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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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Today we celebrated the lovely @jilly100lc and her impending bundle of joy with the prettiest flowers, tastiest bites, the bubbliest mimosas and the craftiest project for the nursery. Such a beautiful morning! Can't wait to meet baby! #welcomebabydax This sweet little nakey babe turned 18 months today. It's insane to me that I have been a momma for A YEAR AND A HALF. What in the world...?!!! It's been a blur, but the happiest, sweetest blur I could have ever imagined. My Wilder is by far the happiest creature I've ever had the pleasure of knowing. I love you, my darling boy! #wildercobalt #18months Just exploring our new little community on foot with my almost 18 month old. (Not our house behind him...he was trying to break in.) #wildercobalt #18months Even though we are still technically in the same neighborhood, we are in a new part of the neighborhood, which means new walkable spots to visit regularly. This is for sure one of my favorites (already was, but now I can walk there in under 5 min!): @flowerboyproject! Wilder was especially fond of the truck he could see through the open back door (😂...silly boy) while I was enjoying this view right here (& sharing this delicious PB toast with him). #venice This photo is from our first morning in our new apartment. This little nugget seems to love the new digs. So much space to call his own! 🤗 #wildercobalt #venicebaby There's our little 🏡 we waved 👋🏻 to this week. My emotions are all over the map. 🎭 This week we moved out of our Venice Beach bungalow of 4 years. It was a bittersweet move - we left behind so many wonderful memories, Wilder's first home, and many amazing neighbors. We only moved .9 miles away, and are still in Venice, but it's still sad to say goodbye to such a sweet little home by the sand. On to new adventures and home making! 📦🚛👶🏼 #wildercobalt #venice One more from this morning. Today Wilder was feeling really brave and had so much fun running in the ocean. He's never done that before! This was from the end of our day, stripped down to get the sand off before heading home for his nap. My sweet, naked little buddy. 😍☀️ #wildercobalt This morning we had the most perfect of all perfect beach days. I remember dreaming of days like this when I was pregnant, thinking ahead to Wilder running/crawling around in the sand and building sand castles, running in the ocean and not caring about the amount of sand covering us. It's even better having this dream realized AND getting to watch @_derekhansen have the best time digging in the sand for 3 hours with Wilder, giving him the best time of his life. Doing parenthood together is an honor and a challenge I don't think I'll ever fully wrap my head around. Happy Father's Day to the most loving and caring dad-du I could ever hope for for our son! ❤️⛱🌊☀️👪 #wildercobalt #fathersday2016 This trip to New York was one for the books. So sad for it to come to an end, but so thankful for each and every moment. #campahler 📸: @amy_k_ross

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