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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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Back at @Disneyland today, and Wilder went on tea cups for the first time. Not into it. Really sorry I tried to take you on this super fun ride. #wildercobalt #missedhisnap #happiestplaceonearth #assholeparents So thankful for this little bug. Always. ❤️✨
#wildercobalt We had a lovely day (despite the rain!) kicking off the holiday season with a little @urbanic pop-up gift wrap station at #therowdtla 🌲#urbaniclove I can't believe that this was nearly a year ago...which means my sweet little babe is going to be 2 years old so soon! • Motherhood is the best and most difficult challenge I've ever taken on - in every way. My love for this little heart and soul is beyond what I thought possible; I'm blessed beyond measure to be this boy's momma. #wildercobalt Taking a little bit of me-time at nap time. Mom-life is tougher (& even better) than it looks...I'm just feeling emotionally exhausted these days. His day was made when the first thing that happened at the grocery store is a lady gave him >>>🎈🎈🎈<<< !!! JACKPOT! #wildercobalt #21months Got all gussied up for a 1st birthday brunch for our sweet friend. Wilder had about 25 waffles, played on the dreamiest swing, and attempted to drink my mimosa all morning, all while chasing around the big kids at the party. I'd say that's a good morning! #wildercobalt This dreamy little hunk is mine! 😍 #wildercobalt #21months My little bruiser at the pumpkin patch yesterday. ✨🎃🍂 #wildercobalt Took Wilder to the park today after work/babysitter. He's been pretty grumpy due to his black eye (see IG story...I think it's still there?), and ended up having a super fun time. Sunset park times are my favorite with him these days! #wildercobalt