Saturday, August 29, 2015

one year later...the "big" celebration...




Last year I celebrated a "big birthday" and I blogged about the parties my dear friends threw for me. However, I never shared the "beach party" I threw for myself....until now....I wanted to save it...to revisit it a year later. It was the most magical day!


I decided to do a ladies lunch and photo shoot on one of our local beaches...with a professional fashion photographer and her assistant and make-up artist and a crew made up of family. My husband and children got up before dawn so we could set everything up (I had things prepared in advance). The four of us watched the sun come up as we worked... it was breathtaking and the beginning of a beautiful day! Thank you Mother Nature!


I thought that doing a photo shoot with my girlfriends on the beach would be a unique way to celebrate and an optimistic leap toward the next chapter of life....it took three attempts because the weather didn't want to cooperate last August. One of the mornings the beach actually disappeared under turbulent waves...but I just had a vision that it could work...



I designed and styled the entire shoot...I wanted everyone to feel as if they had escaped to an exotic island...not a beach in Chicago...lol! I even made a special playlist of "mood music" that brings me right back to that day every time I listen to it!



I wish I could have included more friends...but since weather was such a factor and the limit of one day to "shoot" everyone...I could only invite my local "besties"
who were very flexible and forgiving...since we needed multiple reschedules.



We pretty much had the beach to ourselves...



I loved that my girlfriends got wonderful pictures of themselves that I had framed for them afterwards...


The conditions were sublime...no bugs and no humidity!


We did wardrobe changes in our makeshift "changing room".







 



We did a number of these "Vanity Fair" like poses...








Stella, our make-up artist did a fabulous job...even using the battery in my car to make some of her equipment work it's wonders!






Our photographer Amie was a visionary and made the day flow smoothly and made everyone feel like a "super-model"...not a bunch of middle-aged Moms!


We ladies love a great "blow out" and paid homage to our hairstylist Augustino with this shot...he jokes that he should use it as his business card...


We even filmed a fun video (remember we grew up in the era of MTV,,,lol)...here is one of the shots...









The scene...


I just loved writing this post...as I knew I would...it was like unwrapping a great present! That was the idea...hopefully year after year...I will be able to look back at these pictures which confirm that life is beautiful...at any age...it's all about making magic...whenever you get the chance!


 I hope you are making a little "magic" this weekend! XO Emily


Tuesday, August 18, 2015

in the pink...


My love of the color pink isn't subsiding...in fact this week I invested in a real showstopper...a South African juju ( aka/feather headdress) that was calling my name at a local design shop...it now hangs in front of a wall sized mirror in my dining room.

I have seen many juju's in white and other colors but never a white one with a PINK center..."Happy Birthday to me"...(a few months in advance!)



Pink is now invading other areas of my dining room in a big way too... the fun factor is just too hard to resist...



I found these wonderful pink glasses (that make me want to throw a party every time I look at them) and they add a wonderful "pop" to the corner cabinets...



I'm also "trying on"  pink zebra fabric on the window bench....


somehow PINK has migrated throughout my maison over the last several years...and I couldn't be happier...



My dear friend Dawn was kind enough to bring me back some fabric from her recent trip to Istanbul... here it is below on my sofa...


it is so PERFECT...I love the embroidered pattern...


she also found this little pillow which I am trying just for kicks on my bed...I am crazy for textiles and mixing them up...



....little fuchsia buds are also often found on trays within many of my spaces...


the older I get the more I enjoy living with the brightness of color...is that my eccentricity coming into play?





this pillow makes me smile each time I visit a fave boutique...one of these days it may have to come home with me...if I can just figure out where to put it...


a frequent Summer bouquet on my mantle...


my love of pink extends to my nail polish..Essie came out with a new color this year..Groove is In the Heart...it is a retro pink... the color is not represented perfectly on my toes...but it is my new "go to" color...check it out...it's pretty fab with tan toes!


my jewelry creations always seem to include pink as well...



one of my favorite sayings that pretty sums up my feelings on the subject....



Have a wonderful Wednesday! XO Emily
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