Early in the spring of this year I styled a shoot with the lovely Lauren of Lauren Reynolds Photography. We chose a rustic spring wedding theme for our story, with the beautiful Kate modeling for us. I fashioned the headpiece out of flowers I found growing wild in the fields. The floral centerpieces are white peonies, lisianthus, antique roses, thistle and feathers from guineas collected around the ranch. The dress and veil belonged to Kate as well as the beautiful earrings she wore. Her bouquet is a combination of hydrangeas and lilac.
Recently I saw that for the first time in 50 years an exhibition of her clothing is now on display at the La Casa Azul, her former home turned museum. The show is called “Appearances can be Deceiving.” All of her beautiful clothing served dual purposes. An accident as a child, as well as illness later in life, transformed her body and the way she presented herself to the world. She dressed in traditional Mexican clothing, the clothes were beautiful and at the same time the clothing masked the physical traits that she was self-conscious about.The exhibition at the museum showcases her clothing and some of her prosthetic pieces as well. This is beauty and truth in its most real form.
I am so excited that I will be traveling to Mexico in November and will be able to see the exhibition in person. I will finally get to visit La Casa Azul and see this amazing collection in person.
It has been almost a year since I left my full-time position and made the leap to freelance styling. It has been an incredibly gratifying journey, and I have never been happier or felt more fulfilled.
Another exciting aspect of this new life is getting to meet and work with new incredibly talented people. The first shoot I have to share is from a collaboration with Jody Horton at the beginning of this year. It was a fun day out at my family’s ranch north of Austin. The weather threatened to shut down the shoot but by the time we got started it settled down into a lovely day.
A big thanks to Clare Wood and Sam Whiteside for modeling for us and making us laugh, and to the lovely Kate LeSueur for pulling it all together.
Its getting cold outside..
Makes me long for warmer weather. Im adding this to the ever growing list of home improvement projects. An outdoor shower.
Perfect for cleaning up after gardening and yard work. Would be wonderful for giving the doggy a bath as well.
Outdoor shower inspiration… Enjoy!
Lets talk Halloween, shall we? I LOVE this holiday. I love to dress up and decorate, pass out candy to the cute little kiddos, and run around in the streets like a goblin.
One of my besties Melissa is the QUEEN of Halloween. She dolls her house up Day of the Dead/Spook House style and it is amazing. We worked all weekend to prepare for her home to be featured on houzz.com and the result is phenomenal! Melissa styled and designed everything and Sarah Greenman photographed and wrote the article. We had so much fun!!!!
Check out the whole article
and check out Sarah’s blog
Here are some of my favorite pics from the shoot!
Tiny furniture – This movie is amazing. So funny, so awkward, so real… It has been on my Top Picks for awhile and I can’t believe I waited so long to watch it. It is laugh out loud funny, smart and charming. It was my favorite movie I’ve seen this year. Lena Dunham has received a lot of attention lately for her HBO series Girls. This was pre-Girls and for someone so young this movie is quite an accomplishment. For someone not so young its still quite an accomplishment. Lena is fun to watch and isn’t afraid to put it out there. She is refreshing. There are also great performances from Grace Dunham and Jemima Kirke.
Martha Marcy May Marlene – I have been anxiously awaiting its release on Netflix. As soon as I knew she existed, I was a Elizabeth Olsen fan. She is beautiful, she is intriguing and she can act. She is really the main reason to watch this movie. Her performance takes you to some dark places and as bad as it gets you can’t stop watching. It also must be said that I love Sarah Paulson. And everything role that John Hawkes takes on, he owns it.
Another happy day – Don’t let the title fool you. This movie is a kick in the stomach. If you ever wanted to feel better about your family dynamic this is the movie to watch. These people have issues. At times its hard to watch because they all keep setting themselves up for hurt and disappointment. And as a viewer your allegiance is constantly switching sides. You equally like them and hate them all. The movie almost loses itself in its own drama, but the actors give some solid performances and save it from embarrassing itself. A few really standout performances from Kate Bosworth, Thomas Haden Church, and Ellen Burstyn. Worth watching. But definitely not a “feel good” movie.
Albatross – This is a fun movie. Downton Abbey fans will recognize the lead actress as Lady Sybil. She plays a carefree, spirited and creative young girl who comes to work as a maid at a families hotel. The family has a daughter her age that is quiet and bookish but the two become instant friends. This movie dances the fine line of being trite and typical. But is saved by some pretty decent performances from all the actors and some intelligent banter mixed in to the sometimes obvious plot line. For the most part this movie is cute and entertaining and sometimes touching. A great Sunday afternoon movie.
Pure – This movie almost gets it right. But it is a little too slow and you don’t quite believe the connections between some of the characters. The Kiera Knightly story line is far more interesting than the Eva Mendez one. But overall it was watchable.
Peep Show – I started watching this British TV show a few years back. I quickly got hooked. The way it is filmed is really interesting all the characters speak directly to the camera, which I thought would be jarring but you get used to it really quickly. This show is hilarious. It is at times dark, often dirty and oh so cringe-worthy. Its hard to say who is my favorite character. But I would probably have to go with Super Hans.
Many of my favorite people are having babies right now! It is so exciting to get to help them design their nurseries. Baby nurseries have come a long way. They have become hip, sophisticated and chic. No more cheesy baby rooms! There a lot of cool trends going on right now. Chevron everything, from curtains, to rugs, to walls. Lots of soft color pallets, grey is a big one (my favorite color!). Lots of bold graphic fabrics. Lots of animal silhouettes for art and prints. Gender neutral and the modern jungle seem to be hot themes right now. Stripes are still in style for walls, ceilings and curtains. Here are some of my favorite nurseries out there right now.
via design sponge
via spearmint baby
via custom nursery art
via baby center
via sweet king of the jungle
via made by girl
I am so fortunate to have such a cool job, I love what I do. Here are some of my favorite looks from the Wisteria Summer/Coastal themed shoot I worked on. Photography by Kristopher Ellis, styled by me, Photo Credits Wisteria.
I love the French Modernist Armchair
I loved this Vintage Chinese Butcher’s Table so much, I bought it!
Aren’t they adorable?
This was selected for the June Cover, see the entire catalog online here.
I love all of these shades of blue! And it was a really fun shoot. I work with a lot of talented people. In other news, I am looking for a Summer Intern to work in the studio with me. Its a great opportunity for someone who wants to get their foot in the door and get lots of on set experience. Message me for more information. It will be a fun summer, guaranteed!
Follow my kitchen board on Pinterest for more inspiring kitchens! source
I need this light fixture. source
I need all this stuff in my kitchen. source
Moody kitchen with white dishware. source
This is just about perfect. source
I love the floors and color pallet. source
Subway tile… source
Spoon collection. Im working on mine. source
Love this little collection of antiques. source
love the linen and woven elements. source
Love the little blue chair. source
This sink and the hand towels are lovely. source
Totally drooling over these images this morning….
images by Jake Curtis.