SHOW OFF THOSE SHOULDERS

Hack your summer wardrobe!

I don’t know about you but off the shoulder tops are a total summer must have for me! As cute as they are, they can sometimes be a little difficult to wear. If you’ve ever worn an off the shoulder shirt, then you know what I mean… it can be a hassle to keep it off your shoulders. Whenever you move your arms, it always slips up. Well, this hack will keep you on the go, and your top in place.

All you need is a hair band, and safety pins!

  1. Clip the safety pins through the hairband so they hang off.
  2. Then you just pin it on either side inside the shirt.

It makes a little strap that goes under your arm. It may take a few tries to get the location of the pins correct but it’s worth it in the end.

This is no mess and no hassle. Your shirt will stay put no matter what you are doing. You could be relaxing all day or on the run, but your shirt will no longer be an issue.

This is an effortless fix to a simple problem. It takes no longer than five minutes and no one will know!

On a Mission: MOST SOUGHT AFTER SENIOR PORTRAIT EXPERIENCE IN SAN ANTONIO

We believe in senior pictures that make you feel beautiful, bright and beautiful images that make you squeal with delight. We believe in images that set the standard for the entire senior industry. We believe in making the senior portrait experience a memory in and of itself, senior pictures that reflect your true personality. We believe in senior pictures that make your friends totally jealous and senior sessions that make you laugh so hard your cheeks hurt. Mary O. Photography & Design is for the senior who wants something different, a variety of amazing images.

Summer Sipping


Summer is like a fresh glass of lemonade, you want to drink it fast, but you want it to last forever.

When you think about summer, do you think about cold, fruity drinks? Because if so, you’re in the right place. Its super fun to experiment with summer sippers and we have a tone of ideas for you!

Chill Energy Booster: If you love energy drinks, try making your own! You can buy red bulls and snow cone syrup flavors from any grocery store. Add in the energy drink, syrup, and ice to your blender and you have a homemade energy drink! The best thing about this drink is you can customize it to be any flavor you want! You can mix and match, or just keep it simple. The choice is yours!

Refreshing Bubbly: If caffeine isn’t your thing, maybe try substituting Fresca or 7-up. They also come in tons of different flavors and you can even get sugar free! These carbonated drinks are perfect for lounging around inside all day!

Cool Smoothie: If you are more of a juice type of person, then Tropicana Watermelon juice is perfect for you. This juice is light and tasty. It’s perfect for a morning pick me up. It’s the just the right combination of sweet and sour. You can also add fresh or frozen fruit and blend with a touch of yogurt for a creamy refreshing twist.

What is your favorite summer drink? I’m all about the raspberry lemonade with a nice book to read, laying outside and getting some sun!

Celebrate in July

Need something to celebrate?

Here are some fun days to celebrate in July!

 

 

July 4 – Independence Day

Independence Day, also referred to as the Fourth of July or July Fourth, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. The Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation, the United States of America, and were no longer part of the British Empire.The Congress actually voted to declare independence two days earlier, on July 2. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.

  • Hometown happenings… Schertz is proud to host the 4th of July Jubilee, one of South Texas’ largest tributes to freedom and the men & women who serve in the armed forces! Complete with live musical entertainment, a downtown parade, ‘Let Freedom Run’ 5K, kid’s carnival, hand-made crafts, and festival food, Jubilee offers something for the whole family. And what would the Fourth of July be without the rockets red glare? Schertz is proud to be the home of the only annual Star Spangled Spectacular…the perfect way to end a celebration. Mary O. Photography & Design has been attending this event since 2006!

July 5 – National Bikini Day

Since July 5, 1946, women have been hitting the beaches and poolsides in bikinis. National Bikini Day marks the anniversary of the invention of the revealing two-piece bathing suit.

Named after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests, the two piece bathing suit made its debut in Paris. French designer Louis Reard wanted to name revealing bits of fabric “atom”.

Sunbathers were wearing modest two-piece suits by World Wart II in the United States, but they hardly revealed the amount of skin the bikini revealed on July 5, 1946. While Europe enthusiastically donned the bikini after a long and arduous world war, American’s sense of decency kept them from accepting the bikini until the 1960s.

July 15 – National Ice Cream Day

National Ice Cream Day is observed each year on the 3rd Sunday in July and is a part of National Ice Cream Month. This day is a fun celebration enjoyed with a bowl, cup or cone filled with your favorite flavor of ice cream.

Thousands of years ago, people in the Persian Empire would put snow in a bowl, pour grape-juice concentrate over it and eat it as a treat. They did this when the weather was hot and used the snow saved in the cool-keeping underground chambers known as “yakhchal”, or taken from the snowfall that remained at the stop of mountains by the summer capital.

It is believed that ice cream was first introduced into the United States by Quaker colonists who brought their ice cream recipes with them. Their ice cream was sold at shops in New York and other cities during the colonial era.

Ben Franklin, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson enjoyed ice cream.
1813 -First Lady Dolley Madison served ice cream at the Inaugural Ball.
1832 – African American confectioner, Augustus Jackson, created multiple ice cream recipes as well as a superior technique to manufacture ice cream.
1843 – Philadelphian, Nancy Johnson, received the first U.S. patent for a small-scale hand-cranked ice cream freezer.
1920 – Harry Burt puts the first ice cream trucks on the streets.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Enjoy National Ice Cream Day by sharing some with your family and friends! Post on social media using #NationalIceCreamDay.
  • HISTORY – In 1984, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July as National Ice Cream Month and established National Ice Cream Day as the third Sunday in the month of July.

July 17 – World Emoji Day

July 17 recognizes World Emoji Day and many of the world’s symbolic icons for digital calendars. Now before the emoji, there were emoticons. Emoticons (emotion + icon) were actually developed as an expression of emotions in the cold hard texts that were devoid of it.

Emoji, a Japanese expression, roughly means “picture word” and was developed in 1990 by Shigetaka Kurita. While working for NTT Docomo, a Japanese telecom company, Kurita design these picture words as a feature on their pagers to make them more appealing to teens.

When Apple released the first iPhone in 2007, an emoji keyboard was embedded to nab the Japanese market. While not intended for U.S. users to find, they did and quickly figured out how to use it.

Every year new emojis (both emoji and emojis are acceptable plural forms of the word) are developed. The emojipedia.org keeps track of all the emoji updates across all platforms and operating systems. There are over 1800 emojis covering much more than just emotions. From transportation, food, an assortment of wild and domesticated animals to social platforms, weather and bodily functions emojis virtually speak for themselves.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Emoji (1)Send them to your friends. Seeif they Heartit! Use #WorldEmojiDay to share on social media.
  • HISTORY – In 2014, Emojipedia founder Jeremy Burge created World Emoji Day. The date of July 17 has been intrinsic to the iconic red and black Apple calendar emoji since its launch in 2002.

 

July 20 – National Lollipop Day

July 20th, National Lollipop Day, is an annual observation of this popular and flavorful treat.

Ever delightful and sweet, lollipops have been satisfying the sweet tooth for generations and possibly for centuries. They may have been a way to preserve nuts and berries in honey during prehistoric times. Much later when sugar was plentiful, lollipops appeared 16th century Europe.

In the United States, confectionaries and medicine shops as early as the 1860s sold lollipops in various forms, but it wasn’t until 1908 that George Smith gave lollipops an official 20th-century story. He gets credit for inventing the modern style lollipop and in 1931 trademarked the name which he claims came from his favorite racing horse, Lolly Pops.

They range from the small size, which can be purchased by the bag full and are also given away at banks, barber shops and parades, to the very large ones that are made out of candy canes twisted into circles.

  • LOLLIPOPS IN POP CULTURE – 

1934 – In the movie Bright Eyes, Shirley Temple sang the song “On the Good Ship Lollipop”.

1939 – The Wizard of Oz brought us a world of characters, including the Lollipop Guild. Armed with a giant spiral sucker, The Lollipop Guild welcomed Dorothy to the Land of Oz.

1969 – How many licks does it take to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop. The Tootsie Pop (the trademark name for Tootsie Roll’s lollipop) commercial debuted on U.S. television. The 60-second commercial included a boy, cow, fox, turtle, owl and the narrator.

1973-1978 -The lollipop-loving detective, Kojak, from the TV series of the same name, softened the tough guy while at the same time, toughened up the lollipop.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Enjoy a lollipop today to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalLollipopDay.
  • HISTORY – National Lollipop Day is sponsored by the National Confectioners Association.

 

July 22 – National Parent’s Day

National Parents’ Day honors all parents on the fourth Sunday in July.

In May we celebrated mothers, and in June we celebrated fathers. It follows that in July we can bring all our parents together and show them some appreciation all at once. Parents play a vital role in the lives of children. From the day we are born, parents are our protectors, teachers, providers and role models. As families, they are the core of our communities. On National Parents’ Day, we honor all parents do every day to raise up their children in a world that is constantly changing and challenging.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Spend some time with your parents or visit someone who was like a parent to you. Post on social media using #NationalParentsDay and encourage others to join in.
  • HISTORY – National Parents’ Day was established in 1994 when President Bill Clinton signed a Congressional Resolution into Law (36 U.S.C. § 135) for: recognizing, uplifting, and supporting the role of parents in the rearing of children.” The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Trent Lott.

 

July 22 – National Hammock Day

On July 22 relax in the shade and enjoy the summer day as it is National Hammock Day.

A hammock, used for swinging, sleeping or resting, is a sling made of fabric, rope or netting, which is suspended between two points such as posts or trees.

Developed by natives of Central and South America for sleeping.
Were later used aboard ships by sailors for comfort and to maximize space.
Early hammocks were woven out of the bark of trees.
Hammocks are a symbol of summer, leisure, relaxation and simple, easy living.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Use your own or borrow a hammock to celebrate. Post on social media using #NationalHammockDay.
  • HISTORY – Within our research, we were unable to identify the origin of National Hammock Day.

 

July 29 – National Lipstick Day

National Lipstick Day is recognized annually on July 29. For some women, lipstick is the only makeup requirement. Whether sheer and light or dark or bright, July 29 is a day for all kinds of lipstick.

Throughout the ages, controversy has surrounded lipstick. British Parliament banned it in 1770 calling it a devilish attempt to trick men into marriage. They likened it to witchcraft. Lipstick has been known to contain poisonous materials.

It is said Sarah Bernhardt created a scandal by applying “lip rouge” in public. Queen Victoria considered it impolite, yet Winston Churchill thought it was an excellent morale booster during WWII and George Washington supposedly was a lipstick wearer.

Lipstick can change with moods or with the scenery. Need a little boost to your attitude? Punctuate it with your lipstick.

  • HOW TO OBSERVE – Flaunt your favorite color, pucker up and share the photos on social media using #nationallipstickday.
  • HISTORY – In prior years, National Lipstick Day celebrations have occurred on an annual basis with no declaration. As of 2016, beauty blogger, entrepreneur and International Businesswoman, Huda Kattan was named the modern day founder of National Lipstick Day by a Proclamation from National Day Calendar’s Registrar. Follow Huda on Instagram for expert beauty tips and use #nationalipstickday.

For more National Days… Consult the National Day Calendar!

Summer Bucket List

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about”

-John Mayer

 

Summer should be spent having fun with your family and friends while making unforgettable memories. Trying to find something to do can be difficult, we all feel like that sometimes! Especially when you’ve lived in one place a long time, you may feel like you have done everything there is a hundred times, but what if there was a list that gave you some ideas of things to do with your friends? Wait not longer. Below are 50 things that you and your friends could do on those long summer days that are spent just lounging around. Remember, that summer is limited, and it shouldn’t be spent trying to decide what to do next. Go on an adventure or try something new!

1. Go to a drive-in
2. Go Bowling
3. Go Shopping
4. See a movie
5. Bake a cake
6. Have a bonfire with s’mores
7. Make ice cream
8. Go to a Waterpark
9. Go for a Swim
10. Go on a hike
11. Have a picnic
12. Kayaking or Paddleboarding
13. Watch the sunset/sun rise
14. Play a game of mini golf
15. The Farmer’s Market
16. Go camping
17. Go to the beach
18. Go to the zoo
19. Have a paintball fight
20. Tie Dye shirts
21. Grab some coffee
22. Get henna tattoos
23. Go to the local fair
24. Attend a local concert
25. Go to an amusement park
26. Have a road trip
27. Try out a new type of food
28. Experience karaoke night
29. Feed the ducks
30. Go star gazing from the bed of a truck filled with blankets and pillows
31. Have a movie marathon
32. Host a game night
33. Go hammocking
34. Walk dogs at the local animal shelter
35. Play games at an arcade
36. Eat snow cones
37. Do a photoshoot (Hello!!! Senior Portraits!)
38. Check out an escape room
39. Go boating
40. Have a spa day
41. Make a face mask
42. Do someone’s makeup (optional: blindfolded)
43. Restyle/upcycle old clothes
44. Make a giant slip and slide
45. Start a vlog of your summer
46. Get a tan tattoo
47. Play laser tag
48. Rope swing into water
49. Get bubble tea
50. Go on a bike ride

Be creative and have fun on all your summer adventures! What are some of your favorite things to do during summer? Share your favorite local events, local businesses, activities etc.

Featured Review – Talia, Class of 2018

 

Dear Senior,

When I applied to be a Mary O. Spokesmodel a year ago, I was hesitant. My mom encouraged me and said, “What’s the worst that could happen? Just apply, you fit the criteria.” So, I sent in my application filled with all my involvements in school, hobbies, etc. When I was accepted, I thought “What now?” When we met with Mary and I was still thinking things like ‘this wasn’t for me’ or ‘I’m not model material’, but when we sat down in her house, there was a beautiful bounded book full of pictures of a naturally beautiful girl. She wasn’t a stereotypical “popular” girl type like I had seen on other photographers’ Instagrams. She looked real and unique with her own style. Imagine that! That’s exactly what it’s like being on her team. We do our own hair and makeup how we want, wear the clothes that match our own style, and the only expectation is that we be ourselves.

She wasn’t a stereotypical “popular” girl type… She looked real and unique with her own style. That’s exactly what it’s like being on her team.

As a Mary O. SpokesModel, you will make tons of unique memories, make new friends, and get to break out of your shell. What’s special about her program rather than other local photographer’s programs is that every session is with the whole team. She doesn’t make cuts or schedule special sessions based on photogenicness. Being with the whole team makes the shoots so much more enjoyable and allowed us, girls, to encourage each other which really does help with getting genuine smiles and creating a positive environment. You will also get to feel good about the positive presence in the community with the service project you do. This year we made and delivered holiday cookies to fire and police stations across the city and you could tell they really did appreciate the gift during that crazy time of year.

The great part about shoots with her is that Mary is really not looking for you to be a professional poser or anything other than your beautiful and unique self. She will do all the hard work because she has the eye and experience to pose you, tell you what to do with your face, etc. All you have to do is give her your eyes and smile. She learns how to get you comfortable, or rather comfortable being uncomfortable, and knows what will make you look best. Being a spokesmodel was something I anticipated to be way out of my comfort zone because while I don’t consider myself to be shy, I would say I am pretty reserved or modest. This experience helped me to build confidence. It helped me realize that you can let your beauty and personality shine without dulling others, no one has the right to make you believe you have to dull yourself to fit in or protect other’s feelings. In this environment you get to be silly and do poses you see on the cover of magazines that you never thought you would do and the other girls stand by and hype you up! It’s so fun. Every girl loves to get dressed up and take pictures with her friends and she gives you the opportunity to do that 6 times throughout your senior year.

Then, after plenty of practice, you get your dream session. When you go into planning your session, you can tell that this one is really about you and she knows how to make it special and totally 100% you. You have your hair and makeup professionally done and feel so ready to take on the day, because it accentuates your natural beauty, but it doesn’t make you look cakey or fake on camera. She scouts the locations you choose and makes it very easy for you, just bring all the outfits and things most important to you; a soccer ball, books, instrument, anything you can think of and she makes it work. And the product is really so good it’ll be hard to choose. The reveal of the pictures is so awesome because she makes a whole slideshow of the pictures you’ve taken throughout the year and seeing the transformation is wild. This experience even helped in my scholarship interview because it was something unique and outgoing. Bookworms, there is no reason this experience cannot be for you. I really encourage girls to do things like this. Try things out of your comfort zone because it helps you grow to be more sociable and comfortable talking to people, representing a program and representing yourself; all the things very important to young women about to go into the real world. There really is nothing else that can give you these experiences, memories, and lessons.

-Talia, Class of 2018

5 Tips for Choosing the Perfect College Major

Hello Future Career!

Here you are, graduate, on the edge of an exciting new stage of life, and you’re not sure where to take your next step. You know that college is where you’ll be planting your feet next, but you’re undecided about what your major will be in. You’re not alone in this, because somewhere between 20% and 50% of students start off as undeclared, so don’t panic! It’s normal for the college freshman to spend some time exploring their interests and figuring out just what they love doing. Choosing your major, though, is crucial to staying on track, and it will maximize the impact of your time at college. Whether you’re a college freshman exploring your opportunities, or a new high school graduate ready for university, here are five tips to help you choose the perfect major for you!

1. Think about what genuinely interests you.
I’m sure this one has crossed your mind, but for a lot of reasons, it might not be priority one when it comes to choosing your major. Majoring in something that you love should be at the top of your list, because the career that comes from it will most likely be something you’ll be doing for decades of your life. If there’s a million things you can see yourself doing, ask your career center for self-assessment resources to help you decide. Reflect on your past experiences – jobs you’ve loved, or subjects you love studying – and think about where you’ve excelled to help you find just where your passions lie.

2. Know your values and beliefs.
What you believe will determine how you live. When you’re choosing your major, think about whether you enjoy helping others, or if you enjoy thinking through deep issues and solving problems, or if you work best alone or in a team. Because your values and beliefs are the foundation of who you are, naturally you’ll want to work in a way that’s important to you. Figuring out what’s important in your life could be as simple as listing them out on paper and doing this might tell more about yourself and your beliefs than you knew before. Narrow down the values that you want to tap into in your career, and it will set you on a fast-track to choosing a major tailor-fit for you.

3. Get advice from those who know you well
There’s safety in an abundance of counselors. While you will always make any final decisions, going to trusted advisors can give you immense clarity about what you’re good at, and where you should apply your passion. Talk to your parents, your friends, and otherwise adults who could help guide you. Once you’ve done some thinking with them, seek help from career counselors and academic advisors to make sure that you surround yourself with support to help you make the best and most informed decisions.

4. Take majors out for a test drive
Knowing something is the wrong fit for you is just as important as knowing when it’s just right. Try a major on for size by enrolling in an introductory course. Most likely it will even count toward your general education or elective requirements, too! If you’re into business, for example, try out an introductory management course, and if it grabs your interest, consider continuing and talking with others in the major. Chances are they’ll be able to help you determine if it’s the right fit for you. If it’s not, count it as a success, because you’re one step closer to the perfect major. From there, look into other worthwhile classes, and keep exploring – you’re bound to hit gold.

5. Follow your own dreams
You should be the one who decides your major, and your major should be in what you’ve dreamed of doing. Your dreams are something that you’re passionate about, and they’re the best vision for determining what you’ll love to study. What’s more is that, if you’re passionate about your major, you’re more likely to fully engage with your studies and enjoy the process, which will make you more valuable when you enter the workforce. Avoid looking for the major that will make the most money; while there’s nothing wrong with making a good living, the most important reason for your happiness when you’re working, decades later, will be if you enjoy what you do. That’s where you’ll find the most fulfillment, and it’s following your dream that will get you there.

Hopefully these few tips will help set you up for success in your education and in your career. Congratulations on a job well done so far, and here’s to all of your many achievements to come!

Must Have Summer Style

Stay cool and comfy this summer without sacrificing style!

Whether you’re uncomfortable from the sizzling summer heat, what you’re wearing, or both, sometimes having the right clothes can change your world. Here are a few must have summer pieces that will have you feeling oh so comfy this summer…

Flowy shorts: Flowy shorts are a lifesaver when it comes to a breathable, comfortable bottom. They can be a solid color paired with a fun top or a wild pattern with a simple top; either way a compliment catcher. This season’s florals have me dreaming of tropical beaches…Where to get this look??? Forever 21 has some awesome styles!

Graphic Tee: Graphic tees are the perfect way to be comfortable in the heat. They provide more coverage from the sun and give you plenty of space to move as you climb mountains or take off on you bike this summer. Super stylish and a perfect way to show off your favorite band, tv show, and more. Could be a way to get the conversation started with that guy you’ve had your eye on… How about a budget friendly source for graphic tees? My pick Target!

Dress: A T-shirt or tank top dress is a great way to dress up but still be relaxed in what you are wearing. They are flowy, flattering, and comfy. A dress is perfect for those days when jeans and shorts are not your idea of comfortable. Wit the right jewelry you can even wear it for a night out! I love this seasons dresses from Old Navy!

Boyfriend Denim Shorts: Boyfriend style shorts are the perfect way to wear denim and still be functional and comfortable. The looser fit gives you more room to do things and be more comfortable. Boyfriend shorts are trendy yet so comfortable! Hollister has great boyfriend shorts with a little stretch too them.

In the summer I’m always wearing relaxed clothes, it’s a must when it’s so hot out. Is it just me or is shopping for summer clothes so addicting? I want it all! Where is your favorite place to shop for comfy summer styles?

Summer Fun Hair

 

How To Have Really Healthy Hair This Summer…

Using heat tools can be very harmful on your hair. There’s awesome healthy ways to have lavish hair this summer without the heat tools. Check out these 4 trendsetting hairstyles that will leave you scoring high marks with your hair goals:

Wavy hair: If you’re looking for the perfect waves throughout your hair this style is for you. This look is simple and easy to do. First you need to dampen your hair. Then part it down the middle and do two French braids down either side. Either keep the braids in overnight or go throughout your day until they’re dry. Then, take them out, add a little texture spray and you’re ready to show off your healthy hair!

Messy Braid: This style is as simple as the name. A simple messy braid can be the best way to keep your hair out of your face but still show off your locks. This style can be done in minutes. Just braid your hair and then pull the sides a little until evenly spread out and a little messy! Great for a day when you need to get things DONE!

Beach Waves: Beachy waves are an easy and totally to-die-for hairstyle that looks great on everyone! These beach waves will have you taking a road trip to the nearest beach. First you must dampen your hair and part it down the middle. Then, start taking one of the sides of the part and twisting the hair until that side is all twisted together, do the same to the either side. Then bobby pin or clip your twisted strands to the top of your head. Now just go to bed, wake up, take out your twists, and have beautiful beach waves. You can add texturizing spray for a little extra boost in your hair. We love Paul Mitchell Texturizing Sea Spray! What is your favorite product to help you achieve the best beach waves?

Messy Bun: You know those days where you wake up and immediately know a messy bun is in order? Me too, girl! Luckily our new favorite duchess has made the messy bun hot enough to be royal. I found an awesome little video tutorial that can help you achieve Meghan’s trademark look…Tutorial

I love the fact that doing your hair doesn’t have to be so damaging. Summer can actually be the best time to do some hair recovery from all that winter stress.

Swimsuits for Your Body Type

 

”Body confidence doesn’t come from trying to achieve the perfect body. It comes from embracing the one you’ve already got.” -Unknown

Are you ready to love your body this summer?

Only 5% of women naturally possess the body type portrayed in the media. – DoSomething.org

Read this to find out how to find the best swimsuit for you!

Summer is right around the corner, which means showing off that summer bod by the pool. It’s easy to feel insecure when all you see on Instagram is models with perfect beach bodies, but every body is beautiful and unique in its own way. With that being said, certain swimsuits are more flattering for specific body shapes. If you have more curves than the average girl, high waisted bikini bottoms will hug your curves in all the right places. Short legs? Look for higher cut bottoms and avoid boy shorts. For paler skin tones, stick to more solid colors like black, red, green, and blue. Stay away from pastel colored suits because they will be unflattering on porcelain skin. No matter what your body type, find a suit that makes you feel like the hot babe that you are and rock it!

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