March 29, 2014

I just can not get over these photo's of my two loves. Sneaky Nick and our incredibly wonderful and talented friend Gina from Kiwi Street Studio's had a little shoot at our house one afternoon while I was away.  The idea was to capture the sweet relationship between a daughter and her father because really, isn't there something so special about that particular relationship?  The timing was perfect as these were shot just before her first birthday and I think Nick loved the idea of celebrating a year of being a papa. They are perfect in every way and I'm just so so thankful to have the husband (and daughter) that I do. 

Nick also wrote Ruthie a letter that is published on Gina's site. I of course was a sobbing ball of a human reading it and can't believe how lucky I am to have this man father our children. He is the best example of goodness I can think of. 

Thank you times a million to Gina for capturing these sweet images that I will forever cherish!


March 26, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

Another week where I couldn't choose just one image. These are not my favorite photo's but I wanted to capture this sweet relationship. Ruthie really loves her 'bubba' so so much. "Bubba" is the first thing she says every single morning, looking around all the rooms until she spots him.  I'm not quiet sure if the feeling is reciprocated but he'll take the opportunity to chew his bone while someone holds it any day. He's really patient with her. Such sweetness.


March 20, 2014

I've been going through this strange realization that social media, put bluntly, is bringing me down. I think I used to tell myself I was inspired by all the beautiful things I was seeing online, and maybe that was true at one time, but now I feel like I can't look at another woven rug or chemex or succulent or the perfect pair of denim or all the other 'perfect' things you can clump into an instagram square without feeling like everyone is exactly the same, styling images in the same way and posting to instagram or pinterest for the world to see as the perfect moment. Yes, I really enjoy all the things I just mentioned, but what I'm really doing when I scroll through my feed is comparing, and more importantly, feeling like what i've got and what I do isn't good enough. Even just five years ago these sorts of feelings were not so prevalent. I didn't have hundreds of 'perfect' images at my fingertips each day. I feel a little bit like I'm stuck between a rock and hard place if I can use that analogy. I am a sucker for good design and could spend countless hours looking at home tours online and searching for well made ceramics and textiles and clothing but the constant feeling of wanting better 'things' is just not sitting well with me. I know that a lot of the stuff I see is staged and styled and often times given to folks for free for the purpose of posting online to their networks and I get all that. But regardless, that gross feeling still exists in me and I'm ready to just....not care.

Social media is like an addiction for so many of us and while I do think it has its benefits, I'm seeing that right now in my life the benefits are not overwhelming. I'm not really sure what this means for me. To stop using Instagram all together doesn't seem realistic - aside from looking at other's images, I really do love the process of capturing a moment and editing the images I've produced. It's one of those every day creative experiences I am able to have without much effort. What I am thinking about doing is taking a break. Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest - I want to see what a month away from these sites is like. Will I feel more content with what I've got and not constantly be feeling like I need to stay on top of new designers and trends? I hope so because truthfully, it gets so exhausting. 

So that's where I'm at. I'm not sure what I'm going to do but I know that I need to do something.

image. (of course I use an image found via pinterest. oh the irony)

11|52 (A SERIES)

March 17, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

I couldn't choose just one this week because those dang teeny feet under the table while she eats just get me. so week 11 is a bit of a series. I always want to remember the way her little legs and feet hung and crossed and kicked and wriggled. 


March 15, 2014

I have always been an admirer of the beautiful children's brand, Caramel baby & child.  The color palettes are always so nice and light and a lot of their individual pieces are gender neutral which as most of you know, is one of my favorite things about stylish kids wear. And how about little lady number one's short bob? Beyond cute.


March 14, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

her language is exploding. always babbling and repeating words.


March 10, 2014

Since we got our cappuccino machine a couple months ago we still have not found the perfect cappuccino cups. We've been using our daily coffee mugs and while that's fine and dandy it feels like the experience isn't quite complete. I want something simple yet beautiful and came across these ones from Garden Trading and these ceramic ones from a shop on etsy (link not working) 

Anyone have any local suggestions to something that looks similar to these? 


March 9, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

learning how to climb up on to the furniture. looking like such a big girl.

(ps. I'm getting behind on my portraits! this week was super busy and in Nick had the camera most of the week for work. Anyways, posting numero 10 this week as well! ack!)


March 8, 2014

My super talented, lovely friend Megan just opened up her own shop here in Cincinnati called Fern. It's chalk full of beautifully curated potted succulents, cactus, air plants, and home decor. She converted an old gas station into the most beautiful space. It's still a bit raw in these photo's as she told me some work is still to be done, but I stopped in yesterday to shop the studio pre sale she was having before her official opening in a few weeks. If you live in Cincinnati you must visit this shop! I took home a beautiful hanging air plant and a mother in laws tongue plant for the house. Don't you just love that name? 

Fern is located at 6040 Hamilton Avenue in College Hill Cincinnati. Congrats, Meg! It's stunning!


March 3, 2014

"a portrait of my child each week, every week in 2014"

her crazy curls and fruit smoothie stained shirt. just another ordinary day around here.


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