Sunday, July 20, 2014

Kaleigh Andrew | Bridal Shoot

Yesterday I witnessed the giving away of one of the loveliest souls I've ever had the pleasure to know. Kaleigh has made my life better in so many ways since I met her in the 7th grade. After so many years together & talk of "What kind of wedding dress would you wear?" and "What are the most important qualities you want in your husband?", it was absolutely surreal to be a part of her wedding.

I think one of the most special moments of the wedding (for me) was the bachelorette party. That sounds like a horribly party girl thing to say, so let me explain. After the rehearsal dinner, we went back to the hotel for dessert. I don't know how it happened, but we all ended up telling Kaleigh what she meant to us. It was so amazing to see the shared love we all have for her & hear how she had impacted all of us in such a major way. Kaleigh then turned to each of us and told us how we had impacted her. There wasn't a dry eye in the room! That time means so much to me, as I know it does to the others.

 I feel so honored to have been a part of her wedding, not to mention her life! I'm also so pleased to have been allowed to photograph this rare beauty. A few weeks before the wedding, I asked if she was having bridal portraits done. She replied, "Oh, no! I'm not photogenic at all. I don't know what to do in pictures. I'm so awkward!" Well, her mother, Brittany & myself heartily disagreed, so she said she would think about it.

 I'm so glad she decided to do this shoot! Once she get in front of the camera, we 3 said, "Oh my gosh! Are you crazy?! You're stunning!" Needless to say, it took virtually no effort on my part to get a good shot of her. It's hard to take a bad photo of someone this gorgeous.

 I hope you enjoy this collection. We shot on location at their wedding venue, The Grove in Discovery Green, Houston, Texas.









Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Chemex Love


What is this about? Basically nothing.
My brother & sister-in-law got us a Chemex a few weeks ago & we've been obsessed ever since.
We haven't gone back to the French Press once!
There are a lot of little things that are really beautiful & the process of making coffee with a Chemex is one of them. I decided to take pictures of my morning ritual today for the heck of it.
Hopefully someone out there appreciates pictures of coffee as much as I do.

Speaking of - do you watch Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee by Jerry Seinfeld?
It's my bath-time show.
I highly recommend the Sarah Jessica Parker episode (I definitely don't think she's a comedienne, but...), as well as the Larry David, Jay Leno, Louis C.K. & David Letterman episodes.
Golden!

Back to coffee.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Honeymoon - Review


The Honeymoon Cafe & Bar
300 Main St.

For those of you who know me, you know my reviews are "reviews". They use no fancy words or descriptions. They say, YES! GO! or SKIP. But I have a small list of things I love about The Honeymoon.

Firstly, I'm really happy about the continual opening of Downtown Houston spots - as everyone knows Downtown needs so much more. They already have a good selection of bars, but cafes are definitely lacking. The Honeymoon is in their soft opening now with a great drink menu & are due to release their full menu at grand opening soon.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Easy, Low-fat Foods for Your Diet

My breakfast, 1/2 cup of Cottage Cheese

Firstly, you should know, I don't eat fruit or gluten. Fruit is obviously a great snack with few calories for those who eat it. I won't be including anything with fruit in this post!

Tools

  • If you really want to lose weight, I recommend downloading the app: My Fitness Pal for your smart phone. You can also use their website on your computer!
  • You'll need measuring cups to accurately count your calories (I know. What a bore.)
  • Exercise gear! Tennis shoes, shorts or pants, sports undergarments & earphones. I like this exercise armband - but you can find them on Amazon for even cheaper.
  • Lastly, you'll need lots of will power & a partner on board.
If you don't have the will power to exercise and diet, just keep eating the way you're eating. In a few months, you'll despise what you see in the mirror & suddenly find the will power. Also, having a husband/wife who isn't on board with exercise and diet makes it 10X harder for you! Try to get them on board.

With the My Fitness Pal app, you can input your weight, height & weight loss goal. It will customize your calorie intake for you based on how quickly you want to lose! Not only that, but you can add food or exercise to your daily diary. By searching a food type, you can see how many calories it is and add it to your diary. Whatever you add is automatically deducted from your daily intake. Similarly, how ever much you lose during your exercise will be added to your daily intake! Yay! This is how I earn my dinner most days.

When you discover how little you should be eating daily in order to lose weight, you'll quickly realize that processed foods contain way too many calories to be worth it. When a slice of pizza amounts to half of your daily intake, you've got a problem.


Monday, June 23, 2014

How to Deal with Passive-Aggressive People

It's pretty unclear what passive aggressive means.
That may be because passive aggressive people are very unclear.

Here are some signs you're dealing with (or are) a passive aggressive person.

Putting off responsibilities
Carrying out responsibilities late, not at all, or inefficiently
"Forgetting" to do things or using forgetfulness as an excuse not to do things
Being reluctant to accept others' suggestions
Being afraid of those in positions of authority
Having pent-up feelings of anger
Resenting and blaming other people

People with passive-aggressive personality typically don't disagree or voice their resentment; it's their behaviors that indicate that they're passively ignoring a request or responsibility, or doing it only with resentment. 

In my own experience, I've observed passive-aggressive people by what they say & how they react to situations. It seems to be back-door-complaining or back-door-resistance without ever really coming right out and saying it!

Example.
(Urban Dictionary always explains things so well.)

Jane: It's time to go, we really should get going now.
Passive Aggressive Ann: Oh...okay. I just...well okay, I GUESS we can leave now.
Jane: Ann, do you want to stay? Is that what you're trying to get at?
Passive Aggressive Ann: Huh? Oh no, we can leave if YOU want. I just didn't get to do everything I wanted to do yet, but no no, we can go I guess.
Jane: Fine, we'll stay, are you happy?
Passive Aggressive Ann: Oh okay! Yeah! That sounds great too!

Ann got her way without having to openly ask for it.