View More: have been counting down the days until I was able to share these pictures with you.  A few months ago, Patrick and I made a quick trip down to Scottsdale for a special, top secret engagement shoot with the fabulous Elyse Hall.  Our wedding planning process has been so special, and it’s people like Elyse, that make me want to keep planning this wedding for a lifetime (but we are officially 30 days out for the big day and I could not be more excited to marry my hubby-to-be). View More: More: More: More: More: More: it comes to planning a wedding, one of the most important things for us (minus a meaningful ceremony) was the photography.  Thankfully, I have an amazing wedding planner, who you all met in the last Style Me Pretty post, that she narrowed down my search to five photographers.  I searched high and low on Style Me Pretty , Pinterest and their individual websites to find that “something special.”  Elyse, definitely has that something “special” factor. That may be an understatement.   She finds a way to capture a couples’ love in every shot she takes. Her ability to create a piece of art in every photo may have something to do with her background.  Elyse graduated college with a Fine Arts degree from ASU and has many years of professional photography under her belt.  She shoot in both digital and film, which for me was so important.  When you are on the lookout for a photographer, this is so important.  Let’s just say film is everything.  :)

So now onto the actual shoot and what I wore, because we all know that is SO important.  I get questions all of the time about this topic, and every time I laugh because even I struggled when it came to deciding on what to wear for my engagement pictures.  So for me, I started with my favorite designer, Heidi Merrick.  She makes these amazing California-cool pieces that are extremely wearable. Heidi is not only a sweet as could be, but she helped me pick out a few looks from her new collection.  I ended up with this white dress (in my opinion, every girl should were a casual white dress in their engagement shoot),  my favorite Drake stripe tee, and this black gauzy dress (insert hands in the air emoji). View More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: More: over to SMP to see the rest of the engagement shoot, and to read my chat with Elyse Hall Photography.

Thanks to BeGlammed for my hair and makeup. If you are not familiar, BeGlammed is a website where you can schedule hair and makeup appointments at your own convenience, anywhere you want!

Outfit 1: Ramy Brook Dress Black Nudist Heels  Outfit 2: Joie Dress / Zara Heels (almost identical here) / Dana Rebecca ‘Lauren Joy’ Necklace  Outfit 3: Heidi Merrick Drake Tee (c/o) / Black Skinny Jeans / Black Nudist Heels Outfit 4: Heidi Merrick Canopy Dress (borrowed) /Black Nudist Heels/ Bracelets  Outfit 5: Heidi Merrick Dune Dress (borrowed) / Black Nudist Heels / Celine Sunglasses 

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A huge thanks to Elyse Hall PhotographyHeidi MerrickBeGlammed and Patrick for making these pictures happen :) 

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Almost everything in life is just a little better when broken-in.

This past weekend marked one year of living in Dallas and it’s starting to finally feel like home.  I have my go-to places, my friends and now a workout routine that I am trying to stick with.  With life being a little hectic lately, it is nice to feel a little “broken-in”.

I was thinking back to where I was a year ago today and thinking about how much has changed and yet, how much has stayed the same.  I had just started my new job, moved into our house , and did not know very many people. Today I am still with the same job, live in the same house but now I have friends that I can count on for just about anything. For me, friends are what make everything feel a little bit more broken-in.


Gap Broken-in Straight Pants / BCBG Textured Layered Top / Nude Heels / Kate Spade Flat Clutch (similar here) / Bauble Bar Ear Jackets (c/0) / Celine Sunglasses (borrowed from Merritt) / Capwell & Co Classic Knot Bracelet (c/o) / Gorjana Star Pave Bracelet (c/o)

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“Shoot for the moon and if you miss you will still be among the stars”- Les Brown

Dreams and goals are something everyone has or aspires to have, but why does fear always seem to get in the way.  When the risk is almost greater than the reward, I always seem to play it on the safe side.  I make excuses to myself, find the easy way out or just tell myself it will never happen.  Today is the day this is all going to change.

At lunch yesterday, my friend Katie introduced me to this book that has really affected her life. The book is about your life story.  After we left, I sat in the car and asked myself the question, “do I like my story?” My first response was of course, I really love my life. I love all of the people in my life, but is my story really something worth telling? Have I made an impact on other people? Have I taken risks, overcome obstacles, or am I just living the life I am supposed to live.  I tend to think that I live an interesting life, but routine can get in the way of a great life story. What’s your story this week?

Just a little food for thought this Friday! I hope all you lovies have a wonderful weekend, maybe even a little St. Patty’s day celebration. I know I will be drinking green mimosa and digging in the back of my closet for something green so I don’t get pinched. :)


Old Navy Stripe Blazer / Vince Scoop Neck Tee / Distressed Denim / Nude Heels / Celine Sunglasses (borrowed from Merritt) / Capwell and Co Bracelet (c/o) / Gorjana Pavé Star Bracelet (c/o) / Gorjana Bar Necklace (c/o) / Chloe Mini Marcie Bag / Catbird Threadbare Ring / Dana Rebecca Lauren Joy Necklace 

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