Our Engagement Photos!

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When something as momentus as an engagement happens, it seems only natural to commemorate that time. You want to remember that feeling shortly after you say yes, when everything is so exciting, and before the stress of wedding planning kicks in. What better way to commemorate such a celebration than with a photo session with your new fiancè? Besides having beautiful photos to look back on, there’s also a practicality to an engagement photo session–it gives you a chance to try out a photographer for the big day and you’ll end up with pictures that you can use in your save-the-dates and wedding website. Christopher and I knew right away that we wanted photos–we just had to make it all come together!

When it came to the venue, I took to Google and searched Sacramento-based photographer’s engagement sessions to get some ideas. There are some good ol’ standbys in my area where many an engaged couple have had their portraits taken–McKinley Park, The Rose Garden at Capitol Park, Old Sacramento–but Christopher and I wanted something a little different and we were willing to travel out of town to get just the right place. Upon some more searching, I discovered Bywater Hollow Lavender Farm. Located in Lincoln (about a 40 minute drive from Sac), this farm boasts beautiful trees and open fields, a sweet lake, a wishing well, and lots of charm. It looked absolutely perfect!

The owners of Bywater live on the property and offer their space for photo shoots after hours for a minimal fee. After a few messages, we booked the site for a session in late June. That took care of the venue, now for the photographer…

Enter Christina Best. We met at a blogger event earlier in the year and when it came to our engagement photos, I knew I had to book her. Christina’s got a lovely, bubbly energy and her photos are well, the best (see what I did there?) Luckily she was free that day and we ended up having a wonderful time on the farm taking photos. She had some very creative and fun ideas for the shots, and she was able to make Christopher and I feel so comfortable, which really comes across in the photos. I highly recommend her if you’re looking for a photographer in the Sacramento/Northern California area!

My fiancè and I are beyond happy with the photos and I know they’re going to be something we cherish for years to come. Enjoy!

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Otherwise Engaged

Outfits

I am so excited to announced that my boyfriend, Christopher, and I are engaged! He completely surprised me and proposed to me over the holiday weekend in the most thoughtful way possible (did someone say Paris?). Christopher is the best thing to ever happen to me and I could not be happier to go on this adventure with him. Let the wedding planning commence!

I have to say, his timing was pretty great, because now I can wear wedding whites all summer long, starting with this sweet eyelet dress that I picked up at a clothing swap a while back. Though it’s a casual dress, pairing it with an elegant clutch, fun necklace, and heels (my “something blue,” naturally), makes it the perfect outfit to celebrate such an occassion. Perhaps this will make an appearance at our engagement party…

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Details: Eyelet dress, Clothing swap, Free//Necklace, WeaveWorks Recycled Fashion, $5//Heels, Charming Charlie, $25//Vintage clutch, Eco Thrift, $6

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What’s your Story? Morris Moskowitz Handbag

What's your Story?

Whenever I come across an item at the thrift store that has an unfamiliar tag, I always find myself asking, “What’s your story?” Whether it’s a beautiful silk and tulle cocktail dress or a brightly colored pair of coulottes, I have to know their history. Who made you? Where did you come from? What led you here? And yes, I do talk to my clothes.
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This vintage velvet handbag’s story just begged to be told. It was among lots of other bags in a bin at Thrift Town, but immediately caught my eye due to the oversized lucite handle. I picked it up, ran my hands over the velvet, and fiddled with the kisslock closure. As I was marveling at it, a woman came up behind me, said how beautiful the bag was, and offered some advice for how to clean it up, as the velvet was a little stained. Honestly, the stains didn’t even bother me, so in my cart it went.

Bag3When I got home, I opened the bag and saw two letters on the silk lining: MM. I Googled “Vintage MM velvet handbag” and instantly, Morris Moskowitz appeared in the results. I saw lots of similar handbags with the lucite handle, in a range of fabrics and colors. Upon my reading, I discovered that Morris Moskowitz started his own brand in 1948 and carried on creating handbags until the mid 80’s in New York City. The designer was considered a perfectionist, and insisted that anything with the MM logo be of the highest quality. He preferred silk, leather, reptile skin, and fur for his creations and believed the fabric dictated the shape of the handbag. While classic, Moskowitz was able to leave his mark on every purse he created. Looking at the image results, all of the bags have an interesting shape or texture that make them stand out from other like designs of the time. They are truly beautifully designs.

As I scoured Google for more information about this designer, I found out that there is a 1960’s fur Moskowitz bag on display at The Met and that legendary handbag designer, Judith freaking Leiber even worked for him! Mr. Moskowitz has quite the reputation. And rightfully so. He made a name for himself creating artistic yet practical bags for women to enjoy. And now I get to enjoy my little slice of that history with my very own MM handbag.
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