what to wear: family photos

We had Bella Life take our first family photos with baby Lawton a few weeks ago and I’m loving how they turned out!  Choosing coordinating outfits for pics is tough.  And it was especially challenging this time since I don’t yet fit into my pre-pregnancy clothes.  I thought I’d share some helpful “rules” that I follow when picking out group photo outfits.

1. Choose your outfit first.

Since you probably planned the photoshoot, you should feel happy about what you’re wearing!  In my case, I was feeling self-conscious about my post-baby body and nothing fit.  I found this charcoal midi dress at Zara used it as my starting point.

2. Limit patterns.

Stick to mostly solid color outfits.  Different textures are fine, but mixing multiple patterns can make the pics feel busy.  I fell in love with Denton’s sweater and so it became the one patterned piece.

3. Coordinating, not matchy-matchy.

The outfits should color-coordinate with each other, but not be matchy-matchy.  In this case, I used the colors from Denton’s sweater as the palate.  The rust color shows up in my shoes, Lawton’s blanket, and Pavel’s shoes and belt.  The cream is repeated in Lawton’s onesie, and the light-gray in Pavel’s sweater.

4. Weather and venue appropriate.

Consider your surroundings.  Don’t wear a sundress in the snow, or a ski outfit to the beach.  And similarly, don’t have one person in shorts and a t-shirt and another in a sweater and jeans.

5. Plan ahead.

A few days before the photoshoot, make sure the outfits are clean and set aside.  This will make sure they’re ready to go for picture day!  It sounds silly, but when trying to get everyone dressed and out the door on time, you’ll be glad you did.

And then enjoy your beautiful photos!

xoxo
-ash

4th of July!

The end of the month has snuck up on me AGAIN and here we are just 1 week away from THE 4TH OF JULY!!

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kate dress | lace kimono | star scarf

Traditionally the 4th has been one of my favorite holidays.  I grew up in Texas and spent loads of time bouncing around the midwest before landing in San Francisco.  Independence Day brings up memories of hanging by a pool or lake, grilling sausages, drinking margaritas, and soaking in the sun.  It’s pretty much the perfect day topped off with fireworks!

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 San Francisco weather doesn’t always cooperate for soaking in the sun, but a half hour drive in most any direction will increase the temps to something approaching summer.  [Here we come Sonoma and Napa! ;)]

What are you wearing for the holiday?!

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ps. Our big Moving Sale is still going.. these pieces are all ONLY $10 (!?!!) but only for a little while longer.

Happy 4th of July everyone!!

xoxo
-ash

shoes just added to sale!!

I can’t even believe we’re doing this… but we’ve just added our adorable booties to the Moving Sale!  JUST $15 !?!!

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I strutted around in the ‘Town and Country Bootie’ nonstop when I was pregnant with baby Denton.  These booties slide on easily, the leather just gets more comfy as you wear them, and they go with EVERYTHING.

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And Aj snapped this shot when she wore them to the pumpkin patch last fall.  So stinkin’ cute.  AND THEY’RE ONLY $15 !!

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The ‘Uptown Bootie’ has been suuuuper popular for spring and summer.  Sizes are EXTREMELY LIMITED with this pair, so if you want them FOR ONLY $15 (!?!!) hurry and snag them now!

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ps.  The skirt pictured with the booties above is also on mega sale FOR ONLY $10!!  Seriously, you need this.

I also cruised around town in this adorable booties quite a bit!  In fact, here I am with baby Denton shortly after the little guy’s arrival 🙂

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Yay for sale booties!

xoxo
-ash

MORE STUFF ADDED TO THE MOVING SALE!

Hello friends and fans and those who accidentally signed up for our newsfeed!  We’ve finally caught up with all of the Moving Sale orders to date, taken inventory, and doubled down by adding MORE GOODIES TO THE SALE!!

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Some items like these gorgeous maxi rompers are “final few”, and at ONLY $15 (?!!?!) they’ll probably go fast – so hurry!!

Need some STARS AND STRIPES for the 4th of July?!!  Girl, we got you!!  Our Skipper Dress and apply named Star Scarf are perfect for the upcoming holiday!

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Can you believe they’re only $10 each!!?!! YOU NEED THEM BOTH of course.

And stock up on some of our favorite basics while you’re at it!

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These are some of our all time favorite tees… and right now they’re only $10!?!!  Shut the front door.

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And as always, there is no tax and shipping is a flat $5.  Just remember, all sales are final during the Moving Sale… because most stuff is ONLY TEN DOLLARS.

Happy shopping! 🙂

xoxo
ash+aj

HUGE MOVING SALE!!

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This sale is beyond HUGE!!

We’re moving warehouses and instead of paying to have our inventory transferred, we’d rather ship it to YOU.

Priced to sell sell sell, almost everything in the store is marked down to $10!?!! (OMG, right?!).  And to make it even better, there’s NO TAX and shipping is a flat $5!  Sizes are limited, so hurry!

Here’s just a sampling of the goodies you’ll find…

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So go on now, get shopping!

xoxo

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