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A Stormy Shoot

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It’s time for a little throwback Thursday. A few months back, I had the honor of doing a maternity shoot for my lovely friend and now Mama, Michelle. It was a stormy day, the clouds were rolling in and as I drove up north, it started to rain. But as we drove up to the place we planned to shoot, it stopped raining. As I clicked away the camera, the cloudy, gray atmosphere made the shoot. The barn and the brick, the tall grasses and the little bump turned into the most beautiful collection of photos. Michelle was the loveliest while pregnant and now I can’t wait to photograph her sweet bundle of joy, Theodor.

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Chic to Chic Blog | Maternity | Aubrey Hubbell Design | adesigncollection.com

Thank you, Michelle for being my beautiful friend and for allowing me to apart of your incredible journey. I am so proud of you and can’t wait to see you become the amazing mommy you were meant to be.

 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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A Design Collection

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Today I wanted to introduce you to my newest project, my new portfolio website – ADESIGNCOLLECTION. I’m a full-time Digital Design student and I also do freelance for several small businesses. I coded my first website earlier this year and it was NOT pretty. So, I thought it was about time I try again. This is what happened. I’m actually quite proud of it. I still have a few things to work on, but overall, I’m happy with it.

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Take a look and tell me what you think! And if you need any help with your website, a new logo or have any other design needs, I always love meeting new people and their design challenges. You can email me in that nifty little contact form on the CONTACT page. I’d love to hear from you! Thanks for checking it out!

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

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How do I get there?

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Do you find that as you turn to find out what your next step is, that there isn’t a clear stairway to climb? There’s always something happening in life. Always something to focus on. But when there’s no path you can find to get you there, a leap of faith is your only option. You have to give up your controls and jump into the unknown. You know you’ll find your way eventually, but until then you have to wait. Waiting, that’s something I’m horrible at. Lines, counting down days, phone calls.. not my favorite thing in the world. But, sometimes I have to wait. I have to be patient and wait to find out what my next step is… or I have to leap into the emptiness hoping something catches me and tell me how to get to my next destination. Today is a vague post, but I hope it still speaks to you. Maybe it’ll speak to a situation you’re dealing with right now. You know where you want to be, but you’re still trying to figure out how to get there. Let’s take a leap of faith together. Tell me how it goes and I’ll share more when I find out!

 

Happy Thursday, Friends!

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Giveaway Winner | Ella Bella Creations

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Jesie McElroy is the winner of a fabulous design by Ella Bella Creations! Thank  you to everyone who participated by commenting, liking the Ella Bella Creations Facebook page and following me on Instagram @aubreyrachael! A special thank you to Chastity from Ella Bella Creations for collaborating with Chic to Chic! Be on the look out for more giveaways in the future!

 

Happy Wednesday, Friends!

 

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Love Yourself Link Up: A New Friend

Friend Quote | A. Design | Aubrey Hubbell | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

A couple of months ago, I stepped out of my comfort zone and reached out to a sweet gal/blogger/amazing “Instagrammer”\DIY extraordinaire and asked if she wanted to grab coffee sometime. She replied and said she would! After finding out we had several connections through mutual friends and places we’d lived, we set a date and met. Today was the day.

I got up, got dressed all while the excited butterflies in my stomach fluttered. Meeting someone new makes me a little nervous, but then I couldn’t stop smiling because I knew this lovely lady was going to be special. I sat in my car, plugged in the directions and followed “Map’s” directions to the Bicycle Cafe. As I parked, I said a quick prayer that He’d bless this meet up and in the cafe I went. I got a tweet saying she was almost there. I stood out front, waiting and looking at every movement until I saw her. There she was! This new friend I was just dying to meet.

We hugged, feeling as if we’d already met and in we went. She ordered coffee, I ordered a chai tea. I knew the adrenaline would fill me with energy soon enough. Then it happend. We connected. We talked and talked and talked. When you’ve never met someone, you have a lot to catch up on, twenty-something years it happened to be. We talked about love, life, family, creativity, the future, our blogs, the good, the bad, everything. It was so much fun. This was just what I needed. She encouraged me, inspired me and made really great points that made me think.

This meeting today reminded me how much a new friendship can work wonders for my heart. I felt uplifted and encouraged. I was proud of myself for going out of my comfort zone and reaching out to someone I didn’t know and I’m so glad I did because I now have a genuinely sweet and thoughtful person I can now call my new friend.

Today, I want to encourage you to break out of the norm and reach out to someone you’ve admired from afar, maybe a new coworker or neighbor and make an effort to chat. You never know, a true friendship could blossom from that little coffee date and new friend is so good for the soul.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Giveaway from Ella Bella Creations!

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Friends! Do I have a Giveaway for you today! Chastity from Ella Bella Creations is one talented lady! You can find her shop HERE on Etsy. Ella Bella Creations has the most beautiful headbands, broaches and Chastity even does custom orders! I have my eye on THIS headband for the Fourth, THIS broach for all year round and if I my future baby girl would wear THIS, THIS and THIS headband. See how to enter this amazing giveaway below!

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Giveaway | Ella Bella Creations | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

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To enter this fabulous Giveaway here’s what to do.

To receive multiple entries:

ONE | Visit Ella Bella Creations and Comment Below telling me which piece is your favorite.

TWO | Go over to the Ella Bella Creations Facebook Page and LIKE IT.

THREE | Follow me on Instagram @aubreyrachael If you’re already following, leave a comment and tag me @aubreyrachael on your favorite Insta post and tell me your entering the giveaway!

*When you comment, tell me what you did. I’ll put you in the random drawing for extra entries! A winner will be chosen next week!

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

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Love Yourself Link Up: Purpose

Purpose Quote | A. Design | Chic to Chic Blog | www.chictochicblog.wordpress.com

Today I am writing as part of the Love Yourself Linkup – an ongoing blog series that focuses on topics like self image and body image. A community of women post their thoughts on these topics and tell stories of personal experiences. We’ll share what inspired us, challenged us and more! Learn more about the Love Yourself Linkup at Anne the Adventurer. If you have a story to share too, join the conversation by writing and clicking to enter below!

What is my purpose in life? What keeps me going every day? What gets me excited? Who do I want to reach in this life? What do I want to be known for after this life passes away? These questions are good to reflect on every now and again. So, today I’m going to reflect in the hope of encouraging you to do the same.

What is my purpose in life? I may not know for sure yet, but I know I was suppose to be here. My beginning is a crazy one. There are some things that are too personal to share, but one of those obstacles before I was born was surviving. My Mama found out at four months pregnant she was having twins. Twins! She was a twin, now SHE was having twins too! But then God saw a different plan and at five months pregnant there was no second heart beat to be found. I was the only one left. Then two months later, at seven months pregnant, my Mama went into early labor and I was delivered at 28 weeks along with the baby that didn’t make it. At 2 pounds 12 ounces, I made it. When I think about that and how many obstacles that were put in front of me before I was barely in existence, I know there must be a purpose for my being. God always has a purpose and knowing He made a way for me to end up in this world let’s me know there is a reason, a purpose I’m here. Think about it! What obstacles did you have to overcome just to end up in this world or what obstacles have you had to overcome to stay? If you’re here, you have a purpose. You may not know yet, but maybe focusing on the next few questions will help bring that purpose into perspective.

What keeps me going every day? Everyday I wake up, shower, get dressed and start my day. I usually spend the day working from home on freelance during the summer or going to class during the fall and spring. Each day is filled with small goals that will eventually get me to my focused, larger goals. I work and do freelance so I can learn, gain experience in a field I love. I also work to save money for my dream of doing two summers of Europe trips before we have babies. I go to classes each semester in hopes that in 2015 I will be the first college graduate in my Mom’s family. I want that certificate to show my future children that they can do it too. It’s not easy, but it’s a huge accomplishment. I also wake up everyday and try to be the best wife I can be. I’m not the best at it, even after three years of marriage, but I keep going and trying. Finally, I’m spending all of this time working on my small goals and trying to master the art of being a wife, so that in a few years, I’ll be able to make my lifelong dream of becoming a Mom, a reality.

What gets me excited? You know, that giddy excitement?! I’d say the time I get the most giddy is bringing my friends into Anthropologie. It’s really goofy, but being surrounded by pretty things, creative projects, books that I could just sit with and read all day and everything in the world I could imagine that can help make being a girl, wife, mother and creative complete. All of the tools are right there, at your fingertips. Being in this store gives me the inspiration for my designs, cooking, being a better friend, a more ladylike lady and so many other things. It truly reflects who I’d like to be. Isn’t that funny? A whole store does that much for me. It’s just one of those places, like a museum that gives you that feeling of unlimited enjoyment and endless inspiration. What gets you excited to conquer and pursue every aspect of your life?

Who do I want to reach in this life? In this life of mine, I hope to reach out to little girls who need to smile a little more, woman who need a boost of confidence and young couples who need encouragement in their marriage. All of these things embody who I am. I’m a little girl at heart that likes to play dress up and sing like no one is listening. I’m a woman who always needs that boost of confidence, whether through a compliment or a gift from a friend making me feel remembered and important. Being encouraged by other young couples showing me that what we go through is the same thing they do. Whether it’s the towels on the floor or the need to have everything perfect before having another couple over, our couple friends go through the same thing! I’d like to relay my stories, so other’s know they’re not alone. Who do you want to reach that encourages you too?

What do I want to be known for after this life passes away? This always feels like such a morbid topic to think about, but it really is something I like to keep on my mind daily. When I meet new people or hang out with old friends, how do I want to be remembered. My goal is to always to be a good friend. A friend who goes the extra mile to make their friends feel confident, important and encouraged. I want to be the girl that does her best to be honest, trustworthy and dependable. I want to be known as a good wife. A good hostess. Someone who was able to experience the world, but never lose site of what’s important. There are so many things I want to leave behind, so I try everyday to do what I can to be a good friend, wife, daughter and eventually I want to be the best mom I can be. What do you want to be known for?

I hope you enjoyed these reflective questions and that they encourage you to find your purpose.

Happy Tuesday, Friends!

 

 

 

 

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