Friday, August 21, 2020

Family Photo Inspo

  There are several things I have learned over the years in regards to getting ready to have photos taken. These are the things that make me feel my best before taking photos:

SELF TANNER: I always put on some sort of self tanner the night before, this makes SUCH a difference to me. I am obsessed with these drops that I mix with my good old Jergens moisturizer. The medium is my favorite for the most natural glow, but I have also used the dark and have been happy with the results. I use this self tanner on my face and absolutely love it too, I use it three times a week!! Just make sure you really wash in-between your fingers or you will be stained!  FYII; Before I used these drops I was a die-hard Jergens Natural Glow self tanner girl...this option is much more budget friendly!

PAINT YOUR NAILS: I also always paint my nails because it just makes me feel put together, I swear by this top coat to make sure my nails don't chip before the photos! 

BLOW IT OUT: The other game changer for me has been this hair dryer! I usually just let my hair air dry but I always always use this hair drying brush before an event because it makes my hair so smooth and adds so much volume. 

BAT THOSE LASHES: The last thing I have found to make a big difference in photos is wearing false eyelashes. If you put them on and feel like you feel crazy or unnatural...its ok I have TOTALLY felt like that too but I promise that they look so great in photos!! These are my absolute favorites.

GET ORGANIZED: My last tip to you is to be organized...especially if you are doing a family photo shoot and need a lot of different outfits. I always lay out the pieces on my bed and see how all the colors look together. I personally think that solids are the best foundation to start with for photos and mixing in only one to two prints that are not too busy. See below for some inspiration!  Everything is linked at the very bottom!

Gingham Smocked Dress // Black Short Sleeved Henley (mens) // Chambray Button Down // Girls Cream Short Romper // Baby Cream Romper // Baby Boy Chambray Romper (JANIE&JACK)  // Toddler Boy Henley // Toddler Boy Shorts 

For an end of summer photoshoot in a sunflower field I was really inspired by this black and white gingham dress and then planned all the other pieces around it. I didn't want the black and white to be super harsh so I softened the overall look with cream and some soft chambray! I added a red lip to my look for a pop of contrasting color with the yellow sunflowers!

Gray Off Shoulder Sweater // Denim // Floral Maxi Dress (OBSESSED) // Mens Olive Crew // Mens Jeans // Girls Navy Dress // Girls Olive Floral Dress // Toddler Gingham Dress // Toddler Navy Bell Sleeve Dress // Baby Boy Striped Tee // Baby Boy Gray Henley // Baby Boy Olive Pants // Baby Boy Vans // Baby Girl Onesie // Baby girl knee high socks 

Olive and navy is another color combination that I love for fall photos! I really like this particular color combo balanced out with a light gray...make sure you have enough of the gray (or cream if you like that better) to make sure your photos are not dominated by the dark navy or olive. This mens crew neck is from AMAZON!! I bought it for Dave and he wears it all the time, it looks really nice on and I think the color would be great for fall photos. 


Thursday, August 6, 2020

Nordstrom Sale 2020

Top Row: 1. 2. 3. 4 

Denim: 1. 2. 3

Boots // Mules // Gold Hoops // Pajamas ($39 during sale! $65 after) // Bra

This year I focused my Nordstrom Sale post on Items that I love based on past purchases or and items that really help to build your wardrobe and will remain staples there! I personally think that the Nordstrom Sale is a great time to buy items that rarely go on more expensive denim brands, Fall shoes, and outerwear! Of course these are also the items that sell out the quickest so you need to be ready!!!
I added two pairs of black denim to my list above because I wear them so often in fall! The made well pair are such a good fit and in my experience have minimal fading when cared for properly. 

There are also all my other picks at the very bottom of this post!!! 

The Patagonia jacket is going to go might be gone by the time you read this but I am really hoping to get one this year!! 

The boots I have shown above are a personal favorite of mine, the updated point this year is AMAZE and you will reach for these all the time!!! I wear mine fall and spring and they are absolutely worth every single penny!

My favorite jammies of all time now come in a pink and white stripe...if you are having a baby girl please buy these and wear them in the hospital for me!!!!! SO CUTE! I have worn these jammies in the hospital with both of my babies and reach for them more often than any others. 

The Nordstrom Sale always holds some good baby finds....things that will absolutely not go on sale at any other time (in my experience). The Uppababy stroller is what we have and use with two babies as a double stroller right now...we LOVE it and this is a great deal on one of their prettiest colors! We also use this Nuna Carseat with Lila and are really happy with it...I paid full price so this is awesome for anyone who is looking for a convertible car seat! 
The Little Giraffe blanket is the softest thing ever and I am so happy I purchased it in white with my first baby! Now I use it with our baby boy and it is just as soft as when I bought it. The quality is great and it washes up amazing. 
The Comotomo bottles are another thing that will never go on sale get both sizes with this deal and I would absolutely recommend this!

May the odds ever be in your favor!! Happy Shopping Friends!


Monday, July 13, 2020

Playhouse Remodel

We are really really happy we made the decision to move out of the city this year. Our condo would have been really hard to live in with two little babies, and our backyard has been a life saver! We have been spending tons of time outside playing with chalk, bubbles...if its an outdoor toy sold at Target we probably have it out of quarantine desperation. I decided that I wanted a play house for Lila in the backyard too but the ones I actually liked were crazy expensive. I saw tons of cute play house hacks on Pinterest and decided to tackle one myself! I ordered everything online without setting foot in a store. It was such a fun and easy project and I totally reccommend this particular play house!!!
Everything will be linked at the bottom of the post!

I wanted the farmhouse modern feel to the house...haha! White house, Black trim & roof with a beuuatiful french blue door. I also spray painted the kitchen bronze because the way it came was just not as cute! 

Playhouse // White House Paint // Black Roof Paint // Door Color: Benjamin Moore Smoke // Rose Gold Spray Paint // Black Spray Paint (for window panes & window boxes) //  Peonies // Planters (sold out but these are perfect and you could paint them any color!) //

Look at this transformation!

Monday, April 27, 2020

Kid Closet Organization

WOO HAPPY MONDAY! it is Monday isnt it?? This quarantine life is crazy you guys!! I organized both Lila and Teddy's closets while I was pregnant and in the nesting mode. This is such a budget friendly and beyond easy way to organize the inside of your closet and I could not be happier with the way it turned out! These cubbies and cubes have kept me so organized and keep the closets looking so pretty! I wanted to share in case any of you needed a quarantine project...these items came to my house within the week I ordered them and everything was so easy to assemble!

The cubbies I used are these here and you can select either the dark wood color or the white! There are also smaller sizes available like this one and this one! I will link all the cubes seperately under each photo as the color schemes are so different!

Cubby // Wicket Basket // Black Cube // Striped Cubes