Monday In A Moment #30 | On Beginning Anew


1 :: Hello, 2014! – I can hardly believe it’s already 2014… I know some of you are thinking “What? Why is 2014 so significant?” December 1st, 2013 marked my two year anniversary living in Germany. 2014 has now arrived which means I only have six months left to live in this beautiful country. SIX MONTHS. *groans inwardly* I just know it’s going to fly by so incredibly fast. D and I were given this gift almost three years ago and I am both excited an nervous to dare to live somewhere else. We are still waiting to hear on where we are being sent next, so stay tuned. Here’s how D & I rang in the new year with this view from our building:

2 :: Out with the Old and in with the New – There are some impressive changes coming to Kirsten Ashley Photography this year… some of which will depend on where I am sent to live next. I can express that the changes will be, in a word, quality. Quality is something I pride my company on and I am very excited to be offering more online gallery purchasing options {like metals and print wraps}, more in person samples, more frills to the boutique packaging, and hopefully towards the end of the year some gear upgrades. I want to thank everyone who has been my steady foundation and support as my business built itself slowly over the past year. It has been a privilege to work with each and every client. Here’s to making the most of a brand new year!

3 :: Heels to Start the Year Off Right – You KNOW I couldn’t start this year off without investigating the earliest styles of the year. I love the glitz and glamour of the New Years Holiday…. something about it makes my heart sparkle. So here is some fabulous footwear to make your tootsies wriggle with delight! 1) kate spade new york – ‘pietra’ leather pump $358.00 2) GUESS – ‘Plasma’ Pump – $98.95 3) Prada – Peep Toe Pump – $650.00 4) Paul Andrew – ‘Zenadia’ Stripe Silk Pointy Toe Pump – $645.00 5) Nicholas Kirkwood – Ruffle Trim Pump – $1,050.00 6) Ted Baker London – ‘Mitila’ Pump – $185.00

kate spade new york 'pietra' leather pump available at #NordstromGUESS 'Plasma' Pump available at #NordstromPrada Peep Toe Pump available at #NordstromPaul Andrew 'Zenadia' Stripe Silk Pointy Toe Pump available at #NordstromNicholas Kirkwood Ruffle Trim Pump available at #NordstromTed Baker London 'Mitila' Pump available at #Nordstrom

4 :: Healthy Snacks – So I have always thought the New Year’s resolution to diet was silly… I mean aren’t you supposed to eat right all the time?? Well the joke’s on me because the busier I am, the more I tend to rely on my sugary cereal bar as a means of quality nutrition. I also love to snack. Seriously it’s my favorite. So in the event of trying to put the healthiest foot forward to start off the year right, I scoured Pinterest for some healthy snack options. I was psyched at what I came up with. So if you’re at your desk all day, a welcome slave to your creative industry, with your hands constantly roving for munchies…. here are some alternatives that pack quite a nutritious punch! Like these selections? Don’t forget to follow me on Pinterest!

oven-baked zucchini chips7x healthy snacks when you have cravingsHealthy snacks cucumber, smoked salmon and brieMy Favorite Healthy Snack: Crispy Oven Roasted ChickpeasHealthy Strawberry Oat Squares are so easy to make!  Only 1 Tablespoon of refined sugar, gluten-free, no butter, no oil, and made with 100% good for you ingredients.

5 :: Awesome Visitors – I had the joy of hosting my oldest and dearest friend and her hubby for Christmas this year. We had a BLAST seeing every possible Christmas market and showing them some of our favorite places in the area. I managed to sneak in a mini-photoshoot while we were in France… and I have to say I love love love the backdrop scenery there. It makes for such magical photos! Then there’s the part where Chelsea & Worth are the cutest couple EVER. It was quite interesting for us girls to realize that we had married such similar men…. which would make sense as Chels and I share similar personality traits. I want to thank the two of them again for coming all the way out here to visit us and staying for so long! It truly made our Christmas special to have family here to celebrate with! Here are a few shots from France. Isn’t his mustache awesome?!?!

Thanks for coming back this week! It’s my hope that MIAM brightens the beginning of your week so you can power through to the end!

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