Looking Within

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

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Throughout the last two months I have done more looking within myself than I’ve probably ever done my entire life. When I was forced to lie in bed day after day I’d find that while my body was shut down I couldn’t slow down my mind. Some days the depression would get the best of me and I’d allow myself to give in to the negative thoughts of hopelessness and anger. Other days I’d find myself overwhelmed with nostalgia – thinking about my childhood and the old days of my family. Many of those thoughts surrounded around holidays spent at grandparents and days filled with family and traditions. Unfortunately, those days have long since passed as my grandparents grew older, family dynamics changed and even inner fighting and being unforgiving got the better of us.

Then there were days where I was focused on the future. I have to admit, I already have days where I start having minor freak outs of how am I going to do everything I do AND have TWO KIDS! Already trying to make decisions about childcare, work hours, client changes and employee training. Trying like so many mothers out there to decide what “balance” will make me personally the most happy. Attempting to decide how much to work vs. how much to be a stay at home mom. Frankly, I’m one of those people that is happier the busier I am. But I also enjoy having the time that I had with Luke to plan loads of play dates, crafting and more.

I have several friends who already have two or more children and they each blow me away. They have all made the adjustment to being a mother of multiples with grace and love. I enjoy just watching them as their hearts multiplied in size and they gradually eased into the juggle that their new life is. Seriously, they are just an amazement and I hope to be as wonderful of a mom to two as they are!

I’m thinking I’ll probably have lots to learn and have to make loads of adjustments as I go! Having children is truly an unknown adventure. Constantly hoping and praying you are making the right decisions.

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This is another outfit that I photographed back in September for fall. This is definitely one of my favorite outfits. The sultry, dark floral prints were really in this fall! I wish I could have shown it to you sooner! Candace really killed it with these photos!

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Shop This Post: (the skirt is still available but, unfortunately, the blouse isn’t.)

 

Photography Provided By:

rememory photography

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Featured in Cupcake Magazine

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

With everything that’s been going on I haven’t been able to share that Luke’s 3rd birthday party was featured in Cupcake Magazine! Whoo hoo! A huge thank you to Amanda Gentis with ARG Photographs for capturing the special day.

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

A Crazy Day.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Back in mid-Sept. I met my friend and photographer, Candace, at a shopping center nearby my house. We had so much fun shooting this outfit and several others but little did I know it was going to be a crazy day. Right after our shoot my phone got stolen at Starbucks (that was pretty crummy and a big headache). I had a doctor appointment right after the shoot and was running late from dealing with my phone. I had been thinking for about a week (as well as hoping and praying) that I was pregnant and sure enough I got to the doctor and received the confirmation! Needless to say, it was a very exciting day!

I had planned to show this outfit two months ago when the weather was still warm but things didn’t work out that way so let’s just ignore the fact that it’s freezing outside and pretend it’s still a nice warm day!

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I just love this pretty, lady-like outfit. It’s so feminine and even gives me a nostalgic vintage feel.

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Photography Provided By:

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Shop The Post: (my skirt was sold out now so I found some other pretty midi skirts for you and every female needs a sexy pair of red heels!)

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Thanksgiving Has Come Early For Me

Friday, November 14, 2014

The last couple of weeks have truly been the hardest of my life. If you read my post from several weeks ago you know I’m pregnant and have been suffering with Hyperemesis Gravidarum (HG) (click here to read). I wish I could explain the dark place that I found myself recently. Praying in desperation for God to please take it all away. Crying to Russ that I just couldn’t do this anymore. Overwhelmed with anger that I was going through all this – even misplaced anger at my unborn child (which shames me beyond words).

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(This photo was taken before I got sick. It makes me laugh so I thought it would be good for this post! Photo by Rememory Photography.)

But this week things have started to change. It’s like when you wake up right before sunrise. It’s dark outside but then the light gradually begins to seep through the blinds lighting the room. I’m starting to feel that light. And each day I’ve woken up with so much gratitude. While I’m no where near 100% and still reliant on daily medications and IVs through my PICC line – I’m not waking up wishing I could just sleep through the entire day to not have to feel the sickness. Could it all come back again? Unfortunately, yes. But I’m sure praying that I’ve paid my dues (I’d really love to get off this PICC line before Christmas). I’ve actually been scared to write this because what if I jinx myself!

But while these last couple of weeks have been filled with so much darkness it has also been filled with love, generosity, friendship and kindness. I have had so many friends bring over meals and my family has continually taken time to do everything to help me. Daddy Russ has been serving as dad, mom, wife and nurse for over two months (all with endless patience and never once complaining). I’ve also been overwhelmed by emails and messages following my blog post from complete strangers or people that I haven’t spoken to in years. Each one touching my heart and helping me get through every day.

I am so beyond grateful to everyone who has kept me in their prayers and for every single meal that have fed my caregivers. I really do hope that HG keeps taking a back seat and gives me a chance to rejoice in this little blessing growing inside me and to also enjoy my days with Luke as a single child.

So what do you think? I think Thanksgiving has come early for me!

This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

A Fitness Apparel Styling Session With Six:02

Thursday, November 13, 2014

One of my favorite fitness apparel stores in SA by far is Six:02. I was so excited to be doing a styling session with them but that’s when I got horribly ill. I still wanted my readers to be able to get an inside look at what this brand has to offer and luckily my sweet friend Kristine was happy to jump in! Kristine is a big workout gal and she also has fabulous style so I knew she’d be my perfect step-in! Let’s take a look and hear about her experience! These pictures make me WANT to go jogging just so I can wear all these clothes!

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My experience with Six:02 was simply amazing! So many styles, brands, the latest trends, workout gear and down right exceptional customer service. They had the latest gym wear and by all means, the most trendy and cutest! I mean, who doesn’t want to hit the gym looking super cute while burning those calories in style?!

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Six:02 had fitness apparel that weren’t just for working out…I could actually wear these designs out for a day on the town. I picked out several complete outfits, with the help of Jayme, the store manager. She had all the details and the most up-to-date knowledge of their products in the store.

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I loved that so many of the different styles and brands are coordinated, so you can mix and match the pieces without being so “matchy matchy”.

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Six:02 offers a wide variety of brands including Nike, Adidas, Asics, Mizuno, Under Armour, New Balance, Reebok and many more. They also provide apparel for all kinds of fitness activities including running, cross-fit, strength training, yoga and dance.

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If you are looking for some ideas for your fitness wardrobe they have a really handy Look Book online for the Holiday 2014 season (click here).

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I ended up selecting the blue Nike tight fit Tiger Capris to pair with the hot pink Nike Pro Hyperwarm Hoodie for my everyday fitness routines. To finish of my outfit, I grabbed a pair of my personal favorite Nike Zoom Structure 18, which are so comfortable and extremely light weight you’ll forget you’re even wearing shoes! I was drawn to the bright colors and love to stand out, which I won’t have a problem with in my new gear from Six:02.

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Six:02 is located in North Star Mall in San Antonio but they have stores in a variety of other states. To visit your nearest Six:02 or to shop online visit: http://www.six02.com.

Photography Provided By:

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This is my sTORI being written as you read. – Love, Tori

Disclaimer: I received compensation for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.

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