Excuses, Excuses

July 1, 2014

So I tried to blog everyday in the month of June, and...it was not a shining success. Part of me is bummed, but a larger part of me is actually okay with it. When I started the challenge, I thought I had a pretty good idea of what June would look like. Schedules, events, jobs, etc....

And then we moved! And had fabulous things happen! And Summer is here, and to be honest, I've just been having too much fun.

So...love to you all, and I hope your summers are going swimmingly.

Pretty Cakes for Days | Santa Barbara Life & Style Shoot

June 12, 2014

Olive oil cake, topped with blackberries and ice cream, topped with whipped cream, finished with fresh blackberries and a sprinkling of powdered sugar.

I got to hang out with this cake today because.... I have the best job ever. :)

I spent the day with the ladies of Santa Barbara Life & Style Magazine, photographing a collection of gorgeous cakes for their 1st anniversary issue. This beauty was made by our local favorite McConnell's Fine Ice Creams here in Santa Barbara. THEY ROCK.

And let me tell you - it tasted as good as it looks!

Pure Magic // The Ballerinas of Knapp's Castle

June 10, 2014

Back in February I was lucky enough to photograph these beautiful dancers as part of the United conference here in Santa Barbara. It was the first night of the conference, and let me tell you - it was a magical start to a life-changing week. How could it not be?! Check out these lovely people and show them some love!

Models: Yvette Johnson, Jack Thomas Trieger, Natalie Mohr, Fiona Chandrasekaran
Make up: Kristi Kathleen Reynolds
Art Direction: Brooklyn Hughes
Shoot Organized by Emma & Josh

Changing Things Up // We're Moving!

June 7, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram or we're pals on Facebook, then you've already seen my good news: we're moving! It was such a meant-to-be, last-minute, out-of-the-blue development that we're still reeling a little bit. Our new place is 10 minutes away from where we live now, so thanks to our rad friends with trucks (LAUREN I'M LOOKING AT YOU) we've already started moving boxes over to the new place.

One of the things I love most about the new place is the garden. I haven't managed to take any real pictures of the property, but here's a quick iPhone photo for you of one side of our front garden:

Our front yard is separated from the street by a lush hedge of something that looks like bamboo but isn't. It needs some love, but all the bones are there: great mature plants, fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, and established flowers. The other side of the garden (opposite this picture) is a cute patio with a table, chairs, umbrella, and barbecue. It's the perfect size for us!

More photos and stories coming soon...and get ready for this: the place has a DISHWASHER. I know, I know. I hope the luxury doesn't change me.

Your Nation Demands It // Happy National Doughnut Day

June 6, 2014

I've always been jealous of people that can eat doughnuts and not immediately gain 8 pounds. I mean, if I eat a doughnut I can literally see the circular outline on one of my hips. It becomes a new friend that hangs around for awhile.

Don't worry, I'm not so uptight that this prevents me from occasionally enjoying a good doughnut, but in general I approach all things fried and covered with frosting with a "moderation is best" sort of attitude.

But hey, it's National Doughnut Day! So go nuts. YOUR NATION DEMANDS IT.

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