An Ode To The Instagram Husband

Because we don’t give them enough credit:

To the men who wait until their food is nearly cold to eat it, so that we can get a photo…

To the men who walk around with a camera even when they just want to enjoy the moment…

To the men who scope out good potential shoot locations for us, without even meaning to…

To the men who tell us we should “take more mental photos”…

To the men who are just ready to get to the beach and drink a beer but that beach house over there is just too cute to pass up…

To the men who so wonderfully understand the good lighting vs the bad lighting that makes us look like we put our makeup on in the dark…

To the men who wake up *early* from their Sunday afternoon nap to their wife saying, “babe, this golden hour is amazing let’s go shoot”…

To the men who always lose the argument that they’re “too tired” to go shoot…

To the men who never complain about being a 24/7 on-call fashion photographer (lol jk he complains a lot)…

CHEERS TO YOU! You are more appreciated than you know, and I hope all you Insta husbands out there know your worth! We couldn’t do it without y’all, even if you whine a lot about not getting to dig in to your meal right away. Keep being awesome, instagram husbands!

And to my husband, thank you. If you didn’t already have a job I’d hire you as my other shooter for my photography business lol.

Onto the serious business… This outfit was the best beach day outfit! I wore it on our first day of our birthday staycation in Rosemary Beach, and the weather was amazing! I threw the top over my bikini and since we were walking around the town a little, I paired it with denim shorts!

The boutique I bought the black cover up from doesn’t have a website, but I’m linking a cute similar one HERE! Shorts (here) and sandals are Target, bag is Michael Kors! Wood watch is Jord – see my Jord post from Feb for a giveaway ending tomorrow!!

Have a good weekend loves,

xo beth



Cozy in Pink

Yay it’s Friday! This week has been so weird! I had some days off work but I didn’t have any shoots booked on my off days so I kind of felt strange, suddenly being not busy! Life has been nonstop lately, so it was nice but weird. You know you’ve hit the job lottery when you genuinely miss your job after a few days off, and can’t wait til the next time you work 🙂 hashtag blessssed.

So let’s talk about the COZIEST of cozies… this sherpa pullover! I’m sure you’ve seen them all over insta, because they’re amazing. I’m not gonna lie, it was like the first thing on my Christmas list this year, so I was pumped when my Nana came through and she even picked the best color! Go Nana! She’s so trendy! (If you’re reading this, I love you!) Since Florida has been really cold this winter, this sweater has been a Godsend! A few weeks back when temps hit the 30s, I threw it on underneath my north face, and I’ve never been warmer! And trust me, I am NEVER warm. Even in a boiling hot shower, I’m probably still cold — yes, I’m that girl. But this pullover does its job well! It has been so cozy this cold season. (Like a hug, honestly).

I found this one at an adorable boutique called Bella Bird in Batesville, AR (where my Nana and Pawpaw live!) and I’m in love with this boutique. I’ll definitely be visiting them again each time I’m in town seeing my family! They reminded me of the boutique I worked at in college, so it was definitely a cool experience. Find their Instagram HERE.

On a different note – I hope you are feeling loved and worthy today, because you should! Last night, I let Satan get in my head and tell me otherwise, and it definitely got me down. I honestly have no idea what sent me down the rabbit hole, because I had a perfectly happy day yesterday. But the enemy can take the smallest things and use them against you. Don’t believe his lies, because God’s truths are SO much better! God’s truths about your life (you are worthy, you are enough, you are loved, and He is good) are as warm and fuzzy feeling as this sweater, so my prayer today is that you feel that. Don’t give in to the enemy’s game. Trust where you’re at right now, and let God take care of the rest! Hope you guys have the best weekend!

(distressed jeans – from // hair volume – thanks to Monat, read my post on it HERE)

Florida Winter + Life Update


Happy weekend, loves! I hope your Saturday is off to a great start! I’m curled up sipping a latte and wondering why Florida has to be so rude — it got so cold here overnight and I’m not a fan. I’m tired of this back-and-forth from hot and cold nonsense. I just want to not freeze to death when I walk outside.

But, I’ve found the secret to Florida winters: LAYERS. Because once that sun is up and the temp shoots up about 20 degrees, you’re gonna be struggling. So the best bet is to wear layers (CUTE ONES!!) that you can shed throughout the day. For example, this sweatshirt is the perfect layering piece right now!! And look at that back detail!! All the heart eyes. It’s also the coziest thing I’ve ever put on my body. So I’ll be living in it for the foreseeable future. So, due to the annoying cold here, I layered a bralette underneath, then put my big coat over it because the wind is insane. I can’t wait to throw it on over a swimsuit in the spring! It’s also a great piece to throw on over your sports bra for the gym. Endless possibilities, people. I got it from Indigo, along with the leggings and bralette. Click HERE for their Instagram (website coming soon).

That brings me to our life update! A couple months ago, I got my dream job working for my dream boss with my dream co-workers – at Indigo! It’s the cutest little boutique in Watercolor, FL and yes the commute is SO so worth it! I mean, have you been to 30A??? Dreamy. I still have to pinch myself that I work in such a fun and inspiring environment, doing what I love – helping people pick out cute clothes and feel pretty!

Another piece of my update is that I’ve decided to pursue photography on the side, as you may already know if you follow me on other social media platforms. I am SO excited for this adventure, because I’ve been dying to take the leap but never had the courage (or equipment) until recently. Capturing moments in peoples’ lives truly sets my soul on fire and I can’t wait to see where it takes me! I’m especially excited to shoot with my fellow military families, because they have such a special place in my heart! But my goal is to go beyond just that and also focus on engagement, maternity, lifestyle/fashion, and wherever else I end up! I’m working on potentially launching a new site, but for now, I’ve added a Photography tab for info, and a Portfolio tab for my work as I build my portfolio.

I have one more exciting adventure coming up, and that is our next move! We’ve known for a while now, but this summer we will be moving again, but only a short way down the road… to Destin! I am SO excited to be blessed enough to remain in this beautiful place a little while longer, and especially because I don’t have to do the whole quit-my-job-as-soon-as-I’m-happy thing! I love starting new chapters with my hubby and I know we will have a blast on the next one.

Life has had so many ups and downs the last several months, especially with the challenging injury I’ve had to face. It was hard to keep positive for so long, but even though I’m still struggling with the injury, I feel much more at peace about my life. God has reminded me that He keeps his promises, He is still good and no matter how abandoned you may feel, He is still right beside you. He can literally move mountains for you, if you will just let him. I think that was my problem throughout this injury/healing process — I was so frustrated for so long that I wasn’t letting go enough to trust Him to fix it in HIS time (anyone else guilty of this?) .

He is SO good y’all. He is working a wonderful thing in you, you just have to have patience. Remember how a year ago I thought my life was about to involve a dietetic internship, even more long distance marriage, and lots more student loans?? Well after enduring the challenges of it falling through, I’m seeing now the plans He had in place for that not working out. At the time it crushed me, but NOW I feel even more excited than I did when applying to internships! My soul is on fire every single day, regardless of how much pain this stupid injury is causing me. God is still there, be still and listen for His voice, and let Him move your mountain.

I hope you find encouragement in this somewhere, and if not I hope you at least find some outfit inspo 😉 thanks for reading,

XO beth

Velvet Shorties

You guys… I am SO on board with the velvet trend! I got these shorts thinking they’d be the perfect fall staple in Florida! I was right about that, until three days ago when it went from 75 and sunny (like it’s been for the whole entire season) to 45 and windy/cloudy/rainy! Brr. I get cold just thinking about it… FL has ruined my cold tolerance. But I wore them yesterday anyway because they’re SO freaking COMFY. I’m a HUGE fan of clothes that feel like pj’s but make you look put together 🙂

I got these shorts at my favorite 30A boutique, Indigo Watercolor! (Also where I work now and I’ve never been happier! If you’re in the 30A area, come see me!) Like I said in my other post, their website isn’t up yet BUT you can find their Instagram HERE! Check us out!

The sweater is from Riffraff a few seasons back, but they have tons of new ones that are just as cozy! And the blanket scarf obsession continues — ILYMIX is where it’s at y’all! Now that it’s cold here, I’ve pretty much been planning my outfits around my ILYMIX scarves haha. They’re so cozy, and they make great Christmas gifts!

Anyone else feel like you’re suddenly running out of time to get all the gifts you need?! I think I have a mini heart attack every other day because I keep thinking of more gifts I need to get! Someone please come do my shopping?! No? Anyways, on a more serious note… I almost didn’t post this post (actually almost deleted the whole thing after I wrote it) because I got on Instagram and scrolled through other people’s feed and felt totally inferior. I let other people’s highlight reel affect my real life. “My photos aren’t as good.” “My legs aren’t as skinny.” “My roots are grown out a little but her hair is so perfect.” Blah blah BLAH! You’re probably familiar with this nonsense. So, if you’re like me and you sometimes let Instagram get in your head, here’s your reminder that it’s simply a filtered highlight reel, not the messy, REAL every day life that people live. So cut yourself some slack, and if you want to post that picture, post it with confidence! Let’s use Instagram as a way to build community not competition, and compliment each other’s strengths rather than focusing on our own weaknesses! 

I hope you guys have a great day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

Ombre Top + OTK Boots

Happy Monday! Better yet, happy CYBER Monday! Anyone else trying to frantically get some Christmas shopping done and out of the way today?! I feel like it totally snuck up on me this year, and even though we still have almost a month, I’m stressing out that we’re only halfway done with our Christmas shopping! So, in case you’re like me and want to knock it out sooner than later, I’ll link my favorite cyber Monday sales I’ll be hitting up today! My after work plans include a glass of wine, my laptop and wallet, and curling up on the couch (hopefully with a Christmas movie playing, but I think I’ve burnt the husband out on Christmas things already). This is totally unrelated to this post, but I had to throw some in there… how cute is my hubby? Ladies, find you a man who is patient with you during photo shoots with your new camera :).

A few of my Cyber Monday must’s:

Of course, we all know Amazon is the epitome of Cyber sales, so if in doubt go there!

For all things home decor/kitchen/etc.:

Wayfair allllways has amazing prices, but today they’re doing up to 80% off so many things!
Overstock is doing all kinds of deals and door busters today!

For adorable, boutique clothes/jewelry/etc.:

Riffraff is doing big deals from 30%-50% off sitewide, based on how much you spend! Check them out, they’ve got an outfit for everything. (And they ship for free!)
Red Dress Boutique has TONS of deals today! From jewelry to shoes to clothes, things as low as $10! So cute!
Anthropologie is running 20% off the whole site today! And ummm have you smelled their volcano candles?! Heaven. Go get some for your favorite people!
Forever21 is doing 21% off their whole site today!

NOW let’s talk about this outfit! First of all, Florida has been WARM this fall/winter! It’s only my second full winter here, but I’m kind of amazed at how warm it’s been. Which I secretly love because I hate being cold, but it makes it a little tricky planning outfits. We all know the struggle of freezing in the morning but sweating by noon, so I’ve figured out the key to looking fall-ish but feeling cool/comfy. It’ll probably be my winter uniform until FL cools off (if it ever does)… A lightweight top, skinnies/leggings, and over the knee boots. So simple, yet so put-together looking. You have the boots that make you look like Fall, but you keep it breezy with the top so you’re not too hot by the time it warms up. This lightweight top from Indigo is perfect for that awkward fall weather and can be layered if you need it! *Their website isn’t up yet, BUT you can peep their Instagram HERE!* I love that the bell sleeves trend is staying around, and the ombre colors give you lots of options for putting different colors with it! I wore it alone for our Christmas card photos, but threw on a blanket scarf after to add a little more of a winter vibe to it (I was cold for like five minutes).

The blanket scarf is from ILYMIX and is SO warm! It truly is like wearing a blanket, but you don’t look crazy you just look cute haha. I always tell my husband I need to start carrying around a blanket in my purse because I am ALWAYS freezing to death when we go out to eat! My problems are solved – these scarves are the best.

I hope YOU have a great Monday full of strong coffee and lots of cyber sales! Thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

(Top – Indigo // Jeans – Forever21 // Boots – last season The Other Foot, similar HERE)

How I Styled My Latest Thrift Shop Find

Would you believe me if I told you I got this adorable gray dress for $1.50 at the thrift shop? Because I did (Along with a couple other hidden gems). Total day maker, because I love finding good deals. I just love how it can be simple/casual OR dressy/classy! The only thing is, I can’t link where the dress is actually from… because I have no idea. But that’s okay just this once, because the main focus of this post is my necklace *😍😍* from Julia Marie!

September is upon us (how in the heck did that happen?! it was July like five minutes ago) and I’m so excited that it is. First of all, it means I’m one month closer to my hubby coming home — I haven’t seen him in five months so ANTSY is an understatement! It is also our wedding anniversary month ONE week from TODAY! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate! Unfortunately, this year we’ll be celebrating without each other, but that just means we’ll celebrate twice as much when he comes home later on 🙂 For now, I’ll probably go buy myself more flowers like the ones in these photos; I’ll just add some wine and chocolate in there. #treatyoself

Anyways, September 19th, 2015 is my favorite day since it’s the date of our amazing wedding! It was such a fun day and I wish I could do it again, and again and again. It was so perfect! But, since I can’t relive my wedding I guess I will just wear my wedding date necklace instead 😉

I was scrolling the Julia Marie website one night, torn on what to order because of how beautiful every single piece is… but I knew I wanted something kind of simple yet elegant if I wanted to dress it up. When I saw this bar roman numeral necklace, I knew right away that I HAD to have it, with my wedding date on it. I’m so in love with this necklace and have already worn it with pretty much everything. It works well as a single necklace with a nice dress or top, but also layers really well with other, longer necklaces for a more trendy/edgy look! I just love it. **PS the one I’m wearing is on major sale right now!! Linked at end of post.

I shot this look while traveling in AR, so don’t mind the humidity hair :/ is it fall yet?! It was in the 60s this morning but it’s already warming up since the sun’s out. I guess we’re officially entering the awkward time of year where you need jackets in the morning but burn up by the end of the day!

Side note — lots of prayers going out to everyone affected by hurricane Irma (and Harvey too). My house will probably be fine, but I know many people’s aren’t and I hope they know how prayers are being lifted up for them during this difficult time.

Hope you have the best day, thanks for stopping by!

XO beth

shoes – Target // earrings – Hipsway // sunglasses – forever21 // necklace – here

Wellness Wednesday

HIII happy hump day! Halfway to Friday people.

So lets talk about my favorite yoga pants. These blue and gray ones from Firepower are seriously the shiz. They feel so amazing on! The material is comfy and high quality. They are a little more expensive than what I normally buy BUT hear me when I say SO. WORTH. IT. They’re still cheaper than Lulu though but still the same quality (hello, score). And they’re squat proof ladies!! I love how high waisted they are so no riding down your booty as you squat. This black mesh sports bra is also from Firepower. You can get a discount with my code – ‘REASONER’! I’ve got more exciting, new Firepower looks coming soon so stay tuned for those.

I have mentioned recently that I’m struggling with a knee injury that has set me back in my workouts (hashtag anxiety). Fortunately it’s looking like I won’t need surgery (thank God!) but they still don’t know why it’s still hurting. So frustrating! But anyways, at first I used my knee as an excuse to skip my workouts completely. Yes I was in a lot of pain so that’s understandable… to an extent. But now I have realized that instead of letting it defeat me, I can use this time as a chance to focus on what I CAN do instead of what I can’t.

For example: one of my biggest fitness goals right now is to do a pull-up on my own. So instead of being sad I can’t work legs on leg day (my fav workout) I can focus that energy on improving my upper body strength. My knee may be weak but my arms are perfectly fine. Might as well go hard with them! If you have something that you feel is holding you back from your goals, let it motivate you instead!

While rest days are extremely important, don’t use the little things as an excuse. Get out there and kick that excuses butt. Tired from work? Even just a 30 minute walk can boost your mood and energy. Too hot outside? Go for a swim – then you’re cooling off AND getting cardio in. Whatever it is, just do it.

And get some Firepower so you’ll look badass doing it 😉

Thanks for reading!

xo beth

**shoutout to Elle Lua Photography for these bomb pics


Tropical Vibes

Happy Monday! It’s almost the best holiday ever and I’m so excited! I love the 4th of July and can’t wait to celebrate how awesome our country is 🙂

There’s a kind of funny story behind this shirt. I actually bought it two years ago and just cut the tags off and wore it this week. I got it back when I lived in Colorado after Jon proposed because I thought it’d be great for our honeymoon. I started stocking up on cute, beachy clothes and just saved them all for after the wedding. Well… here we are two years later and we haven’t gotten around to taking our honeymoon haha! Life gets crazy like that.

Anyways, I finally decided to just cut the tags and wear it – especially since palm prints are SO in this season. I have decided it’s time to just start stocking up on a new set of honeymoon clothes by now 😉 We are trying to take our trip this winter so hopefully life will allow us to slow down and take it!

I also have a broken toe right now, so just ignore the giant white tape on my foot. Another one of life’s LOL moments that you just have to roll with. I’ve had lots of those lately.

Anyways, this shirt is Show Me Your Mumu so it’s probably no longer in stock BUT I know they have tons of NEW fabulous tropical prints in stock now!! I got mine through Riffraff.

Shoes are forever21 and pants are Target! I feel like I’m always saying, “Oh thanks I got it at Target.” I might have a problem.

I’m off to the beach — have the best 4th of July ever! Thanks for reading!

XO beth

Florals + Sunshine

Happy Friday!

I have recently discovered and it quickly made its way to the top of my favorites list (they are not paying me to say this- I actually just love them haha). They have so many cute things and tons of new arrivals all the time. Plus it. is. SO. affordable! This whole outfit was less than $25 (shirt + shorts)!!

I love the floral on this top for a pop of color, and the sheer material keeps it from looking too dark. You can dress it up or down – I kind of went for in between. You could also throw a lacey bralette underneath, instead of a tank, to make it a little sexier, depending where you’re going.

I loved shooting this look because it was the most beautiful day in Rosemary Beach. The week before had been super rainy and cloudy from the tropical storm, so enjoying a sunny day in a dreamy beach town was just what I needed! I realized, when the sun came back out after disappearing for a few days, that my mood had shifted with the weather. Everything seemed to be going wrong and I struggled to stay positive that week. I had let the gloominess get me down, even though in the grand scheme, things really weren’t that bad. The sun came back out and I felt like a weight had lifted. Maybe it was a coincidence, maybe not, but I think God was trying to remind me that He’s like the sun – you can’t always see Him but he’s always there waiting to shine when you need Him most! So don’t let the rainy days get you down – just take advantage of them and binge your favorite show or read your favorite book; whatever you gotta do to stay positive!

If you’re reading this, thank YOU. Have the best day ever!

XO beth

shirt – here // shorts – here // shoes – here // purse – here // shades – F21

Monday Motivation

Hi guys! Hope your week is off to a lovely start. After having my family in town last week, this week already seems to be dragging and quite boring. I wish I could just keep them here with me, haha! We had so much fun. I’m already anxious for their next visit.

We spent most of the time at the beach, but when we weren’t on the beach we went out exploring some new places – shops, coffee/food places, etc. – and eating yummy food (my best hobby!). We shot these photos in Historic St. Andrews – one of my all time favorite spots in this whole area!

This outfit was perfect for covering up my sunburnt shoulders without making me sweat in the heat! I bought this shirt at Riffraff several years ago, and I’m so happy I have held onto it, because bell sleeves are making the biggest comeback! I will link the outfit details at the bottom of the post (linking similar shirts since this one is old)!

Anyways, let’s talk about getting OUT of your own head and letting positivity in!

One of my BIGGEST struggles this week, to be honest.

I have come a reeeally long way as far as self love and all that goes. Most days, I love myself regardless of what negative thoughts try to pop into my head and ruin my day… But some days, or weeks, just don’t come as easy. Some days, my negativity toward MYSELF saturates everything I do and affects my whole mood. Not cool, but it is what it is. So please know that you are not the only one struggling with this!

My husband said something very profound to me today, although to him it was probably a simple remark. But when I was complaining about something, I said to him, “Ugh, it’s fine. I’m fine.” And he replied with, “Fine, or good?” WOW this resonated so much for some reason. (Sorry babe for telling this 😘 but your wisdom must be shared!)

Maybe it’s just me, but that made me stop and think about how negative I was being for NO reason. I was acting like my world was going to end, when in reality, I am good and LIFE. IS. GOOD. God has given me this life and this purpose, and it is good and it is well. We aren’t put here to be average and “just fine” but to be happy and purpose-driven.

It’s like God is just really pushing for me to get my chin up ASAP because on top of the hubby’s encouragement, I was reading my devotional and it basically said, “You’re gonna get through today, no matter what, so you might as well take the happy route through today, by choosing Me.”

If you’re doubting yourself, whether it be your appearance, your financial situation, your job, whatever – please remember to choose Him, choose HAPPY! Being happy is a choice, and you’re the only one who can make it 🙂

I may only be preaching to myself today… but hey, I hope this helps you lift your chin a little like it did mine. Hope your week is fabulous! Thanks for stopping by

XO beth

Shoes – Target // Shirt (similar) – here // shorts – Forever21 // Purse – MK here // necklace – similar here