As summer winds down, there is only so much time to complete all of the projects (photo shoots) that we wanted to do this year. Where did all of the beautiful days slip away to?
The girls are so grown now. The Cheerios are starting to go out on their own. Roxy is far away, pursuing law school and busy with her sorority. JWoww has her own little baby and he is beautiful. Trooper and Velcro have continued cheering at university and for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Beegie is volunteering at the Women's Centre between classes. Fly Girl is done her program and out working in the real world.
Loopy and Snookie are still at home, with us. Snookie was a Bridesmaid last fall... without sounding too much like Michelle Duggar, that "season" of life is now upon us.
This brings us to the age-old question, what is to be done with the bridesmaid dress after the wedding is over? Usually it is relegated to the rear of the closet. You know you have one or two stashed away yourself. Snookie dug hers out for a styled photo shoot last week. Her first bridesmaid dress.
The dress was simple and straightforward enough in the first place, we decided not to trash it or make it over. We embellished it with a few packages of temporary metallic Flash Tattoos and some jewelry.
The flash Tattoos have been kicking around the house for a couple of years. We bought them online when Beyonce was first seen wearing them - and then didn't really know what to do with them. It's not like they are the kind of thing you wear to a university chemistry class. At least, if you want to be taken seriously.
Now, they're readily available at the Dollar Store. When you see something trendy in the dollar store, its a pretty good sign the trend might soon be over. You'd better use up what you have.
The arm piece was the coolest find from the florist supply. I was there with Daisy Duke a couple of weeks ago to pick up supplies for a homecoming project.
Do you think it's pretty awesome that The Cheerios still ring up and come around to do projects, even halfway through university? It is.
Because they are awesome.
The headpiece - is it a coronet? A headband? A tiara? Whatever it is, it's super delicate and was hauled home from a recent trip to Boston. I knew the moment I laid my eyes upon it that it was photoshoot-worthy.
I don't want to make light of the fact that Snookie is amazingly beautiful, you can see that for yourself. Even in a worn bridesmaids Gown on the riverbank on a cool evening.
She's pretty clever and hard working too, that's more important.
Now she will be able to officially retire this, her first bridesmaid gown. The last time she was a blog model, she wore a wedding gown. Things appear to be operating in reverse over here!
I've spent a lot of time on the Internet lately. I have been thinking about what young women see online. I wish they saw more thoughtful, interesting role models.
I wish there were more Malalas or more Ronda Rousies.
I wish there were fewer Kim Kardashians and Trisha Paytas wannabes.
I wish more girls had the courage to be like Loopy and Snookie and the rest of The Cheerios. Even though they are beautiful, they are living good lives. They are making fine (sometimes difficult) choices. It's hard to see that much online these days.
Actually, online can get very depressing. Online, your heart can ache for the future of womanhood.
I am grateful that I have these girls in my life to make my heart hurt a little less about what the future holds.
Even though I take photos of them to celebrate how beautiful I think they are on the outside, they know they are smart and beautiful on the inside. No amount of makeup or jewelry or fake tattoos can change that.
If you have a young person in your life, ask them who they look up to. Ask them who they follow on Instagram and go have a look! The answer might surprise you!