spa-ing, shopping, sightseeing, styling and shooting




My weekend up north was everything I needed it to be–relaxing, quiet, simple, creative, fun, busy and invigorating. Emily and I headed to my favorite spa on Friday, and treated ourselves to a double massage. Really, there is nothing better than a little pampering with a great friend. We loved the quote on the bathroom wall at the spa…

By having the courage to be herself, she put something wonderful in the world that was not there before. -unknown


We ate well, as is always the case when staying with my parents. There were belgium waffles for breakfast, homemade soup and sandwiches for lunch, steaks and shrimp for dinner, plus fettuccine alfredo, fresh baked bread, and large slices of chocolate cake for dessert. My mom’s chicken wild rice soup was a highlight of our culinary adventures this weekend for me. There is just something about coming home to a big pot of simmering soup on the stove. Mom’s tasty soup means I can check another thing off the Winter Bucket List too!

enjoy the simple pleasure of a warm bowl of homemade soup

Yum, is all I have to say about that.



We also made time for a little shopping in the cozy boutiques that line main street. Emily and I happened to buy two of the same articles of clothing, so now we can match when we are on shoots together. Or not! She also scored some great boots, and I picked up a cozy fleece and some nice running pants. After we finally put our pocketbooks away, we headed to the park to check out the snow sculptures. Every year, my hometown hosts a winter festival with a snow sculpture competition. This year, my favorite sculpture was definitely the one featuring a giant book with mythical northern characters popping out of it, such as Paul Bunyan and Babe, his blue ox.


The main activity this weekend, however, had little to do with sightseeing, shopping or spa-ing. Emily and I were up north to plan, style and shoot a special project that we have been talking about and collaborating on for some time. We ventured deep into the woods to pull this one off, to a place where water is pumped by hand, and giant cookies are baked in a wood-burning stove. Photos and more details of our northwoods adventure will be coming later this month, so stay tuned. In the meantime, be watching for yet another inspirational shoot from Emily and I coming later this week. We’ve been busy girls, and have lots to share!

All for now, my dears… be back tomorrow with another studio update!

  1. Hooray hooray, this weekend was beyond perfect for me! :) Thanks for the creativity, love and the Ely experience! I CAN NOT wait to go back! :)

  2. Annie says:

    Sounds like a much needed, wonderful weekend, Bethany! I’m so glad. Is the soup recipe a family secret, or could we get the recipe?! Looks amazing!

  3. Emmary says:

    Your life looks so wonderful. I must learn to find a way to channel my creativity like you do. Thank you for sharing the blessings in your life. I can tell you know you are blessed!

    God Bless,

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