getting my golf game back

I had my first varsity tournament of the year on Monday. I've had Phantom of the Opera rehearsals and performances for the first part of our golf season, and so it was amazing to be able to play 18 holes in a tournament setting again. (more of phantom of the opera in a later post)
My cute dad was able to watch the last half of the tournament and followed me around in a golf cart and took pictures of my swing. I played kind of lousy for the first nine, but I was getting the hang of it again toward the end and parred the last hole. I think the rest of the season will be great!

On Tuesday, it was extremely windy outside. If you live in Utah, you know what I'm talking about! But, I went to the course because I was thinking we had practice. Right when I got there I got a text saying that practice was cancelled. I kind of disregarded that and went and played nine holes instead! I was being pushed back and forth by the wind. Carrying my clubs on my back made it even worse, but it was so fun! I was on track to get an even better score than I did at the tournament, even with the wind. I was on the ninth hole, with the wind behind me and drove the ball SO FAR. It just kept rolling and rolling because of the wind! A man in a golf cart then pulled up next to me and said that I had to get off the course because they were closing! I hopped on his cart, picked up my ball, and saw that three trees had blown over. Holy cow the winds were so strong! When I had first got to the course, there was a barbecue out by the club house, and when I passed by it later, it was tipped over and stuck in the bushes.
Wind is absolutely crazy!!

snow made me do it

 It snowed yesterday.
After it being 75 degrees on Monday, there was snow on the ground.
At least I love snow, right?
 Living in North Carolina for most of my life, snow meant two hour delays or cancelling school flat out. Some of my best memories have been made in the snow. I can fondly remember waking up multiple times and going into the bathroom to find a note taped on the mirror saying that there was no school for the day. My love for snow started when I was really small, and it grows each time the little white flakes fall from the sky. I made countless numbers of snowmen, and sledded on mere inches of snow because I was so excited.
Snow is a pretty sight to see. Snow is magical. Snow is beautiful.
All the imperfections of the land become draped in a sparkling white blanket that makes the harsh tips of the mountains seem a little less rigid.
Snow means hot cocoa and fires.
Snow means blankets and movies inside.
Everything changes when it snows.

And to quote Lorelai Gilmore,
"It's just my favorite time of the year. The whole world changes color.  Flakes, flurries, swirls, crystals, whatever form it comes in. I'll take it. We go back, snow and me. We have a beautiful history. Sleigh rides, ice skating, snowball fights. I'll even take curling. Gosh, I love curling! Hot cocoa, hot toddies. Best time of the year! Welcome, friend."

And even though it's the middle of the spring and there are flurries of snow outside, I embrace it.

Welcome, friend.

ends and beginnings

 to see more shots from Shelby's shoot, check this link out

It seems like there a lot of 'end's coming up in my life.
.the end of spring break
.the end of AP testing
.the end of golf season
.the end of high school band
.the end of high school dances
.the end of my high school career

Thinking about it all gets kind of overwhelming for me. I try to not think about the end result, but the journey that is shaping me into who I am.

And then, I think of the beginnings.
.the beginning of my last summer with all my high school friends
.the beginning of new jobs
.the beginning of living away from home
.the beginning of a college career
.the beginning of being self sustaining 
.the beginning of finding myself in the world

And then I think that all the new beginnings far outweigh the sadness of the ends. 

And that makes me really excited.

a little rain never hurt nobody

 shoes: Kohls // skirt: thrifted & tailored // shirt: thrifted // necklace: Amazon
// bracelet: Lilly Pulitzer (only available in New York store)

Okay WOW this whole fashion blogging thing is a whole new beast. I never envisioned my brother taking photos of me and my outfits, but here we are! Also, the fact that I know how to pose other people and don't know how to pose myself for photographs never occurred to me. Hopefully I get better at this as I go along!

Anyway, I just bought these shoes on Saturday! (And they are the reason I missed the first part of General Conference....Sorry mom) They are under $50 in store and SO cute. I love chunky heels, especially if they are sandals as well! I have worn them all week because I'm so jazzed about buying them.
This skirt I found in Savers about a year ago. It was eight sizes too big and went down to my ankles, but I loved the print so much that I had to have it. My grandma, being the expert seamstress that she is, chopped it for me and cinched it at the waist so it fits me perfectly! I adore this skirt now!
I received this skirt from my sister in law after she got home from her mission. It is the only blue-green shirt I own and it's such a fun texture. The sleeves also are especially unique. Not to mention, it matches my skirt perfectly!
I am obsessed with pearls, so sometimes when I'm in class I look on amazon and screenshot things to my brother so he can buy them for me. I pay him back of course, but I can't be seen shopping while in class! This necklace was under $5 and I wear it all the time. Holy cow, it's a mixture of two of my favorite things: pink and pearls!
While I was in New York, I made sure that I went to the Lilly Pulitzer store on Madison Avenue. Going inside was a dream come true! Shopping there makes me feel like I still have a little bit of southern in me, and so I HAD to go. I bought a shirt while we were there, and unbeknownst to me, my parents bought me this super cute bracelet! You can only buy it in the New York store because it says Lilly Loves NYC. They gave it to me for Christmas and I was totally surprised! I love it so much!
PS this hair style is super easy! It's just like a simple halo braid, where you pretty much dutch braid all along your hairline, but only using half of your hair! I started by sectioning off the bottom portion of my hair and putting it in a hair tie, and then proceeding to do the halo braid like usual. I don't know if I've ever gotten so many compliments on a hairstyle while shopping!

sweater swing!

 A couple of weeks ago, my friends and I decided to go to the Sweater Swing. The sweater swing is a girls-choice dance and this year the theme was cowboys! We decided to go stag, and I dressed up as an Indian while the other girls dressed up as cowboys.
I halfway think that going stag to dances is more fun than going with a date, but then again, going with a date is so much fun too! Just, if you go stag, you can go all over the place and dance as crazy as you'd like. Also, during slow dances, you don't have to slow dance. You can interpretive dance around other dancing couples and just let your inner ballerina show. There's also no pressure of impressing your date with your dance moves!

So, moral of the story, if you don't get asked to a dance, don't fret. Get a group and go stag!

pie, mean girls, and tacos

Yesterday my friends brought over coconut cream and apple cinnamon pie and tacos (because taco tuesday). We put down towels like a picnic and ate while watching Mean Girls. I ate so many tacos and so many pieces of pie that I thought I was going to burst, and we still had some left over!
I'm grateful for funny friends who love pie as much as I.

I'd marry spring if I could

to see all the photos from this shoot, check this link out

Just look at those blossoms!! And if you didn't see yesterday's post, check out the beautiful blossoming trees at the Capitol building. Oh my word, spring takes my breath away.

Spring also comes with spring break! I have a very strict to-do schedule of things I have to get done, but once I finish all those things, I can do whatever I'd like. I am so excited to see the things I get to do!

Yesterday I took photos of Cloe, went and practiced at the golf course, cleaned my room, started a book report, and contacted a lot of people I needed to get in touch with. What a fabulously productive day. Not to mention, I watched countless hours of Gilmore Girls while editing photos and blogging. Life is a grand thing in the spring.

announcing my photography blog!!

 GUYS. Nalissa has been working so hard on my photo blog and here it is!

If you want to see about Kara and my adventure to Salt Lake City, check out this link! You'll also see all the photos I took of her. She is so photogenic, it kills me.

the gospel is true

Let me first say WOW at general conference. (If you missed it, check this link out)
Anyway, so after being spiritually nourished for two days straight, miss Angela decided to organize a testimony meeting by the temple so youth around Utah County could share their testimonies.
A couple of my ward friends decided to go, so I joined them. We all brought blankets to snuggle up in and we sat in a huge half circle to share the feelings of our hearts. The majority of the people in attendance went to PG, there were some people from Lone Peak, a few from UCASS, and I was the lone gal from American Fork.
People went up to share their testimonies to a group of strangers. But we weren't really a group of strangers; we we're all banded together through the gospel. And even though our schools are rivals and we get competitive, ultimately we feed off of each other for spiritual strength.
The spirit was so, so strong. We sang I Love to See the Temple and had an opening prayer and then we were off and running. There was a steady stream of testimonies with peaceful, quite moments in between each one.
This experience felt so surreal. We were all snuggled under blankets trying to stay warm with the breeze blowing our hair in all directions, while being warmed by the light of Christ that was being radiated by each individual. After everyone bore their testimony, we got in a huge circle and sang I am a Child of God, and knelt on the grass to say a closing prayer.

I am so unbelievably grateful to live in a place where things like this happen. It legitimately was organized on twitter and 30 people came to hear their peers bear testimonies! Wow. I love the gospel.

My favorite purchase thusfar and spring!

SHOES: Forever Young Shoes // Dress: Banana Republic // Earrings: Valshi

GUYS it's officially spring and I couldn't be happier! I secretly love every season, though, because they are all so beautiful and amazing in their own ways. But the colors of spring get me every time! The trees start blossoming, the flowers bloom, and you can wear practically any bright color you wish!
I bought this dress on Black Friday in NYC at Banana Republic. I remember the store was absolutely insane and I was frantically looking around for cute stuff to buy. I happened to see this dress on the rack and fell in love instantly. And when I realized that it was my size and fit me perfectly, I knew I had to buy it. And who can argue with that mentality when its 50% off? If you can't tell from these photos, the front is a fish scale kind of texture that is so unique.
I got home from New York and realized that the dress matched perfectly with the shoes I wore to my brother's wedding. It was practically a match made in heaven!

Oh and on another note, I bought my prom dress today! I was going for something more interesting and different than all the other prom dresses. I can't wait to post about it after prom!