trip, i overpack. a blogger
photo shoot is no different. packing a large bag, with
numerous options, is required. however, in this
situation, overpacking can be to your benefit.

before going to a blogger shoot, i try to plan
two, three, or sometimes four different
outfits. this requires prepping a complete look from head
to toe (including: hair, makeup, top + bottom or dress
option, jewelry, bag, other accessories if
applicable, and shoes). at times, this can be a
quick process, particularly if i have a specific
outfit in mind; other times, it can seemingly
take ages to find the right look (taking into consideration
weather, seasonal trends, shoot location,
potential sponsorships, and more).
my outfit prep begins the night before,
or if i happen to shoot later in the day, i
can usually pack a few hours beforehand.

i pack each look in a separate bag. this
makes changing in-between looks far more
efficient. fun fact: i typically change in my car!

^^^ don’t forget accessories! jewelry, purses,
and other props are great for posing with–they provide something
to do with your hands and can be used as an organic prop ^^^

^^^ shoot days are also a great excuse to try out
the newest coffee or ice cream shop, or to visit an old favorite.
le reve bakery in the queen anne neighborhood
has delicious coffee and the prettiest pastries! ^^^

photos by karya schanilec photography

velvet top and skirt: nordstrom rack,
boots: asos, headband: c/o france luxe hair (exact here),
clutch: aldo (similar here), rings: nordstrom

i also recommend packing a few ‘safety items.’
what is a safety item? a denim jacket, spare
bag, extra bracelet, clear umbrella, etc. should the
weather suddenly change, or the clutch you
chose to match your outfit go missing, you have
a spare item on hand. there is nothing worse
returning home from a shoot, browsing through photos,
and realizing that something was off (and/or
missing). it is a bummer! having a few extra goodies
with you can often help.

festive props can be fun to bring
along, too! flowers, balloons, a banner–they
are fun to pose with and help create unique
images to share on your blog and social media.
i picked up a fake wreathe, garland, and pretty
banner at my local hobby lobby last christmas
and had a great time incorporating the items into
my holiday photos.

last minute items to toss in your bag?
lipstick, makeup-removing wipes, and a
water bottle. shooting is tiresome, and it helps
to leave your house prepared.

what are your photo shoot essentials?
how and when do you pack? i would love
to add to this list, as i am sure there are things
i have forgotten!

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