Living the Good Life

April has been a pretty exciting month so far, and I can't believe that we are halfway through it already!! Seriously, where is this year going?!?

The first half of April has been spent with friends and celebrating as our team makes it to the Championship game (but sadly they lost), as well as growing my photography business. Last week, the release date came from the photos from February's shoot, so I was able to share them. Coming up this week, the April issue of the magazine should be out (I was able to do this shoot back in March). Once again, I'll have to wait for the release date about two weeks after that. However, I am even more excited about those images than the last.

It's such a great feeling showing your work to the world and getting such a positive response. That feeling will never ever get old.

The CATS made it to the Championship game again (on April 7). We got to where we were going to watch the game at 1pm. (The game didn't start until 9pm; our friends met up with us later). We wanted to secure our location, because people get to their locations EARLY. The forecast was rain (and it definitely did), so I didn't want to stand outside (tent or no tent; I wanted to be inside).

Sadly, we lost. It's okay though, because we are still UK, which is one of the most successful college basketball teams in history. There is always next year. Either way, I still had a great time going out for the Elite Eight, Final Four, and Championship game. I went to the same place each time, because 1) that place is awesome, 2) it's downtown (the biggest celebrations take place there), and 3) best pizza ever.

I saw a lot of hate about UK and people being glad they didn't win. I couldn't help but think, When did your team get knocked out? Oh. first round? or Oh. We knocked you out? or You're team wasn't even one of the 64? Umm.. yeah, you don't get an opinion. Sorry.

That's just another reason that I have a love/hate relationship with social media (and I LOVE social media). People are ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS find something to turn into a negative. I honestly just feel bad for them, because of the constant negativity about anything and everything. Personally, I would find that exhausting.

Be happy, please. It's good for the soul. Promise.

You may remember me sharing my five published photos (see post: A Big Milestone: My First Tear Sheets) last week. A day later, I shared about thirty more photos from that particular shoot. To check out the rest, go here.

As of April 12, 2014 at 1:57am. This really is the stats from April 10-12 (on the 12th at 1:57am)

This may not seem like a big deal to some, but it is to me. We all know that facebook wants you to pay to promote your posts, but I don't believe it is needed; just my opinion. There are ways. Why those ways might not be 100% foolproof, but it is something. (Unless you want to pay, then cool. I'm not saying that I won't ever pay, but I don't foresee myself doing that anytime soon).

On April 9, I posted all of my published photos from March's issue to my personal page, because I wanted to be sure 1000% that my friends would see them. I kept watching my page and was like, boy it is on fire. Hours and hours later, those numbers kept increasing...

As I'm writing this (Sunday evening), I received about 38 likes on my album of published pictures and 14 comments (this was just on my personal page). On the pictures themselves (there were five), I received about 94 likes and 2 comments.

I decided the next day that I needed to add the same pictures to my business page, and there I received 11 likes and 12 comments on the album of the published pictures. On those five pictures, I received about 25 likes and 10 comments.

The same day, I added about thirty pictures to my business page, and then shared it to my personal page. The bad thing about doing that is that if you are on a mobile device, you can't see it on my personal page whatsoever. However, if you do go to my business page, it will show up. It was so frustrating, because I wanted everyone on my friend list to see them, but sharing albums won't show up if you are on mobile devices. Sad but true. Sigh. (and no, it is NOT anything to do with privacy settings). 

Anyway, I was super bummed but I just went with it. I made sure to tag everyone in the photos, along with my business. I then started receiving like after like, comment after comments, share after share, and likes on my actual page. Even though it doesn't show up via mobile, people were still seeing it, so I was happy. By the end of the day or so, I had received 11 likes and 2 comments on the album itself, and 198 likes on the pictures and 17 comments. Not too shabby (especially considering I had only 225 people that have liked my page at the time) and people are still liking and commenting. Such a wonderful feeling... there are no words for how happy that makes me!

P.S. I did NOT pay to promote any of my posts on facebook.

Either way, I have a plan of attack for my next one...

Here's a little sneak peek of a photoshoot that I did this past week. To see an official sneak peek, visit my facebook page.

P.S. More from that shoot will be added within the week, along with even more the following week. Also, additional shoots will be added as well (one specifically was at an animal shelter, where I also modeled)!! I'm too excited for words!! I also will be posting some of my work on my instagram.


The rest of April is going to be even busier... editing photos, redoing/updating my website, blogging my sessions of my website, celebrating my friend's birthday, celebrating MY birthday, going to the biggest/weirdest/wildest party ever, and at least two or three more sessions (as of this post).

It's a busy life, but I love it. It's so wonderful.

How's April been treating you???

Linking up with:
Random Wednesday with Because Shanna Said So, Hump Day Blog Hop with Fitness Blondie

Pretty in Lace

shirt: studio y//jeans: denizen//lace jacket: c/o sheinside (Beige Long Sleeve Hollow Lace Crop Outerwear)//boots: merona

Once again, I'm wearing either a blazer or jacket... It seriously has became an obsession. You should see my closet; I have dozens and dozens and dozens. They are such a staple piece, and you get more use out of them compared to just a shirt.

Even though the summers are brutal here, I still like to wear them (occasionally). I get cold easily, so I always like to have a jacket on hand, because you just never know. I pretty much have certain establishments narrowed down, where having a jacket is a necessity (*cough* Movie Tavern *cough*).

Besides the fact, that I wear them for warmth on the cooler nights and in the fall and winter, it makes you look more modern and up-to-date. You could easily dress this jacket up, but I opted for more of the casual look. I love love love the cut of this jacket (think motorcycle when zipped up) combined with the femininity of the lace. It's basically a win-win.

Linking up with:
Style Sessions with Style ElixirAll Things Thursday with Hunters of Happiness and Glitz and Gold, Look What I Got with Penniless Socialite andThe Tiny Heart, What I Wore with The Pleated PoppyFavorite Fashion Friday with Penniless Socialite, Tres-Chic Fashion with Vodka Infused Lemonade, Fashion Friday Link-up with Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl

A Big Milestone: My First Tear Sheets

You may or may not remember the fashion photoshoot that I did in February. If not, check out my post, Strike a Pose + My Big Announcement to catch up (that is, if you want). The magazine came out on March 25 and two weeks after that date is the day we are able to share/release the photos. Well, YESTERDAY WAS THE DAY!

With my photos being published in the magazine, I received my very first tear sheets (one for each photo that was published)!! Basically, any time that you are published, you will get a tear sheet, which is basically proof that you are published in whatever publication. Being published and receiving tear sheets is HUGE for a photographer, especially in the fashion industry.

Also, since it is the middle of April, the April issue should be coming out! The theme for that issue is Timeless Beauty. Once again, I can't wait to see what images will be chosen. The pictures that I took to be sent into that issue are even more of my favorites, so it isn't any surprise that I am again excited to share.

This past weekend, I was able to be part of another photoshoot but it was for one of the humane societies in a neighboring city (we plan on doing the one in my city at a later date). We photographed some models with dogs that were available for adoption. I just wanted to take all of the doggies home and adopt them. Each time that I go to a photoshoot, there's at least one person that mistakes me for a model. I'm extremely flattered, but I like being the one taking the photos. However, at this shoot, I did model for this photoshoot, as well as taking photos of the other models. (I've already been asked to model, which I will do, but my main focus will always be photography).

I have about thirty more photos that I have chosen to share from this particular photoshoot (Paper Doll: March's issue), and I will be posting those on my photography facebook page and photography website (will be updated within the upcoming weekend). Also, the pictures of the photo shoot from the humane society will be posted as well!

I can't wait to share the rest!

Linking up with:
Lovely Thursdays with Her and Nicole, Treat Yo' Self Thursday with Treasure Tromp

Porcelain Print

shirt: the limited
skirt: bebe
shoes: steve madden
jacket: c/o She Inside

Jackets, blazers, and cardigans are staples and must-haves in my closet. They go with any outfit and can change the look in an instant. These staples are perfect for giving a modern look. As much as I love solid colors, I love prints and colors even more. If you haven't noticed, I like to stand out instead of blending in. Life is too boring to be like everyone else.

I'll always be the girl that wears bright colors and prints. Clothes are more chic and fun that way!! When I saw the Navy Long Sleeve Embroidered Porcelain Print Jacket, I instantly snatched it up. I just adored the different colors and trim that was along the opening of the jacket.

It does have a clasp at the top, but has no zippers or buttons; meant to be worn open. That is perfectly fine with me! With the outfit that I'm wearing, I want the ruffles to be seen!

Linking up with:
Style Sessions with Style ElixirTrend Spin Linkup with Walking in Memphis in High Heels, Random Wednesday with Because Shanna Said So, Hump Day Blog Hop with Fitness BlondieAll Things Thursday with Hunters of Happiness and Glitz and Gold, Look What I Got with Penniless Socialite andThe Tiny Heart, What I Wore with The Pleated PoppyFavorite Fashion Friday with Penniless Socialite, Tres-Chic Fashion with Vodka Infused Lemonade, Fashion Friday Link-up with Diary of a Brown Eyed Girl

"The Big Dance"

OMG... The past few games in the tournament have been some extreme nail biters. For the past two games, I've went downtown with friends. Downtown is the place to be, because that's where the party is at!! Thousands and thousands flood the streets in excitement!

Some friends and I went downtown to watch the UK vs. Wisconsin game. Everywhere was crowded. When we got to the place that we wanted to watch the game at, it was already at "1 in 1 out," and there was three people in our party. After they said that, they said we could come in and go to the downstairs outside patio. It was crowded in all three floors of the restaurant, along with both patios. We all had to stand, but it was worth it. Right before the game, they were turning people away, because they were at max capacity.

After we won, we immediately hit the streets and celebrated. Strangers become friends. People that you don't know and/or will never see again will give you hugs; some will even pick you up and hug you. You'll get more high fives than you ever had in your life. All you have to do is hold out your hand and yell, GO CATS, and it will come.

When we decided to leave, we went to get the car, but it had been towed. During the championship, they had "temporary no parking," due to crowds and games and not wanting people's cars being damaged or set on fire. We walked to the tow lot, which was about a mile away. It was also through a sketchy neighborhood. It's one that you wouldn't want to be in, even during the day. The tow lot gave the car back, and said there were over 3000 cars towed. As soon as they towed the cars, they would immediately have to tow the others, due to people immediately parking where they just towed.

I still hung out with friends until about 6:30am on Sunday. It was such a fun night; definitely one of the best!! Great times with great company!!



"Kentucky has both the most all-time wins (2136) and the highest all-time winning percentage in the history of college basketball (.761). Kentucky's all-time record currently stands at 2136–671. Kentucky also leads all schools in total NCAA tournament appearances with 53, is first in NCAA tournament wins with 117, and ranks second to UCLA in NCAA championships with 8. In addition to these titles, Kentucky also has won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in both 1946 and 1976, making it the only school to win multiple NCAA and NIT championships. The Wildcats have played in a record 53 NCAA Tournaments, in a record 157 NCAA Tournament games, have a NCAA record 39 Sweet-16 appearances, a NCAA record 34 Elite-8 appearances, and have a NCAA record 61 total post-season tournament appearances (NCAA and NIT). Further, Kentucky has played in 16 Final Fours (3rd place all time), and has 11 NCAA Championship Game appearances (second all time to UCLA), winning 8 NCAA Championships (second all time to UCLA). Kentucky also leads all schools with 58 20-win seasons, 13 30-win seasons, and is the only school with 5 different NCAA Championship coaches (Rupp, Hall, Pitino, Smith, Calipari)."

For the championship game, I picked out my outfit the night before (when I do something---I go ALL out), charged my camera, cleared enough space off my phone, and made sure I had everything in order for the big day. The kitty cats are going to the Big Dance again!

Let's go CATS!!!

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