April 28, 2011

A Forever Senior... in my Heart, Mind & Soul

When my sister and I were growing up (after the days of mom putting us in matching clothes), I always loved dressing her. I would complete the look by crimping, braiding and curling her hair.  I guess you could say this was when I began my love for styling! Since we both wore uniforms throughout grade school and high school, those non-uniform days were always coveted... well, by me anyway. My sister wasn't ever that interested. So, I would have fun putting outfits together for her, complete with accessories and shoes. I would give her several choices and she went along with it. Being four years apart, we had our differences, arguments and disagreements. Ironically, THIS was something we never really "fought" about. She was so good to me, letting me choose her clothing, do her hair and even make-up at times. I guess perhaps she saw the joy I had in helping her and deep down she liked seeing my enthusiasm. Her style developed more into high school and was far different than my own and we accepted that of each other. She was rather simple and a bit picky but certainly wanted to stay in fashion and liked nice clothes. Her closet was full of Abercrombie button down shirts, sweaters, pants and shorts... in between those plaid skirts, XCP shirts, basketball uniforms and golf attire. You rarely saw her in a dress. She was always more about comfort.Ahh, how I miss those days and will FOREVER hold them close to my heart.  I bet she'd get a kick out of my new "profession."

Since graduations are approaching and many seniors out there are having senior portraits taken, I thought I would give some examples of senior portrait styling. My inspiration comes from my sister and spring flowers. She had her senior portrait taken with gerber daisies. They have become a significant symbol to represent my sister and the too short, but beautiful life she lived.

Girls, have fun with the floral prints seen everywhere this season. Go with a small print with shoes and accessories that pop! Layer with a cardigan or jean jacket. Look for unique accessories like this head wrap from Vintage Rose Wraps and necklace from eco Bling Couture on etsy. Wearing both together might be a bit much... one of these on it's own would look darling! Pink, green or gold shoes... wedges or flats... you'll look picture perfect!
Of course, a dress from Abercrombie & Fitch :), jacket from Eddie Bauer and shoes from Zappos.

Gap Stretch Denim <em>Jacket</em>Pink LimaliciousCandy Coated Cluster Necklace Reclaimed Jewelry

Nine West - JaxsonNine West - BlancaGiuseppe Zanotti - E10124

This Sunday will mark the 12th anniversary of my sister's death...
My younger sister, Emily Elizabeth Ell, was killed by a drunk driver on May 1, 1999, the night of her senior prom. The driver that took her life was a man the age of my own father with two teenage daughters of his own. He weaved in and out of traffic down Scottsdale Rd. that night, going nearly 100mph after drinking heavily at a strip club. He is now serving a 20 year sentence, the maximum penalty for this crime.That night I lost my sister and only sibling.
Please, don't drink & drive...

Our last conversation was that day. Emily called me down at UofA to ask my opinion about how she should style her hair and what accessories to wear. I told her to wear her hair down and that accessories weren't necessary. I knew she would feel more herself, not being so done up. Emily, in the silver gown she borrowed from our cousin, would be a head-turner for sure! I told her to have fun and be safe...

Love you Em... you're always in my heart!

Fashionably Yours,

April 11, 2011

My Weekend Obsession

"The Kennedys," a mini-series on Reelz kept me from doing a lot this past weekend. I watched one episode and was hooked. Loved that they ran a marathon of the entire mini-series!
It was a little like revisiting a history class while at the same time watching a tabloid tv program. I must say though, the acting was fantastic and I have a whole new respect for Bobby Kennedy as he was portrayed. There's the history about what the Kennedy Presidency was like in the 60's, including such difficult times like the Cuban Missile Crisis and segregation, the series also showed the relationships within the iconic family and the alleged Hollywood and mafia connections. John F.Kennedy, or "Jack" certainly had a lot to live up to as did his wife. The entire family has dealt with so much tragedy over the years. Heartbreaking.

These four were the All American family.
It's said that JFK and Jackie were a couple of ultimate style and class. Many women wanted their husbands to dress like President Kennedy and Jackie was adored by women all over the world for her fashions she wore while in the White House and years later. I couldn't help but be drawn in by the impeccable fashions Katie Holmes wore, as Jackie Kennedy.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was the most fashionable and glamorous first lady.

With an a-line dress, three strand pearls, over sized sunglasses, Hermes scarf and a Chanel bag, her look was classic and very simple to replicate. Even when she wore the most expensive European designs, she still looked simple. Her style was not only about her clothing, but about the way she conducted her life.

The essentials...

A-line or Sheath Dress
A pearl 3 strand necklace

Over sized sunglasses



All styles available at http://www.nordstrom.com/.

Donna Ricco Split Neck Jacquard DressNordstrom Glass Pearl Extra Long Strand NecklaceEcho 'American Stripe Vintage' Silk NeckerchiefGucci Oversized Frame SunglassesSperry Top-Sider® 'Palmdale' FlatMICHAEL Michael Kors 'Hamilton Chain - Large' Vertical Tote
Fashionably Yours,

April 2, 2011

First Easter Session

This past week I had such a fun Easter Session with two adorable brothers and their sweet mommy. I met her through my parenting group as her oldest and my son are just a month apart in age. The moms in this group are pretty amazing women and I feel so incredibly blessed to have met them as I know we will be life long friends. 

I was thrilled at the opportunity to style and photograph these little ones and their pretty mommy for some fun Easter pics. The hour was spent running, hopping, eating candy and giggling... how can you NOT, with a cute toddler full of life, gorgeous newborn and easy going mom?!

Here you'll see styles from JCrew, Zappos and etsy shops (Izzy B Designs) and (Wee Bee Uniques by Julie).
Mom styled herself to coordinate perfectly with her boys!

 We played a little hide & seek...

 Gorgeous, right?!

cute & cuddly little bunny...

Tanner is SO good with his li'l bro... so incredibly sweet!

A big reward!

Thanks so much {B} family, for the fun time in the sun! I loved every minute!