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Photography by Kristine 
After work last week, I decided to visit Panera Bread. I truly could not remember the last time I did this, so I took this opportunity to make it an Artist's Date, of sorts  (Julia Cameron's (one of my favorite inspirational authors thought process  for  artists's outings that get you out into the world, doing what you love).  I brought along a book, a journal and my laptop. I had a fulfilling sandwich, delicious summer salad and a great tasting lemonade. This made it possible to wait out the traffic during rush hour and to avoid downpours that were coming through the area. 
I spent some of my time catching up on podcasts that I have been falling behind on. I also caught up on researching books that I would like to add to future reads. 
As I sat listening to my podcasts many tables around began to fill up. A young mother and her young son talking about his day at preschool. A woman that asked to share my wall outlet so she could a…
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A Summer Bucket List ...

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When I came across this Summer Bucket List on PinTerest, I had to share it! 
I am unsure if I am the only one, but after a long winter season I cannot wait to open the windows, and feel the fresh air. 
My first trip of the year to see the ocean is always one I look forward to. We will be heading to the ocean next month with family and I am counting the days! 
What are your Summer plans? I would love to hear from you!
Do any of these suggestions interest you? 


Photography by Kristine 

Seeing I was "tagged" to do this questionaire by a good friend, I thought  I would share my answers here on my blog with all of you!
I bring a book along with me everywhere I goWhat I love about a good book is when the story stays with me long afterwardSome books I have loved over the years were purchased on cover preference aloneBeverage of choice while reading: Coffee in the AM / Red wine in the PMYes, I do dog-ear pages to remember good parts in a bookYes, I have been to a book signingI have never read a graphic novel Coming of age stories do appeal to meAny book about a catastrophic event (K2, Titantic, True Crime)  - Interests meI always find myself routing for the underdog in any book (or movie!)I do have an interest in books on forensics, psychology, vintage anything I have recently been enjoying audio books, currently listening to Sweetbitter (photo). My bookshelves are categorized by genre Best place to read, on t…


Photography by Kristine 

A simpler time

Less variety More appreciation Small mortgages Big dreams

Less distance More visiting Small neighborhoods Big connections

Less criticism More class
Small choices
Big plans
Less comparison
More realism
Small vacations Big memories

Less ignorance
More common sense Small remedies Big results

#forevervintage #vintage #memories #bigresults #simplertimes

Cosmetics Haul ...

Photography by Kristine 2018
This is a different kind of post for me.
I am not usually one to use brand names on my blog. 
This photograph was inspired by watching You Tube shopping hauls.  Many women speak of shopping trips and what they purchase. They mention what they like and why. 
I thought I would post about my recent cosmetic gatherings! 
This spree was purchased with a budget friendly mindset. There are plenty of  high end items out there, although some well known brand names have many products worth giving a shout out to! 
Here are my favorites! 
I would love to hear what your budget friendly finds are! 
These are the items photographed: 
L'Oreal True Match Face Powder L'Oreal True Match Lumi Makeup Foundation Garnier Facial Mist Rose Water Maybelline Colossal Mascara Dove Body Wash Dry Oil  Nature's Truth Goodnight Essential Oil Dove Antiperspirant Cool Essentials Skintimate Shaving Gel 
Also: (Not photographed) NYX Eyeliner (Dark Brown) Rimmel Lo…

Day One, Wunderlist & a Workbook ...

Photography by Kristine 
I thought I would share a few finds that have caught my eye lately and also have made  my days a bit lighter! 
As I mentioned in my first post of 2018, I am trying to be mindful of the choices I make. The things I eat, how I am handling my emotions, my water intake and working on not taking things so personally. 
I am finding journaling is helping with balance in my life. I get to write out (or type) my days. I have found a few ways that are new to me that I wanted to share with all of you!

The first is the DAY ONE journal app on my mobile device. I am treating this as a "a few lines a day journal" and trying to add a photo with each new post. I look forward to scrolling through the year and see how far I have come by December!
(Google Play for download)


The second is WUNDERLIST yet another mobile device app. If you are a list-maker, this may be just what you need! It is a great place to make different lists for all your To-Do'…

Learning From The Best ...

Photography by Kristine Jan 2018
As I sat sipping a coffee while watching Annie Leibovitz's MasterClass, I decided to take out my camera and shoot the photo above. Just so you know, the blur was intentional. It captured the moment as it felt to me. Present. Real. 
I wanted to document this moment. I wanted to remember learning from the best. I have followed Annie's work for many years, but learning from her experiences has been eye opening. This class was down to earth, creative not technical. Sure, she speaks of the technical side of the craft, but mostly what moves her. What inspires her. This is what motivates me. She speaks of the composition outweighing all else. 
I will take away many thoughts from this class going forward and use these techniques in my own work. 
What inspires you?

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