Friday Roundup

Happy Weekend! My weekend looks very similar to the work week- getting things done and hopefully some yoga. I hope you're off to do more exciting things.

Tiny dog and a giant dog!

Cute little purse- If only I was someone who could fit my life in a tiny bag.

Productive daydreaming

A great read on growing up poor in the U.S. 

I'm looking for some inspiration to freshen up my living room and finding it here. 

Here's a story for those (like me) counting down to the return of the Gilmore Girls.

How's good is your posture?

Halloween movies (that aren't scary!)

Photo from a wedding in Napa a few years back.

The Things I Can't Eat

For the last couple of years now I've been continually changing up my skincare routine. It seemed that no matter what I did, my skin was becoming more and more sensitive, red and blotchy and no matter the products I was using, it never seemed to get all the way better.

After putting it off for awhile, I finally set up an appointment with a doctor who immediately suggested I do allergy testing to see if that might be the culprit.

I was really hoping there'd be one simple thing I could remove from my life and make all of my problems go away, alas, no. The results came back and I'm allergic to SOY, WHEAT, EGGS, DAIRY, and SUGAR!


At first, I took it well. I'd actually already cut most things as well as a few others from my diet for the last few weeks just to see if it helped and not only is my skin looking much better, I have more energy and just all around feel healthier, in part because avoiding those things means pretty much avoiding fast and processed foods all together. So I left the doctor, thinking, this is great, I can do this! I'm going to be so much healthier!

But then I came home, and looked for a snack to eat, and got very overwhelmed. I'd previously cut soy, wheat, dairy and sugar from my diet, but not eggs. And in trying to avoid all of those other things, I'd definitely been relying more on eggs.

So the plan is to cut all of these things out and then slowly introduce them back in to see if I can actually handle any of them, maybe in moderation.

I've started a running list of all the things that I love that I still CAN eat. Guacamole. Sushi. Steak. Coffee. and well...this is when I start to feel sad again.

I keep telling myself there are actually a lot of things I should be thankful about and I am. I'm thankful I live somewhere that this diet isn't impossible, I'm thankful that my reactions to these things are only minimal, if I accidentally (or even purposely choose) to eat one of them, I'll survive. I am thankful that there's a chance that this is only temporary, that by balancing out my lifestyle (more sleep, less stress, etc.) I can possibly get back to a place where these things can be introduced back in.

I'm thankful that this will force me to live a healthier life.

Shout out to everyone out there who has to deal with dietary restrictions. It's hard! 

New Video

Jason directed Macklemore's latest video for the song "Drug Dealer" which came out today! This video production came in the middle of a crazy couple of months of projects, but it was super important for Jason (and myself) to fit it into our schedule because of the powerful message behind it.

Earlier this month, MTV debuted a documentary featuring Macklemore and President Obama, talking about opioid addiction and how huge of a problem this has become in the US. 

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday everyone! I was in Arizona this week for work and got to bring Fiona along. Isn't she the best in her little swimsuit?? I'm planning to get some exercise and get my house organized this weekend, also I'm dying to binge watch this.

Here are a few links to get us started:

Speaking of Transparent, fascinating interview with Gaby Hoffmann.

LOVE this revamped Airstream in Seattle. 

Cool way to frame art.

Beautiful letters to Michelle Obama.

Fall haircuts.

Is breastfeeding a captivity narrative?

Velvet shoes.

This made me laugh.

How to raise a feminist child.

Something Exciting....#ImWithHer

Last week I had the opportunity to attend an event in Seattle in support of Hillary Clinton for President. My brother, Ryan, spoke eloquently about the 30/30 Project and what healthcare means to our family and then helped to introduce HRC to a VERY enthusiastic crowd! It was one of those days where you pinch yourself and say IS THIS REAL LIFE?

We don't talk much about politics on this blog (and we will keep it that way for the most part), but I've been a huge fan of Hillary for a very long time and was even more impressed with her in person. I couldn't be more excited to have my kids growing up in the era in which we have our first female president of the United States.

One of the things I was struck by at the event was how much it seemed like she was truly enjoying herself. The crowd loved her and she seemed very at ease and positive up front addressing the crowd. She is under a tremendous amount of stress but she sure does have stamina and seems genuinely excited about the prospect of the huge responsibility that may be ahead of her. I was impressed.

The Best Wedding Card

I love this card from Iron Curtain Press! How right is this?!? You can get it here. 

If you find yourself in survival mode while planning your wedding, here are my tips for the big day. 

Friday Roundup

It definitely feels like autumn around here. I'm cozied up inside fighting a cold and a crazy storm is raging throughout the Pacific Northwest. I'm pretty sure my street looks like the above photo at this point. I'm planning on doing some reading and eating lots of soup this weekend.

It seems like all corners of the internet are filled with politics, and it's hard to find much else. I really appreciated Michelle Obama this week, she managed to so eloquently say many of the things that I've been feeling. Beyond that, this roundup will 100% free of politics! Just happy things here!

This has been my breakfast all week, which fits well, since it's #worldeggday

These just arrived, among a few other things, thanks crazy Shopbop sale! (still on until midnight!)

Hilarious little blurb from Maurice Sendak on fan mail.

Desserts from around the world...yum!

Elephant + Ostrich = Friends Forever

Who else loved Teen Witch?

The Rockettes are amazing. 

Have you seen the Museum of Selfies?

I want to DIY this for our studio!

If you like photography: "Elliott Erwitt's Visual One-Liners" 

Seattle Spotlight: Antiquing

Big Daddy Antiques
So I've been on a quest to find some new furniture for my house that's not insanely expensive and is somewhat original. Enter: antiquing. I've gone with a mid-century/industrial/boho look (sort of) with the new place so I'm aiming for an eclectic mix of pieces that somehow create a cohesive vibe. Seattle has some fun spots that I hadn't ever been to, makes a fun day if you're on the hunt for unique stuff!

Here are a few I went to:

Homestead Seattle: LOVE this little store on Capital Hill. Particularly love their selection of amazing vintage rugs. Check it out.

Big Daddy: HUGE warehouse of awesome and eclectic furniture.  Some of it is a bit out of my price range but it's worth going in just for a fun experience scouting different styles and chatting with their awesome staff/owners.

Georgetown Antiques: There is a whole strip of antique furniture stores in Georgetown that are so fun to check out. Kirk Albert and Susan Wheeler Home are both out of my price range but oh so fun to walk through. District Georgetown had some pieces that sparked my interest!

Ballard Consignment: Love this huge consignment furniture store in Ballard. I found the most pieces here that I could afford and would look great in my place. Headed back this weekend to pick up a sideboard!

Happy Shopping Seattle!

Fiona Maeve: Three and Four Months

I feel like Fiona's babyhood is going by in lightening speed. It's so cliche but I seriously can't believe she is already four months old. And I forgot how wonderful four month olds are! She can hold her head up high, she is getting much better at nursing, loves to look around at everything and is just enjoying her little life!

She continues to be my sweet little babe, rolls with the punches and is super different than her scheduled brother! She isn't on a nap regiment yet but sleeps pretty well at night, just waking to nurse. She smiles and giggles at her brother, loves looking at toys and books, and is starting to try to grab things and put them in her mouth. She is super cuddly and loves to be held and rocked. She's a joy to be around! ALMOST makes me want another one. ;)

A Website to Know...

This summer I discovered The Sweethome when searching for new bath towels and now I'm obsessed. Basically, it's an independent site which tests a whole wide variety of goods and gadgets and picks the best based off of price, reviews online and actually testing them to see how well they hold up to normal wear and tear. I bought the towels they recommended and I LOVE them. Now, I find myself recommending the site left and right whenever someone is looking to buy something. Check it out!

And yes, this is a photo of my cute little cat August who's no longer with us :(

PS. I realize this sounds like a sponsored post, it isn't! I just really like this site!

Friday Roundup

Happy Friday! I don't know about you but I'm really ready for the weekend. Is it just me or is September an exhausting month? I'm looking forward to some cooler temps, cups of tea and things calming down a bit. What are you up to this weekend?

Here are some links to get us started:

Oh Happy Day! is back at it with their unique and hilarious Halloween costumes. A few of my favorites: baby croissant, retro TV and seashell.

Inspiring Seattle home interiors.

A fall beauty trend I can get on board with.


Love these 10 ways to use the IKEA Ragsok Cart. My fav is the herb garden.

Inspiration to eat healthy, delicious food.

Thought this post over at Cup of Jo was thought-provoking.

Interesting article about yoga. 


What I've Been Up To....

Fall is officially upon us! I went back to work September 1st and it's been a lot of transition for all of us but it's going great overall. I've been getting back into a routine and enjoying these little treats if you need a recommendation:

Reading... Liane Moriarty. How did it take me this long to catch on?? This is exactly what a sleep deprived mother needs. Also, they are making Big Little Lies into an HBO series with Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon!

Watching... Easy on Netflix, check it out, lots of star power and good conversation starter.

Listening... The new Solange album (so good) and the new Bon Iver.

Wedding Wednesday!

It's been awhile since I've posted a wedding!

Jason and I spent Labor Day weekend hanging out with an awesome couple at Lake Tahoe. As I've said before, destination weddings are some of my favorites! But to make something a destination, you really don't have to go super far. Carolyn & Jordan and most of their friends and family popped over to Lake Tahoe from the Bay Area for a weekend of festivities culminating in a gorgeous wedding on Sunday. Here are a few of my favorite shots.

Slowing Down

Last Saturday, Jason and I walked to the farmers market a couple blocks from our house. It was amazing to spend a couple of hours wandering around, buying yummy food and running into friends and neighbors. If felt so wonderful to just BE and not have anywhere to rush off to.

This summer was INSANE. We went too many places and did too many things. I spent time in New York, Ireland and Hawaii, we hiked Mt. Rainier for a shoot and shot a wedding at Lake Tahoe. All the time in between was spent working at our studio in Seattle all hours of the day and night. On most of the projects, when the long day was over and everyone else was sleeping,  Jason and I would be up answering emails and doing work on the next project in the pipeline. There were many nights with little sleep and some nights with none.

I've been going at a somewhat normal pace for the last couple of weeks now, but I still feel like I haven't caught up on sleep. Just thinking about this summer makes me tired. Typically I morn the end of summer and the change of the seasons, but this year, I'm dreaming of a calmer autumn and the idea of curling up with a book and cup of tea sounds AMAZING and actually like something that's within my reach as our schedule slows a bit.

So I'm trying to take any opportunity I can get now to relax and I'm hoping for a somewhat slower autumn. For time to go to yoga, go on walks with friends, to blog more, read a book, cook dinner at home and I'm even trying meditation! Wish me luck.

Jenny's Favorites: Summer to Fall 2016

Oh hey there! It's been awhile.

The end of the summer is always crazy, isn't it?

Now that life has calmed down and we seem to be getting into the groove of a new season, we will be back to blogging more regularly.

To start off easy, here's what I've been loving lately...

Adidas Adilette Slide-I've had the same pair since 7th grade. Love these and love that they're back in style :)

Consider The Wldflrs Bronze Bar Necklace-My favorite items of jewelry are pieces I put on and forget about it until a week later when someone compliments me on it.

M0851 Folded Corner Backpack-I splurged on this last summer in Montreal and it's quite possibly one of my best purchases ever. I take it everywhere. It's pretty enough to look nice and classy, but tough enough to be my carryon for every flight or hold an extra camera or lens on a shoot.

Tom Ford Cream Cheek Color-This is going to keep me looking sun kissed right into the autumn!