How To Dress For Family Photo Sessions

Maxine & Shellaine Photography and myself have collaborated to share this useful styling tool to assist in planning for your upcoming photography session.

Photography sessions are an investment, an investment you want to last a lifetime and styling is a huge factor in making your photos come together and withstand the test of time. Below I have listed helpful hints on planning for your session, as well as some retail outlets here in Edmonton as well as online to make your buying experience a positive one.

Coordinate/Don’t Match

Gone are the days of denim and matching white tee shirts. You will want to select a colour scheme and within that colour scheme mix and match your pieces to compliment that scheme.  Stick with classic neutrals that compliment you and your family. Keep in mind less is more.

Textures and Layers

Incorporating different textures and layers into your outfits will add dimension and depth to your photos. Don’t be afraid to add a scarf, knit sweater, fur vest or a wide natural textured belt and don’t forget to accessorize with something to give your photos a personal touch.

Plan In Advance

Keep in mind the location. This is crucial for making sure your theme comes together. A black mini skirt in a outdoor/natural setting doesn’t quite fit, if you see what I’m saying! If you are planning for a scenic nature setting, incorporate warm neutrals, soft browns and maybe a contrasting colour, such as mustard or burgundy as they will balance each other well.

The Season is also very important and will set the stage for the type of outfit you select. If it’s winter, warm neutrals are again a great option, for fall, greens, oranges and mustards are a beautiful combination to the changing season and for summer creams, blushes, whites, greys and soft blues.

Fashion Feet

Lets not forget about the shoes! Shoes are just as important as any other article of clothing and can easily complete and compliment an outfit. Toss the sneakers aside and op for a semi dressy option (i.e. loafers/boots etc)

Clothing To Avoid

There are certain patterns/graphics that really stand out in photos and take the focus away from you and your family. Large logos,patterns, graphics and brand names should be avoided. This will also aid in dating your photos.

Recommended Places To Shop in Edmonton

Shades of Grey Boutique

Whos Cares Wear

Yo Momma Maternity 

Gravity Pope

The Skinny

Miss Boss

Recommended Places To Shop Online

Zara Kids

Aritzia

Anthropologie

Her (Whites)

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Her (Colour)

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Him

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Kids Boys

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Kids Girls

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Thank you so much for reading!

Sarah xo

Fall Must Haves

A Little Life Update

I can’t believe this is my first post in a couple weeks (oops!) It has been so refreshing to take some time off and spend it with my little family! Clayton is still on a two week away, one week home shift so we’ve managed pretty well with that and have been taking huge advantage of the week he is home! This last turn around he took some extra time off and  we took our first family trip to Kelowna and had a week of sheer bliss! Our days were spent in the pool, out on adventures and in the sun, it was just what we needed to end the summer!

Cash just turned 8mths this week and has started crawling (ahh!!!). I’ve probably burned 10,000 calories in the last week chasing him around and moving things out of his way haha!! He’s talking up and storm and has even started climbing on things, I’m sure it won’t be long and our little nugget with be standing/walking on his own (insert cry emoji!) He is growing up so fast!! He’s been eating purees for a couple months now and we have started some larger pieces of food now and he is absolutely devouring everything (just like his dad haha!) The sleeping front has been interesting, I initially had him down to one feeding from 6pm to 6am but with the traveling and chaos of the last couple weeks he’s been waking up for two zzzz!. My goal this week is to get him back down to 1!!

 

Fall Must Haves

Any who back to the blog post!! (As a mom I’m sure anyone can relate you can talk about your kids for hours haha!) Fall is definitely my favourite season for fashion, bulky sweaters, rich fall colours, boots, textures and scarves! Give me all the goodies!

Like any other season it can be hard to narrow down what to buy or leave on the rack. I always go in with a mind set of “Is this classic or trendy?” I truly try to stay on the classic route because I know season to season these will be the pieces I continually reach for. It is also much easier on your wallet (maybe not initially) but in the long term!!

I think you also want to keep in mind, functionality (where and when will you be wearing these pieces!) As a new mom I now look for comfortable, affordable, easy to style pieces that I can wear while chasing my little crawling man around. The best thing about all of the pieces I mention below is they accomplish all of the above as well as can be just as perfect for a working women, all while still looking fashionable! You never have to compromise on comfort over looking and feeling great in the pieces you are wearing!

When it comes to being prepared for fall, these items are on my must have list!

Suede Leggings (Gentle Fawn Eastwood Leggings here & here)

To me fall and leggings go hand in hand, you can’t have one without the other haha!! Leggings are an absolute must for fall and I am absolutely loving these suede leggings by Gentle Fawn, classic yet with a bit of edge! So much so I’ve got them in multiple colours! They are comfy, stretchy and can pretty much be worn with anything! A definite fall must have with an oversized sweater or pattern dress!

 

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A Textured Handbag (Matt & Nat Cork Kintla & Ohara here & here)

I believe this was on my must haves last fall (classic vs trendy but still edgy and fun!) but how can they not be! I own both of these handbags and they are my absolute favourite come fall! The cork adds such a gorgeous texture that can literally be worn with anything, dressed up or down! The Kintla is the perfect work bag with an inner zipper pouch that easily fits a 13′ laptop! The Ohara is the perfect on the go bag and something I will be using so much this fall as I can wear it cross body with my diaper backpack or it is small enough to fit inside! The Ohara can be worn as a cross body or clutch and has an easy open top!

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Neutral Jacket

I picked up the Rebecca King Techno Suit Jacket from Miss Boss earlier this month and am absolutely in love! Its so soft, comfortable and is so multidimensional with the light grey tones! You can wear it with jeans and some booties or dressed up with skirt and blouse or dress! Stayed tuned for it to be back in stock at Miss boss! I also added a second alternative, the BB Dakota Fleece Maggie Coat as another neutral jacket but different fit and style!

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Ankle Booties

I own both of the Meade booties in both orange and grey and they are absolutely my go to shoes come fall( pictured above in grey!). With a small heel they are easy to put on while juggling life, especially now with a baby! I also love that they look amazing with a cute fall turtleneck dress or jeans!!

Top Left: Meade Booties (On sale for $32US!!) Top Right: Pronto Booties

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Last but not least, a Scarf!

If you’ve been following me for a while you know that come fall a scarf is included in every one of my daily outfits! I absolutely love what scarves can bring to an outfit, texture, pattern and comfort (not to mention if you are a Canadian, added warmth!)

Top Left: Aztec Scarf ($25) Top Right: Black & White Plaid Scarf ($25)

Bottom Left:Haus Party ($85)  Bottom Right: Diamond Mosaic ($65)

 

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Thanks so much for reading!

Sarah xo

MicroBlading

In case you missed it, I got my eyebrows microbladed yesterday!!!! This is something I have wanted to do for so long now but being pregnant the last year followed by nursing meant I had to wait until I was no longer breastfeeding (unfortunately it came to an end recently which I will touch on in another post) but this meant I could finally get my brows done!

My very dear friend Linda recently opened her own Brow Studio, Bella Brow and Spa in south Edmonton! I have known Linda for almost 6 years and there is so one I trusted more to do my brows!!

The Process

First step is to decide whether you want Ombre or Feathered Brows. These are two different techniques that give two very different outcomes. Ombre Brows have a darker tail of the brow and fade to a lighter shade as you near the head of the brow giving the appearance of a finished makeup look fading from dark to light. Feathered Brows have a more natural look mimicking the look of real hair follicles/stems. I chose to do the feathered technique because I am not wearing makeup much these days and wanted the appearance of fuller, more natural brows!

Next step and one of the most important aspects of the procedure is the measuring. It is critical to make sure your brows are even (most natural brows are not) . Here is a photo post measuring and outlining of my brows!

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Next we selected the ink that best reflected my natural hair colour. Once your brows are healed the pigment of the colour will fade 30-40%, the brows appear very dark immediately post procedure as you will see in the photos below but once healed will look very natural in colour!

The feathered microblading process uses a single blade with ink to slice the skin, replicating the natural look and curvature of a brow hair. It feels like a cat scratch, Linda was great and used numbing cream which made the treatment very comfortable.  Most appointments range from 1-2hrs depending on the desired shape and thickness!

Lastly lets talk about pricing! Linda charges $350 whether you are wanting ombre or feathered brows and the first touch up is FREE!! The rest of her services and pricing you can find here. This is THE most reasonable price I have seen especially considering there is no fee for the initial touch up appointment!!

Overall I could not be more ecstatic with the results, they are absolutely gorgeous, they look so natural and they are exactly the shape I was hoping for! Ive added some before and afters below! Seriously how amazing do they look!!

I have linked Bella Brow and Spa’s Facebook Page Here, Instagram Page Here as well as her website here. Feel free to get in touch with her if you have any questions about the procedure itself or to book your microblading appointment!!!

Thanks for reading!

Sarah xo

 

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Overalls

I have been absolutely loving wearing my overalls lately and have been on the hunt for some cute shortfalls so I thought Id share my great shopping finds with you all!

I love wearing my overalls with a loose fitting tee, Z Supply are my absolute favourites! Z Supply can be bought here in Edmonton at Miss Boss! Another dressier option would be an off the shoulder/peplum sleeve top like this one!!

Hope you enjoy!

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Abercrombie Denim Shortalls

American Eagle Olive Shortfalls

Forever 21 Distressed Overalls 

Anthropology Pilcro Overalls

Forever 21 Skinny White Denim Overalls

 

 

 

Summer Sun Essentials

I am so excited to have teamed up with Glitz Spray Tanning to bring you the best summer sun essentials for safe tanning and moisturized skin!!

First up is their gorgeous new line of exclusive soaps! They have a huge array of different scents and it is soo silky smooth and moisturizing! One key to keeping soft, tanned skin is keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized, these soaps will do the job! They are also the perfect size to gift for a bridal shower or birthday gift for your bestie!

Another line that Glitz Tanning recently started carrying is Sun Bum! I had heard a lot about Sun Bum and was so excited to find out Glitz Spray Tanning carried their line. Sun Bum is a vegan, cruelty and paraben free company manufacturing all natural suncare and haircare products! I picked up the 15spf and 30spf, Glitz also has their Cool Down for sun aftercare that will be next on my list! I love that their sunscreens are waterproof for 80min and come in the spray containers, I find them so much easier to apply!

Along with the Sun Bum and their exclusive soap line Glitz Spray Tanning also offers THE best spray tans! I had one done for my maternity photo shoot last fall and one for our pregnancy announcement last summer and they were absolutely perfect! With wedding and grad season right around the corner give Lauren a call for that flawless, sun kissed glow!

Have a great weekend!

Sarah xo

 

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Eliasz & Ella Spring & Summer Collection

Eliasz and Ella just released their new spring and summer collection and I could not be more excited to share these gorgeous pieces with you! I couldn’t resist pairing these beautiful pieces with this floral dress, a perfect combination for a wedding or event!

I am so in love with the Rose Quartz Ballroom Collection,  the Drop Earrings are the perfect length and the rose quartz stone is the perfect size to compliment and highlight the beautiful stone! The Necklace, with the rose gold chain is simplisticly stunning and hits right below the collar bone to feature a beautiful open necklace or high neckline!

If you follow me on instagram you know the Eliasz and Ella Bangin Bracelets are an everyday essential for me and these smaller banging bracelets do not disappoint! The Aqua Bangin Bracelet and Ice Quartz Bangin Bracelet with rose gold detail compliments the Ballroom collection perfectly and I love pairing it with the floral detail of this dress!

Head on over to Eliasz & Ella to check out more of their new Spring and Summer Collection!

 

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Jewelry was provided to me by Eliasz & Ella!

Dress: Asos Maternity (I bought this last summer and never got to wear it, you’d never know it was maternity!)

Shoes: Express (Similar Here)

 

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

This year more than ever Mother’s Day is so special, not only because my little Cashew is here to celebrate with me (this week last year we found out we were pregnant!) but also because I now truly know and understand the love a mother has for her child as my mother did for us and everything she sacrificed to raise us.

With Mother’s Day right around the corner I have teamed up with Miss Boss to bring you the perfect Mother’s Day gift guide, supporting local business because lets face it all mothers deserve to be spoiled rotten!!

Deux Lux Bond Weekend Bag – This bag is absolutely stunning and would be perfect for a weekend getaway or summer vacation to spoil mom for all her never-ending handwork! The navy basket woven material is the perfect shade for a year round bag, adding texture to an otherwise beautiful bag! For some added fun, the Deux Lux Samba Keychain is the perfect little accessory for this bag!

Tofino Towel – I cannot wait to use the tofino towel this summer! Not only can it be used at the park or for a picnic but it can be beautiful inside your home too for a playroom or in a bathroom! The perfect blanket/towel  for any mom to have in the stroller or at home!

Z Supply Tee – These tee shirts are life. I have been living in these as they are great for nursing but they are also super cute and functional for that on the go mom! They are also so reasonably priced and come in some gorgeous colours and patterns!

Melissa Harmonic Bow Sandals – These jelly bow flip flops are so adorable! Functional and stylish they are perfect for that special lady in your life!

Explore Art Print – I love this print, for moms home office or bathroom, it is a cute little addition to any room!

Art + Soul Mom Card – Lastly, i hate buying generic cards, Art + Soul provides the perfect solution! Made in Canada they are the cutest cards and you are supporting a hard working Canadian women, its a win win!

I have also attached this exclusive coupon below, print it out and bring it to the store to receive 10% off your purchase when you spend $50 or more!

Wishing all the hard working mothers out there the most wonderful mothers day!

Sarah xo

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Deux Lux Bag, Bow Sandals & Art Print provided by Miss Boss.

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