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Rylee: Vintage Dress / Minnetonka moccs   Me:  One Teaspoon Dress / Spell Kimono

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Rylee and I got to be a part of this bohemian inspired shoot for Glitter Guide a couple weeks ago, along with some of our favorite mamas and little ones.    The shoot came together with the help of creative mind Tori Hendrix of Sitting in Tree, inspired by music festivals, motherhood, and the bohemian lifestyle.  It was such a fun day for all of us!  Read the full article over on Glitter Guide!

Mommas Involved:  Tori Hendrix and daughter Lucca Valentine / Cassidy June and daughter Rylie Alisa / Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee Jean / Isobel Benesch and son Holden

Vendors:  Creative Director: Tori of Sitting in a Tree / Florals: Bloem Hill / Photography: Taryn Kent / Hair and Makeup: 10.11 MAKEUP

Apparel / Jewelry Contributors:  Van de Vort / Minnetonka / Lauren Moffatt / Shel Couture Jewelry / Mr. BlueSkye Jewelry

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Have you guys checked out the new A Beautiful Mess Photo Actions yet?  If you are an amateur photographer like me, or even a professional, you know what a game changer actions can be.  If you have no idea what an “action” is, let me fill you in.  Actions are simply a series of recorded steps to help a photographer achieve a look without having to manually apply each process.  With a click of a button, you can enrich and enhance your photos in seconds.  Actions are an everyday tool for me in my photo editing and speed up my process tenfold.  If you’ve never given them a try, I’d encourage you to!

I recently got the Complete Collection of actions from the A Beautiful Mess Shop and I was blown away by them.  There are so many options to choose from, depending on the look you are going for.  The Folk Collection has some of my favorite actions which are more moody and bold.  The Fresh Collection gives your photos more of a pop with brightness and color.  And the Signature Collection has some of your every day go-to actions that take your images from flat and dull to vibrant and cheerful.

All of these images of Rylee were edited using the ‘Spring’ action from the Signature Collection.  I also used the ‘Stella’ action (also in the signature collection) on top of the Spring action, but bumped down the opacity to 20% so that action was not too strong.


For this image, I added the ‘sun flare 2′ action that is a part of the Fresh Collection.

GIVEAWAY: Julia Kostreva 2014 planner
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I’ve got a giveaway for you today from the lovely and talented Julia Kostreva! Julia is a graphic designer and creative director out of San Francisco.  She has her hand in everything from home goods to accessories, fine art to web design.   And today, she is offering one lucky reader one of her beautifully designed 2014 Daily Planners.  Available in your choice of colors: Cream/Gray, Pink/Green, or Painter Striped.  I love the minimal, clean design and typography.  And it allows for plenty of writing space, which is surprisingly not easy to find in a planner.  Never too late to get organized!

To enter to win, simply follow Julia on FACEBOOK and comment below with your favorite style!  A winner will be chosen on Friday, March 7th.

*This giveaway has ended.  Congrats Daniela!  Email me to claim your planner!





White Like A Unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

These girls know how to throw a party!  Instead of throwing the traditional holiday soiree, they decided to go with an out-of-the-box party that was more fantasy than real life. And when it comes to fantasy, what’s better than unicorns?  I created a whimsical design for the invitation, and a larger than life unicorn poster for their game of “pin the horn on the unicorn” (a whole lot of fun after a few cocktails!).  Everything turned out so magical.

All of the photos and party details can be found over one Glitter Guide!

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I came across Artifact Uprising a few years ago and was instantly hooked.  They make the most beautiful high-quality photo books in a variety of options all using 100% post-consumer waste recycled paper.  While “recycled” and “quality” don’t usually go synonymously, I promise these are some of the best on the market! (and I also just love their passion for protecting the environment).  Last year, I ordered one of their mini soft cover books to document Rylee’s first year….I loved it so much I vowed to do it every year after.  So far, so good.  Lucky for us, AU just came out with an iphone app where you can create your own photo book straight from your iphone!  You can download the app right here.  It’s how I created my latest book.  A perfect Christmas gift if you ask me!

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And now for the fun part!  Artifact Uprising is generously giving away a photo book to 3 lucky readers!  Not one, not two, but three!  Just use the form below to enter!  I’ll choose the 3 winners next Friday, the 29th.  Open to U.S readers only.  (and all entrants will be emailed a 10% discount code for future orders!)

And in the meantime, download the app and play around with your options!