Happy Day! Our love story and anniversary shoot is featured on Heart Love Weddings today! I had so much fun retelling our love story and Alexandra portrayed it so well. I am so honored to be up on her lovely blog today! So if you were curious how I met my other half you can find out here. Happy Monday!
As we spend the summer in the United States we are longing for those frothy waves of Yoff Beach. Don't get me wrong, we are loving the American ease of living. We love our Starbucks, Target, endless choices for dinner (and every cheese in the world) but we miss daddy and our summer filled with fun cocktails on the beach with friends. We are trying to get a routine while we are here temporarily waiting on bebe to arrive but there is a reverse cultural shock trying to figure out life again in the US. Sometimes our life in Dakar seems like a faint dream. The differences are quite stark and it's hard to imagine ever living there after being in the US just two short months. We will return to Dakar in a few months Insha'Allah and be missing our Starbucks drive through trips and one-stop-shop Targets but at least our family will be whole again and this time with a new sweet face. Hope your summer is beginning to be filled with wonderful memories. Summertime is the best time. Cheers to spending the summer chasing fireflies and eating ice cream until your tummy aches. xo.
Yesterday afternoon as we sit glued to the local news knowing we have a chance for more severe weather, a massive tornado tore through Moore, Oklahoma a suburb of Oklahoma City. I've had a heavy heart all evening and this morning I couldn't sleep. I've prayed for more survivors especially in the Plaza Towers Elementary School where so many small children could have lost their lives without mommy and daddy to comfort them and it kills me. I am a parent and this is such a nightmare scenario. It is so surreal for my family. On May 4th, 2007 the night of my wedding- a Friday night because our venue was booked until late summer and we wanted an early summer wedding-that choice we made saved my family's life. Back in Greensburg, Kansas while we were enjoying good food and custom cocktails and EF5 tornado destroyed 98% of my parent's hometown. The amazing thing in the wake of such devastation was the scope of aid that was sent in and the help from neighboring communities that poured into that little community in western Kansas. Watching the coverage of the Moore tornado I see the same thing happening all over again. It happen with the Boston Marathon bombing. I know there an untold stories of heroism. Here are a few ways you can help those individuals who have lost everything and those who are still digging through rubble to find survivors. Please share.
If you are in the Oklahoma City area and you want to help with the clean up in the coming days please call the Red Cross at their local office 405-228-9500. Also to donate to the Red Cross visit their website: www.redcross.org or text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10
Also if you are in the area Feed the Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick). Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.
Text STORM to 80888 to donate $10 to the Salvation Army
Text FOOD to 32333 for Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma
Praying for Oklahoma today and in the coming weeks. xo.
I absolutely love designing for kiddies. I am thinking of creating a fun line of kiddie invites for the new shop. Just wrapped up my little guys 4th birthday invite. See a sneak peek here. Lindsey is a lovely photog and past client and I love designing for her. She contacted me with a photo of what sweet lilly would be wearing on her birthday: An adorable romper with red polkas and florals! I can't hardly contain my excitement for little baby girl pretty things. I've already ordered a ridiculous amount of bows and headbands. Anyone have good suggestions for pretty baby bows? I would love to know. Hope your Monday is productive and lovely. I'm sifting through some lovely images from a photo shoot I did this weekend to update my website. So many pretties to get up here. Also working up a lovely mocktail concoction and a few wedding paper proposals. Happy Day. xo.
photo by Lindsey Carmichael Photography
Happy Monday! I'm here today with a little motherhood post. I was asked by the lovely girls of BLANQI to review their new line for Target. Already being a BLANQI momma I was thrilled! I typically don't do stuff like this but when it's a product I believe in I'm all for it! I can seriously remember the absolute joy when I got my BLANQI in the mail. I was 8 weeks pregnant with bebe #3 and none of my skinny jeans fit. Trying to put together an outfit when none of your pants fit is quite challenging especially because Dakar's little mall only offers up a few stores and none of them carry maternity clothes. The BUMPED by BLANQI maternity cami is a miracle worker. I'm stilling wearing my favorite mint skinnies and I'm halfway through my pregnancy! I had a belly band with my first two and really never used it because it constantly fell down and moved and I felt very self conscience. The BUMPED cami stays in place and I love that! I styled mine with a Gap dress and jacket and one of my favorite necklaces from Target.
So you wanna BUMPED by BLANQI and a $25 Target gift card? Take a peek at my video review and the details for getting one of your very own are below!
My silly kiddies and me equally laughing at myself. Anyone else hate the sound of their voice!? I think we could have some funny web diaries to send along to Daddy while he is away! SO on to the GIVEAWAY:
::THIS GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED::
1. Pop on over to L+L's Facebook page and Like us!
2. And while you are there like BLANQI too!
3. Leave a comment below letting me know!
Want a few extra entries to win a BUMPED by BLANQI cami and $25 Target Gift Card? Leave a comment for each separate entry.
1. Follow BLANQI on twitter
2. Tweet the following "@BLANQIGIRLS have created a fabulous maternity cami and postpartum miracle worker!"
3. Follow BLANQI on Instagram
Giveaway ends May 20th, 2013.
This time last year I decided to begin the long process of rebranding my business. It's now a year later and I have this beautiful website designed by Carolyn of Two Brunettes and I'm finally piecing together my packaging. Pretty muslin bags for our custom stamps, lovely letterpress business cards and of course lots of pink and navy. I've just finally ordered coordinating note cards, and fun stickers for packages. Next step is to design a media kit. Any other designers find it extremely hard to design for yourself? Aside from not taking the time between clients I am never fully satisfied which is why it's taken me almost a year to get note cards with my new logo! Looking forward to spending the summer packing up orders and giving them the royal treatment! This is what I live for. I love this part of owning a business. Do more of what makes you happy. It's the bees knees. xo
I'm so excited to announce Jenn + Ben's wedding is featured on Style Me Pretty Little Black Book Blog today! Go take a look at all the pretties! Photography by the talented Brandon Werth. Did you see the new nautical notes last week? They are available in the shop! I'm impatiently waiting some samples of new address stamps so I can add those lovelies as well! I'm off to spend an hour organizing and planning for the week. I'm still trying to establish a routine with the craziness of being back in the US. Oh my I almost forgot! Take a peek here to see the exciting news from Friday afternoon. Oh happy day. xo.