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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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This kid. We had such a great day at the park today - he is becoming more and more adventurous, is coming out of his shell more every day, and is starting to try to figure out the social aspects of playing/communicating with other kids. He's just the best. #wildercobalt Wilder turned 16 months old today! I can't believe how big he is getting. He is so curious about every little thing, and has the sweetest personality and sense of humor. Of course his toddler tantrums are insane and overwhelming at times, but overall, the amazingness outweighs the tough parts, and I'm so thankful. ❤️ #wildercobalt This sweetie has been giving me a serious run for my money lately. Toddler tantrums in full swing, and without the language skills to even tell me what's wrong, it really complicates things. Even with all that, his sweet giggles, funny games, and new skills/words he acquires daily cancel it all out. Playing with him and kissing those cute little cheeks make every day amazing. 😍 #wildercobalt Wilder's first tattoo was...a success...? He was so squirmy when I was putting it on him, and he ripped it off too quick, so only about 1/3 of the palm tree wearing sunglasses made it. Oh well. He likes it. 😎🌴 #wildercobalt Today Wilder had his first swimming lesson. It wasn't quite as I had envisioned it...he screamed and cried basically the entire time. 🙈 I've heard that's not abnormal, but I somehow thought we would be different... #yeahright #wildercobalt Today on the way to his 15 month appointment at the pediatrician, he dumped all his water on his lap, totally soaking his shorts (& carseat). 😂 So, pantsless it was! #wildercobalt #15months Last weekend, Wilder turned 15 months old. How in the world is he already 15 months?! He is so curious and loves exploring everything and examining every little detail to see how things work. He is such a sweet-hearted guy. I'm lucky to spend my days with him. ❤️ #wildercobalt My dearest Wilder, how are you already 14.5 months old? You are growing every day, every moment, before my very eyes. You are becoming a human I am so proud of - sweet, funny, loving, determined, observant, adventurous. Last night you were having a hard time sleeping, so I sat with you in my arms for a while. You fell asleep hard on my shoulder, and I could feel your heart beating with mine, the weight of your body getting heavier and heavier, and your breath slowing as you fell deeper into dreamland. In that moment I felt more connected to you than ever before, and I felt deep in my bones and in a soul-wrenching way the complete blessing that you are. On good days and on bad, I am your momma, and I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was made for you. I love you to the moon and back, little bug. #wildercobalt Happy Easter, y'all! 🐣🐰💐 #wildercobalt Another from the wedding yesterday:
Just taking a quick break from all the playing, dancing and eating!
#lazysundaywedding #wildercobalt

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