My Pool Party Essentials! 

Summer!! It’s HERE! While I only love it for a short time, I do love summer. June is my favorite month. It’s my birthday month…and it’s not toooooooo hot here in OK yet. (And by that I mean it’s 90s not 100-110)

Whether you have a fancy pool, a kiddie pool, or a hose, you have to have some water fun in the heat of the summer days. This year, I wanted to share all my favorite essentials for a perfect summer pool party. Hey, even for a party of one! Let’s celebrate summer with a pool party post! Who’s ready?

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Today is all about My Pool Party Essentials! Everything I need for a fun day outside beating that hot summer heat.

A Pool

I know this seems obvious, but my first essential for a summer pool party is, well, the pool! I know everyone is on different budgets, so it doesn’t even matter what kind of pool-just something to get your feet wet in and enjoy! The pool I bought was a $26 blow up pool from Amazon. It is a square so there is four corners to lounge in and it’s like 7 feet long! I love this Intex swimming pool.  But Walmart and target sells many options as well. Honestly there are so many that no matter your budget, you should be able to get a little something!

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It is this vibrant lime and blue color that looks so summery!

A Beach Ball 

No pool party is complete without a beach ball! Always fun to kick or toss around, and it just seems to make the beach feeling a little stronger, am I right? I purchased this Aquarium Transparent Beach Ball that is also from Intex. This particular beach ball was from Amazon for $6! It is clear with some decor on the sides and a bright pink blown up crab in the center! I loved the different colors and theme of this ball; I had never seen one similar to it. It adds such a fun aspect to your pool party!

Sunscreen

I used to be one of those that never bothered with being very intentional with my sunscreen application; until my mom had skin cancer a few years ago. While it wasn’t sun caused, I still need and want to be extremely careful. Therefore, sunscreen is a huge essential for any pool party or outdoor activity. I prefer the Sport Continuous Spray and I usually just buy the Walmart brand. I use at least 30 SPF if not more! I do like to tan, but not burn and I need to be safe!

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Floatie Cup Holders

Ok, maybe this isn’t part of your pool party essentials, but it is definitely one of mine! I am obsessed with the floatie craze! But sadly because of the size of my pool, I can’t use a full size one. Luckily I found these equally as cute, cup holder floaties! They have donuts, palm trees, flamingos, and probably many more! I purchased a three set of fruit ones that came with a watermelon, lime, and pineapple one. SO CUTE. I bought these from Bed Bath & Beyond for $9.99, a total steal! DSC_1510

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Cold Drinks

I love a cold, crisp drink on a hot day! I try to drink mostly water at the pool, because of the heat, but I do love San Pellegrino Sparkling Beverages. They are so light and I love the fizz. But really any cold drink that is your favorite would work! I also love lemonade or a nice ice tea. As long as it’s cold, it’s great for a pool party!

I will add, I try not to drink something with to much sugar in the heat. I don’t want to get sick!

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Popsicles

Whatever your favorite cold treat is, it’s an essential for a pool party in my book.  My favorite right now is fruit Popsicles because they aren’t heavy and are so refreshing! I am loving the Outshine Fruit Bars in berry or lime. In this Oklahoma heat, they won’t last long, but they are worth the melting! What is your favorite cold treat on a hot day? Whether it’s frozen fruit, popsicles, or ice cream…I consider it a pool party must-have!

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oh, and maybe share a pupsicle with your cute pup too!

What are YOUR pool party essentials? Did I leave something important out? Let me know in the comments what you love to have around during a fun day in the sun! XO

My Photography Essentials 

If you didn’t know, W&W is also my photography business! I’m still learning but have already came so far in just two years. While I’m not expert, I wanted to share my personal Photography Essentials.


There’s are just my go-tos, yours might be different! But I love seeing what others use in their business! Like I said I’m still new, so I’m slowly building up my props and gear! Feel free to tell me a few other things you think I might need!

I do newborn, maternity, fresh 48, senior, family, birth, etc. so I don’t always use the same gear but I am just going to share my base gear and essentials I use for almost all of my shoots. I will also link everything that is still available to buy in case you want to get yours as well! I hope you find this interesting, here we go! Also, ironically this isn’t sponsored by Amazon, even though most of this is from it-I just love it!

Nikon D3100 with kit lens 

I believe that this one is now discontinued because its fairly old, but it does me just fine. I currently only have the kit lens but I am looking to add another one here in a few months! I love this camera, I can work it well and I am even still learning all the things that it does.

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Neewer 32″ 5-in-1 collapsible disc reflector

This is a new purchase that I am still learning about, but it was extremely affordable and has been a huge help already. Amazon once again is my saving grace and had these for under $15. I know there are much better quality out there but for me, just learning how to use them, this was perfect. If you aren’t familiar with these, the picture is confusing. It is actually one disc with different outside coverings that you can turn inside out for other colors; perfect for travel! It is portable and collapsible and fits perfectly in my bag. It has gold, silver, translucent, white, and black-all you could need! 61xV+5KZUqL._SL1001_

Vera Bradly Campus Backpack as camera bag

This one is possibly controversial, ha! I know it isn’t a typical camera backpack but I love it. It can stay on my back so I don’t have to carry anything. I also bought some inserts so the camera would stay safe which I will mention next. It has inside pockets where I keep batteries and chargers. Honestly I bought it so on sale it was much cheaper than any of the camera bags I first saw. It also has a good outside pocket where I keep smaller props like onsies, ducks, confetti, etc.

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Camera travel protection insert

Honestly, this little bag is perfect! It can take any bag and make it into a camera bag. I sit this in the bottom of my backpack and the camera and lens fit perfectly into it. Amazon carries it for under $13 and eligible for prime. One of my favorite essentials! 91U+rEvG7NL._SL1500_

EN-EL14 travel charger

I am honestly ashamed by how many chargers I seem to lose. I will probably find about 5 if ever move houses because I seem to lose them right and left. But thanks to Amazon again, they have them really inexpensive. This is my favorite charger because it has both a plug in and a car charger adapter, perfect for if you are on the road and need to charge. But it is always good to have one at home and one in my camera bag as well. 71yZSCu3PlL._SL1500_

San Disk Memory Card 

While there are many different kinds of SD cards, I tend to buy San Disk. I had to buy them for a college class anyway and have just always liked this brand. I have never had any problems with them so far either. Right now I have a 32 and an 8 but am looking to add maybe a few 16’s just so I have enough and don’t have to constantly delete things off my 8.

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Fur rug from Ikea 

The link and picture isn’t the exact on I have but it is the closest I could find for you to get! I do a good amount of newborn and child shoots so this is so perfect! I picked it up at Ikea and it is amazing. It is a great size for little ones and mine is a light grey so goes with boy or girl! If you don’t have something like this, get ya one! I found a similar one at Hobby Lobby too.

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Three Step Ladder 

I’m honestly not sure that this is the exact same ladder as I have, but I linked it anyway. The ladder I use is my grandparents old one that they have had for years. As a 5’2 photographer, most of my clients are much taller than me; which proves for awful angles! I prefer shots from almost a little above them if its face on to provide my clients with the best angle. So in comes the ladder! Some might need only a step stool, but I prefer this on because it gives me some much needed support and a handle if I need to balance if I am doing flat-lay shots.

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I am currently looking for a newborn posing bag, so if you know anyone or place that sells them…let me know!! If you’re in Oklahoma, i’d love to be your photographer! For more info see my photography page.

What are YOUR photography essentials?? I’d love to hear!

Colourpop Haul // First Impressions

Happy Monday friends, I hope it’s being good to you! Today is Makeup Monday and it is my favorite kind of post…a haul! I recently bought a good little haul from Colourpop and wanted to share it with you-along with my first impressions of the products.

If you haven’t heard of Colourpop, I am so sorry, and I am about to enlighten you! If you’ve heard of it but never purchased from it, this might convince you too!

I will say that my one drawback to Colourpop is that you have to rely solely on other people’s swatches or descriptions of the product because there is no actual store. So you sometimes gamble with whether or not you will like the colors since you cannot look at it for yourself first.

But other than that- the quality and price of this brand is amazing! So here we go!

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Blotted Lip // Ice Cube

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This is a new product from Colourpop called the “blotted lip” my first impression is that it is a cross between a balm and a lipstick. It is pigmented but not just shockingly so. It is a lightweight sheer, and matte lip in a cool toned berry shade. They say that it is build-able and I completely agree. It really seems like a no mess, no hassle lip product you can throw on when you don’t have time to worry about other lipsticks. So far, I love it!

Pressed Shadow // Liar Liar 

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I am in love with their pressed eyeshadows so far! They were running a special (and still are) that you can buy 3 SHADOWS for $10!! Which equals out to one for free, I really suggest you take advantage of this special offer! Anyway, Liar Liar is a pale, shimmery pink shade. It is very pale next to my skin, in fact a swatch was impossible, but I think it will be perfect for the eyes to add a little bright shimmer to the lid. It is very metallic and shimmery, so the light really catches the shimmer but other than that…the color is extremely pale! The formula is amazing-smooth and buttery!

Pressed Powder // Silver Lining 

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I know what you’re thinking, but Silver Lining isn’t silver-its purple! The same formula as Liar Liar, this matte purple is perfect for the crease or the lid. I have some great deep purples and lavenders, I really needed a middle shade between them and this is perfect! Make sure you head to my Instagram and check out my stories for some real-time swatches of this shadow! 

Lippie Stix // Brink 

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You know that gamble I was talking about earlier with the problem of buying online? This is an example. All the swatches of this Lippie Stix in Brink, I loved! But seeing it in person and swatched…I don’t like it-it is way to brown and warm for me. I will probably be passing this to my mom or sister. The formula though is, of course, amazing! I love the silky texture on my lips! This shade is a matte.

Super Shock Cheek // Cruel Intentions

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I couldn’t resist touching this blush, so the little design is gone! But these blushes are so unique and pigmented! This shade is a little more warm than I wanted, but so far I am still liking it! It has a cream consistency that is buttery smooth. I do find it a little hard to get on the brush, but I am sure with time I will learn how best to apply. I do love that this is matte though, matte blushes are a little harder to find than shimmer ones.

Pressed Shadow // Goody Two-Shoes

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This shade is my favorite! It is a gunmetal metallic that is just stunning! It is a deep, dark silver that is packed full of shimmer! The same buttery formula feels so good on the skin! I am so glad I bought this shade because it is just beautiful!

Super Shock Highlighter // Flexitarian 

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Super Shock is the perfect title because this highlighter is AMAZING. The color pay off is shocking and super bold. But it is build-able so it is easy to wear for any occasion. This is a pearlized, champagne-silver toned highlight which is the shade of highlight I prefer. It looks natural and almost skin toned but the light brings out that shimmer so well! Just like the blush, this is a cream to powder feel, and I have been using a pretty dense brush to pick up the cream well.

Have you ever purchased anything from Colourpop?? Let me know what your favorite thing is from them! I hope you enjoyed this haul! Until Wednesday, XO

Remember to check out my Instagram for more swatches!

PSSST, stay tuned for tomorrow for a fun sponsored post that involves a giveaway!

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Lipstick // Review

GOOOOOOD Afternoon friends and readers! Today is something I am very excited about. I have been reading reviews, testing, thinking, etc. etc. about the YSL Lipsticks. If you aren’t aware, YSL (Yves Saint Laurent) is the top notch, high quality of the makeup world.

I have wanted one of these lipsticks, just for the fact that it’s YSL. But standing at a high $37…I couldn’t get myself to spend that. Until a few weeks ago, that is. When I was on my getaway, I took the plunge! I finally decided to buy one and see if they were worth the hype and the money. DSC_1827

First off, YES. I’ll explain more in this post but yes…it is worth it to me.

I picked up the shade 49 at sephora! It is a bright and brilliant pink shade. The packaging makes it seem much more coral, but on the lips, its a perfect summer and spring pink.

I mean look at this packaging. Gold (almost rose gold in some light) metal surrounds the lipstick that gives it a high-quality feeling and protection. The silver YSL detail is in the middle of the stick and details the color that is inside! The elegance of this packaging really makes you feel better about spending the money for it. I mean packaging is a big deal in the beauty world. The metal is heavy and sturdy which is perfect for my never ending abyss of a purse. DSC_1844

YSL Rouge Volupte Shine Oil-in-stick lipstick is by far some of the best lipstick I have tried in a long time. It glides on almost more like a chapstick, very nourishing and has medium coverage.

While it is very “oily” and moisturizing it still packs a great amount of color pay off. It isn’t sticky or tacky at all; it is very smooth and silky. I have never had it bleed or rub on my teeth yet either.

The formula is so impressive because it is very easy to apply and wear. It hydrates my lips but still gives me a high color pay off that I always look for in a lipstick. So far it hasn’t been the longest lasting lipstick I have tried, but I almost don’t care because the other positives are so great!

I highly recommend these. Even if you save up and just buy one, it would be worth it in my book! DSC_1846DSC_1850

Like I said, I bought shade 49 which is perfect for spring and summer! Here are a few swatches of the color:

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With no flash, just natural light
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With flash

Overall review

Color Pay Off 4.5/5

Worth Price 5/5

Feel 5/5

Packaging 5/5

Time Lasting 3/5

Would I buy again? 5/5

Do you own any YSL Lipsticks?? What are your thoughts on them? Do you want to purchase more? Let me know what my next color should be! XO

 

OKC Bombing: Story of a Hero // From the Archives

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9:02. One minute changed Oklahoma. It’s a day we will never forget. April 19th will mark the 20th anniversary of the OKC Murrah Bombing. Like in any major tragedy, hero’s stepped up in Oklahoma’s greatest time of need. Fireman jumped into action, business offered services, and people gave their time. One of those was Allen Houck of OKC. He is now a retired fireman that still remembers the bombing like it was yesterday.

Allen said that his first thought was to “get the job done.” He knew that it was his duty to help in the recovery efforts. Allen, like so many, spent days working the bombing.

20 years later we still remember the ones we lost and the ones who scarified their time and energy to help.

Here is Allen’s story: https://soundcloud.com/hilaryparr2015/okc-bombing-story

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Recent Photography 2017

Happy Monday friends!! I hope your week is off to a great start. I know this post isn’t exactly a “Makeup” post but I couldn’t wait any longer to show you some of my recent photography.

I am so thankful that I have been getting more business and growing my portfolio. It has been so fun to broaden my horizon’s and allow myself to have fun with this. I am so thankful for clients that allow me to practice on them and grow my skills.

These photos will be from three different sessions: a pregnancy announcement, a 6 month milestone session, and a save the date session! I thought I would just share my favorites from each session!

Save the Date

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6 Month Milestone Session

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Pregnancy Announcement

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Their rainbow baby. (Baby after miscarriages)

What is your favorite image?? I hope you liked them! XO

Latest Lifestyle Photoshoot

My photography side business is really growing and I am excited about each new client and each returning client. I love the opportunity to capture such exciting and special moments in people’s lives.

Today, for Favorites Friday, I wanted to share some new photos I recently took of a handsome little dude. I had the chance to capture his first moments and his newborn shots as well.

I’ll tell ya, 3 month old’s are interesting to work with! They move and move and move!! Half of my pictures were just blurs of arms and legs, but we ended with some great shots.

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Which one was your favorite?? Isn’t he the cutest??