You know those days that you want to go back to bed? You want to crawl back into the sheets because you know your dreams will be more entertaining than what’s in store for your day? You’re simply uninspired and you can’t do anything about it.
Everybody has those days, it’s part of life. Every day, I’m not bouncing my head to Temper Trap and doodling tag lines for an email I’m working on like I am today. Right now. Yes, that’s the cool thing about inspiration. It can come back to you as fast as you lost it. I tend to get moments of unstoppable ideas and ambitious plans for the future that it’s overwhelming. Not that I’m just pushing them to the side but even my plans take careful thought and not rushing into it. Which I tend to do. But back to inspiration..
The past few weeks, I’ve been taking a blogging hiatus. Whenever I get a sense of obligation to the blog, I take a step back. It might be summer calling me, over worked with school, or maybe I’ve been tired of blogging at work to do it on my own. Even the most influential things that always spark creativity in me were no longer my go-to remedy. I needed to just relax, enjoy summer and make an excuse to not do a damn thing. It’s hard with our lives today, always running around and never having enough time to do anything truly great.
Slowly, when you make time for yourself, those things you felt so amazed by start coming back in small doses. I’m inspired by colors that compliment each other, designs I didn’t think of but totally work, street signs that are spaced apart perfectly, beer labels with hand drawn logos, people that look raggedy chic (but in all seriousness, probably took them longer to do than normal), novels about people with lives different than mine, and of course, seeing people in real life and not through their computer life.
My mind again is swimming with new exciting blog schedules and fun things to try and share with you. Breezy Cheetah Pop started as my way to bring a little light to other’s lives but it’s really become my little haven. It brings me the greatest joy to hear people mention it or ask me about it. Just that you look from time to time means more than you know.
So, out with the uninspired and in with the boom! pop! sparkle! inspiration full of glittery goodness. It’s weird, exciting and not what you expected but embrace it.
It’s all you.
I’m in serious need of some FUN! Lately, I’ve been working for 8 hours and then either going to school or doing a 4 hour internship on my own after work. I’m learning a lot but my brain starts to hurt around 10:30 pm. Enter… Calligraphy.
The mac is my tool of the moment but I really wanted to try something that could relax me and get my eyes off of a computer screen. Erin and I have always had a fondness (aka obsession) with beautiful stationary and penmanship. We’ve followed all of the greatest calligraphers and have never been able to actually do anything about it. Until last week.
We love Lauren Essl’s contemporary style. It’s modern and very chic. This is the kind of art she creates..
Erin and I took her class last week and I seriously LOVE calligraphy now. I just need to practice!
A few weeks before, we ordered her kit with all of the essentials we would need.
Everything was already so pretty! I made a fun dinner of biscuit pizzas that night and we put on our student attitude to learn with Lauren Essl.
It’s fun, frustrating and then exciting again when you get a good word finished up. She taught us tricks and tips when using the pen and how to work with the ink. PRACTICE was her number one tip. After 3 hours of writing, I think our hands needed a break…
Paper is even different so we learned how to make sure our ink didn’t bleed. Which I clearly need to work on…
Overall, it was really fun and the time flew by! I’m going to try to start practicing daily in order to get better as well as have a new skill set. I’m thinking I’ll start with fun quotes or song lyrics to keep me writing.
Yippee for Calligraphy!
You might have heard about them or this might be the first time you’re hearing. I wanted to tell you about an awesome company that started from a simple idea. Caitlin Crosby wore a key around her neck one day and had an idea to engrave old keys with inspirational words.
Today, her keys are in over 300 stores and she’s employed 13 people experiencing homelessness to bring her business to life. She hopes that when you buy this key hand stamped with love, you pass on the key to someone else that needs it more than you.
Her company is so inspiring and I love everything it stands for. The necklaces run from $35 up to $108. She even has more products with keys like rings, iPhone cases and bracelets. Check out all of her unique products, here.
Celebs are even jumping on the band wagon.
Love this charity and just had to share! Have a wonderful weekend gang!
This week, I was able to work on a fabulous photo shoot with lots of my friends! We did a shoot for one of my hotel clients and it turned out so great. I love working with Matt Silk and his sister so I always turn to them when I need awesome photos that really take my clients to another level.
We had a wonderful 2 and a half days by hiring beautiful families and capturing funny and genuine moments while they were playing at the resort. I was really excited for Tuesday because I got to use my friend Jazmin and her precious family.
The kiddos were such troopers all day and not too many bribes had to happen. haha- I’m serious, some model families bribe the kids with ice cream or movie nights after the shoots. However, if I were doing it as a little kid, I would be so ready to play in the pool and not listen to the big people waving their arms and dancing behind the camera. I would have better things to do… like splash my ‘fake’ brother.
I could not believe how prepared Jazmin was all while looking perfect the whole time. She had those kids dressed and out the door in record time. I believe they’ve done this before… haha. She even had all the outfits lined up on the beds for me to pick for each shot. A photo shoot DREAM to work with!
And do you not just fall in love with her little girl?
We had lots of activities planned for them!
One of my favorite shots were the duck races. We dumped about 50 rubber duckies into the pool and the kids went crazy! It was really cute. I wish I had gotten a photo.
The day was so crazy, the little one sat down for a second in between shots and… fell asleep. I felt so bad that we tuckered her out so much! Sweet girl…
Luckily, she perked right back up with the mention of water park! hahaha
After a long day (and a test at school for me!), I was ready to climb into my bed and I was out within seconds.
The next morning was a beautiful day as well. It was hot the whole time but we couldn’t have had nicer days. Not a cloud in the sky!
We did a few breakfast shots and then headed out to do a family biking picture. Matt was shooting and I was driving!!
I mean seriously, who let me drive a limo golf cart!?!?! I wanted to go fast but I was scared he might fall off the back. I controlled myself and I think I did a pretty good job keeping steady. Only a few “slow down Bree” ‘s from him.
Mom’s were happy to have a drink later on… unfortunately, they were sad to learn it was only water with colored syrup. It’s amazing how much we stage before we shoot. Some shots like the pool, you just have to play around till you get something good. But working with a room shot, you can spend 30 minutes straightening everything and hiding every cord and fluffing every pillow. It’s an art.
We had some great shots with the family. They had gotten a little cripsy the day before but we can retouch. Thank Goodness for photoshop. haha
And to top off another perfect day, we had the funniest little kids club models! They cracked everyone up and lifted our sweaty and tired spirits! Love these cute kids…
I’ll have to post some of the real photos when I get them but I love a good behind-the-scenes look… don’t you?
Have a wonderful rest of the week!
Have I got your seeing Bruno Mars in your head yet?
That is exactly what I did all weekend. I said heck with it and took a Friday off at work to go have a family weekend. After seeing Bruno on the Superbowl, it was pretty much a done deal that Mom wanted to go see him in concert so who’s her esteemed concert buddy… me!
The show was in Raleigh so we took a weekend to go visit Grandmommy, too. I really feel like Grandmommy and I have the same kind of spirit. That is until she starts asking me questions like “What did you do with your hair” and saying endearing statements like “You really need to get a husband because that cat can’t take care of you”. You gotta take some bad with the good, I guess.
The three generations spent a whole weekend of lounging, shopping, eating and playing Scrabble. Mom and I had our tickets to the concert Saturday night so we went on to Raleigh later that day. A little Nordstrom shopping got me this fun bracelet for the concert..
An hour before, we were hungry. Being only 1 of 2 restaurants in the area, I can safely say that I’ve never waited inline at a Wendy’s for 30 minutes and will not ever wait again.
On the way into the concert, of course, me and Mom had to take a selfie.
The concert hall was huge. Like 19,000 people huge. Our seats were um, I’d rather not say. But we saw the concert. haha I really liked seeing the arena fill up..
The concert was really awesome. He played all the best songs!
After a little bit of sleeping in, a McDonald’s hot cake breakfast, and some studying Dreamweaver on the car ride home, we were back in Myrtle Beach ready for some Father’s Day celebration.
Dad and I set up the badminton set and Mom cooked fresh veggies she got from the farmer’s market in North Carolina. We had a fun game night with a delicious dinner. What a wonderful family oriented weekend and I loved every minute of it.