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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

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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.

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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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This evening we got spoiled rotten by some amazing friends who love us dearly. Between this evening’s party, and my mom coming to town this weekend, I’m feeling much more ready for this baby boy to make his debut in a few weeks, completing our little family. Thank you to all who came, & to those who hosted! Love y’all! ♥️ . #34weekspregnant #wildercobalt
9 years ago, we committed to a lifetime together. It sure hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve got a lot to be proud of, and a lot of great things ahead of us in this life. I love you @_derekhansen! • #wegotmarriedbeforehashtags
Pool date this morning with my babe. We hit up the old stomping grounds and had an amazing time. ☀️💦 #wildercobalt #day2ofpreschoolsummerbreak
So thankful for my big 3.5 year old, soon to be big brother. Every day I just sit in awe of how amazing he is (even during the craziest toddler moments...which are quite frequent lately). The way his little mind works and processes information is incredible. I love you, my firstborn, #wildercobalt!! ♥️
We went on a “popsicle walk” tonight after dinner to beat the heat. 🍭☀️ #wildercobalt
We had so much fun camping these last 2 weeks, we took the tent to the beach too. ⛺️🏖 Our ‘welcome’ back to LA was quite jarring with this crazy heat wave. 💰💰💰 later, we have a portable a/c unit and some window fans. Our house is by no means cool, but the edge has been taken off. So today, on our first full day back, we took to the beach. The ocean was cool, and the sand was HOT. ☀️
Cousin afternoon nap in the tiny home loft. 💤 #wildercobalt #judeemerson
On the final stretch to Colorado this afternoon with my boy. This kid is such a wonder. ♥️✨ #wildercobalt #hansensummerhaul
Day 1 of the #hansensummerhaul is in full swing! We got going a little later this morning than we wanted, so we decided to skip one of our planned stops (bottle tree ranch...anyone been?), but had lunch/explored #calicoghosttown, which was fun, but SO HOT, then stopped here at #sevenmagicmountains, where Wilder was in awe of the HUGE rocks that he said he could push over with his big muscles 💪🏻. 😂 Spending the night in Las Vegas tonight (where we got upgraded to a room bigger than our apartment, literally), and heading onto Zion National Park mañana! 🌈 . #wildercobalt
& a Happy Father’s Day to my own dear ‘ole dad, who is such a loving papa to his clan of grandsons. I’m so thankful I have such a great dad. Love you @johnhenrygates! #wildercobalt
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