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    Black Silk Slip Dress

    Okay, who else is obsessed with the new trend of silk slip dresses!? They are comfy and cute, all I ever want in clothes! I got this black silk slip from Lulus about a month or two ago and love pairing it with tons of different looks. You can dress it up with heels and jewels and or dress it down like I did with a motto jacket, jean jacket, or a bomber jacket! About a week after buying this black slip I went and purchased another 😉 except this time I got a light blush pink one that I am in love with! I will post another blog post on that one where I will dress it up! Hope you guys like this look! Read more

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    Homemade Sushi Using The Sushezi Gun

    Most people are surprised when they find out Jacob does most of the cooking in our home. I love to cook and pretty good at it but Jacob truly has a passion for the kitchen. So I am luckily enough to kick back and get a nice cooked dinner EVERY night! And yes on the weekends I get ALL three meals 😳🙏🏼 So, it was only fitting that for Christmas I bought Jacob a #sushezi 😂 we filmed a new YouTube video showing you how to make homemade sushi and testing out this handy fish gun! 

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    Switzerland Recap

    Switzerland has been a dream of mine for a VERY long time so when we planned our honeymoon I didn’t care what it took to get us there. Now looking back at that statement its pretty funny because I really did take whatever it took. Switzerland was by far the most expensive country of our trip, the most difficult to travel in, and the least amount of information on the web about. BUT it was totally worth it, even if the trip didn’t go as planned. Jacob and I had about 3 days in Switzerland and we packed it with zip-lining, toboggan rides, train rides through the alps, and a ton more! Unfortunately, the 3 days we were there it rained non-stop. Not the rain that you can adventure out it, NO it was a down pour where they cancel all events and excursions. The 3 days we were also there I got super super sick and couldn’t do much activity either. Needless to say we are DEFIANTLY going back to Switzerland (September 2017) so we can relive the dream again, haha. Let me tell you though, through the rain and clouds Switzerland is still one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. Here are the very few photos I was able to capture (yes my camera got soaked) and a quick travel diary vlog from the trip!

     



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    Life

    Goodbye 2016 & Hello 2017

     

    Despite what many people have to say about this past year, 2016 really was the best year yet for Jacob and I. I graduated college last December 2015 so this was my first year with no school, yes it was amazing. Jacob graduated college in April and started his MBA in October. Jacob also received a blessing of a job with Grand Canyon University, and I was able to go full time with my photography business. Of course the obvious best part of 2016 was that Jacob and I got married! It truly was THE BEST day of my life. For people who know me personally I do not have “favorites” or “bests” and I was never able to answer the trivia question of “what was the best day of you life, or a day you wish you could relive”. I did not understand how anyone could have a specific day stand out to them so much and love it so much that they would want to relive it. The day after our wedding day, and everyday since, I understood. God blessed our wedding day, and has been blessing our marriage since.

    When I look back at 2016 the one word that stands out is, adventure. From big to small we experienced new and exciting things. Like moving out of our childhood homes, graduating college, traveling all over Europe, starting new jobs, creating a home together, having our puppies be born, and of course doing this marriage thing. I loved 2016, I will always love this year. It brought so many good challenges, so many lessons learned, and love like no other.

    SO WHATS NEXT?!

    Like a wise woman once said (me a few hours ago) “I’M ABOUT TO MAKE 2017 MY BUSSSSSINESS!” (say with an accent). I really truly am so excited about 2017, I can’t wait to keep growing myself, my marriage, and my business. I am so trilled for our upcoming travels  (for sure Prague, Switzerland, Hawaii, and then a few road trips on the west coast). I am hopeful to meet some more inspiring women to call my friends and do life with. I am looking forward to watching our puppies turn 1 this year and maybe just maybe start loving me more than Jacob. I am ready to cry my eyes out while I watch my best friend get married in April. I am eager to see my new niece Ava grow and learn about this whole world thing. I am looking forward to watching Jacob walk across that stage to get his masters! I am so ready for all the personal growth and development this next year will bring.

    So 2017, I will take you on head first. To bring more adventure then 2016. To bring me more “Aw” moments, to have me pee my pants from laughter a few more times, to put more miles on my feet then I probably should, and to make my smile appear more than ever before ( I am working on those smile line wrinkles, so hot, I know).

     

    Thank you Lord for an amazing year, you have blessed my life more than I deserve. I am so excited to continue this next year with you guiding me every step of the way.

     

    xoxo,

    Karlie Colleen

     

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    Life, Travel

    Winter Wonderland Weekend

    This past weekend Jacob and I snuck away for a weekend in the “snow”! We are so blessed to live in the beautiful city of Phoenix because we are only 4 hours to the beach in Mexico, 6 hours to the beach in California, and only 1.5 hours to the snow and forest in Northern Arizona. My mom planned a Christmas winter wonderland at their cabin for all the children to come up and enjoy (so nice)! Unfortunately we had missed the storm so there was just frozen water, really cold wind, and dirty snow pilled on people’s roofs. Nonetheless, we still had fun! We spent Saturday in the town of Flagstaff walking around shopping, finding last minute Christmas gifts, and even got a photo with a really nice but kinda creepy Santa Clause, haha. Sunday we went on a 6 mile hike, it was nice to breath in fresh air, but holy moly it was COLD! Overall the weekend was SO much fun and I CANNOT believe Christmas is in a few short days!! AH!

    Here are a few photos from this weekend! The scarf around my neck is actually my great-grandmothers! She was a pretty stylish woman 🙂

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