Christianity, lifestyle

Food For Thought

Let’s talk originality: as a rule of thumb, being unique, especially in high school, can feel impossible at times. The status quo, the fear of judgement, and the subconscious need to “fit in” leads to hallways populated350A3097 by conventional crowds mindlessly obeying the latest trend like lemmings off a cliff.  It’s sad, really, to think that young women feel as though they will be rejected if they act or dress exclusively for themselves.  Let’s be honest, high school ends.  It ends and leaves many, many people shocked to find that the world does not have the same conformist mentality.  People come out of their shells, others’ opinions fail to resonate.  So, why don’t we start that mentality earlier in life?  Rather than waiting for the confines of high school to disappear, we young women need to come into our own and embrace our true selves.  Originality is a truly beautiful thing, and God made each and every one of us uniquely wonderful.  So, be bold and be distinctly yourself.  Do not be afraid to break the molds put into place by those with closed-minded motives.  You are loved because of your differences, not in spite of them. There’s a verse that I think of whenever I’m faced with the judgement of others; Romans 8:31 states that “If God is for us, who can ever be against us?”.  How true are these words?  In the hands of God, we are allowed to become who we are meant to be and we are shielded and protected from the judgement of those around us.  Clothe yourself in a way that embraces your true self, break the mold, and be uniquely YOU.

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photography, Portfolio

Rowan

ROWAN: SUMMER 2018

Sweet Rowan was only the beginning of my summer shoots.  Her striking blue eyes and natural beauty made this shoot so easy and so much fun!

The foothills of North Georgia provides the most stunning background for any photo.  I just wish that it looked like this in Texas.  It is such a blessing to have family in the charming town of Dahlonega, GA that provides so many natural beauties such as the vibrant flowers and natural creeks that create such unique photo opportunities.

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lifestyle, travel

Small Town Big Beach

The motto, “Small town, big beach”, suits Gulf Shores, Alabama perfectly!  The town is perfectly balanced in family friendly restaurants and adorable and colorful beach houses lining the shore, only about 50 feet from the Ocean.  But if you’re looking for something a little more commercial there’s also plenty of things to do other than the beach!

If you’re looking for a fun place to spend time with your family and get an awesome meal, visit The Hangout!  The surfer themed restaurant has a gigantic sand pit, live music, and an hourly foam party.  There are plenty of photo opportunities and interactive experiences such as a “wish wall”, where you are able to write down a wish and place it into a slot on the wall, and a large collection of toys such as vintage PEZ machines and Rubber Duckies. I can assure you, it is a memorable experience for people of all ages.  I was excited to jump into the gigantic pit of foam and have a blast with my family.  Surprisingly, the fun doesn’t stop there!  Visiting The Hangout is a dining experience! A DJ plays music while an MC encourages people to dance on the tables of the restaurant!  When a storm blew in, the DJ was quick on his feet and began playing songs such as “It’s raining men” to lighten the mood.  Overall, my experience at The Hangout was absolutely awesome, not to mention their adorable apparel in the gift shop!  If you ever find yourself in Gulf Shores, Alabama, make sure to check out The Hangout!!Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

Gulf Shores is home to plenty of adventures such as parasailing and the adorable Dauphin Island, located about an hour away from Gulf Shores.  Dauphin Island is home to the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, a museum/aquarium devoted to the preservation of sea life, and a military base from the Civil War.  It takes a ferry ride to get to the island, but in my opinion, it’s totally worth it!  It was definitely one of the hilights of my trip.

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If you’re looking for a great beach trip that’s fun for the entire family, visit Gulf Shores, Alabama!  From great restaurants to exciting activities to white sand beaches, Gulf Shores is a great place to be!

 

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Fashion, Reviews

Abella Eyewear

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Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off your ENTIRE order!

Hey everyone!  If you’re like me, you are constantly on the search for a new deal.  This summer, I wanted to find some cute new sunnies.  Recently, I’ve seen ad after ad on Instagram for Abella Eyewear, an eyewear company founded in 2018.  The first ever ad I saw for this company was their request for Brand Ambassadors.  After reviewing the benefits, I was thrilled to see the deals I would receive!  After being accepted into the ambassador program, I was told that if I simply posted a shoutout of the Abella Eyewear website on my Instagram story, I would receive a pair of free sunglasses (shipping not included).  Of course, I accepted this offer and quickly followed the instructions.  Only minutes later, I received a coupon for a free pair of sunglasses.  Though the styles were limited, I was excited about the reward that I’d received.  I quickly decided on the style, “Astley” in Pink and Gold.  After receiving an order conformation email, I was informed that the order would go through a “processing time” of 3-5 days.  I did not question this at first, however, after 15 days without my order being shipped, I became weary of the legitimacy of the website.  I emailed the company several times in which they responded,

“Thank you for reaching out to us and we value your feedback. We source our shades from a number of high-quality distribution partners and orders are shipped directly from them. This means shipping times can vary”.

I’m not sure why this was the site’s reasoning because on the About Us page, the owners clearly state that, “all inventory is managed and distributed from Jacksonville, Florida”.  Thankfully, after several emails back and forth with customer service, my order was prioritized and finally shipped.  On May 27, almost a month after their order, my sunglasses arrived.

Though the shipping time was brutal, I would like to add that the sunglasses are GREAT quality.  They came in a nice case and a soft drawstring bag and seem to be well made.  I am satisfied with the sunglasses, and I will be looking forward to wearing them on beach trips and other summer endeavors.  However, DO NOT purchase a pair unless you have plenty of time to wait on their arrival.  I am very thankful for the customer service team at Abella Eyewear as well as the quality products that they produce, but their shipping time is something to be improved upon.

*UPDATE: in an email received 06/06/18, the company stated that they are decreasing their shipping time. “We’ve moved our stock to the USA. This means instead of shipping some items direct from factory, we now have the capabilities to do what most large brands do. We’ll be storing pallets of products in Jacksonville for quick shipment to our customers in the USA and Canada. If you live outside of North America, we have plans in the pipes so stay tuned”. Hopefully there is some accuracy to this claim because if so, I see the product becoming VERY successful!  Hopefully this further convinces you to purchase a pair!

If you are interested in purchasing a pair of these adorable sunnies for yourself, use my code: PRESLEYREDD for 50% off of your entire order!

Use Code: PRESLEYREDD for 30% off!

This is a great deal, I can assure you!

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Check out Abella Eyewear HERE!

If you’re interested in the Sunglasses above, click HERE! (the color is Pink and Gold)

Enjoy your sun-filled summer! – PresleyRedd

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