mornings downtown.

I didn't think that I could love downtown Belleville more than I already did, but I was proven wrong. 

I have spent a lot of time down there lately - and loving every minute of it. The other morning, I woke up at 6:15am (not by choice), and saw that the sun was making an appearance - finally! - so, for some reason, my head told me to head downtown. And I am so happy that I did!

I saw a whole new side of downtown. Probably a side that not many have experienced. The streets were quiet, the birds were chirping, and the sun laid this blanket of warmth along brick walls that line the street. It was a site that residents and visitors need to see! 

So, if you are in the area - or even in your own town - and you find yourself up at the buttcrack of dawn, then head downtown and take in the piece and quiet of a spot that is normally filled with the hustle and bustle of people on a mission.

bloomfield beauty co.

I have never been one to go to a spa. It is something that comes to my mind every once in a while, but I never go - that is, until I heard about Bloomfield Beauty Co.

This perfect little spot is in my favourite little town, Bloomfield, in Prince Edward County. They only just opened this January and have been killing it, to say the least! Once I discovered their Instagram, I HAD to go - and my birthday was the perfect excuse to try them out! 

The photos that I have seen are beautiful, but this is really a place that exceeds the already high expectations you will have once you walk through the doors. It's crisp, it's clean, it's organized, and the interior design choices are just checking all of the boxes. It's just so dreamy!

I started out small with just getting my nails done. I wanted to get a feel for the place and see what else they have to offer. But let me tell you, they go all out for your nails. Now, maybe it is because I don't really get mine done too often, but I have gone to a nail salon, and never have I had the amazing treatment that I had at Bloomfield Beauty Co.! My esthetician was so kind, friendly, funny, and answered every question I had - sorry for all the questions, Brittany!! 

So, if you are looking for an afternoon of pampering, relaxation, and good conversation, you need to get to Bloomfield Beauty Co.!

pure honey.

Yes! Another post about my favourite boutique on the planet!! 

I swear, every time I go into this boutique it feels like the first time! It is always filled with different items and different colour schemes - it always feels fresh! And I just cannot get over that exposed brick! It's stunning. 

Even if you don't have much money, you should pop down to get inspiration and chat with the extremely friendly women that work this shop. You could not ask for a better experience in any store - these women truly love what they do, love what the store has, and love to help you find what will truly flatter your body and personality! I most enjoy that they all get excited about the pieces in the store and have a different positive reaction to each one you hold up. 

Monique and the few other women that work here and really made this spot feel like a 'shopping sanctuary'. That may sound weird but if you have been here, you know what I am saying. They will remember your face and always greet you with the biggest and most sincere smile.

I cannot say enough good things about this place and I hope that if any of you live in or visit the area, that you go to Pure Honey Boutique! 

You can find this little gem at 217 North Front Street, Belleville, ON. 

PS. I was told that there is a big shipment hitting the store sometime soon - so follow them on their  Facebook and Instagram for updates! I can't wait!! :D

Thank you to Monique for allowing me to take these photos (she will never say no), for letting me take a photo of her - even though she was hesitant - and for always being such a kind and wonderful person to everyone!!

young (ish), (sorta) wild, and free (like a bird).

Friendship sessions are ALL I can think about now!

My bestie here, Elexis, suggested that we do a 'friend shoot' and wear matching outfits! She supplied one (as a super sweet birthday gift!), we each picked the same jumpsuit, and I said to bring just an extra outfit. Surprisingly, we both brought a similar 'feel' look. They each showcased our free, wild, and weird spirits! 

Though I don't have a remote for my camera - which means I had to run back and forth to focus and set the timer - this was one of the funnest days I have had in a long time! It was such an awesome idea by Elexis and I want to do more like yesterday!

So, if you're in the area and interested in a friend session, shoot me a message and we can chat about it!!

Outfits:

Elexis: Top and Bottoms from American Eagle

Charlotte: Top - Urban Outfitters | Bottoms - Top Shop

27 - i'm in heaven.

Rhyming is also my jam.

I just wanted to pop on here quickly and thank EVERYONE who made my 27th birthday the best one yet! I have never felt more loved and appreciated by friends than I did this past week. Making friends as an adult has been a journey, but I have finally found the perfect group of friends who are extremely selfless and there for you when you need help. 

I love you all so much (people reading, family,  and my amazing, beautiful, strong, hilarious friends)!

And special thank you to Elexis for the most beautiful cake that I have even been given! :D

i don't know about you, but i'm not 22.

Are you getting sick of my cheesy titles yet?

K, good. Me either.

Today, I am 27. I don't particularly like this number as I am not a fan of the number 2 (it's alright I guess) or 7. But, nonetheless, I am here. 27.

Hello. 

To ring in the new year/ day, I thought that I should dress for the occasion. And with this beauty of a coat/ blazer (crazer?) from my favourite local boutique, Pure Honey. It's the kind of piece that says (to me anyway), "Hi. My name is *insert name*, it's my birthday, and I am ready to act like the adult the my nieces and nephews are told I am. Can you tell I think that I am funny? 

But in all seriousness, I love this piece! It's a great transition piece from not only cold Spring to warm Spring (haha!), but also from 26 to 27. I ready to kick some butt, take some names, sign some papers, photograph some weddings, and be somewhat of a professional!

Happy Birthday to me, two of my cousins, and my girls, Mandy Moore and Daisy Ridley!! - oh, and Steven Seagal, gotta wish that man a happy birthday, too!

And to everyone else born on the 10th of April - happiest of birthdays to you!!

<3

2 days til' B-Day.

 In 2 days, I say farewell to 26, and I am slightly sad about it. Not only because my age changes - only people turning 16, 19, and 21 like that - but also because of all of the incredible things that have come my way this past year.

Just to list a few things:

  1. I shot my first wedding and my first elopement. 
  2. I was published in the Bay of Quinte Tourism Guide - still on cloud nine from that one!
  3. I have built the greatest of friendships that I know will last a lifetime.
  4. I did two maternity sessions and got to meet both babies - seems like a strange thing to be excited about but it means a lot!
  5. I did a re-vamp of my website.
  6. I did an anniversary / family gathering shoot at the most beautiful spot in Tweed, Ontario!
  7. I went on a road-trip with my husband around PEI!
  8. My photos have been shared by brands that I love - ie. American Eagle (where you can find this BEAUTIFUL jumpsuit!), Eclipse, and My Home Apparel (a Nova Scotia company)!
  9. I have started getting into real estate photography - a secret thing that I haven't really shared!
  10. And I have come to love myself a little bit more.

There have been so many other amazing opportunities that I have been given as a 26 year old (one which I will spill in a few weeks!!). I am sad to call it quits on 26, but if 26 was this good, I cannot wait to see what 27 will be like!

sand dune days.

Days off are the best and having a friend who works nights makes them even better!

Elexis and I hit up the County with our trusty companions, Reeses and Pippin, for a bit of a chilly beach day. I come from Nova Scotia where beaches are a plenty, but Prince Edward County has an abundance of beautiful beaches for it's size! Sandbanks/ the sand dunes being one of the more popular spots because of it's beautiful sandy shores and wave filled waters. 

We may have gone on the coldest day in a while but just being there gets me excited for the warm weather to come - and the many projects that we discussed while out on this venture! I cannot wait to share everything with you all!

oh, i wanna dance with somebody.

Can't stop, won't stop with the lame lyric titles - or pointing them out!

In a post I shared recently (check it out!) I touched on the topic of my weirdness. Well, this is just a taste of how weird I can get in public places - there were three teenage boys being suspicious in the woods just behind us. 

I am the type of person who shuts down when speaking is involved but if there is music - or in this case, an open field - I can get real weird. And I don't just do it because I feel like. I do it because I want to make someone who feels more awkward than me, less awkward. Does that make sense? For this particular instance, Mark was feeling awkward taking photos in front of the aforementioned teenage boys, so I brought out my sweet dance moves. Did it help him forget the suspicious boys in the woods? Why yes, ma'am, it did. And it put a smile on his face which means I am doing a good job at being his wife! Right? haha!

So, I guess the lesson is this: if you are feeling awkward, be awkward. Making people laugh with minimal talking is, I suppose, somewhat of a talent that I am proud of. 

And the second lesson is: dance like no one is watching when in fact, they are staring at you!

Two questions: What is one special talent you have? And what do you do to get out of or end an awkward situation?

Outfit details: 

  • Shirt: Winners.
  • Pants: American Eagle - side-note: these hi-rise jeggings are SO comfy and stretchy and I love them! 
  • Shoes: Blunstones

i get by with a little help from my friends.

Yay! Another lyric title! 

But seriously, I LOVE my friends. And I cannot thank them all enough for everything that they do for me, big and small. There are two specific ladies that I want to quickly shout out.

Jenn, a fellow Nova Scotia woman and introvert - she is my rock. She has been such an incredible listener to my ramblings and concerns as well as an inspiration. She has overcome some not-so-easy obstacles that I, too, have trouble with. And now, she is has started a FANTASTIC (and I mean it!) blog about her discoveries in the area which we have both been posted to. If you are curious as to where we live, what there is to and see (and drink), then you need to go check out her blog, Posted Discoveries (what an awesome name, eh?!) and Instagram. She is amazing and I am so thankful to have her as a friend and my go-to horror movie goer!

Haha! I need more photos of this beauty - but it truly sums up her amazing personality!

Elexis, the gal who started dragging me out of my house and on adventures. And for that, I am so thankful! If it wasn't for Elexis, I would not have seen and been to so many beautiful spots in and around the Bay of Quinte and other parts of Southern Ontario. She has also helped me get my camera out more and inspired me to be more creative. She herself is the queen of DIY and makes the most beautiful blankets, home decor, and clothing (coming soon!). If you are in the market for something made with love and a little bit of sunshine, you should check out her Facebook Page - Something About Sunshine Co. - and her Instagram

(Elexis is probably the most free-spirited person I know and I think this photo mirrors that!)

 Write here…

Write here…

I am so lucky to have these women and the few other's that I know (I don't know that many women that well) in my life. This posting has been hard, and I get homesick quite often, but these women are the silver-lining to being here. 

Mushy post over.

But like, I love my friends and I love having friends - so yeah!

Who pushes you to be better?