Thursday, August 18, 2011

Late Summer Loveliness

I am kinda burnt out on weddings for the moment.  In fact it's come to my attention that it's suddenly late summer!  I feel like I missed the past 3 weeks, and I kinda did because I spent the majority of my time inside my studio working. Not that it wasn't worth it, but SRSLY, I need to be outside and enjoy what's left of summer before it's too late!  I've gotten a good start this week.  Went bike riding twice this week & I'm going again tonight, and last night I cooked a super yummy dinner for my hubby and me using herbs from the garden and we ate al fresco next to the fire pit.   Perfect evening!  I've got to get more of that in before summer's gone!

My husband and I are also planning a big backyard party for about 30+ people in mid-September and so I'm all about finding inspiration for that too!  It's a craft beer tasting party so you want it to be fun and casual but without feeling like a frat party.  It's sort of a delicate balance I think because if you go overboard with decorations & finery people feel like they can't relax but if it's too laid back... well like I said, it could turn into a frat party right out of Animal House!   So here's my late summer party inspiration!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Workwear Wednesday

First a confession.  I am not even close to wearing something that'd be considered "office appropriate" this morning!  I'm wearing a cut-off shorts and  a pink t-shirt with bleach splotches all over it.  But once I leave the house I'll dress like a grown up, I swear!  

Actually I think it's sort of tricky to figure out what to wear right now.  The summer heat and humidity has suddenly left us in Minneapolis, and for the first time in months I want to wear sock to keep my toes warm!  And yet it can still get pretty hot in the afternoon sun.  So how do you dress well in late summer?  Like your mamma always said, dress in layers!   {images via pinterest}

Quite possibly the perfect late summer work outfit, incorporating a sundress like this.

Okay so this isn't layering but I am CRAZY for this outfit!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Behind the Scenes of Yesterday's Photoshoot!

Good morning all!  Whew!  After some much needed sleep I'm ready to share with you a behind the scenes look at the first Laura Whitney Couture photo shoot!  This was probably one of the most exciting and gratifying days of my professional life!  To see all my hard work of the past several months come together was just exhilarating.  We had the most wonderful team of models and hair/make-up artists and of course our talented photographer!  For 5 hours everyone put in 110% and it was really a collaboration of ideas and solutions to unexpected challenges which resulted in such a successful shoot.  I was super busy running back and forth throughout the whole shoot but I did manage snap some pictures with my little Canon Powershot.  Enjoy!

Packing up the car early in the morning & heading out. Clearly I am both tired and nervous!

Getting organized at the studio in St, Paul.
Irma and C.C. doing hair & makeup!
Finishing touches ...
Our photographer Ali begins shooting!  Beautiful! 
Switching out accessories...