#FBF MANCHESTER

10/24/2014

Halloween is so close! Keeping in the Halloween spirit, here’s a gothy set of Manchester from August 2011.



Dani & Robert | A Fraiser Park Engagement session | Part one

10/22/2014

Here’s part one of Dani & Robert’s engagement session. It was freezing (to anyone that lives in Southern California) and we drove an hour and a half to go to the top of the mountain. Tied up Sparta (the beast) and set up a tint. Then we shot until the sun sank behind the mountain.



Monday MMMix-up

10/20/2014

I’ve been working with sooooo many couples lately and I’m really feeling all the love. I’m editing everyday and feeling so warm and fuzzy so I decided to make this week’s MONDAY mmmix-up a romance and love theme. Enjoy the romance below!

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I’m really into the Growlers lately. Maybe it’s because my boyfriend is obsessed and I’m constantly hearing them and they’ve grown on me. Or maybe it’s just because I’m really into gritty music. But either way, I find this song to be so sweet and so relatable. A song about being better for someone you love and giving them everything you can someday. To want to grow and be better for someone else is romance.

|MOTIVATION|

This and other beautiful love inspired pieces can be found on The First Snow.

|MANICURE|

What screams love&romance more than hearts? If you want to learn how to the do the heart nail, check out a tutorial here.

|MAKEUP|

I’ve been shooting a lot of weddings and engagement photos lately and the trending look is definitely the deep burgundy lip. So beautiful. So Classic. So romantic. For tips on pulling off the burgundy lip, check out The Glitter Guide.

|MOODBOARD|

Lazy days, roses, bedroom eyes. soft pinks and soft light. Beautiful moodboard created by Studio Meroe.

Header image found here.



Morgan & Zach | A Somis Wedding

10/17/2014

I frequently work weddings with Matt Grashaw. One of us books a wedding and usually hires the other to help out. We’ve been doing it together for a couple years now and I don’t see it stopping anytime soon. Matt asked me to work Morgan and Zach’s wedding at Hartley Botanica, but I had no idea it was going to be so freakin’ cool. It was a science themed, Jewish wedding. Now, we already know I’m a nut for a good theme, but I had never been to a Jewish wedding before, and dude, THEY ARE SO FUN. Why didn’t anyone tell me?

They decorated with beakers and flowers. The tables were named after scientists as opposed to just being numbered. The wedding favors were these lightbulb terrariums that Morgan made and apparently spent months tending to the tiny plants inside. It was really, quite cool.

Morgan and her bridemaids wore these beautiful flower crowns that had tiny flowers and blackberries in them. They were so sweet and so pretty.

Jewish wedding are something special and I’m still really stoked that I got to work one. There are so many ceremonies and traditions and it’s all really beautiful. Everything that is done for most of the day is done with purpose and is so significant. They’re not going through the motions to humor the family; it’s truly meaningful and beautiful. I couldn’t get enough of it.

At the end of the day, it really is just a giant celebration. So much joy and laughter. This was one of my favorite weddings that I’ve had the chance to work. It was beautiful and fun and such an honor to be a part of it all.

If you want to see more or know more about this wedding, it was published on Style Me Pretty, the wedding blog. Morgan explains her planning of the wedding and how she made it all come together. It’s a cool read.

Have you been to a Jewish wedding? What was it like? I want to hear crazy stories!



Birchbox Fashionista Box Review

10/15/2014

I used to subscribe to Birchbox and ultimately cancelled my subscription because I was tired of getting hair-ties and different brands of the same red lipstick. It was cheap and exciting to get something in the mail every month, but most of the time I just got crap. I recently got an email with a code to get the Fashionista Birchbox so I signed back up to give it a go. Maybe I would get cooler brands and better product?

I got this month’s Birchbox a couple days ago and completely forgot that I signed back up. I got that little excitement again when I saw it in the mail and actually got kind of nervous opening it up. When I looked inside, I was pretty unenthused until I started actually looking at what I got. Check out the run down below.

dr. brandt pores no more vacuum cleaner
sample size .25 oz | full-size price: $45
Award-winning gel that degunks pores for fewer blackheads and spotlight-ready smooth skin.
I’m definitely interested to try this, though I have to wait a few more days because I just got a peel. The package says that it turns blue when it’s drying and causes a cool feeling that feels similar to what I imagine it would feel like if your face chewed gum. I know this brand pretty well and like their other products so I’m looking forward to trying this.

Macadamia Professional Flawless Cleansing Conditioner
sample size 3 oz | full-size price: $15-$33
This multipurpose, no suds formula cleanses and softens hair, plus cuts blow-dry time.
Generally, I’m not a fan of cleansing conditioners. I’ve tried the Enjoy one and while I liked how my hair felt after, I hate when it doesn’t foam up as I’m washing my hair. I’m also not stoked on trying this because I’m a die hard Moroccan Oil fan so I kind of turn my nose up to Macadamia Oil. BUT, I am intrigued by the fact that it says it cuts blow-dry time so I’m interested to see how well it works. I’ve used other products that are supposed to cut blow-dry time down and usually I avoid them because I feel like they have too much alcohol, but this is definitely different. I’ll report back once I try it.

Laura Mercier Full Blown Volume Supreme Mascara
sample size .2 oz | full-size price: $24
Makeup artist-designed, water resistant formula that lengthens, volumizes, and curls.
Laura Mercier is a kick ass brand and I’m always in need of mascara so I can’t wait to try this tomorrow.

Naobay Body Radiance Lotion
sample size 1.01 oz | full-size price $24
Natural beauty is in: this Spanish cream hydrates and softens with olive oil and avocado.
I’m not really big on lotions. I have 100 of them that I never use, but I tried this one a couple hours ago by putting it on the back of one of my hands and I’m happy to report that that hand is still much softer and much more moisturized than the hand I didn’t use it on. I had hopes that this lotion had a slight shimmer to it since it has “radiant” in the name, but I’m sad to report no shimmer or shine. Oh, well.

Cynthia Rowley Beauty Silver Eyeliner
sample size .03oz | full-size price $16
A luxe, creamy liner from NYC-based designer for smudge-proof, all-day wear.
I’m excited to try this one because I have another silver liner that I love, but it makes my eyes itch like crazy. I swatched this on the back of my hand and it glides on very smooth, but it is very shimmery so I suspect it’ll feel like glitter in your eye if you get too close to your waterline.

OVERALL RATING: I would give this box 4/5 stars mostly because I’m so tired of lotion, but mostly everything was pretty good. Definitely better than most of the boxes I’ve received.



Monday MMMix-up

10/13/2014

Hiiii! I missed last week’s Monday MMMix-up because I was out of town working a wedding in the Bay Area so it seemed only fitting that this week’s Monday MMMix-up should be Bay Area themed. While I was up North, Hardly Strictly was going on, while I didn’t go, I really wanted to, so a lot of inspiration for this post comes from the music festival. Enjoy!

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|MOTIVATION|

For more typography, photography, videography, and other varieties of “ography,” check out Ben Halpin. It took a lot of work to find this guy and although I’m pretty sure a lot of what is on his blog what done with his phone, I’m still pretty into it. The camera doesn’t make the photographer.

|MANICURE|

OPI’s Keeping Suzi at Bay. You can read a full review on this color and the full San Francisco collection over at Makeup and Beauty Blog.

|MOODBOARD|

I wanted foggy mornings and cool breezes when I was in the bay area, but I just got heat, heat and more heat. So here’s a beauitful foggy San Francisco moodboard created by Creatively Driven to make up for what I missed.

|MAKEUP|

When I was up North over the weekend, it was 90 degrees! I thought I was getting away from the LA weather, but boy, was I wrong. When it’s that hot out, your face melts off. Bye makeup! Bye perfect winged eyeliner! Hello raccoon eyes! I’m used to the LA heat and therefor I have plenty of makeup that won’t budge, but in case you need to find products that can beat the heat, here’s a great list of products to get you started.

Beautiful header image by Alessandrogiraldi.



DIY: no sew shirt skirt

10/08/2014

Chanelle and I have worked together about a billion times throughout the years. We met in high school and now, ten years later, she’s killing it. She’s the owner of Penelope’s Vintage, an online vintage store, she’s a blogger that was featured in an ad campaign for Forever21, and she just came out with her own clothing line, Valley High. I’m obsessed with her because she’s one of the coolest, down to earth chicks I know. And I’m so freaking proud of her.

Since she just launched her clothing line, I was looking through my archives of stuff that we shot together and I came across a shoot we did ages ago where she used an over-sized button up shirt as a skirt. (I told you she was cool.) And I loved it so much that I decided to feature it on my blog.

It’s really very simple. You button up the shirt around you like a skirt, tuck in the collar, and tie the sleeves into a bow. If you want a step by step tutorial, I found one here, which is actually another way to funk it up, but the same concept. You can see the result below. Enjoy!

How would you style this look? Have you done it before? Send me your looks in the comments below!

xo.



#FBF: Manchester

10/03/2014

I’m really feeling the fall vibes lately. It’s cooler, a little bit windier, a little bit darker. I just want to cozy up with my tea, wrapped in a blanket, and watch movies all day everyday. For this week’s Flashback Friday, I pulled some images from when I shot with Manchester back in August of 2011. We went to one of favorite spots out in the hills of Simi Valley and shot until our hearts were content. She was so awesome and had brought this amazing wardrobe. She was quick and professional, but so fun. She wore this amazing velvet floral dress and a belt that she made by pinning a bunch of accessories and jewelry to it. And she has a Lisa Frank sleeve. How could I not love her?



Pumpkin Sugar Cookies

10/01/2014

It’s National Homemade Cookie Day! Shit, yeah! Who doesn’t love cookies? And who doesn’t like them better from scratch?

One of my best friends has her own blog too, called The Dating Department, where she talks relationships, health, fun things, silly things, and FOOD. When I told Sara that National Homemade Cookie Day was coming up, we agreed the best way to celebrate would be to make cookies together. And since it’s October (see also: we’re obsessed with fall), we decided we really wanted to make pumpkin cookies. I found a recipe on trusted ol’ Pinterest, went over to this babe’s house, and we baked cookies and talked and really, I don’t know why I don’t bake with my girlfriends more often. We decided that we are definitely going to do it more so here’s our first installment of Shurie and Sara make things (we’re still working on the name). Enjoy!

PUMPKIN sugar cookies

PREP TIME: 45 min COOK TIME: 15 min

makes 24 cookies

CALORIES:
cookie without frosting: 200
cookie with frosting: 250

YOU WILL NEED:

cookies
1 cup butter, softened
½ cup canned pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie filling)
1 cup sugar
⅔ cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 eggs
4 cups flour
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

frosting
4 tablespoons butter, softened
2 tablespoons cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons sour cream or plain greek yogurt
3 cups powdered sugar

INSTRUCTIONS

In a large bowl, mix together butter, pumpkin, sugar, powdered sugar, vanilla, and eggs until smooth. In another bowl whisk together flour, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, and pumpkin pie spice.

Gradually mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients until incorporated. Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 and lightly grease a baking sheet with cooking spray. Roll dough into 2-inch balls and place on baking sheet. Use the bottom of a tall glass (or a small jar) to flatten the dough balls to ½ inch thickness. Bake for 10-14 minutes until cookies start to look “dry”. Allow to cool completely on the baking sheet.

To prepare the frosting, cream together butter and cream cheese in a medium bowl. Mix in sour cream. Gradually mix in powdered sugar. Store in airtight container.

Store cookies in an airtight container (separate layers of cookies with wax paper or parchment paper) Frost cookies immediately before serving.

NOTES
*prep time includes 30 minute chilling time
**recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest



Monday MMMix-up

09/29/2014

Since today is National Coffee Day, I decided that would be great theme for this week’s Monday MMMix-up. I loooove coffee! I will scream my love for coffee from the mountain tops. I was a barista for almost ten years and now coffee runs through my veins so, of course, I’ll take any excuse to talk coffee. Please, enjoy this week’s Monday MMMix-up and sip some coffee in honor of National Coffee Day.

|MUSIC|

The video for Coffee by Sylvan Esso reminds me of days passed when my friends would throw parties and everything was care free. House parties, themed parties, accidental parties. We all came together, we just danced and laughed. I only have happy memories of these times that created these friends, now my family.

|MAKEUP|

Everyone is talking about Kylie Jenner’s lips right now, including me! They’re perf, she’s perf, but that’s a different story. Turns out, I did some research and one of her favorite lipsticks is Mac’s Velvet Teddy. With some further research, I discovered I owned a Mac dupe, NYX’s Frappuccino. I love this color because it makes such a great nude and it’s perfect for all skin tones. It looks a little more pink on pale skin, but that’s a good thing. Protip: pale skin tones need a nude lipstick with a little pink to it because a true nude will wash you out.

|MOODBOARD|

Look how beautiful that shot of espresso is! Gimme!
source: Pinterest.

|MOTIVATION|

What couldn’t you do given enough coffee? Their site is under construction, but you can see more from LabNo4 here.

|MANICURE|

Simple and delicate. I can’t wait to try this look on myself. Maybe do the dots and put a gel topcoat over it to make it last? Photo found here.

Header image was found here.



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