September Challenge Continues: Post 4

Welcome to day 4! Today I went to the gym in the evening. This is something that I have not done before as usually I go right after work around 2:30 and never stay longer than one hour. Let me start by saying that I believe the gym to be a strange place, full of people all attempting to do the same thing.

My gym can be divided into three groups of people. The elderly who are there to get their heart rate up and stay alive, the blow-hards that talk really loudly about how many reps they did or that strut around in sports bras and spandex shorts, and then there are the people like me; just trying to get in and out as fast as possible and not be noticed. I will make a point to say that I am not attractive at the gym and I do not want to make friends at the gym, nor do I want to know anyone that goes to the same gym as me. Why people join gyms to make friends is something that I will never understand.

Anyways, today was my first evening gym experience, right after rush-hour, the busiest I have ever seen the gym. What I couldn’t understand was the amount of people that are involved in this new gym culture that I’ve been exposed to shouting across the room to each other, chatting about classes, or just walking around and not exercising. Can someone explain to me how this type of culture exists? Perhaps people aren’t sweating as profusely as I am while at the gym, not necessarily because I am working harder, but just because I sweat a lot, possibly more than normal humans. So once I am done sweating I usually try to leave as soon as possible to go home and take a shower.

I work out so I can eat as much ice cream as I want without feeling like a fat-ass all of the time. Perhaps I am just being negative towards a really awesome gym culture that I am misjudging, or perhaps this is a type of culture that is confusing all on its own to people who need to work out in order to eat ice cream.

Who knows… I realize there isn’t a whole to this post, but I find it a funny and intriguing topic.




Valentines Day Tea Party; a remembrance

Valentines Day; the day of love, the day that many people fear and that some love. I am one of those people that absolutely love Valentines Day. I don’t appreciate all the cheesy (and cheap) chocolates or stuffed bears holding little balloons, but I love the colors, the atmosphere and to put it plainly, the love that is involved.


Last year in honor of Valentines Day I had a tea party with some of my friends. It was a grand affair where I made lots of treats and everyone was told to bring their favorite tea and enough Valentines Day cards to pass out around the table and of course wear Valentines Day colors. It was going to be a fun and loving tradition to occur every year but due to current events can not be continued. To put it plainly, I moved and thus could not host a Valentines Day Tea Party this year. I know this is a bit late but I was thinking about how fun tea parties are and how much fun I had planning and attending last years that I decided to pull out the pictures that I took and share them here in remembrance.

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Styled Fall Couple Shoot

A few months ago I had the honor of styling a couples shoot with photographer Kelli Margaret. Fall in Utah is absolutely gorgeous so of course we planned the shoot for the outdoors and we decided on Millcreek Canyon. The lucky couple Pam and Corbin and their cute dog were such a joy to work with. Take a look at some of the photos below. The first six are taken and edited by the lovely Kelli.

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Here are some behind the scene’s photos that I took.

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Summer Brunch

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I like to throw parties. Whether it is a tea party or a brunch, a dinner party or a costume party, really anything that might bring a group of friends together. I have been dabbling in the event and design world lately and used one of my brunches to show off some of my budding work. This brunch features a DIY photo booth and bad-mitten court, lots of florals and delicious homemade foods. I was lucky enough to have it featured as a Bridal Party Brunch on Pizzazzarie. Check out the post to see more photos:

Photos are all taken by Erin Kate Photography:

Designed by me, Erica Francis, of Erica Francis Designs.