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Autumnal Stylized Wedding Shoot

Another fairytale in the books! Styling this shoot at the most gorgeous venue with the most talented wedding professionals was such a lovely experience. I’m still swooning over the tablescape we created. Thank you so much Sheradee, Talia and Amy. I always love our collaborations! Also, enormous gratitude to Prescott Bridal, Borrowed Charm, Culinary Kitchen, Inspire Events & Design, Amy Cakes, Brown Egg Bakery, Spencer Stone, Wedding Story Writer and of course our gorgeous models, Griffin and Katy. See the entire gallery and all the vendors at http://www.glamourandgraceblog.com.

 

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Central Park Anniversary Shoot

I’m so honored to be published on the main page of www.stylemepretty.com! This beautiful couple, celebrating 12 years of marriage bliss and over 18 years together, laughed, cried and kissed (a lot!) through this Central Park Anniversary shoot by Julie Paisley. It was so much fun to work with Sheradee on the other side of the lens. She and Michael were perfect models, with the kind of love story that means not having to fake a single emotion or expression. There was never a lapse in stamina or joy or honesty. It was all there, genuinely and perfectly. I’m so blessed to have been chosen to dress them, to run through central park with them (after using a car service, a cab, a rickshaw and 5-inch boots to get us there!) It was a fairytale for them, and it was a fairytale for me. Hair and makeup by Kiara Hargrove. See all the photos here!

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Fairy Godmother

I always dreamed of being the princess growing up. Of course I did! That’s what most little girls dream of. I never realized how amazing it would be to play the fairy godmother. That’s exactly what my job as a stylist feels like.

Initially, I get to pick from 100s of gowns. Not just any gowns, gowns designed and made for princesses. Gowns made for women who have been dreaming about what they would wear since they knew to dream. Gowns that drape and hug and sparkle perfectly. Usually, the entire wedding centers around this enormous first choice, the gown.

I schedule hair and makeup and provide inspiration for their looks. I arrive with the gown, and I literally dress them. I button and zip and tie. I add earrings to their ears and fasten beautiful, sparkly necklaces around their necks. I place couture shoes on their feet. And I stand behind them as we both get the first look. I follow them throughout our shoot, holding their hand and holding the gown. I fluff and straighten and fluff some more. It’s an amazing experience.

And this Manhattan shoot in particular, it was dreamy. I can’t wait to show you more of it. Stay tuned.

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Come join in the fun! Learn from the amazingly talented Sheradee Hurst Photography, who is an award-winning, destination wedding photographer. She’s holding workshops that I’m styling all over the country in 2016. We would love for you to come and be a part of this wonderful learning experience. Check out the details here:

http://sheradeehurstphotography.com/for-photographers/

If you are a wedding vendor in Dallas, Houston, Tulsa, Arkansas or NYC, let’s talk about collaborating. This is a big opportunity to enhance our portfolios fairytale-style and make magic. Email me at krissi@krissifarrimond.com.


 

 

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Styling My Littles

My favorite people to style are my littles, and this beautiful fall day was no different. The scenery was gorgeous on the campus of prestigious Princeton University. Audrey and Quin played and posed in their sweet Tooby Doo ensembles, while being shot by the talented Anna Ksenzenko.

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Anniversary Shoot

Dressing Jeri and Jeff for their anniversary shoot with Sheradee Hurst Photography was so much fun! Jeri is the perfect shape for fit and flare, and I knew this was the dress when I saw it. She is wearing a gorgeous multi-colored Milly dress with a skinny Reiss belt and black pumps. Jeff is wearing a blue suit and white button-down shirt from his closet and a Brooks Brothers burgundy pocket square highlighting one of the many colors in Jeri’s dress. They both look gorgeous! Look how adorable these two are together. Beautiful photos!

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Photo by Sheradee Hurst Photography

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Photo by Sheradee Hurst Photography

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Photo by Sheradee Hurst Photography

 

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Fly Away With Me

“Fly Away with Me,” created by Sheradee Hurst Photography and Krissi Farrimond, was recently published by Smitten Magazine. This stylized wedding shoot is an invitation to endless love. The white doves, a central part of this wedding story, symbolize love, devotion, and promise, the promise of never ending love. Doves mate for life which makes their intriguing story of a lifelong bond, unusual in the animal kingdom and relatable to two people in love. The live dove release set the tone for the entire shoot. Every detail and piece of planning centered around this beautiful release.

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Waldo’s Pond was the perfect setting for our love story because of a small, tree-lined island so intimate and protected by its surroundings, one needs only to go over the bridge to be in their own little world. The island, called “Waldo’s Landing,” is the perfect spot for a couple exchanging vows just above a whisper and still being heard by their dearest friends.

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Organic with a bit of an early 70s vibe shaped the vision of “Fly Away with Me.” The table is set with vintage ceramic doves and Anchor Hocking Fire King plates, made in the early 70s.

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Additionally, an empire waisted, flowing gown, a beautifully updated Brigitte Bardot hairstyle and strong eyes for our bride told her story. The Phaedra gown by Claire Pettibone was chosen specifically for the gorgeous, low back, adorned with roses and the empire waist. It features flowing, silk chiffon over floral lace. It is elegant and effortless, a wedding gown possessing striking beauty and comfortable ease. I can’t imagine the bride, on this day, any other way. She feels free and uninhibited, and ready to spend the day nature-gazing and toasting true love. The groom’s style complimented her uninhibited look also. The gown and groom’s attire were provided by JJ Kelly Bridal, where saying yes to the dress means celebrating with a champagne toast in store. Hairstylist, Andrea Lemonds gave Anna a 70s-inspired updo. Freelance and MarloHaus makeup artist, Krystal Engel, completed the look with a soft, natural lip.

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We used the perfect 70s-inspired settee from Ruby’s Vintage Rentals and an heirloom antique tea cart borrowed from a friend. The blues and greens in the bridal shoes, the cake and the settee, along with the wooded island, communicate the perfect color palette for organic and vintage 70s.

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The beautiful, three-tiered, gold and water color-inspired, hand painted cake was designed and created by Amy Cakes. It features green water color painting, imperfect gold stripes and hand-made sugar flowers. We wanted the cake to represent nature and the water while looking glamorous at the same time.

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Freehand calligraphy stationery felt like the organic choice. Christina Ketter, owner of Letter with a K, used stationery-textured paper and hand made the rsvp envelope. The stationery, too, has a very organic feel. The calligraphy of the hand written invitations, rsvp card, menu, and other stationery was inspired by the fly away with me theme as the calligrapher wanted to give it a feeling of floating on air. Christina hand embossed several pieces to add dimension and more texture, and she used a wax seal with a dove insignia as the final touch. Christina also hand painted the beautiful “Fly Away with Me” sign to invite guests to leave the constraints of their every day stress for a few hours, and fly away with the couple to this moment of love.

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The gorgeous flowers were intentionally loosely arranged, white and cream and the palest pink to give an organic feel. The various bouquets feature french tulips, peonies, anemones, garden roses and lots of seeded eucalyptus designed and created by Trochta’s Flowers.

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We searched the globe for unique jewelry pieces as traditional is not the taste of this bride and groom. On loan from De Bello Designs Jewelry in Northern California, the pieces consist of a one-of-a-kind, handmade copper and round diamond ring, a hammered copper, spiral groom’s ring, copper bezeled and diamond teardrop earrings and a right-hand copper ring set with a 2 ct. natural emerald.

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The getaway look was the “Celine” jumpsuit by Halston Heritage, paired with Ted Baker “Annabilla” pointed-toe pumps with a rhinestone brooch accent and a metallic heel. We finished the look with a thick copper cuff with brass detail, set with a step cut, square green tourmaline, handmade by De Bello Designs Jewelry.

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We felt it was very important to shoot this wedding on film, rather than digital, to add a crowning touch of 70s reality. So that every aspect drew you back to fly away with this couple.

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Styled by Krissi Farrimond, Photos by Sheradee Hurst Photography. Tattoo is Model’s own.

 

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Post-Apocalyptic Pulitzer Sunday VS. Black Friday

I realize post-apocalyptic Pulitzer Sunday actually pales in comparison to black Friday, but only because there is less to buy.

On Friday I was thinking, this is going to be one heck of a weekend. The weather is supposed to be gorge, we are picnicking with friends, crew cuts is opening in my neighborhood and Lilly Pulitzer for Target is launching Sunday. Talk about a euphoric bubble. Good weather, great shopping, bliss.

As you can imagine, all went well at the opening of crew cuts. Mothers and fathers (yes, I watched a sweet Dad walk his daughter around and make her try on clothes) bought their children full-priced clothing, children ate cupcakes and butterflies flew around while Bob Marley played in the background. (okay, not all of that happened, but most of it)

Then Sunday rolled around with lots of promise. I knew the race for LP would be fierce, so in the days leading up to it, I trained. I picked my partner, watched the LP party on the Target website 17 times minimum, marveled at the fun they were having wearing those clothes, drinking from those fancy clinks, and talking to Big. I scoured the look book countless times and hearted everything. I insisted we both make our favorites list, and figure out our plan to divide and conquer. I knew it would take an extreme level of focus and precision to come away from this launch with a cart full of treasure. And then my friend texted to cancel. What? Is this too intense for you? (I found it in my heart to forgive her) Needless to say, I was still going to camo-up and get to Target.

As excited as I was, I didn’t leave my house until 7:25, which put me pulling into the parking lot at 7:40, twenty minutes til launch. Surprisingly, and without satellite images to affirm my decision like the lady behind me (I’m not kidding here), I picked a fantastic location. I was, by quick count, the 25th person in line. My odds were good. I knew what I wanted, my priority list was memorized and I’m fast (I have the Hershey’s Track Meet certificate to prove it). Besides, some of these people brought their children, they are going to be SLOW, those kids were too young for the mission so I knew they’d be slowing those ladies down. In my mind, they were already eliminated.

It was two minutes until 8:00 when a nice woman came out to explain to the crowd where all the merchandise was located in the store, which irked me a little bit because I had already done my research in advance (thanks @thekeytochic). I knew where all the merch would be, and here she was making it a level playing field. Whatevs. It’s go time, they open, and the pack begins to move swiftly in somewhat of a single-file line until we were through the doors, and when push came to shove (literally), I just wasn’t prepared. All of my pre-game prep was done with a real lack of urgency. Remember? I was experiencing the LP party over and over again. That party was chill. I knew we would all be headed for the same things, but I pictured accidental elbows, disappointed eye rolling, intense bartering, shaking on it, making new friends, sharing flasks and making plans for celebratory drinks later, as we went through our sacks, half sharing, half bragging about our affordable Lilly Pulitzer purchases. I severely underestimated the competition. These ladies and their soldiers would show no mercy.

Have you ever seen a mound of ants scattering? They look kind of crazy, going really fast in all different directions, crawling over each other as if they can’t see one another. If you can picture that, then you can picture this shopping experience. My number 1 priority was the navy blue and hot pink “Upstream”  swimsuit. For whatever reason, I wanted that swimsuit the most out of everything. Even though I was 25th in line, I was, at best, 60th to the racks. This is when it became an out of body experience. Everything that happened after this was like I was hovering above watching these ladies fight over Lilly Pulitzer for Target. A miracle happened when I walked straight to the the aforementioned swimsuit and squeezed under the ladies stalking the kill above to grab two sizes, just in case. Next, I grabbed the white eyelet shorts, and the Nosie Posey clutch I never even considered putting on my list only because it was right in front of my face. I had just grabbed it as the crowd was literally throwing me this way and that, and I was bracing myself for a fall. This is when one of the ladies started screaming, “Oh my God, where are my children, I’ve lost my children,” and I know one of them was really little because she was carrying the child on her hip in line. I can’t believe she put that child down in a post-apocalyptic-run-for-your-lives mob. Can’t believe it. I do think she found them, but the crowd moved me away from them before I saw the outcome, which brought me to standing in front of the women’s eyelet tunic in navy, which I leisurely reached up to grab, and it’s seriously like I’m in slow motion, when a giant go-go-gadget arm comes from nowhere and snatches the tunic. I’ve never seen such mechanics in a wrist, the way and the speed in which this person flicked this hanger up was impressive. It came from the other side of the display. I never saw her face. There is no way that person knew what she was grabbing or what size it was. And that’s when I knew it was time to move on. In an 11th hour play, I grabbed the last pair of flip flops, and they were my size. It was epic. It was 8:01.

The items I walked away with:

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The Upstream swimsuit. I went to the dressing room, scared shitless to leave my cart outside to try this on, but I did it anyway. I determined the size I would live with (this line ran big – no chance of grabbing a third size – long gone) and then headed to checkout. I got home with the wrong freaking suit. How?? I distinctly remember separating the two carefully. There was absolutely no reason to have bad karma. Clearly, I was the most gentle person in the store. Obvi, no chance for exchanging it. wah wah.

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A pair for each girl, one in Girls, one in toddler.

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the random pick, super cute, nosie posey clutch

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white eyelet shorts – so comfy, and they were third on my priority list. Sometimes you just get lucky.

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the 11th hour play – “My Fans” flip flops

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Quin’s pretty, pink “See Ya Later” dress. If only I had been fast enough to get it for Audrey too.

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Girls “Nosie Posey” swimsuit. Impulse Buying at it’s best. Audrey is thrilled!

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“Nosie Posey” for toddlers bikini for Quinny.

 

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Treat Yourself: V-Day Gift Guide

Who needs a Valentine when you’re so good at loving you? If you’ve got plans for treating yourself, let me be your guide.

I love the monogram bags and pouches from Madewell. This crossbody bag is especially great because it has several pockets, a built-in mirror and a removable strap to make it a clutch. Perfect day to night piece. Best of all, everyone will know you bagged it once it’s adorned with your beautiful monogram.

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The Twin-Pouch Crossbody in colorblock washed leather, Madewell.com, $138

 

This Mara Hoffman Geo surf suit  provides super stylish rash guard coverage. Add your wide brimmed hat and attend the beach worry free!

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Mara Hoffman Geo Surf Suit, Anthropologie.com, $260

 

This is playsuit perfection. Need I say more? Oh, get it before it’s gone.

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Buttoned Patterned Playsuit, zara.com, $80

 

As with most spring/summer 2015 trends hitting the masses right now, 60s and 70s style sunglasses are hot! These Quay Kensie round sunglasses fit the bill.

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Quay Kensie Round Sunglasses, Asos.com, $47

 

This adorable Stella & Dot bangle, with love inscribed in English, French, German, Italian & Spanish, is the perfect addition to your arm party.

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Inspiration Bangle – Love, www.stelladot.com, $49.

 

The “mosaic blue” of these D’Orsay suede pumps is so sweet I could eat them. Wear these with everything. Don’t forget to spray them before you leave the house.

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Tory Burch Pointed Toe D’Orsay Pumps, Bloomingdales.com, $275

 

And finally, this eye cream from Rodan & Fields is a very personal recommendation from me. I’ve used this day and night for a year, and I love it.

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Rodan & Fields, trinetteduke.myrandf.com, $60

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A Denim Miracle

I have been faithfully wearing skinny jeans for the last five years. If you over look the fact that most of the pairs I’ve owned have required me to pull them up every 30-seconds or so, they have been absolutely perfect! Okay, all kidding aside, they really do work for me, given my shape: fluffy in the middle, no back and skinny legs. Who’s with me? I have a short waist so the fact that most waists are meant to be worn at the hips is just a plus for me! Because of the butt issue, I’ve been absolutely terrified of the high-waisted, “surely better for moms” jeans. It’s already flat. Must it also be long? Changes in denim silhouettes are just scary. Why? Well, because for most people, jeans are their mainstay, the true closet staple, the daily relied upon article of clothing. They work for morning drop off, cooking dinner, weekend looks, going out on the town. They work for most occasions, even some workplaces, so once you find the ones you love, that’s that.  They are important, which is one reason I invest in jeans. Picking up inexpensive shirts and blouses is easy, but denim on a clearance rack? There’s a designer out there that had no business designing for the masses because those jeans don’t look good on anybody except them, and I’m doubting that. Jeans are personal. When I’m shopping for jeans, I usually pick up five or six pairs before heading to the fitting room. Why? Because I’m going to hate almost all of them on me. Then you hand them to your best friend, and they look perfect on her (but you still love her). Ladies, I think I’ve found a more universal pair. Are they going to work for everyone? No. Are you crazy? Are they going to work for a lot of people? Yes. Behold:

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Anthropologie Pilcro Stet Flare Jeans, $128, www.anthropologie.com.

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I picked up one pair, a size smaller than my regular size because they didn’t have my size. Internally, I shook my head and asked, why do you do this to yourself? Then I headed to the fitting rom. And just like that, we were in love. They have a lot of give in the waist so they work perfect for people who don’t do a lot of ab work. (wink wink) And if you do happen to have impressive abs, just size down. Who doesn’t love that? Additionally, if you are packing a lot in the back, a flared jean is the best silhouette for you. It minimizes your rump shaker. For me, they fit just below the belly button so not too low and not too high. They are offered in petite and tall. It’s important not to wear these too short.  A bell or flared bottom should almost sweep the floor, but never drag. And they are only $128, which might sound like a lot, but it’s considerably less than all the other over-priced denim I love. Remember, investment. You are going to wear them non-stop. If you still own this pair of jeans from 15 years ago, pull them out. They are back, and they are everywhere, although not all created equally.

Let’s talk denim! Any comments or questions? Please post below. Who knows? Your question might be the one everyone is asking. XOXO

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Wear White in the Winter

After labor day, you put your white skinnies and dresses away, right? No, that rule is long gone! Don’t be afraid to pull them out in the winter. It’s a great way to brighten up your wardrobe with pieces you already own. Here are a few ways to pull your look together:

 

Pair your skinnies with a turtle neck, over-sized cardigan and black moto booties.

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Geometric Pattern Cardigan, sixkisses.com, $63; UNIQLO turtle neck t-shirt, uniqlo.com, $10; J Brand mid-rise skinny jeans, mytheresa.com, $267; STEVEN by Steve Madden Early Moto Booties, Macys.com, $89.

 

 

Throw a grey (or any color really) over your white skinnies and add over-the-knee boots. This is a great deal ($99) on this Brooks Brothers cashmere sweater, and it’s a great closet staple! A good tip for wearing white denim in the winter is to wear at least an above the ankle boot with them, especially if there is any moisture on the ground, so that sloshing doesn’t ruin your pants.

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Brooks Brothers Cashmere Sweater, brooks brothers.com, $99 (sale); J Brand Mid-Rise Skinny Jeans, mytheresa.com $267; Michael Kors Regina Over-the-Knee Boot, zappos.com, $275, Proenza Schouler Sunglasses, therealreal.com, $125; Rebecca Minkoff Mini MAC cross body, piperlime.com, $175 (sale).

 

 

And finally, pull out your cute black and white striped sleeveless dress, throw a turtle neck and tights underneath, and make your way to the office or brunch or happy hour. It’s an adorable way to wear something fresh.

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Camilla and Marc Zealot Striped Sleeveless Dress, matchesfashion.com, $334 (sale); UNIQLO Black Turtle Neck T-shirt, uniqlo.com, $10; Black Tights, monki.com, $10; Barneys New York Lace Up Platform Ankle Bootie, barneys.com, $199 (sale – hurry!)

 

 

 

 

 

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