Thursday, September 01, 2016

It's StitchFix time!

I love StitchFix but I'll admit I don't subscribe as frequently as I'd like. First, it gets pricey. Not OVERpriced necessarily, but if you're on a tight budget, everything seems to be pricey. Eggs can even seem expensive.

Second, as a jeans and t-shirt kind of gal, I did't feel compelled to wear much in the way of "nicer" clothing (read, "grownup"). But now I'm starting to come around to it... between client meetings, networking meetings and the fact that my kids aren't playing with finger paints anymore, it's time I stepped up my wardrobe. Except I swear I'll never turn down stay-in-your-pjs-day.

For the first day of school, I scheduled a day for ME. I needed it. If you're a client wondering why I'm not working diligently on your portraits, I PROMISE I will. In fact, I was! I just needed ONE SINGLE DAY to let loose and relax and get my bearings. After today, I'll be back to rushing around, not sleeping and working as much and as hard as I can.

Oh, and if you're a family member wondering where your organized and folded socks are, well, you can keep wondering. haha!

If you're not familiar with StitchFix: it's a clothing delivery service, it's awesome and you will love it. They are a great company and they truly listen to their customers -- they've added maternity (NOT FOR ME!!!!), shoes, plus sizes and the option to EXCHANGE sizes.  Read more details HERE.... and if you want to try it out, use my code so I get free clothes (full disclosure, right?).

On with the fashion show!

This was me today. Emerald cardigan, white t-shirt, khaki cargo capris. Comfortable and easy.

Item #1. Liverpool Denise 4-way stretch bootcut jeans. MADE FOR GIANTS. They fit ok I think but I was giggling at the fact that my feet didn't even come out the bottom of the pants. Yes, I'm returning them.

Item #2. Papermoon Bardolph sleeveless top with crochet detail. I love it. It fits great. The crochet detail is nice (and goes across the back). The pattern is not really my favorite but it's not BAD. It's not my favorite color, but again, it's not BAD. And it looks good with jeans.

Item #3. Market & Spruce Bri Knit cardigan. I picked this baby up and the moment I touched it, I knew it was love. It is perfect over the blue tank. It's comfy. It's soft. It will match everything I own.

Item #4. 41Hawthorn Queensland Dolman jersey top. Confession: I pulled this out of the box and was SURE it'd be a charity-try-on. In other words, I was thinking "what in the WORLD is the odd-shaped piece of material they call a shirt????" It was practically the shape of a triangle. If I saw it in a store, I NEVER IN A MILLION-KAJILLION YEARS would have tried it on. But guess what? I am glad I did! Such a simple shirt and a strange shape, yet I love the way it looks on me. I love the plum color (more than the blue) and it's comfortable. It would go with skirts, dress pants, jeans.

Item #5. Romolo Dante Cut metal necklace. I've never asked for jewelry from StitchFix but I'm glad I did. This necklace is perfect with the plum shirt and.... with the cardigan, too! I really like it and I've been looking for something simple yet chunky to "wear with everything."

So, friends, what do you think? What should I keep? What should I send back?

I'm leaning towards all four (obviously not the jeans) but really, when it comes down to game time decisions, I'd probably keep the plum shirt, necklace and cardigan and NOT the tank.

P.S. I am trying really hard to FAIL AT SELFIES. I much prefer taking pictures of other people. See examples A-F above.

P.P.S. ETA: I ended up sending back the jeans and the blue tank. I also scheduled another Fix... for my birthday! :)

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

POTD 2015 | december 16-31 (finally!)

350. | star wars jokes.

350. | star wars jokes.
12.16.2015

In preparation for all the Star Wars excitement, David complied this list of his favorite Star Wars jokes and riddles. Reason 1 million why I love this boy.


351. | tickets for star wars.
351. | tickets for star wars.
12.17.2015

We have the tickets! We have the tickets!

It's a strange thing, being able to have our kids experience the thrill of going to see a Star Wars movie in the theater. I felt young and old all at the same time. Okay, yes, and super excited for the movie to start!


352. | the floor underneath.

352. | the floor underneath.
12.18.2015

I couldn't take the curiosity any longer. We had been fantasizing about what could possibly be underneath the carpeting in our house. And... we have a winner! Hardwood floors!


353. | evoo addiction plan.
353. | evoo addiction plan.
12.19.2015

I suppose I could have worse problems. I could be addicted to more dangerous substances... than OLIVE OIL and VINEGAR. I cannot get enough of this stuff. Salads have never been so good!

Plus, you can't find too many things to be addicted to that come with a PUNCH CARD.


354. | book cover - nailed it.
354. | book cover - nailed it.
12.20.2015

When we were out shooting this family session, some of the kids pointed out their parents' brick on the walkway. I guess maybe because this is just how I think, I didn't hesitate before snapping a photo of it.

And then it became their book cover.

I will gladly admit this one time that I indeed #nailedit .


355. | all cleaned up.
355. | all cleaned up.
12.21.2015

This is the time of year when I send out my baby for her yearly visit to the doctor. They clean her up, check her settings and buttons and focus and all her parts and pieces.

And then I get her back, almost like new, ready to start a whole new year of capturing stories... framed.


356. | soup and sammie.
356. | soup and sammie.
12.22.2015

Tried a new place today... just for fun. The Soup Market on Vliet Street. YUMMY tomato bisque and half a turkey sandwich. Thumbs up for the food. (And the quiet time.)


357. | bring on the new year.

357. | bring on the new year.
12.23.2015

I have my planner so now I am officially ready and waiting for 2016 to arrive. Bring it on!


358. | shadow at night.

358. | shadow at night.
12.24.2015

The backyard light makes it look like Shadow is under a spotlight.

In other random observations, it's kinda weird that it's Christmas Eve and there is no snow on the ground.


359. | it's a PS4 christmas.
359. | it's a PS4 christmas.
12.25.2015

Well look at that! My family is beyond excited (especially the guy on the left) about the new Playstation 4 that Santa brought them. Can you EVEN believe it? You betcha. Santa kinda rocks, if you didn't know.


360. | sam and friends.

360. | sam and friends.
12.26.2015

Sam wanted plushies for Christmas. Big, fluffy friends. Well, she got 'em! Now we need to buy her a king sized bed so she can fit in with all her stuffed animals. Or we can empty her closet and replay that scene in E.T. ...


361. | before.
361. | before.
12.27.2015

This is the "before". Carpeting in the living room. Broken blinds (thank you Shadow) on the windows. Ugly-as-sin couch purchased 17 years earlier. Yes, SEVENTEEN YEARS. Stay tuned for the "after".


362. | belated greetings.
362. | belated greetings.
12.28.2015

This is my desk. AFTER Christmas. Those are our cards. We haven't sent them yet. We haven't addressed envelopes yet. It's going to be a late night...


363. | carpenter marks.
363. | carpenter marks.
12.29.2015

Winter Break 2015: late holiday cards, celebrating the holidays with family, catching up on sleep from the last three months, eating junk food, and pulling up all the carpeting in our house.

After we pulled up some of the carpet, we saw these carpenter marks on the untreated solid wood floor. These marks were made when the floor was installed - in 1953. So cool, right? A piece of history right under our feet.


365. | carpet and wood.
365. | carpet and wood.
12.31.2015

Traditionally I post my New Year's Eve martini for the last photo of the year. Not this time. We were trying to finish up this overwhelming job before we celebrated New Year's and just barely made it.

Here is the last swatch of lovely navy blue carpet from David's room before it hit the dumpster... and before I hit the bottle.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

two for tuesday | august 30

1. that annoying phrase "do work that you love and you'll never work a day in your life".
Not sure if that is a precise quote - or even who said it - but I'm saying it now. That much you can quote me on. And the annoying-er part about all of this is that I have to agree with those words. I had a bit of a moment the other day - I got all sniffy because I was reminded just how much I love my work. I love making people happy, capturing moments in time for them and putting their memories on a page or in a frame. I could really, really do this forever. And I think I just might.

2. books that make you ugly-cry.
Once in a while, everyone should read a weepy novel. A book that really clenches your heart and holds onto it until you can't take it anymore and then you find yourself in curled up in the fetal position on the couch, clutching your book and a wad of tissues. Rocking back and forth. Gasping for breath in between sobs. Gee, I can't understand why this doesn't sound appealing... 

(Me Before You. Go read it. And then you can cry with me.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

two for tuesday | august 23

(it's a day late but not short even one single dollar)

1. slow internet.
This may seem like something that is more hate-worthy than anything, but here's the deal - slow internet is there for a reason when you're on vacation.

2. views our your window that you can't get at home.
Along with that slow internet, the views our your vacation house are priceless. In Wisconsin, we don't have the opportunity to see cloud covered mountains, moss-sided ponds and green, lush woods right our our front window. It's a nice change, even if that vista comes with the random black bear strolling down the road.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

POTD 2015 | december 1-15

335. | crying shame.

335. | crying shame.
12.01.2015

Well, so much for that bottle.

What else can we possibly put in our egg nog?...


356. | say hi.

336. | say hi.
12.02.2015

Hey Shadow, say hi to al the people. (woof.)


337. | food groups.
337. | food groups.
12.03.2015

I will not argue with the words on the sign. Chocolate wins.


338. | marcona almonds.

338. | marcona almonds.
12.04.2015

I really have nothing to say today... except that OMG these almonds are SO GOOD.


339. | invisible birthday sushi.

339. | invisible birthday sushi.
12.05.2015

It's my birthday and I chose sushi for dinner. See? Oh, wait. You don't see. Because it's gone.


340. | wrapping paper fail.

340. | wrapping paper fail.
12.06.2015

This is how I'm wrapping gifts these days, apparently. And hey, just because the box says Amazon, doesn't mean it's from Amazon. Oh, forget it. Yes it does. But it literally could be ANYthing.


341. | casual guard dog.
341. | casual guard dog.
12.07.2015

This is Shadow's favorite spot out front. She can watch the birds in the tree. She can watch the cars go by. And most importantly, she can watch for the mail man, the UPS guy and the FedEx woman to arrive so she can greet them with barks of "hello". Rather, from her, barks of "go away".


342. | hanukah candles.

342. | hanukah candles.
12.08.2015

This is the perfect capture of our life in December: David lights this night's Hanukah candles... with our brilliantly lit Christmas tree in the background. Happy Chrismukah!


343. | special delivery.

343. | special delivery.
12.09.2015

I received a special delivery from my favorite bookseller in Nebraska... the new Adriana Trigiani book! I can't wait to read it... and that's what "slow season" is for. And winter. And fireplaces.

Thanks Jen! xoxo


344. | morning show shoot.
344. | morning show shoot.
12.10.2015

We are so lucky this winter - no snow! Not very cold! It's December!

I never would have dreamed we'd be able to have this session outdoors without risking hypothermia and frostbite and whatever else happens when you get too cold.

Instead, we walked around the Third Ward and this image became the new face of KTI Country. Seriously, it's everywhere. #omg #jakeandtanner #hikti


345. | clean and crumpled laundry.

345. | clean and crumpled laundry.
12.11.2015

No lens, no camera no angle could properly capture JUST how much laundry there was in and around the basket, JUST how many articles of clothing were scattered across the basement floor or JUST how empty our drawers were for lack of completed laundry.


346. | folded and piled.
346. | folded and piled.
12.12.2015

Ah. That's better. All the mounds of clean laundry have been converted into neat stacks of folded and organized clothing. Now all someone has to do is put it all away. Ha, "someone".


347. | dvr.

347. | dvr.
12.13.2015

After a season of busy, busy days and nights, it is now officially DVR Season. Cue the Tablo remote, pop the popcorn. I'm diving in!


348. | let's go.

348. | let's go.
12.14.2015

I won a $50 gift card for Leff's tonight. Yahoo! I'm so excited to go use it. Let's go already! I think this thing is burning a hole in my pocket.


349. | brown.

349. | brown.
12.15.2015

Outfit selfie! Once in a while I want to remember what I wore because I liked it and want to wear it again. Today is one of those rare days.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

POTD 2015 | november 16-30

320. | open the door...

320. | open the door...
11.16.2015

Open the door to your future favorite store. Furniture, decor and eye candy all over the place. One of everything, please!


321. | banana note.

321. | banana note.
11.17.2015

When you get notes from your kids...


322. | parking spot.

322. | parking spot.
11.18.2015

Some people have a really good memory for recalling their parking space. Some people make a note in their planner or phone. I take a picture. It'll last longer.


323. | jake and tanner.
323. | jake and tanner.
11.19.2015

These two are the new morning show hosts at KTI Country. This picture says it all - they totally rocked their photo shoot.


324. | busy bear.
324. | busy bear.
11.20.2015

The bear is back. This time he's my model for some sample mini session photos. I think he looks just fabulous with the golden, glittery background!


325. | mini sessions.
325. | mini session love.
11.21.2015

These three sisters know how to work a photo shoot. Every year these girls make my heart melt. This year is no different.


326. | selfie in action.

236. | selfie in action.
11.21.2015

I adore this photo. I wish all selfies were this gorgeous.


327. | apple hospital.

327. | apple hospital.
11.22.2015

My Mac had to go to the Apple Emergency Room. Here, you may not be able to tell, we are in the Recovery. I hope she makes it! Eek.

ETA: She sort of survived. Ultimately, I had to replace the computer - conveniently, during the height of my busiest time of the year. The old model will be cleared out, reset and refurbished.


328. | reading time.

328. | reading time.
11.24.2015

Every night the kids have time to read, chill out and have some quiet time. That goes for Mr. Sleepy, too.


329. | one on each shoulder.

329. | one on each shoulder.
11.25.2015

I had so many ideas for captions of this photo. I was thinking "I'm surrounded".... I was thinking something simple like "kid selfie".

But then I looked closer and realized I had a kid on each shoulder. Devil and angel. And so the real question remains: which one is which?


330. | turkey.
330. | turkey.
11.26.2015

Gobble.

Said no turkey on Thanksgiving Day.


331. | organized mess.
331. | organized mess.
11.27.2015

Busy season mess.
--Client order forms
--wine, pens, highlighters and other office supplies
--new laptop
--ipad playing How I Met Your Mother
--more client orders and other paperwork
--my planner is under there somewhere
--so is my to-do list
--carry-out container for dinner


332. | birthday dessert.

332. | birthday dessert.
11.28.2015

Cake and ice cream. Honestly, it never gets old. We may get old, but chocolate cake and ice cream? Never.


333. | sam and george.

333. | sam and george.
11.29.2015

George is the cat. To be accurate, he's Sam's Cat Cousin, if there's such a thing.

By the way, look at the pure happiness on Sam's face. Gorgeous!


334. | to be filed.
334. | to be filed.
11.30.2015

This giant stack of papers? To be filed.

Where's an assistant when you need one?

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