Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Meet Anubis






So I thought I would do a little introduction of Anubis.
He's the newest member of the family and we adopted him about 8 months ago from a rescue that specializes in Belgian Malinois (which is what Mike thought we wanted).

We waited patiently as each dog was brought out to us one by one, they were all very nice and VERY hyper, which is to be expected with working dogs.
None of them felt like a perfect fit and then the last one came out.
He hung back and inspected us from a distance, he slowly made his way towards me and sniffed my hand not yet letting me touch him. 
Finally he decided I was okay and let me pet the top of his head only, he kept his distance from Mike at first making wide turns around him just close enough that mike touched him with barely his fingertips. 
Then it happened, his ears perked up high on his head and he trotted over to the entrance of the building.
He stood up on his back legs with his ears still perked, we couldn't hear anything.
The rescue owner said it was probably his favorite rescue worker the one who picked him up from the airport and let him come home with her from time to time over the weekend.
He turned his head back and forth listening and waiting patiently.
As soon as she came through the door he was jumping up and letting her know just how much he missed her.
He was the one, he was smart and cautious, not hyper but not lazy either and once he bonded with you he was yours and you were his.
I jokingly tell Mike that we didn't know it then but if Mike were a dog he would be Anubis. 

We went home and read as much as we could about this strange dog from Spain called a Podenco.
A date was set to pick him up from the rescue, we bought all of the essentials and then the day came.
We called the rescue to make sure we were still good for the time we had scheduled to pick up our new family member and we got a voicemail box instead.
Then we got a call saying someone else was coming to look at him a 3rd time with the probability of adoption.
As dramatic as it sounds to say my heart broke a little bit, it really did.
I told myself that if the rescue owner believed there may be a better fit for him with someone else I ultimately wanted what was best for him.
Since Mike and I had cleared our day to pick up "Buddy" at the time, we had a free day. 
Retail therapy was the answer and we ended up buying a giant clawfoot bathtub.
I don't regret buying the tub but it was definitely to console us and it was a crazy good deal.

A week passed and we got a call saying it didn't work out with the other guy and we could pick him up whenever we wanted to.
Saying that my emotions had been taken on a rollercoaster ride would be an understatement.
I admire men and women who adopt children and my experience was a grain of sand compared to what they go through.

Anubis, for now, is like our child.
We're practicing our parenting skills and he keeps me company when Mike is gone.
He loves hopping around and prefers night walks to day walks.
He is not a fan of rain (hence the rain coat) yet doesn't mind running through the water filled ditches if he catches the scent of a rabbit or other small game animal on the other side.
Checking all of the windows periodically while he is inside to show us he's got our back is one of his favorite pastimes.
He's also likes being an only child and will not play with a ball or toy if he sees another dog playing with it.
He looks very friendly but will bark and growl at strangers if they get too close to me, especially men.
He also doesn't like dogs with fancy hairstyles no matter their size, which I think is hilarious and it may just be that he's jealous.

We're pretty smitten and I'd like to think he's in love with us too.

Thank you to all of those who took the time to read about how obsessed I am with my fur child!
I'm sure if you have one you understand! :) 

xoxo
Piper Arielle 

    

Thursday, August 10, 2017

A Long Casual Weekend

Anubis after all of the packing is done.
He always follows me from room to room as I put things together so he was pretty pooped by the end of it.
 Here's an overview of the outfits I'm bringing with me.
If you saw my Tried and True post you already know the black atlas bag has all of my favorite makeup products. If you want to check out that post it's Here
The orange little bag contains my travel size toiletries.
I usually pack one set of heels just in case but I don't think I'll be needing them this trip, so why take up the room right?
 I like options but I also like to pack light, that means packing interchangeable items and items that can be dressed up or down.
From the left I have floral pajamas, a midi T-shirt dress, a black belt and brown belt, high waisted jeans, graphic T, striped button up, gingham button up and a pair of black leggings.
All of the outfits I've put together are pretty casual so I like to add accessories to dress it up a bit.
I keep my small accessories in a bag so nothing gets lost and I can just toss my stuff in it!
Of course this is for a quick trip to go back home and do some photo shoots so the dressiest place I'll be going is church and the movies.
(A family tradition every time I come home)
Oh and I will be bringing my hunter boots(not pictured) because you never know what sorts of terrain awaits you on a photo shoot!

Thanks for stopping in, I was starting to pack and I figured why not share the thought process?

xoxo
Piper Arielle



Saturday, August 5, 2017

Crewnecked Stripes




Date night at True Food Kitchen and this is what I wore.

I figured since I posted an outfit with one of my shirt obsessions I needed to share the other one as well!
This shirt has seriously been on an embarrassing rotation in my wardrobe these days.
Embarrassing because if I can't figure out what to wear I go for this shirt.
 That happens too many times for me to comfortably admit.
Okay, probably at least once a week!!!
It's just so comfortable and it is all of my favorite things! 
Blue, striped and it has a crewneck that hits in just the right spot.
Did I mention it came from Target? 
Okay, I'll stop talking about the shirt but I won't stop wearing it! 

The pants are some old Paige Denim that I cut the bottoms off of and left a raw hem.
I bought them at a thrift store for about $6 so I didn't mind if I messed up.

The belt is vintage from my mom and so are the Gold hoops.
I'll admit I was never a hoops person until this year and now these are some of my favorites!

The red heels are not very practical but since it was just dinner I figured it would only be a few hours.
I brought a pair of sandals for the end of the night Whole foods run we always seem to make.
We got dessert while we were there.
I had the salted caramel mochi and it was heavenly, like stunned silent good!
Then we headed home to our furry baby.

Okay enough babbling thank you for stopping in loves!!!

xoxo
Piper Arielle

Monday, July 31, 2017

How I Started Modeling



First off, I'm so excited to show you this cover, I just received it in the mail today and I'm still feeling giddy about it!

Well this got me thinking about a question I've received a few times and I figured why not answer it here.
I'm 5'4, and I'm a freelance Model.
It took me a very long time to actually say that aloud and I don't really claim this when people ask me what I do.
To be fair I haven't done it as much since moving and getting married but I still dabble here and there.

So I'm going to start off with, not when I started but when I didn't...
I know that sounds nonsensical but stay with me!

When I was around 6 or 7 a woman at the mall told my mom she should consider putting me in modeling and gave mom a card.
Since I was there and I heard the conversation I was excited and wanted to do it, My mom thought otherwise.
Some people reading this are probably thinking, "That was mean of her to do." but HOLD ON!
I'm forever grateful!
Anytime someone would say I was cute growing up my mom wouldn't say thank you she would immediately say "She's very smart" or "She's very kind".
She wasn't being rude or disagreeing with anyone. 
She wanted me to know that looks don't define a person, their actions do.

Now for the part where I really did start modeling.
It's going to sound silly but photographer friends wanted to practice or had editorial type shoots in mind and asked if I would model.
Since I had never modeled before but I had acting experience I simply acted like I knew what I was doing.
They would give direction and I would follow it, a friend of mine has a vintage clothing store on Etsy, I didn't know her at that point but she asked if I could model some of the pieces.
I started to meet more photographers, makeup artists and stylists who would recommend me for jobs.
Instead of acting like a model I started to be one.
 I worked hard at the photo shoots.
Modeling is rarely as glamorous as it appears in the printed outcome.
I've hiked to locations in insensible shoes, sat on and surrounded by ice in a very thin dress and worn layers upon layers of clothing on blistering summer days.
I offered to help carry equipment and enjoyed getting to know everyone involved.
I wasn't always paid and many of the first photo shoots were creative collaborations for everyone to stretch their muscles.
I've met so many talented people along the way that I can honestly say that is my favorite part of all of it.

Do I think I'm a Supermodel? Absolutely not. 
Does this experience make me an expert? Nope.
Will I ever be represented by an agency? Most likely no.
Am I bragging? I'm not really that sort.
(I think you already knew these things though.)

So now that you know my start came form dumb luck and hard work I'm going to share with you some tips from what I've learned as a freelance model and a photographer!

  1. Instagram is a great tool to connect Models and Photographers. 
  2. Practice with a phone camera or regular camera to find your best angles.
  3. NEVER meet with a photographer by yourself and in a private location if you don't know them. 
  4. Reach out to new photographers in your area to collaborate and build mutual portfolios.
  5. Don't ask an experienced photographer if they will photograph you in exchange for "exposure".
  6. You may have to do your own hair and makeup sometimes so practice.
  7. NEVER let someone talk you into doing a photo shoot you are uncomfortable with.
  8. Accept the fact that your feelings will most likely get hurt at some point.
  9. If you are under 5'6 (more like 5'8) you most likely won't be doing high fashion, that's okay.
  10. Stay humble and kind, people will want to work with you more if you remember that.   

All of the modeling I've done has been mostly local and respectively on a small scale.
 I wanted to post this as a disclaimer since I'm sure someone will read this and shout "Imposter!"

xoxo
Piper Arielle

All of the vendors websites will be linked below.
The Magazine is Gulf Coast Bride
Editorial Photography by: Taylor Kaderly
Concept, Hair and Makeup by: Rachel of Dear Bride
Venue Coordinator: Avis Glenister
Jewelry: H.M. Willow



Friday, July 28, 2017

Mary Ann





My husband thinks I look like a picnic and I think I look like Mary Ann if the gang from Gilligan's Island had landed off of New England somewhere.

Also I'm pretty sure my handbag and earrings are from a time when the show wasn't a rerun!
I love pairing the old and the new and while my style has multiple personalities I think that is something they can all agree on.

Outfit Info
Top: J.Crew Similar Here
Jeans: Old Navy Similar Here
Sandels: Similar Here
Bag: Vintage
Earrings: Vintage




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Gingham And A Basket

A few of my current favorites at the moment!
The blue shirt is from Target and I've worn it so much I'm considering getting another one before it's gone!
The coral gingham shirt is an older J.Crew boy shirt.
The basket purse is vintage and I adore the worn in brass hardware!

And because someone wanted to be the center of attention like always, I took pictures of Anubis being Anubis!
He is pretty cute though! 


xoxo
Piper Arielle

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Plant Lady

I have been to the Naples Botanical Garden several times but this time I got to bring my Grandma with me.
She's always loved plants and the challenge of making them thrive.
So I knew this place would be right up her alley.
There is something new and amazing every time I've been.

I can't help but feel closest to my Father in Heaven when I am among his wondrous creations.
I always think of the Hymn "How Great Thou Art".
The 10 year old tomboy in me would hate to admit it but I don't think I can make it through that song without getting emotional.
Sometimes we get caught up in the wants and superficial things in the world, we forget to keep an attitude of gratitude.


Oh Lord my God
When I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds
Thy hands have made
I see the stars
I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout
The universe displayed


I will leave you with that and now get back to the photos and memories from that day with Grandma.
This is the gorgeous path that Mike and I took a picture at about a month before he proposed and everyone asked if they were engagement photos. 
I told him about it and we laughed, little did I know he had already talked to my Dad and had the ring being made at that point! 
We heard the gong before we saw it.
A class was on a tour of the gardens and they had sounded the gong, we pretended to look at something until they left and then she ran to bang the gong too.
We're basically little kids who can drive.
Admittedly I did the same thing the first time I saw it.
For as long as I can remember my Grandmother has had cacti and succulents in every available corner of her house.
What can I say but she liked them before they were cool.
One of the coolest parts of the garden is how they have separated it into different regions so it's like a trip around the world for a small admissions fee!
Truth time... I almost fell in trying to take this picture.
The last little garden that you walk through is an orchid paradise with the most interesting orchids I've ever seen.
If you can't tell, I'm a little obsessed with this entire place.
It's my #1 suggestion for anyone who finds themselves in the Naples Fl. area with an hour or two to spare.
I think you will like it even if you aren't a Plant Lady.

xoxo
Piper Arielle

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Tried and True


Here's the thing, I'm not a makeup artist or a trained professional I just love makeup.
So here is a peek inside my makeup bag when I'm on the go.
All of the products have been well loved and used as you can see but that's how you know they are good! Right?



For my face makeup I use the Arbonne Intelligence CC cream, It looks like an improved version of your skin without any cake or drying.
 For any blemishes I reach for Maybelline's Instant Age Rewind concealer, I apply with the applicator  and blend with my ring finger.
If I'm in a big hurry I just dot this on any redness and skip the CC cream altogether.


For cheeks I use Loreal Paris true match blush in the shade barely blushing to "contour."
(I use the term lightly)
Sometimes I put a tiny bit on the bridge of my nose for a realistic sun kissed look.
Next I sweep Becca's Luminous Blush in Snapdragon just above and on the apples.
Then on the highpoints of my cheeks I put the tiniest amount of Becca's Shimmering skin perfector in Opal.


I'm combining eyebrows and eyes since I use the middle and last shade in my mini LORAC vintage vixen palette to fill in my brows.
I then put Covergirl natural lash clear mascara gel(it was clear, sorry) on my eyebrows to hold them in place. (I have Mr. Grinch eyebrows)

First step for eyes is priming my lids with TooFaced shadow insurance because my lids are ridiculously oily and crease without it.
I do whatever neutral eye I'm feeling that day with the Urban Decay Naked 3 and Lorac Vintage Vixen palette.
 After lining the upper waterline with Rimmel Exagerate Smoke N' Shine eyeliner in 001Little Black Smokey.
Then I give myself my best version of a "kitten eye" sometimes going in with a stiff straight brush to sharpen it up.
The next step is curling my top lashes and coating them multiple times with the Chanel Le Volume mascara. 
This is by far the longest step for me because despite having curly hair I have VERY straight lashes, luckily this mascara is amazing and keeps my lashes up without having to use a waterproof formula!


Last but not least I carry this little fresh lip balm with a hint of color in it to dab on my lips.
My lips always feel dry and only a few balms work for me so this was a welcome discovery.

This probably seems like a lot to some people and very little to others but I have found what works for me.
Of course this is also the routine I do when I have time, if I'm in a hurry I usually put mascara on and sometimes a hint of blush.
The best part about bringing these essentials with me?
 I can make it a very care free natural "no makeup" look or spend a little bit more time and have a nice going out look!

After all of this is said and done though, makeup is just fun and doesn't make someone beautiful.
Beauty is the way you treat others and the way you learn to love yourself.

xoxo
Piper Arielle






Sunday, July 2, 2017

Stars and Stripes









Support, Style and Swim-ability!
This is my current favorite bathing suit and since I've had it since last year I can safely say it's been tested and approved!
Happy Independence day everyone!!!
Mike has to work on the actual holiday so we celebrated early and even did a few fireworks at home, Anubis was not impressed.

Also as I side note... Naples is growing on me.

Swimsuit is Albionfit link to it HERE
Shoes are Jack Rogers in Platinum and can be found HERE
Earrings are from BaubleBar HERE
The hat I stole from my mom... Love you mom! :)

Photography by my dearest husband who I am training slowly but surely! ;)


xoxo
Piper Arielle

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Happily Ever After

This is a story about a boy and a girl who fell in in love.
They married in the Orlando, Fl. LDS Temple.
It was almost 5 years to the date when they met for the first time.
 They were sealed for Time and all Eternity on October 15th 2016.
Over 6 months later that girl is finally showing some pictures from that day.


They say rain on your wedding day means good luck, I must be the luckiest girl in the world since it did rain, we were late/took wrong turns getting to the Temple and I was sunburned and sleep deprived.
My Mom, Grandma, Sister and Best Friend stayed up the night before talking about every blushing young bride's nightmare, the wedding night. (We're a close family)
And... I cried.
I ended up staying up past everyone and getting up before everyone the next morning.
Kayla curled my hair as I did my makeup by the window.
My mom made my bouquet in that hotel room as my sister did my Grandma's hair and makeup.
These are the moments I cherish.
Luckily it was all a rush so I didn't have time to lament this huge transition.
 I was looking forward to it but it still scared the heck out of me!
Once we were in the car, that all changed... I felt the way I always have before I ever perform, ride a crazy rollercoaster, climb to a really high place or right before I rip off a wax strip... All at once.
Of course having my GPS say to go one way and my Mom/Driver go in the other direction didn't help to settle me.
We finally made it to the Temple and there he was, the man of my dreams and the one I chose to spend forever with.
We walked into the Temple together holding hands, I was instantly flooded with warmth and relief.
This was going to be the first day of our forever.

*Side note: Megan surprised Mike with those socks as an inside joke because I can't stand bananas.
It was his last chance to repel me, I didn't see them until the day of and as much as I abhor those buggers it made me giggle and as I'm sure you've gathered I married him socks and all!

And I really did feel like the luckiest girl in the world.

So if you haven't already skipped this part, enjoy the pictures!
I cannot thank our good friend Paulette enough for being there and snapping all of these pictures and all of the other helpful things she blessed us with!!!
She's seriously the best!
Almost time for the big reveal.
He didn't know if he could walk to me yet so he just held his own hand, He's the cutest.
I think he'll keep me.
No we didn't have a leaf blower on hand, that was just a gust from the storm you can't really tell is happening.
Of course that lovely rain meant all of Kayla's hard work reverted back to a jungle mess, without the combined efforts of Kayla and Megan I think it would have been swiss braid weather.
I love my Husband but this is possibly my favorite picture of the day, Kaylor blinking and all! 
 He's blowing kisses!!!
My big sister trying to tame my hair since the day I was born!
Also she let me borrow her earrings since I couldn't find mine, they were in the dress bag the entire time...
It's always been two brunettes and a blonde, I'm so glad I have this picture.
Kayla came into my life at a time that I really needed her, before I even knew it, and she's been there ever since.
Without my knowledge Mike wrote a beautiful letter to my parents for our wedding day, this is right after they read it. I married a romantic and I'm not mad about it.
Dad contemplating if anyone will notice if he throws me in the car and drives off... jk, he wouldn't have let me get this far if he didn't approve.

This was my favorite place to be growing up, right in between the best people I knew.
It's a family tradition that Mom makes all of our wedding bouquets, she gathered twigs with air plants on them for a little something unexpected but sentimental, since Mike and I go air plant hunting for her.
We get it from our mamma.
In our family of mostly women, we pride ourselves on being able to have full conversations with our eyes.
Three Generations 
For the benefit of my siblings and cousins, this is Grandma telling me how much I am her favorite! ^_-
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Wade and Dad celebrating that it was all almost over!
And yes jaizy has on shorts under her dress, her mamma is always prepared!
This is the best and most normal group picture we took! 
My GQ model of a Husband carrying my camera bag for me, be still my heart!!!
And this is completely candid which makes it that much better! 
Remember that rain I talked about?
It went away to reveal a beautiful day, the best day in fact.
I had a special feeling the very first moment we met, I don't necessarily believe in love at first sight, that makes it sound superficial. I do however believe that my soul recognized his somehow.
Of course that does not mean I completely trusted that feeling at first and I did not tell him about this feeling until waaay later! Like engaged later!
After hanging out a couple of times he asked for my number and things progressed in the age old way  of dating. I'm including all of this because I don't want anyone (especially young girls) to think that a special feeling means to throw caution to the wind. After the first month of dating in person it became a long distance relationship, we didn't get married as soon as some people do because we wanted to make sure we really knew each other, long story short as much as I am a romantic I didn't let rose colored glasses block my practicality and my need to always feel and be safe.
And beside's my Dad I feel safest around this guy right here.
Here's a nice realistic shot to breakup all of this romantic stuff.
Mike was looking up a pizza place Kayla told us about because we were all starving.
I think I was still hungry and sleep deprived hence the blank stare.
My niece Jaizy pointed out how funny it was that we went to a nice dinner the night before and the actual day we got married we ate pizza. What can I say, it's my favorite!
Even though we have way more to go, this is the story of how we began our Happily Ever After.
Thank you for sticking around until the end.
If you would like to read our Engagement story I'll put the link here.

xoxo
Piper Arielle 




Photos by: Paulette Davis 
Floral arrangement by: Nancy Williams
Location: Orlando Florida LDS Temple
Dress: Stella York
Earrings and Hair accessory: Sorrelli