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Wearing:  Free People Dress  //  31 Bits Necklace


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Free People Dress  //  31 bits necklace111

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Last weekend I got to be a part of a mother’s day inspirational shoot for Free People out on a ranch in Winchester.  Honestly, it was kind of a dream.  Walking around with zebras and holding baby camels.  Rylee was in animal heaven.  Sometimes I think that girl belongs on a farm she loves them that much.  We got to choose from a handful of dreamy Free People dresses, and the kids got styled out by Heather Rome.  (How amazing is Rylee’s dress!?)  31 Bits provided some pretty amazing new beaded necklaces as well.  It was such a great group of talented women that pulled this together.  This was something we probably won’t be able to ever do again, so I am so thankful to have these photos as memories!  At the end of the day, Rylee asked me if she could stay and go nigh night with the Zebras.  I kind of wish I could have told her yes, but the poor girl left in tears.  We haven’t stopped talking about them since.

Photography:  By Amy Lynn Photography (@byamylynn) (Facebook)

Mama’s:  Isobel Benesch of Bel and Beau, Kelli Murray of Kelli Murray, Cassidy June of O My Darlings, and Nikki of Jeador

Styling:  Heather Rome

Hair / Makeup:  1011 Makeup

Set Design:  Amber Thrane

Florals:  Siren Floral Co

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Rylee: Vintage Dress / Minnetonka moccs   Me:  One Teaspoon Dress / Spell Kimono

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Rylee and I got to be a part of this bohemian inspired shoot for Glitter Guide a couple weeks ago, along with some of our favorite mamas and little ones.    The shoot came together with the help of creative mind Tori Hendrix of Sitting in Tree, inspired by music festivals, motherhood, and the bohemian lifestyle.  It was such a fun day for all of us!  Read the full article over on Glitter Guide!

Mommas Involved:  Tori Hendrix and daughter Lucca Valentine / Cassidy June and daughter Rylie Alisa / Kelli Murray and daughter Rylee Jean / Isobel Benesch and son Holden

Vendors:  Creative Director: Tori of Sitting in a Tree / Florals: Bloem Hill / Photography: Taryn Kent / Hair and Makeup: 10.11 MAKEUP

Apparel / Jewelry Contributors:  Van de Vort / Minnetonka / Lauren Moffatt / Shel Couture Jewelry / Mr. BlueSkye Jewelry

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Have you guys checked out the new A Beautiful Mess Photo Actions yet?  If you are an amateur photographer like me, or even a professional, you know what a game changer actions can be.  If you have no idea what an “action” is, let me fill you in.  Actions are simply a series of recorded steps to help a photographer achieve a look without having to manually apply each process.  With a click of a button, you can enrich and enhance your photos in seconds.  Actions are an everyday tool for me in my photo editing and speed up my process tenfold.  If you’ve never given them a try, I’d encourage you to!

I recently got the Complete Collection of actions from the A Beautiful Mess Shop and I was blown away by them.  There are so many options to choose from, depending on the look you are going for.  The Folk Collection has some of my favorite actions which are more moody and bold.  The Fresh Collection gives your photos more of a pop with brightness and color.  And the Signature Collection has some of your every day go-to actions that take your images from flat and dull to vibrant and cheerful.

All of these images of Rylee were edited using the ‘Spring’ action from the Signature Collection.  I also used the ‘Stella’ action (also in the signature collection) on top of the Spring action, but bumped down the opacity to 20% so that action was not too strong.


For this image, I added the ‘sun flare 2’ action that is a part of the Fresh Collection.

GIVEAWAY: Julia Kostreva 2014 planner
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I’ve got a giveaway for you today from the lovely and talented Julia Kostreva! Julia is a graphic designer and creative director out of San Francisco.  She has her hand in everything from home goods to accessories, fine art to web design.   And today, she is offering one lucky reader one of her beautifully designed 2014 Daily Planners.  Available in your choice of colors: Cream/Gray, Pink/Green, or Painter Striped.  I love the minimal, clean design and typography.  And it allows for plenty of writing space, which is surprisingly not easy to find in a planner.  Never too late to get organized!

To enter to win, simply follow Julia on FACEBOOK and comment below with your favorite style!  A winner will be chosen on Friday, March 7th.

*This giveaway has ended.  Congrats Daniela!  Email me to claim your planner!





White Like A Unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn // kelli murray

white like a unicorn

These girls know how to throw a party!  Instead of throwing the traditional holiday soiree, they decided to go with an out-of-the-box party that was more fantasy than real life. And when it comes to fantasy, what’s better than unicorns?  I created a whimsical design for the invitation, and a larger than life unicorn poster for their game of “pin the horn on the unicorn” (a whole lot of fun after a few cocktails!).  Everything turned out so magical.

All of the photos and party details can be found over one Glitter Guide!