First, before I talk about the struggle, I want to introduce you all to Sherry of The Life of the Party who is co-hosting the link up with me today. If you don’t know Sherry, here is a brief introduction in her own words.
“I started The Life of the Party as a way to document past parties for my children, family and close friends and it’s since morphed into a fashion and interior design and healthy lifestyle blog. I’m very passionate about design and find my brain constantly swimming with ideas of new and interesting color combinations and mixing of fabric textures and patterns. This blog has turned my passion into action; I’m constantly inspired by everything that surrounds me on a daily basis and The Life of the Party is my place to bring those thoughts and ideas to life.”
I am super excited to have her join me today! I only recently began following Sherry’s blog, but I quickly became a fan of her chic and sophisticated style which she always sprinkles with a little side of edginess. And as you know, edginess is my jam! Sherry also hosts her own link up, Fashion Informant, every Thursday, so be sure to visit The Life of the Party and join the party!
So now I want to talk about the struggle I am facing this winter. A real life blogger struggle. The snow. The wind. The rain. The weather is legitimately ruining my blogger game! If you could see me some days when we go out for photo shoots. It is downright comical sometimes. We should probably be making videos instead of taking photographs. And the irony here is that my co-host Sherry hails from Hawaii, so I was laughing out loud when I created the collage above of us each wearing pretty blue dresses! What a difference the background makes, right?
The day I decided to wear this velvet dress from Zaful, I checked the temperature before heading out and it was a balmy 20-something degrees. Not so bad for where I live. I can totally tolerate 15-20 minutes outside without a coat and I will be fine.
We had a fresh coat of newly fallen snow which always makes for a gorgeous background, so my husband and I jumped in the car and began driving around town looking for places to shoot some photos. What I didn’t count on was that the plow trucks around these parts mean business and they had already made their rounds multiple times. And plowed snow is not nearly as pretty as unplowed snow.
As we were driving, I spotted an empty parking lot for a church with mountains of snow all around the perimeter. I thought that would do. So we pulled in, hopped out, and began shooting. I quickly learned that 20-something degrees is actually really quite cold even after my body had acclimated to weeks upon weeks of sub-zero temperatures.
Needless to say, I did not last 15-20 minutes out there. We hopped back into the warm car and I was done! Then I started scrolling through the photos. And I wasn’t happy with the way my gold bag (which is actually a wine cooler) looked sort of greenish in the photos. I didn’t really like the lace shawl either. Has that ever happened to you, my blogger friends, something looks great in the mirror then doesn’t translate quite as well in the photographs? Anyway, by this point, my husband was already driving. And he was cold. Much to his dismay, I asked if we could drive up to the park and get some more photos without my bag or shawl.
Now here’s where the struggle really began…the park is situated on top of a hill or a small mountain or something. I always forget how much wind whips across it especially at the lookout points which happen to be the best place for pictures. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes the wind can work in your favor.
But most times, it does not. Add falling snow to the whipping winds and, well, you get the picture.
Some of you may wonder why the heck I would continue to do what I do. The cold, miserable photo shoots in the frigid North Country winter can be tedious to put it mildly. But I do have a few good reasons. First, it’s my job. Second, it really is fun even with the chance of frost bite. Third, I usually end up in a fit of laughter by the end of a photo shoot and everyone knows that laughter is really healthy. And fourth, it makes for some really great memories. So the why the heck would I not continue to do these crazy photo shoots?
As much as I love this blue velvet dress and I really wanted to wear it all day long, by the time we got home, I had to change into jeans and a sweater because I was chilled right through to my bones…actually this is the outfit I changed into that day.
Do you have any fun photo shoot stories to share? I would love to hear them. It is what keeps this job really interesting!
And now for your favorite posts from last week.
Suzy of Suzy Turner in Portugal shared an amazing post, Why there is nothing wrong with being perfectly imperfect. There is some seriously sound advice in this post from which everyone can benefit. So please go give it a read if you haven’t already.
“If you’re a teenager or in your twenties reading this, now is the time to start loving yourself for who you are. Don’t compare yourself to the person next to you, and definitely don’t compare yourself to that person on Instagram or in the glossy magazines. They’re not real anyway, because they’ve either been photoshopped or they’re using so many filters! Just be you. You’re beautiful just the way you are. And so are you, my lovely 30 and 40+ friends. Don’t hide behind your clothes because you’re a little bit older. Embrace your body in all it’s glory. We are all beautiful in so many ways: inside and out.” -Suzy Turner
And Elsie of Polished Whimsy shared her post, Try This: Fringed Tweed Pencil Skirt. How fabulous is Elsie’s pattern mix and color combination? She has some seriously fantastic style. So if you are looking for inspiration, Elsie is your girl!
Thanks for stopping by today, my friends! I look forward to seeing what you all have to share this week. Have fun linking! And remember to check out the Zaful Valentine’s Day 2018 sales!
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