A delightfully spooky time!

My husband and I threw a small Halloween costume dinner party for about 10 friends at our apartment this weekend!  It was so much fun, I only wish our apartment was bigger so we could have had a larger guest list!  I thought I would share our decor for this holiday.  I haven’t ever been a big Halloween-decorator in the past (at all), but this year I really wanted to do it up right, and have some friends over to give me a reason to do so!

For the courtyard, we didn’t have the time to do much, plus there are rumors that it’s going to be re-landscaped soon, so since we don’t know when exactly that is happening, we didn’t want to hang stuff from the trees, just to have the landscapers show up and tear it all down.  So we kept it simple and cut some faces into black paper bags, and lined the walkway with luminaries!  They turned out even cuter than I imagined.  In the stairwell leading up to our apartment, we put some of Martha Stewart’s mouse silhouettes (not pictured) and put candles around and christmas lights behind our pumpkins and gourds.

Derek and I dressed up as Mickey and Minnie Mouse this year, and we are super happy with how our costumes turned out!  My skirt was the first thing I’ve made on my own from a sewing pattern, so I’m pretty proud of how it turned out!  We made the ears, Derek’s bow tie, and I painted my shoes yellow.

Our guests lined up at our banquet table (which took rearranging our entire living room, and disassembling our office area…resulting in our bedroom being an absolute catastrophe!)

Ollie, our handsome mascot, no matter the season.

The following day, I took some more photos of our decorations, as I simply didn’t have time to get all the photos I wanted of the party setup before guests arrived.  The “tree” held favors (tricks and treats) for our guests, in halloween cones.  We draped all of our furniture in white cloth to give it a ghostly effect, and we covered some of our artwork with tin foil and drew in creepy eyes.  The bat garland was from West Elm (I’m obsessed with it), and the black cat portrait is from Heather Mattoon’s series “Cats in Clothes”.  Something that I didn’t get to photograph that I am bummed I missed was my brain-shaped ice for the punch!  Ahh, well, another year.  I also missed out on photographing all of our guests in their costumes, unfortunately.

Derek made the ghost following a craft tutorial from Martha Stewart’s October issue of Living.  She will definitely be re-used in future years, and perhaps she will eventually have a ghost family to hang with.  I re-created our center pieces on our regular dining table (which held the appetizers and beverages during the party), since I didn’t get to adequately capture them during the event.  The “pumpkin” bouquet is from Trader Joe’s.


We had so much fun, hopefully we can make this an annual event of sorts!  Happy Halloween!

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.

My sweet Ollie.

Before we got a kitten, several people told me about how their kitties changed their lives for the better.  I now completely understand what they were saying.  Ollie is the sweetest little thing, and makes my day-to-day life (while Derek is at work) so much more exhilarating.  Such a great little guy.  He is growing up so much though…I just want him to be teensy forever.

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We are starting to make plans for the holidays.  Any suggestions on what we should do with Ollie while we are gone?  We don’t have many friends that will be in town, or who aren’t allergic, and while we could take him with us wherever we go, travelling with cats isn’t exactly the easiest thing ever.  Any suggestions?

A new addition to the family

Last week Derek and I finally got our sweet little kitten. And oh boy is he something! He is 12 weeks old and teensy. Super playful and cuddly and so well behaved. We think he likes our home so far. :) However, we don’t have a name for him yet!! Boy names are so difficult it seems. Sigh. It’ll come to us…

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I can't believe that in 10 days this curious, determined little munchkin is going to be 9 months old! This faux pumpkin was really entertaining to him yesterday - wishing for more fallish weather in LA! I want to take him to a pumpkin patch! Looks like it's turning back to summer around here this weekend though... 🍂/☀️ #wildercobalt Bath time baby! 👶🏼💦🚢 (In our freshly re-glazed tub...I cannot tell you how glad I am our landlord FINALLY had this done for us!) ✨ Today Wilder and I flew home from home (to LA from Orlando). We had the best time with our family - the week went way too quickly! Can't wait to get back there at Christmas! ✈️ Cousin bath on our last night in Florida! Love seeing these sweet boys together. #wildercobalt #judeemerson Play time at Grammy's house this morning! Exhausted Wilder and super excited Forrest. Best interaction ever to exist. 👶🏼👶🏻😂 #ForrestRyder #wildercobalt We have been in Florida the last few days, but now are in Savannah, Georgia for the night! Lots of fun meeting more babies! Nighty night wild boy! ✨ #wildercobalt On Thursday this sweetie turned 8 months old. He loves crawling as fast as possible after the kitties, eating anything and everything he can get his hands on, and being tickled all over. He dislikes falling asleep most of the time (😒), though once he's asleep, he's usually good. 😉 #wildercobalt #8months My little munchkin is so into looking at (& trying to destroy) books lately. We found his current favorite (for reading and demolition attempts) at the library the other day: Solomon Crocodile by @catherine.rayner 🐊 This book is so gorgeous, has a fun to read little story, and Wilder actually LOVES having it read to him. He laughs at the same places every time, and gets SO excited when I pull it out. This talented author/illustrator is my (our) new favorite, and all her books are on our wish list! 📚👶🏼 #wildercobalt #babybooklover #littlebooksbigworld Sweet Wilder, you are 8 months old today! You are shaping up to be a determined and adventurous little fella. (Two qualities I hope you carry with you for life.) To see your eyes light up with wonder as you create your own little adventures crawling around the house is so fulfilling and exciting for me to witness. At the end of the day, I love to watch you snuggle up with your lovey, tuck your knees up underneath you, butt in the air, and fall asleep peacefully...every time I'm tempted to pick you up again and kiss you all over...but of course I don't. You are a constant joy to be around, and I am beyond excited to continue to watch you grow and learn through the years. 
I am so honored to be your momma. I have you, and you have me. Forever and ever. ♡
#wildercobalt #8months

PS: An official 8 month photo coming soon...he's always on the move now. It's trickier to get a good snap of that sweet face!


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