Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sequins and such.


Having photographer friends are great--and having photographer friends with photographer boyfriends are even greater. A big thank you goes out to Andrew Herrold here (@AndrewHerrold on Instagram--and I'll add his website once it's complete), for dealing with me this past Saturday. (He's Ingrid's boyfriend, and you know her from this post!) I must say, I'm pretty awkward in front of the camera, given I'm so used to being behind it, so just bear with me here.

I busted out these old sequin shorts (yes, I promise I'm wearing them in this first shot, below) and paired them with a new, black off-the-shoulder sweater, which is my latest love.

I usually like to throw a bit of grunge in my 'fit, especially if I'm wearing something more on the girlie side (like sequins). These boots usually do the trick. I know, I am a girl--but hey, I'm about the funk.
A big, black sweater can never do you wrong, in my humble opinion. Especially if it falls off the shoulder. Neither can beat-up combat boots. And bright pink or red lipstick. Oh, and my gold chain.

 ^^My typical shot while laughing, because I can't take myself seriously.
 ^^And, I'm pretty gangster. In case you didn't already know.

Thanks again, Andrew!

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Arenal (Costa Rica part VII).

Arenal was a completely different setting than Santa Teresa. Far from the beach, we were high up in the mountains and clouds, and it was simply beautiful. Close to the volcano, we even felt a couple of earthquakes while we were there! Thank god Carli and I pushed our beds together, otherwise I would have jumped right in hers after I felt the first earthquake! I guess that was a good thing though; it lessens the overall pressure of the volcano. I wouldn't have been thrilled had that thing erupted.


^^The volcano!
^^Nacho pit stop before heading to the canopy tour! I''m not sure it was the wisest choice of food prior to flying through the air on a zipline.


^^Before heading up to the canopy platforms, we had a quick walk through a butterfly garden...





^^Then we had to take a tractor uphill, about 20 minutes or so, until we arrived at the canopy platform. We used it for a photo op.



^^The beautiful waterfall!

^^Yeah, we're pretty gangster.










^^I went tandem with a tour guide so I could take some photos mid-air!





^^After the canopy tour, we walked through grounds of the indigenous people, who gave us a brief background on their overall culture and way of life.


^^They had beautiful hand-made instruments, and I took one home! I got a really cool rain stick (which my little dog is petrified of--he's not a fan of the noise).
^^After getting our culture on, we went horseback riding! It was a really cool day.
^^We are pretty cute. Ha.

^^We only had one day left in Costa Rica after our canopy adventures, and we made a stop at the natural hotsprings before leaving. It was gorgeous!





And that was the ending of my amazing trip! I can't wait to go back--and I know I will. The culture, the land, the way of life...pura vida. That's all I can say.