A Because-I-Love-You Giveaway


New year, new look! Thought I’d kick off the new design with a giveaway because I love you all. I really want to use this space to work on personal design work, experiment with photography, live some great adventures and share it all here. I compiled a list of all my favorite items and things I use pretty much every day. ONE lucky winner will receive:

  • Robert Mason long handled tote – $299.99
  • 2 Brim Papery Boss B*tch mugs (one for a friend!) – $40.00
  • Nitore We Bé All Night tee in grey – $23.99
  • JRJ‘s Must Have Trio of polish + a quick dry top coat – $37.00
  • BOSS pencils

The only thing you need to do to enter is to comment with what you’d like to see me blog about in 2015! Be as specific or vague as you’d like. AND there are lots of other ways to add more entries to your name! Good luck! Can’t wait to see who wins!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

*unfortunately due to shipping costs, this is only open to those in the U.S. Someday when I’m rollin’ in cash money, I’ll ship presents to everyone overseas 24/7

Circles Are Better Than Squares


Lately, I’ve been experiencing dark circles under my eyes. I suppose it’s from something that I’m not doing. I’m not working out regularly, but I’m eating fairly well. I’m getting a decent amount of sleep, but I also never see the sun. Not a lot of sinus issues or allergies. I suppose it comes with age so I picked up an eye cream that was rated well on Sephora. It makes my eyes water which sort of freaks me out.

Using eye cream is like eating local honey for allergies. There’s literally a 50/50 chance that it will work. For every article that states local honey works…there’s another that says it’s total BS. There’s absolutely no incentive to do this every day. No instant gratification.

So I’ll keep you posted unless some of you have any suggestions. And until I see any improvement, I’ll share my favorite concealers soon.

Disconnecting without disappearing


I often struggle with the idea of disconnecting without disappearing. Without disappointing. I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it before, but I get jealous of people who aren’t on social media. My mom doesn’t have a single account. She doesn’t even have a voicemail! (Mom, you’re so cool)

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A Heart Full of Sun



Hello. My name is Allie and I’m breaking up with winter. I know I just blogged about how I love winter and that it’s perfect for my introverted self but I take it back. I’ve discovered that I hate shivering when I get out of the shower and I don’t particularly love the drafts coming through the cracks in my door when it’s -8 degrees. I never want to leave the house and I just eat french fries to ease the pain. I can be by myself in the warmth. A snowy, cold winter is amazing leading up to Christmas but nothing longer…

The photo above is me arriving in Florida and feeling the sun hit my face. Heart exploding.

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Comfort Gluten-Free Food




After waiting patiently, my pre-ordered copy of Every Last Crumb appeared on my doorstep last month. I’ve been loving all of the recipes because they’re my comfort food. Biscuits, waffles, hot dog buns and corndogs. It’s insane. Brittany (the author) incorporates some ingredients that I don’t tend to use (like potato starch and guar gum) but has great substitute options. On each recipe, she indicates if it’s gluten-free, grain-free, coconut-free, dairy-free and/or nut-free. SO helpful.

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Our New Place


Right in between Thanksgiving and hosting a party for 100+ people, we moved. It was the worst and best timing, ever. I really love our new place and after my friend Meghan came to visit, it felt so cozy and more like home. The bedroom featured above is our guest room – isn’t it pretty? I love it so much and I think it’s because there’s no clutter. Our bedroom is always a disaster area with all the clothes and shoes. (PS that table below was $4 at a thrift shop. Oh yeah.)

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When Life Gives You Lemons


…you shoot with artificial light. This is the first year that I started shooting with studio lights. I started incorporating them into product photography to get the sharp look I was trying to achieve. Then November hit and the temps in Ohio dropped to 8 degrees and I realized that if I want to push myself while continuing to shoot portraits then I needed to jump into studio lighting for people. Our warehouse has garage doors that I can open for natural light but damn that’s cold. We have talked about investing in glass doors sometime in the future but since we don’t have a definite timeline on that, strobes it was! This weekend was my first run at studio lighting and I’m excited to keep experimenting, learning + growing.

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Winter is my guilty pleasure


True story. When we set our clocks back in November, I’m always a little thrown off. It’s been happening all my life. I remember being a kid and going to piano lessons at 5:30pm one day when it’s light out and the next week it was pitch black. It didn’t really blow my mind as much as it does now as an adult. It’s funny how much you don’t notice as a kid.

Now it seems like the sun starts to set around 3:30pm. When I’m at our studio, I was switch on the light next to my desk and wrap a scarf around my neck (like that fends off the dark). Sure, I’ll participate in the small talk. “Oh my gosh! It’s like the sun starts setting at 3:30! I feel like it’s time for bed at 7pm!”

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A Habit Loop


I’m currently on day 22 of the Whole30 diet/detox/elimination diet. I feel like a goddess, I’m at my college weight and I have the energy of a toddler. Besides realizing that REAL food makes you feel like a rockstar, I’ve also discovered a lot about my habits (good and bad).


The habit loop, in my situation, looked like this:

cue (overworking) > routine (neglecting self-care) > reward (eating out + shopping)

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3rd Annual Christmas City Swap


The winter cold has finally decided to stay here in Ohio (it’s supposed to snow on Sunday!!!! Hurray!) and if you know me at all, you know I try to celebrate Christmas for as long as humanly possible. I’m starting TODAY. And to celebrate, I’m opening up my 3rd Annual Christmas City Swap to the masses! You can read about the last two years here.

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