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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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Happy 1st Father's Day to my wonderful husband, @_derekhansen. I am so thankful our boy will grow up with such a loving, fun and adventurous dad. We love you! | #wildercobalt #1stfathersday | PS>> His Father's Day gift was that Wilder tattoo! It's official now! 😉 These two...I can't even handle it. Wilder was giggling and flirting, and Ellie was playing along too. Just so sweet. Wilder is 5 months old today! I can't believe I've already been this sweet little boy's momma for that long. This kid loves carrying on deep conversations with anyone who will listen, laughing like crazy at his silly parents making fools of themselves just to hear that sweet sound, grabbing at (& holding onto) anything that crosses his path, and *finally* rolling all over the place (I swear he becomes an acrobat when I put him in his crib)! I am so lucky to be this sweetie's momma. He definitely makes my world a better place. I love you, Wilder! ✩ #wildercobalt On this June Gloomy day we went to #menottis for a latte and to listen to a little Modest Mouse. Turns out, Wilder really likes that band. [Not pictured: abundant smiles, then sadness while waiting for the record to be flipped.] #wildercobalt My darling and I went on a little park adventure today to get out of the neighborhood. I love getting to watch this guy see and experience new things with so much curiosity. Such a joy. #wildercobalt All giggles and laughs around here today. Happy Friday, folks! | Turn up the 🔊! You want to hear this one. | #wildercobalt On our neighborhood stroll this evening, I came across this breathtaking magnolia, just dangling in my path. It took a lot of willpower to leave it on the tree. 🌳 This little drool machine is happy as can be...except for 10 seconds before I took this photo when he was having a meltdown in the car. 👶🏼/😭/😂. Good thing our neighborhood is so walkable and we hardly have to drive! We went for a nice long walk to/from brunch at #Gjusta yesterday. These fuchsia succulent blooms always get me. 🌸 Bath time, baby!

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