And a few additional shots below that didn't make the cut. Just cuz I love me some detail and had to show off those shoes!! Poms -- Aquazurra, and Velvet -- Prada.
These floral pieces were no brainers for me! I mean, hello color extravaganza! And the combo? They practically become a neutral! Lol. To be honest, I didn't have a top where the style and color were a good fit for the pants, and I still don't entirelyyyyy fit into my pre-baby jeans ... 3 months postpartum (I'll still take the stretchy pants please.) So a spontaneous flower uniform it is! Plus, it's always a little invigorating just deciding something works and going with it. Overthinking is overrated.
On my to do list the week before Bode's due date, along with freezer meals and deep cleaning the refrigerator and getting a mani/pedi and painting the front porch and conquering the world, was to share these photos. Whadya know, he came like a bat outta you know where in the middle of the night a week early ... and it couldn't have been a more beautiful surprise. AND a beautiful lesson in letting go :) So here I am a month in, slowly surfacing from the fog haha...going through these pictures of us as a party of 3 on the precipice of 4, and feeling all the feels. Now that he is here it seems like we have known him forever, but it is still so surreal to realize it was him in there the whole time! (p.s. Is it just me moms, or do you all also never get over the fact that you grew an actual human in your belly and now you're wiping their nose and having serious conversations about dinosaurs with them?)
So here is our silly random version of maternity slash family pictures! All I can say is Gertrude Bell is a magical fairy photographer who knows how to wrangle one toddler supreme and two sweaty exhausted parents like nobody's business.
Hope you enjoy gloriously gaudy putt putt decor as much as I do!
I feel like I basically blinked and have a 19 month old...so naturally I was having a major mommy moment the other day and went through literally every picture in the Milo archives (aka my entire laptop hard drive). I guess between figuring out how to walk and how to sleep and not lose my cool and working and scheduling when to shower and trying to embrace every moment of being a mom, oh and being a wife, it's just taken me 6 months to share his first birthday pictures, lol.
That day was such a golden nugget in our hearts kind of a day that it has been so fun to go through the pictures and relive it. Looking back, 1.) it's hilarious how many random camping related props I had in my Mary Poppins bag o' tricks, 2.) It's a miracle we pulled it all off--Trevor finished building our deck as people were arriving. It later held at least 30 people at the same time...only a couple people didn't survive ;) ... 3.) It's kinda funny we picked this theme and ran with it because now that he's a toddler, all he ever wants to do is put on his shoes and go outside, and 4.) I'm so grateful for my sweet, amazing friend Gertrude who captured all the details, like she does best.
5 months and counting til birthday party number 2!
^ a handmade boyscout vest by his MeMe (complete with a vintage personalized auto mechanic patch and random fun boyscout patches I scored on ebay!)
^ For our little digger, the cutest ant hill cake homemade by his Ama.
Photographer / Brian Cummings
Producer / Amanda Bjornson
Agency / Mio
Wardrobe / Kristi Pinkham
H&M / Renee Murphy
Food Stylist / Michelle Whittenberg
PA / Amy Zlatarich
Styling a stunning little woodland princess and her mystic sidekick named Balto in a forest that resembles Narnia is infinitely my idea of a dream editorial. I seriously had so much fun with this crew...because kids and animals are usually way more cool than adults, haha. Also, I am super honored that Babiekins Magazine featured this on their blog! You can check it out here. Hope this inspires you to explore the wilderness...in totally sweet clothes, of course.
Photography: Bonnie Nichoalds / HMUA: Shealin Dodson / Model: Madison Shelton
This past November I had the honor of styling a segment for Mother Model Management's annual 'Tribute' runway show at the gorgeous Scottish Rite Cathedral in downtown St. Louis. Yes I am just now getting around to putting up these images (insert emoticon of the monkey with his paws over his face here) ... but life is cray cray, amirite? Well it definitely was a fabulous night, and such a cool collaboration of creativity. It was quite the treat having the freedom to conceptualize a segment ... and knowing that I had a bevy of stellar models to make just about anything look good didn't hurt either. So with my blank slate, my brain led me to fur and sequins and metallic leathers and jacquards and lucite accents, naturally! (Hahaha, literally why it takes me so long to get dressed ... and why my closet has now consumed a fourth of our basement). Some pieces were loaned, some found, and others from my own collection...all to create a curated hodge-podge of combos I love.
Hope you enjoy! xo
Finally got around to making Milo's first painting happen! We just used masking tape to block out a number 1 on the canvas, plopped on some paint, let the tiger loose, and then peeled the tape off at the end. And thankfully we had a faithful pup standing by to ensure quality control...
Little does this unimpressed sumo wrestler know he is about to have the time of his life...
Needing a bath is a sign of a true artist...
Voilà! The blob of blue he chose to leave untouched might be my favorite part. What a visionary.
Ok mom, I'm over it.
I'm excited to share this editorial I styled for the September/October 2015 issue of Streetscape Magazine, shot at Lambert International Airport in St. Louis! I got to use a mix of pieces from local shops and designers, and met some really sweet, talented people along the way.
You all look this effortlessly fabulous when you travel too, right? Ok, just makin' sure...
So excited to finalllly be able to share this magically delicious editorial I styled for volume XXIII of Jute Magazine! Such a fun concept from the mind of one of my faves, Bonnie Nichoalds, and such a treat for me to help make it come to life. It went against every instinct I have as a stylist to intentionally get clothes dirty, so it was definitely a good exercise in letting go! Now I know that nothing says successful shoot like kool aid stained feet and reeking of mustard.
Hello friends! Since I've been spending 99.9 % of my time in this room, photographing it seemed like brilliant motivation to tidy up a bit! We're pretty excited to show you around...
The gang's all here! Literally...these are all of his stuffed animals. Haha! I know that won't last for too long. So for now, four fluffy friends in a cute little cluster out of reach for the dogs to steal and destroy will be a special memory. Plus, the sweet bearded hobo-looking one is named Sven and was !HAND - MADE! (and named) years ago by Trevor's Annie Grammy. An ultimate treasure.
I searched forever for a mobile and my hunting paid off. What farm/barnyard/Americana themed room is complete without sheep?! And, double whammy, they are floating above for him to count to sleep! If only he'd be asleep after counting 5 sheep....or rocking him for 30 minutes....or singing every song I know....ya feel me? Essentially, this boy isn't one to miss out on life.
Also, fun fact: the itty bitty pulley that is holding up the mobile (you can spot it in the first pic of the room up above) was found attached to the ceiling in the basement of our 95 year old house!
They have the cutest felt mobiles, and cutest everything for that matter at Land of Nod. Can we live there?
Ok I pinky promise I did not hang fishing line from the ceiling and attach it to his wrist! He seriously gave me a split second of a ride 'em up yee-haw cowboy pose. This is the first time I plopped him in this thing, so obviously he's a natural. Found this bad boy at a resale shop for nine bucks when I was pregnant, and would sit in his room with my big bellied emotional hormonal self looking at it and dreaming about when he would be big enough to sit and play in it. And now here we are, sitting and playing. 7 months into this and I'm getting the feeling that the emotions and hormones never wear off. Thus, Mommyhood. That or I better not be pregnant again...
This Pepsi crate, turned shadow-box, was randomly given to me by my Mother-in Law. A cool old treasure living in her storage room that she knew I would love. I seem to attract cool old things in storage rooms. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Hmmmm...
There is no hiding my affinity for needlepoint. I might as well shout it from the rooftops. Kitschy and tacky and colorful and cheerful and wonderful needlepoint. Yes please. The owl was given to me, and the farm scene I scored on Etsy, got a wood frame and burlap from Hobby Lobby, bada bing bada boom.
These guys are pretty serious about reading, and about being amazing copper animal head mounts. I found them at the Gypsy Caravan (an annual flea market) last summer while I was about to P O P, yet still willing to walk for hours in the heat searching for treasures. #determination #orInsanity ?
Milo has become the master of outfit changes...thanks mostly to spit up. And poop. Good thing I had another manly American farmer number up my sleeve for our little photoshoot, because he apparently still had some photogenic magic left up his sleeve. I couldn't really handle this bunny cuddle.......
This glorious owl of my dreams was a thrifted find from a friend who whoooo knows me all too well. The vintage silk American flag (with mustard yellow fringe may I add) I found at Goodwill a couple years ago for a whole 5 buckaroos. It's been chillin with my props up until I found out I was having a boy. At that time I had no idea what world I wanted to create for his room, but I knew I was raising the flag.
Handmade item numero 2 and needlepoint item numero 100, this pillow made by my amazing mom. She actually made it for Trevor and I right after we got married. I always wanted to show it off, but never found the perfect spot for it until now :)
Handmade item number 3 oh my gosh I'm realizing it now as I'm typing! This sweet little (3d needlepoint...wow I'm officially a dork) barn with a silo! This one my Mimi made for me when I was 3 or 4 and it has a little music box inside to wind up that plays none other than "Ole McDonald Had a Farm." Kinda weird how I obviously have always been destined to have a barn-themed room in my house, haha. The donkey planter I thrifted, and in it lives the oldest plant I've ever kept alive. I credit that to the assumed magical powers of the donkey because seriously all other plants I have tended to die in 1-2 months. Any green-thumb tips? In the meantime, every plant I will be purchasing will be the one to the left of it, whose tag read: "Plants of Steel." Sold.
- Needlepoint Pillow Case & Brass Owl Family // Thrifted
- Cork Table Lamp & Side Table // Target
- Throw // Crate & Barrel - similar
- Chicken & Egg Pillow // We Love Vera
- Changing Pad Cover // Land of Nod
- Dresser // Ikea
- Owl // Thrifted
- Barn Light // Lowe's
No diaper changing station is complete without two adorable headshots of your pups! Charlie to the left, Scotch to the right. The best/naughtiest duo you ever did meet. I can't wait for them and Milo to be best buds. Right now Milo just pulls out Charlie's fur by the handfuls and Scotch constantly kisses Milo while he happily opens his mouth until I intervene. Mom of the year award right here.
Here is Sven testing out the cutest little yellow school chair that I just couldn't pass up from a resale shop recently. It was only 5 dollars after all!
- Measuring Tape Growth Chart // Pottery Barn Kids
- Coat Rack // Thrifted
See that wee heart up there? My husband welded that for me out of two horseshoes as a gift when we first started dating. That pretty much sealed the deal for me. And the denim jacket and rope are hangin' ready for whenever Milo needs to go lasso some farm animals or whatev, no big deal....
M is for Milo, and Monkey, and Macho, and Mud, and Magnificent, and Magic and Macaroni.
Thanks for stopping by!
I kinda lost track of the fruit baby size guide app thingy a while ago. Probably when it was hard to imagine Milo shaped as bok choy or an eggplant….what the heck. But now that I am right on the brink of watermelon size here in the home stretch, that's something I can comprehend! And feel in my lower back, for sure :) Let's just pray he is a nice grocery sized watermelon and not one of those county fair winner ones.
So, eating summertime watermelon in a watermelon dress with a watermelon in my belly seemed appropriate to me!
Next up, a stretchy dress ensemble with little baby faces all over it! Catch ya on the flip side! xo
Man I love styling. It's like playing dress-up with real live dolls. And in this case, it was like having my very own 1970s Barbie. Named Betsy. It was truly a blast from the past doing this styled shoot with photographer Patrick Lanham and hair/makeup artist Whitney Reynolds on the streets of St. Louis.
Also, the cool thing is, all of these looks are new, minus a few vintage pieces from my own supply. So if you're feeling extra groovy, you don't need to hunt very hard.
Here's to everyone's inner hippie! Enjoy! xo