Jersey Girl, Texan Heart: 5 for Friday

5 for Friday

3:30 AM

It's time for 5 for Friday again!  There are a few really exciting things that happened or will be happening.  Let's get to it shall we?

New Blog Design!

Welcome to my new blog design!  For those of you who came directly to this post via any link ups you should go to “home” and check out the whole page in it’s entirety.  I am so excited about this new design.  I’m still working on getting all my badges back and what not but I couldn’t be happier with the way it looks now.  I feel refreshed and I feel like I’m ready to take on new things!  I’m very excited about this!

Being behind the camera, not in front of it

So today I should be doing yet another photo shoot where I’m the photographer and someone else is in front of the lens.   The exciting part is it’s for a Personal Trainer.  He too has a blog and website, but I’ve never photographed anyone besides female bloggers so I’m kind of excited.  Who knows, maybe I found my calling, but there’s just something about photography that sparks my interest.  It’s not always about the pretty pictures but about the moment.  Of course a picture will never be as beautiful as the real thing and what we can see with the naked eye but we can get pretty darn close to it.  But if you can capture a moment, like the face a groom makes when he first sees his future wife for the first time walking down the aisle, or the face a child makes when they score their first goal/them actually scoring, or when your dog is passed out and looks like a human, or even that eff yea moment when your friend or child takes that diploma at graduation, it’s those moments that get captured that make photography so interesting.  It’s exhilarating to be a part of something like this.  Then when you see how genuinely happy people are with pictures it makes you feel like you accomplished something, even if it’s simply putting a smile on someone’s face.

Blogger Meetup in a Week

My blogger meet up is in a week!  Eeeekkkk, I’m so excited!  I get to see some veteran bloggers to these meetups and I get to meet some new bloggers.  I love meeting bloggers because I know I’ve said this before but they are the only people who really understand what goes into blogging and we can learn new things from each other as well, even if it’s a question of what editing app do you use for Instagram.  Cannot wait to see all my lovelies!  For those of you who didn’t know about this meet up in NYC and would like to be contacted for future meet ups (they are always held in NYC) please let me know and I will add you to the email list!  I’ve already hosted quite a few meetups and I enjoy doing it as much as I enjoy meeting everyone!

Aaliyah Movie

The movie airs tomorrow!  I am a huge Aaliyah fan, she was so different and as the movie says she was the princess of Hip Hop and R&B.  Artists like her and TLC shaped that industry for artists like Rihanna and Queen B herself of today’s world.  Aaliyah was taken too soon and that talent was incredible.  I have so many favorite songs by Aaliyah but my top is I Care 4 U.  Her voice in that song is so beautiful and there’s not too much backup music, you actually hear the emotion in her voice go from vulnerable to sexy to genuine to honest.  Also, she has such a range in pitch when singing that is beautiful.  She can get as deep as Toni Braxton and as high as Mariah Carey (well maybe not exactly as high as Mariah but pretty dang close).  As I said, she was such a talent that was taken too soon.  Rest in peace beautiful.

Song-Time of the Season
I had to throw it back to 1968.  This song is one of my favorites.  The only downfall is every time I listen to it I want to have long locks so I can braid my hair and have floral crowns and wear really big bell bottoms.  Sometimes I wish I could go back in time to each era and see how it was.  My top pics would be a 20’s Flapper, 40’s-50’s Housewife/Hollywood Star/Rosie the Riveter, 70’s Flower Child, 80’s Yuppie/Madonna/Molly Ringwald in every awesome 80’s movie, 90’s Uh duh Clueless and meet Curt Cobain (I was born in 87 but I wasn’t old enough to really know Nirvana until after Curt Cobain passed), and of course the rest of the years I’ve lived through and enjoyed, although I feel like the icons in today’s world are all reality tv stars which will never compare to icons like Marilyn Monroe, Rosie the Riveter, and Hippies.  Sorry realty tv you’re a trend not a classic.  Anyway, enjoy this song and just imagine yourself in a field with lots of flowers and long hair running around barefoot and becoming one with the earth.  I really wish I could’ve experienced Wood Stock haha.


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  1. Wow, you have a lot of big stuff going on as a blogger! I really like your design, it looks very clean-cut and professional, but not at all boring.

    1. Thank you so much!!!! I still have to work out the kinks and get all my stuff back up on the sidebar but I'm super excited about it, thank you!

  2. Love the new design, it's beautiful! I hope you have a great time at the meet up, sounds like a lot of fun.


  3. Love your new blog design! Looks fantastic!

  4. Thanks so much for linking up! Your design is beautiful and I love that first picture a lot! xoxo

  5. Yeah.. I love the simplicity of the blog design. Btw, I really love your hairstyle!

    Jessica |

  6. Love the new design! Very elegant and neat! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
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