January 7, 2014
As the polar vortex descends upon most of the US I am reminded how quiet and rejuvenating winter can be – if you let. A Pollyanna approach to single digit temperatures I know, but there is something about winter light I love. The long shadows. The blue tinted light. It all seems so precious and fleeting.
December 31, 2013
So the powers that be, who invented the whole modern calendar thing, really had it down. After the crazy, gluttonous, excitement of the holidays all we mentally and physically want is a refresh. I am ready to just strip the house bare of Christmas decorations, clean up all the clutter and start bare. I especially feel the need this year. After a summer of being displaced due to home renovations, a fall of living with every workman under the sun in and out of our house and a Christmas spend with multiple visits to the doctor (for all of us) including one trip to the ER (stitches for the little one) and a case of pneumonia (again, for the little one), I am looking forward to a quiet and focused New Year. Thankfully we are currently spending a week with my family in Sea Island, GA which is offering us some much needed rest and relaxation and helping us all to get healthy.
I think the calm ocean waters this morning are a sign of things for 2014.
Of course I wouldn’t be me with out a few goals and plans for 2014, but let start small.
August 13, 2013
There is nothing more soul soothing for me than time with the sea. It calms and refreshens me through it’s repetition and consistency yet, excites and inspires in it’s change and power. I feel so fortunate to have a family home by the sea, where I can go whenever I want (with in reason haha). Our time at the beach last week was no different. Sure south Georgia in August is hot and humid, but it is the beach…*sigh. We saw the sun rise over the water numerous mornings thanks to a 1 1/2 year old whose internal alarm clock seems to have reset to 5:30am. Despite our initial blear eyed groans, those mornings were some of our most cherished moments from the trip and made for some gorgeous morning light.
August 8, 2013
Last week I had a huge reality and priority check. Midway on my daily drive between our new home currently under renovation and my in-laws house, where were are camped out, my 1 1/2 year old had had enough. “All done! All done!” She kept screaming while doing the sign language we had so diligently taught her to help her communicate. All done! I hear ya sister. I had been dragging her all over kingdom come trying to work on the house, work on a video project, schedule some photo shoot, work on my website, while throwing her on a playground with a babysitter here and there. We had all had enough and it took her yelling it at me for 20 minutes straight for it to sink in. I needed to step back and realize my priorities. So I have been trying to do just that…as best as I can. There is only so much I can so, successfully, in one day. Fortunately we are now spending some quality family time at the beach in Sea Island, GA. We scheduled this trip around the floors being refinished so fingers crossed they are complete when we return home. For now those worries are a million miles away. And I am focused on my biggest priorities….hubby and baby (although she is basically a full on toddler now.)
August 15, 2012
August 9, 2012
April 6, 2012
I have started to write about 5 different blog posts in the last two weeks, but between shooting the AMAZING magazine spread I did last weekend, editing those photos, my baby having to get her 2 month vaccination shots, packing for a 10 day trip and then traveling with an 8 week old, my efforts to write any sort of blog post have proven futile. We are down in Sea Island, Georgia now for the next 10 days and I plan on relaxing, having lots of family time and getting some inspiration overload, so be prepared for lots of great stuff on its way. Until then, have a wonderful weekend and Happy Easter, Passover, Spring…everything!
Photos by me, from previous Sea Island trips…as is my blog header.
April 25, 2011
Well it has down south at least, and I drank it in this weekend at Sea Island. It seems every time I visit the island my mind quickly becomes brainwashed with preppy pink and green and all I want to do is place big giant bows on the head of every little girls’ adorable side parted blonde bob.
Oh, and in case you were wondering where all the gorgeous spring flowers are…they ran away to Sea Island, GA, which is what I want to do.
Reason #4485 why I want to run away to Sea Island: gorgeous marsh sunsets.
Now, back to reality.
P.S. This is my 200th post!!!!
March 22, 2011
The other week I had the pleasure of photographing the Tibi outlet store. Located on the barrier island of St. Simons, GA, the Tibi outlet is tucked away among the live oaks and Spanish moss of the south Georgia coastline. Tibi owner and designer, Amy Smilovic, originally hails from the island, making it the perfect location for the Tibi outlet. Tibi’s look has always been one of graphic prints, saturated color and classic design. One glance around the island and it is easy to see where Amy got her inspiration for Tibi.
Fortunately for me, I have been going to the beach in this area for years and there is nothing better than throwing on a Tibi dress for a night out, after a day in the sun. Especially when that Tibi dress can be had for a steal from the Tibi outlet. Along with in season and post season Tibi collections, the outlet offers one of a kind sample pieces. With its newly renovated and expanded digs, the Tibi shop on St. Simons Island is hardly an “outlet” style shopping experience. It is modeled after their chic New York locations, but exudes all the charm and warmth of the island.
The TIBI Outlet
Tibi sales girl, Hays
I scored the coveted utility belt from the previous season…often seen on Olivia Palermo
Tibi girl key chain and Tibi girl Caroline
My awesome sample sale score and the sweet and fun Judy who runs the outlet.
The island, the girls and the shop are so wonderful. I had a blast photographing them. I can’t wait to come back with my family at Easter and stock up on some great summer dresses.
Till then Tibi girls…
217 Redfern Village St. Simons Island, GA 31522 (912) 638-1221
June 8, 2010
My brief trip to Sea Island in April left me craving more for sunshine and salty air, so upon returning from that weekend, I immediately books flights for another, slightly longer getaway for the Memorial Day weekend. Friends of ours from Washington, DC and their 15 month old little man joined my husband and I, and made for a wonderful little party of 5. We spent our days playing in the pool, walking on the beach, exploring marine life and even enjoyed a full moon over the ocean one night. I now like to refer to the trip as our first annual family Memorial Day beach trip, hoping to have many more to come with our friends.
The only schedule in which to adhere were mandatory 3pm piña coladas by the pool.
(photo of my hubby and I by Jackie Donovan)
Fountian fun - The Sea Island Beach Club is child’s dream play land…and well actually a grown-up dream play land as well. The place is perfection.
and lots of exploring
Horseshoe crab - amazing and prehistoric looking
The dunes at the end of the island are more than 4 ft tall.
Father and son
Family photo - Believe it or not I took these on the beach at 1o o’clock at night with only the full moon reflecting off the ocean and a long shutter speed for light. If you look closely you can see the stars even.
Same photos with a little photoshop auto color. I love that it looks like a painting.
Happiness is the beach with family and friends. I am such a lucky girl.