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30th Birthday on Catalina Island

10:28:00 PM Andrea Ryan 6 Comments

DRESS: Roxy  |  SANDALS: Report
          I celebrated my 30th birthday on Sunday and Monday, at Catalina Island with my fiancé and his family.  It was a really nice way to celebrate a birthday, especially a big one like 30.  There is a ton to do on the island and it's really beautiful.  We went Kayaking, rented a tandem bike, visited the botanic gardens, ate a ton of good food, shopped, and explored.  We had a seal swim around us a few times while we were on the Kayaks.  It was really cool to be so close to one while he was fishing.  I loved riding the tandem bike too.  I've always wanted to ride one!  It's been on my bucket list for several years.  It's much harder than it looks.  
          This dress that I am wearing is by Roxy.  I bought it on the island after feeling unsatisfied with not having anything special to wear on my birthday.  I bought 5 dresses from Asos before we went, hoping to find the perfect one for my birthday.  None of them fit.  I will probably just return all of them.  I really love this one.  It fits so well and was perfect for the occasion.  It's a bit beach-y but not too casual.  














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How to Take Your Own Engagement Pictures

9:38:00 PM Andrea Ryan 3 Comments

DRESS: ASTR the Label  |  SANDALS: Forever 21
          If you're like me and don't like to pay somebody to do something that you can do yourself, this post may be for you.  My fiancé and I have been planning our wedding and we are doing a lot of DIY's, including taking our own photos.  Hiring a photographer for all of the wedding-related things can cost thousands.  Even an engagement session can cost several hundred dollars.  We decided that instead of hiring a photographer, we were going to buy a nice camera and take our own photos.  It's not as difficult as it sounds.  Maybe these photos aren't up to your standards but we aren't that picky.  We just want to remember the moments and have some nice looking pictures.  
          These are from our second session.  Another perk of taking them yourself is that you can take as many as you want, wherever you want, until you are satisfied.  We are both super awkward in front of the camera as well and don't like the idea of having a stranger take such intimate pictures of us.  As a child, I remember my mom paying for professional photo sessions for me instead of buying school pictures and I never liked any of them.  At least this way you can choose your own poses and make sure your smile looks alright.  
          The way we take our own pictures is by setting up the camera on a tripod.  This is pretty obvious, but you really do need one.  The camera we use is the EOS Canon Rebel SL2.  It was pretty affordable for what it can do.  With this camera you can connect a phone to it through an app.  You can see what the camera sees through your phone and take the picture when you are ready from a distance.  A lot of Canon cameras can do this and probably some others.  Canon has it's own app that lets you view and download the photos straight to your phone.  It makes taking pictures so easy.  You just have to hide your phone in the picture.  You also have the option of using the self timer.  If you want to have your hands free this is a pretty easy way to do that.  For photo ideas I just looked on Instagram and Pinterest and saved some images to my phone.  Be sure to let me know if you guys try this. 
          These are the pictures from our first session.  We took these so long ago (a year ago) and always planned on taking more.  The reason some of the poses are the same is because we didn't want to do any of the close-up cheesy hugging poses.  If you missed my post about our engagement, you can find that HERE. 












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Kings Canyon National Park

11:32:00 AM Andrea Ryan 1 Comments

Can you see the black bear to the left? The cub is a few feet behind, but behind a tree.  
TOP: Forever 21  |  CARDIGAN: Forever 21  |  JEANS: Forever 21  |  SUNGLASSES: T.J. Maxx  |  BACKPACK: Primark
          We spent Sunday at Kings Canyon National Park.  I'd never been there and it's such a pretty park.  It's right next to Sequoia.  The mountains there are super tall (around 11,000 ft.).  It has valleys,  waterfalls, and other unique sites.  We didn't have a lot of time to hike because the road into the park is super long and curvy.  On one of the trails a mother black bear and cub crossed the trail right in front of us.  It was just far enough away that I'm not sure if they noticed us, but also close enough that we could see them in great detail.  We were able to observe them for a little bit before turning around.   The bear cub was eating things off the ground and it was so cute.  I wish we could have spent more time at both parks.  We are already planning on going back in the near future.  

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Cozy Grey Sweater at Sequoia National Park

12:02:00 PM Andrea Ryan 0 Comments

SWEATER: H&M  |  JEANS: Forever 21  |  BACKPACK: Primark
          This past weekend we (me and my fiancé) decided to go on a little road trip camping trip to Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park.  It was a super last minute decision.  We decided to go on Friday and Left Saturday morning at 6am.  I just got a new car (blog post here) and wanted to take it on a little trip.  Sequoia is about a 4 hour drive from Los Angeles.  It's the perfect little weekend destination to get away from city life.  That's what I love about living in California is that there are so many different places to go and see.  
          We spent Saturday at Sequoia.  We did a few hikes and then camped there.  My favorite hike was Moro Rock.  It's the first few photos.  That hike was one of the coolest hikes I have ever done.  It's super high up on a bare rock face.  There is a winding path that goes up to the top.  I highly recommend it if you visit!  I think it would be a really good place to watch the sunset as well.  We also stopped by General Sherman.  General Sherman is the biggest tree in the world, in terms of amount of wood.  A part two from this trip will be up in a few days.  I will be sharing some photos from Kings Canyon National Park.  




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