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Beautiful Sister

My beautiful and talented sister was sweet enough to let me photograph her while we were standing around in Maine one day…goodness, she is so beautiful, huh?  She is quite the crafter.  Check out her website:  www.janellegates.com

Poolside Test Shoot

This weekend I got together with a few friends and we pulled together this summertime test shoot by a lovely pool in Long Beach.  Our model was Heather Ann Davis, who is mostly an actress these days, but was gracious enough to lend us her beauty for the afternoon, makeup was by Veronica Chanel, wardrobe styling was by Wade Parkins, and hair styling by Steven Perlin.

Sponsor Giveaway on **Happiness Is…**

Shannon from the fantastic inspirational blog, **Happiness Is…** is giving away this incredible dress!  Click here for the entry details and to take another look (with more views!) of the sweet La Tour Eiffel dress by Shabby Apple pictured below.  So cute…

The perfect weekend.

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Derek and I went to Ace Hotel & Swim Club in Palm Springs for the weekend to celebrate our 1 year wedding anniversary.  Derek had been working like crazy for the last few weeks, so a relaxing weekend was exactly what he (we) needed, and it was so great to enjoy it together.  We laid by the pool for most of the time, but we also treated ourselves to a suuuper relaxing couples massage…oh man was that ever amazing.  We will definitely be back to Ace – it was very much our style.  Everything’s decorated with a vintage, hand-picked flare, and nothing is without character.  Mmm.mmm.mmm.  Love it.

Also, we started a new tradition!  Since not only did Derek propose to me with photobooth strips, but we also had a photobooth at our wedding, we are going to take a photos in a photobooth each year on our anniversary!  Lucky for us, the Ace Hotel has an old black and white photobooth in their lobby.  Meant to be.

I’m pretty sure I’m more in love with Derek now than I ever have been before.  He’s the best I could ask for.

The dream

Those of you who know me, know that I am obsessed with collecting glass bottles, jars, etc.  And many of you may have seen the recent Martha Stewart Living magazine that has some CRAZY images of a colored bottle collection…well, I am officially going to start REALLY collecting colored glass.  My collection has been so casual, but these images (see below) are just sooooo inspiring and breathtaking, I can’t help but put my love for color and glass into an actual collection.  So for those of you who are just ITCHING to get me presents (haha), you know what to get me.  ;)

(All images from here, by this talented photographer.)

Off to my anniversary weekend escape with my lovely husband!


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Some neon light art in MPC London - how great is this piece!? Happy to be back with my love and getting a tour of his work home from the last month! Packing up for an adventure with my man! Heading to Croatia tomorrow (via London) for about 10 days! 👋✈️ The power is out in my neighborhood this evening. Looks like I'll be calling it an early night. 🌙 Handsome boy squinting in the sunset. #catsofinstagram #fbf to that one time in 2009 I married my favorite person in the whole world, @thisisderekhansen. My life with him is infinity x better, and I certainly wouldn't want it any other way. You make me the best version of myself. Happy 5 year anniversary, my love! I'll meet you in Europe in a few weeks to celebrate. Missing you till then. ♡ I got to meet this perfect specimen today. What a sweet little guy. We love you, Arlo! Major congrats to @laurenabradshaw & @joseph_bradshaw! Had such a lovely time at the brand new event space in Hollywood, @lombardihouse! Such a great space, and fun event! When can I move in? 🏡 Wrapped a little something for my sweet sister's baby shower! | pickles & trucks wrap by @belleandunionco, coral ribbon by @angelaliguori | #urbaniclove I went for a run on the beach today after work and stopped here under the Venice Pier for a little bit to take it all in. I am thankful. 💛 Lately, my wonderful @thisisderekhansen and I have been trying to incorporate more walks along the beach together into our weekly rhythms. These walks have been creating such a nice space to clear my head and spend some time with the one I love most. This evening's walk sure was a beautiful one. 🌊💛

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