Archives: July 2013


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 The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2013

How is it that it’s already almost August!?  The time goes by so quickly….something I will probably be saying for the rest of my life.  Either way, it’s here….which means that this sweet girl turns two in just a few weeks.

Rylee girl,

It feels like just yesterday we were wearing feathers and moccasins at the park, tasting cake for the first time, as we celebrated your first year of life.  You wore my favorite little mustard colored jumper that I’ve saved for your sister one day (or brother, God willing).  You had a mix of drool and watermelon juice soaking the front….but you were so happy.  You couldn’t quite walk yet….but we realized days later that you just wanted to wait until your birthday to take your first steps.  Now I can’t keep up with you.  What a year it’s been.  You’re my world Rylee Jean.  God knew what he was doing in blessing me with you.  No one else but you.  And the best part is…I feel like I am finally really getting to know you.  You’re smart and stubborn, funny and strong-willed.  You shy away in crowds, but bring out the ham around people you know.  You’re actually a lot like me in that way.  You love the ocean and the sand between your toes, just like your dad and I do.  Maybe one day, he will teach you how to surf.   You know just what to do to make me smile and to make me scream.  You wear me out, and you fill me up.  And at the end of each day, all I feel is this immense love for you….and this protection that I can’t really even explain.  You are mine and I am yours….we were made for each other.  A lot of days I ask myself how on earth I go so lucky.  I’m really not sure, but I’m so happy it’s you who calls me mama.  I have a feeling year 3 is going to be our best yet.

xo


TO WHAT LIES AHEAD
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LA Nite Tank c/o Free People  //  Silk Maxi Skirt – Zara //  Jacket – H&M  //  Newton Bootie c/o Wasteland  // Necklace – St. Eve Jewelry c/o Van De Vort

What a weekend! Saturday I met up with Chris Wiegand (other half to Casey Wiegand) to be filmed for his documentary “American Blogger”.  If you haven’t heard about it, you can read more about it here….or follow along on his journey across the US here. 

I realized two things.

One, that video cameras make me extremely nervous.  I tried to act natural, but acting natural in front a huge camera recording everything I was saying and doing….well, just didn’t come “naturally”.  Chris was great though, and as the day went on, I felt more and more comfortable.  But there was definitely a fair share of fumbling thoughts and awkward pauses.   I guess it’s just one of those things that you eventually get used to….and I was clearly a beginner!

Second, I realized how much has changed for me since starting this blog.  What began as a place just to share my artwork, has turned into something so much more.  A lot of people ask me what type of blog I have….and that’s always a hard question to answer.  A fashion blog?  An art blog? A lifestyle blog?  I’d tell them all of the above.  While fashion seems to be the dominant topic here, it wouldn’t be
“me” if I didn’t share about my art or my family.  They are two huge pieces of my life that make me who I am.  And not only that, but it’s so special for me to read back on past experiences and thoughts….to remember where I was at, and how far I’ve come.  All that to say, I am thankful I decided to start this little space.  I never thought that blogging would open up so many doors of opportunity, and I never thought that it would be something that I would enjoy so much.  For me, it’s been a really organic growth, and I’m really thankful to everyone who reads along and keeps up with me here.  The blogging community is pretty amazing!

Photos by Stone Crandall

 


SHOP FEATURE: VAN DE VORT
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Flynn Sky Jumper and St. Eve Necklace c/o Van De Vort  // Photos by Brooks Sterling

Introducing, Van De Vort.  A brand new San Diego boutique specializing in contemporary and bohemian-chic wear for the fashion minded.  Located in the Flower Hill Promenade in Del Mar, it’s one of the first boutiques to open in the new retail development that they are calling “The Row”.  Lots of exciting things happening over there!  I’m in trouble!  And I’m pretty excited about it.

I was able to stop by the shop last week to check it out and grab some goods, and honestly, it’s the shop San Diego has been missing!  All of my favorite label’s in one spot….Flynn Skye, Minkpink, Lovers + Friends, Wildfox…and more.  So many of the unique pieces I can usually only find online, now right in my backyard!   They are having a Grand Opening party on August 3rd, so any of you San Diego readers should totally come out!  More details to come on that later!

Happy Weekend!

And be sure to check out if you were the lucky winner of the 31 Bits Giveaway this morning!


COLORADO RUSTIC INSPIRED WEDDING INVITATION
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A few weeks back I got to work on this custom wedding invitation design.  I had so much fun with it and in the end, really loved the way it all came together.  My inspiration was colorado rustic…a mix of orange and yellow hues, antlers & succulents.  We decided to include several elements….a main invitation, an rsvp card, a mini website card and also a thank you card.  (Because no one wants to deal with figuring out thank you cards post wedding!).  It’s one of my favorites to date!


CLOUD NINE
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 Cloud Nine Necklace c/o 31 Bits // LA Nite Tank c/o Free People  //  Kimono – Kirious (similar 1 & 2) //  Jeffrey Campbell Foxtrot Sandal //  Photos by Stone Crandall

This look is part two of yesterday’s 31 Bits giveaway.  This necklace is my fave!  It’s part of their wedding collection, but I also think it looks great styled down for summer!  I can’t get enough of kimonos lately.  They are a perfect way to add style to a simple ensemble..  I found this one at Nordstrom but can’t for the life of me track it down.  A few others on my wishlist are: 1, 2 & 3.