New York Fashion Week {February 2015}

I know, I know... 
It's been 4 months since my last entry, I'll get back to regular blogging at some point, right? 
This post was created in February but never finished so I thought I would finish it up and post it now. 
Better late than never?
I had the honor to work on the production team for the 
Mark & Estel New York Fashion Week Show
They are such an incredible design team that have asked me back 3 times to work for them at NYFW. 
It has truly been a dream come true. 
This past fashion week I came in for a week and was involved from A to Z with the show. 
From casting, to styling, to fittings, to make-up trials, to day of prep, to show time. 
It was certainly one of the high lights of my career in the high fashion world. 
Here are some behind the scenes pictures {or #BTS for you hip kids}:
Casting: Day 1

Gift Bags  
Styling table

Model cards

Elliot my bae from my first Fashion Week; Love her! 
My own little office space

It's all in the detail 
We somehow ended up in a shoot with Mark & Estel! Lol! 

I see you Fashion Police :) 
Hey, Tim Gunn! 

After almost 7 years in the Fashion Industry this has to be one of my favorite memories. 
I won't be back in September as I will be 8 months pregnant but hope to attend some shows in the future. 
God has a new plan for me and my family in the creative field and I cannot wait to share with you all what is to come! 

Fashion was and will always be a part of my life in some capacity; but the tides are changing. 
Until next time...
Hugs & Kisses, 


Peter Rabbit Themed Birthday Party

After quite the break from blogging, I'm back! 
Life has changed so much since I've last been on here.
We have moved into our new home, I worked on the production team for the Mark &Estel show at New York Fashion Week, found out we are expecting baby #2, and so much more. 
I will try to blog soon about our life updates! 
April 4, 2015 we celebrated Eli's 2nd birthday by throwing a Peter Rabbit themed party. 
I chose Easter weekend so we could incorporate some fun Easter activities as well! 
I had so many fun ideas but thought this is his last baby party
 and next year he may have an opinion on the theme!
(I was dreaming in baby blue and pinstripes!).
So as most of you know last year we had Eli's Camping themed party 
(which you can see here) at the park. 
Well since that was quite the adventure in setting up morning of the party I decided to have a home birthday party this year thinking it would be easier... wrong
I don't know if it was just the sheer exhaustion of the 1st trimester + having just worked New York Fashion Week + just moving into a new home but I was definitely more exhausted this year pulling Eli's party together this year.

Here is our Peter Rabbit Themed Birthday Party:


 Here are some fun, personal pictures from the party:

Cake, cookies, Peter Rabbit garden cupcakes:
Sweet Life Cakery 
Invites, thank you tags, thank you notes, food card labels, water bottle labels: 
Etsy shop papernplay (all pre-made) 
Chalkboard sign, welcome sign, vintage Peter Rabbit images, large cake table backdrop: 
Etsy shop pluriellondon
Banner, birthday hat: 
Etsy shop langello
Easter bunny costume: 
Ebay (worn by Eli's sweet godmother, Jana) 
Petting zoo:
Grisham Farm McKinney, Texas

I also want to extend a huge thank you to so many family and friends for helping me with Eli's party! 
Thank you to Mitch for patiently helping me for a month crafting, printing all the paper goods to keep cost down, drinking 35 Starbucks cappuccinos to I could use the cute glass bottles for the babies (LOL) , setting up, tearing down and being the wonderful husband and daddy you are! Thank you to my Nana for making most the food, helping me craft, letting me sleep, and cleaning up my whole house after the party! Thank you to my sister-in-law, Molly, for making the beautiful carrot cupcakes and delicious cinnamon rolls. Thanks to my mother-in-law for making the yummy sausage balls and to my brother, Ryan, for picking up the catered food from Market Street. Thank you to Megan for making the cute bird's nest! Thank you Uncle Marshall and Uncle John for helping set up, building, and hiding all the Easter eggs for the hunt! 
Thank you to Aunt Jana for volunteering to be the Easter Bunny and for playing the character so well (I swear I tried to hire someone!!! Lol). 
Thank you to my dad and Ashley for chasing Eli and being so considerate and helpful as I was consumed setting up the party! 
It truly takes a village and I am so appreciative of mine! 

Lastly, thank you to all our family and friends near and far who came to celebrate Eli, sent gifts and cards (they poured in for weeks!), the phone calls, the FaceTime chats and for loving my sweet baby Eli so fiercely! 
He certainly felt loved by so so many! 

Eli, you are the light in many lives!
Your tenacity and spunk for life is vibrant! 
Your calling is vast.
You will certainly change the world for the best!