british columbia : video

I seem to be inundating you with videos lately! I hope that you are enjoying watching them as much as I have been in creating them.

Seen above is my latest video that I recently made for HSB. It’s of the journey that my mum and I took when we went to see her new home in British Columbia, Canada. The second half of this blog post is a letter that my mum wrote to my sister and I, since she will be moving away from us in a few short months. Feel free to read and watch, and to comment below.

Emory

British Columbia Trip 14A Letter to My Daughters

My darlin Girls,

I have cared for you since you were placed in my arms 30 plus years ago. I had no clue what I was doing. I had only cared for dogs and horses, and you were a mystery. I didn’t even know how to bathe a baby. I tried to live a conventional life raising you with a father, a big home, mortgage, car pooling and the trappings. Didn’t work. So, I took you little children and did it my way. I hope it was enough. I watched you grow and change from toddlers to balky teens to strong young women with lives of your own. I am so proud of you. 

Now dear hearts it is my time to start my new chapter. I understand you assume I will fall down my mountain retreat unable to call for help. One of you thinks I will be a target of crime. You may think I will be lonely. Well, it is true I will miss you physically but I have years and years of memories of you to carry along with me. 

I have raised you, buried both my parents and I have found my Mecca. 

I want to wake in the morning on that little mountain with the stillness and crisp air around me. Night Owl is a solid little structure that will not fall down around my ears I promise. My new perimeter fencing around my acres of heaven will deter predators. Night Owl is waiting. And calling. I hear her in my dreams. Last thing at night and first thing in the morning. It is true I am downsizing, but that is to make it manageable. I want to spend my days reading, and walking, napping, sampling the local wine, yes doing lots of equine chores but also reflecting. This is my final chapter in life. 

So, daughters, enjoy living. And being young! It really does gallop too quickly. 

My words to you? For what it is worth:

1. Stay close to nature

2. Love each other

3. Harbour no jealousy

4. Exercise 

5. Read

6. Find work you love and it won’t seem like work

7. Moisturize! You live in a harsh climate

8. Keep on rescuing animals 

9. Love who you see in the mirror

10. You get knocked down? Get back in that saddle real quick

11. Love your mama with all your heart. She loves you

Mum

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in august

2.jpgHello, friends. The end of August is only a few days away, which means that summer is also coming to an end. I can’t quite believe it. Let’s take a look back at how crazy and fun the past few weeks have been.

8We took a road trip to one of my favourite Canadian cities.

01sweet potato tortillas12I made a delicious sweet treat while Holly guest blogged her savoury delight.

KirstyD_SMEG3.jpgI posted my fridgespare bedroom, and lighting inspiration for you.

photo_03I reviewed one of this year’s best films, and gave a sneak peek at my number one TV series.

2.jpgI also shared two DIYs with you, here and here.

Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 2.51.38 PMAll in all, it was a great month. I’m predicting that next month is going to be even busier! 

Let’s all enjoy our last weekend in August.

<3

Emory

 

a lumberjack and his dog

1.jpg 2.jpg4.jpg 5.jpg6.jpg 7.jpg8.jpg 9.jpg11.jpg 13.jpg14.jpg15.jpg 16.jpgTowards the end of Spring and beginning of Summer, we took a trip to the same national park that we tend to visit for every one of our wedding anniversaries. While we were there during our last visit, I photographed Geoffrey (my husband) and Truman (my dog) in the wilderness. At the time, I was planning on creating my own pet photography business, and I was using them to build my portfolio for documentary-style pictures. After all, cheap subjects are the best subjects. Wait, does that even make sense? Regardless, my plans didn’t really come to fruition over the Summer months like I had intended them to. Mostly because I was too busy with work, travel, or planning our house. More recently, it is because another venture has come up. This is something that I am so excited to share with you all, but not today.

Geoffrey and Truman were incredibly fun and easy to shoot. With a camera, not a gun. With the slim pickings of clothing that he brought on our camping trip, I did my best to coordinate his outfit to fit the Manly Lumberjack look that I was going for. A wool jacket, crew neck sweater, jeans, hat, and dark shoes had to suffice. After studying some animal photography books, I began our session indoors, and eventually took it into the great outdoors where we had more freedom to roam and thus more flexibility within the photographs. We also had waited for an overcast day to help with the mood. During editing, I heightened the contrast, added more green and purple tones, and utilized the zoom and blur features within Photoshop.

The only element that was missing was having a hammock for Geoffrey to lay in. If you are one of the lucky ones that owns a hammock, here are some tips on how to wash them!

<3

Emory

picture ourselves in edmonton

14A mere week ago, Geoffrey and I were driving back from our trip to Edmonton, Alberta. We went there for a major buying trip for The Little Barn, coupled with a near end to the summer holiday. I love that city so much. It will always remain one of my favourite places to live in, and it is the place that I aspire to end up when planning out my latest adventures and life goals. 

Rather than taking along my camera, I decided to Instagram the entire trip instead. I’m beginning to regard Instagram as the highest form of social media. In my opinion, Facebook is filled with useless information about people that I am barely acquainted with, bad photos, and horrible grammar. Twitter is something that I cannot wrap my head around and am not yet clever nor interesting enough to spew out witty one-liners every few hours. Instagram, ah, she’s something else. Here is a tight-knit community of artists, poets, travellers, lost souls, and Facebook wanders who come together to discover new places, meet new faces, and experience beauty in a square photo. Well, minus the Facebook-ers. I love it.

So, my friends, here are my photos from our trip!

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Tips to a successful road trip: 1. Mac computer 2. One digital camera 3. One Polaroid camera 4. Tripod 5. Numerous cords 6. Cute clothing 7. Vitamins What are your must-haves?

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My husband lets me dress him in my wish list until I’m ready to pay. Sweetest. Man. Ever.

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My #UrbanOutfitters adventure.

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Sunset // Treescape

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Shopping outfit // Day 2

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Husband eating breakfast alone // One leg and Instagramming behind a pillar

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Crate & Barrel #exhausted #selfie.

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My happy place // 💃💃

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Stopped at a train #selfie.

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“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.” Jack Kerouac, On The Road

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Back at IKEA // Day 3

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IKEA Apartment Lovin’ // ❤💑
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Super // Man

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#WHPLineMeetsCorner // ⌈ ⌉

So, if you have Instagram, add me @hello_scarlett_blog so I can connect with you, too, on a deeper level. Did that sound creepy? A more intimate level? A more personal level? A more photographic level? You get the picture. The square picture.

Have a lovely week!

<3

Emory

hair.

if you have been following hello scarlett, you might have noticed that my hair is very short and very blonde. i have had short hair for most of my life! i find it easier to manage, more fun to style, and most of all, i feel like myself when it is cut short. however, it has never been so short as it has been over the past 2 years.

so, dear readers, i feel as if it is time for a change. a few weeks ago i had my hair colored dark and started parting it more in the middle. (this latter part is a big deal since my signature look has always been side-swept bangs.) the goal? “gimme a head with hair, long beautiful hair.” 

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would you like to come along this journey with me?

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