Picture prep

So, I gave you guys some tips for things to consider when figuring out what to wear for pictures but I didn’t tell you all the things I do to prepare. About a week and a half ago I had head-shots done by the super talented Heidi & Heather Collective and as I was preparing for the pictures I started documenting everything I do the week leading up to them. I know some people will think this is a bit excessive but I figure if you’re paying for pictures why not put in a little extra work to make sure you’re putting your best self out there? The photographers are obviously going to do their best making sure your pictures look great but they can only do so much, you need to do your part!

Some of my things are super simple, like I make sure I wash my face every night before I go to bed. For some people this is already a ritual, for me, I often fall asleep with my make-up on. SO BAD, I know! But the week before pictures I make an extra effort to wash my face before bed and use my night cream. I exfoliate in the morning to ensure my face is bright, vibrant and smooth the day of pictures! I mean really, who wants dull and dry skin the day of pictures? Eww

The first thing I drink every morning is a glass of lemon water. The process of drinking water first thing in the morning can help flush the digestive system and rehydrate the body! I’ve read that the water should  be warm but I’ve used cold water and I’ve seen great results! To keep up with hydrating my body I drink a gallon of water a day. I do my best to lower my sodium and sugar intake and I absolutely do not drink the night before. The last thing I want is to look puffy, tired and worn out. Sugar, sodium and alcohol do all those things!

I ALWAYS get a spray tan before pictures, like no matter the season, even if it’s just the lightest level. I like my skin to have a nice glow. I usually do this 1-2 days before pictures. This past time I went to see Amie at Beautiful Skin by Mimi and got an airbrush tan. No joke, it looked real! The color was amazing, I didn’t look orange, everything was even and she was so professional! I highly recommend checking her out!

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The night before- I make sure my outfit is prepped and ready to go! The last thing you want to worry about on the day of pictures is steaming your clothes! You’ll have enough things to take care of so why let that be one of them? And since I’ll be styling you and your family you definitely won’t be second guessing what you’re wearing! =)

The day of… Beyond the no brainers like washing my hair, making sure my nails are either completely painted (no chips) or no polish at all, I get my makeup done by a professional and not at the mall. I like to schedule this appointment with someone who can focus on only me and not go between customers. I schedule this appointment weeks in advance. For my past 4 photo sessions I’ve had the very talented, Faith with Faith Art Beauty and let me tell you, she is A-MAZE-ING! Like so talented. Her account is new to IG but she is far from new to the industry! She’s been doing makeup for YEARS.

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Now, I know you’re thinking in your head “she’s putting way too much effort into these pictures” but honestly, I don’t think I am! The way I look at it is, I’m paying for professional pictures and the first thing I’m going to do is critic myself so why wouldn’t I try to put my best self out there?

I haven’t received my head-shots yet but I’ll update my blog once I have! That way you can see for yourself if the exfoliating, lemon water, spray tan, professional make-up was worth it!

Family Pictures?!? AAAHHH

So, you’ve signed up for family pictures with your favorite family photographer now the the dreaded thought of “what are we going to wear” is upon you. You start to scower the internet for ideas, you look at friends pictures for inspiration and you even ask your photographer if they have suggestions (I’ve done that!). But what if it could be easier? Less stressful? More enjoyable! I think I can help with that in a variety of ways.

First, I want you to consider where are these pictures going? Do you plan to put them up in your home? If so, what is the color scheme in your house? What’s your style? You’ll want to make sure these pictures will fit right in! You’ll also want to take into consideration where these pictures are being taken. Outside at a park, in a city? In a studio? Your outfits should compliment your house but they should also work well with your surroundings.

So you’ve picked your color scheme now I feel like the natural instinct is to start figuring out what everyone else is going to wear, so naturally you start with the kids. In my experience when I get everyone else’s outfits put together before mine, it leaves me running around town like a crazy person trying to figure out something to wear, I end up spending more money than I would have if I had started with myself, and I usually don’t even like what I end up wearing. To top it off the idea of pictures just sounds terrible at that point, not only to myself but to my husband as well because he see’s me turning into a crazy person (Yep! Been there!). I understand wanting your pictures to turn out perfect and that’s why I encourage you to start with YOU (YES! YOU!). The kids are easy to dress and spouses, too! Once your outfit is put together the other pieces will fall into place.

Here’s an example of my family pictures from a couple years ago.

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Photo by: Heidi & Heather Collective

Now you can see, I didn’t go super matchy matchy but the colors in our outfits and the scenery worked very well together (IMO) and matched perfectly with our home decor. For these looks I started with my outfit and picked colors for my husband and son from there. I like how Chris’ dark denim picks up the navy from my shirt and Caleb’s sweater and Caleb’s tan and gold pick up the color off of Chris’s shirt and shoes. You can kind of see it, if you look closely, Chris’s shirt had a purple stripe which worked perfectly with my skirt and the flowers on my shirt. We didn’t all wear the same thing (or colors) and we had different patterns but because the colors worked well together and complimented the scenery it all came together perfectly.

If this information isn’t helpful enough and you’re still at a loss as to what to wear let me help you! My small business, Styled By Luxe can take care of you and your family!

Like always, be sure to follow me Instagram and Facebook for your {almost} daily outfit inspiration.

 

 

Candy stripes and casual jeans

I’m loving this outfit and I think you should, too!

img_1159 Can we take a minute to talk about this top? If you know me then it’s no surprise to you that I LOVE it. This top was calling my name. The shade of pink is perfect, it goes well with a variety of colors (navy, tan, olive green, gray…just to name a few) and the Flutter Sleeves add the perfect amount of  sweetness. It can be paired with a variety of things, I chose to go pretty casual and paired it with distressed denim and flats- I was going to a high school basketball game. But this top is versatile and can be worn for work, date night or casual like I have it now. It does run a little big so I sized down to make it a little less boxy. At 40% off this top is a must have for Spring and Summer!

Now these jeans, I’ve been LIVING in them. Like seriously, I can’t take them off long enough to go get them hemmed. But they’re the bomb! The wash is great, the rise is fantastic (9inch), the fit is perfect and I like the price point. I’m used to spending a little more on denim so these were a nice surprise to my bank account and my husband.

My shoes are old but I go back to them from time to time and I might have to purchase a new pair… in pink! The Crystal necklace is a great deal right now and such a staple piece to your jewelry collection. I’m surprised but I like the woven belt, it’s pretty old and wasn’t my first choice but it worked.

I know I’ve been MIA on here for 2 YEARS (I can’t believe it’s been that long!) but I’m back. I had a baby last July (baby #2) and I’m starting to feel like I (kind of) have my groove back and it’s time for a little Kristy time.

Talk to you soon!

XOXO,

Kristy

Mom suit

In the midst of planning a family get away for Memorial Day weekend I realized we’re headed to a resort that has POOLS, yes, pools. Caleb LOVES the water, and I plan to be right by his side, splashing, having fun, making memories but that also means I’ll be surrounded by dozens of people in my swimsuit. YIKES! I need something that I can play in, I don’t want to worry about having a Janet Jackson moment in the middle of a family resort! The days of my itty bitty bikini might be behind me, I’m officially on the hunt for a “mom suit,” yep, I said it, a “MOM SUIT.” Luckily their are so many adorable options out there! I’m loving all the one pieces and high waisted bottoms and retro tops. I’ve been scouring the internet daily and found many things I love, but, since the last time I purchased a one piece was over 15 years ago and it was a speedo, I think I need to try things on. Figure out what styles work best for my mom bod.

On a recent lunch break I decided to start my hunt. I went to my local Nordstrom and tried on a few one pieces. I am no where near swimsuit ready (oy vey) I have a solid 10 pounds to lose before Hawaii but I was pleasantly surprised with the suits I tried on. I had hope!

The first suit I tried one was by Becca, it’s called the “Show & Tell” This suit was SO flattering. For not being swimsuit ready I felt like I could rock this. The detailing in the mid section really brought me in at the waist. The plunging neckline still provided enough coverage for this momma on the go. For me, this is an easy transition from a two piece. I didn’t feel like I was wearing your typical “mom suit” I still felt attractive but covered.

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The next suit I tried on was by Robin Piccone, called the “Mia.” A bit similar to the Becca suit but has a higher back and more coverage around the bust. I didn’t think I was going to like this one, initially I thought it would be too much coverage, going too far one direction. I was wrong. This too was VERY flattering. I felt small which is how every girl wants to feel, right?

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I left Nordstrom empty handed but encouraged. I may end up with one of these suits but I need to try on more. My hunt continues. I’ll keep you posted on my swimsuit search. Who knows, maybe I’ll find the perfect option for you!

xoxo,

Kristy

Cinco de Mayo

Happy Cinco de Mayo! What is everyone doing tonight? We’re in the middle of packing up our house so I don’t think we’ll be doing much… we have to be out by MONDAY! It’s way too soon and I’m starting to freak out. We’re moving out of our first home together, the home Caleb came home to, the only home he knows, heavy stuff! I didn’t think I would be upset because in a few short months we’ll have a brand new, semi custom home, but I’ve been sad, I’ve been emotional and I know it might get worse over the next few days. We’re moving into a temporary home which I think makes it a bit harder, I’m struggling to see the light at the end of the tunnel. One thing I can say for sure is that I’m extremely happy we were able to sell our house so quick (like 36 hours), we’re building the home of our dreams, AND we have some wonderful friends that are renting a house to us for the summer. For that I feel fortunate, lucky, and shocked that our dream of a bigger/better home is actually happening. There were times when it didn’t feel like it would ever happen, but the time is NOW, we are doing it. YAY!

With all the packing, I haven’t been able to put together as many fun outfits but while I was out and about I found this gorgeous dress at Felicity Boutique . The color and embroidery is amaze and it’s so easy to wear! You don’t need a ton of accessories or layers, just throw it on and go! I thought this look was perfect for today but I know it will get a ton of wear over the next few months. I have a family trip planned to HAWAII and this will definitely be in my suitcase. It’s so light, airy, and super comfortable. Hop on over to her site and grab one for yourself before they’re all gone!

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Since we’re in the middle of moving I don’t think we’ll get to make one of my favorite flautas/taquito dishes tonight but I thought I would share anyway. I found the recipe on Pinterest and there were definitely no pinterest fails here! They are straight up delicious! A must try. They pair perfectly with cilantro lime rice and an ice cold margarita.

flautasRecipe: Baked Chicken and Spinach Flautas

I hope you all have a fun and safe Cinco de Mayo!

xoxo,

Kristy

Mother’s day Gift picks

With Mother’s day just around the corner, either you’re trying to figure out what to get your “#1 MOM,” or maybe giving hints to your husband and kiddos as to what you might like. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. I got this mug last year for Mother’s day and it’s still one of my favs: “You are a good mom.” And…. it just came back in stock!  Buy it before it’s gone, again! At $13 you can’t go wrong!

'That's All - You Are a Good Mom' Mug2. How perfect is this “Momma” identity necklace by Nashelle Designs. Isn’t it the sweetest ever? And they also do custom orders! LOVE! Psst this may have been on my list.

3. A bouquet of fresh flowers from your local Saturday market and brunch. What gal doesn’t like food, flowers, and mimosas?

4. If you’re wanting to go big… A handbag. You can’t go wrong. They always fit, they never make you feel fat, and they’re so fun! Who doesn’t love carrying a new accessory!

Here are just a few of the bags I’ve been eying;

'small elissa' tote'Amorous' Satchel'Marcie - Small' Leather Satchel

Kate Spade, Rebecca Minkoff (this has a Gift with purchase), Chloe

5. Plan a fun date for you and your momma, brunch, pedicures, wine tasting! Gifts are beyond sweet and much appreciated but nothing is more important than spending time with the ones you love. Making memories and showing appreciation for all that she’s done will make her swoon!

XoXo,

Kristy