Photo Shoot & Giveaway

Any day that ends with red velvet cake is a good day for me 🙂


Yesterday’s photo shoot flew by so fast, as fast as the bugs flying around us while taking pictures.

Lets get started with the prep. It took me an hour to get ready, of which 50 minutes is managing my thick long hair.

A dozen hair curlers after….


And my hair was ready for a photo session that included running on water, staying still while bugs crawled on me and of course, lots of kissy poses.


And oh, I got a manicure too. This is my first time EVER getting a manicure. I go for pedicure often, but manicure? Why bother? Since I’m always in the kitchen baking and cooking, didn’t think the nail polish would stay on.

This is supposed to be the new magical “gel” OPI polish.  As Happy Nails told me, they are tough and thick, so they won’t chip. We’ll see about that. Lets see how many dozen cookies this nail polish will stay on for.


Our photographer’s “secret garden” location was in the most remote places I’ve been to here in Southern California.  It was beautiful.

We were surrounded by canyons, and had our little nook where we can take beautiful pictures. Even if we looked awkward in our pictures, at least the picturesque and ethereal background will be make up for it.

I didn’t even think this place existed around here….….(my point and shoot camera doesn’t capture the beauty of this place)


To get there, we had to go on a little walk that looked like this

Yup, we had to walk on water


Then we hiked to a secluded area and found our spot.

The fiance explored while Paul, our photographer, got his equipment ready.

“Hunny, don’t get dirty before we start taking pictures!!”


I brought a ton of clothes because I was indecisive on what to wear. I figured I’ll know what to wear when it was time to change.

I wore 2 outfits during the shoot and that was plenty enough. I kept it simple and wore my regular everyday clothes.

Below is outfit #1. I climbed on rocks, played in the water  and did yoga poses with that bright skirt. It was so much fun!!


The 2nd outfit is below. We jumped, climbed on trees and did other adventurous poses in this outfit.

This was right after the photo shoot ended. The “light” that we chased all afternoon is gone, but it’s still beautiful. 

We are definitely planning to come back here again….that is, if we can find it.


Our photographer Paul was great with us. He made us laugh and made us feel at ease. He tried different “funky” poses with us, his words not ours.

I can’t wait to see the pictures in a few weeks.

Saw this tag on his shirt…”just a cheap shirt”.


Here are some outfits I tried on that I didn’t use. I especially loved the orange/black print dress but I decided it wasn’t right for the photo shoot.

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LA Marathon Giveaway

Salonpas has given me an opportunity to giveaway a paid entry into the L.A. Marathon

The marathon is in 38 days, on March 20th!

To enter the giveaway:

The giveaway will end this Sunday, February 13th at 12 noon Pacific Time. I will email the winner on Sunday night.

Thanks to Salonpas for having me host this giveaway.

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  • Comfortable, Flexible and easy to wear
  • Lasts up to 12 hours (most other pain medicines only last 2-8 hours)

For background on Salonpas Pain Relief Patches, please visit the Salonpas Facebook page and explore their community.

Hopefully I will be able to run a marathon in the future but I am not ready. I am happy and and enjoying my 10K and half marathon races for now.



  1. Great looks! I love that yellow skirt too..can’t wait to see it.

    This is one giveaway, I will “run” away from….get it..har har har.

  2. How fun, engagement picture time! Was your shoot at malibu creek state park?

  3. Oh I can’t wait to see how they turned out! Sounds like you guys had a blast 🙂

    As if running a marathon isn’t challenging enough, I’d love to see if I can prepare for it in 5 weeks. I can never turn down a good dare 😉

  4. Your photoshoot looks like it was awesome!!!!!!!!!

  5. Such cute outfits! I can’t wait to see the pictures!

  6. SO fun! Your hair looks fabulous! I can’t wait to see some of the final pictures!!! Wahooo!

  7. Your photo shoot looks so awesome!! 🙂

  8. U look so beautiful!! Rollers are awesome for your hair! I need to use them more!

    Your ring is beautiful as well! Is it tiffany too?! It looks like it! Love it! U and your future husband are so cute together and I wish you both all the happiness in the world! U are a sweet girl ( i know from reading ) and you deserve the best!

  9. I would like to enter the marathon giveaway 🙂

  10. Annette (Defiant Vegan) says:

    Hey hope those pics look beautiful, looks like a lot of fun.

    Knock’em dead!

  11. You are going to look fantastic in these photos, Lea! I love the different outfits and your hair.

  12. I ‘liked’ Salonpas!

  13. Beautiful pics!

    I would like to enter the giveaway! 🙂

  14. Ooh, I hope you’ll share some of the pics! 🙂 The location looks beautiful!

  15. I love how your hair looks with the waves in it! So pretty! I can’t wait to see your engagement pictures! Such cute outfits! 🙂

  16. I want to win! Pick me.

  17. That cake looks amazing!

    I would like to enter the giveaway! I have always wanted to run the LA Marathon and I have a 20 mile training run scheduled for that day anyway. Why not 26.2?

  18. JANICE says:


  19. I would love to win the entry into the marathon.
    p.s that cake looks amazing!!

  20. I also like salonpas on facebook!

  21. Holy red velvet cake HEAVEN! That picture’s making me hungry & it’s only 8am… I also love the black & orange dress–super cute! Glad you had fun at your photo shoot & love your blog!

    I’d love an entry in the LA Marathon giveaway–$145 for a bib is steep, but free sounds awfully nice! Plus, I’ve liked Salonpas on FB & I’ve got my fingers, legs & toes crossed 🙂

  22. The red velvet cake started my morning off right! And I can’t wait to see your engagement photos….engagement photos are a little slice of heaven and such good practice for your big day:)

    I’d love to win the bib!

  23. Oh and I like Salonpas on fb…and in real life too!! Happy Friday to you!

  24. purpleshoe runs says:

    I’d like to enter the giveaway to run the LA Marathon! Looks like your photos will be gorgeous : )

  25. purpleshoe runs says:

    I’ve also liked Salonpas on facebook!

  26. Awesome outfits and the photo shoot looks awesome!
    Would love a free entry to the LA Marathon! Thanks!

  27. I would love to enter, but I don’t think you qualify if you’re already entered?

    Would love to hear if the polish stays on. I’ve never gotten a manicure OR pedicure… I’m freaked out by the concept. I do my own. Thinking I might do my own for my own wedding someday, too, but maybe I’ll change my mind…

  28. Megan A. says:

    Count me in for the contest! I would love, love, LOVE to run the LA Marathon.

  29. Megan A. says:

    I also liked Salonpas on FB! 🙂

  30. I would like to enter the giveaway! And I “like” Salonpas 🙂

  31. Bridee says:

    I would LOVE to run the LA Marathon!!! P.S. Love your blog!!!

  32. Bridee says:

    I “liked” Solonpas on FB too!!! 🙂

  33. Eric Schrier says:

    I would love to win the LA Marathon bib for my wife!!!

  34. Judy Matson says:

    Pick me! Pick me!

  35. Runnergirl says:

    Found you via SkinnyRunner. Cute outfits!!! Love to enter giveaway for bib. THX!!

  36. that cake looks amazing!
    your photos are going to be so adorable! i bet the shoot was a ton of fun. 🙂

  37. Tania says:

    Ohhh, I wanna run LA!!!

  38. Danielle says:


    I “liked” Salonpas 🙂

  39. Robin says:

    I’d love to win the LA marathon entry!

  40. I liked them on FB and would LOVE to get a free bib! :)It could be for my 40th birthday. But its really my 39th again and every year from here on out.

    Congrats on some great pics! They look lovely!

  41. I would LOVE to win this. Marathons are so expensive it hurts my feelings . . . 😦

  42. Vickie says:

    I’d love to get that LA marathon bib and I “liked” Salonpas on FB!

  43. Meg Mal says:

    Found you thru SkinnyRunner b/c I’m hunting down an LA Marathon bib! And I “like” Salonpas on FB…

    Not to downplay the awesome engagement pics you had done! I can’t wait to see the finished results! And now I’m off to peruse your recipes page b/c I ❤ all things coconut too!

  44. Jared Lurie says:

    Congrats on the engagement photos & upcoming wedding!

    Also, I’d love a shot at the LA Marathon bib 🙂

  45. GREAT outfits!! Love that location too – so fun! And I want that cake. Now. Had to settle on dannon red velvet yogurt – NOT the same!

  46. Hi! I like your blog and would also like to enter the giveaway. Thanks!

  47. Katie R says:

    I’d love to win an entry to the LA Marathon! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

  48. Katie R says:

    I ‘liked’ Salonpas on Facebook for a 2nd entry! Thanks!

  49. keri r says:

    I would LOVE to win the bib for the L.A. Marathon!!! Pick me…… please:)


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