We loved shooting with glitter makeup so much last month that we wanted to do it again, only this time we wanted to do it with two people. We love photoshoots where two models interact with each other; we feel as if each person adds another layer of storyline to the photo.
Last week, the temperatures dropped, daylight savings time was here and we decided that it would be fun to go galavanting the streets of Milwaukee with Katherine from Bordeaux Blvd.
Katherine is a Milwaukee fashion blogger, Harry Potter lover, and has the greatest sense of sarcastic humor.
Katherine originally started sharing her outfits on Instagram and soon felt like that platform didn't give her enough space to say everything she wanted to say. So, she started her blog. The platform of a blog not only finally gave her a space to speak, but gave her a community as well.
"Something I wasn’t expecting was for people to actually care about what I shared and talked about," Katherine said. "Being someone who loves fashion, I am always looking to other women for inspiration so to think I can do that for others is very motivating."
Something that motivates Katherine is seeing other people's sense of fashion and appreciating it, even if it's not something she would wear herself.
"Their style makes them who they are and I love them for that," Katherine said.
Katherine hopes that everyone embraces their own sense of style, and in return, embraces their true selves.
"Don’t try and be someone else because you have so much to offer this world," Katherine said.
We met Laura Bavlnka of Bavlnka Brand on a rooftop in Milwaukee. She tapped Kaitlyn on the shoulder and said she recognized us from Instagram. We knew immediately that we wanted to work together.
A few weeks later, we directed and shot a photoshoot featuring her new fashion line that she had debuted at Milwaukee Fashion Week earlier this year.
Laura's passion for design started when she was just seven-years-old when she started making clothes for her Barbies. She learned how to sew in her teens and became enamored with the idea of wearable art.
Laura's first collection (the one featured below) is an expression of what she loves:
"I️ wanted to evoke a sense of freedom in the clothing, and have the show of it be just very ethereal and easy," Laura said. "It’s sort of a reflection on my own personal journey and where I’m at right now."
Earlier this year, this freedom came to Laura when she left her corporate job as a girl's fashion designer at Kohl's to pursue her love of fashion and design in her own brand.
"I had the realization that right now was the best time in my life to take such a big risk, and I have had no regrets," Laura said.
Currently, Laura is working on new wardrobe capsules along with home decor.
A few weeks ago, we joined Zhenya (from Being Zhenya) early in the morning and went for a little sunrise swim. The water was bitterly cold, but the sun and waves made it incredibly peaceful. Armed with coffee and towels, we jumped in the lake to capture the natural beauty of the moment. It truly pays to be a morning person (and to have friends who are willing to jump in lakes with you).
Bethany and Rhys are two souls that are truly beautiful together. Both of them have such gentle and welcoming personalities and it's nearly impossible to stop smiling when you're around them.
The couple met when New Zealand native Rhys and Wisconsin native Bethany were both in Colorado. It didn't take long for the two to realize that they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together. After a while of a long-distance relationship, the two moved to New Zealand and then moved back to the Milwaukee area.
They are expecting their first child later this year and to say that this child is going to be showered with love from its parents is an understatement.
"(Rhys') love for our son is already so evident," Bethany said. "I cannot wait to see them snuggling together and watch Rhys grow even more into the incredibly caring and loving man he already is."
Rhys also has been blown away by Bethany's connection already to their son:
"Seeing how Bethany comforts him, the way she smiles for him and the way he loves her as a mom warms my heart," Rhys said. "There is something so special about the bond between a mother and a child...We're both so fortunate to have her and I know our boy will be loved so deeply.
The support these two give to one another is something we hope we captured in these photographs. We wanted to show their gratitude and warmth.
"He has been my constant companion and I am so grateful that I never had to do a second of this pregnancy on my own," Bethany said. "I've never been more in love with this man and I have a feeling that love will only grow stronger as we become a family of three."
The pure joy and unconditional love is already apparent in these parent's eyes and we can't wait to watch them on this journey.
Bethany and Rhys, you are going to be the most lovely parents. Lil' Kiwi Evans-Brown is so lucky.
Finding the perfect dress for one of the most important days of your life can be overwhelming, but it's usually an overwhelming feeling of happiness and support from those around you.
We had the pleasure of photographing Jo's journey with her best friends and family as she tried on a variety of dresses. She looked like an absolute princess and said, "yes!" Check out some of the photos and dresses below. Obvoiusly, we would never show any photos of her actual dress--we ain't bout to ruin that surprise.
Thanks to Josette for asking us to tag along for such a special moment. We couldn't be more excited to share these photos with her and with you.
This past week, I (Kaitlyn) went to visit my friend and business partner, Natalie in Memphis, TN. Although it was a short visit with a mixture of business and fun-times, I was able to feel like I truly experienced Memphis culture and see some important sights. It was awesome having someone from the city to show me around, because I was able to see parts of Memphis that other tourists may not flock to.
If you love animals as much as I do, this place is a must. About an hour outside of Memphis, this park is like Jurassic Park without the power-loss and t-rex. The park allows you to drive around and feed animals of all kinds from your car. You can feed zebras, deers, llamas, ostriches, etc. It's so cool.
Pantry 387 is a space in conjunction to Stock & Belle (a stylish and clean boutique) and a salon upstairs. This space is one of the coolest spaces I've been to. It's hard to describe because there's so much to look at and so many things happening, but it's all inside of a clean and welcoming aesthetic. The pantry itself features local products, food, and coffee.
Memphis' downtown area is full of murals and art. There's at least one mural on every block, which is an Instagrammer's paradise. There are plenty of restaurants and shops to explore within walking distance of each other.
I would highly suggest The Majestic for a good bite of food. It's an old movie theatre that has been converted into a restaurant with delicious options. They even still play old movies on a large screen all day.
If you're a fan of ModCloth or vintage-inspired clothing, I would also highly suggest stopping in at RedVelvet Vintage off of South Main. I wanted to purchase everything in the store.
If you've come to Memphis to eat good food, then you're in luck, because it's definitely here. Other than The Majestic, I would recommend checking out Muddy's Bake Shop, City Silo Table and Pantry and Beauty Shop.
I would recommend renting a car if you're coming to Memphis. The only available public transportation that will take you a variety of places is the bus system. There is a small trolley system in the downtown area, but is only for downtown.
Be prepared for heat and humidity. No matter what time of year you're going, it will be humid here. If you're traveling in summer, prepare for high temperatures.
Last week, we went on a whirlwind trip to Dublin, Ireland. Neither of us had any expectations while going there and we were both blown away by how quickly we felt at home and grew to love the city.
This city holds a small-town charm to it as it's filled with charming neighborhoods and picturesque parks while there are sprouts of modern buildings scattered throughout due to the large boom of tech businesses finding their homes here.
We were lucky enough to stay with our dear friends, Chris and Rachel (check out her awesome food blog) and their cute little family of dogs and cats. Recent expats from Milwaukee, they showed us around their new home and introduced us to a city that warmed our hearts.
Below we highlighted a few of our favorite places and added some tips that will help you if you ever decide to travel to Dublin (which we would highly recommend you do).
City Center (Temple Bar)
This is the heart of Dublin. Filled with pubs and small businesses, this is a perfect place to get a feel for the city. While filled with tourists, it's definitely a fun spot to check out and spend an afternoon exploring the numerous streets and alleyways that each hold something special in them. Also, being an epicenter for little pubs, it's a great spot to soak up some Irish history and a pint, or six...
Trinity College is a must see in Dublin. Kaitlyn is a huge book nerd, so the Long Room at the Trinity College Library and Book of Kells was literally breathtaking. Is this not a room that dreams are made of? Seriously, when can we move in?
Although we opted out of touring the inside of Dublin Castle, the outside and courtyard were quite interesting. While we were taking photos outside we were approached by a group of French tourists who wanted to feature us in an impromptu play. So a few minutes later we found ourselves acting as a prince and princess in front of the camera at a castle...you know, as you do...
St. Stephen's Green
St. Stephen's Green is a gorgeous park right in the middle of Dublin. It seems as if we were there at the most perfect time in early spring because all of the flowers and trees were blooming. It's about a ten-minute walk around the entire park, but you can easily spend more time there.
We took a day trip to see these mountains and it was one of the best parts of our vacation. The hills are lovely and they're dotted with sheep and flowers which make for such a dreamy view. We'll talk more about this place in an upcoming blog post!
The Rolling Donut
Okay. Guys. Seriously. This place. Is everything.
We're not exaggerating when we say that we went to this donut shop every day we were in Dublin and we're not ashamed to admit that sometimes we went more than once a day. These are some of the best donuts we ever had with unique flavors (and believe us, we tried them all).
In Dublin, there are various modes of transportation for travelers:
The Luas is the lightrail system in the city that takes you all the way to city center and goes all the way out to Bride's Glen. Super easy to use and there's a new train that comes every few minutes.
We used a Go Car to get to the Wicklow Mountains for the day. We rented an electric car (because we can't drive stick) via their app and booked the car for six hours. We had to wait for the car to charge, but other than that, it was pretty easy to use and easy to pick up and return.
-Walk, walk, walk
The best way to get around any city, especially one the size of Dublin is to walk. It's easy to walk through the city and it allows you to stop and explore places you might miss via car. So bring your comfiest walking shoes.
Dublin is a medieval city, so the roads go every which way and a lot of roads still turn into cobblestones. This, coupled with driving on the left hand side of the street, make for a fairly difficult time to drive a car.
Secondly, in Ireland, car share programs are required to have their driver's licensed. So your ubers are taxis, literally taxi's. Just expect them to be metered and the cost to be equivalent to a taxi in the states.
Ireland is known for its rainy weather and while we were pretty lucky on the weather-front, it is unpredictable. We highly recommend layering up every day, especially if you plan to spend it walking around. Most days we were several layers so it was easy to add and remove things when necessary. It may be downpouring one minute and then completely sunny ten minutes later, so you need to be prepared.
The day before we left for Ireland, we decided that we wanted to take a Polaroid camera with us. There's something raw and honest about polaroids that take patience and ultimately are an instant memory that you can physically share with other people.
We had so much fun using this camera (Fujifilm Instax 300 Wide). It was wonderful to be able to snap an image and see it a few minutes later. We kept some photos for ourselves and took pictures of strangers, tourists and friends and were able to give them a tangible gift right away.
It wasn't always easy shooting with a polaroid and you always run the risk of a small disturbance ruining a shot you set up, but sometimes those flaws can be unexpectedly gorgeous.
It was also a particular challenge shooting in Ireland due to the lack of sunlight. Because of the cloudy weather, it was hard to get a proper exposure to develop the photos. In one instance we even had to set up a makeshift darkroom using jackets and an iPhone flashlight due to the lack of sun. Although some of our photos turned out less developed than desired, there's something special and unique about a place or a day impacting the way your photographs turn out.