Today I’m going to share a bit about my experience at my very first boudoir photoshoot with The Adore Girls. I knew it would take a dose of bravery for me to share this with my readers, but there might be some women out there who have been toying with the idea of booking a photoshoot but haven’t brought themselves to actually doing it yet.

To start, let me give you a short back story…

The past couple years I’ve been in a constant battle with myself about my body. I won’t bore you with the details of all the negative things I’d been thinking about myself, but I’ll tell you I wasn’t nice. Then one day I was contacted by the incredible women behind The Adore Girls and was asked to do a session.

Several things ran through my mind. “I’m scared.” “What will people think of me?” “How do I lose weight in four weeks (while still eating tacos and donuts)?” and “Is this right for me?” I sat on it for a day or two and then finally responded with a YES. “I’ll do it.”

I decided to set aside my inhibitions, doubts, insecurities, and fears to do something for myself that would make me feel like the Laura I once knew. Brave, confident, and comfortable in my own skin. I knew the insecurities I had with my body would come bubbling back up during the photoshoot, but I decided to hell with insecurities. This was something I was going to do for me.

When I arrived at the studio, the women who worked there greeted me with smiling faces and made me feel right at home. The studio itself is a house they turned into a fully-functioning photo studio, so in a way it was a home. They offered me some refreshments (they even have mimosas!) and a place to sit so we could chat about working together. I also brought a full bag of items with me so they could help me pick out what to wear (since I was absolutely clueless and wanted a different opinion). I told them I wanted to be tasteful and have a few photos that I wouldn’t feel uncomfortable sharing since this collaboration would mean sharing a few of the images myself. They looked through my things and made the decision so much easier.

After getting to know their team a little better, I went over to the hair and makeup chair so that their stylist, Sarah, could start working some magic on my mug. She was excellent and made sure she wasn’t giving me a look that was unnatural to me. When she was finished, Jamie took a few head shots of me before I changed into outfit #1 of my wardrobe.

A common misconception: You don’t have to be nude or even half-naked for it to be considered boudoir. Boudoir is about being body confident and feeling beautiful. It doesn’t have to be about sex or gifting a photo of yourself to a significant other.

You also don’t ever have to do anything you don’t want to do.

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Jamie (the photographer) and her sister were super supportive and easy to work with. They made the entire boudoir photoshoot feel seamless and refreshing. From helping with poses and cracking jokes, we all had a great time. In the end, I felt like a body positive badass who deserved to feel good about getting her photograph taken. I cannot recommend this experience enough.

Don’t ever let anyone (Ahem, even YOURSELF) make you feel like you are unworthy of feeling anything less than beautiful. We can all be mean to ourselves sometimes. Instead of insulting your so-called flaws, try loving them for making you different.

Here are some tips to note before booking a boudoir photoshoot:

  1. Bring multiple outfits/wardrobe items and have your photographer help you choose. They’ll have a better understanding of what photographs well and what doesn’t.
  2. Don’t get a spray tan, spend too much time in a tanning booth, or wear sunless tanner right before a session. Natural looking skin is the most beautiful in photos.
  3. Stay true to yourself. Don’t wear anything you wouldn’t feel like yourself in, don’t overdo your hair and makeup, and don’t pose in any way that makes you feel uncomfortable.
  4. Relax and be open to the ideas the photographer has. They have way more experience doing boudoir than you do. You might surprise yourself.
  5. Don’t be negative. The photographer is there to bring out the inner beauty and make you feel confident. Be positive and be a goddess.

For anyone interested in booking a boudoir photoshoot, you can book a Dream Session with The Adore Girls for $100 off using code LAURA at checkout. Click here to visit their website.

If anyone has any questions about my experience, PLEASE don’t hesitate to comment or send me an email. I’m happy to give any advice that I can.

And, remember– You are beautiful.

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This past Saturday, the Nashville Food Bloggers hosted a Sweet Relief Bake Sale to benefit the victims of Hurricane Harvey. To participate, I made a couple different kinds of cupcakes. My favorite being these pumpkin pie cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. I know it’s early, but I can’t contain my excitement for all things autumn. …

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It’s been a minute.

I think I’m going to do a full blog post soon about mindfulness and eliminating distractions because I’ve learned quite a bit from making some small changes this past week. But for now, I’m going to share some shots from the other night when the sky was golden and I finally got to spend some time outside in the fresh air. I love the way the setting sun makes everything in the city glow.

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glowEver just feel like you can’t keep up with anything that life is throwing at you? That’s been me the past couple of weeks. I feel like I’m treading water and wearing myself out just so I can keep my nose above water. I’m in this constant cycle of working overtime in order to feel less stressed and then feeling more stressed because all I think about is work. I need my mind to just quiet down long enough for me to get some sleep, which is also a rarity lately. I don’t remember the last time I felt this un-rested.

glowglowI know it’s only Tuesday, but I’m already looking forward to this weekend because it’s going to be one of no plans. Steve will be heading up to Illinois to play a show on Saturday so I’m genuinely looking forward to having some quiet ‘Laura time.’ I think it’ll do me good to have some time alone to let myself relax. I’m going to hit reset and let myself completely recharge before we head to Denver next week, which I’m SUPER excited for and I think it’s coming at the perfect time. Steve and I are heading there together to go visit my cousin Katelyn and her husband Alex. They’re both our cousins and some of our very best friends. We’re going to see NEEDTOBREATHE play at Red Rocks (Katelyn and I went together last year), and then we’re going to spend some time in other parts of Colorado exploring and spending quality time together.

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T-shirt- Old Navy // Pants- Who What Wear Striped Skinny Crops from Target // Trench Coat– Lulus // Flannel shirt- Abercrombie & Fitch // Shoes- Vinnie Louise // Necklace- Doxahlogy // Sunglasses- H&M

About my outfit: I recently bought these pinstriped skinnies from Target’s Who What Wear collection and they’ve quickly become my favorite pair of pants that I’ve probably ever owned. They are so versatile and comfortable. With an elastic waistband and stretchy material, they’re easy to wear with almost anything. You can dress them up with a blouse and heels or just wear them with a t-shirt and sneakers. This is exactly my kind of item.

glowglowglowglowI hope you all have a productive week followed by an exciting or restful weekend. <3

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I officially have a new favorite restaurant in town. Greko Greek Street Food in East Nashville is hands-down some of tastiest food I’ve had and I’ve already been 3 times in 3 weeks. It wasn’t until I started dating Steve that I discovered my love for Mediterranean/Greek food. His family makes some of the best Greek food I’ve ever tasted, so it’s hard to find places that can compare. When we heard a Greek place was opening up near us, we knew we had to try it. And it delivered. It’s so good!

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My favorite thing on Greko’s menu is the beef souvlaki pita with a side of pita and tzatziki. Their tzatziki has the freshest cucumber flavor ever. You seriously have to try it.

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Outfit details:

Top- Abercrombie & Fitch // Skirt- Marshall’s // Sandals- Target // Bag- Hush Puppies

After dinner we went downtown to catch week #3 of Live on the Green to see Portugal the Man. I was pumped to see them play live and have been waiting for so long to see them. As much as I love LOTG and attending outdoor music festivals, I hope to someday see them in a more intimate setting where I don’t have to be trampled by thousands of people who could care less about the band playing. That’s the tough thing about free concerts, I suppose. Regardless of the insane crowds, we had a great time and they played an incredible setlist!

I hope you all have a great weekend! I plan on relaxing to the max from now until Sunday night. 🙂

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A couple posts back I mentioned how Steve and I had a date night at the recently opened Fort Louise restaurant in Riverside Village, a quaint area of East Nashville. Today I’m sharing more about that experience. I had heard many good things via friends (shoutout to my friend Ashley for motivating me to go after THIS Instagram post) so it was the perfect place for us to have a date night that wasn’t too far from home and where we could sit outside and enjoy the nice weather.

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The restaurant is in a cozy home-like setting with adorable decor, an inviting front porch, and a beautiful back patio. The menu was really impressive at first glance and I knew I was going to have a tough time making a decision. We decided to start with the spiced edamame. They came served in a chili-garlic sauce and were topped with grated parmesan. We were also served some of the house-made pimento cheese spread and crackers, compliments of the chef. Both appetizers were delightful and packed with flavor.

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fort louisefort louiseFor our entrées, I ordered the Curry Fried Chicken (because if you know me, you know that fried chicken is my weakness) and Steve ordered the Baby Back Ribs with Coconut BBQ and Pineapple Fried Rice. If you aren’t drooling yet, you will be.

fort louise baby back ribsfort louise curry fried chickenThe fried chicken literally came in a bucket. It was like they were speaking to my soul. It’s the simple things in life that please me. Like a cold glass of beer and a bucket of chicken. I don’t ask for much. And HELLO, it was curry flavored! My love for fried chicken knows no boundaries and this was one of the most exceptional dishes I’ve tasted. You need to try it ASAP.

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fort louiseI highly recommend paying a visit to Fort Louise for a date night or a casual lunch with friends. It’s a cozy environment with incredibly delicious and unique menu options. The back patio is the perfect place to sip on a glass of wine and enjoy an appetizer as well.

Go check it out immediately and let me know what you think. 🙂 Have a great week, everyone!

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