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 sure am thankful for these two turkeys! 🦃🦃 🍂🍁💛 #wildercobalt #firstthanksgiving #fbf to when my little guy was only 4 months old. He's still got those beautiful baby blues! 💙✨ #wildercobalt 📷: @_derekhansen I can't believe that this bundle has been shaking every fiber of my life for 10 months already. Every day this kid's shrieks and squeals make me laugh, and I can't get enough. He is a super speedy crawler now, and pulls to standing on everything. He is not afraid to just dive for whatever he's got his eye on, regardless of the consequences. He is super strong-willed but also so chill all at once. Sleep is a major issue again all of a sudden, but I have faith that it's a phase, and I'm soaking in the extra snuggles while I can. This boy is my heart and soul. He's growing into the most amazing little person! #wildercobalt My little Smurf! 💙 I had a meeting at Urbanic, and this sweetie behaved like a little angel in his fort under the Wedding Lounge table. #wildercobalt #tbt to a few weeks ago when the [not so little anymore] peanut turned 9 months! Golly, each day with this kid is just the greatest adventure. His giggles and squeals [accompanied by those adorable dimples] are my lifeline. I love being this boy's momma so much! #wildercobalt 📷 by my wonderful and talented mother-in-law @yrbkladycarla 💕 DJ Wild Boy spinning some sick beats this morning. 🎶📻 #wildercobalt This little pumpkin did great at his 9 month check up! 20 lbs and 29". 🎃👏🏻
Sweet Wilder, I can't believe that in less than 3 months now you will be a whole year old. You are keeping me on my toes every day with your crawling, pulling up and relentless curiosity. You are currently anti-sleep, which is rough, but I suspect that the incoming teeth are to blame. (🙏🏻) You're the sweetest, most amazing creature I've ever had the honor of knowing. Thanks for being you! #wildercobalt Miss Bo sharing her dolls with Wilder. He had so much fun exploring a new house with new toys and a big kid to observe! 💖
#wildercobalt 🎶 Someday my prince will come... 🎶 My sweet prince riding in on his noble steed. 🐎👑 #wildercobalt #disneyland #9months Thankful. I am so thankful for these two. For a husband who puts caring for his family above all else, and is happy to do it. For a son who can remind me with a little giggle or a glance how good life can be, and shows me daily how to live more adventurously. I'm just thankful for this little family that I call mine. We are a team, and it's just gonna keep getting better. 
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+ #tbt to 2 week old Wilder, who will be 9 months on Saturday! 😧😭💞


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