memorial weekend behind the scenes

hiking.
birthday girl.
waterfalls.
lipstick. smack!
my first french braid.
raindrops on roses.

i told mother nature that i was missing the rain, and boy, did it bring me rain. just in time for the baby sister-in-law's birthday celebration plans. that lovely picnic photoshoot we were hoping for was washed out. but we made the best of it by giving mother nature the "curse you" fist shake and hiked our booties up to that pretty old waterfall anyhow. followed by a lovely drive around sundance. SO pretty. of course, a birthday wouldn't be complete without "fine" dining, movie watching, nap taking, velvet cake eating, and candle blowing. happy birthday, allison!
and of course, another lovely shout out to my big sister-in-law, paige, on her birthday today! love you both!

57 comments:

  1. Hooooold up--

    Your first French braid EVER?! Or just the first one you braided yourself on your head? Heh heh.

    (Either way, you look great with it!)

    The waterfall is muchos pretty! Back in the "old country" my husband used to live 10Ks from the breathtaking Plitvice Lakes National Park and MAAAAAN...! (Incidentally I lived about an hour and a half from the Lakes and saw them many times as a kid...who would've thought the hubs and I would meet in FREAKIN' AUSTRALIA a decade later!)

    Also, there's something mesmerising about raindrops on roses...! Looooove it!

    XOXO

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  2. Still no success with my french braid! Yours is gorgeous.
    Loving the photos by the waterfall.

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  3. I love French braids but cannot do them myself!

    Looks like a lovely weekend. I wanted to go walking this weekend but it was too hot!

    Gemma. Xx

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  4. Looks like a fin b-day to me :)! And that is one fine French braid, it totally suits you.

    xx
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  5. your french braid is amazing!!!!!looks sooooo cute!!


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    xxxx

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  6. Nice pics! and I also loved your post about a "blog rules", certainly true!

    xoxo

    the109block.blogspot.com

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  7. pretty collection of pics hun, thanks for sharing em ^^!

    love from the NANA girls xoxo

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  8. Cool photos! Thanks for sharing :)
    xxFiC.

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  9. looks like a nice weekend, it must have been with waterfalls and velvet cake :) lovely braid!

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  10. Looks like you had an amazing time and made the most out of it. Waterfalls are soooooo cool.

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  11. What a gorgeous waterfall you hiked too! Perfect spot to adore some nature!

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  12. That is pretty dang impressive for a first french braid!! You look great, and hiking looks like it was a blast! enjoy the last day of your three day weekend!

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  13. Love all your pictures it looks really fun. Happy Birthday to your sister in law. =)


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  14. best part of my not-really-existing-memorial day weekend?
    i discovered my love for one direction.
    although it can never quite compete with my bieber fever.
    there's something about those brits.

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  15. Love the braid {and the chambray!}.
    Happy birthday Allison!

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  16. Thanks for the birthday shout-out and prezzie! Can't wait to use it!
    Bummer that Allie had to leave early cuz her computer.
    Teach me how to French braid! I want pretty hair for when I go into labor instead of looking like a zombie.
    I love where you went for "fine dining" lol. But really, their ice-cream is divine.

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  17. aw looks SO pretty!! and oh my gosh THAT is your first french braid?! i wish that was what mine looked like! mine looked like i did it with my feet!

    <3
    Kenzie

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  18. The waterfalls look amazing! The rain always makes everything look so magical! xx

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  19. What gorgeous pictures - those waterfalls look like something out of a dream!

    Gems x

    Fashion, Well Done

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  20. What beautiful pics! Looks like you had some fun :)


    XX,
    Miranda

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  21. Nice pics, looks like a fun weekend.
    I absolutely adore the braid :)

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  22. How beautiful that looks.
    There is something magical about a waterfall.

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  23. That is your first french braid? It looks great!

    val
    http://valrambles.blogspot.com/

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  24. Rain drops on roses makes me think of the Sound of Music :) and your french braid looks AWESOME!!

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  25. what a great movie to quote, all time favorite ;) despite the rain....that really looks like a gorgeous place to hike!

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  26. p.s. i need to master my french braiding skills as well.

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  27. Love that braid! And that picture of the rose--love it. Raindrops on roses are my favorite...and whiskers on kittens... (I don't know the rest of the lyrics, so I'll just stop now).

    A Southern Drawl

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  28. Sounds like a pretty fantastic weekend!

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  29. wow looks like an amazing hike!

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  30. my first self- attempted french braid was a HOT MESS. you have TALENT girl! hope you had a great weekend! :)

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  31. It sounds like you enjoyed the weekend even if the rain washed out your photo shoot. I definitely need to go hiking soon!

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  32. Lovely pictures! Your braid looks so great! xo.

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  33. Gorgeous pictures! That waterfall is beautiful! Looks like such a fun weekend! xxo

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  34. Lovely pictures and looks like a great weekend.

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  35. Hope you have a fantastic weekend, TJ!

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  36. Your braid is SO pretty. I can't do a french braid to save my life. if only!
    And those waterfalls are gorgeous.
    xo

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  37. omg loveeeeeeeeee waterfalls!!! they're the most prettiest thing mother nature has blessed us with. so calm and soothing for the soul!

    great braid friend... looking cute as always ;)

    xo,
    Bev

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  38. Such pretty snaps! Especially the waterfall!

    XO,
    Erin

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  39. that braid is INCREDIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope your weekend was WONDERFUL!
    :)

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  40. Happy you enjoyed the weekend. The rose is GORGEOUS. My lipstick smacks never seem to come out looking that perfect. Something is always smushed.

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  41. Love your braid!! super cute!

    followme@ www.studentswife.com

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  42. Oh to french braid let alone braid.. I would feel like I rocket scientist. I better only have boys..

    your weekend? lovely.

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  43. great pictures! love the braid - adorable!!

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  44. What a bummer your photo session got rained out, but looks like you managed to have some fun! Love the french braid, I've never been able to do it. What a fun weekend!

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  45. two special bdays so close together, lovely for you to give them a shout out, i am sure you are an amazing sister in law!

    cute pics from the weekend, I especially love your rose;)

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  46. um, ya, there is no way I'm ever going to come close to being able to french braid my hair! haha! But yours looks great!!
    :)
    Allison
    afashionfiles.blogspot.com

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  47. Love the pics you have selected!!!
    what a nice blog you have!!!
    like to follow each other?? I hope so!
    we could stay in contact!
    I already follow you on GFC and Bloglovin!
    kisses!!!
    self-dressed.blogspot.com

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  48. Adore these photos! The braid you have in that picture is darling! I'm so in love with it & I'm thoroughly jealous! My braids never look that rich! Stunning, hun! Absolutely stunning! xo, Megs

    princess.hippie.love.

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  49. I really love your blog!
    Thanks for your lovely comment:)

    http://xouxounitsa.blogspot.com

    xoxo

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