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Classic White Styled Sneakers

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All WhiteDenim & WhiteAdidas Classic Superstar

I was that girl that was always in a pair of heels or wedges. Always. Even after I had kids (well, until my third). Even when I worked 8-12 hours in high paced retail…I was in heels. Part of it is because I feel I was slighted 2 inches in leg length in the genetic deliveries. Those few inches of heels really balances out my longer torso. The other part, is because they just look fabulous. Fashion over function right?

Eventually, I started creeping into the flats and boots (no heel). Even though they made me feel a bit stubby (although I stand at an even 5’6″) and didn’t offer any support, I began wearing them. Chasing kids, shopping at the grocery store, hours upon hours of sporting events eventually started changing that and I wanted something a little less dressy for all those sporting events, running around town…and ugh…I wanted to be comfy. I would find myself slipping down the ugly rabbit hole of wearing my running shoes…GASP! And my running shoes are NOT cute. I buy for comfort and to avoid any sort of shin splints…they don’t make those cute that work for me.

I was getting desperate and needed a solution…fast. I wanted to keep up a stylish look, but be comfortable WITH support. I started to notice a trend in city girl fashion popping up in my Pinterest feed of classic sneakers making an appearance in simple but well styled outfits. So the hunt began. And I found my new comfy sneakers…and my sneaker head 12 year old son even approves.

Colorful Styled Sneakers

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All Black  1All Black 2New Balance in Raspberry

These New Balance shoes are next on my buy list! I got the black Nikes below…but I do love a little pop of color with my predominantly black wardrobe.

Classic Black Styled Sneakers

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Black w/ White TrenchAll Black - ’83 Air Pegasus Nike

I opted for the ’83 Air Pegasus Classic Black Nikes for two reasons. 1, I never pass up stylish black, it goes with everything. 2, in ’83 I was 8, and I just love that they are classics. What do you wear to be stylish and comfortable (like really comfortable)? Which of these looks fits you best?

  • Diana - hahaha I love this so much. I may join the trend!ReplyCancel

  • Jen O. - I used to own a pair of Nike Pegasus. This makes me want another pair! Love the new blog!ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Diana – Do it! You won’t regret it. I think I need other colors though, so I don’t wear the same thing every day!ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Jen O- There is a very good chance I had them too and I am so glad you are loving the new direction of the blog!ReplyCancel

  • Katie @ Freckled Latte - See, I’m the opposite. I’ve always been a comfort/function girl, but I love me some amazing heels! I just can’t wear them for very long. I love my colored sneakers though. And, I don’t know why, but I feel so much more stylish when I pair them with skinnies as opposed to boot cut jeans.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Katie – I totally agree about Skinnies vs Bootcut! So true.ReplyCancel

Marta Locklear Self Portrait during a wedding

Self Portrait – Film – During a summer wedding 2014

It’s been quite some time since I have actually written anything in depth or shared anything past my photography on my blog. I miss it. I am not sure if it’s my age and constant contemplation of where I am, where I am going and what I want to do with my life…or just the desire to placate this urge to organize and share all that goes on inside of my chaotic brain that is driving me to blog again.

I am reaching the big 4 0 this year, which probably helps put a lot of these thoughts into perspective. I found this year as I dig deep into myself and figure out how to do everything I want to do, that I need to simplify. Over the last 2 years I have been making major moves to do so. Purging (hide yo’ stuff or it may get dumped or donated), cleaning, organizing…just simplifying. Simplifying my business, my life, my home, my thoughts, my wardrobe, my make-up…pretty much my everything. Which is actually pretty funny, because to the people closest to me, it probably seems I am more neurotic than ever. But it is a means to the end. Even though to everyone else it seems crazy…it makes me insanely happy. As I make the shifts and the moves to successfully simplify yet another little part of my world, it makes that one thing easier on my stress levels. Hard to get there, but oh so dang satisfying once it’s complete. Besides…just like a good cry, to me, a good on your hands and knees scrubbing of something just makes me feel better. My husband will be the first to tell you to avoid me like the plague if I start scrubbing something. I clean before I cry. Sometimes I cry while I clean. Regardless, it is my way of dealing with stress, frustrations, fears or just need some time to myself. Nobody bothers a momma while they are scrubbing the tubs or toilets do they? Do you clean when you are struggling or upset?

Without rambling too much longer, I want to explore how to be an aging stylish wife, mom of 3, successful business woman, live in rural suburbia, have magazine decor taste but a newspaper budget, desire to have a beach bum peace about me, but maintain city smarts and have everything organized and clean at the same time. Dreaming? Crazy? Maybe. But if you’re curious, or want to have a dialog with me about it (I do respond), follow along and comment below.

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  • laura - I love this so much! I’ve followed your blog for a long time you’ve inspired me professionally, personally, and I’ve often thought I think we would be such good friends :) this post though….this post has reasonated deeply with me! Thanks for sharing! And I wish you luck, peace, and success with this journey!ReplyCancel

  • Leslie - “have a beach bum peace about me, but maintain city smarts and have everything organized and clean”… I could have said it all, verbatim, myself. I am in my mid-30s and find the clarity I have in regards to who I am in this life increases each day. I wrote down a list at the beginning of the year that described how I wanted my children to speak of their childhood and me in 50 years. The end result was similar to your post and gives me a gentle reminder of the direction I need to go in every morning. I look forward to following this!ReplyCancel

  • Abby Grace - One thing I’ve always admired about you, Marta, is that you are so forward and honest about what you think and feel. And your phrasing of being an aging stylish wife and mom are things I’ve been thinking a lot of about (even though I’m still in my 20’s and don’t have kids yet), and I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your transparency. You are so talented, so so gifted, and it was be really easy to hide behind your work and use your business as a wall, and pretend like everything’s perfect and nothing ever bothers you. But you don’t do that, and that’s what makes you so wonderful.ReplyCancel

  • Laura Benitz - Marta, I loved reading this as I too, have been simplifying life and everything around me. It feels so good. I am so happy you are blogging with words again. You are always so inspiring and real, someone I can say I am blessed to have crossed paths with.ReplyCancel

  • Marta Locklear - Laura- Thank you so much! My hope is to connect, share, inspire with all of my readers. I am glad that I have already done so…and online friends is better than not friends at all! Keep chiming in xoxo

    Leslie- So much of what I have gone through over the last 2 years is because of my kids. It punched me in the face when I realized that they were growing up and so close to moving out (the eldest at least). Part of me knew I wasted a lot of time with concern for things unnecessary when I should have or could have been more focused on my kids. Hard lesson to learn.

    Abby Grace- awe! Thank you so much for your sweet words. In the business we are in, it is easy/common to put up a glorified front. I am glad that I am not coming across like that. My world is so darn far from perfect :)

    Laura B- Thank you so much, and I have always treasured your sweet words towards me. One day…one day…we will meet!ReplyCancel

  • Daniele - I adore your honesty and I look forward to following along!ReplyCancel

  • Lesley - Hmm. Scrubbing as a stress reliever. Currently mine is mindless television or reading. Yours sounds much more productive. Wonder how I make the switch…

    I think I’m a bit behind, as I’m just starting to look at simplifying, purging, etc. But I like where you’re headed and look forward to hearing about your successes!ReplyCancel

    • Marta Locklear - Daniele- Thank you so much! I am going to try to keep it as real as possible.

      Lesley- When I sit and watch TV I literally get stir crazy, chew my nails, and then later feel really guilty for not doing something with the time. I also don’t sleep in for the same reason. When I do, I end up kicking myself for wasting those couple of hours. Hopefully my shares and inspirations can help you find simple ways of simplifying step by step. I started a couple of years ago, so it doesn’t happen over night. But I can say, I am way less stressed than I was 2 years ago! Thanks for reading and commenting!ReplyCancel

  • Linnea - Loving this new approach to the blog so far, can’t wait to keep seeing it unfold. :)ReplyCancel

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The last time I photographed them, Ari was just a puppy. You can find that session here. And now he has grown into such a handsome young man with a bag full of impressive tricks.

These guys are still one of my all time favorite families to photograph! Their trust, willingness to just “be”, and excitement for exploration always makes their sessions perfect and inspiring. I am honored that over and over again they choose me to be their family photographer and I look forward to watching this crew grow  over the years.

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  • suzyb - Your work is just… so… magical :) And I think I remember you blogging a session of this family when that dog was a puppy. SO sweet!ReplyCancel

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To be completely honest…the moment Meaghan Curry contacted me to book a session…I was hesitant. VERY hesitant. The summer before she had been photographed by Yan Photography (the woman I would love to photograph my very own family…along side Meaghan herself) and the images were wonderful. Following that act was extremely intimidating and I am pretty sure that I questioned Meaghan in her decision to hire me. She assured me that she had been a fan for years and had faith in my work. So I booked her and stressed it until the session was done. The session went wonderfully, and Meaghan seems to be completely happy and I in turn found peace in knowing that we are all at different levels, different perspectives and different visions. Diana (from Yan) does what she does…and I do what I do. Each of us providing something a little different for our clients.

It is always humbling and an honor to be hired by other photographers. Thank you to all of those that do trust my vision and skill to have me capture the growth of your families.

xoxo, Marta
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  • Stephanie - I too am a big fan of Yan’s work, but I am equally a big fan of your work for different, yet good reasons. That’s the beauty of photography, we all see things differently and what we see comes out in the images we create just like you wrote. If we ever make it out to your neck of the woods, you can expect to photograph us!:)ReplyCancel