TRANSITION: A Little Update On Life

Transition.

I’ve decided that is the best way I can describe pregnancy: a transition.

A transition from eating saltines to throwing them up, a transition from loving avocados to hating them, from being maddeningly uncomfortable in my own clothes to giving up and buying overpriced pants with a giant elastic band around the waist, a transition from the highs of each day to the lows - and trying to settle somewhere in between.

I’ve had to give up a few things I wanted to do this year while putting others on hold. But I’m learning to give myself grace while fighting the thoughts of feeling like a bad wife, friend or business owner. Taking care of that extra heart beating inside of me is everything right now. Thankfully, I married a good man who handles life with tremendous ease… or at least he pretends to. Probably so I don’t cry. Which only works out half the time.

We're in the process of moving. I have been in full nesting mode but instead of decorating and creating a comfy home, I'm boxing and packing and cleaning the one we’ve got. The one where we built the beginning of our life together. The one that will always be a special place where it was "just the two of us”. 

I have been on a mission to go natural this year. I started with the obvious: food. January went well - I did (mostly) Whole30. Then I got pregnant and switched from “eating clean” to “eating anything I can keep down” which turned out to be hardly anything. My daily diet consisted of bagels and popcorn for about 10 weeks straight. Soooo, that was cool. 

Instead, I shifted my focus to getting toxic chemicals out of our house. I’ve been obsessed with the Think Dirty App, my essential oils, and making my own deodorant and cleaning products. We aren’t there yet but SLOWLY switching out small parts of our life for better options. This is something I've been wanting to do for a while. But this little baby growing inside my belly has given me a sense of urgency. 

I’ve unintentionally neglected this space for a while. The past two years, I've been pouring myself into Asheville Folk (with no regrets!) But now, more than ever, documenting our life and growing family is the most important thing to me. (This is my very vague, noncommittal, non-specific way of saying I plan on blogging a lot more... Wish me luck!) 

Friendsgiving Dinner 2016

We had such an incredible time at our Friendsgiving gathering this weekend. THANK YOU to all of the beautiful people who shared a table with us- y'all are gold.  👌

Thank you : Braised & Confit for an AMAZING rustic autumn feast. HomeFast for partnering with us to make this the most magical day! And Evergreen Era Films for this killer video- we're looking forward to watching it a million more times. Music by: Andy G Cohen - A Human Being.

Fall Break Co. 2016

Y'all! It has been a ROUGH month. I bit off more than I could chew. Again. And I've been reminded of it every single day for the past few weeks. It has not been pretty! BUT on Monday, we kicked off our 4 day retreat Fall Break Co. and I got to sit around a table with 75 beautiful and creative people. This night was just a dream I wrote on paper in secret, a dream I later told Blaise-It was a dream that I lived out on Monday night surrounded by the best people. My parents drove an hour and a half to see it come to life, my best friend since college Angela was there, my roommate from when I lived in Hawaii Kelsey was there, all of my Asheville fam who make Asheville Folk happen- Tyler, Sarah, Sadie, Sarajane, Megan, Shonie, Zak, Maggie, Rebekah and of course my husband Blaise who is always reminding me that I can do hard things. Lauren, who came into my life at the very perfect moment, Alex of Lucky Penny Creative who I knew I needed- but I didn't know just HOW much I needed her. She showed me every single minute (somehow without rubbing it in my face.) One of my favorite inspirations and the most lovely person, Ruthie Lindsey was there. Our new friend and most quoted speaker Rocky Garza was there. Along with so so many new friends- the kind of friends I dreamt we'd share a table with. And in that evening surrounded by all of the best people, I remembered why I always bite of more than I can chew- because it's worth it. Every single time. 


I'll probably spend the next year reliving all of these magical moments via the wonderful world of Instagram and I'll spend my lifetime thanking all of the friends who made this week the magic that it was. So let me start with my sweet friend and amazing photographer Sadie Culberson who shot not one- not 2, not 3 - but all 4 days of Fall Break Co. (She's crazy, I know.) These photos mean so much to me. 

Aloha

Hawaii is my home away from home. I won't pretend I am special in that aspect. I think most people who have experienced the barefoot life, the wild haired days, the salty lips, the sandy skin, feel in someway that this is how we're supposed to live. 

Hawaii offers me a chance to be someone I'm not. A morning person. With the 6 hour time difference, I'm up by 5am (which is not THAT impressive considering its 11am back home) chipper and ready to explore the island, watch the sunrise- I'll even make you breakfast. It's fun being a morning person. If only for a week. 

We always use airbnb. But this trip we stayed in Waikiki. This is the most touristy part of the island - there's a Hard Rock Cafe and Forever21 if that tells you anything. But I used to live in a high rise right on the Ala Wai so it was fun for me to be in very familiar ground. You can walk out of your condo and grab coffee or an acai bowl across the street. It feels like a bustling city. Shopping bags and to-go boxes and people fighting over parking spots. But a calm and private beach is an easy 15 minute drive. The best of both worlds. 
 

Bridal Brunch with Atomic Furnishing & Design: Natural Style

I teamed up with one of my favorite artists and dearest friends, Megan Walsh, to create this Styled Bridal Brunch. Megan and her husband Todd are the owners of Atomic Furnishing & Design. They both work really hard to restore, upholster, and refinish mid-century furniture to it's original beauty. They are passionate about design and everything they touch turns to magic. 

When Megan told me they were expanding their shop and making it available for brides to rent out on their wedding day as a space to get ready or enjoy a bridal brunch, I knew it would be stunning. It's more than just a room to rent out. It is an intentionally designed space with beautiful natural light and gorgeous mid-century furniture. 

We set up 3 different styles for this shoot: Natural, Bohemian, and Modern. Today, I'm sharing the Natural - a neutral and modern palate with earth tones, natural materials and simplistic design. If you are an Asheville bride looking for a beautiful space to get ready on your wedding day, look no further! We've created packages that include everything from flowers, to hair and make-up, down to the coffee & food. Email atomicfurnishing@gmail.com for more info. 

Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.
Styled Bridal Brunch. A modern palate with earth tones, natural materials, and mid-century design. Photography by Christina Foret. Venue & Styling by Atomic Furnishing in Asheville, North Carolina.

VENDORS: 

Venue & Styling: Atomic Furnishing & Design
Wedding Gown: Margaux from Wildflower Bridal
Home Wares: Morgan from Bomisch
Makeup: Joanna from Powder Me Pretty
Hair: Morian from Bari Salon
Florals: Flora
Baked Bread: Sarah Snyder
Models: Rebecca Snyder, Sarah Snyder, Erin Wolf, Morgan Fender

Photography Workshop - April 21st in Asheville, NC

I'm very excited to be teaching at the Asheville Folk Photography Workshop this April. I remember when I first started shooting, I was so excited to connect with other photographers and learn from professionals. But starting out, I couldn't afford those $1,000+ workshops (I could barely buy a new memory card...) Although I definitely see the value in those types of workshops, I also know they aren't possible for everyone- they definitely weren't for me.

I wanted to create a workshop that was affordable for photographers without sacrificing the quality and content. I've teamed up with 4 amazing photographers with different experiences, skills, and expertise for a one day intensive workshop. We will focus on everything from branding and pricing to lighting and workflow- plus attendees will be invited to a private Facebook group where we can stay connected, share tips & tricks, send referrals, second shoot for each other and most of all, be friends!

Asheville Folk Photography Workshop in Asheville, North Carolina April 21st.  Photo by Sadie Culberson

Asheville Folk Photography Workshop in Asheville, North Carolina April 21st.  Photo by Sadie Culberson

I'm teaching Posing & Lightroom Basics and I'm absolutely honored to be teaching alongside some of the very best:  Megan Gielow, Sadie Culberson, Cheyenne Shultz, and Angela Cox

Get tickets here for only $325. 

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Christina Forêt | Writer + Photographer | Asheville, North Carolina | Black Balsam
Christina Forêt | Writer + Photographer | Asheville, North Carolina | Black Balsam