SO it’s been a GAZZILIION years since I have blogged. The move + life in general kept me overly busy the past few months. Being an extremely optimistic person, I just kept saying yes to different projects and trips thinking “oh it’ll all work out”. And I mean, it did all work out, but I honestly am SHOCKED that it isn’t still June. Where did the summer go?

So, I’m going to get back into this with a post about one of my FAVORITE brands right now. Sseko. Their products are so well designed and made. My favorite bag right now is from there. It’s the perfect size for travel, and makes finding everything I carry with me, so easy. My new wallet is from there, and you will probably hear me blabbing about it at least ten more times, because it makes life so easy. It’s beautiful + my passport fits in there. Which is a HUGE DEAL to me. Cause when I am traveling, I feel like I never know where to put my passport. It needs to be somewhere safe and secure, but also easily accessible, and normally I just feel so confused about where that space is. But now I know – it’s in my beautiful wallet!

Enough about my materialistic obsession with this brand – here is why I LOVE them.

“Sseko began as a way to generate income for high potential, talented young women to continue on to university. And it is working! Every woman who has graduated from Sseko is currently pursuing her college degree or has graduated from university and is on her way to making our world a more beautiful place.”

So, when you buy an amazing wallet, gorgeous bag, or the most comfortable pair of shoes, you are helping to send a girl in Uganda, to college. You are literally changing someones life. That makes treating yourself to a new pair of shoes that much sweeter, doesn’t it?

Huge thank you to Stephanie Brooke for taking these photos of me ON A WORK DAY. You da best.

Ellsworth Wedding

This wedding was such a fairytale. The bride was chill and sweet all day long, and when the couple were together, they exuded love. The vibe of the whole day was so relaxed and romantic, and I felt so lucky to be there photographing so much beauty. If their wedding is any indication, I am guessing their life together will be the sweetest, happiest thing. Cheers to these two, and love!

florals – Ted and Debbie’s

event planning / coordinating – Inspired Help 

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A big move + Herbivore + Moorea Seal

We made the cross country move from Tulsa, OK – to Portland, OR!

The drive was easier than we expected, but definitely exhausted us. We are settling in to our new home and still working to make it ours. One of the (many) things I love about our new place is sparkly clean white bathtub. Up till this point, J and I have always opted for older homes with lots of charm – somehow we always ended up with tubs containing a bit too much charm *cough* water damage *cough*. So having a lovely tub just waiting for me to light some candles and soak my sorrows away with some bath salts and other goodies, is almost too exciting for words.

I found some wonderful Herbivore bath products at Moorea Seal (my favorite online boutique)

All natural products that smell like heaven, and also look cute in the bathroom. That’s a win-win in my book.

so here they are friends – what I chose for a relaxing bath tub getaway.

Coco Rose Coconut Oil

Calm Dead Sea Bath Salts

Coconut Milk Bath Soak 

Pink Clay Cleansing Bar Soap

The Peachbox

I got this lovely Marc Bale watch, and bangle from The Peachbox, and since getting it, I have absolutely fallen in love. The rose gold is so beautiful and rich looking, and I love the classic style of the face. It’s the perfect size – just over-sized enough.

If you love it as much as I do, or anything else at The Peachbox, you can use the code mb-abby_tohline to get 15% off! You have till the end of March to take advantage of the coupon code.

Moorea Seal

I love getting goods to decorate my home with. Especially if it’s gold, or can hold a plant.

Moorea Seal has all that and (way) more. A billion lovely home goods, and a bunch of accessories that I absolutely need right now. I am not joking – I have a list of things “to get” and more than half is from Moorea Seal. This post is basically just to inform those who didn’t know, that this place exists, and that you probably need it in your life as much as I do.

The things that I have (so far) just in case you love/need

the Woven Millet Basket 

Zig Zag Woven Planter

Dew Drop Ornament

Devito Ornament

I am totally in love with each of these items.

Vanity Planet

So I eagerly jumped on the spin brush train, and now I am wondering why it took so long because the Skin For Perfect Skin by Vanity Planet is amazing! My pores have definitely gotten smaller, and every time I use it, my skin is baby soft. BONUS : yesterday, a girl told me I had “a nice complexion going on” YAY! I’ve been waiting forever to hear that.

I don’t know about ya’ll, but the older I get, the duller my skin gets, and the more obsessed I become with good skincare and sunscreen. And those things are definitely amazing and helpful, but this spin brush is like my secret weapon in my arsenal of trying-to-age-gracefully (and slowly) this particular one has interchangeable brushes, so you can use it for a bunch of different things. And it’s safe to take in the shower, which is great. I love this thing, and will never go back to washing my face without this bad boy.

Now, I am super excited about this part – if you want to get your own (trust me babes, you do) Vanity Planet has graciously offered to give you guys 70% off!

just click here and use the coupon code AbbySpin to get your own spin brush for $30 instead of $100 ! ! ! 

Albion Fit

I love social media for this exact reason.

One day I was watching some snapchats and came across Albion Fit.

I had been looking for some new workout pants, and these were everything. After getting a pair, my love for Albion Fit grew even more. The material is just the right amount of thickness, and is so insanely comfortable. The fit is perfect, and the prints, you can see for yourself, are absolutely adorable.

I have also heard that their darling swimsuits are amazing as well. I can’t wait to get my own.

Now, here is the fun part – you can get your own Albion Fit gear for 15% off when you use the code abbyxalbion15. The code expires February 24th, so use it fast!

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Hannah + Wade

I have known Hannah since we were both bespectacled little fourth graders. Getting to photograph her and her future Mr. was such an honor.

hot cocoa, a sweet puppy running through the field chasing birds, and two people in love made for a wonderful sun filled evening.

have I said recently how much I love my job.

me + she giveaway

these geometric air plant wall hangings from Me + She are so darling and totally versatile.

They look cute on a coffee table, or hanging on the wall. And I adore the way they look with or without and air plant.

I am partnering up with Me + She to offer y’all a chance to win your own set of these cute wall hangings.

contest details on my insta!

Good luck!

Golden India

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India was full of life – full of color, flavor, and life. It is the most overwhelming place I have ever been. From the buildings to the food and everything in between, India is busy.

We were originally going to spend our time in India in Delhi, but after our airbnb was cancelled days before our arrival, we decided to go to Jaipur instead.

the capital of India’s Rajasthan state, Jaipur is known as the pink city because of the architecture. And there is a lot of pretty pink architecture, so the name totes makes sense.

It’s a really lovely place, especially in the old city. Our morning there, going through jewelry and leather shops and drinking chai tea from the shop owners was one of the highlights of our trip. One of the kindest people I met in India gave Jordan and me bracelets after graciously giving us chai and said “now we are friends”. This was actually a really great day, because that afternoon we went to Elefantastic – for this experience alone, you want to go to Jaipur.

At Elefantastic, the sweet elephants happiness comes first. They each have their own large home and a human family to look after them 24/7 – they get baths daily (which they love) someone pets and loves on the everyday – it’s basically the same life my cats have, minus the bath. The fact that these elephants are treated well is apparent in the way they interact with you. From the moment we were introduced to Soku (our elephant for the day) I could feel how happy and content she was. The other elephant we spent the day with was a pregnant circus rescue. She seemed less sure of everything, but Soku, who was born into this magical life on the Elefantastic farm, seemed to help guide her through the days activities.

We spent the first hour feeding and petting our Soku, and it was easily one of the best hours of my life. When I would hug our kiss her trunk, she would press back – it was so incredible having the opportunity to connect with these massive and incredible creatures.

after feeding her, we were invited into a home down the street to be fed ourselves. The best Indian food ever was served to us in a home filled with pets. Bunnies and puppies lounging in the corners while we dipped our fresh bread in dahl and chatted with the toddler who lived there.

After a lunch that filled us to the point of bursting, we went back to paint and bathe our elephants – the paint was an all natural stone paint that is 100% safe for the Elephants.

During Soku’s bath, we climbed on her back, and she proceeded to take water in her trunk, and then blow it right into my face. over, and over again! J and I were laughing so hard, and I think the joke that “I clearly needed a bath” was made no less than 10 times.

After that we went on a sunset cruise on Soku – we rode bareback, and she showed us some really lovely views, and some less lovely views when she felt it was her duty to scare off some stray dogs who were scavenging the bones of a dead animal. ew Soku. ew.

Even with that mildly frightening, fully gross display, this day was absolute perfection.

A day loving on an elephant is a day well spent.

When I think of India, I think of that day. While we were there, we also got to take a road trip to Agra to see the Taj Mahal, and that was amazing too. But the day that started in the Old City with street chai and kind leather shop owners, and ended with a sunset ride on a perfect elephant – that was my favorite day in India.

p.s. bonus! a video of our trip is right down there.

p.p.s. upon arriving home, I realized I had far fewer photos than I thought I would have, and I think that is due to the fact that I was too busy fully experiencing every moment of this trip. That thought really makes me smile.