Exploring The City

A few months ago, Evan, Owen and I set out to explore the city of Charleston, SC. We packed up and hit the road for our first family road trip. We’ve taken family trips since having Owen, but I always opted for flying vs driving.  An 8 hour plus car ride with a small child intimidated me, what can I say…

It took a lot of mulling over, but I finally committed and we hit the road for Charleston, SC.  We surprisingly made it meltdown free and all in one piece.

I would say a lot of my motherhood experience has been much like standing on the edge of a pool contemplating jumping in. It’s always much worse in our minds than it is in real life. Looking back, I’m beyond happy I took that jump. We had a wonderful time and made so many great memories with out little guy. I feel a bit sad thinking about all the short weekend trips we’ve missed out on due to fear of a challenging child and difficulty.

If you haven’t read my Wild and Free Weekend recap a few weeks back, I shared how I met up with my friend Brittany (Brittany Anderson Photography) while in Charleston.  Being a young parent can be a bit lonely, especially if you’re the first in your circle of friends to jump down the parenthood rabbit hole, so being able to share this experience with Brittany and her family made the trip extra fun. Exploring the city with another couple who understands the adventures of toddlerhood made me feel at ease.

Date night style
Date Night Style

It was a busy weekend with me attending Wild and Free events and Brittany shooting an engagement session.  Because we didn’t have a lot of free time, we woke up at 4am the day we left for home to explore downtown Charleston before the streets were filled with people.

The city is truly one of the most beautiful I’ve visited. The energy of old southern tradition with a modern edge creates the perfect atmosphere. We ventured off the typical tourist path and explored cobblestone streets, old homes and business. One moment that stood out most was discovering a local school, housed in an old monastery tucked in between old french quarter homes and winding roads along the ocean. I was to struck by the beauty of the set up and the friendliness of the administration.

Brittany and I stood and watched as parents pulled up, the principle opening the car door welcoming each child by name. It was something special! I’d be lying if I didn’t admit, right then I could have packed my bags and moved.
Be Still Clothing
Be Still Clothing
Be Still Clothing

While we were exploring Brittany and I took photos of the old homes and parks. She was so kind to snap a few of photos of me for the blog. I tried my best to make the most of the opportunity, wearing what seems like two outfits and not be completely awkward the whole time.

My Be Still Clothing t-shirt is something I wear daily along with my target white shoes and back pack. It’s pretty much my go to momma combo.  The second look is a great date night or girls dinner look. The dress was a score from Marshalls and the shoes were all Brittany. I’m a fairly tall girl and often feel like Olive Oil, off of Popeye in tall heels, but she insisted and shared how much she adores them. I guess if you’re going to dress up you might as well go all out, right!

What are your favorite mom looks and simple date night combos? I’d love to hear in the comments or on Instagram! Be sure to stop by Brittany’s page, and show her some love!
Be Still Clothing

Be Still Clothing

Memorial Day Looks

Summer Fashion

Who doesn’t love getting dressed up and taking photos? I know two people who do– Amanda and I. Memorial Day was the perfect time to break out a cute summer look! This was the first time we have taken official blog photos in a while. We didn’t make a big fuss about it, no outfit planning or poses this time around. Sidenote: growing a human is seriously exhausting but I am loving every second of it! 🙂

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t’s so humbling to know that the reason we are able to enjoy the freedoms we do is because of all of the brave men + women so selflessly give their lives for us.

Memorial Day Fashion

Summer Fashion
Summer Fashion

Memorial Day for us was relaxing and full of the good stuff. After raining nearly the ENTIRE month of May (no joke), it was refreshing to see sunshine and blue skies… and the 80+ degree temps weren’t bad either! Amanda got her dress off the sale rack at Old Navy. My pants are from Motherhood Maternity, they also are on sale. If I could get these pants in every color I would! They are so comfortable. It’s going to be interesting to watch my style evolve as this belly grows. Summer fashion  with a bump, is so cute!

Summer Fashion
Summer Flowers
Memorial Day Fashion

After we ate all of the typical, yummy cookout foods, Amanda handed my husband, Matt, her camera and we chased this gorgeous evening light all over the place. Matt and Evan will stand in as our photographers when we want to be in photos together. It’s been so funny to watch the our husbands grow to enjoy blog “work” as much as we do. Honestly, we’re both very lucky to have such supportive men in our lives!

Southern Style Home
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Summer Fashion

It felt like we were straight out of an issue of Southern Living Magazine… I mean, we basically pretended like we were in the magazine while taking these photos. The patriotic colors, the scenery, the swing– it just made us feel like we were deep in the heart of the south, and I can’t say I’d mind that at all!

Summer Fashion

 

Snow Day

Valentines day winter wonderland

Happy Monday! So… #WinterStormJonas got us GOOD 2 weekends ago. We’re talkin’ over two feet of snow, stuck in the house for days kinda good. As soon as it started to clear and the sun came out – we just had to get out in it and take some photos! This was our first big snowfall of the year (and hopefully the last!) so it was fun to goof around a little bit! We felt like a pop of red would be perfect with Valentine’s Day coming up!

Valentines day winter wonderland

Amanda’s Sperry Duck Boots were perfect for our walk in the snow. It was a pretty warm day and the snow was starting to melt.

Valentines day winter wonderland

 My Target vest was also the perfect pick for the not-so-typical winter temps we had that day.

Valentines day winter wonderland

 Amanda borrowed this Target scarf from our girlfriend, Casey. I’ve seen it all over social media this winter but couldn’t snatch it up at the store in time. I knew it would look great with her red pea coat and black beanie.

Snow Day

Valentines day winter wonderland

 

Valentines day winter wonderland

          The pop of red is everything against this winter white background. These are some of my favorite photos we’ve done in awhile!

Snow Day

 

Snow Fashion  Sure, I look like I’ve got my walk together. Little do you know… I almost fell into that wet snow about 10 different times during our shoot! Let me tell you, it’s never a dull moment. 😉

Valentines day winter wonderland

 

 My Target boots are a staple in my winter wardrobe. They keep my feet warm + dry while making me feel like my look is put-together.

Valentines day winter wonderland   It’s always so fun shooting together! Most of the time it’s one of us behind the camera. It was fun to have Amanda’s husband behind the camera for a change!

 

Fall Style Preview


We can feel fall creeping in and that makes us happy! When a collaboration with Not Too Shabby Boutique came about last week, we were thrilled to be a part of it! September is a perfect time for a new boutique AND it’s full of all of the fall looks we love. We did a photo shoot wearing items from the shop, and we went to their grand opening to take photos of them in their new location.
We were able to
get a behind-the-scenes look at Not Too Shabby Boutique’s new space. They already had such a great selection of trendy accessories and clothes, but they decided to move to new space to give their customers a larger selection to choose from! It was almost impossible to only pick a few
outfits for our shoot.
The owner, Karen, is so easy to work with– from helping you style your look to holding private shopping parties upon request.
What a fun night with girlfriends that would be!
Fashion
 We love that the boutique is owned and ran by a mother and her two daughters, Jenna + Aleah. “It’s a great balance; the girls are up on the all of the trends and I have experience operating a small business,” said owner, Karen.
Fall Style
Fall Style
Fall Style
 Marrissa loved pulling looks for our shoot a few days prior to the opening. We had a hard time not taking too many! ; ) Their new selection of fall clothes have a boho flair and the pieces are so versatile! The ladies carry sizes for all body types and a variety of styles.
There is just something about dresses, chunky knit cardigans, fringe boots, and hats that women love for the fall!  Here are a few photos from our shoot we did, wearing items now available at the boutique! You have to go check them out!

 

Fall Style
Amanda’s look: dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  ankle booties: Coach
Marrissa’s look: dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  fringe boots: Minnetonka; hat- H&M
Fall Style
Fall Style
Fall Style
Dress + fringe vest: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  boots: Coach

 

Fall Style

 

Fall Style
Dress + Cardigan + Hat: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  boots: Minnetonka
Fall Style
Fall Style
Dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  ankle boots: Old Navy
Fall Style
Dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  boots: Minnetonka 

 

Fall Style

 

Amanda’s look: dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique;  ankle booties: Minnetonka
Marrissa’s look: dress: Not Too Shabby Boutique; ankle boots: Old Navy
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