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Friday, November 29, 2013
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Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Last week was my sister's birthday and we headed out to a little old town here in Connecticut for lunch with our mom and the rest of my sisters. It was a quaint little area filled with art galleries, an organic juice bar, and cozy coffee shop - totally my kind of area. The day wasn't so gorgeous though, and it was one of those 'I don't know what to wear' days. I wanted to look nice for my sister's birthday of course, yet still feel comfortable. Enter this little black and white shift I scooped up at Zara during their last sale. I last wore it in NY for fashion week with bare legs + sky high strappy sandals. But clearly it can double as a winter shift complete with black tights + booties!
Zara Dress // J.Crew Cocoon Coat // Celine Bag // Vince Camuto Booties (get 20% off the Rag + Bone ones at Shopbop!) // Glitter Vault Necklace // Capwell Co Rings
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013
A good friend of mine, Ariel, recently started a custom handmade stationery and small party supply company called Until Next Time Notes. This past fall, she had the fun idea of bringing together one of her packages for a holiday shoot and asked me to be a part of it. You may remember my sharing of some photos a few weeks back over on instagram -- well today I have some of our final photos for you! The shoot was so much fun. Ariel did such a fantastic job of bringing together all the supplies and adding necessary touches like fresh flowers, sequins, and even sweets!
Handmade favor boxes housed our unopened mini champagne bottles.
handmade placecards for each setting
the final place setting
adorable straws arranged on the buffet
popping some bubbly to celebrate a successful shoot!
I was so impressed with Ariel's holiday package - for more details on each of the parts of the party package, head over to the UNTN Blog for Ariel's complete descriptions. If you're hosting an upcoming party, event, or even planning a wedding I would encourage you to check out Ariel's services. She is so pertinent to each detail and works with every client uniquely to ensure they have the product they want. Stay tuned for more upcoming collaborations + shoots for other holidays with Until Next Time Notes!
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Monday, November 25, 2013
This one word has been on my mind all week and I couldn't get away from it. I thought of sharing something of the 'thanksgiving' sort but it just didn't sit well with me and I just felt to share a bit of why for today's motivation!
This past week I lost a friend suddenly in a tragic car accident. He was 24 - an aspiring photographer full of passion for life, infectious happiness, undeniably hilarious sarcasm, and a smile that could turn any frown upside down. He impacted people in the way he spent his time. Instead of just showing up to work every day, he was actually present and excited to be there. When I first met him, he was the first person to welcome and include me in a special group of friends I can now call family. These are just two of so many examples of how his presence, his time, mattered.
His sudden death is heart wrenching and has left me with a noticeable heavy feeling since the moment I received the news earlier this week. I've almost felt guilty carrying on in my everyday activities and devoting so much time to my work or being 'so busy'. Isn't it ironic that every single other thing and life immediately continues on when a life has been taken? We can't pause our time - it keeps going, ticking, racing, and passing.. Am I so consumed with my busyness that I can't take one second to change how my time is spent?
But, I am incredibly challenged by this life and the way it was lived. Truthfully, I always thought he was
If something were to happen to you/me in the coming days, would you have a list of things you've been wanting to do/see/experience, people to spend time with, more time living and less time working.... fill in your blank.
I challenge/motivate you this week, through the testimony of my friend's life - his time, to value your time more and spend it wisely. Choose the things you do with divine purpose. Choose a career you are passionate about, not just one that will pay your bills. Choose your friends/those you spend time with carefully. Spend more time simply being, and doing the things you don't want to do today and keep putting off until tomorrow.
This post was more personal than many here on the blog, but one I just wanted to share. Please feel free to email/comment with any questions or comments - I am happy to share more details on this story if it has somehow impacted your life and encouraged you! My friend was a dear believer and follower of Christ and I am so overjoyed to say he is with his Lord and Savior today!
Friday, November 22, 2013
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.
Now that we have cold temps pretty consistently, I've been wearing my boots almost everyday. Connecticut just seems to scream riding boot, so these are going to be perfect paired with my oversized sweaters, scarves, and vests - like the one I'm wearing here. Now you're wanting a pair for yourself, aren't you? Well, I have exciting news! Ariat is giving away boots (and more products) over on their Facebook page. Head over there to enter! (Note: Contest begins November 18.)
I'm also head over heels for my new weekender bag from Sole Society. I've been wanting this bag for what seems like ages and it's finally mine! I have been finding reasons to use it, just because. It also has been doubling as a work bag for me, if I need to run out of the house for a shoot or client meeting and want a little more extra room than my typical work tote.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ariat.
To learn more about Ariat and enter their fabulous giveaway on Facebook, please visit: http://bit.ly/1hQteNk.