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My go-to photographer and great friend, Minh of Instant de Vie Photography asked me a few questions. After you learn a little about dressing for a photo shoot with multiple subjects, head over to Minh’s website and look through her work! It’s beautiful and inspired!

Q: What inspires you?

A: I’m inspired by people that have unique personal style. That may be a little bit confusing, or backwards, but I think people can get lost in what everyone else is doing. It’s always refreshing to me to see people that like what they like aesthetically and are unapologetic about it. It inspires me to wear what I like – even if it’s not be the popular choice. I am also inspired a lot by European style. I think that, generally speaking,the fashion is practical, yet effortlessly chic.

Q: What’s a trend you love?

A: I am pretty obsessed with the monochromatic trend. I think simplicity is underrated and one color is the definition of simple. Keep in mind when executing this trend that it’s perfectly acceptable if the hues don’t match exactly.

Q: What’s a trend you can not stand?

A: This is a tough one for me, because I can honestly say that I appreciate all sorts of different styles, but personally, very bright prints scare me.

Q: How much time do you spend styling an outfit?

A: I have loved style and fashion for so long that it’s become part of my routine that I don’t think about. I lay in bed a lot at night and think about different items in my closet and how they could be styled to create an entirely different look than I originally intended. Some days, I put on what I imagined and am ready to go, others I stand in a pile of clothing in my closet and freak out because I have “nothing to wear”!

Q: What would you suggest a family wear for a photo shoot?

A: The biggest tip I can give for a family photo shoot is to not be too matchy-matchy. Finding a cohesive color palate and mixing patterns in a smart way can be dynamic and create a really beautiful canvas for your photographer. Use the same rules of mixing patterns as if they were on one body. Another point is to not buy items specifically for that photo shoot. It will be a more memorable photograph if your little girl is wearing a dress that she always begs to wear around the house; if it happens to be a pink dress think about all of the creative, coordinating color possibilities!

Photo Credit Instant de Vie Photography


That’s My Jam





Here’s the recipe for my favorite strawberry jam. I haven’t had luck growing my own strawberries; I usually get one harvest from the plant and then they are just tiny green bushes for the rest of the summer. I apologize in advance for the approximations in this recipe, it started out as one that I found and I tweaked measurements and whether or not I added the lemon. feel free to email me if you have any specific questions!

strawberries, about 1 lb, stemmed, hulled and quartered

sugar, about 1/2 cup (I start with 1/4 cup and add based on necessity. your berries may have been exceptionally sweet and you may be trying to use less sugar. keep in mind the sugar helps with the consistency, so if you use less it may be a more runny jam. still as flavorful though!

lemon zest (optional)

fresh lemon juice (optional)

put strawberries in a saucepan over medium low heat. reduce for about 15 minutes, stirring on occasion and mashing with spoon. the mashing is up to how chunky you like your jam. I prefer plenty of pieces  in mine so mashing in my home is minimal.

once reduced, add sugar, lemon zest and lemon and continue to reduce until the jam has thickened. I have made the jam with and without lemon, with fresh lemon or (gasp) bottled lemon juice (the shelf life is convenient and is more affordable than fresh, while it achieves some tang, the fresh lemon is worth it in this recipe) and all options are, quite frankly, addicting.

it can be served any way you like. I put it on the table with french baguette for brunch, but eat it off of the spoon when I need a sweet treat!

A Favor

I hope you enjoy this recipe and maybe have a chance to try it this weekend! Our local farmers market opens Saturday and I can not wait for the produce and community experience, but I need your help with something.

It’s come to my attention that my About Me section is a bit lacking. To be honest, writing about myself is way out of my comfort zone, so when I launched the blog, I did the bare necessities.  When I view other blogs or Instagram accounts, I love to see how people can connect: even with the mask of a computer.

This weekend, I’ll be working on improving that section and have decided on doing it in a Q&A format. You would be doing me a great service if you commented or emailed me with questions to answer.

I’m a super spaz and have no idea where to begin, nor can I recognize what you might want to know about me! Looking forward to your feedback and to getting all sorts of deep with my answers :).