ALL I HAVE + LINK UP

3:00:00 AM
At this very moment, it is 10:41 on Sunday, June 24th and I am flat out TIRED!  I can hear you saying "but that's rather early, Chanda!" and it is!  However, I just walked in the door from my city's fireworks and I've literally been up since 5 am, so that, coupled with the fact that I've shot NOTHING this weekend, leads to this empty post!  I want to remain consistent with my link ups, so I'm gonna try not to miss one AND I absolutely love this week spotlight!  I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and I hope that you have an even better week coming up!  *heart* you guys!

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT
This week's spotlight is Katie from Hello Katie Girl!
The rainbow backdrop against her yellow and white striped dress is so cute!
She always has the most colorful looks!
Thank you for linking up this week!

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AMARYLLIS + LINK UP

3:00:00 AM
 ...At least I believe this is the Amaryllis flower that's gracing this beautiful jumper today! 🌸 I have so much to talk about, but I don't want to be all over the place in this post!  So I guess we will talk about how beautiful of a weekend it was!  My daughter graduated from 5th grade on Friday and she couldn't have been more excited!  It was more bittersweet for me because this occasion is just solidifying that our babies are growing up.  It was a cute little ceremony and afterward, they served cake and gave out all of their awards.
heels + gravel = no bueno!

FIT DETAILS
jumpsuit + shoes (old): justfab || necklace (old): sassy jones boutique

On Saturday, we woke up early and went to see Incredibles 2 and it was AH-MA-ZING!  It hinted at the fact that there could be a part 3, but I'm PRAYING that they don't make us wait 14 years for the next installment!  I was a little afraid that it was going to be like the 1st one, but it wasn't AND I think I was more hype than the kids to go see it!  After that, we went to my nephews 13th birthday party at Dave and Buster's in Livonia.  It's crazy that all of the little ones around me are growing up so fast. The kids all enjoyed themselves (the parents did too).  Once done, we were all pretty pooped, so we went home and called it a night!


Sunday was pretty chill.  I had plans on getting out and quick shooting 3 outfits but the way the heat index was set up... by the time I actually got up and ready for this one, it was already 90+, so I said "Mmmm, maybe not" and just did these.  After the shoot, I took the kiddos to see the new location for my job.  We are transitioning into our fresh, new home and it's absolutely beautiful!  I've been between both locations for the last week, but once my team officially moved in, I didn't get a chance to take them to see it then.  They fell in love with all of our new amenties, and I can't blame them - I work for a great company! (post about this later - I realize I never updated on this transistion even though hinting at it here) Hubby didn't really want to do too much, so we just got out to sight see once it cooled a little.  We ended the night with a trip to Erma's in Sterling Heights (which EVERYBODY had the same idea we had - let it cool down and then go for ice cream). 🍦

Let's talk about this fit for a second.  I think I am going to have to address my weight gain in another post - not because someone pointed anything out, I think more for myself!  I wish I would've sized up on this one, even though it doesn't look tight, but trust me, if I had eaten an actual meal, it would have been a BIG problem!   It's a beautiful jumpsuit and I love the open back - perfect for a summer's day! Also, styling this made me realize, I have literally NO heeled sandals!  WTH Chanda? 😨 So I styled this with some cute pink heels and vintage Sassy Jones jewels and was good to go!  sidenote - these wrinkles are KILLING me! 😩
#CanWePeepThisHighlightTho

today's shoot location - Walsh College, Troy, MI

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT
This weeks spotlight is Kim from Champagneista!
I can't get enough of her gorgeous seersucker, bow back dress and her rooftop backdrop is amazing!
I need to find one here in the city!
Thank you for linking up last week!

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I'D RATHER BE CRAZY... + LINK UP

3:00:00 AM
...Well, not really crazy, but you know!  I knew the moment I opened the package for this dress that I would do a nod to Beyonce's "Hold Up".  Now, of course, my dress doesn't compare to her Roberto Cavalli dress but I couldn't resist this gorgeous yellow. :) Now, the color of this dress mirrored how hot it was while shooting these!  I loved every bit of it too because about 3-4 weeks ago, we were complaining about it being too cold!  By the time hub and I was done, my poor dress was drenched with sweat!  Luckily, I know how to change in the car because that's the only thing that saved me! 😩

FIT DETAILS
dress + shoes: justfab || jewelry: old

Let's talk about the set up of these photos.  The idea of shooting by railroad tracks was all mine, but whenever hubby is involved with any of my shoots, he tries to bring out more of me than I want to!  If you don't know, I am probably the most directionally challenged person.  On the face of this planet.  PERIOD.  Even with in-car and phone GPS (I know guys, I must get better).  So to avoid getting lost, I asked him to drive to the tracks and my ONLY request was that we go to an area where there wasn't anyone (because, you know, I'm shy or whatever)!  Not only did he take us to the Amtrack tracks, he took us to the boarding area (Royal Oak) right across from the Smartbus Terminal!  ALL KINDS OF PEOPLE! 🤦🏾‍♀️ And he did this being funny, I know it!  We had to wait about 20 minutes for the train to clear and we got these off and I have to admit, I like the way they came out, so #hesakeeper!

"Let's imagine for a moment that you never made a name for yourself
Or mastered wealth, they had you labeled as a king
Never made it out the cage, still out there movin' in them streets
Never had the baddest woman in the game up in your sheets
Would they be down to ride?
No, they used to hide from you, lie to you
But y'all know we were made for each other
So I find you and hold you down
Me sing se"
today's shoot location - Amtrak, Royal Oak stop

WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT
This weeks spotlight is Nistha from FashioNistha!
Her monochromatic look is EVERYTHING but can we talk about this photo though? #gorgeous
Thanks for linking up last week!


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SUMMER LUVIN' | TBB ASKS

5:00:00 AM
I missed May's installment of TBB Asks, which I'm kicking myself about - but here we are in a new month!
Get ready to learn a little more about me and how I do Summer! 
1. WALK OR BIKE RIDE?
BIKE RIDIN' ALL SUMMER! 🚲

2. FAVORITE PICNIC FOOD?
Watermelon 🍉

3. POOL OR LAKE?
Okay, so I love a great pool for shooting at but take me to the lake for fun!🌊

4. FAVORITE FLAVOR OF ICE CREAM?
Um, ALL of them!!🍦

5. ICE CREAM CONE OR IN A DISH?
Cone, all day, every day!

6. FLIP FLOPS OR SLIDES?
Probably Slides.  I really hate the sound of when both hit the back of your foot though, smh...

7. JEAN SHORTS OR JEAN CAPRIS?
I would rather have sundresses!

8. FAVORITE SUMMER FRUIT?
Either Watermelon or Pineapple 🍉🍍

9. CORN ON THE COB OR CUT OFF THE COB?
ON!! :) 🌽

10. FAVORITE SUMMERTIME SONG?
Anything that gets me hype about going outdoors!

11. FAVORITE SUMMERTIME ACTIVITY?
Just being outside!  I don't care what's going on, as long as I'm out there!

12. FAVE BERRY - STRAWBERRY, BLUEBERRY, RASPBERRY OR BLACKBERRY?
This is a hard one, but I would have to say Strawberry 🍓

13. BIKINIS, TANKINIS OR ONE-PIECES?
Either bikini or one-piece.  The Summer is going to get whatever body I throw at it! 👙

14. DRESSES OR SKIRTS?
Dresses, all day, every day! 👗

15. ONE WORD TO DESCRIBE SUMMER?
YASSSSSSSSSS!! 💁🏾‍♀️
dress + booties: ami clubwear || cardigan + choker: f21 || watch: jord
lips: copenhagen, nyx + mamacita, iluvsarahiiXcolourpop liner

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FIESTA, FIESTA + LINK UP

3:00:00 AM
You know how you get too lazy to find an appropriate backdrop for a certain post, so you go with one you found earlier this year?  Yeah, this is that post!  When I was styling this, I had every intention of finding a location that would bring out that Spanish flare that I was looking for.  But Mother Nature drained the absolute life outta me and this is all I had to give!

FIT DETAILS
romper: shoedazzle  || sunglasses + shoes: justfab || earrings: old

The way I originally styled this was to mimick a pearl EXPLOSION but when Caryss and I arrived here to shoot (I always take one of the kids with me, lol) I'd totally forgotten to put them on (even though I completely got dressed in the car, ha!) and I realized that as I was typing this post.  
I've never really been the way to wear a lot of red, but lately, I've been embracing it!  Looking at it against my skin tone, I feel like I've wasted too much time not taking color risks, because it's amazing!!  A little tidbit about this romper!  Extremely comforatble - the only gripe I have about it is that it comes open WAY to easy.  The last thing I need is to flash any and everyone, so I am going to have to find a remedy for it.  It's too beautiful of an outfit to leave hanging for this reason!
today's shoot location - rooftop, Troy, MI
WEEKLY SPOTLIGHT
This weeks spotlight goes to Emma from Style Splash!
Listen, I need to get my life in order immediately so that I can rock a jumpsuit like this!
Thanks for linking up with me last week!

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