Mind The Gap

Morgan Quinn

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When you think of me Morgan Quinn, as a person, a few things probably come to mind. A doorway, a football post, SpongeBob SquarePants perhaps. Why you ask? The gap in my teeth! I guess you could say it's my thing. Maybe my own personal little trademark. Most people don't know it but, I have a lot of history with that there gap of mine. Here are a few facts.

•   My dad and two brothers have gaps.

My dad has a marvelous gap which he oh so obviously passed down to myself and my two brothers, ages 4 and 24! Strong gap genes!

•   My gap was completely closed at one point.

I got braces when I was 14 and hated them. Mostly because of the dreaded check ups when they would tighten them leaving you in the worst pain ever. Not to mention the awful assortment of colorful rubber bands they'd let you choose to make you feel special. Eventually my gap closed and by 17 I was a "normal" person! Imagine that! Wear that retainer every night for a year they said! And those teeth will set and be perfect! Ha. By 18 I figured it was time to ditch the retainer. When I stopped, my two front teeth would slightly open and I would panic and throw the retainer back on. I even went to the orthodontist and told them my gap was opening so they put these extra metal parts on my retainer to really push it shut. I was keeping an eye on it up until about two years ago. It was opening more and more and I would get compliments from people and started to feel more confident and okay with it. Now I'm almost 23 and I believe it is at its most open and happy. It really wanted to show me who was boss.

•   My gap weirdly books me jobs.

Another reason why I let me gap take control again is because I seemed to have been booking a lot more jobs. I was lucky enough to book a national commercial literally based on my gap. (Video Below!) Also, modeling jobs really dig it. Whenever I try to smile with my mouth closed they ask me to slightly open so they can see my gap.. So umm. Thanks gap?

   I can fit many items though my gap.

I can fit straws, bobby pins, knives.. Plastic you crazy person! Sheesh! Much much more.. Cool..

I used to be so insecure about my gap but as you get older you come to realize that you don't have to worry about what other people think. You should be happy and own what makes you different. I would LOVE to read what makes you unique! Comment below!

 

Seattle trip + Wedding fun

Nicole Voris

Recently Oliver and I got to travel up to Seattle for our friends' wedding.   Luckily one of my best friends also lives in Seattle so we got to spend a few days with her too!

We drove up a few days before the wedding.  A gorgeous road trip is a seriously undervalued way to travel.  It was incredible to watch the landscape change from desert to farms to mountains.  If you find yourself with a extra time I highly recommend driving up the west coast and seeing how dramatic the United States landscape really is.

Once in Seattle we spent a few days exploring the city.  We did the important tourist stops such as Gasworks park and Pike's Place Market.  

Ground Mural at Gasworks park.  Notice the Seattle skyline in the background. 

Ground Mural at Gasworks park.  Notice the Seattle skyline in the background. 

Alley at Pike's Place Market.

Alley at Pike's Place Market.

I think my favorite area of the city though would have to Ballard.  This neighborhood has so many great bars and restaurants, all surrounded by fantastic murals and street art.

Me and my beautiful friend Erin Crall in Ballard

Me and my beautiful friend Erin Crall in Ballard

Mural in Ballard

Mural in Ballard

We went to a few great restaurants, but my favorite was Ballard Pizza Company.  I am a sucker for fancy artisan pizza and I love a restaurant with local beer and wine.

Ballard Pizza Company

Ballard Pizza Company

The wedding was Saturday afternoon.  It was for two of our friends who are both dancers with Ballet Austin.  Oliver and I got to see the early beginnings of their relationship, got to see them get engaged, and even took their engagement photos!  I'm so glad that we got to be there for their special day.  It was especially fun because we got to see them and a few more of our Ballet Austin friends who we hadn't seen in a year!

As I said in my last wedding guest post.  I love deciding what to wear for a wedding.  I really want to reflect the couple and their wedding.  When I think of Grace and Ian these are the words that come to mind: silly, fun, laughter, and kind. I wanted to wear something fun and bright to reflect that.  I ended up deciding to wear my favorite floral maxi dress.  I really resisted maxi dresses because I like showing off my legs, but I had no idea how glamorous a maxi dress can make you feel!! I wore gold flower dangle earrings and flat sandals for the ceremony.  I changed my shoes to nude heels for the reception.  There's nothing wrong with a fabulous shoe change!

Dress from ASOS, shoes from Aldo

Dress from ASOS, shoes from Aldo

Ian and Grace had a beautiful ceremony in a park overlooking the water.  They had a ton of bright flowers and their alter was made out of big paper flowers.  I felt like my dress was a perfect choice!

Photo by Campagna Creative

Photo by Campagna Creative

Their wedding was beautiful and it was wonderful to see them commit and declare their love to one another! Congratulations Ian and Grace Bethany!

Photo by Campagna Creative

Photo by Campagna Creative

Wedding style

Nicole Voris

Oliver and I recently attended the wedding of two of our friends from our San Francisco Ballet School Days.  We have known them both apart and together.  It has been great to see their relationship grow and to be present at their special day!!  Congratulations Jordan Hammond and Ray Tilton!!

Because I love getting dressed up, one of my favorite parts of preparing for a wedding is deciding what to wear.   I of course try to fit into the couple's requested dress code as well as what I perceive their theme/venue to be.

I knew that Jordan and Ray's ceremony and reception would be all indoors.  I gathered from their invitations and the venues that they had chosen very classic and elegant style for their big day.  I ended up being spot on.  Here's a picture of the reception when we walked in.  The bar to the left is all white marble!  A shared love of both Jordan and I!


Because I always feel the need to be a little bit different, I decided that I would do my own take on the little black dress by wearing my little black jumpsuit.  In the excitement of the day I forgot to take full length photo of myself, but here is a picture of me in the jumpsuit. 

 

I wore plain diamond stud earring and black pumps.  I also had a black blazer because even in the summer San Francisco can be cold!! 

Oliver and I had such a great time catching up with old friends from our school days and seeing our dear friends get married.  Here we are proving that our wedding selfie game is strong.

Congratulations Ray and Jordan! We wish you a wonderful marriage!

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher

Photo by Josh Gruetzmacher