Spring photo shoot

The other weekend Sarah and I went to some local parks and took some pictures to celebrate Spring and the warm weather. We looked for flowers and good lighting to make the pictures more interesting and we each chose 2 outfits. It’s still early in spring so we didn’t get as much nature in the shots as we originally wanted, but I think the pictures still turned out really well!

Shirt: Mudd at Kohl’s

Leggings: Garage

Shirt: American Eagle

Jeans: American Eagle

Shirt: vintage

Skirt: Pacsun

 

Dress: cotton on

We took tons more and I love all of them but this post would be about 10 pages long if I posted all the pictures so I figured it was best to just show off my favorites.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

 

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Sleep no more 

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I do not have enough words to describe this amazing, weird, riveting experience. Sleep no more is an immersive theater experience; meaning that the play of Macbeth is happening around you. You wander through rooms wearing a mask; it is completely silent. Around you, actors without masks act out scenes of the play through beautiful, expressive dances.

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I went with a group of friends (there were a total of 4 of us, the smaller the better) but we all separated and went off on our own. You wander through the McKittrick hotel’s 5 floors going through hundreds of rooms exploring, looking through room items, and following characters through their scenes. It is eerie and weird but extremely extremely cool. The magic is that though at some points you are surrounded by a bunch of people it is always silent with only the 20’s jazz age music playing in the background. Plus, as soon as you are surrounded, you can turn a corner and be completely alone with only an eerie room full of secrets before you.

I absolutely loved everything about this experience. My friends had been before but this was my first time, they loved it just as much, if not more than the first time they went. Every time you go you will experience something new because the hotel is full of secrets (including a 6th floor!)  and the actors sometimes surprise the guests with “one on ones” or “missions”. I highly recommend doing this when you are next in NYC and you can read more about the event or people’s experiences in the link above.

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

P.s There is no photography allowed in the venue, which is why I have none/internet ones are shitty

P.P.S Sorry for all the lifestyle posts, I’ll be doing a beauty one soon!

 

 

 

Graduation gifts

The school year is winding down quickly and with it, the invites for graduation parties are rolling in. A lot of my friends are graduating high school and some of my old camp counselors graduated college! I’m so excited to celebrate with them,  and there are so many cute gift ideas you can give!

The practical one

Find out where your friend is going to college (or if they’re moving/getting a new job) and find a store near there. There is no point buying a Bed bath and beyond gift card if there are only Big Lots in the area! Do a little research and find a gift card to somewhere that you know will be useful, it can help out so much!

The fun one

Put together a basket of their favorite candy, a cute book, some pictures, a decoration or two for their dorm room, and a bunch of other fun stuff. Make this creative, personalize it to the person you’re giving it to.

The themed one

This is mostly for someone going off to college, but find their school colors and have a ball. Mix m&ms of their school colors, get them a stuffed animal of the mascot, a pennant, or even a t-shirt if they don’t already have.

The heartfelt one

Find a cute (and cheap) frame at target, walgreens, or CVS and print out your favorite picture of the two of you. Get a frame with multiple slots for pictures, or just a single one. For the single one, print out a few pictures of you guys and put them in the back of the frame, write a favorite memory on each picture so whenever your friend feels like changing the picture they are reminded of a fun time with you.

Last but not least, don’t forget a card! There are cute ones for sale, you can go online and make one, or you can make one out of construction paper. Cards are my favorite part of the gift, and sometimes last longer than the gift, so make it a good one!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A

Staycation

Lots of school’s have off this week or the week following for Spring break. Though of course everyone wants to have that perfect tropical crazy spring break week, that is not the realistic case for most teens. Despite this, you can still have tons of fun! Here are some ideas on how to spend your week off.

Throw a party

It doesn’t have to be for anything, it can just be for fun! If you or one of your friends has a big backward, set it up with balloons, tables of food, and games. Order in from your favorite restaurant, have everyone bring food like a potluck, or even set tables up like a buffet. The options for food are endless. Make a theme and have everyone dress up or just make it casual. Your party should be about having fun with your friends and spending your spring break with people who make you happy.

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Do a project

Whether its  painting, filming a movie, knitting, cooking, drawing, or sewing, find a hobby and dedicate your time to it. Find something that interests you that you don’t normally have time to do and run with it. Be your most creative and expressive self because you have all the time in the world! After the week is up you will have learned or improved a new skill and will have something to show for it! (That’s way better than a tan, right?)

Go for a hike

Hopefully if the weather is nice you will take the time to explore the great outdoors. I am lucky enough to have 2 hiking reserves close to me, but if you don’t maybe make a day trip out of driving to a really cool hiking reserve. If you life in a big city where there are no trees in sight, go to a park! Take time to smell the flowers and enjoy the fresh air.

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Have a photoshoot

Get together with a bunch of friends, find a cool location or make a backdrop, grab some props and have fun! Creating a photoshoot is a way to express tons of creativity and personality, plus if gives you plenty of Instagram material!

Go on a day trip

Find a museum in your area or an exhibit you want to check out. Go with your friends or your family, and make a day out of it. Find a cool place for lunch and take lots of pictures of everything you see. TimesSquareSummer_460x285

Hope you all have an excellent break!

Xoxo,

Sarah.A