I love summer because there is just SO much to do outside. Hiking, concerts, festivals, picnics. One of my favorite things in Salt Lake is the farmer's market downtown on Saturday mornings.
To be honest, I don't really know how much typical produce costs but I can imagine the farmer's market is probably pricier than your average grocery store. However, there is just something so cool to me about buying fruits and veggies from places in the state I live.
If you like limeade, you have to check out this stuff (pictured above) at the farmers market. Made with fresh limes and mint, it is delicious.
There is something so peaceful about watching the sunset. It is hard to describe in words.
Tonight my friend said "Isn't it sad that we have to take pictures of the sunset?" as we sat on this tall rock (pictured above) at the trailhead of Mount Olympus. I have thought about that a lot since. Why exactly do we spend so much time taking pictures, editing them and posting them on Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and (in my case) this blog?
I love taking photos because for me, it makes me focus on the here and now. I have a real problem with thinking too much about the future. Photography makes me stop and notice the beauty that is around me in that moment. It also forces me to look at everything in a different way. Still, I understand what my friend means. Why do I feel this urge to share my photos? Why do I feel like I have to share everything on Instagram?
I think that in ten+ years from now I will be grateful that I have captured all of these moments. Life is a beautiful thing and while I don't think that you need to take photos of every life event, someday you may be glad that you had those pictures of that beautiful sunset.
ps: no editing was done on these photos...that is how beautiful the light was tonight :)
I am at this weird point in my life where I want summer to speed up (I miss Dani, my friends from school and Wellesley) but at the same time slow down (I love free time, hanging with my family, my internship and seeing my friends from home). Still, as always, time is flying by and I have been home now for a month.
So what have I been doing with this elusive free time? Hiking, reading (for fun!), hanging with friends and spending time downtown for my internship with the Development Office for the Utah Symphony!
Last week, I started my internship and I cannot wait for the exciting summer ahead. During the month of June I will be in the downtown office preparing for the Deer Valley Music festival and then starting in July and August I will spend a lot of time in Park City and Deer Valley for the Summer Concert Series! I work with the nicest people and this internship always keeps me on my toes with so many fun and challenging projects.
The "natural makeup look" is something that I have noticed a lot lately in advertising. While I am a huge supporter in people deciding for themselves how they want to wear makeup, I really do not like that this new trend is being promoted as natural.
The natural look I know is what I look like when camping-my hair in a pony tail, my face makeup-less. I don't have a hint of bronzer or a dab of mascara. My face is covered in sunscreen, bug spray and dirt as it usually is when I am camping. So why on earth should the "natural" makeup look involve sooo much work when it is something that, in theory, should take no time at all?
The media shows us what they know we want. Most people want natural and effortless beauty. They want to look like they "aren't trying". The media targets us with ideas, products and advertisements that make them money and help us feel like we are achieving these goals.
This Real Simple tutorial on "How to Do a Natural, No Makeup Look", will give you "expert tips for fresh, flawless makeup that looks, well, like you’re not wearing makeup." And this Your Tango tutorial will provide you with tips on "the natural makeup look guys LOVE".
Makeup is something that should be done not to please guys (thanks Your Tango...) or to look like your not wearing makeup! Makeup is something that should be done because people feel confident when they wear it or have fun experimenting with it. I don't wake up in the morning and say "I wan't to look like I am not wearing makeup while wearing makeup". I wear makeup because honestly, I like the way it looks and I like the way I look wearing it.
This advertisement tells you to "celebrate your inner beauty"...by buying their beauty product?
This skin matching makeup is even called "Beyond Natural" and is "naturally glamorous" and "never overdone".
Natural beauty is something that we are all born with. I love makeup but I also love the days when I go without it. What is important is that our beauty and self-worth is not defined by how naturally beautiful we are or even our looks in general. Young people face so many pressures from media to look and act a certain way as it is. The last thing we need are advertisements telling us what is considered "natural".
Remember, "you were born to be real, not to be perfect".
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