Hi! I’m Lyndsay Almeida, a lifestyle photographer based in sunny North Florida. This blog is about my life, and here you'll find recent photoshoots, crafty projects, style posts, photography tips, and rambles about my family and faith.
My motto is: "Life is messy. Life is beautiful." And as a lifestyle photographer, my goal is to capture the sometimes messy (but always beautiful!) moments in life - for my own family and my clients. Those are often the ones that turn out to be most important; the little moments we want to remember forever. I'm passionate about working with families and though I'm based in the Sunshine State, I often travel to clients for photo shoots.
If we're going to be blog friends here are a few more things you should know:
I love Jesus Christ and strive to live a life that honors Him. My husband, Anderson, and I have the cutest little boy in the world. His name is Kingston Rock and he's feisty, hilarious, and payback for everything I did wrong as a child.
I started Pink Coffee Photo six years ago; and as you can see, bright colors (and coffee) make me a happy girl!
Thrift stores are my favorite places to shop, and most of my "down time" is spent making crafty DIY projects and decorating (and redecorating) our home.
You can check out some of my favorite post categories on the right.
I’ve discovered Twice, a concierge-style online store that buys and sells secondhand clothing, shoes, and handbags for women. You can sell your clothing, shoes, and handbags to Twice or shop popular brands at up to 90% off retail. Basically thrift store shopping from my house! I clicked one of their ads on Facebook (that ends badly sometimes, but not this time!) and was pleasantly surprised by the selection and prices.
The best part was that I had a 50% off coupon code, so my whole purchase was less than $30!!! Score.
I have been looking for some maroon pants for fall/winter and was scouring eBay for a pair of floral jeans and found both on Twice! Plus a fun pair of paint splattered jeans for good measure. All three pants fit perfectly and were in impeccable shape. They look completely unworn and came beautifully packaged!
What I bought:
Gap – Maroon Skinny Corduroy Legging Jeans $11.95
BDG (Urban Outfitters) – Printed “Mid Ride Twig Ankle” Skinny Jeans $17.95
Gap – Paint Splatter Always Skinny Jeans $21.95
And try this coupon code for 50% off your first order: U5T4VAR6
I loved capturing this evening with the Wilkinson family.
They’re getting ready for the arrival of a baby girl and are excited about becoming a family of four! But I’m so glad they decided to freeze these moments of just the three of them. We joked that this is the “calm before the storm”. :)
… to a dinner party on a Friday night.
And then again the next day while I ran errands with my family.
I’ve always laughed at Anderson for having “weekend uniforms” that he throws on as we run out the door. He’ll basically wear the same thing all weekend. (We’re on the go a lot on weekends.) Then I tried it. And I think he’s onto something!
Also, these boots belonged to my brother in middle school. He’s always made fun of my style. And I’ve always said he has none, so what does he know? And now I’m wearing his 15-yr-old roper boots. Just don’t tell him. Okay? :)
Okay. Now THIS was a fun afternoon!
Caleb planned the sweetest engagement, his family helped him get everything set up, and I got to hide behind a tree and capture the big moment!
We’ve known Caleb for about five years, and his family is a huge blessing in our lives. So it was truly an honor to be there for this exciting day!
Congrats Caleb and Kelly!
I pray that God blesses your life together in ways you can’t even imagine!
Middle school science was not my favorite. Neither was high school science, but that’s not relevant here. I just didn’t care. At all. So every year I did the same science project. The title was “Which Nail Polish Lasts The Longest?” And it was pretty much exactly what you’d expect. We’re talking about life altering scientific discoveries. :) Basically, my lifelong love of nail polish started early! And that brings us to the point of this post. Finally, right?!
Have you tried Sally Hansen Miracle Gel yet? I’ve read about it recently in several of my favorite magazines and finally decided to try it!
This sounds really weird, but I think of my nails as another accessory. One I wear everyday. (Ha! Yeah – that really does sound weird!) So I love painting them and have it down to a science – it takes me about five minutes and usually lasts a good 4-5 days. Not bad for hands that do a lot of dishes! My go-to polishes are OPI and Essie. But I’ve found that for me, OPI lasts longer. I do two coats. No base or topcoats. Just color.
When I read that Sally Hansen Miracle Gel claims to last “up to 14 days” just like a gel manicure, and it doesn’t require a light to set, I had to give it a test run. An extra coat sounded like a good trade-off for two weeks of pretty nails. So I bought the polish at Target and chose Wine Stock, a deep, fall-ish burgundy. The color and top coat were $8.99 each, less for both than I pay for one gel manicure. Wait. For the record, I don’t get gel manicures very often. Just for special occasions!
Process: The application was easy – two coats of the color, then one of the top coat. I did make the mistake of starting the top coat before the color was completely dry, and one nail was a little streaky. But after I gave the rest of them a minute to dry, it worked great. Then I just let my nails dry, and that was that!
Outcome: I loved the finished look! And my nails were pretty and shiny for about 5 days. Then they started chipping a little on the ends. And by day 7 I had to take the polish off. I don’t like chippy nails, and mine were looking pretty bad at that point! Turns out Miracle Gel didn’t last much longer than my regular polish. So… I’ll definitely finish the products I bought, but probably won’t buy it again.