Kate + Photography

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Back in February one of my best friends, Kate, took these portraits of me.  Kate is the amazing photographer and CEO of Kate + Photography located in the California Bay Area.  If you have a wedding or event coming up, you better book her now!  She also specializes in classy (not trashy) boudoir photo shoots as well.  For a link to her website and portfolio glance over to the right side bar —>

I haven’t been brave enough to share these photos until now.  It’s because I have this weird notion that I have a bitchy resting face in all my photos.  Don’t know what bitchy resting face is?  Well, educate yourself here.  I think it may be an epidemic 🙂

To my surprise, because I’m a horrible model and completely un-photogenic, they turned out ok and non-bitchy-resting-face like.

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Ombre Cakes

Green OmbreIt seems the ombre trend has been so popular lately that we are seeing everywhere.  Hair, nails, wall colors, clothes.  It’s even popping up on my one my favorite foods, cake!  I am very much the novice baker, even resorting to pre-made boxed cake mix, but I love how beautiful and creative you can get with food, especially desserts.  I’ll be making a cake (a very beginners cake, I might add) for my sister-in-law’s baby shower luncheon this weekend and was perusing Pinterest for some inspiration.  It seems the possibilities are endless (see below).  I may or may not post the final results of my cake depending how terrible it may turn out.  But in the mean time I will try to channel my inner cake boss. Bon appétit!
Baby Purple OmbreOrange OmbreGrey OmbreBlue OmbreBrown OmbrePurple OmbreBaby Blue Ombre

 

All Images via Pinterest.

 

 

 

Summer Sandals

Sandals Image‘Tis the season for pedicured toes and lovely sandal tan lines!  When searching for my go-to sandals for the summer season I prefer simplicity and comfort.  I need something I can slip on and off easily and won’t chafe my style.

I think each pair has a little something to offer.  I was a bit apprehensive about the Jeffrey Campbell’s, they probably won’t do anything for my short legs, but they’re quirky; and I like quirky.  The leopard J. Crew’s are still casual yet easy to dress up for the office or a lovely night out without sacrificing achy feet or style.  Here are my favorite sandals for the scorching summer:

1.  J. Crew Collection Lillian Calf Hair Low Wedges
2.  Jeffrey Campbell Aurelia Platform Sandal
3.  Joie Sable
4.  Madewell: The Thea Sandal in Ticking Stripe
5.  Zara Leather Ankle Strap Sandal

What are your favorite styles?

Life Lately…

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Hello Friends,

It’s been a while, but I’m finally done with my spring courses and transitions at work.  I am soooo ready for summer!  I did play around with the idea of taking a summer course, but I think I need a much needed break.  I have a lot of things on my summer To-Do list and I’m determined to knock out…well, most of them, let be realistic!

Summer in the central valley for me means exploring the great outdoors with my Buttercup, lots of fresh fruits and vegetables (white peaches and strawberries galore!) and summer movies.  It also means more time for family and friends, which I am very much looking forward to.  The rest of the year I’m antisocial and introverted due to work and school…ugh.

What are some things you’re looking forward to this summer?

Speaking of which, here are a few things I’m looking forward to.  Sadly, both of these collections won’t launch until after summer, but nevertheless, it’s still really exciting!

Joseph Altuzarra for Target, coming to a store near you on September 14th.

joseph-altuzarra-target-collection-mainAnd let’s not forget the highly anticipated Alexander Wang collection for H&M launching on November 6th!

alexander wang hmI am very happy to announce that Fresno will finally have it’s very own H&M store opening next week on May 29th.  I know, we’re finally almost cool!  I am very excited and cannot wait for these collections to launch!

Have a great rest of the week and you’ll be seeing more of me this summer 🙂

xOXo,

@BLO

 

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Met Gala Ball 2014

Here are my favorite looks from last night’s Met Gala, in no particular order.  There was definitely a lot of black, white and neutrals, which I do not object to.  And there were also a few who went with bold, jewel tones that I loved as well.

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Photos: huffingtonpost.com, nytimes.com

Green With Envy

CollageI’m not one to wear “color” very often.  Sadly, my closet is mainly occupied with black, white, navy and gray.  But I am very enamored with this emerald shade of green.  I’m pretty sure I need that jumpsuit in my life, and that Dolce and Gabbana nail lacquer is such a sensual green, don’t you think?

1.  CiChic Green Jumpsuit
2.  Bauble Bar Extraterrestrial Gem Necklace
3.  Kate Spade “Penny For Your Thoughts” Lined Notebook
4.  3.1 Phillip Lim Small Ryder Bag
5.  Dolce and Gabbana Nail Lacquer in “Wild Green”
6.  Sergio Rossi Studded Juno Sandal
7.  Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay on Shadow in “Extreme Emerald”

Man-Pad

LivingroomThere’s nothing more attractive than a man with style and good taste.  Case in point, fashion designer Stefano Pilati.  His Paris apartment reeks of sophisticated and eclectic taste.  No cliché black leather furniture and red decor that you might find in other man-pads.  Nope, just mature, exceptional design here.  Can I please live there too?!  Wait til you see the shower!

TV roomDiningroomOfficeTV room 2StaircaseMaster BedroomMaster BathShowerPhotos: Architectural Digest