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Family Photos with Elysse Ford

25 Nov

I love photos. The photos I have saved on my computer, printed in my albums, and displayed on my walls are so so precious to me.

I lived in Vancouver for seven years after high school and missed a lot of family milestones. For my mom’s fiftieth birthday this year I wanted to do something special for my family. I organize a photo shoot with my talented friend Elysse Ford to celebrate this momentous occasion. There is nothing more valuable than quality family photos (with a family I love very much).

My Dad and brother were a little grumbley about the photo shoot. I get it, in general guys don’t like to get dressed up and have their photo taken. After a couple of photos everyone relaxed and we had so much fun!  Admittedly, I have a pretty great (and photogenic!) family, but I don’t think anyone was expecting to have such a carefree and enjoyable afternoon. Elysse captured some great, candid moments.

We wandered around our family farm taking photos with our iconic red barn and various “junk piles”. The random collection of old vehicles, farm equipment, and buildings in our yard is pretty incredible – and makes for an impressive, Saskatchewan backdrop!

It was a really special day. The photos are such a treasurer. I’m so happy I could do this for my family.

Thank you Elysse for the beautiful photos, albums, cards and canvases! They are perfect.

Make sure to visit Elysse’s websiteblog, and facebook page.

XO

ps – Happy Belated Birthday Mom. You are looking pretty darn good for being 50! Love you!

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Peacock Inspired Halloween

29 Oct

I spent the evening listening to Vinyl Cafe with the wonderful Stuart McLean. This week’s podcast was a special treat with musical guest Whitehorse and great Dave and Morley stories from Halloweens past. It was a heartwarming podcast with enchanting music and sweet Halloween memories.

Stuart says there is something special about Halloween. He believes no holiday resonates more in the souls of the innocent, the souls of children, than All Hallows Eve. I agree. Halloween is a wonderful day to be a child; you are rewarded for your bravery and creativity with sugar. Lots and lots of sugar.

I don’t anticipate Halloween the way I used to as a child  – but I still enjoy the opportunity to dress up, eat chocolate, and celebrate with friends.  I was very lucky to be invited to a great house party and strut around in my very purple, very fabulous, DIY peacock costume.

Fun side note: One partygoer mentioned that I was not just any peacock; I was a male peacock. Could I make the argument I was crossdressing Saturday night?! Because that would make my peacock costume even more fabulous!

What do you need to be a magnificent, purple peacock? Not much. I wore a blue shirt, teal tights, magenta skirt, lots of glittery makeup and purple eyeliner (all items I already owned). I finished the bird-inspired look off with a DIY tutu made of tulle and felt. I also added a flapper inspired, sequenced headband. I spent $25 and two hours on my peacock outfit, which is the perfect amount of money and time to spend crafting a Halloween costume.

I love the way my peacock tutu turned out! I adore the piles of tulle, felt feathers, and bright colours. It was so much fun to dress up and enjoy some of the Halloween magic I used to love so much as a child.

Happy Halloween!

I’m going to leave you with this beautifully haunting song from Whitehorse! XO

DIY Halloween Inspiration

21 Oct

What are your Halloween costume plans this year?!

Unicorn. Rabbit. Loofah.

Lady Bird. Orange Owl. Child Owl.

Mr. Fox.

Masquerade Mask.

Frizzy Halloween Hair.

Peacock Tutu. (I’d love to do an adult version of this!)

Elysse Ford Photography

30 Aug

When I moved to Saskatoon in February Elysse, a friend from high school, made a solid effort to reconnect with me. I was very pleasantly surprised when she emailed me in January and suggested we meet up for drinks once I was settled in my new apartment. Elysse has been a great friend the past six months.

In addition to being a great friend Elysse is a wonderful photographer. One evening over drinks she mentioned that she would like to do a photo shoot with me. I was completely flattered and said yes. I was thrilled that Elysse wanted to spend an afternoon running around Saskatoon taking photos of me.

I asked Elysse what she enjoys most about photography. She said that she enjoys making people (women) feel beautiful. She enjoys capturing those special moments where people look and feel their best. Her favourite shoots are when her clients feel special and glamorous. She loves when she can bring in a stylist to do her clients hair and makeup. These small touches make a woman feel empowered, spoiled, unique, and maybe even beautiful. I think this is a great reason to be a photographer. Everyone wants to look good. Everyone wants to have nice photos of themselves.

After working with Elysse I realized that she does more than help her clients feel attractive. Before even seeing my photos I recognized that Elysse was able to create an intimate, trusting environment where her clients are able to realize how beautiful they already are.

How cute are these photos?!

Full disclosure: I am a low maintenance girl. Most workdays I am rushing out the door in wet hair, mascara and lip-gloss searching for my keys and blackberry. I don’t see myself as a particularly attractive girl. I don’t wake up thinking I look pretty. Right now I’m looking at these photos and thinking, “Wow… is this what I really look like?” (in a good way, of course).

Seeing these photos makes me feel very empowered. It is a special gift being able to see yourself through someone else’s eyes.

Elysse, thank you for the lovely photos. I love them. These photos are so incredibly beautiful. You are a very talented photographer. I look forward to working with you again in the future.

So hard to pick a favourite, but this might be it! 

Make sure to visit Elysse’s website, blog, and facebook page.

More Osheaga Love!

18 Aug

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Coral Crush

15 Jul

I really love the colour coral right now. It is so fresh and pretty! It reminds me of gorgeous Saskatchewan sunsets, tasty apricots, and childhood crayons.

I want to fill my apartment and wardrobe with coral coloured accessories to compliment my new coral coloured painting.

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Coral Sunset.

Obsessed: Embroidery Thread + Friendship Bracelets

24 Jun

Last week I shared my summer to-do list. One of the things on my to-do list is to plan a summertime crafternoon for my lady friends. I found some DIY ideas last week but am still searching for the perfect summer crafternoon project.

Friendship bracelets are hot right now. They are all over pinterest and etsy. I love friendship bracelets. Friendship bracelets were the topic of one of my first blog posts and I am so pleased this bright trend has been building over the last two years. These colourful bracelets are no longer for nerdy girls trying to fill their Girl Guide sashs with DIY badges at summer camp. Yes – I think it’s time for my new crafty ladies to break out the embroidery thread!

Check out these awesome tutorials. So fun and colourful!

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I think I found my summer crafternoon party craft.