New Accessory Obsession: Enamel Pins

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When Fay was a newborn, Jonathan and I started calling her, affectionately, “Chicken” — a term of endearment, I realize now, we only say directly to her and never in reference to her (which is possibly why no one ever hears us say it). In any case, at one point I found this sweet enamel pin and added it to my wishlist with the hope of one day getting it for her.

Then, a few months ago, I stumbled down an Instagram rabbit hole…

Watercolor Worlds By Jessica Love

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Have you seen the newly released children’s book Julián is a Mermaid by actor, writer, and illustrator Jessica Love? It’s been getting praise all over the place and our copy arrived in the mail over the weekend. Fay is still a bit too young to grasp the deep empathy contained in this beautiful book, but she was fully engrossed by the vibrant colors on each page. A simple story with a profound message about identity and acceptance.

I can’t recommend the book enough. By the same token, earlier this week, I spent a little of my Internet-browsing time diving into Love’s illustration work, and I’m completely enamored. Would you like to see some of my favorites?

Beautiful and Cheeky Illustrations by Heather Landis

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For my baby shower, as you may recall, my dear friend Heather Landis did all of the illustrations for the games — but what I didn’t tell you about was that she also designed a custom piece especially for “Baby Hyatt.” At the time, Heather didn’t know the baby’s name, so after Fay was born, she sent me the art print (above) updated with her name — framed and everything! It makes me so happy!

This week, I fell into the hole that is her Society6 online shop and simply must share a few of her cheeky flowery prints with you, which are similarly beautiful…

My Baby Shower

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A few weeks ago, my sister, Kim, and dear friend Heather hosted and designed the sweetest baby shower for me and Baby Hyatt at my Aunt Lynn’s ranch in Livermore. Despite intensely swollen everything (it’s so bad, I can wear nothing but these sandals on my feet!), it felt wonderful to be showered with so much love and kindness.

Kim and Heather were a great team. I was blown away by how beautiful everything was. Between Kim’s planning/ideas and Heather’s artistic touch, I can’t imagine a lovelier celebration for Baby Hyatt.

Heather was also the photographer for the day (and she is true hero for photo-shopping out my blotchy skin and swollen triple chin, ha!)… Would you like to take a look?

Our Wedding: The Reception

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The last post in this wedding series is all about the reception — the big ol’ party we planned especially as a “Thank You” to all of our incredible friends and family who traveled to be with us…

Our Wedding: Design + Decor

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Before we get into more wedding day pictures, I wanted to take a moment to explain the design and decor we chose: the overall theme, color scheme, paper products, favors for guests, flowers, etc… basically all of those little details that make a wedding unique and personal…

Our Wedding: The Venue

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Our venue, The Twenty Mile House, is located in Cromberg, CA (just outside Graeagle — another town you’ve probably never heard of, about 1 1/2 hours north of Lake Tahoe) nestled in the California Sierras.

When Jonathan and I got engaged in March 2013, the entirety of the proceeding two months were dedicated to researching venue locations that fit our (OK: my) very strict standards. Luckily he was on board with everything and since he was too busy with school to dedicate the kind of time I was willing to, he let me drive that car, so to speak.

After tons of consideration and a few serious contenders (including a popular venue in the Bay Area and a spot in Santa Barbara that nearly got a deposit from us), I discovered Twenty Mile House while browsing Here Comes the Bride — and it was perfect…

My Classic Movie Childhood

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With Jonathan deep in film school applications, the process of talking through essay topics, master thesis options, and personal statement talking points has gotten my heart going pitter-pat for old movies — my old mainstay…