Cornell Woolridge for RRISD Board Place 2

Hey friends!

A few months ago, I had the pleasure of taking a few headshots of my colleague, Cornell Woolridge, as he is running for Round Rock ISD Board Place 2. I was honored that he asked me to take his campaign photos. We have worked together for the past 3+ years, and I have seen how much he cares about students and their access to a great education. Cornell has worked as a tutor, SAT/ACT Instructor, and has recruited and hired teachers to instruct students in and around Austin, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio areas for students test prep. My point is that he is passionate about students, education, and representation for all students. He will serve Round Rock ISD Board proudly and will fight to make sure all students are receiving the best education possible.

As you are out voting in tomorrow’s election, please keep Cornell in mind when voting for RRISD Placement 2. If you would like to read more about his platform, I’ve included links below to his website and social pages.

 

Woolridge 4 The People Website

Facebook

 

Enjoy these photos from our shoot! Also, get out and vote tomorrow! Your vote counts!

 

~ JbCaro.

Rae.Dunn.

Hey Y’all.

I hope everyone is having a great Monday so far. I thought I would open the week with my new favorite hobby: Rae Dunn treasure hunting! If you haven’t heard of Rae Dunn, don’t worry, I heard about it a few months ago. It is a collection of dishes, bakeware, server ware, canisters, seasonal displays that is the rage of a lot of people around the US and beyond.

I initially heard about Rae Dunn through a Pinterest search months ago (yes, looking for farmhouse decor for the new house). At the time, I didn’t know the difficulty and lengths people go to get pieces. It all started with a flour canister on Pinterest. I saw it and was immediately wanting to find where I could purchase.

Fast forward to 3 hours later in the dark hole of the internet, I found a whole new obsession. See, these pieces are only available at TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, and Marshalls. They also are in such high demand with other people that they fly off the shelves within seconds of the store opening. There are hundreds of Facebook groups that show daily finds, trade/swap/sell other pieces for pieces people are “in search of,” trade insider tips, etc. There is a whole underground scene for this line of home decor! Who knew.

I decided to slowly move away from the internet and not get sucked in. I tried to get the image of the flour container out of my head. Promised Luis I wouldn’t buy anything before we moved into the new house. I tried, Y’all. I really did. Then, last week I just decided I’d go and look to see if I could find something in one of the stores. Y’all… I got sucked in. I hate to admit it, but I did. I found myself going multiple times last week “hunting” for pieces. I saw quite a few items, mainly dog bowls, and coffee mugs. I joined about 6 different Rae Dunn Facebook groups (the only reason I even look at FB now).

I met a couple of lovely women that gave me insider tips and store associates told me horror stories about the fights that happened that day. Not kidding Y’all, people will show up right at opening and clear the shelves. Unfortunately (and fortunately) I am not one of those people! Working 9am-6pm will keep me away from the craziness and most likely all the things I want to buy. What turned into a random Pinterest search has not turned into a new hobby. I really just want to find the few things I want for the house, I’m not interested in turning my whole house into a Rae Dunn shrine, but hunting for a few pieces to make our kitchen look extra farmhouse. 🙂

Here is a sample photo, taken from Liz Marie Blog, these are not mine!

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Doesn’t that look sooooo pretty?

 

Speaking of house, here is an updated photo of our house! Only a few more weeks! You read that right, WEEKS!

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I can’t wait to see the painted stucco and garage door! Luis and I forgot what color of paint we chose for the house so it will be a surprise for all of us! 🙂 Also, the stain of the wood. Haha! We started this process in May, so it’s been a few days!

 

Have a great Monday!

 

Jalys

Luis’ CrossFit Competition! #mandate

I’ve neglected my blog lately. I’ve been on a constant running pace with my personal and work life for the past year. There are days where I just go home and sleep after work because I’m so exhausted. I have a million intentions of photographing and blogging again, but then I get slammed with work.  A few weeks ago Luis had a CrossFit competition at his gym, CrossFit Round Rock. I took my camera along and photographed him as he competed. Enjoy a bunch of photos of my boyfriend! haha, Look for photos of Lone Star Jam (I forgot to post them), my cousins came to visit and other random adventures shortly!

Rock On!

~ Jalys

Docs, Greenhouse and Texas Stars!

This past weekend, we had a normal Austin weekend. We spent Saturday afternoon on SOCO (South Congress for you non-Austinites) and had some drinks at this place called Docs. I’ve loved this place for a LONG time. It’s super chill, food is wonderful (try the fried pickles), and the beer is cold. After we hung out there for a few hours, we made a pit stop at my favorite shaved ice place in Austin: Sno-Beach. It is one of Austin’s original food trailers, and the ice is so smooth and tasty. I had the sugar-free coconut add cream, and Luis had blue bubble gum. Yum!

Sunday Luis wanted me to try this place in Round Rock called Greenhouse. I commonly refer to Round Rock as “Chain City.” He hates it when I call it that but Round Rock is different from Austin, Austin thrives on mom and pop, local, anti-chain atmospheres and every chain created lives in Round Rock. So, at first I was a little skeptical when he said let’s go here, but he had me a local craft organic food. So we went Sunday morning and holy moly, this place is AMAZING. First off when I walked into the door, I didn’t think I was in Round Rock, I thought I we were visiting a cute little farmhouse cafe in Fredericksburg or Boerne. The decor was the cutest ever. Fresh flowers in mason jars, all white tables, the cutest light fixture I’ve ever seen and then I looked at the menu. Affordable plates where everything is made with the freshest ingredients and they are all from Texas. That’s right, they support TEXAS. The food was delicious, and the wait staff and employees were super kind. Check this little gem out if you are ever in the Round Rock/Austin area.

Saturday we found out the Texas Stars were in the playoffs, that is our local minor league hockey team. I told Luis that I’ve never been to a hockey game and being the sweet guy he is, we made plans to go! I have to say I am now a hockey fan! It was sooooooo much fun. They won the game 7-1 and are now in the finals!! Woohooo! I think we are going to go this weekend to another game, I need to find a hockey jersey and sport it. Hahaha. Now, I just have to figure out how I can become a hockey photographer, that would be SO cool!

I hope everyone had a fun week like we did! Check back for some music photos!

 

 

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