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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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In my Dreams, I McQueen

In my dreams, my closet is full of Alexander McQueen. I’m also 6 feet tall with a 24″ waist, but let’s talk about what could actually happen if money grew on trees. Alexander McQueen is at the very top of my fashion bucket list. From gorgeous, floor-length gowns to coats and jackets for every occasion to ornately detailed shoes, handbags and jewelry, this iconic label produces show-stopper after show-stopper, and I want it all, even my head in a cage.

 

Alexander McQueen maxi dress
$2,755 – brownsfashion.com

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In my Dreams, I McQueen

In my dreams, my closet is full of Alexander McQueen. I’m also 6 feet tall with a 24″ waist, but let’s talk about what could actually happen if money grew on trees. Alexander McQueen is at the very top of my fashion bucket list. From gorgeous, floor-length gowns to coats and jackets for every occasion to ornately detailed shoes, handbags and jewelry, this iconic label produces show-stopper after show-stopper, and I want it all, even my head in a cage.

 

Alexander McQueen maxi dress
$2,755 – brownsfashion.com

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Vesta Jo: Full-Figure Fashion

My gorgeous and fashion-fantastic friend, Vesta, is taking over the blog tonight. She’s one of those women who is always dressed to the nines, donning the best outfit, jewelry and handbag. She’s an expert at inspiring full-figured women to relish their shape and show off their curves.


As a mother of two, a wife and an executive, it’s easy for fashion to take a backseat to the every day demands of life, but as a full-figured woman, I find it ever so important to pull a look together that seems effortless and turns heads no matter the situation.

This fall, leather is all the rage. Now, you may already be giving pause to the idea of a plus-sized lady wearing leather, but trust me on this. You can do it.

Here’s a quick guide to some of my faves this season. Leather is fun and flirty, but more importantly – it’s bold. 

1. CAREER: Sejour Faux Leather Front Peplum Top (Nordstrom)

This top will look perfect with a plaid wool pencil skirt and black pumps. Dressing it down is easy too, for casual Fridays in the office. 

2. CAREER: Leather Pencil Skirt (Talbots)

A leopard cardigan paired with a starched denim shirt and black pumps with this skirt is a bold look for the boardroom. Or, keep it simple and sleek with a black turtleneck and leopard pumps. 

3. CASUAL: Daring Laser Cut Top (Forever 21)

Saturdays are meant to be fun. This comfy, stylish top looks great for running errands or a play date with your children. Pair this one with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings and round it out with flats or low-heel booties.

4. DATE NIGHT: Exclusive Leather Trouser (ASOS Curve)

Red is nothing to fear. Wear with a black dip back top, long blazer, or turtleneck. I love seeing this look with a high pointed-toe heel.

5. CAREER/CASUAL/SOCIAL: Shift Dress with Leather Look Yoke (ASOS Curve)

This is the perfect dress with a touch of faux leather. It can be dressed up with tights and pumps for the office, high heel booties for a night out or flats to attend your best friend’s baby shower. 

If you enjoy these tips and want to read more recommendations from me, be sure to check VestaJo.com coming this November. I’m a reader of Thoughtfully Dressed, and I enjoy collaborating with my friend!

date night selfie: me and my husband, Sean
 
 
my amazing babies
 
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Vesta Jo: Full-Figure Fashion

My gorgeous and fashion-fantastic friend, Vesta, is taking over the blog tonight. She’s one of those women who is always dressed to the nines, donning the best outfit, jewelry and handbag. She’s an expert at inspiring full-figured women to relish their shape and show off their curves.


As a mother of two, a wife and an executive, it’s easy for fashion to take a backseat to the every day demands of life, but as a full-figured woman, I find it ever so important to pull a look together that seems effortless and turns heads no matter the situation.

This fall, leather is all the rage. Now, you may already be giving pause to the idea of a plus-sized lady wearing leather, but trust me on this. You can do it.

Here’s a quick guide to some of my faves this season. Leather is fun and flirty, but more importantly – it’s bold. 

1. CAREER: Sejour Faux Leather Front Peplum Top (Nordstrom)

This top will look perfect with a plaid wool pencil skirt and black pumps. Dressing it down is easy too, for casual Fridays in the office. 

2. CAREER: Leather Pencil Skirt (Talbots)

A leopard cardigan paired with a starched denim shirt and black pumps with this skirt is a bold look for the boardroom. Or, keep it simple and sleek with a black turtleneck and leopard pumps. 

3. CASUAL: Daring Laser Cut Top (Forever 21)

Saturdays are meant to be fun. This comfy, stylish top looks great for running errands or a play date with your children. Pair this one with your favorite skinny jeans or leggings and round it out with flats or low-heel booties.

4. DATE NIGHT: Exclusive Leather Trouser (ASOS Curve)

Red is nothing to fear. Wear with a black dip back top, long blazer, or turtleneck. I love seeing this look with a high pointed-toe heel.

5. CAREER/CASUAL/SOCIAL: Shift Dress with Leather Look Yoke (ASOS Curve)

This is the perfect dress with a touch of faux leather. It can be dressed up with tights and pumps for the office, high heel booties for a night out or flats to attend your best friend’s baby shower. 

If you enjoy these tips and want to read more recommendations from me, be sure to check VestaJo.com coming this November. I’m a reader of Thoughtfully Dressed, and I enjoy collaborating with my friend!

date night selfie: me and my husband, Sean
 
 
my amazing babies
 
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Over the Wedding (guest) Dress Hurdle

I went right up and over it. I had to stretch myself, and push some people down (just the ones in my head telling me to get a new dress, crazy!), but I made it. And it wasn’t that hard. (It actually turned out to be a perfect flowing choice given the menu: fried chicken, filet mignon, mac ‘n cheese and some other green stuff.) I wore a dress I love from my closet, and I had the best time! I felt confident, comfortable and well-dressed. Take a peek:

Black Asos high-low dress
My hardware: Stella & Dot (for more info contact Suzy at www.stelladot.com/suzybacino)
Nude Delman pumps

 

The bride! Ms. Rachel Cannon was breathtakingly, tear-jerkingly (literally, I cried when she appeared), drop-dead gorgeous. She married Noah Engh in a custom design by Mark Zunino, who currently has a bridal line at Kleinfelds. Her beautiful gown featured vintage lace and beading on top with a plunging (did I mention PLUNGING?) neckline in front and back. The bottom was matte jersey with a 3-ft. train. Her hair piece was BHLDN and her sexy shoes were “Stingray” heels by Ralph Lauren. Rachel’s diamond earrings and bracelets were on loan from Claude Morady in Beverly Hills. Hair and makeup by Rachel Stolte. Perfection.

 
 
 

 
 
 Fun in a Frame: Me, Rachel, Shawna
 
  Patrick & I at the wedding
 
 
Besides the main event, my husband, another couple and I crammed tons of fun into the wedding weekend, including a pre-wedding rooftop party and tons of shopping on Rodeo, at the Grove and on Abbot Kinney. This was challenging. I was shopping, but I wasn’t buying. It was funny (and sweet) how my girlfriend, Shawna, and my husband felt sorry for me! Shawna suggested a caveat to my commitment, which would be that the entire challenge only applies when I’m in St. Louis. Love her, but no, that’s cheating. My husband thought it would be okay if he bought me a gift while there…a gift I should pick out for myself and receive for no reason. A gift that would be paid for by our joint account…you get the idea. Love him, but no, that’s cheating too. I’m definitely not saying I won’t accept gifts (yes, you’re reading that correctly, let me know if you need my address), it just can’t be from our bank account and for no reason. I’ll be desperate and encouraging the hubs to give me a fix by Christmas! In addition to shopping, the four of us rode TANDEM bikes from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. This was an exercise in “team building” that we don’t plan to duplicate. I kept telling my husband it was like “Three’s Company” and he finally said, “they crashed that bike in the end!” (I’m not sure that’s accurate, but you’re feeling the vibe, right?) We ate tons of great food too, including lunch at one of my faves, Primitivo Wine Bistro. If you’re ever in the area, don’t skip it.
 
 
On the roof of the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills
 
 
Me & P having a pre-wedding drink
 

Our friends, Shawna and DeBray, me & P

 
 
 
My favorite find while there. Carter Leather Bodice Ball Gown by Alice & Olivia. (they styled it with a belt in the store) Somebody should buy this, STAT. *side note: when you go to www.aliceandolivia.com and sign up for emails, it says, “repeat after me: I deserve new clothes.” Love it.
 
Don’t forget to click “follow” by my picture or “subscribe by email” below. Until next time, smooches!
 
 
 

 
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Over the Wedding (guest) Dress Hurdle

I went right up and over it. I had to stretch myself, and push some people down (just the ones in my head telling me to get a new dress, crazy!), but I made it. And it wasn’t that hard. (It actually turned out to be a perfect flowing choice given the menu: fried chicken, filet mignon, mac ‘n cheese and some other green stuff.) I wore a dress I love from my closet, and I had the best time! I felt confident, comfortable and well-dressed. Take a peek:

Black Asos high-low dress
My hardware: Stella & Dot (for more info contact Suzy at www.stelladot.com/suzybacino)
Nude Delman pumps

 

The bride! Ms. Rachel Cannon was breathtakingly, tear-jerkingly (literally, I cried when she appeared), drop-dead gorgeous. She married Noah Engh in a custom design by Mark Zunino, who currently has a bridal line at Kleinfelds. Her beautiful gown featured vintage lace and beading on top with a plunging (did I mention PLUNGING?) neckline in front and back. The bottom was matte jersey with a 3-ft. train. Her hair piece was BHLDN and her sexy shoes were “Stingray” heels by Ralph Lauren. Rachel’s diamond earrings and bracelets were on loan from Claude Morady in Beverly Hills. Hair and makeup by Rachel Stolte. Perfection.

 
 
 

 
 
 Fun in a Frame: Me, Rachel, Shawna
 
  Patrick & I at the wedding
 
 
Besides the main event, my husband, another couple and I crammed tons of fun into the wedding weekend, including a pre-wedding rooftop party and tons of shopping on Rodeo, at the Grove and on Abbot Kinney. This was challenging. I was shopping, but I wasn’t buying. It was funny (and sweet) how my girlfriend, Shawna, and my husband felt sorry for me! Shawna suggested a caveat to my commitment, which would be that the entire challenge only applies when I’m in St. Louis. Love her, but no, that’s cheating. My husband thought it would be okay if he bought me a gift while there…a gift I should pick out for myself and receive for no reason. A gift that would be paid for by our joint account…you get the idea. Love him, but no, that’s cheating too. I’m definitely not saying I won’t accept gifts (yes, you’re reading that correctly, let me know if you need my address), it just can’t be from our bank account and for no reason. I’ll be desperate and encouraging the hubs to give me a fix by Christmas! In addition to shopping, the four of us rode TANDEM bikes from the Santa Monica pier to Venice Beach. This was an exercise in “team building” that we don’t plan to duplicate. I kept telling my husband it was like “Three’s Company” and he finally said, “they crashed that bike in the end!” (I’m not sure that’s accurate, but you’re feeling the vibe, right?) We ate tons of great food too, including lunch at one of my faves, Primitivo Wine Bistro. If you’re ever in the area, don’t skip it.
 
 
On the roof of the Avalon Hotel in Beverly Hills
 
 
Me & P having a pre-wedding drink
 

Our friends, Shawna and DeBray, me & P

 
 
 
My favorite find while there. Carter Leather Bodice Ball Gown by Alice & Olivia. (they styled it with a belt in the store) Somebody should buy this, STAT. *side note: when you go to www.aliceandolivia.com and sign up for emails, it says, “repeat after me: I deserve new clothes.” Love it.
 
Don’t forget to click “follow” by my picture or “subscribe by email” below. Until next time, smooches!
 
 
 

 
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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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