Saturday, May 31, 2014

Velvet strapless dress + Born sandals + Wild Hearts Forever + Freshly Picked + romantic updo = mySTYLE may {33 wks pregnant}



























Clothing
dress: Velvet strapless dress - non-maternity. I ordered this {and one in green} about 2 years ago from Garnet Hill. It's no longer available. This one would work while pregnant I bet, and this one is just stunning for post baby.
linen shawl: Garnet Hill - non-maternity. 2 years old & no longer available.
shoes: Born Myndy Sandal. So, the spring following having Elle West, I went on a nursing compatible shopping spree at Garnet Hill. Though the shoes have not a thing to do with nursing, I had to have shoes! Mine are in magenta, which is no longer available, but at least the style is. You can't go wrong with Born shoes...they are so comfortable and super stylish. If I were getting a pair now, I'd probably go for these gladiators in green!

Elle West: My baby girl is wearing an embroidered halter dress, which was a gift when she was brand new. We are excited to finally wear it this summer! Let me know if you find one like it, so I can link to it here! Her shoes are a loved pair of Freshly Picked moccs in bubblegum suede. They used to be bright and bold. But like favorite blue jeans, they've dulled and softened with wash & wear. I want these shiny ones for baby Evley. 

Find a link to a darling headband like Elle West's below {under accessories}. I looove this headband, and that it was a Christmas present, to her, from Daddy. She loves it too!

True: My favorite boy is sporting his Wild Hearts Forever - chase the call of your wild heart tee. I special ordered a few of these in larger sizes than offered, for the big kids on my list, this past Christmas. I'm not sure if that is still an available option or not...the shirt's graphic & saying sure does resonate with us, so I'm super glad that the gals of Wild Hearts Forever were so accommodating with sizes!! Be sure to check out their variety of stylish kiddo tees & onesies here

And how handsome is that tee with his black Wranglers?! This kid l.o.v.e.s. black Wranglers. Not just any I might add. They've got to have brass {instead of silver} snaps. The silver snaps come on the different version of Wranglers sold at Wal-Mart...we've tried them. He likes the kind sold at BootBarn and ranch stores. Who in the world would notice the snaps, but True?! It's the style/cut he cares about, but he describes them by way of snap color. Have I created a monster - or - is that just his wild heart?? Anyway, I'm over the fight when he now runs out of clean "brass" snapped Wranglers; when there's a huge stack of other colors/styles of jeans clean. From here on out I'm just buying the kid what he likes; variety free. On his feet are snow boots. Hand me downs. He loves them and will wear them throughout the summer, and has done so since the beginning of time. Another fight not worth fighting. Regardless, the kid looks good, and that's his style.

Accessories
hair: Mine - "top knot" by Cassie at the Wild Horse Salon in Bayfield. Elle West's - styled by Cassie, too, with a Native American beaded headband from Waci-ci in Ignacio. If you're in the area, find Cassie & schedule an appt. at the Wild Horse Salon here.
necklace: Carico Lake Turquoise strand from Toh-Atin in Durango.
earrings: details in last month's post here
bracelet: details in January's post here
anklets: Pretty by JL - Customize mine here & Elle West's here.

Photography
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}

Could it really be the last day of May??! In complete honesty, that is just fine with me!! That means that we get to meet sweet baby Evley in just over a month! I'd hoped to post this earlier this week...for no other reason than that Esther took the pictures two weeks ago, and that I've had the pictures in my possession, and so that I didn't feel crunched for time, and to not wait until the last day of the month again. Ah well, here they are and what a way to end May!

I loved this shoot. Or, what came from it I should say. The shoot itself was a fuzz stressful for me because I don't like trying to keep my kids clean. They aren't that sort. Elle West is/can be for sake of photos because she loooves to be in Esther's photos. So, she was pretty easy. True did his duty, and was then soaked from head to toe within sixty seconds of being turned loose; getting him to stay close in the first place was a little more of a challenge than I cared to deal with on that particular thirty-three-week-pregnant-day. But, the results were stunning and, as always, I'm so happy to have these pictures. Esther is great with kids and her boys were there to help, too; making us smile extra.

The location was again in Bayfield, at Little Pine River Park. You don't get a feel for the creek that's there from the photos I posted. But, the creek is like a natural lazy river that's perfect for kids to play in, and is the reason for the park. It will become a hotspot where Moms & their kiddos get together to cool off this summer. It's a gem that Bayfield residents have been enjoying for generations. 

Esther and I thought it was time to have a shoot with the kids, and before baby Evley arrives. I thought May to be quite appropriate & perfect, being the month of Mother's Day and all!! Elle West and I dressed up a tiny bit to celebrate, and because dresses are nice and comfy for me these days. I will likely sport them throughout the month of June for the same reason {nice & easy to hitch up to walk in the creek with, too!}.

As part of the celebration, Elle West and I had our hair styled before the shoot. Cassie, over at the Wild Horse Salon, has been helping me with some simple styles and products to help my hair seem less boring to me. I'm lazy with it, but still somehow think it should look un-boring! I might just bite the bullet and have a little blonde put in this month. Regardless of that, Cassie always does a great job on our cuts and going in for a style was no exception! She showed me how to do the top knot, and I've been able to reproduce it simply at home. It's a great style for summer.

Elle West actually was not scheduled for a style. I had her hair up in a little pony tail; one that looked cute with her headband. But when we got to the salon, she kept asking to have her hair done {Cassie cuts her hair, too}. I told her no and that hers was already done, a couple of times. Well, I'm pretty sure that she sabotaged/leveraged the situation by putting a comb in her hair and making a mess of her ponytail. In the process she also broke her hair tie. Cassie popped her up in the chair and took a curling iron to her hair. She even added a little product for volume. Elle West was delighted, and also happened to look adorable in the end. Yet another fight that didn't make sense to fight!

I've been loving our weather overall this month. We've had some super hot days and some rainy ones. I've enjoyed both immensely. Our backyard looks a touch like a jungle as a result of the rain, which just makes it even more fun and lush to sit/play in + has meant spending less time watering. Yay! Since school is out for True, we've just been lounging around our small town. I have a feeling that we will do more and more of that as my due date draws nearer!

I hope you had a wonderful May and that your summer is off to a great start!

X O X O, JL

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