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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

View More: http://sheradeehurstphotography.pass.us/jerianniversary

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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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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Sunday Afternoon Perfection

On a perfect Sunday afternoon in spring, I’m brunching outside with my family and friends in this outfit. This beautiful green dress has a perfectly retro feel with sweet crocheted detailing. Add nude pumps, a perforated bag, an arm party and floral sparkly earrings to finish the look.

Sunday Afternoon Perfection

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A full midi: Now & Later

With this post, you can see I’m obsessed with a couple of things:

1. A full skirt. It’s true, I’m obsessed! Full midi skirts are darling. You can dress them up or down, man them up a little with a denim jacket, moto jacket or blazer, and they are 100% multi-seasonal. Go ahead and buy your full midi. Wear it now with sweaters and jackets, tights, booties, flats or pumps. Then let this sweet piece take you right into spring and summer when you’ll pair it with sandals, big floppy hats and flip flops or a gorgeous head scarf with sunglasses.

If you’re thinking, “This pleated ditty will look terrible on me.” Consider wearing it with a wide belt that covers the waist and the top of the pleats.

2. ASOS. I know, I can’t help myself. They have the greatest selection of midi skirts with tons of colors, patterns and textures. Plus, they offer regular, petite and curve sizes! And they have free & easy returns.

A full midi: Now & Later

J Crew jacket
jcrew.com

Oasis navy blue jacket
$66 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Rag Bone moto jacket
lagarconne.com

Tory burch bootie
neimanmarcus.com

Jimmy choo handbag
shopsavannahs.com

Kate Spade red handbag
saksfifthavenue.com

Sun hat
amazon.com

Hat Attack beach hat
calypsostbarth.com

Tom ford glasses
nordstrom.com

Hermès red hat
usa.hermes.com

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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A Guide to Closet Staples

Now is the time to purge your closet of things you never wear because they are faded, out-dated or don’t fit properly and buy some quality closet staples that always look great, go with everything and will show off accessories you’ve carefully chosen, invested in and accumulated over the years (wait, have you been doing this?).  If your white tee has a camo pocket and a gold chain, chances are, you’re not going to wear it very often (never is my hope…it’s an item I actually just saw on sale, please don’t buy it).

While there are exceptions to every rule, here are some general guidelines to shopping for staples:

  • Having black in your closet is very helpful, but your closet staples don’t have to be black. Denim, cream, white, grey, navy and black are perfect for staples. 
  • If the garment has cutouts or embellishments, typically, it’s not a staple.
  • Bright prints and bold patterns aren’t staples.
  • Look for things that are multi-seasonal: denim, shirts with sleeves that roll, garments that can be worn alone or as a layer.

Honestly, if it’s super memorable, other than how great it fit you, it’s not a staple. A staple is something you can wear over and over, while completely changing up how you wear it or what you wear it with.

Keep your eyes peeled for classic pieces like this:

A Guide to Closet Staples

A Guide to Closet Staples by krissifarrimond

Tips:
  1. If you can find your size, this is a great time to buy a coat.
  2. If you see something online at Nordstrom, but they don’t have your size, call a store and ask them to do a last-in-the-company check. I assume this works for lots of stores, but I’ve only done it one million times at Nordstrom.
  3. Preserve your closet staples by dry-cleaning as few times as possible, re-shaping, smoothing and laying flat to dry. If you have a “hand wash” setting on your washer, use it.

Diane Von Furstenberg white blouse
$245 – brownsfashion.com

Silk top
yoox.com

Comptoir Des Cotonniers black top
$110 – comptoirdescotonniers.co.uk

Paige Denim blue jeans
my-wardrobe.com

Ted Baker denim jeans
tedbaker-london.com

L K Bennett pencil skirt
$99 – johnlewis.com

Rag & Bone black leather boots
$640 – question-air.com

Cole haan boots
colehaan.com

Ralph Lauren belt
ralphlauren.com

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More Than Once

The worst thing about dressing for a formal event, is buying a dress you’ll only wear once. Let’s face it, there aren’t many dresses that can accomplish fancy-frock and shopping-with-the-girls. (No matter what your best friend, the bride, says) But this gorgeous floor-length dress will make you the belle of the ball and street chic!


More Than Once
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More Than Once

The worst thing about dressing for a formal event, is buying a dress you’ll only wear once. Let’s face it, there aren’t many dresses that can accomplish fancy-frock and shopping-with-the-girls. (No matter what your best friend, the bride, says) But this gorgeous floor-length dress will make you the belle of the ball and street chic!


More Than Once
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Wardrobe Challenge

I’m doing something that has been dubbed “crazy.” Women are screaming in unison, “how is it possible” and “how will you make it” and “why?” I wish I was talking about something as admirable as swimming from Cuba to Florida, then all the shock and sympathy would make more sense, but I’m talking about a self-imposed moratorium on buying anything new to wear on my body from Labor Day to Memorial Day. This includes clothing, shoes, handbags and jewelry. If it isn’t in my closet right now, then I’ll have to dream about it for the next nine months (my daughter’s entire kindergarten year) or perhaps I’ll put it on one of you. When thinking about closet edits and re-working wardrobes, there are lots of things you can do: Add a belt or a scarf or both, pair different prints together, change the jewelry, throw some jeans under a dress and switch the boots out for pumps, etc. It feels different now that my words are turned around on me, but there’s no turning back. I’m committed and excited to see how creative I can be with what I already own. Follow me or better yet, take this challenge with me (thank you, Amy and Cara) and let’s see what we can re-create and resurrect.

I wrote the above paragraph with excited anticipation of Labor Day and rising to this challenge. That was before I ordered a gorgeous nude dress to wear to a dear friends wedding in Los Angeles. LA: The land of the pretty people, where great style is a way of life and perfect pieces are ripe for the plucking. I received the dress a couple days before Labor Day, took it out of the box and just stared at it for awhile. It was prettier in person than it was online. It was my “signature” dress style: short with long sleeves, was covered in patches of nude sequins and was beautifully made.The shoes I had already purchased to wear with it are the most gorgeous pair of perfectly nude (not too pink, not too yellow, not too taupe) pointed-toe pumps with a 4″ heel. These darling Delmans are usually $398, and I snatched them up for $100. I took them in my arms, carried them to my car, strapped them into the 5-pt. harness car seat and drove them to their new home. If you’re thinking this sounds like a seriously legit ensemble, you are correct. Only, it. looked. terrible! I had taken every precaution to make this a no-fail style moment. I ordered the Small and the Medium (they didn’t have it in the store to try on), and I paid the extra $15 for two-day shipping so if it didn’t work, I would have a couple of days to find a replacement. The two-day shipping turned into getting the dress five business days later. I guess “handling” was the hold up. Normally, I would have been upset about the delay, but ordering it in two sizes gave me a false sense of peace. With no time to waste, I took one dress back to the store and took one to my friend, a beautiful former model with legs that never quit, who looked absolutely stunning in my stunning dress and my ridiculous shoes. She wrote me a check for the dress. I kept my shoes. My only consolation was seeing that fancy frock go to a good home.

I looked for a couple of hours on two different days to no avail. Labor Day was approaching, and I was out of time. The first resurrection in my nine-month challenge would be a dress to replace the irreplaceable LA wedding (guest) dress. A good rule for any closet is to house a timeless, cocktail-appropriate little black dress at all times. My appropriate LBD, not as timeless as one would want, has a fun and flirty high-low hem. The high-low hem is not my favorite, but this high-low is not as dramatic as some. I love this dress because it fits amazing. I prefer shorter dresses (I’m 5’4″), it hides my arms (in the running for least favorite body part) with short sleeves and it drapes perfectly. Another good rule for any closet is a nice pair of close-toed, nude pumps. Yes, they really do go with everything, including my second-fiddle dress. I’ll post a pic from the wedding after this weekend.

The sad looks and the sympathy, keep them coming. I’m storing them up for a day in mid-February when I’ve used it all up, and I have nothing to wear. If I don’t make it to my normal weekly engagements, no need to wonder, I’m crying in my closet.

 
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