This is the Good Life! {Asheville, NC Boudoir Photographer}

I’m sitting in my favorite coffee bar. Drinking my favorite drink. Watching the rain pour outside.

Honestly, I’m nursing a bit of a hang over from the weekend and I’m having to do work on my day off.

This should be a bad day.

I don’t know if it’s the pitter patter of rain drops outside, the cozy feeling among the customers today who are hunkering indoors, the sweet friends I have here, or the music.

Likely, it’s the combination of all of those things. The combination of all of the good things in life.

Here are a few of the things that I’m particularly inspired by this week…

1. My Floral Notebooks by Rifle Inc. 

I’m a pen and paper kind of gal. I realize that a lot of people have taken to the digital world a little more quickly than I have. However, the thought of typing a list on the computer, or pouring out my thoughts by clanking keys, well, it’s just not appealing to me. I keep EVERYTHING in these little books. They came in a pack of three and are just so pretty. Everyday I look down at it on my desk and it makes me smile. I love floral prints, especially against my white desk.

{It also makes a great addition to my instagram photos, so…}

floral journal


2. My new Pen Holder!

While we’re talking about my love of floral…

My lovely friend and co-owner of The Goods Asheville helped me layout my office. She recommended that I get a vintage tin can to hold my pens. During our meeting, my lovely bride Allie from this wedding came by! I told her about my need for a vintage can and the next week when she came by to pick up her final package she brought this with her! I’m IN LOVE with it!

floral can


3. My Morning Coffee! 

I finally got my coffee set up moved into my new office! It’s allowed me to make my morning cup after I’m already at work. I’ve really enjoyed that peaceful beginning to my work day. Just taking the time to handcraft a great cup of coffee before delving into the depths of work that day!



4. Making the Wedding Album! 

Last weekend I made my way to Raleigh to photograph Luna, the beautiful baby of one of my couples. I so enjoyed that in itself. But, the icing on the cake was perusing their wedding album and finding out I made the cut! I adore you Emily and Sergio!



5.  Making things from scratch. 

I have tried so many different eating methods in my lifetime. Different restrictions. From low-carb, no carb, vegetarian, weight watchers, 6 meals a day, 3 solid meals a day, etc. But, the only thing that I REALLY believe in is eating real food. My opinion on that is un wavering and I stand behind it. So, I’ve been putting my focus in that place and I’m really happy there. Last week I made spaghetti sauce from scratch. The week before that I made my own barbecue sauce. Above the health benefits of not eating preservative or sugar-filled foods, it’s just plain nice to put some thought and intention behind my food. It’s also a self-esteem boost to make something that you have just bought in a jar your entire life.



6. My new dry erase boards!

My original plan when designing the office was to have a long magnet board along the length of my desk. But, that presented me with a lack of space for my to-do list. I thought I may just write it on paper to hang on the magnet board. But, while I was perusing Ikea last week I found these guys! I love them because they not only serve as a place to hang papers that need to be dealt with but, they also allow me to write and change my to-do list everyday!

Also, they’re transparent and mirror my new website that you will hopefully get to see very very soon!  



7. Affogatos!

An affogato is a double shot of espresso over a scoop of ice cream. Yep! The first time I had one of these we were couchsurfing on the coast of Italy. Our host made us one with a stove top espresso maker and I was in love. Needless to say what I had there is very different from the craft specialty level affogato’s I’m getting here. While the flavor is better here, the sentiment carries over from Italy. I love the sweet ability to reminisce over that hot night.



8. Seeing my words in print! 

I have a gift for down playing when good things happen to me. Especially when I worked hard on something. I’m much more comfortable celebrating someone else’s accomplishes than my own. But, last week two articles that I worked very hard on were published in WNC Woman’s Magazine. They commissioned me for the job last year and I had an amazing time putting together the pieces. Then, last week, I saw them printed for the first time. Now, I’m used to seeing my pictures published and shared. But, my words. To see my words printed. Well, that was different. I couldn’t hide my joy and I certainly over shared. But, there’s something special about that for me.

I’ve had pieces published in the past, but, as I said, I’m not very good at celebrating that sort of thing. For some reason, this time was different. It felt like it meant something, and I’m hoping it’s a bit of foreshadowing into my future.

You can read the articles here and here!

Hip-Hop-1-682x1024with love and the good life,


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