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a week in instagram.

Wow – is it Friday already?!! I thought I’d share a peek into my week through my instagram feed – if you don’t have instagram and you have an iPhone – get on board!! I absolutely love capturing all kinds of random stuff using this fun app and I really can’t imagine life without it – it’s so entertaining! Plus you can keep up with what all your buddies are doing through their own feeds! If you’re ever interested in following me I’m currently snapping away under: bowtieandbustle.

a week with an instagram summary:

1: chocolate milk – i’m officially addicted. that + a current exercise restriction = a recipe for disaster. 2: ikea – ehh. i despise that place on the weekends but sometimes it’s a necessary evil. 3: bailie decided this week that my face was  an appropriate resting place for her head. funny thing is – i didn’t really mind. 4: the littlest of peeks into an editorial shoot i worked my tail off on this week – pretty bentwood chairs are the best! 5: new glasses! finally! i was lazy for a really long time and didn’t want to go in for my eye exam. i finally bit the bullet this week and got myself some new specs. 6: i’m really into patterned socks lately, which is funny because i remember thinking as a kid how horrible they were. wow how things change… 7: restore – my favorite place to rummage around. always something fab hiding in a really dirty corner. 8: those chairs stole my heart this week! i wanted to take them home with me so bad! 9: the price of gas is about to send me over the edge. the beast i drive around for scout. deliveries is certainly not helping the situation. 10: i absolutely love my sidesaddle kitchen tee – its so comfy and i’ve been wearing it everywhere. my dear friend laura has this kick ass vegan pastry venture that i can’t stop drooling over. she is so stinkin’ talented and insanely adorable to boot! check out her yummies over here. 11: one of my newest additions to the scout. collection. i about fell over when my eye caught the color of this desk. it would be such a perfect piece for a mini dessert bar. i’m in love! 12: ended up on my favorite corner of cap hill this week and couldn’t help but admire my favorite wall. the street art is just so gorgeous.

Along with hours & hours of sourcing for the shoot and lots of random biz stuff, i found some great new vintage finds, had some fantastic nights out with friends & family who came in from outta town and took a MUCH needed day off on Thursday. I kinda forgot what it feels like not to work. I’m also taking tomorrow off too (wooohoo!!) and heading outta town with Adam for a quick trip down to Portland to visit some of our buddies! I’m absolutely ecstatic, although the sun is finally out in Seattle and I can’t help but wonder if it’s shining a few hours south as well. Cross your fingers for us!

Some not so fun things going on? Found out yesterday that my hip definitely needs surgery. I have a torn labrum (the cartilage around my right hip socket) which has made it difficult for me to walk/stand/sit let alone exercise or deliver scout goodies. I got a steroid shot about a month and a half ago hoping that would be a long-term pain reliever but that hasn’t been the case. I’ve been a bit defeated by the entire thing because it’s never fun to realize that your body isn’t as healthy as you hope for it to be and as 30 slowly creeps towards me I honestly feel like I’m going on 80. After discussions with my doc I realized it won’t make sense to have the surgery before my trip to Europe as the recovery period is at least 6 weeks ZERO activity!!! It’s gonna be quite the challenge to find the time to take care of my ol’ hip – but I’m hopeful this summer or late winter will lend some time to taking care of it. It’d be so so great to be able to deliver a settee without feeling like my leg might fall off!

Adam and I have also been talking lots about some fun trips this year since we have free standby airline travel for the entire year! I know, I know – we are super spoiled. We are hoping to get to see some of our long lost friends that we haven’t seen since we got married & spend some quality time together later this year after the wedding season. I keep telling him it would be SO fun to go to Australia but with Adam’s limited vacation schedule – that might not work. A girl can dream though right?!

I hope you all had a great week and your weekend is filled with spring weather & loved ones.

*JB

photo cred: {moi iPhone + instagram}

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friday find : take a guess game!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of thrifting through the slushy Salt Lake City snow with another vintage loving Seattleite: Miss Danae of Gather & Hunt! We were able to snag a cab from The Grand despite the snow accumulation and ended up spending the afternoon rummaging through one of the local vintage malls and Decades (only the most gorgeously fabulous vintage clothing store I’ve ever seen!). I’m obsessed with the details, so I snagged a few up close and personal shots of some of my favorite shop finds and I’m hoping you might be able to guess what each item is! ***Answers below : )

I also took home a new yellow enamel pitcher to add to my growing kitchen collection, as well as a super duper fun sequined top in my favorite shade of blue. Let’s just say it was one successful afternoon! I definitely could have come home with a whole heck of a lot more, but my suitcases couldn’t handle the extra LB’s!

Looks like a roadtrip out to SLC is in the imminent future!

Anyone wanna tag along?

Happy weekend friends! *JB

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a sunday outing.

1 Adam + 1 Steve + 1 Jenn + 1 onion, potato & cheese piroshky + 1 large beechers mac & cheese + 1 baked pork hombow + 1 steamed pork hombow + 1 crab cheese wonton + 1 macaroon brownie + 1 salmon sample + 1 mini pumpkin cheescake + 1 onion, potato & mushroom piroshsky + 1 chocolate croissant + 1 bunch of asparagus, an arm full of flowers & 1 baguette for dinner at home = 3 FULL bellies and empty pockets.

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a zoo themed baby party.

With only a little over a week to go until my sister’s anticipated delivery of baby Emryk I am over the moon excited with anticipation. As the days have ticked closer and closer, and as Sarah’s belly has grown bigger and bigger, the realization that my sister is about to embark on this grand new adventure in her life is becoming all the more apparent. And it is SUPER exciting!

Back in August I had the total pleasure of co-hosting her baby shower (although we called it a baby party) along with my Ma and little sis Coli and it was SO much fun! I was given full creative liberty which felt nothing less than AWESOME, and was totally stoked to really see where the zoo animal theme could go. The whole design was inspired by these adorable cardboard cutout zoo animals my Mom stumbled upon during her last visit to Seattle, as well as an animal invite I had fallen in love with from my favorite paper company: rifle. Lucky enough for us Sarah was also decorating her nursing in cuddly animal prints so the theme just made total sense. I wanted the party to be personalized and unique but most of all I wanted my sister to feel loved and adored.

I envisioned the use of a bright primary color palette (think red, blue, yellow, green) and intermixed unique and whimsically textured florals as well as little paper details for unexpected pop’s of color. I was so excited about the possibility of doing not just the paper details and decor but also to dip my hands into the floral aspect of the event as well. Let’s just say I loved EVERY second of it. It was one of those designs and weekends that just made me feel totally alive and bubbly with excitement! It was MOST exciting to see the total shock and awe on my sister’s face when she walked into the party. B-E-S-T feeling in the world to have your “client” thrilled with your design!

I used milk glass, as well as eclectic jars and bottles from my scout. vintage collection to sporadically place cheery florals around the party. I wrapped the eclectic vases in varying colors of yarn for added texture and a little extra whimsy. I continued the zoo animal theme onto the paper details by labeling each “station” or table with a different animal….i.e. “w is for walrus, w is for wishes” or “g is for gorilla, g is for grub” for the entrance and food tables.

One of the little details I was most excited about was the cake push pops. I’d found these super rad containers through the adorable party supply company shop sweet lulu. Aren’t they fun?!

We baked some confetti cake, punched out the cake in circles to fit down in the containers, and then squeezed in yummy icing to the containers. Finished ’em off with some sprinkles and voila! SUPER EASY!

I did have to get a little creative to get the little suckers to stand up, but with a little floral foam and one of my antique pepsi crates from scout. they were a HUGE success at the party. Everyone was so delighted by them! The kiddos were gobbling them up!

With sewing help from my ma (I have never been a wiz with the sewing machine) we hand-crafted little favor bags and attached thank you tags to them. I placed them atop the antique high chair that has been passed down for generations in our family for that extra special touch.

I loved the idea of decorating both the inside and outside areas of the party with paper chains. I stocked up on tons of bright colorful patterned paper, as well as a bunch of solid sheets and got cutting. A bazillion hours later I had NO clue how many pieces I had actually cut, but we ended up having enough chains to decorate the entire dining area and the outdoors…3 gigantic fences in all! I also cut smaller pieces to create tiny chains that could be used to accent the chandelier over the food as well as to hang from the umbrella tables outside as a substitute for centerpieces.

The one thing that Sarah said she absolutely had to have at her baby party was a “onesie” station. I will admit that I was just a wee bit nervous to see what type of “artsy” creations Sarah’s nearest and dearest would come up with but I was actually pleasantly surprised! The tiny tees were super personalized and were the sweetest touch to the day.

I wanted everyone to have the chance to display their masterpieces so Coli helped me create a “clothesline” effect with mini clothespins and some string.

I’m so thrilled with how the party turned out and was so grateful for help with the day of prep from my family. So excited for Sarah and I can’t wait to meet Emryk next week!!!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake} event & floral design + styling: {bow tie & bustle} vintage rentals: {scout. vintage rental company}

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happy october {fest}!

Holy macaroni! It’s October already?!? How did that happen! Well, let’s just say I’m not complaining. October is one of my favorite months of the year…I drown myself in pumpkin pie from now until January and I just LOVE watching the season change. The leaves are always so pretty right about now – they’ve always got that gorgeous red hue to them and everything just seems so crisp! I don’t even necessarily mind the darker evenings…it makes me wanna light up the fireplace and snuggle with my hubs complete with hot chocolate and my bulldog snoring at my lap.

Adam and I are spending the weekend with friends in Leavenworth soaking in the mountain air and appreciating the beauty of the PNW. Leavenworth is this super adorable little Bavarian town that is just bursting at the seams with charm and fall festivities. I’m so excited to have a carefree night of beer steins, lederhosen (better believe it!) and good company.

Hope you all are enjoying this October weekend!

P.S. Pics of Sarah’s baby shower coming next week. SO many pics to share!

photo cred: {moi iPhone}

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a year gone by.

I cried when I realized it this morning.

I cried from exhaustion. Joy. Remorse. Excitement. Relief. Complete astonishment.

Today marks a year. 365 days ago today I said goodbye to the only career I had ever known. I spent 6 years in school to become a registered nurse and a year ago today I walked away. The decision has not been an easy one, and there isn’t a day that goes by when I’m not really scared and frightened by that decision. I left stability. Colleagues. Security. A routine. But for a really really long time I knew that nursing, although incredibly rewarding, was just not where I wanted to exist. Was I happy? Kind of. Was I satisfied on more days than not. Sure. Was I comfortable. Pretty much. But was I the real, true me? Absolutely not. And THAT didn’t sit well with me.

On the day I left nursing I honestly had no idea what the future held for me. I knew I needed something different, but I didn’t really know what that might look like. I knew that my creative ambitions were screaming from my insides but translating that into something successful and just as rewarding seemed like the impossible. 2 weeks after I made the decision to not settle until I found that certain something that fed my soul in an honest and truthful way I took a trip. I packed up a crazy large backpack, said goodbye to my husband and puppy dog and left for 7 weeks. At the time the decision felt really selfish, greedy…maybe even wrong. But my intention was simple: find me. Find what really makes me happy. Find out why for so many years I’d felt hopeless, sad and lost. I set out to open my ears and my eyes to all the things my heart had been saying for so long, to really listen. To really see. And this I felt was a selfless decision, because in my gut I knew it would make me a better person not only for myself but for those who loved me.

I slept in. I watched French music videos to the point of verbal and choreographic memorization. I ate an amazing amount of pastries. I stared at art. I walked and walked and walked. I teared up at the beauty that is Europe. I sang. I grocery shopped. I rode trains. I drank yummy wine. I explored. I laughed with friends and family who visited me. I spent money. I wrote a travel blog. I practiced my French. But mostly I took pictures and wrote. I used my camera to open my eyes to all the things that really inspired me. The things that made me feel alive. And I wrote to hear what my own voice had to say.

Writing and photography never were as important as they were during those 7 weeks. I honestly and miraculously found myself while looking through my camera lens and while writing til’ the wee hours of the morning. I had found the answer I’d always been searching for for so long, and although it scared the crap out of me, I came home and pursued that answer. I started my own business and leapt into the craziness of being an entrepreneur. For the first time in my ENTIRE life, I listened to what MY heart was telling me. Not what anyone or anything else was telling me. And today, I celebrate that. I celebrate being me and for the first time really living.

Thank you to everyone who has supported, pushed, and loved me during this past year. Thank you for not calling me crazy to my face, or telling me to run back to a career that seemed a lot more logical. Thank you for loving me enough to wish the very best for me and for my future. Thank you for cheering me on and for hugging me during those moments when I was really scared. Thank you for being proud of me – this life alteration would not have happened without your support. Thanks for celebrating with me today!

P.S. How crazy fitting is it to have Vanessa & Tony’s wedding featured on SMP today to mark the occasion?!?! So proud of where this past year has led me!

P.S.S. If you’re interested in following the travels the helped me find my way start by clicking here.

year gone by photo captions:

september: moonlighting with paper. realizing that i was suffocating without a creative outlet. jb papier was born.

october: my trip to europe began. i snapped pictures of everything i could. big ben was one of my fav shots.

november: being alive in paris.

december: when i really started carving out my new business. took the leap of faith and admitted that i was ready to start a new journey.

january: bow tie & bustle was born. participated in my very first styled shoot. bun in the oven concept.

february: gathered an amazing team of wedding creatives for montmartre shoot i dreamed up while in france.

march: very first big time feature for my lil’ business on green wedding shoes.

april: vanessa & tony’s wedding in cabo san lucas. my first BIG design and first international destination wedding all wrapped in one.

may: drove a farm table from denver to seattle. started thinking about launching a vintage rental company. scout. was officially launched on august 6th.

june: headed to beverly hills to get my learn on at coordinator confab.

july: felt like a full fledged blogger after attending blogshop in the bay area.

august: one of MANY projects in august: ann & jon’s wedding day.

photo cred: {personal pics and mo hines photography}

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sneak peek: lions, tigers & bears.

lions, tigers and bears & cute party details oh my!

back in august i had the total pleasure of designing and hosting my sister sarah’s baby shower along with my mom and little sis coli. it was such a thrill to be back home in colorado, but to also have the opportunity to share in one of the most exciting times in my sister’s life was such a gift. i’m so proud of all her accomplishments, but i think i’m most proud to see her step into motherhood…she’s gonna be amazing at it! and her baby bump??! too darn adorable.

here’s a little sneak peek of the details from her zoo animal themed baby shower….more to come later this week!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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celebrating love with burritos & bikes.

I woke up this morning realizing how little I’ve shared in the past couple of weeks about my day to day life on the good ‘ol blog. As I mentioned a couple days ago, I’m in the midst of launching a new personal blog (details coming soon!) and I think in the mean time I’ve just kinda put the personal posts on hold. But WHY? Life is happening and I love capturing it, so why not chat about it?

So as a means of sharing some personal stuff, I thought I’d share pics and details from our amazing anniversary trip to Fort Collins last month. Adam and I got married 2 years ago in the adorableness that is LaPorte, CO and stayed at the gorgeous Armstrong Hotel. So now, it’s kinda our thing. Yep, EVERY year we plan to head back to CO to ride bikes, eat yummy food and stay at the Armstrong – cause it’s just FUN!

I think it’s SO IMPORTANT to celebrate the love in life, and I’m so excited to know that no matter how crazy life may get, Adam and I will always prioritize us around August 30th.

P.S. Debuting the new red do’. I’m kinda loving the red!

Riding bikes while in downtown Fort is such a blast…minus when you’re getting yelled at for riding in dismount zones and when you can’t find anyone to snap a decent pic of ya. What do you do? Get creative.

Wedding Cake. Champagne. The Armstrong. It doesn’t get better. I was SO excited and quite honestly flabbergasted when Adam surprised me by remembering to order our anniversary cake. I was teary eyed when he told me cause it meant so much that he remembered. In the midst of all the wedding craziness in August…it totally slipped my mind. Oh, how I love this guy. AND almond poppy seed cake with raspberry filling.

One of the things that Adam and I miss the most about CO is the burritos. NO JOKE. Colorado has the BEST burritos EVER! Our fav breakfast burrito place of all time is Burritos & Co. in Denver (58th and I-25 for my CO peeps), but for lunch or dinner or anytime in between it’s: BIG CITY BURRITO. Their potato burrito on jalepeno cheddar is the best thing that has ever happened to me…no honestly – I hit up that place so many times in college I’m surprised it didn’t turn into one big burrito! They are best!  Oh, and it doesn’t hurt that they provide a million and a half hot sauces to drizzle on top of your burrito. It’s all about the details folks…the details.

And then as if to say “welcome home Seattleites!” it rained. Not a ton, but enough to make you fall in love with the smell all over again. Colorado rainstorms are by far the best I’ve ever experienced. They smell amazing, they actually make noise, and they fulfill their purpose & then go on their merry way vs. the Seattle lingering drizzle which is just total BS.

And what better to do in the rain but shop?! One of my fav stores in the world is on College Ave. called EsScentuals – very Parisian inspired, with tons of gorgeously wrapped soaps and dainty bottles surrounded by perfectly enticing vintage props. I found myself gawking at an Eiffel Tower looking stand only to be told it wasn’t for sale…bums! But I found some super adorable letters and got my french fix…yes! I also love finding cute gifts and souvies at White Balcony next door. It’s just one of those places where you can get lost for ours. Gotta love that!

Mama Said Sew is also a must see if you are the crafty type. They are filled floor to ceiling with the most gorgeous vintage fabrics and buttons you could EVER imagine. I have the hardest time leaving the place whenever I visit, and I couldn’t help snap a shot of my adorable boy waiting patiently outside while I browsed.

Did I mention we eat while traveling? Yeah. We. Do…A LOT! And one of my most favorite places to stop while in CO is Snooze. Snooze is absolutely the BEST breakfast I’ve ever had…this time we chomped on their breakfast pot pie, the pancake flight including a peach cobbler, sweet potato AND buttermilk pancake. YUMMMMMMMMM. My hot chocolate was also super duper tasty!

As a last minute anniversary gift I got Adam his very first big boy shave at a real barber shop. So much fun! The pic of him lookin’ like a mummy is my favorite of the trip. Oh and you just have to make a stop at BeauJo’s for yummy pizza…it’s kinda a no brainer.

Old town Fort is currently littered with these ADORABLE piano’s painted with pops of color and cute little illustrations. I begged Adam to play me a song at each and every last one, and lucky enough for me he agreed. Getting serenaded by your man is the best!

We wrapped up the trip with a quick stop at our wedding venue to snag a peek at our brick that lines the path to the ceremony site. Totally cheesy, but totally awesome all at the same time. I love knowing that a piece of Adam and I will always be in Colorado.

The entire visit made me miss those good ol’ rockies and the feelings of home. We had SUCH a good time and I can’t wait to go back next year!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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sunday dreaming / 20.

dreaming of…

a clean office.

After a whirlwind of a week finalizing design details for Ann and Jon’s wedding this past Friday (TOTAL success by the way…pics to come soon!) my house is…well…anything but clean. It literally looks like a bomb of crafting supplies, paper snippets and antique things exploded all over my office, which is a Bummer with a capital B. Cause, guess what? I hate cleaning!

BUT BUT BUT I’m actually a tad bit excited to channel Mr. Clean because I’m revving up for another week of creating and crafting for….Sarah’s baby shower! Yep, this next weekend I’m hosting a baby shower along with my Mama for my little sis’ first baby…and I’m SUPER excited about it! I’ll be leaving on Thursday for Colorado and unfortunately, I’m a little behind in the design process, so I will be knee deep once again in crafts for the next few days. Can’t wait to celebrate Sarah and the baby bump!

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family + seattle + food.

Living in Seattle is pretty darn amazing. It really is. I’m always so proud to say where I’m located, as Seattle is just one of those places you can’t help but adore (okay minus the darn weather!). It’s far different than where I grew up, in that there is always something spunky and hip going on, with scrumptious food as the mainstay at any one of the million hot spots in the city. Seattle is even MORE amazing when you have family in town to share the beauty of the city with…it’s always so fun to explore Seattle with a fresh set of eyes!

A couple of weeks ago, my sister Sarah and brother-in-law Tristan decided to stop in Seattle during their road trip up the west coast (little did they know this is what you call a “babymoon”) and I was oh so thrilled that they decided to share their “last trip before our lives change forever” moments with us. Adam and I were super excited to have them for a few days, and we luckily had “decent” enough weather during their stay, so we could get outside and really enjoy some of the beauty that Seattle/Washington has to offer.

We started the weekend off with a trip the the West Seattle Summer Fest…think rows and rows of booths filled with local vendors selling yummy goodies and cutesy baby crafts/clothing…Sarah was in heaven! We immediately gravitated towards the local market to snag some fresh fruit/veggies for dinner, pretty florals and GASP! to try out a deep fried peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Yep, you heard me…DEEP FRIED PB & J. I’ll admit that I was a bit disgusted by the thought of it, but my inner unhealthy…”give me the GOOD stuff!” self wanted to try it…really, REALLY badly. So we did. And it was…awesome! BUT awesome in a – you can only have 3 bites cause you feel super nauseous if you have anymore – types of ways.

So 3 bites we had and then we moved on to…BBQ sauce! (great combo right?!). We were having chicken kabobs for dinner so BBQ sauce sounded like the perfect compliment. So we sampled, and sampled some more, before settling on the spicy option…yum. Ended the day with a few moments in a CRAZY comfortable hammock, swayed to the beat of local jams and drank some chocolate milk. YES, I’m all about the random these days!

Snoqualmie Falls was our next stop. About an hour or so drive outside the city of Seattle…Snoqualmie is absolutely breathtaking. The falls give you that little reminder that there is a world of nature far bigger than yourself, right outside your doorstep. It makes you stand in silence for a moment, and really reflect on the exquisite beauty of the place with which you live. I was totally in love with the adorable mini daisies scattered along the grasses surrounding the falls, and laughed hysterically as my hubby tried to compare baby bumps with my little sis. Can you tell how excited we both are to become an auntie and crazy uncle to little Emryk?! October can’t come soon enough!!!

Oh and who could forget Pike Place ? No way!

Often times cities have that typical “touristy thang” to do, which always makes the locals cringe, and steer as far away from the area as possible. They dread even the thought of it, knowing that their next visit will be their billionth and they’d rather set their hands to a burner than go once more….okay a bit dramatic, but that’s the sort of day I’m having : )

You would think Pike Place Market was one of those places, but even to this day I’m still so in love with its vibrancy, even despite the throngs of people always swarming its best spots. It’s always such a blast to explore the market with friends or fam, and we had SUCH a good time this go-round.

We sampled fruits, quenched our thirst with yummy smoothies, sampled mini powdered donuts, picked up the perfect flowers for the dinner table, gobbled down Beecher’s famous mac n’cheese (no brainer!), scouted my favorite antique shop, and cringed at the site of the infamous gum wall. I made my sister laugh harder than I have ever seen her laugh before, when I attempted to toss my gum on the wall, only to have it fling back towards me like a boomerang. This left me with nothing to do except leap to retrieve my stringy piece of gum (gross right!)…sending my sunglasses topling from my head and the crowd behind me gaping in horror. I mean, I couldn’t let a perfectly good piece of chewed up grossness go to waste, now could I? Nonsense.

Gum. Wall. Done.

Oh and this very last pic is my MOST favorite from our time with Sarah and Tristan. I’m totally infatuated with baby bumps especially when they are attached to my sister Sarah. Since I love the market so much…this pic just makes me so happy and giddy inside.

We had a great time with S & T and can’t wait to have them (and baby Emryk!) back again soon. Love ya guys!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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meant to be.

For as long as I can remember it’s all she has wanted to be. She had a passion and a gift – something everyone saw in her. She had compassion and an ease about her that people, especially little ones, gravitated towards and gobbled up. She had a laugh that was infectious and a smile that felt as genuine as a hug from your best friend. She had set her sights on the bigger picture of life: a family. And nothing would stop her from someday creating her own.

My sister Sarah was destined to be a mom. I don’t think there has ever been a day when I doubted her desire to be one, and I’ve always anticipated that she’d do a far better job at it than I ever would. Kids love her. A LOT. And not in one of those “oh she’s so nice” kinds of way, but in a “this person is something special – someone I want in my life always.”

I’ve always assumed that as a Mom she’d love harder, play wiser and encourage louder than anyone I’ve ever known. She’d be one of those women that just knew what to do for her children without ever being told how to do so. She’d love her kids with every fiber of her being and without a question or doubt in her mind that a mom is what she was meant to be. So on the day that I found out she was pregnant I knew her biggest dream had come true – I could hear the joy in the way she said the words. It was one of those moments that I wished I could actually see the look on her face vs. settling for what my imagination provided me from miles away.

Last week I saw my sister for the first time in months and she looked more in her element than I have EVER known her to be. She had an air about her that just rang “this is exactly where I’m supposed to be” and it was one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. I was so happy to see her so happy, and it was the craziest experience in the world to feel this little person that she’d waited so long for kicking inside her. And despite my years of interacting with expecting couples this was different – it felt different and it was different. There was a connection I had to this belly, to this baby, to this joy that I’d never felt before and it was totally amazing.

And since Sarah was absolutely glowing during our two days together, I just had to snap some pictures of her growing belly and she and Tristan’s love for their soon to be little man.

Sarah and Tristan I am beyond thrilled for you both. I can’t wait to meet Emryk and watch you grow together as a couple and as new parents. This new adventure will come with challenges, but I see you flourishing in your new roles. I wish you a lifetime of family joys and adventures. Love you both and Emryk too! xoxoxoxo – jb.

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mount si and my nifty 50.

Last week, me and the hubs decided to spend the afternoon of the 4th of July hiking Mount Si. I’ll admit it wasn’t a well thought out plan, but rather something that popped into my mind, and immediately sent me babbling into excitement all the while frantically loading a paper bag full of snacks, water and sunscreen.

Despite our bag full of hiking necessities never making it into the car, and that I spent the majority of the descent down the mountain whining about how those cheese-its would have been the perfect addition to the hike, we had a great time!

The one thing that I didn’t forget to pack was my new “nifty 50” lens. Every flower, leaf and fallen tree took immediate surrender to my camera as I merrily snapped away. My need to capture every detail, turned what would have been a relatively short hike, into a VERY lengthly one. Poor Adam was left to ponder if we’d ever actually make it back to Seattle in time for hot dogs and fireworks.

I continually ignored his ginourmous sighs, instead frolicking to and fro, soaking in every last drop of inspiration I could get my eyes on. It’s truly astonishing how many different shades of green actually exist out in nature when you take a moment to acknowledge them…moss, ferns, canopies, leaves, weeds, blooming flowers…the inspiration is never ending!

Oh and of course we couldn’t resist ending our “healthy” hike with some less than healthy bites. Onion rings, a chocolate shake and an ice cream cone from twede’s cafe – yum!

photo cred: {jenn elliott blake}

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windy city + my best bud + my camera.

1 kick ass city + 1 best bud + a wedding celebration + yummy food + photo taking = Yahoo with a BIG capital Y!

I was asked by my best buddy V to come out to Chicago this weekend to snap some pictures of her wedding reception today in Chicago. I couldn’t be more excited, but I’m a tad nervous too!

During my time in Paris last fall I fell head over heels for taking pictures of pretty things, and I’ve wanted to take any chance I can get to expand my photog skills. I feel so lucky to have been given the opportunity to take pictures of my pretty BFF as she celebrates tonight with her friends and family.

Wish me luck!

photo cred: 1 {vintage smile maker by simply hue}

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trader joe’s = savior of dinner details.

Oh my gosh. It’s no wonder I love the place. I mean seriously?! Every time I visit I am given a taste of another scrumptious sample du jour. And what this means for a gal like me is complete indulgence in something I would otherwise be totally clueless in creating.

Here’s where I admit that I am a total disappointment in the kitchen. No really. Complete failure. If I’m not burning something by leaving it for too long because I lost interest or became distracted, or if I’m not staring into the fridge for 15 minute increments empty minded and uninspired, then I’m begging Adam to make us something for dinner. Thank gosh for non-traditional roles, and for being light years away from the 1950’s because I am NOT housewife material. And even despite spending most of my time at home these days, I cannot find the will to create a masterpiece in the kitchen…cue: Trader Joe’s.

Trader Joe’s is the mecca for fabulously delicious and culturally stimulating frozen food YUMMINESS! I’ve found many a meal while scouring the frozen food aisle, although admitting that most of my dinner purchases are a direct result of the sample booth – yes I’m admitting it once again, totally clueless.

Tonight for example, I had settled on salad (blah I know, but Vanessa and Tony’s wedding in Mexico is right around the corner and that bathing suit is calling my name despite being shoved in the deepest, darkest corner of a dresser drawer). I was settled on greens until I grabbed a red basket and peered out across the store, spotting the sample booth in all its glory. Oh, and that darn sign – talk about brilliant marketing…if it ain’t samples to get my belly juices flowing it’s stellar lettering.

Not yet able to visualize today’s offering, it was that adorably written and colorful sign which enticed me to approach…and approach I did. Sample 1…yum. Sample 2….double YUM. Sample 3…..ooooh YUMMERS! And, yes! I admit it! I am guilty of stealing too many samples from the sample booth, all the while hoping and praying that the Trader Joe’s employee doesn’t call me out on it.

By sample 3 I’m pulling everything out of the little freezer placed conveniently next to the sample booth, and I’m no longer fearing that retched salad. Tonight dinner is settled: tandoori naan, balsamic glazed onions, and baby swiss cheese (I did not know swiss could be classified by “baby” and “adult” swiss – I continue to grab nonetheless).

All too excited to get home, I dump my new dinner details on the counter and get prepping, while thanking the Trader Joe’s gods for helping me once again combine scrumptious ingredients into something edible for dinner.

Okay:

Step 1: Turn on the stove. Unfortunately, because I was too focused on stealing samples, I forgot to ask the chick behind the sample booth at what temperature she recommends I cook my meal…hmmmm…wild guess….350 degrees?…sounds about right.

Step 2: Place frozen tandoori naan on pan.

Step 3: Cut open bag of frozen onions and spread a generous amount on top of the naan (boy is Adam lucky he’s got a company dinner to attend tonight cause my breath is gonna be……lovely!).

Step 4: Shred swiss cheese.

Step 5: Give your cooking buddy a sample of the menu (in this case baby swiss cheese to my baby B-Bug).

Step 6: Place shredded cheese atop naan and onions.

Step 7: Place yumminess in the stove for…I don’t know…7 minutes?

Step 8: Check, check and check again that your creation isn’t burning since Step 1 and Step 7 weren’t incredibly helpful.

Step 9: Switch to a high broil for 3 minutes to give the top and sides a little golden brown glisten. Brilliant housewife in the making I tell you.

Step 10: Remove.

Step 11. Cut.

Step 12. Eat.

Step 13. Prance around the house while joyfully wallowing in your housewife success.

Step 14. Thank Trader Joe’s for once again saving dinner.

**Disclaimer #1: My previous life makes me well aware that this is NOT in fact a meal that supports the 5 major food groups. Solution: a salad stand in to make up for the lacking groups……darn salad still made its way to my dinner plate.

**Disclaimer #2: Yes, Emma. That is your plate. I will return it to you on Saturday.

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inspired by: sante fe.

This past weekend I got to spend some much needed quality time with my Mom and sisters in Sante Fe, New Mexico. We laughed and ate, and then laughed and ate some more. It was one of those trips that reminded me what it means to have family and people who know you – REALLY know you. Your fears. Your greatest memories. Your uglies. Your not so uglies. Your aspirations. Your inside jokes. You know. Just you.

During my most fantabulous girls weekend, my creative energies were inspired over and over again by the beauty of Sante Fe – the dust as it picks up speed after a big gust of wind; the window frames that colorfully provide a cheerful contrast to the clay colored adobes; the quiet corners of the city that remind you what it’s like to be completely alone and silent if even just for a moment; the amazing southwestern fare that leaves the perfect burn on your tongue; the warm sun that gave my extremely white and Vitamin D deficient Seattle skin a rosy kiss; the cutesy boutiques that contain the highest priced cowboy boots a Colorado native could ever dream up…and best of all – the OLD. Yummy, make me jump up and down…old…tattered…seen its fair share of tourists and locals alike goodness.

Yay for Sante Fe! And yay to a weekend with the gals!

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