Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Giveaway: Portrait Session with Adrian Loves Owls Photography

Photography has always been a huge passion of mine. After graduating from the photo program at ASU in 2011, I began working as a staff photographer for the College Times. That job provided me with some truly amazing opportunities (like photographing the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mumford and Sons, and I even got to write an article with tips on thrift shopping). At the same time, I began focusing any free time I had on my photography business, Adrian Loves Owls Photography. I want to share my passion for photography with all of you so I'm giving away a free portrait session to one lucky reader!

Here's what's included:
  • 30 minute session
  • Up to 5 family members
  • 10 digital images 
  • Family, Couples, Children, Baby
Follow these three steps to enter: 
1. Like Adrian Loves Owls Photography on Facebook
2. Share this photo on your Facebook page
3. Leave a comment below with your name or email address so that I can contact you, if you win!

For extra entries (leave an additional comment for each in order for each entry to count):
*Share this post on Facebook (or your blog)
*Follow @adrianlovesowls on Instagram
*Share this photo on Instagram and tag @adrianlovesowls in the caption
*Tweet about the giveaway - Use this: Free portrait session with @adrianlovesowls enter to win at http://tinyurl.com/lax4qfe

This giveaway closes on Tuesday, October 28th at 11:59 PM MST. This is open to anyone in the Phoenix area. Portrait session must be booked by December 20, 2014 and must take place before November 1, 2015. Outdoor locations in the Phoenix valley only.

Friday, June 20, 2014

SUP Yoga at Lake Havasu

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to practice SUP Yoga with a few friends. I had only recently discovered what SUP Yoga was, yoga on a stand up paddleboard, and I knew I had to give it a shot! 

I've been practicing yoga since about January and I love every bit of it. If you follow me on instagram, you might have noticed some photos of me trying out some new poses that I have learned. I've even tried a little acro yoga. Practicing yoga has brought a lot of happiness to my life and my body loves it too. I could go on and on about why I love yoga, but I'll save that for another post.

One of my best friends, Cayla (above in the center), recently graduated with her doctorate degree so a bunch of our friends vacationed together in Havasu to celebrate her accomplishments. We're all so proud of her! She organized the best weekend ever. The memories from that weekend will live on forever.

After we were fitted with the paddles, we hopped on our boards and did some stretching. Our instructor, Marlo, lead a really fun class. Honestly, I don't know how you could not have fun! Especially because this was a new experience for all of us. Even Jayare joined us!

I discovered Marlo through a google search. I'm not sure how many other instructors there are in Lake Havasu City, but I definitely recommend signing up for one of her classes if you're in the area. Since I was able to get three others to join me, we signed up for a private class.

An interesting fact you may not have known about Lake Havasu City is that this is where the London Bridge resides. Marlo informed us that it was disassembled in London and reassembled, brick by brick, in it's current location at Lake Havasu. It was purchased as a tourist attraction. Pretty neat, huh?

The lake wasn't too busy that morning so it was nice to relax and enjoy the view.

Most of the poses we did were sitting poses. I'm not gonna lie, it wasn't easy trying to stand up and balance on those boards. We eventually all stood up and paddled around a bit and after a while, it got easier.

And I'm sure you're wondering if anyone fell off. Yup, we sure did! I had the idea in my head that I was going to try dancers pose on the board. Yeah, I should probably save that for another time after I have a little more experience with balancing on a board! The good thing was that I fell in the nice cool water which was really refreshing since it was so hot out.

I had a great first time trying out SUP yoga and I'm already planning my next class. I found an instructor through instagram (isn't the internet the coolest?) and I'm organizing a class for next Saturday, June 28th. If you live in the Phoenix area and you're interested in joining me (or if you're interested in joining a future class), please email me: alesoing@gmail.com and I'll add you to my contact list! Have a great weekend everyone! Namaste! 

P.S. All of these photos were taken by my friends Lisa and Mike. Thanks for documenting our SUP Yoga journey!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Craft Culture Luncheon

A couple of weekends ago I attended the Craft Culture Networking Luncheon at House of Tricks. I've been trying to focus my free time on building my photography business so I've been putting myself out there, even though I get totally nervous and anxious at these things! 

The luncheon was casual with a small group of about 15 women and the majority of them being artists, so I wasn't completely out of my comfort zone. It was pretty inspiring hearing these ladies tell their stories about their passions. I learned that so many of them, like myself, have full time jobs as well as a creative business on the side.

Our host, Leanne Cairns of Belyn Design, is so sweet and genuine. Along with a 9 - 5 job, she creates unique handbags sold at Anthropologie. She's also the face behind Craft Culture, helping others follow their dreams.

House of Tricks was not only a gorgeous location, the food was amazing! They even created a special dish for this vegan here and I couldn't have been happier. 

I had a wonderful time meeting new ladies and making new friends. Their energy was so powerful and uplifting. I really hope I get to work with these women and collaborate sometime in the future. 

At the luncheon Leanne announced an upcoming retreat in Sedona scheduled for the first of the year. It'll be a weekend getaway filled with art classes and yoga so pretty much the best weekend retreat ever! I can't wait to find out more about the retreat. 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Antique Plaza :: Downtown Mesa

Earlier this week, Jayare and I took a trip around the Antique Plaza in Downtown Mesa. It's our go-to place when searching for something unique to add to our house. Let's get real though, Jayare and I just like stopping in every few months to look around and see what's new. We almost always leave with a few things that we just couldn't live without! 

We were so close to purchasing this coffee table. We decided to pass on it so it's sill there and it's on sale, listed at $125! What a steal!

I came across this gorgeous pop-up book, Paper Blossoms: A Book of Beautiful Bouquets for the Table by Ray Marshall. I regretted not buying it so I did a little searching around and found it on Amazon

We headed downstairs (this place is HUGE!) and I found lots of cute vintage! Unfortunately, my favorite pieces weren't in my size so I had to pass on the clothing. 

I'm not a huge jewelry person, but I've been super attracted to southwest jewelry lately. I love all the turquoise and the bolo ties in this booth! 

At the front door, they've got these gorgeous rugs (above). Now, if I could only convince Jayare that we need these for our house! He doesn't appreciate southwest art as much as I do!

And last, but not least: this light fixture. This was our treasure from our latest trip to the Antique Plaza. Isn't it amazing?? We're planning on painting it a new color, maybe red. We're not set yet, but I'll be sure to share pictures of the finished look, hanging in my dining room. 

Like I said, Jayare and I just love this place! We stopped in just a few weeks ago during their Grand Re-Opening Party. You can find a photo of Jayare and I with two antique mirrors we purchased for our house. We've got them hanging up so I'll share some photos of that as well!

The Antique Plaza is located at 114 W Main Street in Mesa, Arizona. Stop in and check them out!
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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I was given a gift card to use towards my purchase. All opinions are my own. I truly love shopping at the Antique Plaza! I've been coming here for years!! Check out my last post to the Antique Plaza!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Now I know

Photo by: Jayare
Denim Jacket: thrifted
Pants: hand-me-down
Shoes: payless

Here's a pretty casual outfit that I wore to work a couple of weeks ago. It was cold enough to wear a sweater and jacket then, but it's warmed up quite a bit since last week . I'm not complaining! 

I thrifted this jean jacket a few months ago. I've been searching thrift stores for a denim jacket for over a year now and I'm so happy that I found this one! It's originally from GAP and super soft. I think I paid maybe $5 for it. Another super exciting thrift find was this thing that I also found a couple of months ago!! Jayare and I have been using it daily. I didn't know what all the hype was about it, but now I know and I love it. Do you guys have any amazing thrift finds lately? I love hearing about everyone's treasures!!

Friday, February 14, 2014

A Little Pink

Dress: thrifted
Cardigan: hand-me-down
Scarf: gift
Belt: thrifted
Tights: I can't remember
Shoes: Payless

I thought it'd be good to share an outfit with a little pink in it, since it's Valentine's Day and all. Tonight, Jayare and I have plans to take Damien to his first concert. We're taking him to see Panic! at the Disco. Damien asked for concert tickets for Christmas, and they just so happened to be touring through Phoenix, so we lucked out! This will be my third time seeing them and Jayare's second. I was a huge fan years ago, but I'm not really that into their latest album. I'm still looking forward to the show tonight, especially since this will be Damien's first concert. Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Lazy Days Ahead

Photo by: Jayare
Blouse: thrifted
Skirt: thrifted
Cardigan: H&M
Shoes: Payless

Here's an outfit I wore to work a few weeks ago. I had a hard time styling this skirt, but I really like the way it looks with the mustard blouse. You can't really tell from the photo, but the skirt is actually hi-low. I didn't really jump on that trend right away, mostly because the majority of my clothing shopping is done at thrift stores and items that are in trend are not as easy to come by at thrift shops. So, when I found this baby, I snagged it up. Even though it might be a size too big. 

I hope everyone's enjoying their week! This week has flown by for me. This and last week, actually. Work has been a little busier lately and I'm enjoying it! I've been trying to not add anything extra on my calendar, other than doing yoga and crossfit, so that I can be lazy and relax during my free time. And it's working! Lazy days ahead!

Friday, January 31, 2014

On This Kick

Photo By: Jayare
Blouse (under sweater): Urban Outfitters
Sweater: vintage/thrifted
Pants: Target
Shoes: Payless
Bolo Tie: thrifted

I'm usually not much of a pants girl, but I've been wearing pants a lot more lately. Maybe it's because I've finally found a pair of comfy pants that are actually cute (in my opinion, anyway). I found this awesome bolo tie at a garage sale last month for $2! My first bolo tie, but hopefully not my last!

I've been following Jessie of Creating Happy on her journey through simplifying her life and it's been so inspiring to me. Now I'm on this kick of getting rid of "stuff" that I don't need and letting go of things that don't make me happy. What's the use of holding on to something that you don't even like?

Something I recently let go of was my (second) job at the College Times. As much as loved having the opportunity to share my photography in a printed publication, it just wasn't bringing me joy like it used to. I even found myself dreading some assignments. Ultimately, I wanted to free up some time to focus on Superstition Vintage and my personal photo business.

Up until about six months ago I would fill my schedule so that I had something going on each and everyday, but now that just sounds awful to me! I think that I was too focused on being productive instead of actually enjoying what I was doing. And now I feel burnt out. Do you ever feel like you're on autopilot, running from one thing to the next, but not actually living and experiencing your life to the fullest? Well, that's kind of how it's been for me and I don't want to live like that anymore!

I want to love everything that I do or at least try to make everything I do a little more enjoyable. So, my goal for 2014 is to learn to relax and really experience (and enjoy) life a little more. I want to focus on maintaining a healthy diet and exercise more. I want to love my life instead of just live it. I don't know if that makes any sense, but it does to me.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Pay It Forward

Pay It Forward art-making project for 2014:

I promise to make a small work of art for the first five people who comment on this post and say "YES, I want in". A 'like' alone is not enough of a commitment, nor is a comment about thinking PIF is a great idea.

You must in turn post this as your status update (on Facebook) or post this on your blog and make something for the first five who comment.

The rules are simple: it has to be your work, made by you, and the recipient must receive it before 2014 ends. It can be anything art-based: a drawing or a conceptual work of art and anything in between. See how easy that is? SIMPLE. Yes, you can be on each other's pay it forward lists.

First five, GO!

*the photo above is a transfer to wood that I made a couple of years ago. Click HERE to learn about the process.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The BIG Squeeze

Hey all you local friends! GROWop is having a huge sale this Saturday to make room for more inventory. You can expect to see up to 75% off select items! There's no way I could pass up a sale like that! I hope to see you there!

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