end of summer giveaway, with present

   Happy end of summer friends! I am beyond happy to be wrapping this season and heading right into my two favorite times of the year (fall and winter). In honor of this change in the year, I have paired up with my friend Rachel Gottlieb of Present to share this giveaway with my readers.

   I have been dying to get my hands on a pair of giant pom-pom earrings this summer season, and it just so happens Present answered my wishes. I wore my royal blue pom-pom earrings with matching lipstick and a white summer dress, but I can't wait to wear them with everything else in my wardrobe. The winner of this giveaway will receive an identical pair of pom-pom earrings to my personal ones. The giveaway is simple, just follow the steps below on the widget to be entered to win the prize. The winner will be announced September 6th, the day the giveaway closes. Best of luck to all!

moonlight bride

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"There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights."

-Bram Stoker, Dracula

    It has been awhile since I have done a shoot for the pure enjoyment of photography. I had some expired 35 mm film from 2007 and I decided to capture many of the images through that format (which you can obviously tell the film apartment from the ones taken with my dslr). I have been experimenting much lately with more nudity, bareness, horror-inspired, and indoor shooting with my photographs. Listening to the original Dracula soundtrack while shooting inspired me beyond words.  I hope to be doing more projects like this, including shooting a short film horror within the year and writing a few short scary stories.

 

i headed west

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   I hadn't been out of the Midwest in quite awhile. Most of my trips recently have consisted on places less than a days drive, or even simply day trips. I have missed the feeling of being far away from home, in a different time zone, and being able to see the stars at night. We traveled to the Rocky Mountains the end of July, and I couldn't have been happier that I went. 

   I stayed for awhile in Estes Park, which is home to many tourist attractions, taffy stores, and right by the Rocky Mountain National Park. I did some hiking, went up to the Continental Divide, and drink lots of Colorado craft beers. We drove to Boulder for a day and I found the most amazing second hand book store (where I purchased "Valley of the Dolls", which I have yet to finish). 

   Later in the week and many hours away, we headed deep up the mountains to Silverton, a tiny high elevation mining town. It was raining as we arrived, and the mountains were completely covered in fog. It was so beautiful and reminded me of the misty mountains from "The Hobbit". The town was everything that I wish of when I become tried of city life at times; it had mainly dirt roads, old-fashioned saloons, and the ability to see the whole town from the main street. I've always known I have a soft spot for small towns, and staying there reassured that feeling.  

Taking this trip to the mountains made me long for graduation. The time is coming so soon where I won't be tied to one location anymore. There is a whole world out there I could call my home.