Weekend Update

July 30, 2012

Yes, it is time for another weekend update.  We stayed in town this weekend but still managed to pack it all in.  Boy am I looking forward to our week long beach get away next week, but for now…

Friday

We finally made use of our amazing roof deck and had a little dinner party.  In true, ridiculous me form, I made it a combo dinner party/photo shoot.  Lawrence McRae has a new line of gorgeous votive candle holders, that were just dying to be used in a gorgeous roof top, dinner party setting.  I mean dying!  I had a blast styling and setting the table for the night.

The scene…

(Photo: Erin Gates’ iPhone)

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The votives

(My iPhone)


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The night

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Saturday

Saturday was pretty mellow.  Just baby stuff, walks in the park and recovering from the previous evening.  Oh, and I made oatmeal.  Don’t you just LOVE this packaging.  I am such a sucker for pretty products.

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Sunday

Sunday evening we went on a little cruise.  I really do think Boston had one of the most beautiful harbors.

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“Oh, my God. I almost forgot to tell you. I got bangs.  My hair is so now.”  -Legally Blonde

  Except I am having a love hate relationship with them…we’ll see.

Stormy weather

July 27, 2012

We have been have some amazing storms rush in and out of New England these past few weeks and I have loved watching them roll in from our 7th floor apartment (getting caught in one the other day with the baby and stroller…not so much.)  Storms make for some amazing photograph and images, no?

Storm rolling in from Cambridge over the Charles River.

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My stormy weather gear ready to go.

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I hope the weather holds out for tonight.  I have a photo shoot on a roof deck.  Happy weekend all.

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Last week the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum hosted an evening for bloggers and I was lucky enough to receive and invite!  The museum is one of my all time favorites and recently went under a renovation and expansion. Unfortunately, my little one came down with a fever (teething time) so I sent my super intern Jacalyn and her friend.  Here is there account of the evening at the museum.  (I am soooooo jealous they got to see the the former apartment space occupied by Isabella an unopened to the public.  Lucky ladies!)

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We were so lucky to have special permission to photograph the entire property. Let me tell you, the artwork and architecture of this house is incredible! The museum staff has done an amazing job preserving Mrs. Gardner’s art collection and personal property.

The courtyard is the central focus of the house (for good reason, its gorgeous!) and every room in the house can view it.

The Tapestry Room is a main attraction in the house, everything is original to Mrs. Gardner’s collection and they have tried to recreate the set up that she enjoyed. Previously, this was used as a concert hall however with the new addition it has stopped being used for that purpose.

Something that I noticed a lot of throughout the house was intricately detailed chairs.

The museum has just completed a huge project which added an entirely new wing to the building. Instead of making the addition look similar in style to the original house, they chose for their new addition to have a more modern style. The goal of this style was to have lots of glass and windows so the focus stayed on Isabella Stewart Gardner’s residence.

The other week RueLaLa asked me to write a guest blog post for their Road Trip Across America series with a focus on Nantucket.  One of my most favorite places!  I was thrilled.  For those of your not familiar with RueLaLa, it is a private sale boutique site with new flash sales each day.  You have to sign up but it grants you access to some fabulous deals on some amazing shopping.  It you are not a member you can use this link to sign up.

Here is a little tid bit of my post but pop over to the RueLaLa blog to see the rest.

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Nantucket is an island with a personality all it’s own.  It is equal parts sophistication, New England charm, and laid-back beach destination, with a rich history in colonial commerce and whaling.  When traveling to Nantucket, packing well is essential.  You need the right high/low mix to take you from bike rides and the beach to a night out on the town.  That, and it all needs to fit in the perfect weekender bag since you have to take the ferry or a little puddle jumper plane to get there.

What to Pack

Swimsuit
Pick a bright color or a fun pattern. No boring black here.

Beach cover-up
Opt for a beach cover that can also double as a sundress.  An item that can serve a double duty is key when packing light.

Sunglasses
Aviators for biking and beach time, and some ultra glam cat-eye sunglasses for strolling downtown.  Remember, the sun doesn’t set until almost 9pm in the summer.

Flip flops
Cute enough to mix with your dresses, but functional enough to go to the beach.

Panama hat
I am loving these right now.  They are wide-brimmed enough to offer sun protection, but without the hazard of a floppy sun hat blowing off your head during your bike ride.

Maxi dress
Glam it up for night with a breezy maxi dress.  Pick a great color that can also transition into fall.

Denim jacket
The nights can get chilly on the island, and a denim jacket is a perfect travel solution.  Cuff the sleeves and throw your hair up in a loose topknot for instant evening-chic.

Wedges or flat-forms
Get some height for night, but still navigate the cobblestone streets like a pro.

Jewelry
Gold tones look great on sun-kissed skin.  Stack bracelets up each arm, add a great cocktail ring, and you are ready for evening fun.

Where to go…

You’ll have to go over to RueLaLa for more!

Flock/Samantha House

July 19, 2012

Last night, Flock boutique, hosted an event to introduce Samantha House’s new jewelry line “Chevron” sold exclusively at the boutique.  I was excited to take a peek at Samantha’s latest collection, try on some pre-fall goodies and see some old friends.

Chevron is very simple, rustic and light.  Perfect for layering.  I love love love the beach pebbles and display.

Flock also showcased some of the pieces from Samantha House’s previous collection, “Play.”  The colors and dramatic sizes are perfect for fall, and what a great way to showcase them.  Flock never disappoints with in store displays.

The Improper Bostonian Magazine just came out with the Boston’s Best issue and I was thrilled to see so many of my clients, and friends make the list!  It is so well deserved.  If you are in Boston any time soon, make sure to check them out.

FASHION

The uber cool Louis.  They have rotation of my photos on their home page now!

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The always hip Flock Boutique.  Whom I have done work for as well.

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I photographed Good for the Rue shops Boston feature this Spring.

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I also photographed M.Flynn for that feature!

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FOOD & DRINK

My wonderful client The Paramount made the food and drink list!

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As did my friend’s place, Area Four!

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The Boston’s Best featured a third place from our Rue shops Boston feature, The South End Buttery.

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And Island Creek Oyster Bar, whom I did a blog post about, got a Boston’s Best.

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BEAUTY & HEALTH

My friends over at South End Athletic Company got Best Athletic Clothing.

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BRIDAL

And saving the best for last…my studio mate JHill Design got best wedding invitation design!!!!!!  You go girl!  So proud.

Here are some more goodies from the photo shoot with Erin Gates for Sous Style.  Note to anyone…at about 9am the light on Erin’s back patio is the most divine thing ever!  It made for the best images.  Well, that and Erin is no slouch herself.

 

 

Since my feature in The Everygirl I have gotten quite a few questions about some of my favorite baby items. Now with just 5 month of mothering under my belt, I don’t pretend to be an expert by any means, but I have developed a few items I cannot live with out.

1. Uppa baby Vista stroller

We test drove all the strollers and chose this one for a number of reasons.

  • We need a SUV type stroller for our city living
  • Folds up in one motion, unlike the Bugaboo
  • Comes with a bassinette attachment, which is perfect for when they are newborn. The bassinette attachment can also be put on a stand and used as an extra sleep area (I have it in my studio)
  • I like the all black sleek color
  • The company is based out of Massachusetts and have a stellar customer service reputation should anything break or need attention.

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2. Maxi Cosi – Mico Infant Car Seat

Again, we looked at all the car seats out there and chose this one for 2 reasons. One, it is the lightest weight infant car seat available and two, it comes in the least offensive colors. What is it with baby stuff that they insist on making things in the ugliest colors and patterns imaginable?!?! We got the all black one, but they have a magenta and turquoise one that are kind of fun too. I was warned that the base was difficult to install, but I had my local baby store help me install it for the first time (something I would have done with any car seat.) and it helped me figured it out for other times.

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3. Skip Hop: Pronto! changing station

It is the whole diaper bag and changing pad in one little foldable pouch. I can throw it in my cute tote or large purse and not look like I am carrying a huge diaper bag around. Also, comes in cute patterns designed by Johnathan Adler.

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4. Happiest Baby on the Block book

This book was recommended to us by many people and I echo the endorsement. It made sense of those first 3 months and how to soothe your newborn. A must for any new parent. It comes in a DVD too.

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5. Grobag sleep sack or Halo SleepSack

At 2 months old little miss squirmy was busting out of her swaddle and flipping over so I quickly purchased some sleep sacks. (We used the blankets from the hospital to swaddle her up until this point….they were great.) Grobag makes some really pretty patterned ones and Halo has some nice ones too. I just got the two above.

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6. Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Baby book

This has been very helpful as our little one has developed beyond the swinging and swaddleing of the Happiest Baby on the Block book and into the whole sleep training. I can’t say that we have mastered if by any stretch of the imagination, but it is helping.

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7. Little Castle rocker/recliner

I searched and searched for gliders, knowing this would be a big ticket item for our nursery and I would be spending many hours in it. Sheridan French’s top 10 baby list directed me to the Little Castle brand and after sitting in a few at a local baby show room we were sold. We went with the Buckingham style in beige micro suede and black leather trim. (Our nursery is a safari theme so I wanted a “club chair” look.) I liked that I could choose from so many fabrics. With our small space we opted for the rocker/recliner version, something my husband was ecstatic about since I swore I would NEVER get a recliner. I caved because it looks nothing like the ugly Lazy Boys and is sooooo comfortable. I have been known to sleep on it. It also has a high back and low arms which many do not. My arms fit in it with out feeling as though my shoulders are scrunched up.

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8. Baby Bjorn travel crib

Okay, so this is not exactly cheep for a pack and play but it is soooooo light and can literally be put up in one motion. So worth the extra cost if you find yourself traveling a lot. It also seems a lot softer and nicer than some of the other pack and play and comes in my coveted all black, non ugly, design.

9. Baby Bjorn Babysitter

It is essential to have another place to set your baby, aside from the crib, where you know he or she cannot get out of. I love the Baby Bjorn Babysitter, because it can fold down and get tucked under the sofa when we don’t want our living room to look like kiddie land. It is light weight, easy to move around, and again comes in “non ugly” colors. You can also put them in it as newborns, and you can purchase a cute wooden toy to click on it. We call it Mr. Googly eyes.

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10. L.L Bean swim suits

Their surf shirt and swim suit have UPF 50+ protection and the colors and pattern are adorable and bright. The two piece makes it easy to change a diaper, while not looking like a bikini. (My husband made me throw out the bikini top and just keep the bottoms to go with the shirt…no bikini for our little girl for a LONG time.)

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And one more for fun…

11. L.L Bean Boat Totes

I love love love these monogrammed with the little ones initials. I use a medium size one with long handles as a tote for all her items to go to the beach, kids care at the gym, car rides etc. I have the large one with short handles a her toy box in her room. I adore the super versatility of this classic tote, especially for baby stuff.

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Some other great resources have been the beautiful and talented Miss Sheridan French of The Southern Eclectic blog (she has written three posts about her favorite baby items), and The Baby Guy NYC. You have to follow him on Twitter and Instagram. He posts the funniest pictures of his little nuggets and all the ways poor Sophie the Giraffe has been murdered over the years…Sofie is that inside parent joke…sorry.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer weekend.

-Sarah

So I am have been eating gluten free for almost 6 years now and am always on the look out for yummy gluten free recipes that don’t just replace white flower with rice flower.  It doesn’t taste as good and doesn’t really add a better nutritional value.  “Not worth the calories” as my mother would say.  Cue the whole Paleo craze.  The whole concept it to eat like a caveman basically, no grains, lots of meat, fruits and veggies.  Back when I found out I had Celiac, IBS and basically a very sensitive stomach I guess I started to eat that way without knowing it.  Now I am in no way a hard core Paleo eater, but I do like trying out some recipes.  I made this Banana bread the other day, which basically consists of almond flour, coconut flour and bananas…and it is yummy!  It is perfect for my busy morning breakfast.

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup flax seed meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large ripe banana, mashed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease 2 small loaf pans (5 3/4 x 3 1/2).
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
  3. Combine wet ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together.
  4. Pour wet into dry ingredients and mix until fully incorporated.
  5. Divide evenly (dough will be thick) into loaf pans and smooth the tops.
  6. Bake for about 35 minutes.
  7. Remove loaves from oven, let cool in pans for 5 minutes and then transfer to a wire rack to continue cooling.

Sous Style

July 11, 2012

So it has been an Erin Gates filled month for me.  (I joke that she is the fashion model muse to my Mario Testino.  In that I seem to be photographing her a ton this month.  I know it is a huge ego stretch to put myself in the same camp as Mr. Testino, but I digress.)  Sous Style did a “day in the life” feature on Erin, and I got to follow her around to photograph it.

Sous Style is lifestyle, cooking, home design, fashion website founded by the photo director of ELLE, Pippa Lord, and offers are fun, modern approach to entertaining.  Think a young, hip Martha Stewart.  Here are some shots from the editorial.  Click here for the full feature and to see Erin’s day.  She is one busy girl.

At Home:

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At the office:

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At the Design Center:

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Checking in on a project:

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Finally unwinding:

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