Photos of The Northern Lights of Finland

The first time I saw the Northern Lights, a.k.a. Aurora Borealis, they were dancing across my computer screen as a child. I remember sitting there and just staring at them. Not sure if they were real or fake, only knowing that they looked like magic. When my mother-in-law told me we were going to see them after Christmas I almost died! It was something I had always wanted to do but never knew when I would actually do it! And here I was. I was actually going to get to see these magical lights! For the weeks leading up to our trip to Rovaniemi I prayed and prayed for clear skies. My worst fear was to travel all the way to the Laplands and not be able to see the Northern Lights due to poor weather (which happens more times than not). All I could do was stay positive and manifest clear skies! When the day came the weather was not looking great so I just kept envisioning the perfect night with the lights dancing across the sky – which is exactly what we got! The lights were an amazing thing to witness but very different than I had imagined. They weren’t exactly what I had chalked up in my head for all of those years but the second I saw the first image appear on my camera of those glowing lights, my heart skipped a beat. It was a real life moment I will never forget.

Now for the honesty – People’s first question is always – are they that spectacular in person? And that is tricky – yes and no. Because I shoot a DSLR (digital single-lens reflex camera) camera I am able to slow the shutter speed down for an extended period of time which allows the camera to capture light in a way our eyes will never be able to. Because of that the colors and images you see on your camera is different than the colors and image you see with your naked eye. Meaning, these deep greens and vibrant reds instantly showed up on my camera screen but when I looked up to the sky I only saw a soft green light dancing across the sky. That being said, it is still an unbelievable experience to see this natural light show happening before your eyes. These green lights literally dancing across the sky like they are in fast forward is absolutely a bucket list check! Some nights the greens are more vibrant than others and some nights they don’t dance as fast across the ski. It all depends on the climate and weather!

If the lights are something you are wanting to see I definitely have a lot of tips on shooting them, which I learned the hard way! I plan to post that in the coming weeks so be sure to check back!

The Find
Whereabouts: Dallas, TX

at home • Wire Bin

My office has come together but the one thing it is missing is a chic bin. I am completely guilty of buying the cheap and ugly waste bin that adds no interior appeal. When I came across these Wire Bins my heart stopped! I need these to find a way into my office. Stat! **(these would also be perfect for blankets, papers, or other home goods).

Travel • New Orleans City Guide

With Mardi Gras coming soon there will be an annual migration to the city of live music and good times – New Orleans. I had only visited New Orleans in college for Mardi Gras and from what I remembered it was a great time! Since there is so much more to the Big Easy than that one holiday the hubs and I decided to go for our two year anniversary! We ended up having an absolute blast and can’t wait to go back! It has everything you need – amazing food, happy people, great drinks, loads to do, and lots of live music! With the right person it is the ideal weekend getaway! If you plan to head there this year be sure to check out my City Guide and e-mail me with any questions! You can also take a photographic journey in my previous posts here and here.

THE Perfect Striped Shirt

THE Perfect Striped Shirt, french street style

Having the perfect striped shirt in your wardrobe is essential. It can go with pretty much anything in your closet and always creates a put-together and classic look. It is also the FIRST thing I grab when I go to pack a suitcase! You can mix-and-match them with everything, making them a travel must!

Since spring is approaching and you can’t do that season with out a striped t-shirt I decided to round up my favorites from around the web.

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THE Perfect Striped Shirt

at home • The Front Door Mat

I have been thinking about a new front door mat for a while. It is the first thing people see before entering your home and having something fun outside our door is a great way for people to know they are about to have a great time! When I saw this mat I knew I had found the one!

at home • Neon Cactus

When it comes to color I keep in minimal, be it in my home, wardrobe or life.  However, these neon cactus might be the perfect pop my home needs! A girl from Texas needs a home full of cactus, especially ones so boisterous. shop them here

Outfits • Emoji Intimates

I must admit, I am an emoji freak! I used to make fun of people like me, but now I have become one! Sometimes they just express what you want to say better than words! Love emojis too? Now you can wear them, or gift them! These silk emoji intimates are the perfect gift for yourself, your girlfriend, or your bestie!

Best Views of Paris From Above

Paris is an extraordinarily beautiful city. You can argue about its people or its government but you can’t argue its exquisiteness. Walking the streets and taking in the architecture, the cafe scene, the people, and the energy of the city is one of my favorite things. As beautiful as it is from the ground, it is breathtaking from above. Seeing the rooftops and monuments from a birds-eye-view is unforgettable. It is so quiet from above and being able to see Paris for miles is something I can’t put into words, it must be experienced for yourself!

Here is my list of the Best Views of Paris From Above:

Arc de Triomphe
Best Views of Paris From Above Offers an amazing panoramic view of the twelve avenues departing from the Place de l’Étoile. Make your way up to the viewing platform for a great view over the whole Historical Axis – from the Louvre to the Grande Arche in the CBD of La Défense. I recommend heading here at dusk on a clear day to see Paris lit up in a golden light. It is everything you want, and more! If you can’t make it by dusk certainly go for nighttime. The twinkling lights below will be an unforgettable site.

Best Views of Paris From Above

Everybody goes to Montmartre to either see the church, historic Paris, or just to experience a place they have only ever heard about. Whatever the reason they make their way up the hill, they stay for the beautiful 360 degree views of Paris. The view of the Paris skyline from the top of the Montmartre Hill is one of the most famous spots in all the city. **tip: climb to the top of the Sacré Coeur for an unbelievable view of Paris and beyond

Tour Montparnasse
I must admit, this is my least favorite building in Paris. It is new and of modern design, 100% not what you want Paris to be. However, the view from the 56th floor makes up for its awkward placement and out of place design. From the 56th floor you will have a birds-eye view of the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Montmartre and the Luxembourg Garden.  The open-air roof-terrace is opened to the public and is best for taking photos of Paris’ most famous monuments and landmarks.

Musée d’Orsay
Believe it or not, there are great views from the rooftop of this superb museum, and they’re included in the regular admission fee.

Galeries Lafayette
Best Views of Paris From Above
A rival to the Printemps department store, the terrace might give it a leg up. Sipping on a glass of wine while staring at views of the Grands Boulevards district, Notre-Dame and Panthéon make the Galeries Lafayette a spectacular place to spend an afternoon.

Eiffel Tower
I am so embarrassed to say that I only just experienced the third platform of the Eiffel Tower. It has some of the most incredible views of Paris, which stretch for 70 km, as far as the outskirts of the French capital, Charles de Gaulle airport and the countryside beyond its suburbs. If you want a more up close and personal view of Paris, stop at the second platform where you can view some of the city’s most famous monuments in detail.  Because the Tower is a pretty far west you will get the true experience of Paris but not as good of 360 panoramic views like the Tour Montparnasse.

Printemps Haussmannian
Although not quite as high as terraces of other monuments, the free-platform of department store Printemps on Boulevard Haussmann gives a fine view over the roofs of Paris, particularly those of Haussmannian buildings. There is a good perspective leading to the Madeleine Church and the Eiffel Tower in the background.

Notre Dame
Best Views of Paris From Above
At 69 metres high, the South tower of Notre-Dame offers magnificent view over West Paris (from the Eiffel Tower to La Défense and Sacré Cœur). You should stay as long as the guards will let you in order to fully appreciate the moment. This extraordinary view also provides a different perspective of the cathedral’s greenish roof, as well as the clocks and the gargoyles.

Institut du Monde Arabe
Best Views of Paris From Above

I was able to experience this spot with a local photographer, Mary Quincy. She shared her secret spot with me and it was so amazing! As well as being a beautiful building, with interesting architecture, there is a great view of the River Seine, Notre Dame, and Ile Saint Louis. There is a really cute cafe at the top where you can sip on tea and take in the views.

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