Yay! I’m an auntie again! Two of my favorite people welcomed their first baby into the world yesterday.
A sweet little girl who I love so much already, Rella Mary, 7 lbs. 10 oz.
My friend Anna, who I introduced to you last summer, sent me the link to Punam Bean‘s portfolio when she heard I was looking for a wedding photographer in Southern California. Even though we had already booked someone, I couldn’t help but rifle through almost all of Punam’s beautiful work. This is my favorite wedding story from her blog. The colors and lighting are just amazing…
Sometimes inspiration comes to us in different forms.
Rooney Mara. Need I say more? Not only is she absolutely stunning, but her whole demeanor will lure you in. She carries herself with such confidence; mysterious and untouchable. Your worst nightmare fooling you for the girl next door. I love how she seems to be continuously reinventing herself – whether she’s getting ready for her next role or not, I don’t really care. Killer style never dies.
With a little less than 6 months until the wedding, I can finally say I’ve got most of the “big things” out the way. It feels so good to say that the following are booked : venue, photographer, music, officiant, hair + makeup. My dress just came in (!) and so did dresses and shoes for 2 of my 3 bridesmaids.
Save the Date cards went out in January and invitations are scheduled to print next week (which I’ll obviously go over in detail with you very soon.) Ryan and I went cake tasting last weekend and I must say, cake for breakfast is not the worst way to start your day.
Finally, I can relax a little bit and start focusing on all the fun stuff, like wedding jewelry! Check out these beauties I found on BHLDN. That sash is a must and those earrings are a definite yes, but I’ll probably skip the blingy clutch because I can’t imagine carrying anything around that day. Hopefully, I won’t need my wallet or phone for once in my life.
And while the necklace and bracelet are both gorg, I will most likely go with one or the other – even as a bride, you don’t want to over do it. Lastly, what do you think about the garter – is that even still a thing? I seriously doubt we’ll go that far with the cheesey traditions, but who knows. The details are still being worked out at this point ;)
Here we are at Monday again…Hope you had fun over the weekend! After back to back plans the last few months, I took advantage of the cloudy weather yesterday and just chilled out at home. It was lovely.
I finally got around to editing the last of my Europe photos :( and caught up on some of my favorite blogs. Hours later, I found myself digging through archives on The Selby, all the way back until a collection titled “2010 Favorites” snagged my attention. It was actually that summer, maybe June 2010, when I first stumbled upon the work of Todd Selby, so these photos felt familiar to me in a way. That initial infatuation revealed itself again and I’m feeling inspired to keep my camera on me at all times.
Selby has a way of leading you into someone else’s world for a ‘day in the life’ kind of thing, He invites you into a private space other than our own – without ever implying intrusion. Everything appears to be perfectly candid and in its natural state. Drawn to the quirks, realities, and even the most mundane of details, Selby simply reminds us that we are not the center of the universe.
Who inspires the photographer in you?
Today, we’re chatting with someone whom I greatly admire (and may be a bit jealous of)… Meet Kevin O’Gara, the brilliant mind behind Thou Swell, “a visual compilation of contemporary interiors, great products, interesting design and other bits and pieces…” I immediately fell for Kevin’s consistent style. With a blog so beautifully curated and written with such eloquence, you’d never guess he was only 16!!
“I am a student and blogger and love it because I am always learning new things.
I am inspired by designers and bloggers who have strayed off the beaten trail, and created a name for themselves through original and unexpected design.
To me, design means the union of form and function.
The one creative tool/resource I couldn’t live without is Pinterest (it’s just chock full of great inspiration).
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Istanbul, it’s rich history makes it a cultural capital of the Western world.
Lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Bossa Nova (Brazilian jazz – it’s so soothing)!
If I had to leave you with one bit of advice, in regards to living a creative life, it would be to ‘fill your vessel’ (as my mother would say) with inspiration and work you admire. It helps to fuel your creative pursuits!”
I can’t even tell you how happy I am to see that Kevin also believes in what I consider to be the true definition of design: the union of form and function. The advice given via mama O’Gara is also inspiring and so very true. I told Kevin that he has a bright, creative future ahead of him and I’m sure you’ll agree. Just keep doing what you’re doing!
p.s. I’m actually listening to a little Bossa Nova even as we speak – it’s exactly what my library needed.
Thanks again for the enlightenment, Kevin :)
I’m sorry, but everything from Baba Souk is adorable. This Montreal-based design collaboration supports indie creative businesses near and far. They’re all about handmade goodies crafted by both local designers and talented artists across the globe. So when that trip to Morocco just won’t fit into your schedule next week, leave it to Baba Souk – they’ll hand-pick something amazing and make it available to you with their online shop. So convenient!
Check out their beliefs and this inspiring interview:
We believe independent design is creative freedom.
We believe crafted and handmade is better.
We believe creativity is pure happiness.
We believe Monday mornings should be as inspiring as Saturday nights.
We believe in following our dreams even if we have to struggle for them.
We believe in sharing our inspiration and our happiness.
A few weeks into Spring and it’s not boot season anymore, but my toes aren’t quite ready for sandals, so d’Orsay flats have become the perfect in-between shoe for me. These super comfy slip ons are sophisticated, yet so much easier to run around in than heels, which make them perfect for the office. My only problem now is deciding which ones to wear that day…
Here are just a few d’Orsays that would probably go with anything I own. The classics are always a must but I can’t deny a fun animal print when I see one… Which pair is calling your name??
If I didn’t already have such a busy year ahead, I would definitely make time for a weekend in New York City. Ryan’s never been and that’s hard for me to imagine even though I’ve only visited a few times myself. All I know is that NYC leaves an impression on you that lasts forever. It’s another animal. Grit and glamour.
My very first experience in New York was actually a class trip in 5th grade – I was only 11 and don’t remember much more than the 5 hour bus ride. But a few years later, I went with one of my best girlfriends and her parents. We were still only tweens then but old enough to see why this city was so famous. I left infatuated with Broadway, the amazing restaurants, the melting pot of cultures, and of course, the living, breathing world of fashion. That same friend moved to Manhattan as soon as she possibly could and I love having her there as an excuse to visit today.
Now as an adult, I can appreciate New York on a different level and I’m inspired by something new every time I travel through. The fast-paced lifestyle is both so attractive and intimidating to me, making the people-watching that much more interesting. I’m dying to bring my camera next time and can’t wait to introduce Ryan.
If money were no object, I’d put us up in a posh penthouse like this. What do you think? Wanna go?