One of my favorite things in the whole world to photograph is people I love. I was never very good at photographing strangers. What I love is snapping tiny moments of our friends and family. These photos of my brother and his daughter make me smile really big. ♥
This next cocktail is extra special! We created a signature cocktail for Rachel and Brett called "The Pink House". When I asked Rachel what flavor inspirations she had for her cocktail she said "something sparkling and cranberry". We decided to make a pretty pink cocktail inspired by all the (amazing) pink she uses in her interior designs.
Yesterday, we visited our grandmother at her cabin which is in the middle of nowhere (literally) and one of the most inspiring places in the world. Emma already shared some photos here. We love her home because every room, every wall, and every closet is packed full of treasures and keepsakes from her entire life. She has had quite an eclectic life too. She grew up in Caracas and married my grandfather when she was only seventeen year old. They lived there for a long time, but traveled to the US often. When my mother was in elementary they moved to Missouri and became farmers and she has lived here ever since. I could go on all day about how much I admire her style, her need to collect and all of her quirks. Instead, I will just share a few more photos from her current home...
We made these dolls together when I was little. I have a photo somewhere of 5 year old Elsie posing with a whole army of these pretty messy dolls. Absolutely a tradition I want to continue with my family someday...
Penny was in love.
Corina is my kindred spirit. I feel like we could swap homes or closets or magazine collections and be just fine. I'm not sure if many people would say that about their grandmother, but I feel I have more in common with her than most humans in this world. Someday I hope to do a full collection (art or fashion, not sure...) inspired by her life, her travels and her eclectic passion for pretty things.
This cocktail is named after my friend, Carter, who is a toy designer. I knew I wanted to do some kind of toy garnish (obvious, no?) and had the idea to freeze little army men in the bottom of each glass...
I used about 1/4 inch water in the bottom of each glass to freeze the army men in standing position in the bottom of each glass.
I had grand visions for Carter's cocktail. We tested a bunch of recipes with jalapeno and cucumber vodka. In the end, nothing was working and I was out of time so I went with a super simple gin and gingerale mix. Sometimes you gotta improvise!
We had such a fun night! We made homemade pizzas and lots of mixed drinks. The we did lots of chatting about toys, family, work, puppy love, life... you know- all the important stuff.
In case you are wondering, the army men stayed in place for like 30 minutes- totally enough time to sip a cocktail if you ask us! ;) This little tradition has been SO MUCH FUN. Jeremy and I have really enjoyed thinking up different silly cocktails for each guest we have. More soon!
Our bestie, Rachel was in town for less than 24 hours but we mananged to squeeze in a bunch of stuff! After our little brunch we stopped by Funtiques and found some treasures. We all had so many emotions, both happy and sad. It's hard being separated by so much distance most of the time, but it does make us appreciate the time we do have together that much more.
*Trey took some of these photos too- Thanks, Trey!
Our Christmas was filled with so many wonderful things. Family, friends, cozy scents, raspberry buttercream cake (thanks, Mom!), sleeping in (woooo! not sure how many more years we'll get to do that!), wine, cinnamon rolls, a (too) giant white tree and getting to surprise people we love so much. All the best things. We're really thankful.
Here's our Christmas via random iPhone photos...
Dressing up is fun! I just got these giant vintage frames at Funtiques. They're pretty silly, but I'm into it. (My dress is Mac + Jac)
I surprised my sweetie with a french horn for Christmas. He was playing Christmas songs all morning. He's never played french horn before but he picks up instruments really quick... it's his super power I do believe.
Jeremy surprised me with an espresso machine. We're so excited to experiment! We made our first latte and our first americano this morning.
I am so thankful for my grandpa. Every holiday with him is more special than the last. He was being really cute today teaching me about money and stuff...
My niece and nephews loved their stick horses. (DIY here) It was so fun to watch them run around with them all night!
AWE! I almost died when my nephew put a ton of stickers on his arms and said he looked like me! I'm the only person in Jeremy's family who has tattoos. Heh.
And, last but not least, baby M gives me the most baby fever everrrrrrr. She's so adorable. Her big cheeks and big dress were so cute tonight.
I love Christmas! I'm off to enjoy the rest of it with Jeremy. Night-night!!