Walking into the weekend with Madewell with a huge smile on my face! Because it is finally above 30 degrees in New York City and the danger of getting hypothermia with my ankles showing is slightly lower. I love this cardigan-coat (shop here) the knit is extremely dense and blocks out any kind of wind chill. It's perfect for wearing under a parka in the winter (aka me rn) and will also be fantastic in the spring. I love the oversized (yet somehow still slimming? science?) shape and it comes in a few different colors. I have been wanting a transport tote (shop here) for a hot minute, and I selected the antique rose color! It's no wonder why these bags are so popular here in Manhattan. They're extremely durable and I can haul around my camera without fear that the straps will come undone in time. I love the antique rose color because it's a slightly more subtle take on luggage camel, which is one of my favorite leather colors but it isn't as versatile with my wardrobe. Both items are quality + classic while still being stylish. Click to shop Madewell here!
I partnered with IBM on Grammy Sunday to promote their new AI platform, Watson. BHLDN was kind enough to send me a gown (or two! click here to see the other dress...) to wear. BHLDN is a long-time favorite of mine. I remember when their boutique opened in downtown Seattle's Anthropologie. I have gotten bridesmaids dresses from BHLDN and the quality is always perfect. So when I received conformation that I was going to be partnering with IBM and needed a dress, they are the first place I thought of! BHLDN not only has gorgeous + unique wedding dresses, but also a wide variety of occasion gowns and accessories as well. Click here to shop the entire BHLDN site.
i photographed karlie and alec lang's adorable portraits while i was in seattle last month. scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch my tutorial on how to photograph at-home couple portraits. how cute is their little french bulldog?! i shot this in all natural light using my canon 5d mark iv, sigma 35mm art lens, and my 'sunday' preset from my 'red letter days' lightroom pack.
scroll to the bottom of this post to watch my photography behind the scenes tutorial video!
Rifle Paper Co + L'Occitane are a match made in heaven with their Limited Edition Shea Butter Collection. Just in time for my favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day! If you know me, you know I love cutie stationary and paper goods and I have been a fan of Anna Rifle Bond for years. So this sponsorship is a dream come true for me. Thank you L’Occitane for sponsoring today’s blog post.
Let’s get started with a little freebie. The Shea Butter Amour Gift set (valued at $20) is a free gift with any purchase in stores or online when you use the code RIFLEPAPER18 at checkout. Inside the blush tin includes a mini Rose Hand Cream and Shea Ultra-Rich Cream. The limited edition packaging is what kills me. So adorable! Both products are extremely nourishing and travel-friendly. Rose is my favorite scent of all, so I am very happy to have rose play a large roll in the fragrance department for this collection. Click here for the full product range!
Next up is the best-selling Shea Butter Hand Cream. It’s sold every 3 seconds internationally and for good reason. I keep it at my desk because it not only serves as an accessory (um hi cutie floral packaging) but keeps my hands feeling fresh during the harsh winter months here in Manhattan. This would also make a fantastic gift for your mom, grandmother, or friend.
The Petite Shea Butter Trio is another favorite. I love the tin packaging and colorful design. Including apricot, rose, and classic pure shea. This would make a great gift all together or broken apart for your co-workers. It’s smooth and works great on now just hands but elbows and cuticles!
Last is the Manicure Set. This cutie includes a colorful box adorned with the classic Anna Rifle Bond girlie and 3 full-sized products. The Shea Butter Hand Cream, Shea Butter One-Minute Hand Scrub, and the Shea Butter Nail & Cuticle Nourishing Oil. I am taking a break from gel nails this winter but this set has me covered.
i am so excited to be sharing this image set with you. boys are my absolute favorite subject to photograph. i love working with my friends and so i was so happy to have my good friend andrea style this set. we did 5 looks total, all composed of killer vintage pieces. i am so into the late 70s/early 80s fashion and andrea interpreted extremely my vague vision of "can we just do stranger things vibes" perfectly! scroll all the way to the bottom of the image set to watch the photography video (to be up in 2 weeks).
on another personal note! in 2018, i have set a goal to do one elaborate, styled shoot a month. i am so blessed to be swamped in client work but i need to remind myself to do shoots for myself that are just fun so i don't get burned out. i want to deliver the best images to my clients, and doing TFP, collaboration shoots are a great way for me to practice to perform my best for them. i haven't been really creative or proud with my personal work lately. actually, i noticed i haven't truly done a shoot 100% for fun, for me since this summer. and before that it had been months. for the first time in a solid year i am really proud of what i created and it low-key restored hope inside my uninspired heart haha. my favorite type of wardrobe + favorite location in seattle + a dream team. i also shot a roll on a disposable camera i will share once it is developed in the next week.
Photography by Jessica Whitaker
Styling by Andrea Alder
Styling Assistant Kira Bednar
Photography Assistant Anna Letson
Model Azure with Heffner Management
Wardrobe from Lucky Dry Goods