Archives: November 2013


4 years
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#FBF to 4 and a half years ago, a few months before Sam and I tied the knot.  It feels like centuries ago that these photos were taken (and it looks like it too! ….a few wrinkles later…)  SO much has changed in our lives…we got married, changed careers, welcomed a baby…we’ve fought, we’ve celebrated, we’ve cried….we’ve had some high highs and some low lows….but here we are….still together.  Still in love.  More today than the day before….and more than every day before that.

Life is funny.  Love is funny.  Growing up you expect it be this fairy tale.  And I suppose in the beginning it sort of is.  But after all the butterflies and first dates, you are only left to discover the person, the heart.  And you realize that love takes work, sacrifice and effort.  It’s worth every bit of it….but it’s certainly not the cake walk my 20 year old self expected.  When I first met Sam I told my sisters I was just not sure….I mean, he was great….he was just “too pretty”.  I knew those guys, and they were always trouble.  But not Sam.  I quickly fell in love with his heart…his love for people, his generosity, his sense of humor, his desire to serve, his creativity, and yes, that smile.  There were also things about him that drove me nuts, and trust me, vice versa.  But more than those things there was a true honest love that neither of us could deny.  We knew we had found it in each other….and we promised to make it forever.  Four years after saying I do, I feel like there are still things I am learning about him, about us….and what makes us tick as a couple.  You think you know all of those things before you get married and that is so far from the truth.  Everyday I am learning.  Learning how to be a better person and a better partner to him.  I wouldn’t replace the fights and the hard times for anything….because they’ve only made us stronger and love deeper.  I think when we are old and grey we will still be finding ways to grow in our relationship.

Through everything, I know that I have his love and support.  He’s on my side and I’m on his and we will always fight for each other in any circumstance.  We are partners in raising a little life together and that has been more bonding than anything.  It’s good to have someone you can always trust, someone who makes you feel safe and protected.  That’s Sam to me.  I’ve been lucky to have 4 years with this man and I hope I am lucky enough to have 80 more.  Happy Anniversary to the love of my life.

It’s always this time of year that I like to re-watch this video that our friend Russell put together for us to show on our wedding day.  Click through to watch the video if you want to…..

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45/52 – COUSINS
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The 52 Project – a portrait series of my daughter, once a week in 2013

This weekend I got to play photographer and snap some pictures of my little sister’s sweet family for their Christmas card.  I’m by no means a pro, but I was pretty proud of myself with what we were able to capture!  Photography is one thing….trying to get 4 kids to sit still and look at the camera at the same time is a whole different ball game!  You start making noises and dancing in ways you’d never dream of.  As you can see, she has the most adorable three boys on the planet….and obviously,  they are Rylee’s favorite guys.  I didn’t want to spoil their card in case anyone that reads here will be receiving one, but I wanted to share a few of my favorite outtakes.  We had to get Rylee in there for a few.  I love that all of these little people are going to grow up together.  My older sister is due in February with her first baby girl, so we are excited to add another little lady to the mix.  Rylee is already turning into quite the tomboy with her growing love for spiderman and trucks (thanks boys!).  Love this family of mine.


LOOKBOOK X BLACK SWAN

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Fur Coat c/o Black Swan / Ace & Jig Tunic – Lone Flag (in store) / Necklace and Opal Stone Ring c/o St. Eve Jewelry

I’ve never been more content looking like a woolly mammoth.  This shaggy coat by Black Swan is so perfect for winter.  San Diego winter, not so much….which is why I think I need to take a trip to NY.  I could think up about a thousand excuses to visit NY, but this is a pretty good one ;)

This weekend was pretty epic.  We celebrated the launch of Lone Flag with a big bash with friends and family and supporters.  It was so cool to see so many people come out to celebrate with us and encourage us.  I know Sam is right at home there and I love to see him so passionate about work!  It’s definitely been a huge leap for us in almost all areas of our lives, but it’s really fulfilling to finally have our doors open for business!  Our online store is set to launch really soon as well, so I’ll keep you posted on that too!  Ladies, it’ll be a great place to buy your guy a Christmas gift!  It’s chalk full of “man stuff”.  (Trust me, I know how hard they are to shop for!!)  xx

 


Lone Flag Launch Party
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A few more sneak peaks Lone Flag.

Today is the day! The launch party of Sam’s store happened to fall on the same day he was born.  Happy Birthday Sam and Happy Birthday Lone Flag!  Come celebrate with us tonight if you are in SD!

 Really looking forward to what this year has in store for us!

Lone Flage Launch Party_flyer

GIVE WITH GLAM: 31 BITS

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

Kelli Murray / Give with Glam / 31 Bits

The Gatsby Necklace & The City Glow Bracelet c/o 31 Bits //  Ace & Jig dress available at Lone Flag / FP Matador Hat

I teamed up with the wonderful ladies over at 31 Bits to join in on the launch of their brand new holiday collection, Give with Glam.  Each item in the collection uses beads rolled out of recycled paper, which are then coated in holiday shades of glitter.  And what’s even more special is that all of these pieces are handmade by women in Uganda, providing them with jobs and education to get out of poverty!  Such a cool gift to give this holiday season.

Speaking of holiday season, how is it that time of year already!?  This season will be an interesting one for us as new shop owners! As much as I generally try to avoid the crowds, we are crossing our fingers that the Lone Flag will be bustling! We opened our doors on Friday and it’s been so cool to meet new people and see the response from customers.  This Ace & Jig dress I am wearing is actually available now in store….(if you are interested, we ship! Just email sam@loneflag.co for availability).  The online store should be up and running very soon!  I’ve been a busy bee getting it ready!  Can’t wait to share with you guys.

And if you live in San Diego, we are having a LAUNCH PARTY this Friday, the 8th, from 7-11 pm at the shop.  I’d love to meet you!!