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WORK + PLAY: WITH CHERRIES BY OLIVIA + OCEAN

The cherry doesn’t fall far from the tree… especially in these matching mommy + me suits from Olivia + Ocean. Textile design is one of my most favorite things to do and design and being able to see this ditsy cherry pattern I created come to life on the cutest suits is definitely a highlight for me this summer. Aside from being a client, I absolutely am a fan and customer of O+O. You guys would love Danielle (the mom boss behind the brand) her swimsuits and her mission.

She’s created the most adorable options for little girls that will have you feeling nostalgic and current at the same time. And for the moms she’s created a swimsuit that hugs you in all the right places, has a flattering silhouette and is super functional.

You can shop the CHERRY COLLECTION HERE!

Because Danielle is in the middle of moving her family to Texas (exciting!) she asked me to help with the photos for the launch and I jumped at the chance! Below are some of my favorites taken by Stacy Jacobsen and a couple thoughts on body image…

BONUS, the mom bod suits double as a really cute camisole! So cute with shorts or a skirt!

Passed the canon ball test with flying colors :)

Whether you have a suits you love or haven’t found a favorite yet, adding one of the Olivia + Ocean MomBod suits to your collection might be the best decision you’ve made all summer, especially if it means you’ll feel free and empowered to play more in the water with your babes. And she has lots of patterns and colors to choose from if cherries aren’t your thing!

For reference, I’m 5’7″, 127 lbs. and wearing a medium.

Now that we’re on the subject, when it comes to body image, what do you struggle with most? It’s something that has been on my mind a lot lately and I would love to chat with you about it more!

XO, Rae

 

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10 PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS FOR DOCUMENTING MOTHER’S DAY WEEKEND

OK mamas, I don’t want to give you one more thing to think about over mother’s day weekend, but I also know how important it is for all of us to capture moments in time with our families… Our moments in time. Regardless of whether you’re a planned or spontaneous picture taker, I’ve put together a list of 10 tips we use to capture all the sweet moments as well as the tiny details of life. Hope they give you a boost of inspiration for clicking the shutter any day, but especially Mother’s Day weekend!

10 TIPS FOR DOCUMENTING MOTHER’S DAY

1. Keep your camera (or phone) close!

2. Think ahead just a little and consider lighting! Of course we want things to be natural and authentic, buuuut, there’s no reason not to open up the curtains in your room when you know the kids are on their way up with a breakkie tray.

3. Tell the whole story – the big picture and little details – Snap pics of your plate of food, cute notes, flowers, gifts, hand holding, your shoes, etc. :) This pic isn’t the best example, but I love her tootsies!

4. Remember WHY you’re taking pics – often times we want something to share right away or just want to check it off our to do list for the day, but taking photos is really about preserving memories for the future and capturing those precious relationships, everyday moments and time in general.

Maybe it’s just me, although I doubt it, but I love looking back at my mom’s outfits and accessories. Especially her glasses! So tryout your best pose and take a fit pic!

5. Focus on the relationships and let go of the pressure to get the perfect pic. Love this fuzzy pic of Poppy being silly and pretending she’s asleep! You can also see one of my frayed fabric swatch she set out to use as a napkin and the double spoons in the cereal bowl we shared — Priceless!

6. Take pics of the process and routine as well as the special parts. One of my favorite pictures is of my mom braiding my hair in the bathroom when I was 6 or 7. I’m on a stool looking into the bathroom mirror with my mom behind me in a hawaiian print off the shoulder dress that I’m pretty sure she made. At the time it probably seemed like an odd moment to snap a pic but I’m so glad my dad did!

7. Don’t forget about videos – capture “small” moments, conversations and interactions. Like their little voices reading their mother’s day cards to you. Ask them questions or better yet, have the kids interview you!

8. Need a group shot? Use your self timer or ask an extended family member or stranger. Want a variety of pics or just a little break from clicking the camera? Pass it off – even to the kids!!! Poppy took this pic of me and as random as it is, it’s also an angle and perspective that only she would take.

(Poppy had just finished pointing out my neck wrinkles which prob have something to do with the 10 lbs. I added to my bod over the winter. Or maybe it’s age? Most likely it’s both tho, huh? Lols.)

9. Practice positive self talk – you don’t need to be a certain size, have all your makeup on or even be dressed to be in a photo. Of course, you can plan ahead a little (like number 2 suggests) and be in cute jammies with makeup on by the time the kids bring you breakkie, OR you can stay in bed, in an oversized tee and hipster undies with a morning face like you deserve, LOL. It’s really about what you want and what your kids will remember most. Although if the no make up thing really bugs you, just avoid eye contact with the camera… instead, engage, play and love on everyone else in the frame.

10. Selfies! Always a good idea.

Hope these help, inspire, and maybe take the pressure off too. Remember, perfection is never the goal so snap away!

Now tell me… what else would you like to learn about photography?

We’re leaving in a couple weeks with my friend and brilliant photographer, Stacy Jacobsen, for a photography workshop weekend and I’d love to share some of the things we learn, so leave me all the questions in the comments!

xo, Rae

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WORK + PLAY: CURRENT PROJECTS

Happy long weekend you guys! I’m so excited to share a couple of fun projects I’ve been working on but first a little note to all of my Seattle area girls… I’ve been in the process of putting together a summer pop-up with some of my favorite shops. I have three (including the two below) that will hopefully be able to attend, but would love to add at least 4 more. If there’s anyone you want to see at the pop-up, please share in the comments! They don’t have to be local. I’ll let you know when I find a location and set a date so you can mark your calendars!

Next up is a quick peek of one of my clients spring release that has me dreaming of sunshine and pool days.

Olivia + Ocean new swim line and kickstarter:

It’s one thing to know about the girl boss behind this sweet and nostalgic brand and another to work with Danielle and know firsthand the heart, soul and hard work that goes into it. It was so much fun being apart of her Spring release… I even got to design that sweet palm print for her… but even more inspiring was to help with the launch of her Mom Bod suit and Kickstarter that goes live at 10am today!

She’s created a mom suit in a wrap style that’s sexy, empowering and totally functional! Can I get an “AMEN!”? I highly recommend taking a peek at the kickstarter and snagging your own suit for all the summer adventures in your future!

Alice + Ames galentine’s party:

We were excited to see our Valentine’s Day cards included in this sweet little celebration! If you haven’t already, go check out their new spring release. Our order arrived yesterday and everything is even cuter in person (if that’s possible). Poppy is going to flip when she sees!

There are a few pics below, but you can see more of the party here!

Last but not least, the Valentine Pop-up was a huge success and although a lot of work, it was so much fun to be apart of your holiday celebrations! I loved seeing all of the pics and stories sharing the process of filling treat bags and signing cards.

You guys are the absolute best eber, eber.

xo, Rae

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HEART DAY POP-UP IS OPEN!

I’m so excited to announce the launch of our new collection of classroom valentines! Included in the shop are 5 NEW DESIGNS that perfectly compliment existing designs from the last 3 years. After all our hard work, I love how everything has come to life and can’t wait for you to see! Hope your little ones enjoy handing them out to their friends and (as always) can’t wait to see your valentine process and finished cards.

Click here to visit the VALENTINE POP-UP

The virtual pop-up doors will close next Thursday, February 1st at 10PM PST, so time is limited!

I’ll be back tomorrow with a roundup of all our favorite sweets and treats (candy and non-sugar) to add to their cards… (YAY!) I love sharing, prepping for and celebrating holidays with you guys!

XO, Rae

PS — a few of my kids’ favorites below!

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INSTAGRAM LIVE: TOPIC IDEAS

You guys (!!!) this is only the 7th day the kids (or at least some combination of them) have been back in school and I’m already missing them and summer so much! To distract myself and make things interesting around here, I thought it would be fun to do a weekly Instagram Live. The first one will be 3:00pm (PST) next Wednesday 9/20 (so mark your calendars!). Would love to keep the day and time consistent, but may need to jump around to find what works best. We’ll see!

More importantly, since my goal is to not bore you, I need a running list of ideas, topics and projects and would LOVE your help! I don’t usually have a shortage of ideas, but for some reason I’m totally drawing a blank.

A few that popped into my head:

  • A home tour
  • Q+A (possibly conducted by the kids?)
  • An easy recipe or DIY (with or without kids)
  • Something workout related

What would you add?

In reality, I guess the fewer people that actually tune in the better (LOL) while I figure out what I’m doing, but I would actually really like you guys to join me (because friends make everything better/easier/more fun!) so mark your calendars!

xo, Rae

(#tbt image from the New Day segment I did a few years back, by Stacy Jacobsen)

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