shayla lilian

Saturday, September 20, 2014


ever since watching the movie balto as a kid, it's been a dream of mine to see the northern lights. and nicolaus and i heard that there was a chance that we would be able to see the northern lights from utah last weekend! so on friday night, we headed up to payson lakes and found a little camping spot with a perfect view of the northwestern sky. turns out, the northern lights were not visible from utah with the naked eye...but we did see a lot of pretty stars, fall colors, breathed in some fresh, mountain air and heard a whole bunch of elk calls in the night. so that was cool. and i can still live with the hope of a trip to alaska or norway to see the northern lights one day...

Thursday, September 18, 2014


i feel like so much has been going on lately that i don't even know where to start.
i guess i'll just start rambling and see where it takes me...

+ my good friend jordan got home from her mission! every time i see her i can't believe i'm seeing her in the flesh. haha and it's been so fun to have her and her hilarious sense of humor back in my life! it also made me realize a) how quickly a year and a half goes by. and b) how much can change in a year and a half.

+ went to a baby shower for my friend beth and a bridal shower for my friend chelsea! in the same day. #utahlife ;)

+ nicolaus and i booked our tickets to AUSTRALIA for this christmas!!! i am counting down the weeks until we get to go to that beautiful, sunny country and hang out with all my relatives.

+ been doing photoshoots and planning photoshoots that i'm so excited to share with you, dear cyberspace. plus the bridal shoot i did for studio stems over the summer was featured on utah bride blog, which was awesome!

+ working and settling into skullcandy. working full-time definitely leaves less time for midday adventuring, but i can't complain because i love the company and my job :)

Monday, September 15, 2014


for september's book i read listened to slaughterhouse five (i have a forty five minute commute to and from work everyday, so i went to the library and got a bunch of books on tape cd to listen to, so i don't feel like i'm wasting my life away).

i've seen a bunch of kurt vonnegut quotes around that i really like, so i was really excited when slaughterhouse five was at the library. it was my first vonnegut book and i really liked his style. the story bounced all over the place and played with the idea of time travel, but it still somehow made sense and seemed like that was the only sensical way to tell this story. it was raw and captivating and told the story of a soldier, billy pilgrim, who hated war and wasn't too fond of life in general. he claims to have visited an alien land, transcended "earthly" time, and was at the firebombing in dresden in world war II.

it was a really, really good, unglamorous book about war and life. but definitely left me wanting to read something a little more lighthearted for my next book...aaanyways, here are a few favorite quotes from it:

"everything was beautiful and nothing hurt."

"so it goes."

"americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue."

"all moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist."

"it is just an illusion here on earth that one moment follows another one, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever."

"why you? why us for that matter? why anything? because this moment simply is."

"but she did look back, and i love her for that, because it was so human."

Sunday, September 7, 2014


i took our friends, brittany and grayson and baby everett's, family photos over the weekend. they have the cutest little family and it was a good time to hang out with them and take their photos and get outside and get some fresh canyon air. my friend, amanda, tipped me off to this amazing location up provo canyon and i was drooling over how incredible it was! i felt like i was in the sound of music. and i loved it. plus all of the leaves have started changing colors?? which i'm pretty mind blown about. i'm not quite sure when summer decided to end and fall decided to start...but i will say the prettiness of it all almost makes it worth the evening chill in the air.
oh, and if you'd like to see more of this adorable family, you can here on my website under "family sessions."

Monday, September 1, 2014


photo: king tuff

blackbird blackbird | it's a war
diiv | human
youth lagoon | 17
gardens & villa | black hills
mΓΈ | walk this way
melody's echo chamber | i follow you
mikal cronin | weight
avi buffalo | what's in it for?
fruit bats | the ruminant band
heartless bastards | only for you
tom odell | hold me
fidlar | no waves
king tuff | sun medallion
the babies | get lost
bleached | think of you
the kinks | where have all the good times gone
van morrison | and it stoned me
beck | orphans
megapuss | theme from hollywood
wu-tang clan | keep watch
andre nickatina | ayo for yayo
slum village | fall in love

listen here

Saturday, August 30, 2014


to say this last week has been crazy, feels like an understatement. it has been a whirlwind of new places and faces. it was a week that marked a major life adjustment. a beginning of a new chapter.

remember when i mentioned in my last post that i had some pending good news? well, it's that i got a full-time job as a production designer at skullcandy!!! i'm working on the creative team and my job will mostly cover getting designs ready for web or printing or store displays. and i just happened to start on a hectic week chalk full of deadlines and our team was working late hours everyday to meet them. skullcandy is based up in park city, so i was leaving my house at 7:30 every morning and getting home around 9 every night. nicolaus has also been swamped with the beginning of an 18-credit semester and working part-time at milosport. needless to say, we've basically become strangers this week. ha, but i will say i think it's made us appreciate each other and the time we do spend together a bit more. and i am excited for things to settle down a bit and to to fall into a routine. and now i think i sound like a grandma. haha apparently it took until 23 to actually crave a routine...

anyways, back to the job. so i studied graphic design at byu and graduated in april and have been working part-time at avant8, a full-service marketing agency, over the summer. it was an awesome little company in salt lake and i worked with great people and learned a lot up there. and now the transition from part-time to full-time work has been a little nuts and a little overwhelming. but more than that, it has been incredible. i've been so terrified and so far from my comfort zone, but that's when you grow and learn the most. so i love it. i love all the people i've met and gotten to know a little bit. the team i work on is full of the coolest people and i cannot stop thinking how lucky i feel to be a part of it. i tend to be really shy and awkward when i first meet new people, especially if i don't have a partner in crime of sorts, that i'm being introduced with. but everyone i met has been so nice and welcoming and made me a feel a lot more at ease than i normally would.

also, it was "skull week" up there, which is basically a week full of awesome events and company parties and whatnot. and even though the creative team was too busy to participate in a lot of them, the ones that we did were pretty awesome. my favorite thing was getting to meet the team of athletes (pro surfers, skateboarders, surfers etc.) that are sponsored by skullcandy. it was a pretty cool fangirl moment for me. haha, but really...

plus i feel so inspired and motivated working at a company like skullcandy. their products are incredible and the company goals and aspirations are right alongside the things that i personally love and feel most comfortable with. i just feel like i am going to fit in there. does that even make sense when i type it out? i don't know. but i do know that i feel so lucky to have landed a job that i love right out of school. school was never my favorite thing in the world, but now i'm so happy that i finished it and i earned a degree in something i love and that i actually get to use that degree. and it's a pretty amazing feeling to know that i am capable of supporting me and nicolaus while he gets through school. and i think nick really likes it too...haha he keeps bragging to everyone about me being his sugar mama :)

aaanyways, i feel like i need to stop cheeseballing over my life right now and get to some much needed lounging around in pajamas and watching netflix.

p.s. the title of this post is "school candy" because my south african/australian cousin, rebecca, kept thinking i was saying "school" instead of "skull" when i got the job. haha and we had a good laugh when it all clicked and she realized what my american accent was actually saying and that she had of course heard of skullcandy :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014


these last few weeks have been crazy but exciting. i have fun (non-pregnant) news to share pretty soon, but for now i just want to recap the last few weeks, because they've been good ones. my aunt and cousin, lauren and rebecca, who live in australia, came to visit utah and it was so fun to spend some time with them. rebecca, who is my cousin closest to my age, and i have always gotten along really well. even though we usually go for years between seeing each other, we always just click whenever we do. it's always funny to me to see similarities between my family, even though most of us live on different continents. there's certainly something comforting about it.
anyways, i really loved showing rebecca around utah. she hadn't been here since the 90's, so we had plenty to do and see and eat. we went to flea markets and baby parties and twilight shows (local natives and great) and squaw peak and to the parade of homes...we drank cold-pressed juices and ate fresh waffles and donuts. we went on a shopping date with our moms and lauren spoiled us by buying us the most beautiful "friendship necklaces." pictured above :) it was such a good time and i absolutely love whenever i get to spend time with my family.
and this weekend, nicolaus and i had planned to go on a camping trip with his siblings and in-laws, but it ended up being a bit too rainy and chilly. so we've just spent the weekend at his parent's house, lounging around and hanging out with his family.
i can feel summer slowly slipping away. our long, warm days are about to become a bit chillier and a lot busier. as nice as this summer has been, i actually feel ready to jump into a real routine and am excited for what's to come!