My name’s Katie and I’m an explorer. An explorer of places, patterns, people, and myself. I spend my days in the travel industry, promoting cross-cultural understanding and peace among cultures. I also get to do a lot of my own traveling and one thing that I can conclude from all I’ve seen across the world is that the faces, places, and spaces of our planet are bursting with beauty. And this is how I discovered my own beauty.
I’m so excited to grow in photography as I participate in The Lens Revolution launched by Samantha of Elah Tree. As she defines it “The Lens Revolution: will be a place of challenging ourselves and each other. A place of community and encouragement. A place to sharpen our craft and ourselves. A place to grow in our photography. And most importantly a place to constantly challenge ourselves to do what we can not do.”
The Lens Revolution couldn’t have came at more perfect timing. Because recently I decided it was time to get back behind the camera again. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school I was in 4-H and frequently submitted Photography entries to the county fair (receiving Grand Champion on a couple photos qualified me to enter at the state fair) and Iowa State Fair. Throughout college I used my Sony Cybershot to take photos, but I’ve never known how to use a DSLR camera. When I decided to get back behind the camera I decided it was time to face my fear and learn how to use my husband’s DSLR. I recently faced that fear and completed my first photoshoot with the DSLR (see spring line launch) this challenge is my second. I’ve been watching Photography tutorials on Lynda.com over my lunch hour to understand aperture and refresh on the other basics of photography.
This weeks challenge is to shoot 3 to 5 objects at 5 different aperture settings: 5.6, 7.1, 11, 16, and 20. I picked Rimmel London lipstick that I received c/o Tractenburg and Co. If you’re needing an excellent shade for spring my picks are: Moisture Renew Lipstick in Saved by the Bell, Coral Britannia or Latino, and Lasting Finish by Kate in Rouge.
Do you love getting things in the mail as much as Elizabeth and I? My friend Elizabeth of Oaks and Oats recently had me wanting to try Rocksbox out; especially when I learned that I could try a box for free. So I look a leap and ordered my first one!
Rocksbox is a membership-based jewelry styling service and I received my first box last week. You can also get a free month by using the code allisonbff262. Typically members pay $19 a month to get access to a personalized rotating closet of designer jewelry, sent in sets of three at a time.
The awesome part is that the three pieces you receive you can wear on loan and then return, or you can purchase one or more items from you set (and return the rest). I opted to purchase one necklace because with the monthly shine credit you receive it was too good of a deal to pass down and I love dainty necklaces.
It’s a scenario I have lived many times. I have a gathering today that I have been looking forward to, and somehow what I wear seems more important than normal. I have already gone through a few outfits, and clothes are scattered on my floor, leading to pile of discarded options on my bed.
Last week I went to the National Academic Advising Association Region 8 Conference in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. The conference theme was The Heart of the Matter: Advising for Student Persistence, Retention, and Success. The Heart of the Matter today is that I’m excited to share a few snapshots from a couple different quick adventures (done in between driving to and from the airport and in between sessions) and a couple session quotes with you.
I’m excited to announce that the Allison Ramsing Cards Spring 2015 Line has officially launched!
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Minted: Oregon Love Location
The Minted’s 2015 Spring Event Has Arrived! Through Monday take 15% off sitewide. Here are a couple of my current favorite custom art prints.
Minted: Complete Love
Minted: Polka Dotted States of America
(You can move the heart to wherever you’d like… I’d place it in Oregon!)
Minted: A Year in My Life
If you’ve seen the Oregon weather lately this month’s TriStyle & Co. challenge (hosted by Elizabeth, Meg, and Samantha) is definitely a challenge. Wearing a vest when the temperatures are in the 60s isn’t exactly ideal attire. When modified though, a lightweight vest can surprisingly work perfectly in this weather. I skipped a scarf and brown boots and opted for a simple necklace and brown ballet flats instead. Adding a touch of yellow to your outfit makes any day more joyful and of course brighter! Rolling up my skinny jeans was the perfect icing on the cake for this weather transition (morning 35 degrees to afternoon 65 degrees).
Happy Birthday, to my favorite and only brother! In honor of my brother’s birthday (which is today). He’s going to publish his first blog post and add to the My Story is Beautiful series.
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Slowing down at the end of the day is a beautiful thing. Growing up my parents taught me to always brush my teeth before bed. I’ve still never had a cavity and I think that routine has sure helped!
When Peter and I got married he joined me in my bedtime brushing routine. These days one of my favorite parts of my bedtime routine is brushing my teeth with my husband.
It’s the moments where you don’t have to say a thing, but yet know how loved you are by another and how much you love them too. It’s the smiles, the laughter, the joy that you share with your loved one in the simple moments that make life beautiful.