July 25, 2014

you+I

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All images thanks to the lovely ladies of  lemons & tea photography

When my dear friend Kelsey asked if Sam and I wanted to step in front of the camera for her and her partner Victoria, I immediately said yes. I've loved and admired their work for quite some time now, and felt so undeniably blessed that they would be willing to share their talents with little ol' us. Last weekend we took the short car ride up north and started shooting. To say that I am wildly in love with the how they turned out would be an understatement. So, thank you, sweet Kelsey and Victoria, not only for giving us this beautiful gift, but also for being a constant source of inspiration for me. I am lucky to know such incredible women.

These photos are only a snippit of the beautiful memories that Victoria and Kelsey have captured. I may share more on l'esthetique at a later time, but for now they are tucked safely away... right next to my heart. 

July 22, 2014

Hues of Blue

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top | skirt | similar shoes | sunglasses | similar jewels | similar bag

Sometimes matching is way more fun than mixing. Am I right?
Also, it has been just short of forever since I've done an outfit post. Am I right!?

I had been searching for a great two piece set for a while when I stumbled across this guy at Nordstrom. I don't know if you've noticed, but I wear what I like–what feels right–and don't necessarily always have the time to craft a completely new and unique ensemble. So, when I can buy an outfit that already looks great and requires little to no effort, I'm sold. It also makes me feel a little like Jackie O, which doesn't hurt! Nordstrom is having their anniversary sale right now, so I picked up one more set from Topshop, and I can already tell that this is going to be my go-to uniform for the rest of the summer.

But enough of all that fluff. How ARE you guys? What dreams/hopes/aspirations have you had lately? I want to hear it all...


July 18, 2014

Gettin' Real with T and Sal pt. II

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What makes Tiana real? 

1. I overanalyze everything, and I'm almost always the first one to apologize. I believe in talking things out and expressing your feelings.

2. I'm painfully indecisive. I can never decide on a place to eat or what I want to wear in the morning.

3. I would much rather have something salty or spicy than sweet. I love things like Mexican candy, fruit with tajin, and pickles!

4. I constantly worry about smelling bad. I don't know where this obsession comes from, but it has lead to my acquiring some 30+ bottles of perfume. Some might call it a problem; I call it good hygiene.

5. I'm continuously told that I pronounce the following words incorrectly: Chipotle, drawing and Sasquatch.

6. I have an extremely empathetic heart, almost to a fault.

7. For 18 years of my life, I hated apples. Then one day when I was a freshmen in college, I randomly decided to try one again. I eat them all the time now.

8. Too often, I let others dictate how I feel about myself. If someone doesn't approve of my actions or the person that I am, I take it very personally. I feel it deeply (ode to #6).

9. I believe, and will always believe, that everything happens for a reason. If you work hard, invest in something you're passionate about, and stay true to your values, the right things will come.

10. *Bonus: Rooming with Sally has been one of the best blessings in my life - she has taught me more about what being a good friend means in the past 2 years than I could have every asked for in a lifetime!

Sally: While both of us will admit we can get caught up in others, saying I want her hair, shoes, lipgloss etc., we both try and remember the importance in being ourselves; which at the end of the day is "cool". The individuals we idolize did not create a following by trying to be anyone else other than themselves. At the end of the day we all have a choice of who we want to be and both T and I have chose to smile and embrace the unique qualities we have been given. So, here's to getting crazy, loud, independent, obnoxious, weird, and all those other adjectives that you may see fit. But most importantly, here's to getting real.