Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon, summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.” – Henry James

I love how this time of year can rejuvenate and filll your whole soul with an effervescent feeling.  There were gray clouds in the blue sky and a sprinkle of rain.  In my mind, the perfect summer day.  Trying to soak in all the happiness I feel from summer for the fast approaching school year… Oh ya that starts on monday.  (YIKES!)  So grateful I’ve had an amazing summer.  Model Cred: Brooke Waltman & Amy Cox

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Behind the scenes… LOL.

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people

We walk by people everyday that we’ll never see again and don’t even flinch.  I’m not so much worried about that as I am the people we see everyday… but don’t even know.  Like the girl in your ward… the boy in your english class… or your neighbor down the hall.  I’ve noticed that i’ve made a point to avoid those people.  I think it’s because it isn’t worth the hassle or i’m too busy.  SO NOT TRUE.

“So many people are shut up tight inside themselves like boxes, yet they would open up, unfolding quite wonderfully, if only you were interested in them.” -Sylvia Plath

 I’m trying to challenge my self socially and to get to know these people.  It’ll be a stretch for me… but, i’m excited to learn new and amazing things from everyone’s experiences.  WISH ME LUCK!

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The Wedding Dress

The funnest part of all the wedding planning was easily deciding on the dress.  My mom and I went to try on dresses on several occasions yet, none of them seemed like me.  I wanted my dress to be fun, unique, and sophisticated.  Thankfully, Penelope’s  in SLC is around.  Penny has been making dresses for decades.  She offered me something every other dress store couldn’t… The chance to make a dress that nobody else has.  I totally recommend getting your wedding dress handmade if you can! It makes your experience so personal and fun.  Plus it ended up being about the same as me purchasing a dress from a dress shop.  WIN WIN YO!

The basic ideas Penny and I decided on were:

+long sleeves. With a winter wedding I wanted to be warm and classy.

+waistline.  I wanted my dress to hit me at my skinniest point and make my legs look longer

+train.  I wanted a bit of drama to the dress so Penny added a small train.

+stripes.  I had never seen anyone have a wedding dress with stripes.  Using a pattern on the dress was a bold choice but I thought it showed my personality and spunk.

+Bow.  If you know me at all you know I love bows.  I wore a ribbon in my hair almost everyday growing up.  I had a large bow at the back of my dress.

I was absolutely amazed and excited with how my dress turned out! MANY THANKS TO PENNY!

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Sister Hayes

I’m always so impressed by anyone who is willing to serve the Lord and go on a mission.  Maddy Hayes is a selfless, ambitious, and hard working young lady.  She’s going to make an amazing missionary to the people of the Philippines.

Here are a few from a session earlier in the week.

Preach sista

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Downtown Gems

Good things about living downtown #9

SPITZ

Home of the Döner Kebab (rotating meat)

35 E. BROADWAY, SALT LAKE CITY, UT 84111

“Spitz’s Döner Kebabs are made with freshly minced lamb and beef or chicken which is then cooked on a rotating vertical broiler to allow its juices to drip down and caramelize on the surface. The meat is shaved off into paper-thin strips and stuffed into sandwiches, wraps or salads with house-made sauces, toppings and sides. The result is a delicious yet healthy cuisine loved the world over and finally brought to you here in the US by Spitz” -Spitz website

You can find their menu here

I got it to go with Chris so sorry this is just a quick little push.  It’s delicious.

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PROOF EYEWEAR GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

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Proof Eyewear  is headquartered in Boise, Idaho. Proof makes sunglasses and glasses frames out of sustainable sources, which makes them environmentally friendly.  My favorite part about proof is the unique feel and look to each pair.  When you put on proof glasses you absolutely feel like they were made just for you.

The giveaway starts today and ends Friday!  The winner will be selected at random!

THE GIVEAWAY PRIZE:

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Proof’s Ontario Bamboo Wood Sunglasses

Not only do these glasses protect you from harmful UV rays they are also water resistant.

They just recently won outside magazine’s gear of the year award 2014 

“Does the world really need more 1950s-looking hipster sunglasses? Absolutely—if the maker does something beautiful like carve the frames out of sustainably sourced trees. The look is authentic but also urban, in a Brooklyn sort of way. Put them on and the gray polarized poly lenses fight glare while improving detail. Things pop right away, because the neutral tint means your brain doesn’t have to make color adjustments. There’s some light leak at the sides, which means the Ontario ($90-125) doesn’t qualify as serious sports eyewear. Play all you want, though. Spring-loaded hinges, nicely inset, speak of solid construction. The Ontario is made to last, and admire, while giving shelter from the sun—like a tree. ” – Outdoor Magazine

TO ENTER:

+You must follow @rightswiped on instagram and tag 3 people on the giveaway photo!

FOR EXTRA ENTRY SUBMISSIONS:

+ follow this blog. (Follow buttons on the sidebar of this page or if you’re on a mobile device at the bottom of the page)
 
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GOOD LUCK EVERYBODY! 

Congrats to Ymke! Thanks everyone for entering!

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Downtown Gems

good things about living downtown #8

R & R BBQ

600s 307w SLC, UT

It’s a great restaurant because it’s not only filling it is also refreshing.  Normally I don’t opt for BBQ because it is heavy and large portioned.  R & R doesn’t give you that I wish I hadn’t eaten that feeling.  They have 3 delicious homemade BarbeQue sauces that go well on all their entrees.  (I love to put the sweet sauce on my salad :) ) They also have paper towels at each table so you don’t have to keep running back for napkins! People think of everything!

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A to Z

One of the best things about being married to Chris is the fact that he is a CREATIVE GENIUS. Before meeting Chris I thought I knew how to go about creative processes.  That couldn’t be further from the truth.  Chris has shown me how to collect and organize my thoughts and look at the world in a whole new way.  When growing up I imagined my husband as this total jock who would leave me be.  Never did I ever think I would marry a man who can not only play sports like a champ but can work photoshop and a camera like a complete pro.  I love being married to a videographer/art director/designer/conceptor.  It’s led us to so many fun collective creative efforts like our wedding, kickstarter videos, and even our home.

Our Latest Collaboration: A to Z

My brother recently married a darling girl from Boston Massachusetts.  They differ in so many ways that it’s kind of crazy how they go together so well.  My mom had the wonderful idea for the wedding dinner to base it off the theme of their initials and how wide of a spectrum they have.

Asia (A) & Zeke (Z).

Chris and I had a blast coming up with props, voice over lines, and locations.  In a way I act as Chris’ producer/prop manager/co-creative director.  This has brought us together in such a fun way.  Hope you enjoy the video we created! Look up more of his videos at Chris George Films

We also helped my cousin with this video for her wedding! ENJOY!

MAX Adventure Zip Line

Here’s the thing.  I wished I loved hiking… I really do.  I haven’t found my love for it… yet.  Hopefully, I will soon or eventually.  Luckily, there are some outdoor things to do besides that for now. For example:

MAX Adventure Zip Line    in Provo Canyon

Directions

The guides were helpful and the lines were fun and fast. They use a great braking system and participants go on 5 zip lines from start to finish. You can get some great deals if you schedule a spot with several people! So get a group of 7 or 8 and go for $20 cheaper. I recommend going earlier in the morning so you aren’t in the scorching heat.  We went at 9AM and it was perfect timing.  Little kids will have blast too!

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The last line is the longest and takes your right back where you parked your car.  BOOYA.

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Downtown Gems

 

 

Good things about living downtown #7

Eva’s Bakery

We finally went into Eva’s! (not to be confused with Eva’s Bakery)

It’s a scrumptious Small Plates & Drinks Restaurant. Located at 317 s. main street in Downtown Salt Lake. It’s such a fun place to eat because the portions are perfect and you can share everything family stye.  The whole point is to get a lot of different things and let everyone have a few bites of each.  Overall it was a good time.  The service was great and the food delectable.  The only thing I wasn’t crazy, head over heels in love with was the mac n cheese.  The Oink Oink Oink and Tri Tip were my favorites.  Go try it!

Click Here for other Yelp Reviews of Eva’s

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They have a gorgeous patio area in the back.  It is between to buildings in an alley way.  It gave this cool urban feel to our meal. Hey that rhymed…

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We forgot to take a picture of our first plates before we ate them!!! WE WERE STARVING.

-Slow Roasted Tri-Tip bruschetta-

-French Fries w/ Parmesean and Rosemary-

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Second Plates:

-Baked Greek Mac & Cheese-

-Oink Oink Oink– Pork Belly, Pork Loin, and BACON-

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had a great time! Thank You Eva’s!!!