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My sweet sweet niece Gracie

I can't believe I forgot to blog this set! Earlier this year, I took my brother in law and his family out for a quick shoot. His daughter, Grace has got to be one of the cutest little girls I have ever seen! She smiles on command, has the funniest personality and is one of the most well behaved kids I have ever encountered. She has set quite the standard for the rest of the Stewart children to come! Good job mom and dad!
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Meet Sydney on her birthday!

So, you've seen the maternity shots, the super cute black, yellow, & black baby shower and now I would like to share the first day of this special little girl's life. She is Sydney {bean} Lauren Bishop, the mini me of my best friend Jen; born only one week before her mom's 32 birthday!

At 2:13 this morning, I received a phone call from Jen's husband informing me her water broke and they were getting admitted into her delivery room. I jumped up, told my husband, ran down stairs to shoot out a couple of emails, threw on some mascara and ran out the door. Little did I know just HOW LONG LABOR TAKES!!!!!! Because I was photographing her delivery, I wanted to make sure that I shot everything, from beginning to end of this incredible day. We sat and watched for hours of poor Jen going through contractions, then finally the epidural came when she was ready for it. That, my friends, was a godsend for her! I have never had the honor to witness a birth before, and I can't even begin to tell you how incredible it was. I can't wait to see my little miss, she is the spitting image of her mother and I couldn't be happier for Jen & Brad. Congrats you guys!

Baby Sydney Lauren Bishop
Born July 23, 2009 at 3:04pm
7 lbs. 5 oz., 20.5 inches long

More to come, but here are a few from today.
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A Baby Shower

As most of you know from my previous post, taht my best friend, Jen, is pregnant with her very first baby. We are all really excited that our friend Jen, is going to have a baby girl in just a few short weeks! A couple of weeks ago, we threw Jen a Baby Shower. Jen is not your typical baby room decorator, she is an Interior Designer by trade, so she prefers little lady accessories to baby things, so she has chosen a palette of black, white and yellow for little Sydney's room. She found two special art pieces that using to accent the room: a black and white drawing of a boston terrier (her dog which she is OBSESSED with, Gabby) and a cute abstract piece of little purses. {See Below} The minute she showed me, I loved it! So I planned the shower around her design for Sydney.

I took a lot of inspiration from one of my favorite designers, Gloria Wong's French Whimsey themed wedding. I absolutely loved what she did, so I sort of did a mini version similar to it. This was how the dining area looked in my front room.

I found various different cups, vases and candle holders to paint white and use to hold flowers. We rented the chairs, table cloths, plates and glasses from Stuart Rental. My mom and I mixed her silverware and my silverware (which came from my grandmother) to give the tables a little more of an eclectic look. My mom and I designed, printed and stamped the labels ourselves.

Jen found these great buggies at Ross and decided to use them for Sydney's room. She said the minute she found them there were other ladies waiting for her to set them down, even a little girl was checking them out - so Jen was excited hoping that maybe it would be something Sydney would enjoy having in her room. She spray painted them black and let me use them for decoration! I just love them!

This shower could not have been made possible without two very special people, my mom and my dad. The three of us were working until about 1:30 the night before until I kicked them out because I couldn't take it anymore! lol Thank you Thank you Thank you Mom and Dad! Also those that helped out a TON were my husband Scott, my brother Rob, sister Linz, BFF A'Lisa and Jen's mom, Lauren. Thanks everyone!

We had an incredible menu! Mmmmm, it was really delicious! This is Watermelon Gazpacho made by Jen's mom, Lauren! It is so refreshing!

My good friend Karen of Fresh Bloom provided the flowers. Karen and Jen actually got married around the same time and met on theknot - Jen is the reason I even know Karen! Karen made these totally cute arrangements with white branches and yellow blooms. I have a bunch of crystals on hand from my own wedding and marketing supplies, so we used them to hang crystals from the branches.

The table runniner was made by Jen's mom, Lauren. The Fabric is Fabricut-Sheltering Sky in Onyx color which is sold by trade only. If you wish to purchase the fabric, you may contact Jen directly by {Clicking Here}

BTW - I finished my collage in the front room, do you like it?

Karen also made Jen this AMAZING flower purse to go with the theme. Everyone loved it! Jen took it home and was excited that it actually lasted a while!

My new studio manager. Mel helped me bake the cookies. They match the shape of her dog and purse pictures. To cut the cookies, I printed out a large version of her artwork and traced the lines with folded up foil and wire. I was able to cut out the perfect shapes! My mom helped me frost them. We used them as our favors!

Here's Jen! She liked her cookies if you couldn't tell!

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surprise party: for my little sis

My younger sister just finished up cosmetology school and passed her state board exam so in effort to celebrate her latest accomplishment we decided to throw her a party! I've never thrown a surprise party, so I thought this would be a fun to do for her. We threw her off by telling her it was a House Warming Party for Scott and I. With the help of MANY family and friends, we were able to pull it off! It took weeks of planning, from Scott and my brother doing yard work, my dad and brother picking up the rentals, my mom and some of my best friends helping setup, decorate and prepare the food and we Lindsay's boyfriend Drew kept her busy all day! On top of that, Nicole Ha came out to provide some incredible floral arrangements, Maria made an awesome dish AND did my hair :), Mauricio was our bartender for the night, and Augie Chang even stopped by to take a few photos and share in some laughs.

She was genuinely surprised and I was so excited to have pulled it off with everyone's help. It was such a fun night and me and Scott got to have our first party in the new house!

First a few of the decor shots...

My brother Rob and I designed Lindsay a logo for new business cards, we incorporated it in the menu design.

I think this is where she actually realizes that this was for her...

Linz and a few of her BFF's

Me and my babe

The whole fam

A few of my favorite Nicaraguans!

Hair by the fabulous Maria Chang of PMA

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Remodel: the bathroom

As most of you know, Scott and I purchased our first home last November. While this is a new house for us, it is FAR from being a NEW home! My family actually makes fun of me calling the house "Vintage" to make light of the situation that Scott and I have a ton of work ahead of us! So, our fist project was redoing our down stairs guest bathroom. As you can see from the {before} image below, the wallpaper was hideous and the wooden accents were a bit outdated. Not to mentioned they had a tan colored low boy toilet installed that my 6'2" husband refused to even attempt to use.

One of the things about our house that we fell in love with was it's charm, so being that it is our vintage home, we wanted to update the bathroom but hold onto it's charm with some classic elements. Being that I love black and white so much, we opted for that as our color scheme. Scott's dad pretty much gutted everything out and installed everything from the floor up (except the electrical which Scott did all by himself!). My best friend Jen, helped me search for the right decor and details. I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!

My next space is my studio meeting space - if only we could find the perfect chairs and rug!!!!



My sexy husband trying not to electrocute himself installing a fan.

A couple of the details... I didn't want it too girly or too masculine - I think we blended styles fairly well! Since our pedestal sink doesn't allow for much storage and we didn't like how a cabinet hanging from the wall closed the space up, we searched for another option to hold spare toilet paper. We found the perfect candle holder at Target! And the crystals are actually from my wedding :)

I love love love the mirror...

yes, my kitty, Paris, matches the room. Isn't she so cute! Little devil!

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