Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Thursday, October 13, 2011

speaking of loving...

i know he's my husband
but man i love this guy!
this shot is from our dear and talented friend
okay he's not officially a sir but he should be
not only is he a photographer for fossil
he also moonlights as a freelance photographer
who wakes up for his art
literally
that were all taken in the wee hours of the
morn at white rock lake
the way he captured the light,
the hubs' sexy 5 o'clock shadow
the whole bit
genius sir dalton
genius!

why is taylor having oh so fancy photo shoots
in the fields of white rock at sunrise
sporting the latest and greatest in mens' wear?
because we have to make mortgage people
kidding..ha- kind of

ACTUALLY...
these shots are to promote
something pretty major
his second album
releasing 10.22.11 on itunes!!!!

tell
like i said before
it's pretty major!

hope you all enjoy it as much as i do
XO
AV

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

LOVING...

LOVING...
HOMEMADE COMFORT FOOD
A CUP OF TEA
literally every hour
THE RAIN
calms me,
puts me to sleep,
and texas needs it desperatley
BUBBLE BATHS
i have not found anything they can't cure
*
UNIQUE PLANTERS
planting is my therapy
and i love these fun shapes & colors

Sunday, October 9, 2011

luke time

guess who i got to spend 2 days with?
LUKE BAKER!
the cutest nephew
e v e r
how can you not love this little man?
he loves apples and elmo
playing outside
helping aunt alli water the plants on the back porch
handing me toys
(while loosing his pants:)- HA!
taking big boy steps to his cool green chair
sweet snuggles while reading
he also loves guac at mi concina
photo credit: my dear friend AND our lovely lunch date rachel j
playing pillow pile and tickle time with uncle tay
his favorite game- what he aptly calls
AIR
who knew an air filterer was so entertaining?!
playing car car at central market
and the drums while eating at R+D

these are just a couple of snap shots of the massive
amount of fun we had with this little one
he is such a bundle of energy and a bright blessing in
our lives! special thanks to his parents for
letting us borrow their sweet kiddo
XO-AV

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

i think this is beautiful
when is the last time
you wrote something by hand?

Friday, September 30, 2011

happy birthday laura!

happy birthday laura!
for a chic that rocks
literally
not only does she rock out with the black frames...

she rocks a romper at the winspear AND she rocks at being a friend!

we started out as co-workers, then we became friends
now i'm lucky to call laura more than just a friend-
yoga bud, book club gal, music maven, fashion femme(the girl has style!),
brunch, lunch & dinner date, fellow crafter and neighbor

(and for the record- those are just a few of her roles- she is multi talented
and wears many hats- seriously it's pretty amazing- i can only take notes in hopes to keep up)

happy birthday buzz
hope you have a beautiful day!
love ya!
xo-alli

Thursday, September 15, 2011

let it go

and
LET GOD
this passage
tugs at my heart strings
it speaks to me
and my everyday struggles
with needing to control,
plan and yes.... worry&stress
about life
no matter how many times i read it
believe it
and meditate on it
it still is difficult for me
to put to practice in my own life

is such an amazing book!
i'm smack dab in the middle of it
and i love how challenging it is
of christianity
of faith
and of god's love in our life

i love yall' like crazy
:-)
xo-av

Thursday, September 1, 2011

uno dos tres quatro

happy thursday!
this video for the
LANVIN FALL 2011 campaign
is awesomely awkward
and i love it


enjoy!
xo,
av

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

i surrender irene

i find it kind of funny that my last post
was about surrendering
to the summer heat'
when this past weekend
i learned the full meaning of surrendering;
from natural disasters, traveling SNAFUs
{basically being stuck in ny 3 extra days}
and lots of other ridiculousness beyond my control
HA! that's pretty much everyday life-right?
but more on that later
until then
i leave you with a song
by the late and talented
Gil Scott Heron
the title seems appropre
:-)
New York Is Killing Me
XO-AV

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

i surrender

for real yall'
i'm waving a white flag to surrender the summer
i can't take the heat anymore
i need fall and winter to come quick

i'm ready for stacks of cardigans and sweaters

for snuggly blankets
and lots of cuddling
for campfires and smores
and for long hair(grow faster dang it)
and blazers, jackets and scarfs!
it's an official summer surrender
is anyone else as done as i am?
stay cool lovelies!
xo-av

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

wedding time

taylor and i are attending a wedding this weekend
in cooperstown, new york
we are so excited for the ceremony
which will be held at the
otesaga resort

on the southern shore of lake otsego
oh so fancy-right?!

for the ceremony, the guests are encouraged
to wear seersucker& outlandish hats?!
HA!
so fun
this is my dream dress
(i'm actually wearing something i already have)
and i LOVE the hat she's sporting
i guess that would be as outlandish as i get
besides the fabulous wedding
the weekends' festivities also include
a tour of ommegang brewery-taylor is sooo excited!
volleyball tournament at the lake
a ride in a pontoon boat on otsego lake
the welcome bbq dinner the night before the wedding
and get this......
after the wedding/reception there will be a quote
'karaoke showdown'
at the otesaga's hawkeye bar
now thats' my kind of PAR-TAY!

can't wait- i will for sure take lots of pictures
to share with you all
have a great day!
xo-av


Monday, August 22, 2011

dear coffee,

dear coffee,
I LOVE YOU!
our relationship started about a year ago
i would entertain the thought of you
in the mornings
here and there
but we became truly involved;
HAD THE OFFICIAL DTR
when my favorite barista
aka husband
began making you every morning for me
then i became hooked

recently though...it has come to my attention
that i may need to cut back
{gasp}
i know the horror!
life is also too short to live without
YOU
there is no way i could turn you down
when you are chemix made
BUT
i am just cutting back
we aren't taking a break per se
just maybe taking some time apart
but please don't be sad
for you will always be dear to my heart!

yours truly,
av

Thursday, August 18, 2011

confession friday!

confession friday
i'm a type a, super planner,
and somewhat of a control freak
my husband gave me the nickname
'super schedule programmer'
like i'm a base camp or something,
aligning our future with the touch of a button
so into sci-fi that guy

i'll admit it though
despite my careful planning of each day
i lay awake at night worrying about the unknown
stuff that i really need to just let go of- and let god!

last week when i was enjoying vacation beachside....
i was able to let go,
{thank god!}
relax and become more of the laid back person i strive to be daily

i realized that there is so much joy
that can be found in the unknown,
in the unplanned moments.
truth be told-those are the most beautiful moments,
full of bliss and awe.
during my time off, i felt free from my demons.
the fact that we didn't have an official bedtime, an alarm clock,
a work schedule, pdfs to send, deadlines to make,
meetings to attend...that helped too of course.
the day to day grind was absent from our lives and we were grateful.
being a non-partisipant in the everyday stuff
made me feel quite enlightened.
but don't get me wrong- i'm not saying to quit your day job and live on a beach.
but if that is an actual job-where can i sign up?
r i g h t !

a little time away stirred some new found inspiration and creativity in me
this weekend we are having a little painting project at our house.
the 30x30 canvases have been bought
and i can't wait to fill them.

i'm a graphic designer by day
for me the devil is in the details
i align type,
make things point 125 of an inch smaller or larger,
lead and kern
jpeg, pdf, high res, mpeg
i could bore you for days...
but my point is-i'm letting my inner perfectionist take a break
i'm ready to embrace my inner messiness.
this little art project
is inspired by living life in color
outside of the lines
with no plans
no order
all chaos
carefree
even if it is messy
and i couldn't be more excited!

just a bit of my inspiration
to get things started


i can't wait to share the finished piece with you!
until then- have a fabulous weekend
filled with lots of joy
and maybe some unplanned blissful moments too!
xo-av

oh happy day

if you dislike romance...
hit esc now :-)
OR
you can join me in celebrating 4 years of marriage
happy 4 year anniversary taylor!

my beloved is mine and i am his
song of solomon 2:16
august 18, 2007
oh happy day
1 year
glen rose, rough creek lodge
2 years-maui
look-we're maui-ed
sorry i couldn't resist
3 years - santa fe, la posada
one of the 2 locations we plan to split our retirement
you know- no big deal- winter in marfa, summer in santa fe
we will hang will our old hipster friends in marfa
where v gallery I will be
sorry- i think i'm dreaming out loud
and come to sante fe for the summer
obviously to run v gallery II

4 years baby!!! st.croix tide pools
the steamy hike was worth it for this view and THIS kiss

happy anniversary to my husband and partner in crime
honestly if we spent it celebrating in a card board box
YOU would make it special
you would build a fort out of the boxes and sing to me
and we would laugh till we peed our pants
ok maybe only i would pee my pants
i digress...

every moment with you is special
i could go on and on but i'll save the really romantic stuff for later
;-)

Saturday, August 6, 2011

i'm off!

hello lovely readers!
i'm so excited to be leaving tomorrow for
a week of vacation

i'll be doing some beach time
some outdoor adventures
some exploring....
and a whole lot of this.....
ahh.....
haven't even departed yet but
i feel more relaxed already
can't wait to share some pics with you when i get back
:-)
xo-av