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 december...here 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 is...one 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.