A couple of weeks ago, I watched this documentary on Netflix which completely blew my mind. Being a photographer myself, I of course knew of Bill Cunningham, but truly didn’t know much else other than the fact that he’s the most well known (and respected) street photographer in the world.
Lately, I’ve been leaning more on the frugal side. I don’t like to say cheap, because this girl certainly loves her shopping ;) but I’ve become some what frustrated as of late when looking for necessities (such as beauty products and medicines during this horrid winter) and seeing that they’re all around $20+ for basic things. Things that could all be homeopathic and made in my own kitchen. So, I decided to start a little series called the CLEAN PROJECT! Within this project, I will document my favorite recipes and creations for alternatives that we all seem to buy over the counter or through the internet. (like this sugar scrub lip exfoliant I almost bought for $23 the other day)
The one you see photographed? Smells amazing (I used lavender oil) works like a charm, and cost me a total of $3. Keep in mind that the materials that needed to be purchased for this (in my case: the brown sugar and the jar) will last me several more lip scrub creations. Here is all you need (and I bet you have majority of these things in your cabinets already!)
1. Lets try that pre-blogging for the month goal one more time… I crossed this one off, because I pre-blogged as much as I could. I didn’t really think about this when I created this goal, but in order to have genuine posts, not all can be pre-blogged. Photo sessions and things of that nature were tackled ahead of time, which left me with more free time than usual – which was the goal!
2. Go four whole days without spending a single cent. (just want to see if it’s possible!) – Conclusion: not possible.
3. Finally finish watching WEEDS. We’re on Season 7! So sad that we’re all done! We’ve been plowing through TV shows since the weather has been so crappy. House of Cards took us one week to finish. ONE WEEK.
4. Host a brunch at my place equipped with Pinterest brunch recipes (they’re not being pinned for nothing!) My girls came over Valentine’s weekend since our best friend Jenn was in from Northern California. Pinterest recipes didn’t happen, however. It was fully catered by Dunkin’ Donuts since it’s her favorite thing on earth, and sadly, not yet residing in NorCal.
5. Have a relaxing Valentine’s Day with my love, rather than fighting for a table with the rest of Chicago’s lovebirds ;) We seriously didn’t leave our beds all but twice to take Jasper out and answer the door for our breakfast (and lunch) deliveries. It was amazing.
6. Find a new show on Netflix to dive into. Hey, this winter storm seems to be never ending! Does House of Cards count? Because like I said: Nailed it.
7. Read I Am Malala - I think its high time to admit that this book just isn’t going to happen for me right now. I need light and inspiring reads, rather than heavy emotional ones. This is definitely in my “to read” pile, though.
8. Actually BOOK the vacation Trent and I keep talking about ;) We’re leaving for Jacksonville Beach and Miami in 4 days! (for 10 days!)
9. Hang those guitars up in the office so we can have that floor space back. - Trent hasn’t been able to get his hands on the hooks he needs for his guitars. Boo.
10. Train with my trainer 2 days a week, and keep up with my workouts I bumped this up to 3 times a week and I’ve been feeling amazing. Although, I’ve been super sick this past week so I haven’t been able to see the gym in a while.
11. Clean and calibrate my gear – Cleaned my gear, but it hasn’t yet been calibrated. Fortunately I got busy with side shoots and projects, so I wasn’t able to be without my gear (you have to ship it out to the manufacturer)
12. Sell my 15″ MacBook Pro & iPhone (4&5) – lets try this again, shall we? – Still nothing! That poor computer sits here and gets no love. Does anyone have any suggestions on where else the laptop can be sold? iPhones too, for that matter.
13. See my girlfriends at least one night a week – even if its via Facetime/Skype. Better than nothing! We are busy ladies. This month I saw more of my friends than usual, which was amazing.
14. Photograph FOUR sessions – ease myself back in to shooting season without going over the top. The goal is to be less stressed and overwhelmed this year. I photographed way more than four sessions due to boudoir taking on a life of it’s own! It’s been so fun and inspiring.
15. Drink at least FIVE liters of water a day (I attempted ten last month and that was just crazy) – Meh. It’s been more like 2-3 every other day :) Why is it that when you’re under the weather, water is the last thing you want?
So… onto this month’s goals which I’m keeping short and sweet! (and they happen to revolve a lot around our upcoming vacation)
1. Take a little sabbatical when Trent and I are in Florida. So this means I won’t be blogging for about 10 days. Yikes! But it will be a good, necessary refresher before wedding season begins!
2. Read two “beach” books while we’re away – less time on my phone screen, more time in the pages.
3. Document the trip in full – don’t let my “shy ways” get in the way of photographing our time together :)
4. Continue with my workouts – at least 5 times a week (even on the beach)
5. Finish the second half of my taxes.
6. Come up with a realistic blogging / work schedule for 2014 (what worked for me last year is not likely to work for me this year)
7. Dive into my creative juices aside from photography – see what other projects I enjoy. Painting and watercoloring? Sewing? Homeopathic recipes? etc.
Happy Friday to each and every one of you. I for one, am embracing the closing of this week and looking forward to a relaxing weekend, and a clean slate come Monday. It’s been a truly challenging past five days and I’ve found myself clinging on to anything and everything that embraces positivity. That even comes down to what TV programs I choose to watch and not having a single sip of wine while I’m in the heart of my grieving period. (I swear, it makes me cry immediately! I’ll take some tea, please) Listening to my body (which is also going through a horrid cold / virus at the moment) is my main priority right now. So with that said, I’ve got a good dose of links to share with you this weekend – focusing on positivity, health and some things that I’m just plain loving. Enjoy :)
+ Although we just know Seth Rogen as the funny guy, I was so impressed and moved by his efforts to fight this cause. (disappointed in Congress’ decision to not take him seriously, though)
+ Absolutely loving Aid Through Trade. This company gives jobs to women in Nepal to help better their lives – and they make the most gorgeous bracelets to boot. I’m getting one! (or two or three) Shop consciously. It’ll make you feel better.
+ Speaking of which… have you heard of (my girl crush) Olivia Wilde’s new site? Conscious Commerce is a gorgeous blog designed to bring each of us products that we’d be purchasing anyway, from companies who donate funds or create products that better the planet. Total win/win if you ask me. I’ll be tuning in this this site at least once a day.
+ At first I was a little concerned (it felt like toddlers & tiaras). Then I became a tad bit confused. (was the mom doing this for publicity?) But after diving into the story, I realized this was probably one of the cutest things I had ever seen. This little 4 year old girl outspokenly loves fashion, and her mom supports that love by creating paper dresses with her daughter. Okay, then. Momma just took craft day to a whole new level.
This gorgeous, sweet woman blew me away with both her inner and outer beauty. It was such a pleasure to be able to photograph someone so rightfully confident in her own skin; the way we should all feel as women, and as human beings.