Friday, December 30, 2011

a year of the blog : 2011

my best girlfriends and i took a trip to lake tahoe, where we frolicked in the snow and ice skated at the top of squaw valley.

used wrapping paper and simple items from my apartment for a lovely photoshoot full of my favorite flower, ranunculus. love this one.

 spent a weekend exploring the russian river and wine tasting for kelly's bachelorette!

FINALLY finished decorating my new apartment! take the tour.

i wrote a post about discovering the best mimosas in sf, which is now one of the top ways random strangers come to this blog - haha. :)

 i took myself on a photo date to half moon bay.

enjoyed one of the many amazing weekends at lake tahoe for the 4th of july, and captured some of my favorite summer photos.

attended blogshop - the most inspiring, amazing creative outlet of my year! it changed my life {no, really!}

made my first vlog - scary!

hung out on lauren's roof for the amazing annual fleet week air show in san francisco.

got to hide out in union square and photograph the engagement of one of my best friends {on ice skates!}

as for we are! i can't pick a favorite from this month - maybe i'll cross my fingers that NYE tops my list! ;)

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

christmas pic overload!

hope you're not too burned out for this explosion of christmas goodness, 4 days later:
we had an amazing christmas this year! a 4-year-old and 1-year-old definitely make it SO much more fun - writing letters to santa, baking cookies, and checking out the presents under the tree get a lot more exciting! while i got a ton of glittery fun gifts {my pinterest came to life}, my sister got the big surprise with a macbook air. so awesome.

i'm hanging out in houston hobby airport, taking advantage of my whole 45 mins of free wi-fi and hoping that this little cold that crept up on me this morning will somehow disappear somewhere over nevada. :) back to san francisco just in time to ring in 2012!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

happy christmas eve!

i'm having way too much fun talking santa with these cuties. :)

Friday, December 23, 2011

photoshoot : the chao family

this is one of my favorite family photoshoots of the year! lucca and jackson are just the cutest kiddos around, and kelsey did such a great job styling their family in perfect winter outfits {especially those coats, right?}. just lovely. :)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

craft brunch!

my darling friend jen came for a san francisco visit a couple weekends ago and she brought me to the absolutely joy known as craft brunch. instead of JUST mimosas and delicious breakfast treats, you add some incredibly talented ladies and a variety of crafts - genius right? above you can see a few of the projects these amazing crafters made...honestly, mine was a little completely elementary compared to what was happening there.

to make my jolly ornament wreath, you need:
- a wire hanger, unraveled
- a whole bunch of cheapo ornaments/jingle bells {mine are from walgreens & michaels - i spent $12 total}
- ribbon to finish it off/hang it

and all you do is...slide the ornaments on the hanger. and then make it into a circle. yup. your 3-year-old could do it. :)

p.s. j - i'd post our cute picture but it went down in the toilet with my iphone. wah wah!

Monday, December 19, 2011

a very iphone christmas

so the other night my iphone fell from my pocket into a toilet...sigh. luckily i have instagram to keep all of my festive photos safe on the internet. and i'm also lucky that julian at the apple store is my christmas angel and hooked me up with a new phone! now my only worry is how the new one autocorrects my last name to a swear word. ha!

Friday, December 16, 2011

special birthdays.

two of the people i love most in this world are celebrating their birthdays today! my dear sweet niece violet is a whole year old, and my amazing mom year older? {don't worry mom, i won't tell the world ;) }. these two ladies fill my heart with joy, and being with them is the best feeling on earth. only a few more days!

in honor of miss V and her big first birthday, a few of my favorite photos. the first starts at a mere 9 days old!
look at those schmoopy cheeks! can't wait to kiss em!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

photobooth + nieces

love my girls - just found these silly photos on my computer from thanksgiving. i do believe that violet is smizing in her second photo. tyra would be proud!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

a tiny apartment christmas.

i am so cozy in this little nook full of twinkle lights and snowflakes! i always think i'll just leave these decorations up year-round... ;)

Monday, December 12, 2011

make your own: finger knit scarf

time for a super easy winter craft: the finger-knit scarf! i'd noticed a few pins about how to make these, and then my sister's friend sarah also posted a picture of her creation, so i knew i had to try. i picked up a few different kinds of yarn on sale at a craft store, with my favorite being this multicolored kind i used for this scarf. love the ombre look! i put a mid-process photo up on instagram and got a couple emails asking what the heck i was doing, so just read on to learn!

for this one i used 54 yards of yarn and it took about an hour and a half {just pop in a holiday movie and go to town!}. if you want to learn how to do it, check out the quick video i posted below.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

my christmas favorites.

if you walk into my apartment this month, it's likely you'll see one {or all} of these things happening at once. we all have things that get us fully in the christmas spirit, and these are mine!

watch: love actually, elf, and the holiday. on repeat, all the time.

smell: yankee candle holiday scents - balsam & cedar and cinnamon.

read: david sedaris "holidays on ice" {the funniest book on earth, truly} and my favorite book to read with my nieces, "the jolly christmas postman." it comes with letters, puzzles, games, and more all tucked in the envelopes inside!

listen: she & him christmas. so absurdly lovely.

Monday, December 5, 2011

photoshoot : morrill family

two favorites from another sweet family photoshoot in alta plaza park! brady needs to get out of town with that ridiculously cute hat, right? everyone was swooning!

Friday, December 2, 2011

it's beginning to look a lot like christmas!

a tiny apartment deserves a tiny {but magnificent!} tree, don't you think? cody picked him out, named him greg {no idea} and had a ball with the tree lot guys while they plopped him in the back of my convertible. so ridiculous.

more decoration photos to come - need to finish a couple festive projects this weekend. have a happy friday!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

black and white and red all over.

lately i've been loving so many images full of bold black, white, and red. these just make me smile! {especially that tote - so true!}

some epic bed jumping.

how fun is it at grandma's house? i think this answers that question. love this wild girl.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

an amazing holiday hostess gift.

i am always looking for cute holiday gifts that don't break the bank - especially for situations where you're not super close with the recipient {i.e. a boss, client, neighbor} or if you just need something little to bring a hostess. enter patina, world's greatest gift website {which i discovered approximately 20 minutes ago and have now filled my cart FULL of joy, and am also immediately blogging about because it's truly that good}! 

i am completely in LOVE with the above wine "outfits" - and from $5.95 - $8.95, they are perfect to adorn your favorite bottle of wine. check them out right here. if you've invited me over anytime in the next 4 weeks, be prepared for some cuteness to be comin at ya!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

the cutest proposal.

happy thanksgiving! i thought i'd share some photos from a very special event i was asked to photograph on monday - the engagement of one of my best friends! chris asked me to sneak over to the ice rink and hide out to capture the moments, and i was so excited to do so. {i even tried to wear a disguise so she wouldn't see me - ha!}

our scene:

our nervous groom-to-be:

the proposal!

misha's shock when she sees that both of their families are there, waiting by the ice:
i was so honored to be there - can't WAIT for their wedding! lots to be thankful for, indeed.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

time to go!

excited to get to texas this evening to see my family; not excited about the joy of airport travel during thanksgiving week. where did all the glamour go? this stewardess knows what's what!

Monday, November 21, 2011

fall photoshoot : the rich family.

these are just a handful of my favorite images from this rainy day shoot i did with the darling rich family! the gorgeous scenery is found on stanford's campus, which seemed to get more lovely with a little drizzly weather. and who says there are no seasons in california - check out those leaves! ;)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

that time i was in a hair show.

SOMEHOW i was convinced by my dear stylist, brett, to be one of his models in a hair show he was doing. my clueless self sat in a chair getting makeup plopped on my face, hair GLUED to my head {life lesson: don't ever believe someone when they say the glue will come off after one shampoo and the hair is easily removable. this coming from someone who is picking at glue on her scalp 9 days later}, and doing jewelry/wardrobe consultations with drag queens. obviously, it was hilarious and fun. obviously part 2, it was traumatizing. i pretty much never want to see a catwalk and/or swirling lights surrounding me again. i don't think i was a born performer!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

easy spiced apples.

so today i took the day off from work, since i'd been superbly busy {& frankly a little cranky} the past couple weeks. i had envisioned a leisurely day full of naps, a visit to my favorite cafe, and catching up on my neglected DVR. instead i manage to book 3 photoshoots, attend the giants/salvation army holiday lunch {where i got to try on a world series ring!}, speak at a junior league meeting, and then hit the town for a little late ethiopian dinner. um...not relaxing. ;)

that being said, let's focus on something that DIDN'T stress me out this week - the above recipe! i hosted my book club on tuesday and needed a simple dessert that i could made in 10 minutes after work and have ready to go within 2 hours. these apples were SO delicious and perfect for the holidays! here you go:

{serves 8}

4 apples
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 heaping tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts
half a stick of butter
1-2 cups apple juice

halve the apples, cut off any stems and scoop out the middle with a serrated spoon or small paring knife {be careful!}. this part does not have to look good, just make sure there's a decent little dip in the apple.

in a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, cinnamon, and walnuts. melt about half a stick of butter and drizzle into the bowl slowly, stirring the whole time. after the mixture comes together, start spooning into the holes in the apples.

place the apples in your crockpot; it's fine if they overlap a little. splash in 1-2 cups apple juice over the top of the apples and into the base of the crockpot. this helps them soften up even more and not burn while they cook.

turn the crockpot on high and let 'em go for 1.5 - 2 hours. they end up looking something like this. these would also be GREAT with ice cream. mmm!

Friday, November 11, 2011


happy 11.11.11 day! just a quick note to wish you a happy weekend. two of my favorite people have birthdays tomorrow {my pops & julie} so i will be wishing them well from afar. after some more fun photoshoots tomorrow i'm headed out of town to be a hair model for my darling stylist, brett - more on this to come, as it's pretty out of control. i love that man so much that i let him talk me into some insane shenanigans. ;)

enjoy the weekend!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

my newest use for the amazing pinterest is making a holiday wish list board. it's genius because you can pin all the product images and price banners, and then they link back to the place where they can be purchased.

i noticed that a lot of my board is involving bling...guess the sparkle is where my heart is this year! :)

1. deux lux sequined weekender bag - $137 but save 20% with code 'oprah' {guess O loves a cute bag!}
2. 100 years of fashion illustration - $26
3. cheers notecards - $14 {as seen on a cup of jo!}
4. anthropologie rococo goblet candle - $20
5. kate spade le pavillion iphone case - $40
6. nine west sequin laptop case - on sale for $18

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

baby photoshoot : parker

i haven't even finished editing this shoot from saturday, but i HAD to post a few of this handsome guy. those eyes!

and here's a great tip for how to capture this type of photo: we set up a boppy on a bed and covered it with that soft white blanket, and laid him in the "hole" part. this brings his torso and head up a bit {and is usually more fun for baby than laying totally on the tummy}. i am kneeling on the floor below the bed shooting up at him, and mom and dad are singing, cheering, waving toys {and generally being awesome} to get him to look up. SUPER easy, and in just a few minutes you can capture a million great expressions.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

25 ways to wear a scarf.

this video is amazingly fun, and i definitely learned a few new techniques! i just kept thinking about how long is must've taken to

Friday, November 4, 2011

tonight, from the presidio.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

smitten with mittens.

i cheated with my rhyming title since some of these are gloves, not mittens. but i can't get over how much i LOVE each pair! all are under $35, and i think they'd make great gifts.

1. asos oui/non mittens - $17
2. anthropologie button band gloves - $30
3. asos red pom mittens - $9
4. asos alice hannah preppy fingerless gloves - $14
5. modcloth 'glovely' gloves - $35
6. old navy zig zag mittens - $12

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

where is your happy place?

london! and to be more specific, london in winter. to be cozy in a pub near a roaring fire, watching the snowflakes falling silently down on oxford street. seeing the twinkling christmas lights stretched across the street to selfridges. mittened hands clutching mulled wine in covent garden. ice skating in front of a palace. escaping the chilly wind by stepping inside an art gallery, pink cheeks and noses warming up alongside masterpieces.

i love and miss london all the time, and it has totally become my happy place, my daydream place. my memories are so fond: fresh out of a college so i had a job where learning  --not stress or responsibility-- was the key. a time when it was normal to spend 50 pence on dinner {a little shepherds pie from tesco} because my group of giddy girlfriends and i were saving up to go to paris that weekend. the excitement of meeting people from literally all over the world, becoming lifelong friends with them.

today's daydreaming had me looking at flights and wondering if i could duck out of work for a few days for a little jaunt to my favorite place in this world. ;)

what is your happy place?

Monday, October 31, 2011

happy halloween!

hope you enjoyed this glimpse at my saturday night - these were some of my favorite costumes (and funny moments). i'm off to work in a viking hat today for the office party, so let the festivities continue! :)

Friday, October 28, 2011

are you ready?

halloween is one of my very favorite holidays. misha came over after work today and we sorted through my {extensive} box of costumes to find her some options - she went from marie antoinette to a pirate to the evil queen in a couple minutes! my costumes always involve wigs or headwear of some sort - that's the best part. ;) hope you enjoy your weekend of halloween festivities!