Category Archives: collaboration

Portraits in Venice, CA


Photos by Anni Compton with some assistance by yours truly :)

About a month ago, Anni had an engagement shoot in LA and she was sweet enough to invite me to tag along. I was only there for 2 and a half days but boy did the West Coast ensnare my heart, we stayed in an airbnb pad a block from Venice Beach and that was pretty much perfection. Also, while waiting to get a table at Gjelina I totally spotted Owen Wilson picking up some take-out and Anni may or may not be a little bitter that I didn’t get her attention when he walked right past us. (Sorry, lady!)

On our first full day there, Anni and I decided to explore the neighborhood and bring her camera with us to capture some portraits of each other and take full advantage of the beautiful California light. It was so fun to play quasi-photographer–Anni prepared the settings on the camera, I pretty much just pointed and shot–and finally get Anni in front of the camera for a change. Don’t we all agree that she should do that more often, she’s pretty damn photogenic!

collaboration // html lessons

photo source

If you visited Bre’s blog yesterday–which I’m sure you did because she’s so lovely–you noticed a new column that features little ol’ me talking about my passion, web development. I’ll be providing simple tips to hopefully aid bloggers and shed some light on the technical side of blogging. If you haven’t seen it yet, go on, check it out!

caviar dreams

My pal Dana, recently got hitched and moved to Alaska (awesome, right?!), she keeps a sweet blog but is away from said blog at the moment because she is currently entertaining her sister. Today, I have the honor of being a guest on her blog so go, check it out, and while you’re there check out the rest of her posts and get to know her as she has got a way with words that one. Happy Friday!

the personal series / inspiration


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As promised, I wanted to show you guys the inspiration Anni and I gathered for our latest shoot. Initially we e-mail ideas and back and forth, then we settle on a general theme and we create a pinterest board we both contribute to and then go crazy pinning images that inspire us and give us ideas for the shoot. It’s a process that we enjoy and that has served us well, of course, it does help when the person you are collaborating with has similar taste because that makes the entire thing super fun and easy-going.

Do you guys have an inspiration process? Do you utilize pinterest? I’d love to know.

the personal series // 3

photography: Anni Compton
florals:  the Foxglove studio
styling: Dennise Saxton and Anni Compton
location: apartment of Linsey Burritt of Indo Projects

Last pictures of the bunch, I hope you guys have enjoyed these beautiful pictures captured by my lovely pal, Anni. I’m thinking tomorrow I’ll share the inspiration and brainstorming process behind this shoot. After all, the planning and lead up to these shoots is half the fun.

the personal series // 3

photography: Anni Compton
florals:  the Foxglove studio
styling: Dennise Saxton and Anni Compton
location: apartment of Linsey Burritt of Indo Projects

Some more lovelies from my latest collaboration with Anni. I’m pretty sure I wanna wear one of Caitlin’s floral crowns every single day.

As you can tell, I’ve been slowly sprucing up the blog, making a few changes here and there. It’s still a work in progress but I think it’s looking better already.

Happy Monday, friends!

the personal series // 3


photography: Anni Compton
florals:  the Foxglove studio
styling: Dennise Saxton and Anni Compton
location: apartment of Linsey Burritt of Indo Projects

The personal series part 3 is here and this time we were all about the florals. What’s more exciting is as you can see from the above credits, Anni and I got some more talented, lovely ladies involved who helped make this shoot our best yet. Sweet as pie Caitlin of The Foxglove Studio made the two floral crowns I’m wearing and chose the other lovely flowers pictured. I stumbled upon Caitlin’s work in this shoot and knew that I just had to work with her and boy, am I glad I did, her creations were out of this world beautiful.

The location for our shoot was the lovely apartment of Linsey Burritt, one half of the amazing duo that makes up the Indo Projects. The funny part is we found Linsey completely by coincidence. Anni was scouting locations on Airbnb and fell head over heels for Linsey’s place. Little did we know that we had stumbled upon such an extremely talented creative, of course, once we stepped foot in her place, it was obvious that someone with serious creative chops lived there. There was so much ooh-ing and ah-ing from Anni and myself, there was just so much goodness in that place.

Happy weekend!

from the shelf // a guest post

paris / lady in chair / illustration / painting / library

This month’s from the shelf post takes us to the sidewalk cafes of Paris, take it away Sierra:

“A Farewell to Arms” made me want to be a writer. “A Moveable Feast” made me want to live like one.

Although Hemingway states several times throughout the book that these were lean times for his young family, it’s difficult for me to accept his use of the word “poor” to describe this period of his life. Yes, there were days when he went without lunch or sustained himself Aladdin-style with only a baguette, but he was still a writer living in Paris. His days were spent tucked away in a Parisian cafe, sipping café au lait, pencil in hand, empty notebook pages before him.

While Hemingway does acknowledge this as an overall happy time in his life, I don’t think he truly understands just how lucky he was to have had these experiences and what a 24-year-old girl from Michigan would give to be a Writer.In.Paris. Even if it meant taking a weekend road trip with an erratic, hypochondriac F. Scott Fitzgerald.

Since Paris and Fitzgerald are both out of my reach due to finances and simple logistics, losing myself in “A Moveable Feast” will have to do.

“There is never any ending to Paris and the memory of each person who has lived in it differs from that of any other. We always returned to it no matter who we were or how it was changed or with what difficulties, or ease, it could be reached. Paris was always worth it and you received return for whatever you brought to it. But this is how Paris was in the early days when we were very poor and very happy.”


from the shelf // a guest post

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**I’m a total slacker you guys, this is actually Sierra’s June from the shelf post and I failed at bringing it to you on time. Is it just me or did June fly right by? I digress, in this edition of from the shelf, Sierra discusses Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M. :

In season 2, episode 6 of the award-winning AMC drama “Mad Men,” the creative team of Sterling Cooper asks 1960s women: Are you a Marilyn or a Jackie? Little did they know that the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” would soon have them answering “neither.”

Instead, many women wanted to be Audreys—or more specifically, Hollys. Miss Holly Golightly was a free-spirited, self-sufficient “wild thing” at a time in American history when gender roles clearly deterred women from that type of independent behavior.

Sam Wasson’s “Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.” goes behind the scenes to explain how “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” not only altered the course of a talented actress’ career, but how it helped change American’s views on women’s place in society.



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