November 26, 2014

GET YOUR KICKS

Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Happy day before Thanksgiving! I'm so excited for all the yummy food and time with family, I can't wait. I love that I got to wear my coat with this outfit. Our Fall/Winter temps here in SoCal average about 75ยบ, so coat weather really isn't a thing, but early in the morning it's chilly so I pulled out one of my coats and it was so lovely. Tyler and I both miss cold weather so we're always taking advantage of every opportunity we have. 

Friends, I teamed up with Twice to bring you some cold weather style today, because Twice just recently launched their shoe section! Whoop! Have you ever heard of Twice? If not, you should check it out. Twice has high quality like new items from some of my favorite brands at half the price! It has become one of my favorite places to shop and save money.  I'm all about high quality items but I'm also about saving money. I really appreciate that I can find really great items there that fit into my budget.
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
OUTFIT DETAILS: 
TOP: Old Navy // COAT: Delias // JEANS: Express  // SHOES: c/o Twice // SCARF: Gifted
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Street Style, Casual Style, Twice Clothes, Winter Style, Leather boots
Are you ready for some cold weather style? If not you can get your shop on and save 50% off your first purchase from Twice today! Click here and save! Share your style with us! #ElahTreeStyle #twiceclothes

November 25, 2014

JESUS THINKS YOU'RE RAD

One evening a while ago I laid on the floor crying. I felt so beaten down, things were hard and I felt crushed. Sometimes fear creeps in and doubt takes over. And in that doubt I start running in circles, circles of fear and what ifs.

As I laid there crying I felt Jesus reminding me of something. He reminded me that I'm super rad, that He loves me unconditionally (to the moon and back!) and that He has faith in me. Faith in me? I always forget that He has faith in me and every time I remember that it brings me to tears. Jesus has faith that I'll stick it out, that I'll keep clinging to Him and the dreams he has put in my heart.
I felt beaten and I felt like a fool, but Jesus whispered so sweetly, "but you're super rad." When I start running in circles Jesus brings me back and I start running towards Him. xo. Samantha

November 24, 2014

CAMP LIFE

Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
You know what's great about camping? People. There aren't any iphones or ipads. There aren't any blogs to read or feeds to check, only people. Whether you are camping with one person or a group of people camping strips away every day distractions and provides an opportunity to do community. Uninterrupted community.

Camp life is so sweet. We unwind, we unplug, and we forget about whatever awaits us back home. We slow down, we take walks, we chat about life and we have moments of silence. We wake up with the sun, we cook over fire, we watch the stars, and we nestle into tents. We go on hikes, wave to other hikers, skip stones, play with dogs, and document memories. We share stories, find common ground and love one another. We gather fire wood, roast marshmallows, spend time with Jesus, and do church. Camp life is so sweet.
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
Camping, Chilao Campgrounds, Angeles National Forest
We walk under the protection of the trees, we bask in the noon day sun light, camp life is so sweet. xo. Samantha

November 21, 2014

5 THINGS // VOL. 31

1.) "Walking in a Christmas wonderland!" We went to Disneyland again this past weekend with some friends and it's officially Christmas at Disneyland! So fun!

2.) Tyler and I officially want to take pictures on all the rides now. We loved how that photo came out from riding Thunder Mountain.

3.) "Christmas time is here!" And so are the candy cane cookies. The Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies are my favorite, they are sooooo good and I love that they are mini's. We also watched White Christmas this week, one of the best Christmas movies ever!

4.) Lots of happy snail mail went out this week. I love writing notes to dear friends and sending thank yous.

5.) We picked up our 2014 Christmas ornament while at Disney and it's on the tree! We have started a tradition to buy an ornament every year. I love that we got this year's from Disney.

LINK LOVE

Birch tea light holder, perfect for the holidays. 
Holiday shopping has begun.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Twix Pie. Yes please.
5 things you could learn from Pride & Prejudice.
PIO, did you know?
5 Winter wardrobe essentials.
Because I want to wear reindeer for Christmas. 

How was your week, friends?

November 20, 2014

IT'S IN THE BAG : CAMERA COAT { GIVEAWAY CLOSED }

I have been on the search for something for my camera for a long, long, time. I love traveling with my camera, I love taking it on trips, on day outings, hiking, camping, you name and I want it with me. I have two different dslr camera bags, both hold my camera as well as a handful of different accessories, both are great, but I don't always want to take the whole thing with me. What I really have been wanting is a camera cover. Something that is specifically for my camera, something that will keep it safe and protected while it goes with me everywhere.

I was thrilled when I finally found something that would fit what I was looking for. Enter Camera Coats. Seriously friends, I have been looking for something like this for so long. Camera Coats are covers specifically for your camera. The are the cutest camera bags that your camera fits in nice and snug so you can travel with it everywhere. I love that I can put my dslr camera in the camera cover and head right out the door. I also love that it protects my camera while it's in my purse. I don't always want to take a huge camera bag to a social event, so I love that my camera can go straight into my purse in it's camera cover.
Friends, I'm so excited to get to share Camera Coats with you! Camera Coats is gracioulsy offering one of you lovelies a chance to win a Camera Coat of your choice! Don't miss out on this one friends!



{ GIVEAWAY CLOSED }

I think these camera coats are the greatest ever! I also think they are a perfect gift for photographers! xo. Samantha

November 19, 2014

STEP BACK, RE-EVALUATE, UNPLUG

I lose track of me when I don't unplug. I feel pushed along, chasing after someone else, because I think they are doing it better. I check this, I check that and I feel rushed and put through the ringer. The lies of inadequacy creep in, the thought that I'm not good enough, that I should be doing it better and faster plague my thoughts and cripple who I am. When I stay plugged in I forget what I have to offer because for some reason I feel as though I have to offer what every one else is offering. The things that make me me fade away as I chase after what the world tells me I should be.

Step back, re-evaluate, unplug. I don't have to do it like her or him or them. That which makes me me, the dreams in my  heart, the journey I am on all are my own. I unplug and I refocus on Jesus. I let His promises define and shape me. I let his voice untangle me from the lies that the world shouts at me. I am me again, the burden is gone and I can breath again. My mind is clear and thoughts flow freely again.
Step back, re-evaluate, unplug. You are I are beautifully unique, made for a specific purpose. Don't let the world take that away. All the special unique things about us, Jesus uses to help others. If we don't unplug and stay focused on Jesus we lose who we are. xo. Samantha

FAVORITE FINDS : WARM & COZY

1.) Racerback tanks are one of my all time favorite type of shirts. I could wear them all year long and living in SoCal makes it so easy. I think they are so perfect for layering.

2.) I love the sweet message of this bag, it's a beautiful reminder of Christ's love for me. I love the delicate hand lettered font too! Swoon!

3.) How warm and cozy is that scarf. I have been swooning over these scarfs for months and I have had my eye on this mustard yellow. It even has the cutest little wooden toggles.

4.) United by Blue is one of my favorite companies and this mug speaks right to my camp loving heart. I want to fill it with all the warm things and spend an afternoon cuddled up on the coach with Pride and Prejudice.

MEET FELECIA
I'm so excited to introduce you to Felecia! Felecia has a heart for writing, adventures and encouraging, and I just love that. She is so sweet and she shares her heart in this and this post. She also has a shop! Check it out! She's an adventure enthusiast and you can see that on her Lifetime to do list! So cool!

What are you loving lately, friends?

November 18, 2014

INTO THE WOODS

There is just something lovely about camping. There is also something just lovely about layers and with camping comes layers. Tyler and I love camping, though we don't do it enough and we're still in the process of finding and getting all of our favorite camp gear. When Tyler and I were preparing for our camp trip I thought it would be so fun to do a style shoot in the forest! During our first evening camping we snapped some style photos and it was so fun!

The camp ground that we were staying out as a loop that leads you up to an over look where you can watch the sunset. We decided that we would make our way up there. Along the way and when we came back we grabbed some style photos.
OUTFIT DETAILS: 
TOP: TJ Maxx // VEST: Gap // JEANS: Gap  // SHOES: Keens 
Tyler and I have had a lot of fun finding different places to take style photos and we love that we have added a whole new experience to our shoots!  xo. Samantha 

November 17, 2014

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST

Something I really miss about living in the city is taking in beautiful scenes of God's creation. I miss long drives on country roads, the blaze of a star filled sky, and the dance of trees on a windy afternoon. We miss the sounds of the outdoors and the crisp clean air. Last weekend we got away on a camping trip and got to breath in all the beauties of the earth. It was magical and majestic, it was beautiful and breathtaking.

We discovered that with only an hour drive we could experience all those things we had been missing. We entered Angeles National Forest and we entered a different world. We had no idea some place so beautiful set so close to the busy, hustle and bustle city streets we spent our everydays on.
The drive into the forest left me awestruck, such beauty. Mountain scapes painted across the skies, tree painted mountain sides and as we drove we were nestled under the protection of the roadside trees. The drive itself is an experience and worth every minute.
Each day was filled with something beautiful. Small details of natures touch, large breath taking views, and hikes along the mountain side. We found a place that felt like home, we always seem to feel at home in the mountains nestled under the trees. Where are places that you get away? xo. Samantha
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