Happy Monday Back-Hope You Had A Fabulous Weekend

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Happy Monday everyone.  First off I’m not going to get all pageant girl style speech on all of y’all but I just wanted to thank everyone for making my first link up so baller.  Not only did you guys not leave me standing on the steps waiting for you to pick me up to the prom but you tweeted, shouted out and gave me the sweetest intros ever. I’m really not going to lie I felt like this all day on Friday.

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When in actuality I was running around looking a lot more like this

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For everyone who celebrated I hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend.  We went down to my parents house where I proceeded to eat lots of food and devour too many Reese’s Peanut butter eggs….like honestly I lost track.  Mark commented on my wrappings in the trash can….listen don’t hate.  Do you still get an Easter basket???  My mother….if you’ll remember from this post is pretty much Martha Stewart minus the jail time.  She had our baskets waiting upon arrival.  I mean honestly how stinkin cute it she???  Little Easter Photo Montage for you (had to include the creepy Easter Bunnies for you….the Carolers have been replaced).
I was also beyond pumped to go home because I was itching to use the new lens that I got!  Mark got me the Canon Rebel T4i two Christmases ago and it was the 2 lens kit bundle that was from Costco.  Honestly the standard kit lens I felt like I could never get professional enough looking pictures and the other lens that came with it is a zoom lens and I swear it added 5 pounds onto the camera.
I did a lot of research between the 1.4 lens and the 1.8.  I finally decided on the 1.8 mainly due to cost and the fact let’s face it I’m a blogger and not a wedding photographer.  After pricing everything out one guess who had it the cheapest?  If you said Amazon you are correct (I mean it was a pretty easy guess right from my track record?) Here is the link Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Camera Lens if you are interested.  It came two days later and I am beyond excited.  The close up ability of the lens is amazing and the blurring of the background images with the lower f stop is freaking crazy good.  The lens is super light as well.  I was out playing around with my dads award winning orchids (he’ll tell you all about them) but I got a few glory shots to really show you how great the lens is. It does a really nice job with that lower f stop blurring the background like in this example.
Or like with these.
Feel free to send me a message if you have any questions!  As you know I always do lots of research :-)
So let me fill you guys in on a little secret.  I was embarrassed to tell you all along buuuht I’ve been modeling since a young age.  I didn’t want to brag or anything but let me show you some of my earlier work.
As you can clearly see I was working those sunglasses.  I also dabbled in bathing suit prints.
All kidding aside I couldn’t wait to start playing around with it.  I also was so lucky to have the accessibility of my photographer this weekend.  Oh who is my photographer you ask?  Well he’s quite famous in my eyes.  Really he is the only one who has enough patience to deal with me.  Okay it’s my dad.  He doesn’t roll his eyes when I say “wait one more let me position my leg differently, oh wait let me move this way my arm looks weird in this one”. I get one iPhone pic a week from Mark and that is his limit.  Happy Easter!
So check back tomorrow I am going to be running down the trends for Summer dresses.  Here is a preview (hint crochets and lace is one trend!)
I hope you had a great holiday weekend!  Did you still get an Easter basket??  Hope everyone had a nice and relaxing weekend!  xoxoxo
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60 responses to “Happy Monday Back-Hope You Had A Fabulous Weekend”

  1. Girl you have been a star since day one haha!! Love the quality of the photos and that dress – can’t wait for more!! Gary totally comments when I eat oh say an entire bag of Milanos when I said – just one!! Loved your maxi dress for Easter!! Happy Monday!!

  2. Those pictures of when you were little are way too cute! I LOVE the white dress and the maxi dress you wore! I can’t wait to see your post tomorrow! I made my husband take our peanut butter eggs to work with him because he doesn’t eat them and I couldn’t practice any self control with them! haha So I feel your pain!

  3. P!nky says:

    Looks like a great weekend indeed. Woohoo for your first link up!

    Easter candy is the best, good job on indulging :)!

    We got a small basket this year and it was lovely! Chocolate and jewelry, woop!

  4. Elle Sees says:

    my parents haven’t given me a basket since i was a kid. i need to get onto them! ;) love the description of your mom, lol!!

  5. You are FAB!!! Love your Easter dress – so pretty!

  6. Kiki says:

    Love the lace dress! Your mom is the sweetest, I love those Reese’s Peanut butter eggs so glad they aren’t here in Iceland otherwise I would have ate way too many of them as well!

  7. JumpingJE says:

    Yes! I have the 1.8 lens for my T3i and I LOVE it. So simple and a great price if it does every break you can buy a second one and still be cheaper than the 1.4. Happy Monday!

  8. love that photo of you two togheter, so cute!
    my mom brought me a pack cadbury eggs.. i’ll take it!! i’d be in trouble if i had a whole easter basket full of candy ;)
    xo jillian – cornflake dreams

  9. I definitely get an Easter basket every year too, I love it!!

  10. Work it girl!! Now I really want a legit camera and not my crappy iphone so I can take pretty pictures too!!! You don’t even want to know what I consumed yesterday. Let’s just say doughnuts were involved, multiple.

  11. haha i love that your dad is your fashion photographer :) so cute. i wish our weather was warm enough to wear dresses but not yet. hope you had a great easter!

    -kathy
    Vodka and Soda

  12. Ahh obsessed with that crochet dress!!! I cannot wait to see the rest of your pics! You’re even sporting your Alex & Ani stack! :) LOVE!! Glad you had a great weekend and your first link up totally rocked!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

  13. I don’t get an Easter basket and I did not steal any of my kids candy yesterday… small victories!

  14. Isn’t the 1.8 the BEST??? I love that lens :) You look gorgeous, as always!

  15. You look super pretty in that last pic!!
    and creepy looking Easter bunnies is the right word, LOL. But the whole place setting is verry cute, props to your mom for that :).

  16. That lens is on my list, I was recommended that one in our camera class we took! You look gorgeous ;) Oh those stupid Reese’s eggs! WHY must they be sooooo good?!

  17. Kristen says:

    I 100% believe you were more Beyonce than Bynes. Aaaand what a cute little kid you were! and holy shitballs that last dress – I need it in my life, now. Like, now now. Lol @ your photo limits – my hubby is always talking to me telling me to smile and he always snaps the pics when I talk, and he will only take like 2. So, clearly, I take a lot of selfies, because he whines like I’m taking him shopping or something. Silly boys. ps. I ate one (or two) whole packets of starbust jelly beans. they are the devil.

  18. Glad you had a great weekend and you looked FAB girl!!! Cannot believe I didn’t see the link-up but glad the outcome was awesome!! xoxo

  19. Darcy says:

    So glad you had a good turn out for the linkup! I plan on participating soon!! Hope you had a great weekend and can’t way to see your post about the spring trends!!
    http://www.amemoryofus.blogspot.com

  20. Glad to hear your link up went so well!!! Wow, you mom is Martha Stewart! The table and spreads look amazing! You look super cute too!

    ~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
    acutelifestyle.blogspot.com

  21. Thanks for sharing – have this camera as well and will need to add this lens to my shopping list!

    Abby
    http://www.champagneplans.com

  22. brooke lyn says:

    for the record: i did not have on reese’s egg. buttt i did have some cheese cake :)

  23. Miche says:

    Sad I missed the linkup but will be back to check it out on Friday! Love that lace dress btw!
    Miche from Buttons and Birdcages

  24. Jordan says:

    I love the dress you wore on easter! I don’t know if I care much for the crochet look for me but you look absolutely amazing. I have been extremely drawn to anything floral this year (and last year… and the year before that…) so I think that’ll be my main focus when I go shopping. That and bright colors because duh, tis the season!

  25. Annnnnnd now I just really want Reese eggs and sugar cookies!

    I am loving that lace dress!!! So pretty!!!! I cant pose for fashiony pictures….I end up laughing and feeling like a fool so mad props to you!!! I need some new spring/summer dresses!!!!

  26. Loving all your easter fun stuff and that dress is stunning!

    xo
    Brittani and Katie
    http://www.pleasantlypetite.com

  27. You have sold me on that lens! Your photos are beautiful!

  28. Your mom sounds like the cutest and reminds me of my mom! She still makes us Easter baskets too! I mean it wouldn’t be Easter without them! :) loving the pics with your new lens! Can’t wait for tomorrow’s post! Love that dress!!!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

  29. Those photos are beautiful. I really need to upgrade my lenses. Love the pic of you and Mark.

  30. Krystal R. says:

    Those pics are gorgeous seriously!! Also it’s so hard to get a good photographer … The struggle is real!

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  32. LOVE that picture of you! I’m pretty sure I need that lens in my life. I will be emailing you once all of this wedding madness comes to an end (mid-june) and my bank account is available for personal use haha.

    xo, jen
    http://www.comfortably-chic.com

  33. Love those pics! My mom just sent me pics from past Easter and birthdays. I should probably bust those out!

  34. Those bunnies are frightening! Your mom’s set ups are adorable.

  35. Rachel says:

    Those pictures you took of the flowers are gorgeous!

  36. Savanna says:

    Great pictures!! I love your early modeling pictures! That dress you have on is amazing!

  37. I didn’t get an Easter basket and said something about it at work and then TWO gals offered to make me one. I told them they did NOT have to, but I found that really sweet. I’m glad you had a nice Easter weekend!

  38. You look gorg in that last photo! Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s post. Your mom clearly is a talented woman – I wish I could get my dining table to look like that!

  39. Stacy G says:

    Your mom’s table setting is so pretty! Love the pic of you and Mark! My Marc definitely does not require the patience to take pics for me. lol That lace dress is sooo pretty! XO

  40. Stacy G says:

    *I mean have the patience required..lol

  41. You look gorgeous! Love these pics…and looks like you had a great weekend!

  42. Ah I’ve been wanting that 50mm lens, you’re making me so jealous! You look gorgeous in those dresses and are totally inspiring me to get back to barre! I don’t think I’ll have that bod but its worth a try! haha :)

  43. You totally rocked those sunglasses as a little girl!!

  44. Nadia M says:

    That outfit photo looks fantastic, props to you and your Dad! I think I’ve decided to get myself a T3i for my birthday. A 50 mm lens will definitely be part of the purchase, it seems like it’s the cheapest option for what I’m looking for. I’m sure my wallet will shed some serious tears but I couldn’t be more excited! Can’t wait to see more photos tomorrow!

  45. Maggie says:

    What a great weekend! I love that your dad is your photographer – that is so fun! My mom and sister do mine while my dad makes fun of me haha Such beautiful flowers!

    Maggie
    http://www.PolishedClosets.com

  46. You got my buy in to the hype of tomorrow’s post. Love ur little girl picture!

  47. Meghan says:

    AMANDA! I AM DYING TO KNOW WHERE YOU GOT THAT CROCHET DRESS FROM!!! (I’m not really screaming… but kinda because it is fabulous!). Your weekend looked stellar! xo

  48. I read “CROTCHES and lace” at first then doubled back, bahahahah!!!!!!!!!!
    Those bunnies ARE creepy! Like they’d drive around in a van with “free carrots” on the side of it!!!!

  49. Erin says:

    You look stunning! Glad you had a great Easter weekend with Martha Stewart! ;)

  50. Gah, you are so gorgeous! Glad you had a fantastic weekend :)

  51. Rachel says:

    Those orchids!!!!! My absolute favorite flower, I’ve never found one I don’t like!

  52. I think white is my new color. Now WHERE did you get that amazing dress, it makes you look like a model!

  53. That Easter brunch look amazing! Love your pictures too!

  54. Tracey says:

    I would love to raid your closet.

    Also you should do a blog post on how to pose for pictures. You always look great!

  55. Myra says:

    Can your amazingly talented Momma make all of my festivity baskets form now on? ‘Kay thanks. <3

  56. LOVE that crocheted dress!!! And those pictures from when you were younger are way too cute! You’re rocking those sunglasses, girlfriend! Xo

  57. Those pictures came out awesome and I am obsessed with that lace dress, its gorg on you!

  58. Jealous of your photography and modeling skills! If you can sing, you’re a triple threat!

  59. Ahhhh! I love that lace dress! I’m catching up from earlier this week so I’ll be looking for the next post! Your Martha Steuwart mother must be amazing because that Easter set up looks spectacular! yay for a new lens! Those photos look great! Your going to be a professional before you know it! ;)

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