It is no secret my love of animals, it is also no secret my adoration for Sharon Montrose. Sharon is fully aware that I worship her bordering on stalkerism. We’ve talked about it and she is okay with it.  You see? What more can a fanatic ask for? An understanding object of their affection.  I wanted to be the first blogger to write about her new book-Menagerie, I certainly thought I was the first to Tweet it alas there was a whale fail when I tried. No matter, better late than never, correct?  I placed my order and you?  I urge you to get this for any animal, photography, or design enthusiasts on your gift list. I plan one day to have this book and many of her prints all over my future child’s nursery. If I have a future child, if not I have started my collection and will wallpaper my studio walls.  I have the deer and pig (a gift no less from my stalkee). I really feel you need ahem a menagerie to complete your look, or maybe one gigantic blown up moose or bunny. Anyways that’s for you to decide I am having a hard enough time deciding which ones to get next as it is.


I have mentioned previously my struggle with my product photography.  I am not used to being so literal with my photography, I usually take great liberties with my photographs and virtually re-create an image. To see something and shoot it as is, so not my strong suit.  I have learned some tricks by trial and error, but my shop is up and running, I don’t have the luxury of experimentation right now.  That is why when Nicole Gerulat offered her Tabletop Photography class in October I signed up the first day.  Due to technical difficulties they had to push the class back to November 1st, which for me leaving next week for my honeymoon is not exactly great timing but there is no time to whine, I need to learn some skills like yesterday. I’ve taken a few of Nicole’s classes both live and on-line and I can attest to her skill as a teacher. The classes have lots of examples and answered many questions (Nicole after all is a professional working photographer for magazines such as Real Simple). If you can afford the small investment I don’t think you will be disappointed.  
I also was sent this link on product photography from Etsy, I am a fan of Miniature Rhino (best company name ever) and it was great to see her ‘behind the scenes’.  I am still a little confused on what lens I should be working with, I shoot everything now with my 50mm 1.4 but it’s not very conducive to the type of shots I am trying to re-create. I will be renting some lenses to see which one will be best for my images (but I am open to any tips in the comments, hint, hint). I do believe with anything the more you do it the more honed your skills become.  So I am going to keep plugging away and I promise to share any great epiphanies I have (if I have any).


I am not sure how I first came upon Sara’s Matchbox Kitchen, but I do know it was a few weeks ago.  I pinned a few of her gorgeous food photographs and then the other day by chance (or stars aligning) I chose her answer from the Oh, Hello Friend giveaway.  The question I posed  in order to enter to win was, “What thing are you truly, madly, deeply in love with’. Sara answered the internet and I have to agree with her, I too am in love with it. I am never getting over it, it has changed my life. I am also in love with Sara’s images and packaging–so sweet + simple. If her product is as good as it looks I do believe she has a winner on her hands.  Now, please keep me away from the internet long enough so I don’t order a S’mores kit before I try that wedding dress of mine on…


 I have been adding new items to the shop all day, I will share more tomorrow, but I thought I would pop in and show these beauties off since they are limited edition.  I wasn’t sure if the color translated in the photographs but they are a vintage aqua hue which I call ‘map’.  It has a touch of gray in the aqua, I am a bit enamored with the more subtle colors in the spectrum. I hope you like!


I am having my dream city hall wedding dress made (thanks to Miss Jill),  even though it is being made with less than dreamy fabric. I truly could not afford the prices out there for French lace, seriously, the laces I coveted were all over $100. The mid-range laces were a bit better budget wise but they didn’t move me enough to warrant spending more than I did. I found what I believe to be a nice ‘faux’ French lace in a perfectly creamy color and I am hoping in photographs no one will notice that I couldn’t afford the ‘real’ deal. I realized today that I need to find some shoes to go with this dress, shoes that are appropriate for a city hall length dress. I can’t imagine wearing white shoes, or even off-white shoes, I am having a hard time wrapping my head around what that would even look like (I am having horrible 80’s flashbacks white pumps and all). This is the part where I can’t believe I am even saying this to someone other than myself.  The other day Lindsay Lohan was wearing the most darling shoes to court. Yes, Lindsay Lohan.  I loved the vintage inspired Mary Jane style and the peep-toe, they were quietly sexy.  I haven’t been able to find anything similar and my last cry for help was gratefully answered with many a link and email so I am throwing it out there. It seems I don’t have an affinity for wedding attire sleuthing, skinny jeans and budget Anthro inspired blouse shopping is another thing . Everything I seem to like cost more than my rent and well, that’s not an option. So my dears where in the world can I find a shoe like Lilo’s? Oh gosh, I have truly gone over the deep end….
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