Saturday, January 25, 2014

Chimayo jacket + Frye boots + old Studebaker truck + chevron French manicure + holey stone pendant = mySTYLE january {16 wks pregnant}

coat: vintage 40s Chimayo jacket {…passed on to me from G's mom. His Grandmother is the original owner.}
top: vintage 70s or 80s men's shirt {I hijacked this treasure from my Dad's closet in 1995… my Aunt made it for him.}
jeans: Hudson Skinnies - unavailable {close to five years old… cut like these, but with waist & pocket detail similar to these.}
boots: Frye Daisy Dukes - unavailable {I've had these for a decade, and they've been available in different shades until last year. Now they make similar styles here & here.}

rings: right hand - Jeanette Dale turquoise & sterling silver from Toh-Atin Art Gallery in Durango. left hand - Roland Begay custom made Story Teller ring in rose, yellow & white gold. Ordered through Toh-Atin.}
bracelets: right - Jacob Morgan cuff in turquoise & sterling from Toh-Atin. left - Pretty by JL charm wrap in dark gray silk + sterling.
necklace: stone with natural hole found and given to me by G in West Texas {more info on such stones here}; hung from gold chain.
manicure: chevron French manicure, in OPI gel, by Natacia at Body Brake Salon.

All photos are by & property of E. Lee Photography :: Visit her Website and on Facebook to see more of Esther's work & to schedule your own shoot. 
{click on each image in this post for a better view}

Hello, and Happy New Year!!! I was slow to emerge from 2013 but am indeed here in 2014, alive and well. Esther of E. Lee Photography and I have collaborated this year to bring you monthly style posts on the PRETTYblog, and you've just seen the first! I couldn't be happier with the result.

Toward the end of last year, I was scrolling through the blog to see what the heck all went on. It was fun and fine, but I was disappointed in my style posts. Nearly every photo that hits this blog is a phone photo taken by me. That isn't likely to change in 2014 either, which is why I contacted Esther to see if she'd be willing to work with me on this. Nice photos are a huge part of quality blogs these days. I'm not so interested in taking nice photos myself, unless of course I luck into one from my phone. It just isn't on my list of things to do. I've always thought of carrying a camera {+ taking the time out to actually take a picture} as a chore {um, not to mention I don't know what I'm doing and don't really care to learn}. I'd rather just enjoy the moment with my own eyes and without fumbling with something to capture a moment that I then…ultimately miss! However, I love nice photography. I appreciate it immensley and very much enjoy looking at it. So, at least once a month in 2014, quality + professional + pretty photos will be featured on the blog via the category mySTYLE. All of them will be thanks to Esther.

Style wise - I'm not claiming for a minute to be fashionable, or in style, necessarily. Hence the title of the category mySTYLE… these posts are me and what I like for better or worse. A lot of the clothes and accessories you see here will be old. I will do my best to share links for what I can or to find something similar. Some of them will be pricey and some cheap. I have a decidedly eclectic take on fashion, but with an undeniable country western edge. I've lived in Arizona/Colorado my entire life, my daughter's middle name is West just because G & I love the nostalgia surrounding the Old West, and our son is named after a gun. This blog, including my style, is simply us as a whole. I hope you enjoy it. Regardless, Esther's photos will be worth seeing. If you're at some point interested in commissioning her work you may contact her via email: eleephotography[at]yahoo[dot]com. You may also see more examples of her work and connect with her on Facebook here.

In closing {my apologies for the lengthiness of this one, but I want you to know what's going on!}…a super cool thing about these monthly style posts {which include pretty pictures}, is that they will also include a progression of my third, and very likely final, pregnancy. There is little else that makes a mama-to-be feel better about herself than capturing the beauty of a moment during the magical and short time that is pregnancy. So often during pregnancy we can feel frumpy or swollen, are tired or sick, or have peanut butter or some variation of body fluid from our other children on our clothes. A pretty picture of ourself can be a nice reminder that who we are still exists, and that it does while our body is so rapidly changing into something that we don't recognize. Better yet, it freezes a moment in time that we would otherwise forget. We'd forget that while we might not have felt amazing, we were beautiful. Inevitably, the memories of moments like those {because they pale in comparison} will be replaced by the amazingness of what is growing inside us and the life that that miracle will soon live. Yet in the photo, the memory remains.



  1. love that shirt ... I want to steal it from you! :)

    1. reminds me a lot of your easy to wear Made Well plaids! Which I love! This shirt is so light and soft from being so old that it's a favorite for that alone. It's kinda crazy to think that I wore it in my grunge days and all the way up to my 3rd pregnancy; there just always seems to be a place for it in my wardrobe! Not to mention how handsome my Dad must have been in it back in the day :) I'll have to ask my Mom if she has a pic of him in it. It would also be really cool to get a photo of Gabe's Grandma in that coat! I found out today that she bought it in Estes Park in '47 or '48...I'll bet she looked amazing in it!

  2. You still have that shirt! Love Mom

  3. I do!!! And I'd love to see a picture of dad in it back in the day!! Let me know if you find one :)

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