Thursday, September 1, 2016

≪≪≪ Boho-Chic Nursery Tour ≫≫≫








Theres nothing more exciting when you find out that you're pregnant, then dreaming up their baby nursery! At least that is what I was so excited to do. As a creative person, I love being able to do some interior design, and doing it for a baby room makes it all the more exciting! I hope you enjoy and possibly get inspired for your own little one!

Watch the video for a full tour!


≫≫≫ Decor (Store) List:
"Beach Princess" Door Sign- Home Goods
Small Wooden Wall Crate- Random Wine Crate
Mouse In a Box Doll- Warehouse Boutique
Hedgehog Succulent- Home Depot
Wooden W on Wooden Crate- gifted to me
Shoes- Target
Book Shelves- IKEA (painted white) http://bit.ly/2bRnF0w
Books- Gifted and old ones from my childhood
Glider Nursery Chair and Ottoman- Amazon http://amzn.to/2bC9vUV
Chair Pillow- Home Goods
Rug- Home Goods
Wall Height Measuring Keepsake- Handmade by my sweet client!
Converted Entertainment Center- Pottery Barn
Trunk- Family heirloom
Diaper Cart- IKEA http://bit.ly/1fdZhjd
Diaper Pail- Dekor from Amazon http://amzn.to/2bJGrIh
Trash Can- IKEA 
Chalk Stickers- Michaels
Keepsake Fingerprint Tree Print- Gifted to me
Chalk Sign- Amazon http://amzn.to/2bCrhT7
Monthly Clothing Separators- Etsy (Gifted to me)
Velvet Baby Hangers- Amazon http://amzn.to/2c4Y5GW
Headband Containers- Container Store
Fabric Organization Boxes- Amazon http://amzn.to/2crplmd
Crib- Amazon http://amzn.to/2c0Uiw0
Crib Sheet- Kohls http://bit.ly/2cf5AwU
Bed Skirt- Made it myself :)
Throw Pillows- Home Goods 
 Knit Mermaid & Sea Horse- Gift from Sweden
Mermaid Doll- Handmade by my mom
Bunny Doll- Mudpie
Purple Bunny- Gifted to me
Boo Doll- Gifted to me
Silver Mirror- Home Goods
Print "Wild and Free"- Etsy / Frame- Michaels http://etsy.me/2crr9vE
Print "I am a child of God"- Etsy / Frame- Michaels http://etsy.me/2bSgE3P
Golden Arrows- Etsy http://etsy.me/2bVRten
Wooden W- Michaels
Deer Skull Print- Etsy / Frame- Michaels http://etsy.me/2bBOjPP
Blue W- Michaels
Floral W Print- Made myself / Frame- IKEA
Print "Do you suppose she's a wildflower"- Etsy / Frame- Michaels http://etsy.me/2bHtGw9
Curtains- Target 
Curtain Rods- Home Depot
Laundry Basket- Home Goods





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Friday, July 29, 2016

Maternity Photoshoot Tips & Behind the Scenes!


I can't believe I'm already 38 weeks and looking forward to having my baby girl in the next couple days! Time flew by and I'm so thankful to be able to look back at this special adventure though photography. It captures more then a picture, it captures a moment in time when my husband and I are expecting our first child and all the emotions and joy that is pared with that event.
 I wanted to share tips on how to have a successful maternity session for your own cherished pictures! I collaborated with an incredible photographer, Sarah Tolson, who creates gorgeous maternity/newborn/family shots. Together we made my pregnancy pictures (click HERE to view gallery!) a way to share tips with you on how to get ready for your photo-op! Please enjoy the video and all the pictures Sarah took. If you would like to contact Sarah for your own session, please follow the links provided!

Sarah Tolson Photography

Location- Fisherman's Cove in Laguna Beach
White Dress- Forever21
Blue Dress- Irene's Story

Questions I asked Sarah:
1. How long do photographers normally do for a session?  
It depends.  My maternity sessions are usually 20-30 minutes so mamma stays comfortable, but if she requests an hour session, I'm happy to do that too.  My newborn sessions are 2-3 hours, and my family sessions are 1 hour.

2. What is the best time of day for on location shooting? 
 Golden hour.  It is one hour before sunset, and that is when you will get the most flattering, glowy, golden light for your session, no matter the location.

3. What type of location is your favorite to shoot?
 I love the beach for maternity sessions.  There is something earthy and wonderful about a mamma to be, walking through the water, with her hand on her belly.  Love it!

4. Do you have any recommendations for the best type/color of clothing that works best for pregnant mommas? 
 I tell my mammas to keep it simple.  Usually we will do a gown type of look, and then do a more casual jeans and tank look.  Solid colors or small patterns look best.  I don't recommend busy patterns for any of my shoots.  It also helps to think of your location.  If you are going to the beach, whites, blues, neutrals all will look gorgeous with the background.  If you are doing a forest/field session, bolder colors look great there.  But really, if there is an outfit you love and feel beautiful in, that is the most important thing, because that will shine through in the final images.

5. I’m not a model, so how do you recommend your clients to pose?
  The first couple of minutes of shooting, I don't usually get usable images.  My clients are always nervous, no matter how gorgeous they are!  So I direct them to stand a certain way, touch their hair, look down, etc.  A good photographer will understand that their clients don't do this for a living, and direct them accordingly. :)

6. Do you like your clients to come in with ideas for shots, or do you like things to be more organic and candid? 
 I like a mix of both.  I love to see what the client looks for in images before hand so I can tell them, yes, we can definitely get that shot, or no, that's not my style.  If someone sends me images or a pinterest board and I am not a good fit for them, I've learned to say no to that client.  I want both of us to be happy with the outcome!

7. When should you schedule a maternity shoot?

  I tell my mommas to schedule between 30-34 weeks.  Enough time for the bump to show, but not so late in the game that it is hard to move around.  It depends on the mom too.  If she's showing early, or needs special consideration, I will make it happen within her time frame.  I had a client schedule her maternity session (on the beach) and all the walking kicked in her labor!  She went into labor that very night and delivered 5 weeks early!

8. Should I bring my partner, kids? 
Absolutely!!  Just make sure your photographer knows what kinds of images you want with your partner and your kiddos.

9. Do you have a studio or do you do on location?
  I do open my front room up for newborn studio portraits, but other than that, I am on location all over Southern California.

10. What are some of the best ways to display a baby bump?
 Maternity gowns are a gorgeous way to show off the bump. There are a ton of options on Etsy and all over these days. I love a black or white tank and jeans too.  I always tell clients to keep it simple and timeless so their images stay timeless too.

11. Why do you love maternity shoots?
 I may cry typing this.. I don't have ANY images when I was pregnant with my two kids.  I was too self conscious and didn't want to see it.  So if a picture was taken of me during pregnancy, I was hiding behind a husband, or a Christmas tree, etc.  Not a single belly picture.  I regret that choice greatly. My daughter just asked to see what I looked like when I was pregnant with her and my heart broke a little. :(  So.. I want every mom, no matter the size, shape, style to have a great maternity session and treasure that glorious belly, and be able to show their teenage daughter when she asks.  Because.. she will ask.

12. How long does it normally take to get the edited pictures?
  I give my clients a 2 week deadline, and I strive to have their images to them by the 2 week mark from their session.  If it's a super slow season, I can get it done a bit earlier, but since I hand edit every image, I want to take my time and make sure it's perfect.

Maternity Picture Gallery























Sarah Tolson Photography
Location- Fisherman's Cove in Laguna Beach
White Dress- Forever21
Blue Dress- Irene's Story

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

DIY Padsicles | Postpartum Care


From what I've learned about the aftercare of birthing, women need to do special care for their "Lady Parts," what I'm about to share with you today can change your life. Obviously I'm a youtube binger, especially thought this whole pregnancy journey. I have recently been figuring out what and how I will need to take care of and heal myself DOWN THERE since I plan on having a vaginal birth. Due to the plain fact that we pretty much push a watermelon from our lady parts...anything that helps to sooth that strain and heal the pain is a welcome tip! DIY Padsicles are something that a lot of women highly recommend! So I stocked up on these duo purpose pads and wanted to share this DIY tip with you! I'll be sure to update you on how amazing these are after I have the baby...cause I'm sure I will be preaching about these guys haha! Hope you enjoy!

Thing's Needed:
Ziplock Bags



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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Designer Handbag Review & SALE ALERT! | Teddy Blake




I've recently begun adding designer handbags to my wardrobe. Picking up a gorgeous bag when it fits into my budget, and enjoying the beautiful craftsmanship that goes into a high end item that is well made and chic. I was very excited to receive a gorgeous Teddy Blake leather handbag for my collection! Its not everyday that I get to review something so amazing, ladies...this is a deal worth clicking on! 

Teddy Blake is a newer brand to the market featuring the best Italian leather and craftsmanship. Made to meet the standards of all the high end designers with a friendly price tag that allows everyone to welcome a Teddy Blake bag into their collection! I received the Rachel Mosciatto 12" bag in the Dark Gray Suede Leather ($190 off!) style...my first suede bag! Made from a soft and durable calfskin leather inside and out with a gorgeous structured body giving tons of room for all your girly needs. I love this bag so much, and go over all the incredible details in my video, be sure to watch as I go over why I love my Teddy Blake Bag! 

PS THEY ARE ALL ON SALE!!!!  Be sure to get it for an even more incredible price while you can. You can also use the discount code TBALEXIS20 and get $20 off!

Check out their social media here:

This bag was sent to me for review purposes, it was not a sponsored post. MY opinion of this bag was not influenced in any way other then my own feelings, I love this bag and am excited to share it with you! A BIG thank you to Teddy Blake to allowing me to be apart of sharing their gorgeous brand!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Maternity Clothing Haul (Inexpensive!)


Stores Mentioned:
Target
Amazon
Forever 21
Old Navy
DL 1961 Denim
Paige Denim
Heather Pullis @heatherpullisboutique
American Eagle
Express
Victorias Secret PINK
Heavenly Couture @heavenlycouture
Irene's Story @irenesstory
Urban Outfitters
Pink Blush Maternity @pinkblushmaternity
TOBI @shoptobi



Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Long Hair Balayage Color in Foils


Here is another version of how to balayage hair, in foils. There are so many ways and techniques, I myself use quite a few depending on what I am wanting. This technique is a really easy basic way to get soft diffused color whether you want a small or big difference. I love foiling my balayage because it gives me the control over the color and creates separation from the other hair. I hope you guys enjoy this tutorial!


Formula:
Root Touch up-
Redken Shades Eq 5N & 3N
Balayage- 
Loreal Blond Studio and 40 volume with Olaplex
Tone- 8Gn & 9T

Products mentioned:
Bio Ionic Round Brush size XLarge
EVO- Easy Tiger, Shape Vixen, Mister Fantastic



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