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Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

As a photographer and a photo stylist, we are obviously pretty big fans of pictures. It's an art that is close to our hearts, and is one that can so clearly capture love, pain, joy, and the full breadth of human emotions and creations.

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photos are such an important part of our culture. After all, when someone gets married, they have photos taken, when someone completes a work of art or design, they have it photographed for their portfolio. And when we see images of people in need or of historical events, we are moved and connected to the story. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

If you love photography like we do, you're in luck! Atlanta Celebrates Photography has hit the scene. Our city's heartbeat is our thriving art scene thanks to the Art Institute and SCAD, along with other colleges and universities drawing creative minds to Atlanta. In addition to the local art schools, Atlanta's culture draws people from near and far who are art enthusiasts or artists themselves. 

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Photo via Atlanta Celebrates Photography

Atlanta Celebrates Photography is happening throughout the city this month. You can find works of art, attend lectures, check out some films, and enjoy all that this festival has to offer no matter which area of the city you live in. Check out the festival guide here to find out where and when to be for all of the best of Photography in Atlanta. 


Modern Day Nomads

Have you ever thought to yourself as you're sitting in your cubicle, looking at a spreadsheet, drinking bad office coffee, "If only I could just travel the country making money doing what I love"? That is precisely what Mackenzie and Blaine of The Local Branch do every day!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Mackenzie and Blaine live and work out of a 1979 Airstream trailer they bought when it was in serious need of some love and they transformed it into a rustic chic cabin on wheels. Please do yourself a favor and take the tour of the transformation on their blog! Christina and I both love transforming spaces that have been neglected or just aren't being utilized to their full potential--we particularly love that in small spaces where every area must work double or triple duty. The Local Branch live/work/play Airstream is all that and more!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

Not only does this couple travel the United States selling their goods at festivals and events, they also make and sell all American made items for their shop IN their Airstream trailer. Anything you buy from The Local Branch will have an American made story and will include the city it came from on the tag. Since everything is made by hand here in the USA, you can be sure your purchases from these two nomads are supporting our national economy and small business. 

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Photos by Christina Wedge

Follow The Local Branch on social media to see where they will show up next. Mackenzie and Blaine have me feeling inspired to take risks, make old things new, and support American small businesses and I hope you feel inspired, too!


Coachella Style Inspiration

The country is buzzing about Coachella.  It is a massive music and art festival going on now, held in the Coachella Valley of California. A mecca for music and art lovers alike Coachella has a famous great lineup and awesome location. Coachella Valley is just a short drive to the Joshua Tree National Park, only 30 min! So this is pretty much the setting where this music festival is going down. Beeeautiful!

Photo by Christina Wedge

Photo by Christina Wedge

I've got to admit that usually I'm annoyed with "music festival style" because I've never really understood why those headbands were something one needed/wanted to wear ONLY at a music festival and why are people wearing very warm boots and the tiniest shorts imaginable at the same time?? I swear I'm still in my 20s and am not actually an 80 year old woman shaking my finger at the young whipper snappers with their new fangled fashions. So, instead of focusing on the typical bikini top and frayed shorty shorts with a fedora and boots that I so clearly do not like and that is so common, I'd like to take a look at some unique outfits that you can modify for your everyday life, inspired by Coachella looks!

Image via Google

Image via Google

This first inspiration is unique and cool actually seems pretty practical while still looking ready for the festival fun. H&M is a great place to look for Coachella inspired looks without spending much money. Also, check stores like Zara or Forever 21 for affordable printed pants like these above that wont need to last too many wears. How do you make it work for regular life? As is would be fine for some functions, or add a cami under the top for a little more coverage and you're ready to go!

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Image via Google

Crochet pieces are everywhere right now and they're perfect for music festivals and real life alike. Crocheted pieces are breathable and are fantastic for layering. Also, in this case, I love the flower crown and don't find it the least bit annoying. It makes sense with the look and seems super appropriate. Layer a see-through crochet dress over a snug top and shorts, a smaller dress, or over a bathing suit and use as a cover-up.

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Image via Google

I'm sold on this look! A bold floral print maxi skirt with a super-cropped top is seemingly quite uncommon at Coachella. It looks so pretty to me when the volume of the outfit is balanced with a lot more weight in the skirt so the top can be skimpy and she still looks like a lady. Add on the hat and you've really balanced out the look AND have minimized sunburn by probably 25%! So long, sun damage! To make this work for regular life, if you've got the confidence, go for it as pictured! If not, lengthen the top but make sure it is very fitted with an open neckline to maintain the proportions of the outfit.

Image via H&M

Image via H&M

H&M has a line of Coachella inspired looks in stores right now that check all of the boxes. Off the shoulder? Check. Shorts? Check. Crochet? Check. Floppy hat? Check. Long, draped wrap? Check. Take each of these pieces out of the Coachella setting and you can truly bring a little Bohemian flavor into your everyday wardrobe by mixing and matching with what you already have in your closet. Before you know it, you'll have a really interesting and fun look for your next brunch or date inspired by your favorite music festival looks. Maybe your new outfit will even put you in the California state of mind.