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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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#fbf to 5 weeks ago when I was in labor {5 weeks early} with our little Wilder! Today was his original estimated due date, and all day I've been thinking about how I've been lucky enough to get 5 extra weeks with this wrinkly, perfect bundle of love. | photo by @jadebrookbank | #wildercobalt Wilder & I finally got out of the house and had a little breakfast/coffee date with @urbanic at @gjustabakery. Good to feel like a human participating in life, even if just for a moment. 😉 This sweet boy has surpassed his birth weight by a whole pound this week! We couldn't be more proud of our little guy. Big appointment with the doctor tomorrow for an official weigh-in. Think chubby thoughts! | #wildercobalt Today marks one month since this sweet little boy made me a momma. I couldn't be more honored to be that for him. This little one is mine! ♡ In memory of my Grammy Betty, @_derekhansen and I wanted to do something small to honor her. We left some flowers on the point of the jetty after telling her we miss her. A couple days late, but as Grammy would understand, newborn life is unpredictable. ;) Obviously I stayed on shore, as I was wearing Wilder! What a gorgeous day it is here in Venice. We took a morning stroll down to the beach to break in the @ergobaby carrier and enjoy some sunshine! ☼ | #lovecarrieson #wildercobalt  #venice Only 1 week to go till my due date! 😉 Our little Wilder sure did have his own ideas for when he wanted to come! Tomorrow he is 4 weeks old...time flies. | #wildercobalt One year ago today, my beautiful, inspiring and always loving Grammy Betty passed from this life. As I hold my sweet baby boy and think of her today, I am so grateful for the life she helped give me, and the lessons she taught me, always encouraging and cheering me on along the way. I miss you every day, Grammy. Our weekend in Polaroids. || All photos by @_derekhansen. || #wildercobalt #2weeks This evening we took a family walk down to the beach to watch the sunset. I found myself just looking at this little guy all bundled up thinking about how he has already been in this world for 2 weeks! My heart has grown more than I thought possible, and my world is forever changed because of this little sweetie. || #wildercobalt #2weeks

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