//Ona Bag//

Photography is great! It's been so fun to capture pieces of my life and sharing it with the people that matter the most to me! I am by no means a professional and just like learning all different kinds of art. Over time, I've collected a great little collection of photography gear.

Today, I'd like to introduce to you my new purse... or rather, camera bag! This is the Black Bowery canvas bag/ insert. It was gifted to me by one of my best girlfriends for Christmas. Ona bags are so fashionable, you'd never know it was a camera bag from first sight. It's the perfect size to fit my Canon G16 and my "gear" (extra battery, charger, and mini joby) while still having enough room for my wallet and girl stuff (chapstick, compact, clipper card and of course, my iPhone). I'll post a "what's inside my bag" post a little later this afternoon!


J'adore // Influenster

Hey cupcakes!

It's definitely been a while since I've posted on here! Just living the life and living the dream!

I'm here to share with you some cool products I've received from Influenster. What's Influenster you ask? It's a company who partners with brands and sends samples to tastemakers and shares their new products through social media. If you love trying out new products and telling your community about it,  you can sign up here and let them know @cupcakepeonie sent you!

I've received the J'adore voxbox that included Hershey's Kisses, Boots Botanical Beauty Clay mask, Kiss "Looks so natural" false lashes, John Frieda's Frizz Ease 3 day hair straightening spray, and Red Rose's teas.

To the reviews:

Now how can ANYONE resist chocolate? I received a family sized bag of Hershey's kisses! How can there be anything bad to say about that? I shared all of them with my friends and family and they were the perfect colors! Pink, red and silver! These were definitely gone in a heart beat. 

My second favorite item is the Ionic Clay Mask from Boots Botanics. I've always been interested in trying out this brand which I've seen from target. Now girls,  for the chickas who glisten just a little before lunch, this mask is perfect for removing impurities and cleanses deeply. I've used it a few times since receiving the box and it has greatly improved the shine of my skin. I will be purchasing this product again once I run out!

Red Rose's tea was another product I received from my Influenster J'adore vox box. I got 4 packets, 3 creme caramel and one lemon chiffon. The creme caramel was a little too flavorful for my liking but the smell was downright delicious. I'm saving the lemon chiffon for a night in. 

Now on to the lesser liked products:

We all have a glamourous side... and these lashes do the trick! These falsies by Kiss in the "looks so natural" are a little more glam than natural. Maybe for girls who do already have naturally amazing lashes they may enhance what you were born with. For others (like myself) these are an eye opener. Instead of the glue provided, I used lash duo and made sure to cut them to fit my eye lid. They were a little too big for my liking and not really "natural." They would be perfect for a night out on the town!

John Frieda hair care has always treated my color treated hair perfectly. Since then, I've cut my hair short and removed all the dyed hair from my pretty little scalp. The Frizz Ease 3-day straight flat iron spray was a little too heavy for my fine hair. It did smell delicious but I will be giving this to my girlfriend who has amazingly thick hair.


Moments that define us

There are moments in life that test you... in these moments, you discover what defines you.

A link to an interesting article that talks about moments that define your life for the while being.


Exploration & Mr. Brock

I've always been the kind of person who likes to explore new things. Whether its discovering new music, trying a fashion trend or learning something new, I love all there is to discover! Today, I did my favorite kind of exploring, showing a new friend around my favorite city. 

As I said before, the Instagram community has lead me to meet so many people I never would have found on my own. Today, I did a little exploring around the Mission with Brock (@MrBrock21). I finally even tried Dynamo Donuts and had the most delicious bacon donut! After a quick bite, (and of course coffee), we headed over to Billy Goat Hill Park and captured a little swing time. For sunset, we chased the rays of sun at Mt. Davidson. Here are a few pictures we've captured!

Find him on Instagram @MrBrock21 or at brocksanders.vsco.co


Community 100 | 50 | 1

This past weekend in SF, over 600 people attended a photo exhibition called the 100 | 50 | 1 in San Francisco. Put together by three amazing men, Daniel Cohen, Michael O'Neal and Dan Rubin, this event brought together 50 of the world's most talented mobile photographers showcasing portraits that they have captured using their smart phones.

One of the coolest aspects about this event is the community built behind mobile photography, specifically through Instagram. I have never dreamed that the two years I have had IG, that I would ever make friends and meet so many talented people. IG has also opened up my world to discoveries of "chasing light," being a fogaholic, and drinking lots and lots of coffee. I've also explored parts of San Francisco I never knew existed. Beyond the side of SF I've recently discovered, the people I've met have all be sweet and super fun! Each person has their own journey that they've travelled and are always so positive about life. It's rather inspiring! It was really cool to witness the greatness of this Instagram community and how it brings people from all parts of the world together. I'm so glad to have been a part of this and to continue to see it grow.

The exhibit will be up until 11/15, so check it out before its gone! 100 | 50 | 1

Pictured: @cubbygraham