ice queen | new lightroom preset

A couple of weeks ago Mia and I had a wintry photoshoot, which I am super excited about because it was my first “real” shoot that I’ve had since working my way off of crutches. I can’t tell you how amazing it feels to be able to go adventuring again. (P.S. I’ve officially been off crutches for about 5 weeks now!).
I’ve also been really obsessed with making new custom Lightroom presets for my shop as of late, and the one that I made while editing this set is by far my most favorite one yet. I have been using it on *everything*. It is called “Ice Queen”, and you can find it here in my Etsy shop โ™ฅ. Below is a before and after; the before is SOOC (aside from skin retouching), the after has “Ice Queen” applied, and that is all!
The rest of the images in this post were all edited solely with “Ice Queen” as well :-)

Model/MUA: Mia DeGiovanni
Photography/Retouching: Savannah Daras

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25 days ’til christmas | movie marathon

It’s officially December!! (well, in one hour, but whatever).
The way I feel about December is how most girls feel about Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I can’t stand coffee, but when it comes to Christmas time or winter in general, I am on board full force. Winter is by far my favorite season. Not to mention it’s where my favorite holiday of the year lives: CHRISTMAS =D!
I’m not even quite sure why I love Christmas so much. It’s certainly not for any religious reasons, I just always feel so festive and happy this time of year.
Perhaps I was a polar bear in a past life.. So with that, I decided to compile a list of the best 25 Christmas movies, so you can have a movie to watch each day until Christmas. Aren’t I amazing? Yeah, I know. I fully intend to watch every single one of these this month… I’m a very busy person.
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1. Elf
Easily one of my all time favorite Christmas movies ever. Except, it’s difficult to choose just one favorite because the Christmas spirit lives so deep inside me (kek).

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our christmas tree

this christmas will be the first time since 2008 that david and I won’t be together for the holidays. he’s going to spend christmas with his family in new mexico, and I am going to be at home with my family. so we decided that while we were together in new mexico for the past two weeks, that we’d get our own baby tree. considering that christmas is easily my favorite time of year, I was more than okay with the idea of having two christmas trees this year. we went to a cute local christmas tree vendor and picked out a small tree. there wasn’t much of a selection as far as little trees went, so we went with one that was a bit gimpy, but I think it’s perfect.

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