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Sunday
Jun122016

mood / sunshine and summer

June can be the start of so many things. The start of summer, the start of vacation, the start of BBQ's, swimming pool trips and bonfires. For us summer is a quiet morning on the lake, a moment to reflect on how wonderful life can be with long, cold, days a distant memory. For us June is also about capturing moments with our families, our children, our partners. There is so much to love each summer, we just can't wait for it to get started.

xo

Thursday
Jun022016

inspiration / boudoir 

The boudior session is one of the most intimate celebrations of a woman's body. But one of the the most common questions about such a session is “What should I wear??”

Illuminate Boudoir spoke with us to get some advice, read a snippet of the interview below!

 

If You Love Your Legs

Find a pair of panties with a high hemline on the hip. To be clear, we’re not talking 80’s leotards!!  Choosing a pair of underwear with a high cut will elongate and show off the shape of the your legs (in contrast, a hipster style may visually shorten your legs.) Beth shows me a rose-colored thong (see it below!) with a beautiful lace trim that criss-crosses high on the hip. “When it’s on the body, it’s current and elongates the leg even more - it creates a gorgeous line”.

 

If You Want To Show Off Your Bum

Choose a pair of underwear that will show off your shape! In this case, Beth usually recommends choosing a pair that cuts in a bit to show off your curves without being as narrow as a thong (which she says usually aren’t as flattering to the bum itself.) She suggests a cheeky little short with ruffles/texture, or a pair of lace bottoms.

 

To Flatter Your Cleavage

To emphasize as much curve as possible, choose a push up bra (like the white one below) without too much padding so you’ll show off your cleavage without feeling artificial. Looking to keep things more natural?  “A bralette with lace can be stunning!” Beth explained. “Some have a liner, and others are sheer - it’s so beautifully when you can actually see your skin.”

 

Want To Stay A Bit More Covered Up?

Choose some dreamy loungewear to add in variety or for a style that’s a bit more modest! Beth loves playing with texture - like pairing a really nubby cable sweater with a soft pair of undies. She also loves this soft, open-weave sweater with a stunning open back (check it out below!)- “you could wear this with a cute little ruffle bottom or a ruched-back nicker… you can really show skin where you feel comfortable but feel more covered too.”

 

Let Your Clothing Choices Enhance You And Your Personality

Beth’s general advice for a woman planning a boudoir session? “Choose something that’s a little simpler and less ornate - something that will not take away from you as a subject but will enhance you.” She generally recommends avoiding distracting patterns or prints, and using color and texture to bring out your personality - for example, going for a romantic style with ruffles and lace detailing, or keeping things more laid-back with super soft cottons and organic textures. If you feel comfortable and confident in what you’re wearing, she says, “you’ll shine through!”

 

You can read the whole peice at Illuminate Boudoir 

 

xo

 

Friday
May202016

spring in our step

Well we couldn't be more thrilled to walk outside everyday and be inspired by the beauty all around us. Beautiful colors, lovely scents, it is perfectly lovely. We want to bring some of that gorgeousness in the gardens around us inside. Since we haven't been blessed with a green thumb, we are extremely thankful for our neighorhood gardeners like Sunnyside Gardens, Brown & Green, and Spruce! 

The pinks, greens, and whites can give a lovely spruce up to any room, and don't require exquisite vases to be displayed. An cool old bottle, a white ceramic pot and even just burlap and twine can do the decorating trick. Let us know what you are doing to bring some flower power into your life!

 

xo

Monday
May092016

mood / freshness & flowers

April showers bring May flowers, right? This May we are taking the time to appreciate what some of the grey days in April brought us, flowers, trees, new life and a renewed energy. We are taking that new energy and bringing it the outdoors, our family and friends and preparing for summer. So here's to getting ready for summer and loving every second doing it.

 

xo

 

Monday
Apr182016

inspiration / the silk road

One of the most luxurious fabrics - if not the most! - silk has always been an inspiration to us. What could be more effortless? more chic? and still be so comfortable! The way it feels and falls has us particularly excited this spring because it seems to be the perfect compliment to spring. 

Here are some of our favorite ways of wearing it...

As a bra or bralet! Of course we had to include this :)

Silk sheets and pillowcases make sleep just that much more special

As a a chic top that can be dressed up with silk pants or skirt, but also dressed down with your favorite denim

An eye mask as the perfect travel partner

Pajamas to make lounging casual, yet chic

With cashmere in case it gets chilly

As a bracelet or scarf, making silk the perfect accessory

 

Stay chic!

xo