First Photos with a Nikon D3300

It’s finally the weekend! Time for brunches, late nights, and my graduation! Saturday morning I’ll be receiving my diploma and throwing my graduation cap in the air! I can’t wait for this moment. The last four years of my life have been dedicated to becoming a better version of myself and filling this beautiful brain God gave me with knowledge, wisdom, and really great stories to tell.

As part of my graduation gift from my parents, they bought me a Nikon D3300 so I can take beautiful pictures to fill my blog with! I drug my wonderful photographer, William, out to the boardwalk near my house for a photoshoot. The pictures turned out amazing! I’m wearing a Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s dress and my necklace is Ann Taylor. Both items I got on clearance!

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My heels are from Rampage. I’m a firm believer that the most basic shoe a girl should have in her closet is nude pumps or kitten heel. The Duchess of Cambridge never leaves home without them!

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My watch was a beautiful birthday gift I got about a month ago. Kate Spade really outdid herself with this sparkly thing!

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The sunset was really nice the other night and provided some great soft lighting to take pictures with. Lately, I’ve been wearing this bright red Nars lip stick everywhere and this was the perfect opportunity to show it off!

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Let me know what you think of my outfit and the pictures! I’m so grateful for this camera and the memories I hope it will capture!

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Sunset in the Country

I went on a walk with my mom on a near by country road here in Maryland the other day. The sun was starting to set and the temperature was close to perfect. I love days like this. The horses in the fields apparently did too. They were running and whinnying when we walked by them.

As much as I enjoy the city and urban areas I really do appreciate the country also. Not much noise and room to spread out. I don’t like being able to see into my neighbor’s bathroom window. Living in Washington, D.C. in the past has shown me how wonderful privacy can be. There’s nothing more annoying than taking a shower and having a window that peers into the home next to yours and feeling like you have to hide in order to avoid anyone who might also be showering across the way. On the up side though, it can be entertaining to see what they’re up to if you happen to be nosy!

Anyway, here’s a few photos from our beautiful walk. I can’t wait to post images of the leaves when they start to change color. The whole forest looks like it’s on fire!

5 Ways to Make Summer Last

keep_calmI can’t believe summer is almost over. It seems like yesterday it just started. All the stores are bringing in their back to school supplies and fall decorations while I sit outside trying to soak in the very last bits of summer sun. Here are 5 things you can do to make summer last just a little bit longer:

1. Soak in the rays- Even if you live in the middle of Kansas take out a towel or beach chair and sit in your backyard or by a lake if you’re lucky enough to have one and just tan. Turn up your music and live like summer lasts forever.

2. Make a fruity drink- I love to make smoothies in the morning. Use a handful of frozen strawberry_smoothiestrawberries and a banana to combine with about a cup and a half of milk. You can add a little sugar for more sweetness. Blend on high for about a minute. Pour it into a pretty little glass and put whipped cream on top!

3. Play the Beach Boys- Nothing says summer like one of these 1960s summertime tunes. A classic for most Americans, the Beach Boys bring the sounds of summer to wherever you are. I could literally listen to them all day. Here’s a link to one of my favorite songs!

4. Go swimsuit shopping- Right now swimwear is so cheap! Buy a cute new suit to save for next year (or the rest of this summer.) I happen to know Target and Old Navy are practically giving theirs away.

summer_picnic5. Go for a picnic- Seriously, enjoy the warm weather because four months from now you’ll be wanting it back. Go in the evening when the sun is setting to avoid the intense heat of the afternoon. Pack up some fruit like pineapple, strawberries, peaches or whatever suits your fancy. Add in fresh bread and some cheese. Finish it off with a glass of white wine or a fizzy drink.

Share with your friends and get together for one last summer bash! 

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A Touch of Classical

Friday Night Festivities

ConcertI live in a slightly southern area of Maryland. By this I mean that people think they’re born southerners but really have no idea how far north we actually are. They embrace southern values and certainly love the country lifestyle of raising a family on lots of land, four wheeling on the weekends, and sweet tea.

One thing that many of us look forward to in the summer is the River Concert Series near historic St. Mary’s City. Its a lovely event that sits on the water. The orchestra plays lots of classical music and even a few new pieces. Every Friday night is a new theme. Last night it was Bach. Fourth of July weekend it will be Big Band music and the 1812 Overture in sync to fireworks over the water!

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~Liz

Here are a few photos from last night:

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My friend Jenifer and I!
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On the way to the concert!
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Our little picnic!
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On the water!
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Our cider drink!
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Overlooking the bay!

Travel Edition: Adventure in Key West, Florida!

Last spring I took a trip down to the Keys for a little sun and sand but what I found was an adventure! 

Key_WestI have never seen water so clear and sand so white! Upon arriving at Key West, the tour bus I was on with about 35 other people dropped us off at the southern most point of Key West and the United States. In fact, we were 90 miles from Cuba! We took photos and then planned the rest of our day on the island. This was an adventure I took on my own. I vaguely knew a few of the other people on the bus from my Disney College Program (blog to come on my experience). I spent half the day navigating the island by myself and the other half with the entire group. 

Shortly after I returned from Fort Zach Taylor beach (on a vespa!) I foundKey_Lime_Pie my way to a snack shop by the dock. The wonderful treat I got to try was frozen chocolate covered key lime pie! I’ve never tasted something quite so unique and refreshing in my life. It was perfect after an afternoon on the beach laying in the sand (and stone, ouch!) of Key West. 

My next little adventure started soon after my frozen chocolate brain freeze ended. I had purchased a ticket to go snorkeling for $50. I assumed I’d just be swimming around in the water looking at sand and nothing really interesting. Instead we went out on a catamaran and sailed a few miles out into the water to snorkel at a reef! There were roughly 40 people on the ship and we were all given a life vest, flippers, goggles, and a snorkel. The boat’s crew lowered a set of stairs into the water and gave us the go ahead. I waited for about 20 people to go before me (in case of sharks or barracuda we were warned about) and then finally I worked up my nerve to jump in. 

SnorkelingThe water was luke warm and had high salt levels (I swallowed enough to know). I began to swim towards the other snorkelers and looked down at the sea floor below. At 15 feet deep I saw sea life that I never thought I would get to see in a natural habitat. There were tons of fish, bottom feeding sharks, some sort of sea snake, little sea turtles, and beautiful coral reefs. It was so peaceful. The first time I ever felt at ease with nature! The sun was incredibly bright, illuminating the sea floor. A school of small clown fish ran into me (literally) and a few turned to look at me and then swam away. After about an hour a half we got back on the boat and sailed back to the dock. The ride back was accompanied by a setting sun, a light breeze, fruity drinks (I had a cherry limeaide mixed with pineapple juice) and reggae music. 

It was a beautiful adventure and one I’ll always remember. When we got back into town the sun had set and we went to dinner. The downtown area of Key West was, in my opinion, a little sketchy. Not somewhere I’d take my children but it was great for people watching and a few hysterics. After dinner we boarded the bus to go back to Orlando. Unfortunately a few people were missing and showed up late, one passed out drunk in the back of a pick up truck. When we stopped in Key Largo she had to be taken to the hospital for alcohol poisoning. Did I mention she was underage?

Anyway, all around it was a great time and a really nice memory. 

What’s your favorite vacation destination? Comment below!

-Liz