Have a lovely and long weekend.

So many fun things happening this weekend!

First of all, our friends Allie and Charles have driven from Texas up to Colorado and stopped here to play for the weekend! Tomorrow we are hiking, going to the farmers' market and shooting an engagement session with the two of them! We may even wrap up the night with s'mores outside (Please cooperate with our plans weather!). Hope you enjoy your long weekend, have a wonderful Memorial Day and I will be back Tuesday!


A creative way to say 'Thank You'.

Some pretty hip houseware.

I cannot wait to see this.

A cozy and cool floating vacation home.

How does your garden grow?

Well ours doesn't.

Not really at least. We have pots with herbs and peppers. We also have a couple of larger pots with flowers, but not a real garden. We don't have the room on our small little balcony/deck. That is why this idea is genious for people like me who don't have a lot of space to garden. Hay bale gardens eliminate the need for actual yard space, you can grow your own veggies even!

Check out more photos and a 'how to' description here.


Okay so I never had a fear of snakes growing up... but, that was because I grew up in Dallas. I did not need to fear them, I feared other things like roaches and enormous spiders.... not snakes though. Then I moved here. To beautiful Colorado. And this happens...

(That is only half of the body too! The thing was huge!)

Yesterday we were in Fort Collins, and chatting about how Stone's dad has already had to kill two (TWO!) rattle snakes on their driveway this Spring. As we are talking about this I look over and see this... a huge bull snake crossing the walkway up to their house. Unfortunately (for all of us who dislike snakes as much as I do now) we did not kill this snake, they actually prey on rattle snakes, which is a good thing. We just used a rake and promptly moved him out of the garden. Gross! So now maybe it is not roaches and spiders as much here, but definitely snakes and mountain lions, oh my.


For like ever.

You may notice that I post prints on this blog every once in a while. That's because I just love print design (maybe that has something to do with the fact that both my parents are graphic designers). If I had the time, space and money I would probably fill my home with framed prints like the one above. I had to explain this one to Stone, it is more of a girly print, and he did not get it. I think it is sweet.

You can purchase here.

Oh, Stella.

Stella McCartney has launched a line of clothing for Gap Kids... and they are awesome. So trendy, in my husband's words they would be called 'steezy' (mix of style and ease, haha). Anyway, if only I had some nieces and nephews to buy for (Linds and P, jump on that!).

Wish Stella would go ahead and make a line at Gap for us older folks.

To see more go here.

A late night treat.

Stone and I got a craving last night for ice cream (something we usually have around the house, but just didnt this time). Thank goodness Glacier is open late, my ice cream of choice last night was chocolate banana gelato... so yummy. Im glad that husband sometimes gets the same cravings as me as the same time : )

Excuse the way I look in photo above... I had just worked out and showered! Husband on the other hand... so handsome.


How to jam.

My sister, Lindsay, lives in South Carolina right now and just finished up her final semester of grad school for Health Care Architecture (wooohooo). The area that she lives in is so beautiful and many people there grow their own veggies and fruits, and of course are all about home cookin'.

Anyway, I think it was last weekend she and some of her friends got together to make strawberry jam. I would love to be able to do this, so she sent along some photos and descriptions step by step of how to do it (thanks Linds!) and I thought you would like to know too!


Design inspiration: Chick-chick-chicken wire.

Recently, I have seen chicken wire being used around the home for organizing and decorating. It is such a great material to use because it is inexpensive and will cut easily (easy for DIY projects), check out these ideas for chicken wire, pretty creative! (ps. the place mats are my favorite!)

Another smart idea for your left over chicken wire (you know after you have completed all of your other projects... wink wink) use the wire in the bottom of vases to make if easier to arrange your flowers.

The wild animal kingdom.

How cute are these carved wood animals? They remind me of something that would be in a museum in the kiddos area. I think they would be a perfect addition to any children's room, or even a fun decoration for your office. Love it.


I didn't give in... for tonight at least!

So I always get sucked into every season of The Bachelor (or Bachelorette). Even if I don't want to and plan not to watch the season, it always happens. And lately, well, especially the last two seasons I am completely disappointed with the outcome and leave feeling like I have lost 12 hours of my time that I could have been doing something much more valuable. Well tonight was yet another season premiere and while I did tape it to our DVR, I did not watch it, I chose to read my new book instead :)

We will see how long this lasts though... I am betting by next week I will have already given in (so annoying).

I should have thought of that: Weddings

This idea is so rad (I don't even use that word much, but it seemed fitting for how cool this really is), I am considering starting my own traveling trailer business (seriously, I really want to do this). Maybe we will make homemade doughnuts. Yumm!

These vintage trailer businesses are all available to hire for weddings and events. They come and park right at the reception spot and have made to order burgers, colorful snow cones, and even delicious-looking baked goods. How fun is that?

Photos found here.

Huge biceps.

We are worn out. For real.

Our weekend was wonderful, we shot the most fun wedding in Estes Park on Saturday (go here to get a taste of the grooms awesome dance moves) and an engagement shoot in Lyons on Sunday. Basically our biceps should be huge by now from lifting these cameras for hours at a time : )

We also managed to squeeze in Larkburger and a movie... 500 Days of Summer (I still wish that they ended up together, huge let down).

On to another week. xo.


Have a happy weekend.

Next week is the last week of May, and I feel that it just flew right by me. I love this month, one of my favorites, but maybe I am partial because I was born in this month. Anyway, tomorrow Stone and I head out to shoot another wedding in Estes Park! It should be a beautiful day and I am so so excited for this couple, they are the cutest. Sorry for the late blog post, Stone and I had a date tonight, we went to a restaurant called Centro, where I have been many times before but have never eaten dinner... it was great. We then met up with our friends Kristin and Sky for a late night movie, Robin Hood, it was good, long and predictable, but good.

Enough rambling, have a wonderful weekend.


A pretty incredible basketball shot.

The most ADORABLE little girl, giving herself a little pep talk.

I am loving this table.

'Tighten Up' music video by the Black Keys.

Travel: Pantone Hotel in Brussels

How cool is this hotel?

It is the Pantone hotel in Brussels. Don't know what Pantone is? I just do because my parents (and husband) are both graphic designers so I grew up with Pantone color wheels laying around the house. Basically all you need to know it that they are the end all, be all of color. They have revolutionized the graphic design and print industry through their color matching system. And every year they pick the color of the year, which is then seen everywhere, fashion included.

Well, they have a super modern hotel in quaint Brussels where most of the buildings look to be historic and of another era, this hotel is completely opposite. It has super clean lines, bright colors and AMAZING views. They also give you a Pantone colored cruiser bike to ride around town with! I would love to have a visit one day!

By the way, below is how you pick your room... by color! So cool.


I'm sleepy.

I accidently wasted my night reading this really cute blog. It is so inspirational and just makes me realize how LITTLE I have to complain about. Every time I start to think negatively about any situation I am in, I should just think of this little girl. So precious.

On another note, Stone and I would love to have a house one day with a windowed garage door (like the one above) in our kitchen.

Also, tonight we went on a bike ride and had homemade pizza for dinner with our new chili olive oil from here. It was delish.

Sorry to be boring. xo.

Garance Dore.

You know when you used played the 'question' game in high school, and you would ask random questions like "Who would you want to trade lives with for a day?"?

Well I used to say Gwyn (Paltrow, of course) and as much as I love her, I have a new answer to that question. Garance Dore. She is the girlfriend of The Sartorialist writer Scott and she also has her own blog here. On this blog she writes about her amazing adventures in fashion and travel. One of her recent trips being to St.Tropez for a Chanel fashion show. So incredible. I don't think I could actually or would actually want to live the life of travel and fashion. As glamorous as it would be, I don't think I could keep up. But, for a day would be nice.

: )

Modern Family.

This is it.

The funniest show on tv right now. If you have not seen an episode, please do yourself a favor and Hulu the episode from their Hawaii vacation, Stone and I loved it so much we watched it twice the first night on Hulu and have watched it once more since then. And I am STILL finding little bits of humor thrown in there that I did not catch before. It was on last night, and again, did not disappoint. I think it was the season finally, but should be back in this Summer. Love it.


Ready for this? Our big trip photo album.

Okay... so here they are!

Lots of photos I know... but, hey, my husband is a photographer so what did you expect? I kind of grouped them the first few are from our time in Sonoma, then Sausalito, and then San Francisco. It was such a fun trip and I recommend it to anyone. A great mix of city and country! Hope you enjoy them, and if you have absolutely zero interest in our vaca pictures... don't worry, this is all.

One day we had an amazing picnic lunch at Landmark winery in Sonoma. They also had botchiball, which was a fun little treat!

These photos were taken at the different wineries we visited throughout the day. The wine caves were just as cool as I thought they would be, and the bottom right is a field of lavender... heavenly! Also, one of the owners of the wineries collected classic cars... which the boys liked of course.

A great photo of Pat and Lace (love you two!) and on the bottom is a photo of what grapes look like when they are first starting to grow, they don't taste very good yet, but they will be ready to be harvested in the early Fall.

On our way driving into Sonoma, Stone made a dramatic turn into a parking lot because he saw this field with a few vintage airplanes just sitting. It ended up being a small airport for people with their own private planes, but these were just on display. Stone loves planes, so seeing these were like the highlight of the trip for him.

Homes and churches in Sonoma, I love that they have kept all of the old architecture of the town and just renewed it. Very quaint.

Me and the view from one of our cable car rides.

Husband and I in Sausalito.

We stopped in at the most random 'HUGE yard sale' in Sausalito, we thought it would be fun to see what the homes look like that are hidden behind the gorgeous lush gardens that were lining the streets. The sale was super random, including boxes of used paints.

We walked down to look at all of the boat houses and sailboats, there were tons and all so cool.

A view from the ferry ride of the Bay Bridge.

Cable cars were so fun... probably super touristy, but who cares?

I love the top photo of the city in the background with the blurred metered binocular thingy in front (good job husband!). Also, the classic photos in front of the Golden Gate bridge, you just have to do it.

Gott's Roadside is so delicious! Burgers (all natural, vegetarian fed beef with no hormones, might I add), mint shakes and sweet potato fries... they know the way to my heart!

Looking out our hotel room windows at the Fairmont on Nob Hill in San Francisco. Thank you Geoffory in concierge for giving us the cool corner suite (and thank you dad for the hotel room birthday gift!)!

Walking around town the first afternoon that we met up with the Dodds (it had been since Christmas!) and clearly we are so happy to be together!

More cable car.
Hint: If you go to San Fran, get the cable car pass from the airport then you can save a couple bucks... also it will get you on the city busses too!

Husband's reflection and the two of us girls walking.

The architecture in San Francisco is so fun, some really old, some modern and a lot of extremely eclectic places as well. A good mix!

Golden Gate bridge.
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