Family Beach Photoshoot with Marielena Photography

Excited to be sharing a little family beach photoshoot magic with all of you today. We aren’t the family that plans Holiday photos. We aren’t even the family who regularly gets all 5 of us together in one photo. Not that I haven’t spent years pinning beautiful family photos. I just haven’t had prioritized an actual shoot.

I also prefer being behind the camera usually. Most of my Instagram posts are the world from my perspective, so you don’t see a whole lot of me. 

When our dear friend, Marielena Photography reached out to take some Holiday family photographs I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new. Knowing how wonderful she is with kids put me at ease because my littles are not the type to stand still for any amount of time. I am sure many of you know exactly what I mean.

We knew we wanted to do a simple beach shoot, grabbing some of that golden hour magic. We were able to take the pictures down at West St. A place so special and full of memories for our family. Having these images of all of us at a place we hold so close is something I truly treasure.

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I’ve spent a lot of time searching Etsy for jewelry styles. I wasn’t sure that I would ever find something totally in-tune with my style—until I stumbled upon Di’s Etsy shop Pieces&Chloe. Her designs are simple, beautiful, stylish, and really freaking cute. I’m always getting comments on them! Using a mixture of metals and macrame, Di’s dainty bracelets are perfect by themselves for a simple statement or for layering.


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Growing up my mother rarely wore make up. Being a P.E. teacher and coach it wasn’t something she would regularly wear. Plus, she has beautiful skin and is naturally beautiful, so that helps. As a result, I never had anyone who really introduced me to makeup. I had a few friends that were allowed to wear it and in junior high I was granted permission to try it. I think I started with black eyeliner and sparkles. Basically my face had rookie mistake all over it. So I ditched it. I would wear some powdered foundation, or MAC studio (screams 90’s right?) or BB cream and occasionally toss in some blush and mascara. But I was an athlete and still never really knew what I was doing. So I really never took the time to educate myself or see what worked for me.

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Fall Style Capsule

After a few weeks of record breaking temperatures in Laguna, it is finally starting to cool off. Which means, hopefully, I will be able to pull out some of my winter styles. My summer uniform consisted of jean shorts and tank tops or sleeveless swing dresses. And let me tell you, they need a break.

Through fall it usually stays pretty warm around here. So it’s not always realistic to wear a top under a sweater and a leather jacket or wool coat over a sweater. But hey, a girl can dream right?

Until recently, you wouldn’t be able to find a piece of black clothing in my closet (besides workout gear). I, for some reason, thought I was “too fair” to get away with it, it “washed me out”. Not anymore. Recently, I have tried to change my outlook on dressing myself and my personal style. Keeping with trends, but finding a style that fits me and I am always comfortable in. With everything I have going on, I don’t want to spend tons of time looking at my closet deciding what I want to wear. I want to be able to throw on something and feel good in it. After reading about a woman who transformed her style through a capsule wardrobe, I was intrigued and slowly started the process of constructing my own.

A capsule wardrobe is defined as

“a mini wardrobe made up of really versatile pieces that you totally LOVE to wear.” Caroline of Unfancy

Creating a closet full of clothes you love and can wear all the time, genius. I realized, while a few colorful pieces are fun to incorporate, when I would go to get dressed, I chose the simple styles and neutral colors nine times out of ten. I now know, I need a base. A set of standard items that I can build upon. I am still navigating this process and my closet is still too full. But I look forward to continuing to find my own style and my own identity, and sharing it with you.

Here are a few looks that I hope to draw inspiration from


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