We were out canal walking last night and decided to take a moment to sit. There are so many things that we have to do, and it seems like we do not have enough time to do it. We can sit and make those lists', but it always seems as if, we forget something or something doesn't hold that value or priority any longer.... so, it drops off that list. I suppose this is were I need to make a video, to prove to you that we need more time...I will get right on that. Wait, let me add that to the list...
When you have little girls, they are consistently spinning and twirling. It is a way of life. I have not a clue as to what little boys do. She wanted to see how fast she could spin, when I captured this. She was heavily concentrating. And of course, the spin and twirl is faster and more amazing...when wearing a dress that has a skirt that twirls with you.
Not so Sleepless in Seattle, on the Puget Sound in Washington. It is extremely rare that we get some time to be a Couple and to have a moment to enjoy each-other. 3 days. 3 whole days!!!!! This includes the flights across the country, both there and back. Almost 48hours in Seattle. We adored every bit of it, although short-lived. We have been Hilton Members for many years and we really get a lot of enjoyment from getting that time to visit the Hilton @CurioCollection Properties. With this visit, we spent our time at the @CharterSeattle This is our 3rd Curio to visit. And it was absolutely fantastic (not sponsored )! It may be our favorite Curio thus far. We can discuss this and get further into our stay, on another post. It completed our Seattle visit. Lovely visit. With my Love. Although, we missed our babies terribly!
With so many new faces around here, I thought it might be lovely to share some random things about me and the family life that I hold so dear. 1. We are a busy family. As most of you experience daily chaos, I do too. We have 3 tiny girls and they keep us on our toes. We also have a giant fur baby, a 3 year old Blue Weimaraner, named Bluesly ( @BluHarrington ). Between our girls and Blu, our house is in a constant state of clutter and in need of a pick-up. This is total honesty. Our home is…oh wait…on to #2… 2. …Our home is fantastic!!! But, we are occasionally updating and changing things. We are slightly minimalist by nature, as a family. Everything in our home, has pretty much always been white. 3. The dresses. I. Do not wear dresses every single day. Actually, it is quite the contrary. For many years (7 to be exact ), I wore a daily “Mom uniform”. This had consisted of my collection of @Lululemon tights, and they absolutely must have pockets on the sides. They are necessary in the constant carrying of “things”, tech gear and “baby things”. BELIEVE me, those pockets can STRETCH! I feel EMPOWERED when I slip this “Mom Uniform” on, like a super hero!!! Recently, I built the relationship with @Liketoknowit My dresses, outfits and daily “things” will be shared, in the near future. 4. I married a great and lovely man. And he is an unbelievable father. We have been married for…coming up on 9 years now. 5. Since we are in constant mode of changing things and updating things in our home, our tool inventory is in constant growth. I get my hands dirty. I garden, I paint, I fix, I repair, I build, and I clean. I am on a pro level with cleaning tools, tips, processes and sourcing. We have a beautiful home and we try to keep it lovely and cozy, as much as we realistically can. 6. We travel. My packing and trip prep, is a full process….again, I am on a professional level with this. This is a lot of information. But it touches upon some basics. What else can I share?
Sometimes a location is beyond just a place to take a picture. That very ground that you are standing on may hold significant personal value to you or to others. This spot, is just a spot...to me. I have passed this location so many times and always made a mental note to capture a moment there. And so I did. This is my daily post. Every day now, I have made it a point to capture something that reflects my daily life with my family, lifestyle and myself. And I will share a bit of it with you.
A moment ago, I said to a great photog that I follow ( @jameslloydcole ), “A good photo, you see the image. A great photo, you feel and hear what you see in the image.” We all try to capture that great photo moment. Whether the photograph is great for us and / or great for others that may view it. I have such appreciation for those photographers that I follow, they inspire. This was taken last week. Our tiny girls and I went to see the Potomac River, they wanted to see where Pocahontas had once lived. It was a great moment. I actually did it in two visits...once alone and then back again with our tiny girls. In my first visit, I took this from a series of images (my hubs and 2 lifelines had suggested that I post this one from the series...I wonder why ). I cannot believe that I climbed these rocks, in these shoes and a dress!!! It totally was not planned. But, it was worth it. There were two other photogs climbing in all directions. Great spot. I then returned later that day with our girls, to explore Pocahontas’ territory. *While setting up this series of images in post, I had a small personal soundtrack compilation looping, with SUNRISE @wishiwasmusic and @lovleemusic in that mix. Great work guys. Edit (PM ): @lizziepeirce just caught your latest yt video on movement this eve...timely with my post today. Great video and I grabbed a few things that I actually needed from it. Thanks Lady!!!
"Tell her every day she is smart and capable and lift her up...Don’t underestimate the power of day-to-day motivation and inspiration in a girl’s life." — Michelle Obama @michelleobama We are raising 3 tiny girls. Weekends: landscaping, clean our home, clean closets, bathe @bluharrington , ballet recitals, soccer game, Birthday party... and now I am very grateful for a Monday. The image: We have limited time to take our shots. This past week, the sky was absolutely amazing. The clouds were as you see. I tried to get as many shots as I realistically could, while it lasted...and while Hubs could keep our tiny girls pretty busy. For the longest time, I was intimidated with shooting in gray and super cloudy skies, but now it is my preference in weather to get great skin captured with a camera.
We live in a pretty special place. There is a lot to capture. Not to mention, during the spring and early summer seasons, the clouds are always fantastic. This was taken last week, in between the storms. I post this, as I have 3 tiny ones ready for lunch and @bluharrington staring at me with anticipating eyes. Summer has arrived.
This is today. One of my sisters’ had once said “who in the world has white towels!!” I do. Everything has always been white in my home. Always. My favorite color is white, of any shade. Ivory, eggshell, cream, creme, vanilla, navajo white, cosmic latte, magnolia, pearl, cloud, snow white, pure white, bright white, dove, chalk white...I could go on. White is the blending of all colors. Sunlight is white light that is composed of all the colors of the spectrum. The additive color theory. The sum of all colors of light add up to white. I should test this...
“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.” - COCO CHANEL Before I go shoot a set of images, you will hear tunes coming from the open auto windows or from my cans - headset...I have a small soundtrack assembled for everything that I do, produce and shoot. The songs that are on that small soundtrack set the tone for imagery in my mind. For this image, it was produced while listening to @michaelkiwanuka Michael Kiwanuka “Cold Little Heart” ( #biglittlelies #biglittlelies2 ) and also Kaleo “Can’t Go On Without You” @officialkaleo
“Our love is like the wind... I cant see it, but I sure can feel it.” ― Nicholas Sparks @nicholassparks , A Walk to Remember
A girl and her dog. Girl = Me. Dog = @bluharrington And a Texas storm is about to arrive. My family, well... it was decided that Mommy can take Blu out and they will stay inside the house. Rock, paper, scissors Hubs. This was Saturday. The next day - Sunday, Mothers Day, was absolutely PERFECT. We spent the day at probably one of the BEST brunch buffets we have ever experienced (and we have experienced a great amount of them...nationwide ). Brunch is our regular family event. Top notch Texas local fare @haywireplano Although, Hubs and I have discussed how we would make some very slight tweaks to their offerings... A fantastic celebration for Texas Mama’s. Our tiny girls adored it too.
From Me 1. We have 3 tiny girls (7, 6 and 3 ) and @bluharrington Our house is super busy always...I feel like there is not enough time to do everything on my daily list. We are a very active family, always doing and going to.... 2. ) Prior to having a family, I was a publicist and owned a PR firm for a whole lot of years. That was a very busy and rewarding career. Movie launches, Pro Athletes, Books, VIP events, Apparel, etc. fun stuff. Once our babies were each born, I knew that I wanted to spend my time with them, before I missed it. PR as a career is now part of my story. 3. ) We live in Texas. But, I am a Florida girl. 4. ) I make stuff. A lot of stuff. Actually, my hubs does too and so do our girls. We just like to make stuff. We are crafty people. On many levels. We are always creating, inventing, learning and growing. That was just a teaser...for now.
I’ve worn these earrings from #Nordstrom almost every possible occasion within the past 7 days. Isn’t that what we do, when we get new pieces that we adore?
Saturday night. We always call ahead, even when they dont accept call-aheads...they know us and will still hold a table for us. But, this rare instance, we wait for our table. We are foodies. Not even self-proclaimed. Our extensive food study extends to all levels of preparing, sampling, tasting, eating and dining. We savor most that we experience. Notice, I say most. My absolute favorite critiquing comes down to French Toast. Yes, I said that. Strange thing to rate and critique. I have been rating this for years, comparing the most exquisite, to the most healthy, to the diner throw-down.
The truth comes out, I have very thick curly hair. Long ringlets. I have always been scared to photograph it. Intimidated. Blown smooth hair is very easy on the eyes. I knew it was time to learn how to work with the curly hair shadows and texture of it naturally. So, here we go. Our tiny girls also have my hair. Its so incredibly lovely on them. if you have tips on how to work with the textures, definitely share. Open to thoughts...
Friday is the last day, but it still has the schedule and busyness of every other weekday. But what Friday does provide: a feeling of relief. I am so grateful for this relief. This weekend is filled with gardening - landscape redesign prep work, spring pics of our tiny girls, and cleaning our house. Sounds pretty normal, right? I did think that maybe we set our outside courtyard up with a movie screen and projector. Catch a flick at home with some popcorn....hmmm. Oh wait! That reminds me about Dumbo!!! Change of plans.... What are you planning this weekend?
Sometimes, let’s just be honest...it is hard to pick just one. Just one. I am not speaking of just images. Don’t you agree? . . . . . #styleblogger #lookbook #vlogger #styleinspot #mommystyle #minimalmood #whenlifehappens #fashiongoals #liveauthentic #happy #sonyportraits #instagood #dwellingstyle #dfwmoms #decor #aquietstyle #classicstyle #liveauthentic #happy #love #bhfyp #alphacollective #sonyimages #sonyalpha #bealpha #creativegrammer #wednesday
Go into the center atrium, at the National Portrait Gallery. There are sheets of moving water covering the floor. A beautiful element. Natural instinct says...”Run through it!” In my case, I put the camera on one side of the water and walked through it. If our tiny girls were here, 2 of them would be sitting in it. . . . . . #styleblogger #lookbook #vlogger #styleinspot #mommystyle #minimalmood #whenlifehappens #fashiongoals #liveauthentic #happy #sonyportraits #instagood #dwellingstyle #dfwmoms #decor #aquietstyle #classicstyle #liveauthentic #happy #love #bhfyp #alphacollective #sonyimages #sonyalpha #bealpha #creativegrammer #saturday
Day 2 of exploring Wash DC, the Capital, early eve. Go ahead and judge, but I had to use my beanie, placing the camera on the ground, I rolled it up a bit and used it to give protection from the gravel and a slight lift angle on the lens. Don’t worry, I didn’t put it back on my head. The brainy things we do....please do tell your tips / tricks I can use.... . . . . . #styleblogger #lookbook #vlogger #styleinspot #mommystyle #minimalmood #whenlifehappens #fashiongoals #liveauthentic #happy #sonyportraits #instagood #dwellingstyle #dfwmoms #decor #aquietstyle #classicstyle #liveauthentic #happy #love #bhfyp #alphacollective #sonyimages #sonyalpha #bealpha #creativegrammer #fridaymorning #riyets
Northern Virginia and Washington DC wrap up and I had the pleasure of visiting this decor studio and shoppe in historic Leesburg. It was fantastic. This was shot into a bay window from the front window pane, toward the the right side window pane. Therefore, what you see is 4 natural layers of 2 reflections (1 on each window layer ) and 2 layers of subjects (myself and design elements in the room ). I am physically standing by the front door, on the other side of the right window pane. The actual image was cut off by instagram, it is to bad you cant see it in its entirety. . As a sidenote: while standing at a traffic light, waiting to cross, I had the best pleasure of meeting KD Kidder, co-owner of Photoworks in Leesburg. Fantastic lady and chat. You never know who you may meet on a streetcorner. . . . . #styleblogger #lookbook #vlogger #styleinspot #mommystyle #minimalmood #whenlifehappens #fashiongoals #liveauthentic #happy #clubmonoco #instagood #27southinteriors #dwellingstyle #dfwmoms #decor #aquietstyle #classicstyle #liveauthentic #happy #decor #love #bhfyp #alphacollective #sonyimages #sonyalpha #bealpha #creativegrammer #wednesday #riyets